News Briefs: The CW Schedules Ballet- and Hotel-Themed Reality Series

A CW SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER NEWS

... If the summer TV season is when the major broadcast networks basically phone it in, and it's already a stretch to call The CW a major broadcast network, imagine what The CW's summer TV season looks like. (Answer: It's not good.) The network has announced the premiere dates of two of its summer shows. Breaking Pointe, a docudrama about competitive ballet in Utah (which sounds more like a Mad Lib than a show), will premiere Thursday, May 31 at 8pm. The Catalina, which follows the partying employees of a Miami hotel, will begin Tuesday, May 29 at 8pm. The CW has not yet announced the series' cancellations dates. [CW via press release]


INSIDE THE NUMBERS NEWS

... Game of Thrones is here to stay, friends. The HBO drama lost just a smidge of its Season 2 premiere audience in its second episode last night, dropping from a series best of 3.9 million viewers to 3.8 million viewers. In this day of post-premiere drop-offs, that's an impressive accomplishment. Expect Season 3 and Season 4 to be announced any second now. [TV By the Numbers]

... Showtime kicked off the new seasons of a trio of its returning series over the weekend, and either the network's free previews of all three episodes worked very well or the shows won't be around that much longer. Nurse Jackie's Season 4 opener was watched by 653,000 viewers, The Big C started Season 3 with 581,000 viewers, and the second season of The Borgias dropped a bunch of its viewership from last season, landing at 604,000 viewers. These stats are lower than normal for Showtime, but Sunday nights are a bloodbath on cable. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lifetime debuted its ridiculously gratuitous The Client List last night, and gawkers tuned in to see Jennifer Love Hewitt prance about in her underwear. 2.8 million viewers to be exact. That's like Drop Dead Diva numbers! Or Thursday night NBC numbers! [Deadline Hollywood]


HEISENBERG NEWS

... Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston has repeated what his co-star Anna Gunn prognosticated months ago: The final 16 episodes of Breaking Bad will be split into two short seasons. AMC still has yet to confirm that this is the case. [EW]


OH-SO CLOSE TO RENEWAL NEWS

... TNT is nearing a renewal announcement for Southland, with the only thing left to determine being the number of episodes in the season. This show is supposed to be good and stuff. [TV By the Numbers]


CASTING NEWS, OLDER PEOPLE EDITION

... Super hot and super awesome Dana Delaney is returning to Desperate Housewives for the series finale. Delaney plays Katherine Mayfair on the series, and will appear in the May 13 send-off. [TV Line]

... TV Land continues to be the meeting place for actors who won't go quietly into the night. The network's Happily Divorced has booked guest appearances from Rosie O'Donnell and Dan Akroyd for separate episodes. O'Donnell will play a former high school friend of Fran and Judi's, and Akroyd will play a potential love interest for Fran when he should be working on a new Ghostbusters script. [EW]


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Nurse jackie was soooooooo funny! What a hilarious comedy it is! Oh, not a comedy?

Then why is Falco always nominated for this piece of Sh*t!!!!
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Southland is a fantastic show, I've just started watching and I smashed through S1 in one night. Give it a 5th season TNT!
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Breaking Pointe actually sounds good. Don't know why it sounds like a MadLib to tv.com staff, dance is actually huge in Utah and a docudrama about it doesn't seems so bizarre.
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I thought Game of Thrones already had a season 3 renewal because the second and third seasons are suppose to cover the second book. Of course the real question will be what happens after they get to the end of the most recent book.
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This just isn't true? Some events of the 3rd book are covered in season 2, season 3 might be split into 2 seasons because it's such a big book, book 2 will be completely covered in season 2
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Yea, SouthLAnd! Great news. This is the best cop show on TV.

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so happy about GoT!!!!!!!!!!!! it's the awesomest, greatest, most perfect show i've ever seen! the only thing i could wish is 2 seasons every year - in spring and fall. but it costs too much, unfortunately...
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i hope they keep renewing southland!! this season was a-muh-azing!
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GOT is LOTR with the fairy tail removed. Excellent.
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Perhaps you could get Dan Aykroyd to do your Ghostbusters script, while this Akroyd fellow is on TV...
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Anybody know what Fringe's numbers were? Not that I care or anything .... I mean, I certainly don't have a recurring nightmare where Fringe gets cancelled and I am consequently erased from my timeline and no one even notices I am gone .... 'cause that would be crazy.
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I like Southland a lot but find it difficult to watch. Soooooo depressssiiinggggg. Nothing good ever happens EVER.
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Southland rocks. Put your burden on me man. I'll watch it twice, once for you and once for me.
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I feel the same way about watching the news.
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LOL exactly! Thats why I dont watch news, EVER. Soooo depresssiiiinggggg like @withoutcanseco said =P Lucky for me, there are more interesting things on the tv, like GoT and let me think ........ Fringeeee ;P
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lol @ Dan Akroyd! Maybe I will watch DH, just to send it off. They will probably have a "Previously On" before the finale, ya?
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Great Southland news. I just wish they would give it a full 13 episode season for once but I'll take whatever I can get of the best cop drama on TV.
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Any Breaking Bad news, is good news. I don't care how they do the final season, I just want it to be good and for it to start in July.
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Southland is one of the best shows on TV currently. And probably the best Cop show. I hope it gets renewed. And all thanks to the stupidity of NBC letting it go and TNT picking it up. Too bad they couldn't do that with Prime Suspect.
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No he should not be working on a new Ghostbusters script - any sequel done now especially without Bill Murray would do nothing but p*ss all over the first two movies .
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