News Briefs: The Latest Episode of Dexter Broke Showtime Ratings Records

KILLING IT NEWS

... Showtime's Dexter, which has been on TV for like ever, broke the record for most-watched Showtime original program with this past Sunday's episode. This is pretty incredible, guys. The series is in Season 7, the episode wasn't a premiere or a finale (it was a penultimate episode), and the show was murdered by critics in Season 6. And still: 2.6 million viewers tuned in for the record-setting "Do You See What I See," leaving Showtime with a urgent new decision to make: Should it really end the series after Season 8 as planned, or does this show have enough left in it to go longer than that? Homeland also had a great night on Sunday (ratings-wise; quality-wise it was as bipolar as ever), setting a series record with 2.4 million viewers. [EW]


OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW NEWS

... MTV has announced that the series finale of Jersey Shore will air December 20 at 10pm, followed by a live reunion show at 11pm. Once the show ends, we'll only have memories and the genital warts we picked up from sitting on the toilet in Karma. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comedy Central has some premiere dates for you. Ready? LET'S DO THIS!

January 8: The Burn With Jeff Ross
January 16: Workaholics, Kroll Show
February 5: Tosh.0
February 19: The Jeselnik Offensive
February 28: The Ben Show, Nathan For You
April 30: Inside Amy Schumer

[Comedy Central via press release]


DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES

... ABC Family has put a pair of shows based on the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet in development. Recovery Road follows a young man and woman who meet in rehab and fall in lurrrrve, and Juliet Immortal is based on the book in which Juliet was killed by Romeo to ensure his own immortality, but she comes back to life and then wants him dead. WHOA. ABC Family also has The Falls in development; it's a modern-day retelling of Romeo and Juliet. The takeaway here? ABC Family REALLY wants a Romeo and Juliet show on its schedule. [THR]

... AMC is getting into comedy with We Hate Paul Revere, which will be set in 1865 and center on a pair of brothers who live in colonial Boston and hate Paul Revere. It comes from a pair of guys who produce Whitney so don't get THAT excited. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Chuck Lorre is looking to expand his CBS comedy empire with Mom, a multi-camera (obvs) sitcom about a newly sober single mom who lives in Napa Valley. Rumor has it this is a high priority for CBS's 2013 fall schedule. Maybe Angus T. Jones can star as the mom? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Remember that weird show Weird Desk about a government team that solves paranormal cases that ABC ordered to series last week for a summer release? Not so fast! ABC has put a hold on the project after realizing that getting it together for summer was a bit ambitious. The show's status is now "Who knows?" [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... Travel Channel has ordered six new reality series that your girlfriend will force you to watch. All Forked Up follows a pair food critics with opposing views as they travel from town to town. Burger Land explores America's favorite sammich. Two treasure hunters hunt for rare finds in Digfellas. Fortune Diggers is similar, but it adds a competition element. Gem Hunt is all about people traveling to remote locations looking for gems and putting them on the market. And Monumental Mysteries heads to America's most popular monuments and discusses the secrets surrounding them. [Travel Channel via press release]

... Discovery has ordered the scripted miniseries Klondike, marking the channel's first foray into scripted television. The series centers on a pair of friends who tangle with the harsh conditions and desperate rivals of the Yukon gold rush. [Discovery via press release]

CASTING NEWS

... James Cromwell, who went from telling baby pigs "That'll do" in Babe to being a Nazi scientist and rapist in American Horror Story, will guest-star in NBC's Jekyll-and-Hyde drama Do No Harm. He'll play a doctor, and maybe one who doesn't turn his patients into grotesque mutants. [TV Guide]

... Andy Samberg will host the Independent Spirit Awards, the movie awards show featuring all those movies that dudes in thick-rimmed glasses and scarves go nuts for. The awards will air on IFC on February 23. [Variety]

... Sons of Anarchy's Theo Rossi (he plays Juice) will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU. He'll play a guy looking to protect his sister when she becomes involved in a church cover-up in an early January episode. [TV Line]

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