News Briefs: The Newsroom Has a Return Date

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SUPER LIGHT NEWS DAY BECAUSE IT'S FRIDAY

... Aaron Sorkin's drama about winning arguments and making your point through news in hindsight has a return date. HBO has announced that The Newsroom's second season will premiere on July 14. This year, the newsroom chases a mysterious tip, which leads to trouble. Here's a tip, Newsroom: Stop preaching! [HBO via press release]

... Need a boost in ratings? Just do an episode about a controversial topic like a school shooting and watch the viewers flock like bloodthirsty media outlets to the site of a school shooting! Glee's "Shooting Star," which sort of featured a school shooting (read MaryAnne's review for details), saw a 20-percent boost in ratings last night thanks to good old-fashioned controversy! 6.8 million viewers tuned in, which translated to a 2.4 rating in the adult demo. Elsewhere, there was good news for Hannibal, which held steady in its second episode compared to last week's debut. Follow-up episodes almost always drop considerably, so a flat showing is a great sign. Never mind that it was up against repeats this week, that'd just be a buzzkill for our party. [EW]

... CBS has a pilot in the mix starring Matthew Broderick as a recently widowed husband raising a 12-year-old son, and as if that didn't sound awesome already, energetic sprite Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies, GCB, award show red carpets) is involved. She'll play the judgmental waitress sister of Broderick's character. Having the two Tony-winners on board almost guarantees a regrettable musical episode about dating your dead wife's friend. [TV Line]

... Rosanna Arquette has joined the cast of Showtime's upcoming drama Ray Donovan. She'll recur on the series about a Hollywood fixer (Liev Schrieber) who helps the elite get out of jams, like dead tranny hookers and such. Arquette will play a friend of Ray's father. Yesterday, Arquette's sister Patricia was cast on Boardwalk Empire, so Papa Arquette must be feeling pretty proud now. [THR]

... Jackee Harry has joined the Boy Meets World revival Girl Meets World. The 227 star filmed a secret role in the pilot, but it's unclear whether she'll continue to appear on the series if it gets picked up. [Huffington Post



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