News Briefs: The Walking Dead Beats Its Own Record Ratings

RATINGS FOR ZOMBIES, "MUSIC," AND AN ADORABLE BOY-GIRL

... The Walking Dead returned from its midseason break and promptly set new series records as it continues to be television's hottest property among cable, network TV, or otherwise. Last night's ho-hum episode drew 12.3 million viewers, and plenty of them were young enough to earn a 6.1 rating in the adult demo. Both numbers qualify as series bests for The Walking Dead, which becomes even more impressive when you consider that it was up against the well-rated Grammys. Heck, 4.1 million viewers even tuned into Talking Dead. This thing is unstoppable, and no showrunner will stand in its way. [AMC via press release]

... Speaking of those Grammys, 28.37 million viewers watched the awards show for what passes as "music" these days. The CBS broadcast brought in a 10.1 rating in the adult demo. Despite those impressive stats, the broadcast was actually down from last year, when the Grammys rode Whitney Houston's then-extremely-recent death to near-record ratings. As for the results, a bunch of awards went to people I've never heard of because all I listen to is '40s improvised jazz pop on my gramaphone. [CBS via press release]

... Justin Bieber hosted Saturday Night Live this week, and the episode did worse than the one hosted by Adam Levine. Awwwww, all the Beliebers tried desperately to stay awake and watch but couldn't make it past 8:30 pm. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... The G4 makeover is official, and the network that once focused on video games will become (hold your vomit) The Esquire Network, as in Esquire Magazine. Network GM Adam Stotsky said it will be for "The modern man, what being a man today is all about." One of its first shows will be called Knife Fight, a cooking competition show featuring young chefs. On the plus side, it will air reruns of Parks and Recreation and Party Down. But an NBC executive called it "an upscale Bravo for men." Check please! [NY Times]

... HBO's Veep returns April 14, in case you enjoy good comedy and planning your life. [HBO via press release]

... Musician John Legend's production company sold a script to USA for The Edge. It's about a Harvard Business School grad who joins a financial firm and I'm already asleep. [THR]

... Syfy is developing a four-hour miniseries based on the Philp K. Dick novel The Man in the High Castle, with Ridley Scott on board to executive-produce. The alternate history tale considers what may have happened if Germany and Japan had won World War II and is set in 1962 America. [Syfy via press release]

... CBS's upcoming summer miniseries Under the Dome will be available to stream on Amazon via company's subscriber-only Amazon Prime Instant Video service four days after airing on network broadcast. The deal is unique because new episodes will be available for free on CBS.com for three days after they air on CBS, but will be taken down after that and found exclusively on Amazon's service. This seems more like a test run for both services than anything else. [CBS via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Josh Holloway, who spent years making us swoon as Sawyer on Lost, is headlining CBS's pilot Intelligence. He'll play part of a special government agency that's centered around one very special man who can see the electromagnetic spectrum thanks to a special microchip embedded in his brain. Does this mean Holloway isn't playing Han Solo in the new Star Wars movies? Because if so, poo to that! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Psych's Maggie Lawson is joining the cast of ABC's comedy pilot from the Cullen Brothers, another sign that Psych will be ending its run after Season 8. Lawson will play a single mom who moves back in with her dad (James Caan) and ends up coaching her son's Little League team. [Deadline Hollywood]

... New Girl will welcome guest-stars Nick Kroll and Bill Burr for an episode next month. They'll play Nick's relatives, his brother and cousin, respectively, in an episode that already includes Margo Martindale as Nick's mother. [EW]

... Lisa Edelstein (House) will appear on an upcoming episode of Scandal as one of Olivia's fixer-uppers. Coincidentally, I just checked in on Scandal for the first time ever and it's the craziest show I've ever seen and I'll never be the same. Do not watch that show without a helmet and a seatbelt. [TV Line]

... Grey's Anatomy's Kim Raver will star in CBS's NCIS: Los Angeles spin-off, playing the female lead opposite John Corbett. Apparently the casting happened the day before the first day of filming, so I'm sure Raver spent all night catching up on NCIS: LA and listening to LL Cool J so she knows what's going on. [Deadline Hollywood]



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Tech, Video Games, Hot Chicks and Cops/Campus Police re-runs are what most men are about these days. G4TV had all that. Go eff yourselves "The Esquire Network."
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please someone alert me when Bill Burr is on New Girl, I don't watch that show but I'll watch anything Bill Burr is in
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Finally a Veep return date!!
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WTF, Tim? A moving picture of a roamer getting its face stomped in? I clicked on the link to read about how well The Walking Dead did against the Grammys (and the BAFTAs), not lose my lunch! Is that kind of graphic violence really necessary for ostensibly a news article? I feel like I was ambushed.
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I actually lol´d at that picture.
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It's good to see Josh Holloway back on TV, but I was a little confused about the premise of the show until I read the article at Deadline Hollywood. It says that he can "access" the "entire" electromagnetic spectrum. Accessing is not the same thing as seeing. I assume that if he saw the entire spectrum all the time, he would go mad. But accessing it is different, although how he will use that ability is a different matter. Maybe he will connect to radio channels and play the weekly charts? Or be a walking, talking full–body scanner with the ability to see through people's clothes. Also, the fact that he can access the "entire" spectrum is also crucial. We can all see a part of it, so just "seeing the electromagnetic spectrum" is not a big deal.

How they will make this show interesting is a bit of a mystery. Will he just be a really handsome nerd?
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The primary readers of Esquire are women.
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Dennis Farina, Margo Martindale, Nick Kroll, and Bill Burr? Nick has one awesome family.

Ugh, I like Maggie Lawson, but that ABC comedy pilot sounds boooooring.
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yes for VEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP
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Esquire the channel? Yikes.

John Corbett. Whern I hear his name I keep thinking about his announcement that he was going to quit acting and take up country music. Smart decision to stay acting. NCIS could pay dividends.

NCIS spinoff cast is looking good: Corbett, Raver, and Grimes. Too bad I hate procedurals.
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Wait? What about Psych!?!
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Wondering the same thing man!
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If every episode of The Walking Dead is as disgusting as that pic, then I don't think I have the stomach for watching the series.
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Don't worry, there's been weeks of talking, talking, talking. The show is still about to find its balance between gore and dialogue oriented progression.
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Talking I can handle. I guess during the gory bits, I could always cover my eyes.
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It's a zombie show, expect gore, it needs more gore if anything
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Yeah, I figured a zombie show would have some gore since zombies eat brains (and human flesh?). I just didn't know how much gore was in the series.
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Excited for Josh Holloway's series
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More Nick Kroll, just what the world needs :D
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Nick is related to a Geico Caveman? Huh. Makes sense.
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I had to spend 5 minutes on research to get that reference... I don't watch ads. Like ever.
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Me neither. Didn't know who Nick Kroll was. Saw it when I researched him.
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Watch an episode of the Kroll Show. Grade-A sketch show.
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I cannot believe what they did to G4. This was once a network where you could go to see shows about video games and technology. You could see anime programs, ninja warrior, and shows about comic books. This was a network that did not shun the geek and nerd like most other networks do, it celebrated them.

Now it has fallen and in its place we have the network of the douche, where the pretentious yuppie asshole can celebrate his soy lattes and silk cravat while having his chest waxed. The esquire channel, to hell with that. They should call it the tool network because that is what it is, a network for tools.
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Don't they already have dozens of channels for douchebags? Aren't they all called ESPN-something or other?
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Well, there are different species of douche's. You have the overzealous or over knowledgeable sports fan which is what you seem to be referring to. These are the ones who scream at the TV during a game or pesters you with stats you don't give a crap about.

This network will cater to the type of douche who has likely never understood sports, the Yuppie Douche. Maybe they play a game of pickup basketball but otherwise they are the types that play Squash with full gear, headband, short shorts and goggles included.

These are the guys that get facials, manicures, and chemical peels. They do yoga and go tanning every week with cucumbers on their eyelids. These guys have a skin and hair care regimens more in depth than a Kardashian with products you have to buy from catalogs.

If you need an example, think Patrick Bateman from the movie American Psycho but without all of the cool serial killer stuff.
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It actually hasn't been like that for a long time. G4 wasn't good when it was "game" focused either. That was in name only....instead it ran endless COPS reruns. And because of that channel, we're stuck with Olivia Munn.
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"network of the douche" or "network for tools"
I feel like we need a poll for this.
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Why can't it be the network for douche tools?
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Haha welcome to Scandal, your life will never ever be the same :D
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The Man in the High Castle as a miniseries.....epic!!!! One of PKD's best books.
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Huh. Can't stop picturing Josh Holloway as Han Solo now. Curse ya ;)
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yep never saw it before but give him a hair cut and he is a young Harrison Ford
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The Man in the High Castle: excellent news. They can't go wrong with PK Dick.
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Can The Walking Dead really go much higher? Probably..
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This is like the third or fourth time TWD has broken its own record. Unstoppable might be putting it lightly.
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You really like that clip of that zombie head getting smushed, huh?
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Probably Tim's newest wallpaper!
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