News Briefs: The Walking Dead Dominated the Ratings in Its Return

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GOODBYE BROADCAST NETWORKS, IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED

... The zombie apocalypse's first major victims might just be the major television networks. The Season 3 premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead on Sunday was BIG. More than 10.9 million total viewers watched the first airing last night, and the show's rating among 18-49 year olds was a 5.8. That's larger than any single episode of entertainment programming (i.e. non-special or non-sports broadcast) has scored this fall. Yes, that's more than Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and Beauty and the Beast. How long before NBC greenlights a zombie show starring Dane Cook? [AMC via press release]


PREMIERE DATES PREMIERE DATES PREMIERE DATES

... Syfy's Being Human will be back for Season 3 on January 14 with more monstrous roommate problems. Mark Pellegrino will be back to reprise his role as Bishop, but whether that's as a ghost in Aidan's brain or as a character back from the dead is yet to be seen. Also, Kristen Hager, who plays hottie blonde Nora, has been promoted to series regular status but we knew that already. [TV Line]

... HBO has announced the premiere dates for Girls and Enlightened: January 13. If you haven't seen Enlightened yet GET ON IT because it's great. As for Girls, I hate it but what do I know? [HBO via press release]

... Of course, the premieres listed above might not happen at all if the Mayans were right and the end of the world is nigh in December. More evidence that they were right? Bravo's Shahs of Sunset will return for Season 2 on December 2. [Deadline Hollywood]


DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES

... NBC is developing a comedy with reality star Rachel Zoe based on her life. So I guess it's about a woman who probably shouldn't be famous? [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will both host the 70th Golden Globe Awards, scheduled to air on NBC on January 13. I can't wait for some Baby Mama sketches! [NBC via press release]

... Mark Pellegrino hasn't appeared on Person of Interest yet so the TV casting gods said "let's fix that" and got him a guest role on the CBS hit. Pellegrino will reunite with his Lost co-star Michael Emerson and play the head of a publishing empire later this season. [TV Guide]

... Guitarist Dave Navarro will guest-star on Sons of Anarchy as a gang member from Nero's past. [EW]


TIDBITS ABOUT REALLY RICH GUYS

... CBS has extended its contract with CEO Les Moonves through mid-2017. The terms of the contract weren't disclosed, but I'm hearing from sources it was for an allowance of $13 a week. Hey Moonves, you're looking extra handsome today! (Raise?) [Deadline Hollywood]

... Mitt Romney canceled his well-publicized scheduled appearance on The View this Thursday because Mitt Romney doesn't have the spare time to talk to a bunch of lowly 2-percenters! Mitt's wife Anne will take his place. [THR]

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