News Briefs: TNT Announces Return Dates for Dallas, Southland, and More

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BUSINESS TIME

... Winter is coming... and so are some of TNT's shows. The cable network has announced return dates for several of its series, including Dallas and Southland, plus a couple series premieres. They are:

Rizzoli & Isles – November 27
Leverage – November 27
Dallas – January 28
Monday Mornings – February 4
Southland – February 13
Boston's Finest (working title) – February 27

[TNT via press release]

... NBC's 2012 fall season is off to a fantastic start, which means any second now it will fall on its face and start twitching and spitting foam out of its mouth. The network has been declared victor of Premiere Week, winning the 18-49 demographic thanks to the strength of new drama Revolution, old reliable The Voice, and does-this-even-count-because-it-doesn't-seem-fair Sunday Night Football. It's the first time NBC was tops during Premiere Week since 2003. [TV Line]

... Depending on who you listen to, NBC's The Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane, is either pretty much dead or not dead yet. Multiple trades have reported that Bryan Fuller's new take on the classic sitcom is close to being dumped, but Fuller himself has chimed in to say the reports aren't true and NBC is still very interested. So in summary, we're back at square one. [Deadline Hollywood / Bryan Fuller's Twitter]

... The ratings gods have not been kind to Fox's The Mob Doctor. The drama, about a doctor who works for the mob, aired its third episode last night and only the most faithful viewers stuck around to watch. About 3.5 million people tuned in, which was only good for a 1.0 rating in the adult demo. The show finished in last place among the major networks, well below second-to-last-place show (Bones and Dancing With the Stars, both with a 2.1 rating). This one is getting canceled very soon, guys. [EW]

... MTV is moving the MTV Movie Music Awards to April next year, rather than sticking with the ceremony's regular June launch. Be sure to tell your friends who have horrible taste in movies. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... In the most awesome casting news I've heard in a long time, comedian Patton Oswalt has been booked for a recurring guest stint on FX's Justified. Oswalt, who recently earned high fives for his role in the indie film Young Adult and who got his TV break from The King of Queens, will play an old high-school buddy of Raylan's who likes to tell an old high-school football glory story and helps Raylan solve some crimes. This is just great. [TV Line]

... Arrested Development's Tony Hale and Will Arnett will reunite on Up All Night this season. Hale, fresh off Emmy-nominee Veep, will play Reagan's dentist in the October 25 episode. [TV Guide]

... Whoopi Goldberg will guest-star on ABC's new series 666 Park Avenue, playing a resident of the haunted apartment building. So now that's two reasons not to watch ABC at 10pm on Sundays. Haha, got you, 666 Park Avenue and Whoopi Goldberg. [EW]

... House's Lisa Edelstein will return to television with a guest stint on CBS's new procedural Elementary. She'll play the CEO of a PR firm in the series' seventh episode. [TV Line]


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