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

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... 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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Dallas! I hope Mockingbird Lane does come about, could be good!

I can't wait to see Whoopi on 666 Park Avenue!
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I kinda like The Mob doctor...its getting interesting...
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I'm not surprised The Mob Doctors ratings are so bad, that show is awful!

Can't wait for Southland to return!
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wow...bones had such bad ratings???

nasty...i like that show
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I was just going to say the same thing! I thought Bones was one of the "reliable performers" among the one hour shows, like NCIS and The Mentalist. (Even though the season premiere of The Mentalist on Sunday actually saw a massive 25% drop in its ratings from last year's premiere.)
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Last year Mentalist was on Thursdays with POI as a lead. It did perform a whole lot better than the last show that was in this slot though.
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Surprised but happy to hear that Season 2 of Dallas is coming back so soon. Thought we'd have to wait until next summer!
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Mob Doctor is the only doctor oriented show I've watched in years and I think it's very, very good, BUT Sunday night is a killer. No one was going to give it a shot on that night with so many other great shows that are already hits with viewers. What did the network expect in ratings putting it on that night? Almost any other night would be better. I hope there's a slight chance it will be moved and given a chance somewhere else. I'll bet even the cast let our a huge groan when they learned what their day and time slot would be. Too bad, because this show is damn good.
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I thought Mob Doctor was on Mondays at 9:00. Is it on Sundays where you live?
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my thoughts exactly!
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I just started watching Mob Doctor and like it, this is why I am always hesitant to watch new shows. Everything I like gets canceled early in first season because networks blow. Cheers opened up dead last in ratings but network refused to give up, stuck with it, and became an all time great. No one is willing to do that anymore.
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Justified's ability to make guest stars awesome makes me REALLY excited for Patton Oswalt's stint on Justified.

I just YESTERDAY decided to remove Up All Night from my viewing schedule, and now I read about Tony Hale guest starring? Ugh. I'll have to watch that episode.

Also, kind of a hooray! about The Mob Doctor. Obviously, I'd have preferred if it was a better show and I had liked it, but I'll take second best: it was an obvious choice for my Dead Pool list from the get-go.
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I like Patton Oswalt. I have caught his Stand Up a couple times and he is genuinely funny. He was also pretty good in Big Fan.
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Oh, that's nice, Riz & Leverage are going to be pairing up while Perception and Major Crimes are sleeping for the winter, I like all 4 of those shows so it's nice to have at least 1 on at any time.

Is that the 2002-2003 season for NBC, or the 2003-2004 season? I'm curious if it's really been a WHOLE DECADE since they didn't suck, ratings-wise (they still suck, programming-wise).

The Mob Doctor has been on my Dead Pool list since day one! I switched almost all the others around, but that one was firmly in place on my list.

Patton Oswalt and Raylan Givens? That seems like an odd pairing, but I'll be there.
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Fantastic news about Patton Oswalt. I hope his character on Justified is similar to his character in The Heart She Holler.
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I love how you start the article "Winter is coming". Awesome!
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Southland, the best cop show on TV. Hopefully they give it a full 13 eps this season.
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I'm just so thrilled that Southland has made it this far. Its dark tone, its well-drawn characters, its realism - every episode of that show is like a gift, and I thank TNT for giving it a home in which to thrive.
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I would say it is right up there for best cop show ever. Almost equal to if not better than The Shield.
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Lucky, I have Mob Doctor being cancelled on my Dead Pool. That, and Go On as my tiebreaker. Let's hope this carries through!
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Me too! Woot!
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Really hope Mockingbird Lane ends up happening. Absolutely love Bryan Fuller's work. In my opinion he's the most talented tv producer out there.
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He may be talented but the concept he floated of the reboot had trainwreck written all over it. If he comes back with something closer to original in appearance, it might work....
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No way. The Munsters worked back in the day, but if they tried to stay true to the original, it would just seem ridiculous to today's viewers and go the way of Cavemen.
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