News Briefs: Touch's Debut Gets a Big Boost from American Idol

BAD NEWS FOR TERRA NOVA NEWS

... Tim Kring (Heroes) debuted his new show Touch last night (read an AMAZING review here, it was written by a legend) in a special preview event, and airing after American Idol helped. Approximately 11.9 million viewers tuned in for a 3.9 adult-demo rating, a dang good start for a show and the second-best drama premiere this season. Those ratings (and generally positive buzz) don't mean good things for Terra Nova, which is giving up its time slot during this half of the season to Touch and Alcatraz (the latter is also off to a decent start). By airing Touch early, Fox can more easily tell how the show will do and therefore make its decision on what combination of Terra Nova, Touch, and Alcatraz it should keep. Things are looking worse and worse for the dino drama's chances. [EW]


LANDING PILOTS NEWS

... CBS has ordered a pilot for Super Fun Day starring Bridesmaids actress Rebel Wilson. It'll be about three geeky ladies who try to have really fun Fridays. You know how I like to have fun? Paper-doll stop-motion parties! BYOPD! [TV Guide]

... Fox has ordered a pilot for Prodigy Bully from actor/writer Mike O'Malley, to be executive-produced by John Wells. It's based on a short film and follows a young kid genius who's bigger than his peers. Sounds just like my elementary school days except the exact opposite. [Deadline Hollywood]


DANCE MOMS NEWS

... Lifetime is spinning off its reality show Dance Moms. Ice Moms features more mom-sters who force their kids to fulfill the dreams they could never accomplish because they got knocked up at an early age and had these poor children. It's a vicious cycle. And the show's about figure skating. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Bebe Neuwirth, who played the icy wife and ex-wife of Frasier Crane on Cheers and Frasier, is dropping by CBS's The Good Wife. She'll play a judge in multiple episodes. [EW]

... Kim Kardashian will NOT leave me alone. Ugh. She's landed a recurring role on Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva as Nikki, a love interest for Fred (Ben Feldman). Don't do it Ben! She's only trying to marry you because she's a fame-whore!!! [Deadline Hollywood]

... FX has added to the cast of Anger Management, the upcoming adaptation of the film of the same name. Shawnee Smith (Becker) will play the ex-wife of Charlie, an ex-ballplayer with temper issues played by Charlie Sheen. In other news, Shawnee Smith just vaulted into the top ten in my Celebrity Dead Pool. [Deadline Hollywood]


HOW STUPID DO YOU HAVE BE? NEWS

... Apparently fans of Alcatraz have gone on tours of the real-life island prison and attempted to enter closed-off areas in search of the high-tech super-secret room that's featured on the show. Shouldn't you guys be scouring Boston for tears between universes or combing Louisiana for vampires? [TMZ]


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Feb 06, 2012
Terra Nova is the most boring and horriby acted show to ever be put on television. I can't enjoy the character development cause it's unbelievable how bad every single actor is. The kids are terrible, the mom is awful, the main guy is the worst out of all of them. I can't stand listening to any of them. They all do the dumbest crap you can imagine, it's not entertaining in the least. Get this horrible boring god awful show off the air, and make way for good shows like Touch. If they mess with Fringe, the suits need their heads cut off.
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Jan 31, 2012
I cant believe they made the mistake of putting Terra Nova on the air in the first place. Worst tv show i have ever seen make it on a big named network.
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Jan 29, 2012
I really like Terra Nova! I don't understand why so many people don't like it. Maybe they can put it on FX and get Sheen back off the air. and never ever take my Fringe away. Make it so TV.com!
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Jan 29, 2012
Keep Fringe and Terra nova those are exciting and interesting =D then maybe if decided to keep another one choose Alcatraz but not definitely Touch that was a very disappointent.... what a lame storyline =p
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Jan 29, 2012
I hope they renew Terra Nova, it started badly but got better as the story developed. It does borrow a lot from other TV shows but its very entertaining.
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Jan 29, 2012
Terra Nova should most certainly go the way of the dinosaur, to put a most certainly used and cliche phrase. I don't care if it's because of time slot -- the fact remains the show sucks. I remember when they placed more importance on the show than the time slot and potential help from shows in the surrounding time slots, and oh my but they were better days.



As for 'Touch', it was a good premiere, but as we've established it will not survive if it does not get worse.
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Jan 28, 2012
If Terra Nova gets saved, we know that our current universe crashed into a parallel one, and they won.
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Jan 28, 2012
I'm starting a petition to save Terra Nova. Okay, so not literally, but still. KEEP TERRA NOVA. Oh and I found the tear in space.
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Jan 28, 2012
Cancel Alcatraz and Terranova, and Renew Fringe and Touch ^^
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Jan 28, 2012
The great Bebe Neurwith would make an awesome judge on TGW. All of their judges are so spunky and quirky.



Ugh, can't believe Drop Dead Diva is stooping so low as to have Kim K. on...and after the adorable Fred too. : (



Mike O'Malley as in Burt from Glee? I love him! Speaking of Glee...no news on whether the deal got finalized for Matt Bomer to appear as Blaine's brother?! I really hope so! Having his gorgeous face grace the screen AND getting the chance to hopefully hear him sing again...right up my alley!



Yeah, um Terra Nova should just bow out gracefully and make room for Touch.
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Jan 29, 2012
Are you insane !!! choosing Touch over Terra nova =///
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Jan 30, 2012
I call 'em as I see 'em.
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Jan 27, 2012
How much does a show doing well after American Idol two months before it airs regularly actually prove? Family Guy debuted after the Super Bowl and it was cancelled twice before finding its niche.
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Jan 27, 2012
Yeah it doesn't look good for Terr Nova does it. Seriously people actually went looking for a top secret room in Alcatraz!? Morons.
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Jan 27, 2012
But everything I see on TV is real!!! Wait... (shattering) it isn't? Gasp! Those must be the people who watch teen mom and jersey shore.
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Jan 27, 2012
JK. No offence meant
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Jan 27, 2012
Hey Tim. How stupid do you have to be not to use spell check before you post? xD
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Jan 27, 2012
How stupid must I be for not noticing the error the first time I read the headline?
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Jan 28, 2012
haha, me nether
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Jan 27, 2012
I still say Terra Nova gets picked up. It has a strong overseas audience, the weekly viewers are great and it still has that family friendly aspect that doesn't show up in the ratings. When you promote a show that says "watch with the whole family" and they usually only judge shows by an 18-49 demo, that gets lost in the discussions about being renewed or not..
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Jan 27, 2012
Wouldn't it help some of the competing-close-to-cancellation Fox shows if they were combined, giving a super-long crossover feel. Then the combined show can add the ratings of the old shows together, right? Heck, Fringe wouldn't even have to expand its mythology to get on board. I'd like to see a bunch of dinosaurs 'mysteriously' replace all the prisoners and guards of Alcatraz in 1963.
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Jan 27, 2012
It's not just about Touch, Alacatraz and Terra Nova, but Fringe as well. The success of Touch and Alcatraz will likely mean the end of both Terra Nova and Fringe.
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Jan 28, 2012
I sincerely hope FOX is not stupid enough to cancel Fringe in favor of Alcatraz.
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Jan 27, 2012
Well then, I say we all stop watching Alcatraz. It shouldn't be too hard. The show has yet to really "catch" on . . . I've got to stop using puns.
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Jan 28, 2012
I'll second that. I'd even rather watch TN than Alcatraz. So far that show is a big snooze-fest.
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Jan 27, 2012
Fringe is worse off than Terra Nova ratings wise. I think it's about half what TN gets. Fringe would likely get the axe first, if FOX can make it happen and thinks the investment into TN is worth giving it a second season chance - Even if a limited one like this season was. The money possibly saved on not continuing Fringe could also be factored in.
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Jan 27, 2012
If Alcatraz is going to replace Fringe, I'm going to the alternate universe. I heard that "over there" Fringe has been renewed for season 5 and that Terra Nova is a teen sitcom on Nickelodeon.
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Jan 27, 2012
Save me a ride on the blimp.
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Jan 27, 2012
I'll make Fox a deal, renew Fringe and I'll give Touch a try, even though the track record of the network suggests they'll cancel it after one or two seasons and the track record of the creator suggests they should.
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Jan 27, 2012
LOL, but you should watch it... It looks WAY better than anything I've seen on Fox.
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Jan 27, 2012
Can Charlie Sheen not handle being called different names while filming?
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Jan 27, 2012
I was thinking the same thing. Maybe too much coke screws up you imagination, just makes you crave tiger's blood.
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