News Briefs: Two and a Half Men Drops to a Series Low in the Ratings

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RATINGS NEWS

... Remember when a billion people tuned into Two and a Half Men? The CBS comedy hit a series low last night in the 18-49 demographic, registering a 3.5 rating with competition from The Voice and Dancing With the Stars. Is Ashton Kutcher still worth $1 million an episode? [TV By the Numbers]


GREATEST! MYSTERY! EVER! SOLVED! NEWS

... One of The Simpsons' biggest questions has been answered! Creator Matt Groening has finally said that the city the Simpsons live in is Springfield...Oregon! Well, he said The Simpsons' Springfield is named after Springfield, Oregon. I guess that doesn't really mean that the Simpsons live in Oregon. But it's close enough and we would never find out on the show anyway. [Smithsonian Magazine]


BUSINESS TIME NEWS

... BET has renewed The Game for a sixth season and Let's Stay Together for a third season. This is not to be confused with the Game of Thrones renewal announced earlier today. Though the two shows are almost exactly alike. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Comedy Central is developing a comedy series based on the blog Bad Advice From My Brother. The show will follow two brothers, one who's a sleek Wall Street type, the other who's younger and seeking to follow in his older bro's footsteps. More like Bad Advice From Whomever Said To Adapt This for TV, right? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime has announced a couple more premiere dates: Web Therapy, starring Lisa Kudrow as a shrink who treats patients via webcam, will return July 2, and The Real L Word, a reality series following a group of real-life in-the-wild lesbians, will come back July 12. [Showtime via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Britney Spears, who not too long ago was not in contention for a spot on the judging panel of Fox's The X-Factor, is now in contention for a spot on the judges' panel of Fox's The X-Factor. Rumor is the two sides are close to striking a deal worth more than $10 million for Season 2. Unless The X-Factor will focus more on eating Taco Bell and less on singing, I'm not sure Britney is the right fit. [Deadline Hollywood]

... 24's Sarah Clarke has joined USA Network's Covert Affairs. She'll replace the previously cast Rebecca Creskoff as the new mentor for Piper Perabo's Annie. [TV Guide]

... This is something that interests me. Justified is trying to make room for Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet. Creator Graham Yost wants Emmy-winner Stonestreet, who plays the flamboyantly gay Cameron on the ABC comedy, to join his cast as a bad guy in Season 4. Let's all pray to whatever gods we say we believe in to make sure this happens. [The Wrap]

... I'm willing to bet that Maggie doesn't die in the first few episodes of The Walking Dead's upcoming third season. The AMC hit has promoted Lauren Cohan, who plays the farmer's daughter, to series regular. Awwww yeah, Glenn! [TV Line]


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