News Briefs: Will Revolution's Blazing Ratings Save NBC? (No.)

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RUSHING TO JUDGMENT NEWS

... NBC's Revolution debuted last night on NBC, and fittingly, it could start a "revolution" for NBC. Wordplay! Despite mediocre reviews (like mine), the sci-fi drama drew an impressive 11.7 million viewers and a 4.1 rating in the adult demo, partly due to its The Voice lead-in and partly due to us sci-fi fans tuning into anything sci-fi-ish. It's the biggest network drama premiere since ABC's V (ahem) and the biggest for NBC since Bionic Woman (eek!), so let's not pencil this into 2013 just yet. Elsewhere, Fox's medical mobster drama The Mob Doctor (it's about a doctor who works for the mob; MaryAnn didn't care for it) got off to a crummy start, pulling in 5 million viewers and a 1.5 rating. Update your Dead Pool entries accordingly. [TV Line]


BUSINESS TIME

... FX has renewed Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell for a second season. Seven more episodes have been ordered, and they'll be paired with FX's other late-night comedy show, Brand X with Russell Brand, when it returns October 11. [FX via press release]

... HBO is developing Nutshell Studies, a drama about a housewife who solves grisly crimes in the 1950s. It's being described as "Hitchcockian," which is probably in part due to the involvement of producer Guillermo del Toro, who has a very Hitchcockian body type. [THR]

... The CW says you can keep your original ideas! The network has put into development Wunderland, a contemporary take on Alice in Wonderland. It goes a little something like this: A young female detective (let's say, played by Kristin Kreuk) discovers a world that exists under Los Angeles. Expect the Cheshire Cat to be a shirtless hunk who smiles with his abs. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Since House flatlined, you've been wondering what creator David Shore has been up to. Well let me tell you! He's sold a drama project to ABC about a former cop who's become a two-bit lawyer who works the system for his clients. Now if he'll only moonlight as a doctor, we'll be that much closer to making Doctor Cop Lawyer a reality! [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Jeff Winger's deadbeat dad has finally been cast. Community is bringing in James Brolin (Josh's dad, Marcus Welby, M.D.) to play Papa Winger, and he'll make his debut during Season 4's Thanksgiving episode. [TV Line]

... Supernatural is leaning on the never-ending reserve of Canadian science-fiction actresses and has hired Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary) for a recurring role. She'll play Naomi, a straight-laced angel who comes from a group "we've never seen before," according to new showrunner Jeremy Carver. Look for her first appearance in the seventh episode of the new season. [TV Line]

... In more Canadian sci-fi actor news, Battlestar Galactica's Tahmoh Penikett has booked a role on The CW's ab-ulous Arrow. Penikett, oh let's just call him Tahmoh since it's such an adorable name, will play the henchman of a mob boss who happens to be the father of The Huntress. No word on how many episodes Tahmoh is booked for. [THR]

... CBS's midseason comedy Friend Me is being considered a companion piece to The Big Bang Theory, and it has found its Penny. Amanda Lund will play the role of Amanda, a newly single hottie who just moved to California and now lives next door to two guys who work at an internet site. And yes, those two guys have two geeky friends they hang out with (albeit virtually). [Deadline Hollywood]


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