News Briefs: Work It Is as Good as Canceled

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BIG AND SMALL RATINGS NEWS

... Work It might not be long for the world of television. The critically trashed ABC comedy disappointed in its second week, losing 20 percent of its already disappointing audience and ending up with a 1.5 rating in the adult demo and 4.9 million viewers. ABC should be canceling the show very soon, which could open up space for Cougar Town. [TV By the Numbers]

... Tim Tebow isn't just saving the Denver Broncos and starting photo trends, he's launching the NFL into ratings Nirvana. An astounding 42.4 million people watched Sunday's playoff game between the Broncos and the Pittsburgh Steelers, making it the most-watched show in the U.S. since the last Super Bowl. And don't think this is just about football. Tebow vs. Big Ben dwarfed the other three playoff games held over the weekend; the Detroit Lions' matchup with the New Orleans Saints attracted 31.8 million viewers in comparison. After upsetting Pittsburgh in dramatic fashion on Sunday, Tebow and the Broncos will next face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Expect that game to draw even more viewers. [Pro Football Talk]

... BET's The Game continues to be a huge hit for the network. Season 5 premiered to 5.3 million viewers. That's like three Work Its! [Deadline Hollywood]


NEWS ABOUT PEOPLE I DON'T PARTICULARLY CARE FOR

... Ashton Kutcher would like to return to Two and a Half Men next season. His initial contract with the show was only for one season -- basically, a "wait and see" approach to gauge audience interest. Well, the show is doing just fine without Charlie Sheen and with Ashton, and Ashton could use the extra money for a new bachelor pad. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Controversial sports shock jock and goatee-wearer Jim Rome is leaving ESPN for CBS. Rome will host a new show called Rome on the CBS Sports Network, as well as an unnamed program on Showtime (which is owned by CBS). Rome was last seen on ESPN in the afternoons on Jim Rome is Burning. [Deadline Hollywood]


MODERN FAMILY NEWS

... Modern Family boss Steve Levitan has revealed a cool storyline for next week's episode: Baby Lily will say the F-word, creating another relatable yet hilarious plot that we can all enjoy. Oh Modern Family, how do you do it!? [EW]


CASTING NEWS

... Saturday Night Live has announced a few more guests: Channing Tatum (February 4) and Zooey Deschanel (February 11). Musical guests will be, respectively, Bon Iver and Karmin. [NBC]

... Will Smith will host Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on March 31. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Whoopi Goldberg will-guest star on The Middle as Sue's guidance counselor. Look for her in the twenty-first episode of the season. Ed Asner will also guest-star at some point. [TV Guide]

... Four actors from One Life to Live will be checking into General Hospital. Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton, and Kristen Alderson will all drop by the ABC soap opera in a storyline that executive producer Frank Valentini called "very exciting." Well, if he said it, it must be true! [TV Guide]

... Kim Kardashian will join Kelly Ripa as the carousel of guest hosts continues on Live! With Kelly following Regis Philbin's departure. Look for her on January 23. [Deadline Hollywood]


"SO THIS IS THE STATE OF POLITICS" NEWS

... A poll of Republican voters in South Carolina favored Stephen Colbert as the Republican Party presidential candidate over former Utah governor and sort-of contender Jon Huntsman. Colbert earned five percent of voter interest, above Huntsman's four percent. [EW]


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