Shameless and Episodes Get Second Seasons

... Showtime has ordered additional seasons of its two newest shows, the dark comedy Shameless and TV industry comedy Episodes. Shameless, starring William H. Macy as the drunken patriarch of a troubled family, will be back—probably early next year—with 12 episodes. Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc (Boosh! Head exploding!) will probably also return early next year; its Season 2 episode count is still to be determined. [Showtime via press release]

... TV Land has renewed its sitcom Hot in Cleveland for a third season, ordering 22 new episodes. My friend played a cop in this show. True story. [TV Land via press release]

... NBC is taking on American Idol with its facsimile The Voice, a singing competition in which the judges don't face the contestants, effectively judging them solely on their pipes. The network today announced two of the three judges: perpetual earhole invader "F*ck/Forget You" singer Cee Lo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. Christina Aguilera is rumored to be in discussions for the third seat. This is good news for all you pop music fans. But not for me, I only listen to obscure stuff, because I'm cool. Like this little band called... Radiohead. Look 'em up. [EW]

... Despite the fact that Anne Hathaway was one of the co-hosts, I didn't watch the Oscars. And I wasn't alone. Well, I mean, I was, as I am on almost every other cold, isolated evening. *Cry* But I wasn't alone in not watching. Viewers for the film awards dropped 10 percent this year, down to 37.6 million viewers. Ratings clocked in at 11.7 among adults 18-49, down from last year's 13.3. [TV Line]

... FX has given the green light to Powers, based on the comics by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, about a detective in a world full of superheroes. This is particularly painful for me, as I had mapped out and started writing a screenplay about essentially the same thing. It even had the same title. Ugh. Well, back to my new project about a bunch of good-looking doctors who battle job stress and relationship problems in a Seattle hospital! [The Live Feed]

... Don Johnson has been cast as the lead in NBC's drama pilot A. Mann's World, about a Beverly Hills hairdresser in his 50s trying to stay cool. Also cast in the series: The Vampire Diaries' Taylor Kinney. [THR]

... HBO has passed on Tilda, a show about a Hollywood blogger that may or may not be (it is) based on Deadline Hollywood's Nikki Finke. Because EVERYONE wants to watch a show about a blogger. [THR]

... CBS is reportedly in talks with John Stamos to replace Charlie Sheen in future episodes of Two and a Half Men. Wait, what happened to Charlie Sheen? [E! Online]

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