Shameless and Episodes Get Second Seasons

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... 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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