The Cape Gets Cut Down

... Am I some sort of prophet? Can I see the future? Or am I simply able to make generic statements based on probability and facts that any average monkey could make? If you guessed the latter, you win. Just after I wrote a story about The Cape inching closer to cancellation, NBC went ahead and cut the show's season order from 13 episodes to 10. You don't have to be a superhero from a freakshow carnival to know that means trouble. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Speaking of NBC shows that were created by kindergarteners, The Event has set a return date! Yay! But it's going to be later than expected. Boo! The show was initially set to return at the end of February, but has now been pushed back to March 7. But there's a silver lining: The return episode will be boated up to two hours long. That's two full hours of trying to figure out whether Leila is laughing or crying! [EW]

... Saturday Night Live is milking another special for NBC, this time delving into the backstage world of the long-running sketch show. Saturday Night Live Backstage (clever!) will feature never-before-seen footage and interviews with the people who make it happen. This sounds about as funny as a regular episode of SNL. []

... Elijah Wood and Donald Sutherland have been cast in Syfy's two-part miniseries Treasure Island, a retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel. Eddie Izzard has also joined the project as Long John Silver, allowing Izzard to indulge his cross-dressing fetish by dressing like Johnny Depp a pirate. Look for the special to air in early 2012. [THR]

... Anderson Cooper, CNN's white knight in shining armor, is currently in Egypt covering the political upheaval there. And as Cooper is wont to do, he got right in the mix. Demonstrators attacked him and his camera crew, attempted to break their equipment, and punched Cooper several times in the head. Cooper said his instinct was to fight back, but thought that might provoke an even more malicious reaction. No one was seriously hurt, so I'd say Egypt got off easy. Because Anderson is the most badass person in news. [CNN]

... In the latest SheenGate development, Charlie Sheen will reportedly return to Two and a Half Men in three to four weeks as he undergoes rehab at his drug and porn den house to cure his having-a-good-time addiction. Two and a Half Men makes trillions of dollars for CBS and every minute he's out of work, lots of money evaporates. Just give him a Gatorade and throw him back on-set! [TMZ]

... ABC has picked up the pilot Georgetown, from Gossip Girl tandem Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The drama follows the young folk who are "behind the power brokers of [Washington] D.C." [The Live Feed]

... Holy crap, you guys. You LOVE your NCIS! The CBS procedural set a series high for total viewers last night, carving 22.7 million notches in its bedpost. That's absolutely insane. UPDATE: NCIS was renewed today for a ninth season. [TV By the Numbers and CBS, via press release]

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