The Marriage Ref Gets Renewed, Satan Wins

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... NBC has given Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref another season, proving that God hates me. The show is doing okay in the ratings (awesome for NBC), with an average of 7.2 million viewers and a 3.0 rating among adults. But make no mistake, this is a horrible, horrible moment in television history. [The Live Feed]

... NBC also renewed Minute to Win It, a weird game show featuring that bleach-haired guy who makes bourbon-braised jalapeno poppers stuffed with four-bean chili, and Who Do You Think You Are?, Lisa Kudrow's show about celebrities going through their genealogy. Because we're all dying to know that Sarah Jessica Parker's great great uncle once lived in Indiana. I barely even knew these two shows existed. [The Live Feed]

... Fox has done the opposite of renewing its new comedy Sons of Tucson, starring Tyler Labine. The show really didn't have a chance from the start, because it was sandwiched between cartoons on a Sunday night. The rest of the show's season will air sometime in June. [Variety]

... Nicolette Sheridan has sued Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry for an alleged assault in 2008. According to Sheridan, Cherry struck her on the face when she questioned a script and later fired her after she attempted to complain about it. She says Cherry was "behaving in an extremely abusive and aggressive manner toward the individuals who work on the show." For what it's worth, I've interviewed Cherry in person and he seemed about as harmless as the Easter Bunny, and was truly one of the more engaging, funny people I've talked to in the business. [TMZ]

... ABC has ordered a game show that pretty much epitomizes the American psyche of extremism and waste. Downfall will feature contestants who play a trivia game on top of a skyscraper in a major U.S. city. If they answer the questions wrong, their prizes will be thrown over the edge of the building. I can't make this stuff up. [THR]

... Human Target showrunner Jon Steinberg is optimistic about a second-season renewal, after hearing positive things from Fox bosses. While many consider Human Target a bubble show, the its chances got a little better with the news that 24 will end its run at the conclusion of this season. [IF Magazine]

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