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NOW THIS IS HOW YOU DO AN ADAPTATION

... David Tennant is set to star in the American remake of his hit British TV series Broadchurch, which just wrapped up its first season on BBC America (but please don't tell me what happened because I'm four episodes behind!). The American version will be written by original series creator Chris Chibnall, which might be one of the reasons Tennant agreed to this at all. He'll play a character who's similar to the original's D.I. Alec Hardy, but with an American accent. I think we can all agree that more Tennant is never, ever a bad thing. [TV Guide]


BUSINESS TIME

... Uh-oh, better not tell Nick Fury about this: The ratings for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. dropped quite a bit in the show's second outing. The series clocked in at 8.4 million total viewers and a 3.1 demo rating, and while those numbers aren't terrible—they're actually the best ABC has seen in the Tuesday-at-8pm time slot in a couple of years—the massive drop in viewership is worrisome. Coulson really needs to kill the fish tank now. [Vulture]

... NCIS, however, was Tuesday's number-one show in viewers, which I know, I know, is totally shocking. Ziva David's last episode brought in 19.33 million viewers, and was second in both adults 25-54 (4.5 demo rating) and adults 18-49 (3.4). [CBS via press release]

... ABC is working on a limited series called A Slave in the White House, and it's based on a book called A Slave in the White House (gee, that's creative) by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor. It'll tell the story of  Paul Jennings, a Virginian who served as the President James Madison's personal valet. [Deadline]

... Kevin James is returning to TV with a new sitcom that will be developed under the 10/90 model. That means the series will shoot 10 episodes without a pilot and if it meets a ratings threshold, it'll get 90 more. It's the same approach Charlie Sheen used with Anger Management—you didn't think he got that many episodes because the show was any good, did you? [Vulture]

... Mythbusters' upcoming The Walking Dead-themed episode finally has an air date, and it's October 17. We're finally going to get to the bottom of whether axes or guns are more effective against the undead, and we'll finally find out just how those pesky zombies catch up to their live prey as if in death they suddenly all have the endurance of Steve Prefontaine and the speed of Usain Bolt. However, I'm still waiting for the answer to the astronauts versus caveman debate. [TV Line]

... ABC has renewed its Canada-made summer series Motive for a second season, in case you know what that is. [Deadline]

... CBS News dominated the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards last night. 60 Minutes wiped the floor with its “Killing Bin Laden” and "Joy in the Congo" segments, which took home Outstanding Interview in a News Magazine and Outstanding Feature Story in a News Magazine, respectively. CBS This Morning took home the Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for their segment “Exposing the Business of Congress.” For a full list of winners, click here. [CBS via press release]

... NBC's loss is Fox's gain. The John Mulaney pilot that NBC passed on earlier this year has been salvaged and given a series order (for possibly six episodes?) at Fox. The pilot is set in New York and follows an aspiring comedian played by Mulaney. Martin Short plays his boss. [EW]

... Sad news today, guys. Adam Scott is ending The Greatest Event In Television History after next February/March's fourth installment. The third installment airs next month on Adult Swim. [SplitSider]

... NBC has axed its summer series Camp after one season. If only that summer camp had been located in Chester's Mill. Maybe then the show would have lived to see Season 2. [THR]

... Public Service Announcement: Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman is now Beyond the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, I assume, because we have gone through a wormhole. [Discovery via press release]



CASTING NEWS

... The casting for FX's Fargo is really starting to pick up. Last week Martin Freeman joined the project, and today Colin Hanks signed on as Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly. Grimly is a single dad who must choose between saving his own ass and upholding his duty as a policeman when he finds himself in a dangerous situation. I vote for looking out for number one (this is why I'm not a cop). [Deadline]

... October is the month that just keeps on giving on the Justified front. CSI: NY alum and Ghostfacer A.J. Buckley has been cast as yet another Crowe. He'll play Danny, the "romantic sociopath of the Crowe family," because every family needs one of those! He'll be joined by Michael Rapaport, Alicia Witt, and Edi Gathegi, whose castings were announced earlier this week. [TV Line]

... Bob Newhart is returning to The Big Bang Theory as Professor Proton, Sheldon’s favorite childhood hero (who Newhart just won an Emmy for playing). This time around, when Proton seeks out Leonard for help, Sheldon befriends everyone else's favorite childhood science hero: Bill Nye the Science Guy, who'll be playing himself. The episode will air November 7. [CBS via press release]

... Amber Tamblyn has been upped to a series regular on Two and a Half Men in a poor attempt to make the show anything other than sad and pathetic. I'm 95 percent sure that even the people who are still on the don't care about it. Isn't it time we just give the people what they want? [CBS via press release]

... Homeland's David Harewood has joined David Milch's new drama pilot The Money opposite Brendan Gleeson and Nathan Lane. He'll play Kurt Corbitt, "a grandiose, boisterous, irascible ideologue." (So many big words!) He's also the CEO of the parent company of Gleeson's character's holdings. [THR]

... From one of the best ABC Family shows to one of the worst. Bunheads' Bailey Buntain will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Baby Daddy as a character who's also named Bailey and a love interest for Ben. [TV Guide]

... Today in casting news that I actually thought already happened: Leslie Bibb has joined the cast of The Following for Season 2. She'll play Jana Murphy, a suburban housewife who eventually ends up in Joe Carroll's presence. Whether she's a victim or a follower is unclear. [TV Guide]


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AIRED ON 4/22/2013

Season 1 : Episode 8

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