The series on Monday night wrapped up its fourth season with an audience of 3.4 million total viewers, with 1.1 mil landing in the 18-49 sweet spot — also marking all-time highs for a finale.
Sadly, that season-ender also left groom-to-be Jim’s life in flux, shot as he was by an unseen assailant.
… Let’s start this bill off with some quacky news that’s sure to ruffle some feathers and leave others calling fowl! A&E’s reality series Duck Dynasty returned to television last night for its fourth season and *BOOOOOM* set the cable nonfiction-series record for most viewers ever. 11.8 million viewers tuned in to see the family of bearded yahoos get into hillbilly hijinks, up from the 8.6 million who tuned in for the start of Season 3. I’m pretty sure The Walking Dead still holds the viewership record for cable scripted series, with 12.4 million total viewers. [A&E via press release]
… Howz about some USA return dates? White Collar and Covert Affairs return October 17, and Modern Family will make its syndicated debut on USA on September 24. [Deadline Hollywood]
… MTV’s The Real World, an unscripted series about drunken buffoonery, misogyny, and fractured race relations, has been renewed for Season 29. The next round will send seven strangers picked to live in a house back to San Francisco, where the show first filmed 20 years ago. How many upcoming cast members do you think weren’t born when that edition aired? Those with better knowledge of the situation than I say this could be the final season of the long-running reality series, following slumping ratings. [Variety]
… Ryan Murphy has let out some details on how Glee will handle the sudden death of star Cory Monteith. The specifics: There won’t be many details. Monteith’s character Finn won’t die from a drug overdose, like Monteith did, and Glee may not tell viewers how he died at all. “Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died,” Ryan told Deadline Hollywood. “The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’” [Deadline Hollywood]
… Tina Fey and her 30 Rock friends Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock have another comedy in the works about an all-girls college that admits men for the first time. Several networks are reportedly eying the untitled project. This is the second comedy project from Fey that’s drawn interest this week: On Tuesday, NBC bought another Fey-produced idea about a woman reconnecting with her father, though it sounds like Fey will be more involved with the college comedy. [THR]
… Nickelodeon has canceled Wendell & Vinnie, which was a show on Nickelodeon. [Deadline Hollywood]
… Sex and the City creator Darren Star is heading up a project at TV Land. Star will write a comedy based on the book Younger, which follows a recently single 40-something Jersey housewife who pretends she’s 20-something and lands a job at a hot publishing company and re-enters the dating scene where hot and horny guys drool all over her. [TV Land via press release]
… Josh Gad (1600 Penn‘s rampaging bowling ball named Skip) will co-star in FX’s comedy pilot The Comedians, which marks the small-screen return of Billy Crystal as the lead. Crystal plays an aging and fading comedian who’s paired with a younger, hip, popular comedian played by Gad on a late-night sketch-comedy show. Seinfeld‘s Larry Charles is behind the project. [THR]
… Andy Richter (Conan’s buddy and the original Cabin Boy) will be making a guest appearance on Fox’s upcoming comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Richter will play a doorman at one of the investigation sites on the comedy about goofy cops. [TV Line]
… You can expect delays on the set of Eastbound & Down. The revived HBO comedy has booked Lindsay Lohan for a guest spot, in which she’ll play the daughter of a character who is getting married in a flashforward. [E! Online]
… Mena Suvari (American Beauty) will head over to NBC’s Chicago Fire for a recurring role. In the firefighter drama, Suvari will play a friend of Dawson’s who helps Mouch run his campaign for president of the Firefighters Union. And yes, she’ll have a steamy thing going with one of the hunks. [Deadline Hollywood]
… CSI: Miami‘s Eva LaRue will drop by Criminal Minds in the upcoming season. She’ll play a character named Agent Mays on the CBS procedural, and to prove it, she posted a picture with Shemar Moore and A.J. Cook on Instagram! Celebrities, they’re just like us! [Eva LaRue's Twitter]
Prolific character actor Michael O’Neill, whose stint as a vengeance-seeking, gun-toting widower in the Season 6 finale of Grey’s resulted in one of the highest body counts in the show’s history, is joining the A&E spookfest in Season 2 as a… vengeance-seeking baddie!
He’ll play the recurring role of Nick, a smart and potentially ruthless charmer who is mourning the grisly death of his daughter (R.I.P. Miss Watson) and sets out to exact revenge on the perp responsible (watch your back, Norman).
O’Neill’s other TV credits include The West Wing, 24, The Unit, NCIS, and, most recently, the Sundance Channel sleeper Rectify.
Production on Bates‘ 10-episode second season is currently underway; the show returns in 2014.
Kathleen Robertson (Boss) is joining the Season 2 cast of A&E’s Bates Motel as Jodi, a smart, sexy businesswoman and artist who’s as hard-charging as she is successful.
While it’s not yet clear how exactly Robertson’s character will play into the world of Norma and Norman Bates, one thing is certain: Jodi’s a natural born leader who gets what she wants — personally and professionally — and she’s not afraid to use her arsenal of brains, charm and creativity to make things happen.
Alias alum Michael Vartan recently joined the Season 2 cast as a new romantic interest for Norma (played by Emmy nominee Vera Farmiga). Other new characters will include Christine, a local socialite in her late 30s who becomes Norma’s first real friend; and Caleb, Norma’s estranged fortysomething brother who comes to town to coax his little sis into investing in a presumably shady business venture.
Production on Bates‘ 10-episode second season got underway late last month; the show returns in 2014.
TVLine has learned exclusively that the Alias alum has been cast as a new romantic interest for Norma (played by Emmy nominee Vera Farmiga).
His recurring character, George, is a charming divorcé who catches Norma’s eye. It’s one of three new roles the show is introducing in Season 2 (Bates is also surrounding Norma with a female BFF and an estranged brother).
Vartan most recently starred opposite Jada Pinkett Smith in TNT’s Hawthorne.
Production on Bates‘ 10-episode second season gets underway this week; the show returns in 2014.
Actually, that headline should read Norma’s getting a [Spoiler], a [Spoiler] and a [Spoiler].
Production on the second season of A&E’s sublime Bates Motel begins later this month, and according to some fresh casting intel, three new characters will be checking in — and all of them will have very close ties to Vera Farmiga’s unhinged matriarch.
The freshman trio include George, a recently divorced charmer in his late 40s who could be The One for Norma (but who will probably be dead by midseason); Christine, a local socialite in her late 30s who becomes Norma’s first real friend; and Caleb, Norma’s estranged fortysomething brother who comes to town to coax his little sis into investing in a presumably shady business venture.
Fans will likely hear more about the show’s new additions when the cast and exec producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin hit Comic-Con next week. In the meantime, deposit your casting suggestions in the comments!
TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard has spawned a spin-off!
By popular demand, we present you with our first-ever Cable Renewal Scorecard, a handy, constantly-updated and easy-to-navigate cheat sheet featuring the current status of more than 100 of the buzziest* non-broadcast (plus PBS) offerings.
(*Due to issues related to length and our own sanity, not every cable series is included).
We’ll be updating this list regularly with the latest industry intel, so we strongly suggest you bookmark this puppy and check back for updates.
And now, the Scorecard (grouped by network)…
Bunheads: Season 1 ended Feb. 25; Season 2 renewal could go either way
Baby Daddy: Season 2 premiered May 29; Renewed for Season 3
Chasing Life: Season 1 to debut in early 2014
The Fosters: Season 1 premiered June 3
Melissa & Joey: Season 3 premiered May 29; Renewed for Season 4
The Lying Game: Season 2A ended March 13; Season 2B renewal could go either way
Pretty Little Liars: Season 4 premieres June 11; Renewed for Season 5
Ravenswood: Season 1 to debut in October
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Series finale aired June 3
Switched at Birth: Season 2B premieres June 10
Twisted: Season 1 premieres June 11
Bates Motel: Season 1 ended May 20; Season 2 to debut in 2014
The Glades: Season 4 premiered May 27
Longmire: Season 2 premiered May 27
Breaking Bad: Season 5B/Final Season premieres Aug. 11
Hell on Wheels: Season 3 premieres Aug. 3
The Killing: Season 3 premiered June 2; Season 4 renewal is too early to tell
Low Winter Sun: Season 1 premieres Aug. 11
Mad Men: Season 6 finale airs June 23; Season 7 renewal a sure thing
The Walking Dead: Season 4 premieres October 2013
Being Human: Final season premieres July 13
Copper: Season 2 premieres June 23
Doctor Who: Season 7 ended May 18; Renewed for Season 8
In The Flesh: Season 1 premieres June 6
Luther: Season 2 ended July 2011; Season 3 premieres Sept. 3
Orphan Black: Season 2 to debut in 2014
Ripper Street: Season 1 ended Feb. 24; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
The Game: Season 6 currently airing; Season 7 to debut in 2014
Let’s Stay Together: Season 3 ended May 21; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Banshee: Season 1 ended March 15; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
Strike Back: Season 2 ended Oct. 2012; Season 3 to debut in mid-to-late 2013
American Horror Story: Season 2 ended Jan. 21; Season 3 to premiere in October
The Americans: Season 1 ended May 1; Season 2 to debut in early 2014
Anger Management: The 90-episode Season 2 premiered Jan. 17
Archer: Season 4 ended April 11; Season 5 to debut in 2014
The Bridge: Season 1 premieres July 10
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 9 to debut this fall; Renewed for Season 10
Justified: Season 4 ended April 2; Season 5 to debut in early 2014
The League: Season 4 ended Dec. 20; Season 5 to debut this fall; Renewed for Season 6
Legit: Season 1 ended April 11; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Louie: Season 3 ended Sept. 2012; Season 4 to debut in Spring 2014
Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 ended Dec. 4; Season 6 to debut in fall 2013
Wilfred: Season 3 premieres June 20
The Borgias: Season 3 finale airs June 16; A shortened Season 4/wrap-up TV-movie is a safe bet
Californication: Season 6 ended April 7; Season 7 to debut in 2014
Dexter: Season 8/Final Season premieres June 30
Episodes: Season 3 to debut in early 2014
Homeland: Season 2 ended Dec. 2012; Season 3 to debut Sept. 29
House of Lies: Season 2 ended April 7; Season 3 to debut in 2014
Masters of Sex: Season 1 premieres Sept. 29
Nurse Jackie: Season 5 finale airs June 16; Season 6 renewal could go either way
Ray Donovan: Season 1 premieres June 30
Shameless: Season 3 ended April 7; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Web Therapy: Season 3 premieres July 22
Black Sails: Season 1 premieres Jan. 2014
Da Vinci’s Demons: Season 1 currently airing; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Magic City: Season 2 premieres June 14
The White Queen: Season 1 premieres Aug. 10
Rectify: Season 1 ended May 20; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Being Human: Season 3 ended April 8; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Continuum: Season 2 premieres June 7
Defiance: Season 1 currently airing; Season 2 to debut in 2014
Haven: Season 3 ended Jan. 17; Season 4 to debut in October
Lost Girl: Season 3 ended April 22; Season 4 to debut in 2014
Warehouse 13: Season 4 currently airing; Season 5/Final Season to debut in 2014
Dallas: Season 2 ended April 15; Season 3 to debut in 2014
Falling Skies: Season 3 premieres June 9
Franklin & Bash: Season 3 premieres June 19
King & Maxwell: Season 1 premieres June 10
The Last Ship: Season 1 to debut in 2014
Legends: Season 1 to debut in 2014
Lost Angels (fka L.A. Noir): Season 1 to debut in 2014
Major Crimes: Season 2 premieres June 10
Monday Mornings: Officially cancelled
Perception: Season 2 premieres June 25
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 4 premieres June 25
Southland: Officially cancelled
The Exes: Season 3 premieres June 19
Happily Divorced: Season 2B ended Feb. 13; Season 3 is a long-shot
Hot in Cleveland: Season 4B premieres June 19; Season 5 to debut in late 2013
The Soul Man: Season 2 premieres June 19
Burn Notice: Season 7/Final Season premieres June 6
Covert Affairs: Season 4 premieres July 16
Graceland: Season 1 premieres June 6
Necessary Roughness: Season 3 premieres June 12
Psych: Season 7 finale aired May 29; Renewed for Season 8
Royal Pains: Season 5 premieres June 12
Suits: Season 3 premieres July 16
White Collar: Season 4 ended March 5; Season 5 to debut in fall 2013