CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: SO FAR, SO GOOD

… The CW‘s new sci-fi drama The 100 (which I reviewed here!) premiered to big numbers for the network on Wednesday, bringing in 2.7 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, according to Live+Same Day Nielsen ratings. That makes it The CW’s most-watched midseason premiere since Life Unexpected (aww, remember that show?) in 2010. Perhaps more interesting, however, is that The 100‘s debut actually did better than this week’s highly anticipated “Suicide Squad” episode of Arrow (which Noel reviewed here!) and became the first CW show to ever build on an Arrow lead-in in total viewers. That doesn’t mean Arrow performed poorly, however—it still pulled in 2.4 million viewers and earned a 0.8 rating to achieve a 7 percent increase in total viewers over its last original episode. [The CW via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

… CBS has released season finale dates for its current lineup! We’ve long known that How I Met Your Mother is bowing out forever on Monday, March 31, but the rest of the dates are new, so grab your Teen Wolf calendar and jot down the following:

Note: The series with asterisks have already been renewed for next season.

Monday March 31 – How I Met Your Mother (one-hour series finale), Intelligence 

Monday, April 14Mom* 

Thursday, April 17 – The Crazy Ones (one hour)

Monday, May 5 – 2 Broke Girls*

Wednesday, May 7 CSI*

Thursday, May 8Two and a Half Men*

Friday, May 9Hawaii Five-0*, Blue Bloods*

Tuesday, May 13NCIS*, NCIS: Los Angeles*, Person of Interest*

Wednesday, May 14 – Criminal Minds*

Thursday, May 15 The Big Bang Theory*, The Millers*, Elementary*

Sunday, May 18The Amazing Race*The Good Wife*The Mentalist

Monday, May 19Mike & Molly*

Wednesday, May 21Survivor* (two-hour finale followed by Survivor Reunion Special)

[CBS via press release]

… Apparently having one of the biggest, most expensive, and most popular series currently on television isn’t enough for George R.R. Martin, because now he wants to take Game of Thrones to the big screen. In an interview after Tuesday night’s Season 4 premiere in New York, Martin told The Hollywood Reporter, “The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know.” Chill out and stop being so greedy, George! Finish the books. Finish the series on HBO. And don’t give me any of this “it’s too big for the small screen” nonsense because that’s a slap in the face to television, which we all know is better than film these days, anyway. [THR]

… Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback, which enjoyed a one-and-done run on HBO in 2005 before being yanked from the schedule, could actually live up to its title. The pay cabler is reportedly in talks to bring the series back to life nearly a decade after canceling it. You hear that, Deadwood fans? Don’t give up hope! Your Change.org petitions might eventually get somewhere! [TV Guide]

… A&E has pulled Mark Wahlberg’s Breaking Boston from its lineup and charged it with being terrible. The reality series followed four blue-collar women from Boston trying to make a life for themselvezzzzzzz sorry I fell asleep. Anyway, the show is toast after pulling in only 311,000 viewers for its premiere on March 13. [Variety]

… IFC has announced its programming slate for the 2014-2015 season, and it’s a doozy. In terms of existing series, Comedy Bang! Bang! will return for Season 4 in 2015 with 40 half-hour episodes, which is a “big deal,” according to TV.com’s own Tim Surette. The series originally premiered with 10 episodes, but had its order bumped up to 20 episodes each for Seasons 2 and 3. In addition to Comedy Bang! Bang!The Birthday Boys—which features standalone and multi-act sketches—will be back for Season 2 in late 2014. 

As for new series, American Documentary (working title) is a docu-parody series created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers; its half-hour documentaries and biopics will all be about completely fictitious subjects. And American Storage (also a working title) is about an employee (John Karna) at a storage facility who befriends a man (Rob Huebel) who’s currently living in one of the units. Look for both series in 2015. 

Finally, the network is development Westside, a half-hour comedy produced by Joel McHale about “a group of suburban schnooks who are forced into a life of crime,” and The Bank, about a dysfunctional family who runs a sperm bank. [Deadline

CASTING NEWS

… Guest-star extraordinaire Patton Oswalt, whose talents have been put to good use on shows as varied as Parks and Recreation and Justified, will soon be making his way to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He’ll play the role of Agent Eric Koenig, a character from the comics who was part of Fury’s original team of World War II soldiers. As a fan of the series, Oswalt didn’t even have to audition; the producers just asked him if he wanted to be on the show and he jumped at the chance. [Marvel]

… Sam Shepard has joined Netflix’s STILL untitled family drama from the creators of Damages. The 13-episode series explores the lives of four adult siblings (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, and Norbert Leo Butz) whose secrets are revealed when the black sheep (Mendelsohn) returns home. Shepard will play the family patriarch, and Sissy Spacek will play his wife. [Deadline]

… Sharon Gless (Burn Notice) will play Michael Imperioli’s mother in ABC’s new multi-camera comedy pilot Saint Francis. The potential series stars Imperioli as a Long Island cop with old-fashioned values (hmm) whose 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock; Gless will play their Irish-Catholic mother Janice, who lives in his basement and is a pain in the ass. Two things: 1.) Both Imperioli and Gless are too good for this, and 2.) Did you know Sharon Gless is 70? Because I did not. And frankly, I’m a little blown away by that fact. [THR]

… Jeff Ross, who regularly appears on Comedy Central roasts, has joined Kevin Hart’s untitled ABC comedy pilot. He’ll play Stu, the best friend of Romany Malco’s character. Stu is described as “dorky and annoying but genuinely insightful.” Sounds a bit soft for Ross. [LaughSpin

… Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist) is headed to Chicago. She’ll appear as a pediatrician in an upcoming crossover episode of Chicago Fire and Chicogo P.D., which were both just renewed for next season. [E! Online]

… Never let it be said that Disney doesn’t know its audience. The network is marketing its upcoming stunt featuring various Disney actors guest-starring on other Disney shows as a “What the What?!?” weekend, complete with that explosion of punctuation diarrhea. On Jessie, Sierra
McCormick (A.N.T. Farm) will return as Creepy Connie, while G Hannelius (Dog
With A Blog
) will appear as Mackenzie. Speaking of Dog with a Blog, Leigh-Allyn Baker (Good Luck
Charlie
) will guest-star on the series as Cherri Pickford, a strict animal instructor. On I Didn’t Do It, which given the title could possibly be the story of my life, Peyton List (Jessie‘s Peyton List, not The Tomorrow People‘s Peyton List) will appear as Sherri, Lindy’s arch-nemesis. Lastly, on Austin & Ally, Grace Phipps (Teen Beach Movie) will play Brandy Braxton, a high-maintenance actress. [Disney via press release]

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