Halle Berry is coming to television thanks to a series CBS wants to air next summer. Extant will star Berry as an astronaut who tries to return to her life after spending a year by herself in space.
HBO has cast three roles for its comedy pilot People in New Jersey with Topher Grace and Sarah Silverman playing brother and sister with Patti LuPone as their mother.
TVLine reports that Fox has ordered nine scripts for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, a move that sometimes precedes (but doesn’t always) a full season order. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
One show doesn’t have to wait any longer to learn its fate, NBC has ordered a full season of The Blacklist.
In writing for Vulture a deaf-rights activist praises Project Runway for its inclusion of Deaf designer Justin LeBlanc. “Though the show isn’t immune from the temper tantrums and breakdowns that have become staples of the reality genre, ultimately Justin is judged — positively and negatively — more for his work than for his strategic alliances. He has been able to educate a wide audience about Deaf life and sign language without being reduced to a stereotype. (It also helps that he’s a good designer.)”
A group of Breaking Bad fans put out an obituary for Walter White. Fans said the move would help them get closure on a great series. Forget closure, try fanfiction. I’m sure there’s some slash out there somewhere that has Walt surviving both the gunshot and cancer and embarking on a torrid romance with Jesse.
ABC is developing a comedy with Sofia Vergara based on her life according to Deadline. Raising Mom would focus on a young mom and her 21-year-old son who had to basically raise each other.
David Letterman has signed a deal to stay at CBS until 2015.
Someone has already annotated Guillermo del Toro‘s “Treehouse of Horror” opening for The Simpsons. There probably was at least one reference you didn’t quite place (I still don’t recognize that Devil’s Backbone bit):
Thursday’s ratings were just full of bad news. CBS’ Thursday night comedies are looking troubled if it doesn’t have nerds, The Originals premiered below previous shows with a Vampire Diaries lead in. At least Scandal got record ratings.
Meanwhile, AMC’s Hell on Wheels has surprisingly managed to survive a move to Saturday night in what was expected to be a death slot. Ratings are down a little, which would be good on its own considering the tough time slot. However, when DVR viewership is considered, more people are watching.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) 8:00 PM ET
I was hoping for the last season the HIMYM would acknowledge that Ted can be annoyingly self-centered. With Barney angry to learn that Ted still has feelings for Robin, HIMYM has a chance to acknowledge it. I expect I’ll end up yelling at the TV for a half hour instead of watching We Are Men. Then again, maybe the presence of Tim Gunn in the episode is an attempt to soothe any fury Ted inspires.
Hart of Dixie (CW) 8:00 PM ET
I still haven’t had the chance to catch The CW’s small town drama, despite Wilson Bethel‘s epic hotness but I know it’s got fans among you TheBacklot readers, so be sure to catch it on its new night.
Valentine Road (HBO) 9:00 PM ET
Get the tissues. HBO’s latest documentary looks into the killing of queer Oxnard, California teen Lawrence “Larry” King. The doc examines the stories of both Larry and his killer, with an eye to asking how to prevent future tragedies.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: The Lost Season RuVealed (Logo) 9:00 PM ET
It’s time for the girl groups challenges where the remaining dolls learn to lip synch to a Destiny’s Child song.
Sleepy Hollow (Fox) 9:00 PM ET
Turns out the Boston Tea Party relates to all the crazy things happening in modern-day Sleepy Hollow. Of course it would. Perhaps the real reason for dumping the tea was that the East India Tea Company was cutting the tea with bat guano that has continued to affect the colonies to this day?
Mom (CBS) 9:30 PM ET
Trying to find herself alternatives to having sex with married guys in authority positions, Christy goes on her first date since quitting drinking. I think that’s guest-star Justin Long‘s cue to appear.
Castle (ABC) 10:00 PM ET
Which classic sitcom will Castle be mocking when a former child star is murdered? Whatever it is, his former co-star is played by Antonio Sabato, Jr., so I just hope its better than The Help (no not the movie, the mercifully short-lived WB sitcom).
The Arsenio Hall Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Andre Braugher is on tonight’s show to talk about Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) 11:35 PM ET
Jimmy is getting a visit from the cast of Modern Family tonight.
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