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2012 December 03 — TV Tattle

Monday, December 3, 2012

December 3, 2012

New poll names "Seinfeld" the greatest sitcom, Jay Leno the funniest late-night host
"Seinfeld" beat out "The Honeymooners" with 22% of the vote, while Leno garnered 24% to David Letterman's 13%, in a poll conducted by Vanity Fair and "60 Minutes."

Nearly 11 million watched "The Walking Dead" season finale

That's up 60% from last year.

In defense of last night's "Homeland"

Not everything is going to add up.

"Boardwalk Empire" season finale down from last year

About 2.7 million watched the season finale this year, down from 3 million last year. PLUS: "Boardwalk" ended uneven season on an up note.

CBS launches an "Inside NCIS" web series

Go behind the scenes in this eight-episode web series, premiering today.

"30 Rock" stars predict how the show will end

Judah Friedlander: With "hot alien chicks."

"The L.A. Complex" canceled in Canada, but CW could bring it back

The 2nd-year drama wasn't renewed for a 3rd season, but CW is considering ordering a 3rd series for next summer.

Watch a preview of Letterman's chat with Led Zeppelin

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones sat on Dave's couch.

"90210" celebrates 100 episodes

Tonight's 100th introduces Denise Richards.

Brooke Burke-Charvet to undergo thyroid surgery this week

The "Dancing with the Stars" co-host was diagnosed with thyroid cancer recently.


December 3, 2012

Alec Baldwin signs 2-year TV deal with NBC
Under the pact, Baldwin will develop and produce shows for the Peacock, including ones he might star in.

Report: Chuck Lorre called Angus T. Jones to come back to "Men"

The "Two and a Half Men" boss reportedly told Jones over the weekend that he was welcome back after the new year.

"Chicago Fire's" fake plane crash fools Chicago TV news anchors

Watch WGN anchors react to the "horrific plane crash" in Chicago.

DirecTV to begin showing all 192 episodes of "24"

The Audience Network will begin showing "24" reruns on Jan. 7.

Piper Perabo will moonlight on "Go On"

The "Covert Affairs" star will romance Matthew Perry over three episodes.

HBO teases Beyonce's documentary

Catch a 25-second glimpse of the doc shot by Beyonce herself.

Read the New York Times article that inspired last night's "Homeland"

The 2008 article references then-Vice President Dick Cheney.

Happy Holidays from "American Horrory Story"

Check out the Christmas card sent out by Ryan Murphy.

What happens next on "The Walking Dead"?

"People will come back and be very satisfied," says exec producer Glen Mazzara. "They're going to get answers to their questions." PLUS: Chad Coleman talks Tyreese.

VH1 orders "Making Mr. Right"

The Eva Longoria-produced matchmaking reality show will have women mold men into their own ideas of perfection.

Adam Levine: Honey Boo is the decay of Western Civilization

"Just because so many people watch the show doesn't mean it's good," says "The Voice" star.

Showtime documentary series to explore climate change

"Years Of Living Dangerously" will be produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and  Jerry Weintraub.

Jon Hamm and John Slattery to direct more "Mad Men" episodes

The two actors have already directed four combined episodes.

"The Newsroom" adds a Mitt Romney staffer

Actor Joel Jonstone will play a Romney staffer who helps reporter Grace Gummer on the campaign trail.

Nick Lachey booted from an NFL game

Cincinnati native Lachey allegedly talked smack at the Bengals-Chargers game.


December 3, 2012

Newt Gingrich films a "Parks and Rec" cameo
Rob Lowe says the former House speaker and presidential candidate dropped by the "Parks and Recreation" set in Indianapolis today, "So we made up a scene and put him in!!"

December 3, 2012

Bob Costas offers pro-gun control commentary during "Sunday Night Football"
In an unusual move, Costas delved into politics in response to Saturday's murder-suicide involving a Kansas City Chiefs player.

Watch "Justified's" Season 4 promo

The FX series returns Jan. 8.

PBS autotunes LeVar Burton

Check out the "Reading Rainbow" remix.

"Homeland" delivers its worst episode yet

"HOLY SH*T THAT WAS SO LUDICROUS," says Willa Paskin. "Like crazy, bananas, bonkers, idiotic, insane, stupid, contrived, deranged, are you sure this was not actually a spoof episode of 'Homeland' ludicrous? Can we count the ways? I am going to count the ways. (I'm sure I've forgotten some.)" PLUS: Is Ryan Murphy writing "Homeland"? Have the writers gone crazy?, and producers explain last night's developments, and so does the vice president.

No Doubt to appear on "Portlandia"

Fred Armison says Gwen Stefani and her band will appear, but wouldn't say how they would appear.

Watch Howard Stern announce he's returning to "America's Got Talent"

"I really feel like my work isn't finished there," Stern said on his show this morning.

J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" to become a BBC TV series

The book is Rowling's first post-"Harry Potter" novel.

S. Epertha Merkerson is headed back to NBC

The "Law & Order" alum has joined upcoming drama "Deception." PLUS: Jere Burns joins "Bates Motel."

Turkey fines TV channel for a "Simpsons" episode it deemed "blasphemous"

Last year's "Treehouse of Horrors" episode was called insulting to religion.

Spike TV renews "Ink Master and "Tattoo Nightmares"

They'll be back in 2013 for a respective 3rd and 2nd seasons.


December 3, 2012

Howard Stern signs on for a 2nd season of "America's Got Talent"
The shock jock made his announcement this morning, after stringing his listeners along for weeks. "I'm very excited," he said about returning.