Idol Snooze-Bomb: Ouch. Ryan Seacrest might be crying in his piles of money today, because last night's broadcast of American Idol received its lowest demo rating, ever. Ev-er. 11 million total viewers tuned in, giving the show a 2.7 rating. Ouch. [TVLine]
Back to Bon Temps: June will be a whole lot hotter when True Blood returns to HBO for Season 6. The network announced that the official premiere date for the vampire drama's sixth season is June 16. Another cable drama, AMC's recently revived The Killing, is also heading back to TV in June. AMC announced that the show will have a two-hour third season premiere on June 2. [Via Release]
Ferris Bueller's New Job: Matthew Broderick is the latest movie star headed to TV. The actor has signed on to play the lead in a new CBS multi-camera sitcom about a widowed dad who has to raise his 12-year-old son solo while jumping back into the dating pool. [Deadline]
Girlfriend in a Coma is in a Coma: NBC has (temporarily?) put the kibosh on its troubled Girlfriend in a Coma pilot, after lead actress Christina Ricci made her abrupt exit a couple of weeks back. Apparently, the decision was made mutually by NBC and the project’s creator, Liz Brixius, after they were not impressed by the talent available to replace Ricci. However, they still very much want to make the show, and hope to get it started by June. [Deadline]
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Update: Amanda Peet is set for Bent. This will be her first return to television since her role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
Earlier: Now that NBC has picked up all these comedies, they need some stars. Enter Minnie Driver and Amanda Peet who are in talks to return to television with a few comedy pilots.
Peet is looking at a single-camera comedy called Bent, which comes to us from Tad Quill from Scrubs. The show would have Peet playing an uptight, divorced housewife who hires a hunky, laid-back, surfer-dude handyman and tries her darndest to resist his...er...charms. Sounds just about right for Peet, who's played that role time and again with perfect pitch, now how about that hunk?
As for Driver, she's looking at a pilot written by John Enbom who you may recognize as one of the writers from the unjustly-canceled workplace comedy, Party Down, and the cult hit, Veronica Mars. (Yay!) Free Agents looks kind of Office-y. It's a mocumentary style workplace comedy adapted from a British show. Instead of a boring old paper company, Agents takes place in a Hollywood talent agency and centers on two heart-broken co-workers (one's divorced, one just broke up with their fiance). This is Ari Gold territory, people. She's still in talks, but I'd like to see Driver return to television. She was interesting on her short-lived small screen venture, The Riches, despite her awkward American accent but would she really need to be American for this series? Come on, there are probably a ton of English imports at Hollywood talent agencies. Done.
Source: Hollywood Reporter, Deadline