TV Tidbits: ‘Awkward’ Gets a Season 3, ‘Ben and Kate’ Vet Moves On

Awkward Season 3

Well, This is Awkward: Rejoice, fans of, well, awkward teenager interactions: MTV’s Awkward has obtained a Season 3 premiere date. The third go-round of MTV’s teen comedy will premiere Tuesday, April 16 at 10PM. Apparently, [SPOILER] Jenna will go through a major change when a classmate is tragically killed, resulting in a tumultuous junior year. [TVLine]

Ben Actually Gets a Job: Well, unfortunately, Nat Faxon‘s titular Ben and Kate character is no more. But the actor himself has rebounded, with a currently guest but likely to be regular (if picked up) role on the ABC single-camera comedy Spy. And while he won’t be an actual spy, he WILL be dating the ex-wife of one. That sort of counts, right? [TVLine]

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The Voice Sings Louder: Since reality shows have never heard of too much of a good thing, the spring cycle of The Voice is one again expanding to compete against a Fox rival: this time, American Idol. First, they’ll air a one-hour episode on Wednesday, May 8, then two expanded Tuesday episodes, on April 30 and May 7. [Deadline]

Girls Ratings Only So-So: Despite the fact that everyone is talking about it, the Season 2 finale of Girls only drew in 1.1 million viewers across its 3 airings last night. Pretty bleak, but since Season 3 is already underway, Lena has nothing to worry about… yet. [Variety]

Rainn Wilson Heads to CBS: Dwight Schrute has left The Office once and for all, but his real-life counterpart has taken on a role in the new CBS pilot, Backstrom. Wilson will play the title character (as well as nab himself a producer credit), Detective Everett Backstrom: a cantankerous coot who tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior. [Deadline]

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Sayonara, Bachelor Pad: The Bachelor and The Bachelorette‘s down-and-out cousin with a flair for dramatics will not be returning for a fourth season this summer. Producer Mike Fleiss confirmed the news via Twitter. Looks like you’ll have to find your self-respect elsewhere, folks (just kidding we all know there’s none of that to be found in that drain hole). [EW]

Cinemax Ratings Up: HBO’s sister network has been slow to hop on the scripted programming success bandwagon, but is starting to see some pick-up in the last year. Thanks to the well-reviewed Hunted and now the ratings boon for Banshee, which nabbed itself the largest audience a Cinemax original series finale has ever seen. The Alan Ball-created series (he of Six Feet Under fame) had 455,000 viewers during its 10 PM viewing, and 655,000 viewers total for the night. [Deadline]

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Television Editor Shaunna Murphy was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs of New Jersey. Largely shunned by her peers, she struck up friendships with the likes of Buffy Summers and the X-Men in their stead. After graduating from NYU where she studied political journalism, she moved to Los Angeles when she realized that writing about reality TV is a much nobler pursuit. She now lives in New York, again, with her two cats — Arya Stark and Joffrey Baratheon.