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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