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TV ratings: 'American Idol' premiere down, 'Suburgatory' has OK start Wednesday

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014"American Idol" returned to FOX Wednesday and immediately took over the top of the ratings. That's the good news. The bad news is that the premiere was down 2.9 million viewers and 1.4 points among adults 18-49 from its 2013 debut.Elsewhere Wednesday, "Suburgatory" made its return to ABC with so-so numbers. It held onto most of its lead-in audience from "The Middle" but was below its ratings for last season. "Chicago PD" dipped in its second week for NBC, but "CSI" built on its last original episode for CBS. "Arrow" held up fairly well for The CW.FOX drew 15 million viewers and an 8.7 rating/14 share in households in primetime, easily beating second-place CBS (8.65 million, 5.6/9). ABC (6.1 million, 4.0/6) came in third. NBC finished fourth with 5.3 million viewers and a 3.5/6. The CW (2 million, 1.3/2) trailed.FOX's 4.6 rating among adults 18-49 more than doubled... //

‘Suburgatory’ Star Jane Levy Says Cast Changes ‘Strengthened Our Show’

When ABC’s critically acclaimed fish-out-of-water comedy, “Suburgatory,” returns for its third season, two major players will be missing from Chatswin. As part of its deal, show producers, Warner Bros. Television, had to let go of series regulars Alan Tudyk, who played Noah Werner, George Altman’s (Jeremy Sisto) best friend; and Rex Lee, who played the Chatswin High School’s guidance counselor, Mr. Wolf, among other cost cuts. But, star Jane Levy, who plays Tessa Altman, said that the changes were actually good for the show.  Read More... //

Suburgatory's Jeremy Sisto on George and Tessa's New Resolve and Being "Hurt" by Dallas

  When TV viewers last visited the immaculate streets of Chatswin on Suburgatory , George Altman ( Jeremy Sisto ) was having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad couple of days. After deciding to co-habitate with his girlfriend Dallas ( Cheryl Hines ), George's daughter Tessa ( Jane Levy ) protested and left to move in with her mom. Then, Dallas dumped George, but only after he had purchased a hideous house for Dallas that he didn't even like. Fortunately, when the ABC comedy returns for Season 3 (Wednesday, 8:30/7:30c), George's dog days are almost over. "George is at a real low place," Sisto tells "He's living in this horrible house that he bought for his ex-girlfriend with leather wallpaper, he has no furniture, his daughter has run away to live with his ex-wife, and his only companion is a big dog. But the beginning of the season is the end of that cycle...   //

Suburgatory Season 3 Premiere 2014 “No Me Gusta, Mami”

Suburgatory  Season 3 Premiere 2014 “No Me Gusta, Mami” airs Wednesday, January 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Episode Synopsis:  Suburgatory Season 3 Episode 1 “No Me Gusta, Mami” – After Alex disappears, George tries to rebuild his relationship with Tessa and he introduces her to his new dog. When Sheila Shay discovers that there’s a dog on the loose in Chatswin, she dedicates herself to tracking this canine fiend and it’s up to Tessa and George to protect him. Meanwhile, Dalia shuns Dallas after her break-up with Daddy Altman, on the season premiere of “Suburgatory,” WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... //

Suburgatory's Cheryl Hines Heads to The Crazy Ones

  Cheryl Hines is stopping by The Crazy Ones , reports. The Suburgatory star will play...   //

'Suburgatory' and 'The Bachelor' return in January, plus more ABC midseason premiere dates

ABC has announced its midseason premiere dates, and it's sticking to its announced plan to offer as few repeats as possible during the winter months.So while "Scandal," "Once Upon a Time" and "Grey's Anatomy" take a break in January and February, ABC is offering up a mix of new and returning shows -- including new seasons of "The Bachelor" and "Suburgatory" -- and a miniseries called "The Assets," about the Aldrich Ames scandal at the CIA in the 1980s."The Assets" will air at 10 p.m. ET Thursdays following a second season of "The Taste," giving ABC's regular Thursday lineup a break for January and February (and also not wasting any new "Grey's" or "Scandal" episodes opposite the Winter Olympics). "Suburgatory" will rejoin the network's Wednesday comedy lineup at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15, and new comedy "Mixology" will premiere at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 26 ("Super Fun Night" will have finished its season by then).New dramas "Killer... //

'Suburgatory' Showrunner Sued by Former Manager

  Emily Kapnek Lagana , executive producer and showrunner of the ABC series Suburgatory , and her company Piece Of Pie Productions were sued Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by her former personal manager for commissions she is said to have failed to pay.    Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, of the Gotham Group, says in her suit for breach of contract and fraud that she represented Kapnek (as she is known professionally) from 1998 until earlier this year. Originally Goldsmith-Vein represented her as an agent while working for Artists Management Group.  Read More...   //

'Suburgatory' Season 3: Geoff Pierson is Tessa's granddad

The Altman family tree will grow a little in Season 3 of "Suburgatory" when we meet Tessa's paternal grandfather.He'll be played by Geoff Pierson ("Dexter," "24") in an episode of the ABC comedy, which is due for a midseason premiere. Tessa (Jane Levy) calls him to ask for help after George (Jeremy Sisto), his son, lets himself go a little following his breakup with Dallas (Cheryl Hines)."He's not taking the same pride in his appearance that he was while he was dating Dallas," creator Emily Kapnek tells TVLine. "Tessa gets concerned and winds up reaching out to George's dad, who he's not in great contact with."George's father is also concerned that his son won't completely deteriorat[e] in front of his kid. It's a really fun episode," Kapnek says.... //

'Suburgatory' Season 3 cast shakeup: Alan Tudyk, Rex Lee leaving Chatswin

After "Suburgatory" barely avoided the cancellation axe from ABC this season, the comedy will lose two series regulars -- Alan Tudyk and Rex Lee -- in Season 3.Deadline reports that due to budget cuts that came with the renewal, the contracts for both actors were not extended. Tudyk played narcissistic dentist Noah Werner, who was best friends with George Altman (Jeremy Sisto), while Lee played Mr. Wolfe, the guidance counselor at the high school attended by Tessa Altman (Jane Levy)."Suburgatory" has an unusually large ensemble cast for a comedy series, and Deadline hints more actors could be let go or reduced to recurring. Besides Sisto and Levy, remaining cast members include Cheryl Hines, Ana Gasteyer, Chris Parnell, Carly Chaikin and Allie Grant.While Tudyk has played a significant role in several of the show's storylines, Lee's character was more a minor figure whose presence isn't likely to be missed by fans. The show arguably suffered a... //

ABC renews 'Nashville,' 'Suburgatory,' 'Revenge' and four more, picks up 'Super Fun Night' and 'The Goldbergs'

As is typical for ABC on the Friday evening before the official 2013-2014 schedule is announced, the network has announced renewals for several of its existing series and has picked up two new pilots to series. Fans of such shows as "Nashville," "Suburgatory," "Revenge," "Scandal" and more will be happy to hear their favorites are returning.At the same time, ABC has picked up two new series: "Super Fun Night," starring Rebel Wilson, and the coming-of-age-in-the-'80s show, "The Goldbergs."Most of the renewals are not much of a surprise from ABC. "Castle" and "Once Upon a Time" were assumed ready to return for their sixth and third seasons, respectively. "Grey's Anatomy," coming back for Season 10 in the fall, probably won't die until series creator Shonda Rhimes feels like it. And there's no way ABC would cancel the hot "Scandal" (also from Rhimes) before its third season.The other renewals -- "Nashville," "Revenge" and "Suburgatory" -- are... //