Tuesday in the blurbs


On the third day, the ratings rose again… Taylor Lautner takes his abs overseas… and Comedy Central tries to make some magic. It’s all happening in the blurbs.

  • AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire’s viewership numbers jump 71% when you add in the next three days’ worth of DVR totals after the series finale. How soon before it’s standard for post-air viewers to outnumber the live audience?
  • Lifetime’s Un-Real will add Teen Wolf’s J.R. Bourne and Black Box’s Siobhan Williams to the cast for Season 2. The show follows a reality producer whose job is to stir up drama on a dating show. Most exciting to me, it’s co-written by Marti Noxon of Buffy fame.
  • Clancy Brown, most famous as the Kurgan from Highlander but also from Sleepy Hollow and Lost, will be a recurring villain on CW’s The Flash. Sounds perfect.
  • Are you Team Andy or Team Taylor? After BBC3’s Cuckoo lost Season 1 star Andy Samburg to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the show is returning with Taylor Lautner instead for Season 2. (Or Series 2 as they call it over there.)
  • The Guardian prefers the American version of The Killing to the original Danish version. USA! USA!
  • “Comedy Central’s breakout late-night program @midnight has been renewed for a 40-week second season to air in 2015,” says Deadline. It’s probably the best, funniest show on television that looks like it was shot for less than a dollar fifty.
  • Speaking of, @midnight host Chris Hardwick just got Comedy Central to order a pilot for a variety show he’s exec producing. Sleight of Mouthwill be hosted by comic/magician Justin Willman.

Say, ever seen Patton Oswalt’s bit about comic/magicians?

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