News and notes from all over TV:
Maybe there is such a thing as bad publicity: “Duck Dynasty” ratings were seriously down for the show’s fifth season premiere on Wednesday (Jan. 15). It still snagged a pretty huge 8.5 million viewers at 10 p.m., but it was down a whopping 3.3 million down from last season’s premiere, and fell in adults 18-49 as well. The show also came in below its Season 4 average.
– Kendrick Sampson has joined FOX’s 10-hour event series “Gracepoint.” The remake of the U.K.’s “Broadchurch” has cast “The Vampire Diaries”
alum as Dean Iverson, who works shifts oystering and busing tables at
his uncle’s restaurant and saving money with the hopes of going to
community college. [Deadline]
– HBO is staying in the Bill Maher business. The cable network has ordered a 35-episode Season 13 of “Real Time with Bill Maher,”
to launch in January 2015. The renewal comes just before the Season 12
premiere on Friday (Jan. 17). In a statement announcing the renewal,
Maher said, “It’s a pleasure to be returning for a 13th season on HBO.
something you rarely see in Hollywood: an on-again, on-again
– CBS has renewed its entire daytime lineup — “The Price Is Right,” “Let’s Make a Deal,” “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Talk” — for 2014-15. The “Y&R” pickup is for multiple seasons, running through 2017. Ratings for all five shows are up versus last year.
– The 1966 “Batman” TV show will soon be making its way to home entertainment. Conan O’Brien
announced the exciting news on his Twitter account along with a picture
of himself in the Batmobile. “Very excited @WBHomeEnt is releasing the
Batman ’66 Complete TV Series in 2014! The seat smells like Adam West,”
– Freshman syndicated show “Paternity Court” hit a series high in ratings for the week of Dec. 30. The show delivered a 1.1 household rating for the week, and also hit high marks in women and adults 25-54.