'Alphas' has solid premiere on Syfy; spend Sunday mornings with 'Mad Men'
Syfy's new series "Alphas" drew pretty good ratings in its debut Monday night (July 11). The series averaged 2.5 million viewers, about half of whom fell in the adults 18-49 demographic. "Warehouse 13" (2.3 million) and "Eureka" (2 million) also put up decent numbers. [ Syfy]
AMC will help you pass the time before "Mad Men" returns early next year by re-running the entire series in three-episode blocks on Sundays starting July 31. Downside: The blocks start at 6 a.m. ET, so you might want to set the DVR. [ AMC]
James Wolk of "Lone Star" has picked up a recurring part on Showtime's "Shameless" as a guy who makes a connection with Fiona ( Emmy Rossum). In other casting news, "The Killing's" Callum Keith Rennie has joined "The Firm" at NBC. [ TV Line/ Deadline]
"Torchwood: Miracle Day" got off to a solid start in its new home, drawing 1.5 million viewers in its Friday (July 8) premiere on Starz. That's on par with the premiere of "Camelot" earlier this year -- but we're guessing "Torchwood" fans are hoping it avoids "Camelot's" fate. [ EW]
"Friday Night Lights" ends its run on NBC on Friday, but it will have an afterlife thanks to ESPN. Repeats will air on ESPN Classic and the new, Texas-centric Longhorn Network starting July 21. [ New York Times]
ABC Family has picked up its comedy "Melissa & Joey" for a second season. The episodes airing now are part of Season 1; Season 2 will debut sometime next year. [ ABC Family]
Former CBS "Early Show" anchor Harry Smith has joined NBC's Brian Williams-led prime-time newsmagazine. He'll be a correspondent for the show, which will debut in the 2011-12 season. [ NBC]