Seth Meyers' 'Late Night' debut scores in ratings; 'Bates Motel' gets an after-show
- The premiere of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" pulled in strong ratings Monday night (Feb. 24). The show drew 3.4 million viewers and a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 -- slight improvements on Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night" debut in 2009 and substantially above the show's average for this season. As for Fallon, his first "Tonight Show" without an Olympics lead-in did well too with 6.3 million viewers and a 2.1 in the 18-49 demo; "Tonight's" season averages are 4 million viewers and a 1.0 in adults 18-49.
- "Bates Motel" is the latest TV series to get its own after hours show. A&E announced that that the same company that produced "Talking Bad" and "Talking Dead" is helping them create "Bates Motel: After Hours." The first episode of "After Hours" will air as a special following the "Bates Motel" Season 2 premiere on March 3, but it could turn into a full-blown half-hour companion series. Vera Farmiga, Carlton Cuse, Freddie Highmore, Max Theriot and Kerry Ehrin will appear on the first special.
- Jamie Lee Curtis has signed on to star in her first TV series since the late 1980s. Curtis, who has guested on "New Girl" and "NCIS" in recent seasons, will star in a CBS drama from writer David Marshall Grant ("Brothers & Sisters"). The untitled show, a mix of family and medical drama, is about a set of quadruplets who grew up on TV; Curtis will play their mother, a doctor and hospital administrator.
- NBC's drama pilot "Salvation" has found its lead actress in Ashley Judd. The "Missing" star will play the wife of the lead pastor at a Texas mega-church; when he dies, she takes over the church over the objections of some in the congregation.
- Former "Law & Order: LA" star Skeet Ulrich is returning to NBC to star in "Babylon Fields," a pilot about a town whose dead residents return to life. (The show itself has been resurrected after initially being developed at CBS in 2007.) Ulrich will play both a priest in the town and his twin brother, who has come back to life.
- "American Horror Story's" Lily Rabe has signed on to star in ABC's alien-invasion pilot "The Visitors." Her character is an FBI agent and single mother trying to juggle her home and work lives.
- "Mad Men's" Ben Feldman will star opposite Cristin Milioti ("How I Met Your Mother") in NBC's comedy pilot "A to Z." He and Milioti play Andrew and Zelda, a young couple with opposing views on love and romance. The pilot has also added "Back in the Game" scene-stealer Lenora Crichlow as Zelda's roommate and co-worker.
- The 9th annual "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Oscars" special has found its headliner. The special, airing Sunday, March 2 following the Academy Awards, will feature special guest Kevin Spacey. But the "House of Cards" star isn't the only big name stopping by. The special also includes appearances from a list of names that includes Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Martin Scorsese, to name but a few. "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Oscars" airs live after the late local news ET/CT and at 10 p.m. PT on ABC.
- "Intruders," BBC America's newest original series, has begun production in Vancouver British Columbia. The series, based on Michael Marshall Smith's novel "The Intruders," is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. "Intruders" stars Mira Sorvino, John Simm, James Frain, Tory Kittles and Millie Brown.