Justin Bieber, The Hard Times of RJ Berger
Has Bieber Fever struck again? Just when ratings for MTV's new scripted comedy The Hard Times of RJ Berger most needed a boost, Justin Bieber may have helped bring in a crowd.
To wit, MTV has renewed Hard Times for a second season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. The decision comes after a recent upswing in viewership that coincides with the 16-year-old pop superstar endorsing it as "funny stuff." Twelve new episodes will premiere sometime next year.
Here's how our friend with the famously flippable locks lent a hand:
In ABC's midseason comedy Mr. Sunshine, Matthew Perry plays Ben, a self-involved manager of a middling sports arena — or, in Perry's words, a previous version of himself.
"I like to say this character is me five years ago," the actor said Sunday during the show's session at the Television Critics Association fall preview. In the first episode, Ben suffers a crisis of conscience when his would-be girlfriend Alice (Better Off Ted's Andrea Anders) leaves him on his 40th birthday. "I'm very in touch with that selfish guy trying to have a better life."
Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Ellen Degeneres
If the latest reports are to be believed, when Fox launches the 10th season of American Idol in January, the contestants will be hearing from judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
How the chemistry among the trio — which might still be a foursome — would jell remains an unknown, but here's what we do know about the new season:
Here's the Situation: A record-setting 5.3 million viewers tuned in to the Season 2 premiere of MTV's Jersey Shore.
That's up a staggering 280 percent over December's series opener, according to the network.
Paul Lee has been named President of ABC Entertainment Group, the network announced Friday.
Lee, who as president of ABC Family transformed the channel into a top 10 cable network in total viewers, had been expected to assume the role. He replaces Stephen McPherson, who resigned from the post Tuesday.
ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson resigns; Paul Lee in?
In his new position, Lee will oversee the creative and business operations for ABC Studios, as well as development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for the network...
After David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik watched their last series, The Class, flop on the networks, the creators swore off pitching to broadcast television.
That's why Episodes, the duo's new Showtime comedy starring Matt LeBlanc, paints a not so flattering portrait of the business behind making network TV shows.
The networks are "ruled by fear and panic," Crane said during Television Critics Association's fall TV previews on Thursday...
Even William Shatner thinks calling his show Bleep My Dad Says is a bad idea.
"You know what I wish? I wish they'd call it 'Sh--,'" Shatner said of his upcoming CBS sitcom $#*! My Dad Says during Wednesday's fall TV previews. The network is referring to the show with the more family-friendly moniker "Bleep My Dad Says."
"The word sh-- is all around us," he continued.
When the hosts of the forthcoming CBS daytime talk show The Talk were asked what they find most irritating about their spouses, Julie Chen, who is married to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, played it like only someone who's uncharitably nicknamed The Chenbot would.
First, she explained, she only married Moonves because he was "the first person in my life who doesn't annoy me." (Aw, poor Harry Smith.)
iCarly's Noah Munck, better known as the excitable, shirt-shedding Gibby, has been promoted to series regular, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Munck, 14, has been baring his tummy for Nickelodeon's iCarly on a recurring basis for the past three years but says he's much more reserved than his character.
"I'm quieter, but that just makes it more fun to break out and go crazy on the show," he said.