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ABC Muzzles "Cougar Town" and Sarah Palin Puts Down a Caribou

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | December 7, 2010 | Comments ()


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  • ABC's "Cougar Town" will disappear from your teevees starting on February 9th. If that startled you, fear not: It's being replaced (temporarily) by Matthew Perry's new sitcom, "Mr. Sunshine" for nine weeks, at which point "Cougar Town" will return and finish its run. That just means: No reruns. And if you're like me, you can't get enough of Matthew Perry on the Hulu. He's my favorite friend (although, I will miss those drunken nights with "Cougar Town.")

  • Hey! "The Walking Dead" finale put up huge numbers on Sunday night, scoring over 6 million viewers. For perspective, "Community," on a network, fetches around 4 million viewers a week. Meanwhile, "The Walking Dead" had 4 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic alone, which is a record for basic cable. Hold your thoughts on the finale: TK's recap will be up in the next hour.

  • As many of you know, the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot is going to "Glee" this year. Now we know that Katie Couric will be the guest on the show that night. She will be singing "Tea for Two." I don't know what that is, but I'd have preferred Brian Williams singing "Blame Canada." (MTV)

  • In case you missed the announcement yesterday, F/X has, indeed, cancelled "Terriers." And while I don't like the move, for obvious reasons, isn't it at least nice that on cable they allow an entire season to finish before they pull the plug? If they'd shitcanned "Terriers" after 9 episodes (as would have Fox), then I'd have to get out the pitchfork. It's not really F/X's fault, either -- the ratings were absolutely dismal, less than half the viewers of any other F/X freshman series. But if it's any consolation, Damon Lindeloff tweeted this: "Cancellation sucks, but ten years from now, we'll still be talking about Terriers." That's probably only because movie blogs will float rumors of a "Terriers" movie for the next decade.

  • Neil Patrick Harris will host the Video Game Awards on Spike TV. An odd choice, but then, NPH could host the chrome off a trailer hitch.

  • No surprise: "Dexter" has been renewed for a sixth season by Showtime.

  • Finally, how does Sarah Palin goose the ratings of her reality show, "Alaska"? She shoots a Caribou. On television. I didn't think that it'd bother me to watch, but it did. A lot. I'm not anti-hunting (not that I'd do it myself), but I am against the gleeful shooting of a pretty glorious animal for television ratings. PETA, expectedly, is also ticked off. I don't like aligning myself with PETA, but you might, too, if you have the stomach for the video.

    Here's the video. I don't really recommend that you watch it unless you're just looking for an excuse to hate Sarah Palin even more or spend the rest of your day sad.




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