'19 Kids and Counting' sets ratings record; 'Hell on Wheels' Season 4 gets a premiere date
- Tuesday's (May 27) episode of "19 Kids and Counting" set a ratings high for the show. TLC says 2.8 million people tuned in to watch Jill Duggar reunite with boyfriend (and now fiance) Derick Dillard. The episode also set series highs in adults and women 25-54.
- AMC has set a premiere date for Season 4 of "Hell on Wheels." The expanded 13-episode season (up from 10 in previous years) will debut Saturday, Aug. 2 and run for 10 weeks before taking a hiatus for the channel's annual FearFest programming. It will then return Nov. 8 for the final three episodes of the season.
- Syfy has acquired "Bitten" for a second season, scheduled to air in 2015. Produced by independent studio Entertainment One and starring Laura Vandervoort as the world's only female werewolf, the upcoming season will begin filming this summer in Toronto.
- Fans of "DreamWorks Dragons" will have to be Netflix subscribers to watch it for Season 3 and beyond. It's been revealed that, after two seasons, the "How To Train Your Dragon" spinoff is moving from Cartoon Network to Netflix. New episodes will be available in spring 2015. [ The Hollywood Reporter]
- Morgan Spurlock's latest docu-series, "7 Deadly Sins," will debut Aug. 7 on Showtime. The "stylized" show will explore each of the seven deadly sins -- wrath, gluttony, envy, lust, sloth, pride and greed -- per episode.
- History's miniseries "Texas Rising," about the Texas war for independence from Mexico, has cast Kris Kristofferson as President Andrew Jackson -- who kept the United States out of the conflict but was a mentor to Gen. Sam Houston. The miniseries is set to air in 2015.