Courteney Cox returns to NBC as a producer; 'Buffy' alum joins 'Once Upon a Time'
- Courteney Cox is revisiting "Friends" territory with a comedy project she's executive producing -- both in material and choice of network. Cox and David Arquette are among the executive producers of a comedy called "Ten Years" that has just landed at NBC. It's from writer Howard J. Morris and looks at key moments in a decade-long relationship between a couple and their friends and family. [ Deadline]
- Former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" regular Emma Caulfield is joining ABC's fairy-tale drama "Once Upon a Time" as a guest star. Caulfield, late of "Life Unexpected" and the web series "Bandwagon" (which she also co-created) will play the blind witch from "Hansel and Gretel" in "Once's" ninth episode. [ @emmacaulfield/ TVLine]
- "Game of Thrones" may finally have completed its Season 2 cast with the addition of "Downton Abbey's" Rose Leslie. She'll play Ygritte, a Wildling woman Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) encounters on the far side of the Wall. Leslie is one of a host of new faces on the HBO show's second season. [ EW]
- The "B****" is back in ABC's midseason comedy "Don't Trust the B**** in Apartment 23." That was the Krysten Ritter-Dreama Walker-James Van Der Beek comedy's original title, but when ABC picked it up in May it shortened the title to just "Apartment 23." The b-word will be bleeped out when the show's title is spoken on-air. [ ABC]
- Lifetime is pursuing a TV adaptation of "Steel Magnolias" -- with an all-African-American cast. Sally Robinson (HBO's "Iron Jawed Angels") will write the pilot script, which Kenny Leon ("A Raisin in the Sun") is set to direct. [ Deadline]
- A few ratings notes from cable, via Nielsen:
- E! got strong ratings from its two-part special "Kim's Fairytale Wedding," but the two-night Kardashapalooza didn't quite match the numbers for the biggest "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" episodes. The special averaged 4.4 million viewers on Sunday (Oct. 9) and 4 million on Monday, a little below the Season 5 premiere (4.7 million) and Season 4 finale (4.8 million) of "Keeping Up." E! is touting a "combined 10.5 million viewers" for the two parts, but that's the number of people who caught as little as five minutes of either part, not the average.
- The season finale of "Breaking Bad" on Sunday scored 1.9 million viewers, up a good amount from its third-season closer last year (the season as a whole was up as well, growing by 23 percent). A pair of replays later in the night bumped the finale up to 2.9 million viewers.
- The second episode of Showtime's new drama "Homeland" held up well, averaging 938,000 viewers and retaining better than 85 percent of the audience from its premiere. "Dexter" also performed solidly Sunday, drawing 1.7 million viewers.