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TV News: Luck, Dates, Southland, Casting

By Garth Franklin Saturday March 3rd 2012 10:15PM

Luck
Not many seem to be watching HBO's gambling drama "Luck" in its initial airings despite the acclaim, star power and pedigree. First broadcasts of the debut episode drew an initial 1.14 million for its December sneak peek followed by 1.06 million for its real 'premiere' in late January.

The four subsequent episodes however have scored less than half that, taking in between 430,000 and 550,000 viewers. In comparison at this point in their runs (midway through first season) both "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones" were both getting around 2.5-2.8 million viewers per episode on their initial airings.

The show is safe for the moment however as HBO isn't as ratings-reliant as other networks, plus the show has already been renewed for a second season of ten episodes. [Source: Vulture]

Premiere Dates
A list of premiere dates for many TV show returns and premieres from March to June is up at TV.com. Amongst the highlights ('S' stands for season):

March 6: "Breaking In: S2"
March 14: "South Park: S16"
March 15: "Community: S3" (remainder), "Missing"
March 22: "Touch: S1"
March 23: "Fringe: S4" (remainder)
March 25: "Mad Men: S5"
April 1: "Game of Thrones: S2," "The Killing: S2"
April 2: "Bones: S7" (remainder)
April 8: "The Borgias: S2," "Nurse Jackie: S4," "The Big C: S3"
April 10: "Glee: S3" (remainder)
April 15: "Girls: S1"
April 16: "Eureka: S5," "Lost Girl: S2"
April 22: "Veep: S1"
June 28: "Louie: S3," "Wilfred: S2"

Southland
TNT's cop drama "Southland" is expected to be renewed by the cable network for a fifth season. The show has been averaging three million total viewers per episode for its currently airing fourth season while reviews have been solid.

The series began on NBC but got cancelled before the second season went to air. The cable network however picked up the remaining original episodes and ordered a further third and later fourth season. [Source: Digital Spy]

Casting News
Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange are all set to return for the second season of "American Horror Story". Each will be playing different roles (with entirely different personalities) to their first season parts, while the action will now be set in a "horror institution" on the East Coast.

Charlie Barnett and former "House" star Jesse Spencer have been cast in the NBC drama pilot "Chicago Fire" about the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department.

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