TV News: Archer, Lies, Globes, Harry’s, Cape

The second season premiere of FX’s animated spy comedy “Archer” returned to superb reviews and good numbers – 1.5 million viewers and a 0.87 rating. That’s 50% better in total viewers and 41% better with adults 18-49 than last season’s averages.

House of Lies
Kristen Bell and Don Cheadle have joined the cast of Showtime dark comedy pilot “House of Lies” reports TV Line.

Cheadle plays an aggressive consultant named Marty who will do anything to get the info his clients want. Kristen will be Jeannie van der Hooven, a smart Ivy League graduate who works at his firm. Dawn Olivieri, Ben Schwartz and John Lawson also star.

Golden Globes
Ricky Gervais has clarified reports, saying that an executive at NBC has approached him to consider returning for a third stint hosting the Golden Globes next year reports Reuters.

Earlier in the day, Gervais said the offer came from the event’s “organisers”, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who quickly responded with a denial saying “There is no truth to this rumour. We have not asked him to come back.”

As for the NBC exec, Gervais says “(The executive) called me and said he loved (the show), that it was great. He said don’t rule out a third gig. I said I don’t think I’ll do it again. I doubt I’ll be invited back. And he said, just don’t rule it out.”

Harry’s Law
The third episode of the Kathy Bates-led David E. Kelley series is holding steady with 11 million viewers. A full season renewal is expected in coming weeks.

The Cape
The Examiner reports that NBC has cut its order of episodes for the superhero vigilante from the usual thirteen episodes to only ten, meaning that it’s almost certain to not be renewed.

The show has been plunging in the ratings. 8.59 million viewers tuned in for the series premiere, however by the time of the fifth episode which aired earlier this week, the series dropped to 5.4 million viewers.