TV News: NBC, Simpsons, Showtime, Terra

It looks like NBC’s “The Playboy Club” is the first of the new shows to suffer the axe as the network is pulling the low-rated new drama and will replace it

with Brian Williams’ new primetime newsmagazine show starting October 31st says Deadline.

On the flip side though, they’ve given both sitcoms “Up All Night” and “Whitney” early full-season pickups. Still no word as yet on its troubled “Prime Suspect” remake and the workplace rom-com “Free Agents” which both debuted to disappointing ratings.

The last of the network’s Fall premieres, “Grimm”, has also been pushed back a week and will now premiere on October 28th alongside the season premiere of “Chuck”.

The Simpsons
Fox could be cancelling its long running animated series “The Simpsons” as early as next May as the network is demanding its cast take a 45% pay cut.

The actors shot back with a 30% pay cut in exchange for a small percentage of the billions of end profits from global syndication and merchandizing the franchise earns. [Source: The Daily Beast]

Showtime had a big night on Sunday with the sixth season premiere of “Dexter” and the series premiere of “Homeland” pulling in big numbers for the premium cable network.

“Dexter” scored 2.2 million viewers, its biggest season premiere yet and up 24% on last year. It was also the network’s best rated broadcast of 2011, and the highest rated season premiere for a series on the network in 14 years.

How much longer the show can go though will depend on lead star Michael C. Hall and the network who’re in the midst of negotiating a deal for another two seasons but according to Deadline can’t settle on price right now.

Conspiracy thriller “Homeland” with Claire Danes scored 1.1 million people, just edging ahead of the 1.06m for “The Borgias” earlier this year to become the network’s biggest drama premiere in eight years.

Terra Nova
Fox’s sci-fi epic “Terra Nova” is proving to have more legs than first thought.

While last week’s premiere numbers were a solid 3.1 rating and 9 million viewers, the Live+7 numbers are in which take into account those who recorded the show on DVR and watched it later. The show’s rating jumped from a 3.1 to a 4.1, making it the top new drama premiere of the season.

Its second week live numbers of 8.31 million viewers and a 3.0 rating showed no real drop-off, quite different to most new shows which generally see falls of around 15-30% for their second episodes.