TV News: Premiere, Ratings, Casual, Murder

Premiere Dates
A bunch of series premiere dates have been announced lately, including a few key dramas:

ABC will launch “Zero Hour” on Thursday February 14th at 8pm. A few weeks later it will premiere “Red Widow” on Sunday March 3rd at 9pm before moving it to the 10pm slot the following week.

The CW will premiere its mid-season drama “Cult” on Tuesday February 19th at 8pm.

Finally, FX will premiere Cold War spy drama “The Americans” on Wednesday, January 30th. [Source: The Live Feed]

For the first time “Homeland” overtook “Dexter” on Showtime with this past Sunday’s episode pulling in a series high of 2.2 million viewers, with an additional 0.3M watching encores. The show averages 5.7 million viewers across all platforms each week.

“Dexter” isn’t slouching off either, with 2.1 million viewers and 0.5M watching encores. It’s the show’s highest-rated season, up 12% on last year. The show averages 6.02 million viewers across all platforms each week

The Casual Vacancy
The BBC is looking into making a TV series out of J.K. Rowling’s latest novel “The Casual Vacancy” which would go to air in 2014.

The story is set in a fictional British village in the days after a local official dies unexpectedly on a golf course

Rowling says: “I’m thrilled that the BBC has commissioned ‘The Casual Vacancy.’ I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home.” [Source: The Los Angeles Times]

I Hunt Killers
ABC Family and producer Joel Silver are teaming to develop a drama series adaptation of Barry Lyga’s young-adult novel “I Hunt Killers”.

The story centers on the teenage son of an imprisoned notorious serial killer, a likable boy who becomes a suspect after a string of copy-cat murders. “Dexter” scribe Arika Mittman is penning the script. [Source: THR]