- Last Updated: 6:23 PM, June 15, 2012
- Posted: 10:56 PM, June 14, 2012
TNT’s reboot of “Dallas” got off to a strong start Wednesday night, snaring 6.9 million viewers. That’s the most-watched basic-cable series premiere this season (as opposed to History’s record-breaking “Hatfields & McCoys,” which was a miniseries). It’s also the third consecutive summer that TNT has finished with a chart-topping series premiere, following on the heels of “Rizzoli & Isles” (2010) and “Falling Skies” last summer.
The revived “Dallas” features original series stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray and Southfork Ranch newbies Josh Henderson, Jessie Metcalfe and Brenda Strong (among others).
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While the daytime soap genre continues its inexorable slide into oblivion — with only “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” remaining on broadcast TV — the genre has adapted, somewhat, to life elsewhere.
“The Bay,” which streams on the Web, has just wrapped its second season on the Web and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy (in the Short Form Category). It stars two soap vets, Mary Beth Evans (“DOOL”) and Tristan Rogers (“GH”) and was the only Web soap to receive a Daytime Emmy nod this year.
The book world, meanwhile, has seen the publication of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell,” a biography of the creator of “Y&R” and “Bold and the Beautiful” written by his widow, Lee Phillip Bell and Michael Maloney. Just in time for beach-reading season.
And circling back to the Daytime Emmys, the ceremony, which airs without a host this year — June 23 on HLN (8 p.m.) — will feature among its presenters Anderson Cooper, Rachael Ray and the cast of the syndicated daytime show, “The Doctors” (Drs. Jim Sears, Travis Stork, Lisa Masterson and Andrew Ordon).
The Daytime Emmys are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (which, acronymically speaking — if there is such a word — is SATAN spelled backwards. Just sayin’).
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Maybe I shouldn’t have automatically thrown that “Annoying Orange” key chain into the garbage when it arrived in the office this week — now that its TV cousin had a big premiere on Cartoon Network.
Monday night’s debut of “Annoying Orange” — adapted from a YouTube hit that’s attracted over 1 billion views — snared 2.6 million viewers on Cartoon Network and did (predictably) well among young viewers, particularly kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and kids 9-14. It also steamrolled over its timeslot competition (8:30 p.m.) in all demos.
The series features guest voices including Michael Clarke Duncan, Jeffrey “Hey Now!” Tambor, Malcolm McDowell, Billy Dee Williams, Leah Remini and Tom Kenny (the voice of “SpongeBob SquarePants”).
More numbers: NBC’s Jay Leno is getting some of his ratings mojo back. Season-to-date, he’s up 16 percent in total viewers — versus this time last year — over David Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS. Leno averaged 3.4 million viewers for the week ending June 8.
And CBS News had two shows in the Top 20 last week — “4 8 Hours Mystery” (featuring Maureen Maher’s report on the Texas “Facebook Detectives”) and “60 Minutes.”
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Last, but not least:
* Amy Poehler guests on tonight’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!” (10 p.m./IFC) — venting her “anger” at Mad Magazine over its “Parks & Regurgitation” parody of her NBC sitcom, “Parks & Recreation.” Reminds me of my teen years reading Mad’s parodies (“Blarney Miller” for “Barney Miller” and “The Poop Side Down Adventure” for “The Poseidon Adventure” come to mind) . . . Shane McBride, the former head chef of Colicchio & Sons, competes on Sunday’s episode of “BBQ Pit Masters” (10 p.m. on Destination America) . . . TLC has renewed “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding” for a second season. It’s averaged 1.6 million viewers in its inaugural season, which ends Sunday night at 10 . . . The fifth season of CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” is out on DVD/Blu-ray Sept. 11.