- Last Updated: 11:36 AM, June 20, 2012
- Posted: 10:17 PM, June 19, 2012
Based on the premiere numbers for ABC’s “Glass House,” maybe CBS should forget about trying to get the show off the air.
“Glass House” — which CBS claims is a blatant ripoff of its “Big Brother” — bowed to barely 4 million viewers Monday night, roughly half the viewership of an average episode of “Big Brother.” ABC won a round in court last week — when a judge denied CBS’s temporary restraining order that would have kept “Glass House” from premiering Monday night — but that appears to have been a pyrrhic victory, at this point.
“Big Brother,” meanwhile, will kick off its 14th season on July 12 (at 9 p.m.) with host Julie Chen. I’m guessing it will do just fine.
In other “show-bashing-show” news, Monday night’s episode of ABC Family’s “Bunheads” — ripped last week by Shonda Rhimes for its lack of diversity — held on to its premiere-week viewership (1.7 million) and saw dramatic increases in adults 18-34 (up 18 percent) and women 18-34 (up 28 percent) over opening-week numbers.
Cue the old adage: “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”
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Every job has its occupational hazards. Just ask Chris Meloni, who’s playing 500-year-old vampire Roman on HBO’s “True Blood.”
Meloni tells People magazine that, well, it ain’t easy wearing vampire fangs. “I nicked myself. I was like a vampire with training wheels,” he says. “You can’t talk too much when you’re wearing fangs; they’re very sharp.”
Meloni says he doesn’t think his kids, Sophia (11) and Dante (8) will be watching him on the show. “I do a lot of cursing. I have enough of a potty mouth at home,” he says. “I don’t need them busting me for any more saucy language.”
Meloni, who’s co-starred in two shows — “Oz” and “Law & Order: SVU,” both awash in violence (especially “Oz”) — has no problem with the gore on “True Blood.”
“I look forward to it,” he tells People. “I couldn’t wait to stake somebody. I knew it was going to get messy. I [nailed my first] in one take.
“It was a one-take stake.”
Meloni’s bit appears in the July 2 issue of People, out today on newsstands in New York and LA.
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Dreams do come true — sometimes with a little (online) help.
A group of industry insiders — who’ve all worked on multi-million-dollar movies, etc. — have turned to kickstarter.com to raise $150,000 for their pet project.
Writer/producer Marc Zicree, Doug Drexler and digital film pioneer Neil Johnson used the crowd-funding site to raise the dough for “Space Command,” a new, original feature-film series that’s been endorsed by sci-fi mavens Damon Lindelof (“Lost”), Neil Gaiman (“Sandman,” “Dr. Who”), Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead”), author David Brin, Jane Espenson (“Game of Thrones”) and Guillermo Del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy”).
“We are thrilled to have the support from so many of our friends in Hollywood,” says Zicree. “A number of leading writers, producers and directors in the sci-fi world are working on the project.”
“Space Command’s” kickstarter campaign closes July 14.
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Last, but not least:
* Tonight on MSG’s “Celebrity Countdown” (8:30): “Entourage” star Jerry Ferrara (Turtle) ranks his top “Jeremy Lin Moments” from the 2011-12 Knicks season (when “Linsanity” gripped the city for a while) . . . Time Warner Cable is a first-time “Silver Sponsor” of the NYC Pride March, being held June 24. Its car will feature Rodiney Santiago and Ryan Nickulas (from Logo’s “The A List: New York”).