Today’s TV snacks include ratings for a pair of HBO shows, a new addition to “Burn Notice” and a new sketch-comedy show on FOX.
First, the good news: Ratings for the second episode of “Game of Thrones” on Sunday (April 24) were basically identical to the premiere. The show drew 2.2 million viewers in its first airing and about 730,000 more in a replay, right in line with the premiere’s numbers. [HBO]
And now the bad news: Season 2 of “Treme” began with an audience significantly smaller than last year’s series premiere. Only 740,000 people watched two airings of Sunday’s debut, down from 1.4 million in 2010. [HBO]
“House of Payne” is nearing the end of its run, but TBS is keeping its Tyler Perry pipeline going. The cable channel has ordered 10 episodes of “For Better or Worse,” which is based on Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married” movies and will star Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith, reprising their roles from the films. Production is scheduled to begin in the summer. [TBS]
So that’s where Professor Slater went. Lauren Stamile, late of “Community,” will have a recurring role in the upcoming season of “Burn Notice” as a CIA agent looking into the murder of a fellow operative. Her investigation leads her to cross paths with Michael (Jeffrey Donovan). [TVLine]
FOX will debut a sketch-comedy show starring comedian Affion Crockett (“Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n Out”) this summer. “In the Flow with Affion Crockett,” executive produced by Jamie Foxx, will have a one-hour premiere at 9 p.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 14, then settle into the 9:30 Sunday spot the following week. [FOX]
Ron Livingston has joined the cast of “Game Change,” an HBO movie based on the John Heilemann-Mark Halperin book about the 2008 presidential election. He’ll play Mark Wallace, an adviser to the McCain campaign. [Deadline]
“Blue Bloods” will be looking for a new showrunner come next season (we’re assuming it’s relatively safe for a pickup). Creators Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have departed the show, reportedly over differences on how much weight to give the show’s character elements vs. its procedural stories. [Deadline]