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'Dallas' Renewed for Third Season
TNT is staying in Dallas. The cable network has renewed the series for a third season.

And despite a significant ratings dip in January from its inaugural run in summer 2012, the network plans to stick with a winter premiere. A 15-episode season is slated to kick off in early 2014.

"Dallas has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven storylines, clever twists and turns, and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations," said TNT, TBS and TCM president and head of programming Michael Wright. "Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character J.R. Ewing this year, Dallas has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.'s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted."

Hagman, one of the returning actors from the 1978 series, died in November at 81.

Produced Warner Horizon Television, Dallas relaunched last year to a massive 6.9 million viewers. Its second season, which saw it facing much more competition in broadcast network, returned just short of 3 million.

It did see growth over the course of the season, however. The farewell to Hagman's character fetched a season high of 3.6 million viewers. All told, the second season averaged 3.8 million viewers in Live+Seven Day returns, with 1.6 million adults 25-54 and 1.4 million adults 18-49.

Southland, from Warner Bros. Television, is awaiting news on a possible renewal after recently finishing its early 2013 run on TNT. Dallas' time slot neighbor Monday Mornings, David E. Kelley's medical drama, has also yet to be renewed -- though it's considered a long shot after ratings further fizzled from its 1.34 million premiere.


'American Horror Story: Coven' Adds Gabourey Sidibe
Gabourey Sidibe is heading from The Big C to American Horror Story: Coven.

The Oscar nominee (Precious) has been added to the cast of the third season of the FX anthology series, showrunner Ryan Murphy revealed Monday.

"Thrilled to announce Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe is joining the cast of 'American Horror Story: Coven,' " Murphy tweeted.

Sidibe joins a cast that includes new addition Kathy Bates and returning players Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy and Lily Rabe.

Details on just who Sidibe will play are being kept under wraps.

Murphy's announcement comes the same day that the final season of Showtime's The Big C: Hereafter begins its first of the cancer dramedy's final four episodes. Sidibe plays Andrea, an aspiring fashion student in the Laura Linney starrer.

While little is known about season three of the witch-themed American Horror Story: Coven, producers said at PaleyFest in March the series would again search for haunted places in America. Murphy previously told The Hollywood Reporter that next year would feature three characters playing real people, including previously announced castmember Bates.

"It's a really cool story that we've been talking for a couple years, and this seemed to be the year to do it," he said, noting the series will shoot in multiple locations, one of which is New Orleans -- the first time the series has exited its soundstage filming location.

Sidibe is repped by UTA, Principal Entertainment and Felker Toczek.


I watched the pilot even though I promised not to. I just had to see Mads Mikkelsen's performance, and it didn't disappoint. However, the show was kind of what I expected: slightly boring. Well made, but also boring. It's just that there has been so many find-the-serial killer shows, that Hannibal just feels like one more in the bunch. Though I do understand if someone likes this show, I just don't have the patience to continue watching it.