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Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

by Ethan Alter September 14, 2011 4:20 pm
Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Did the ex-Vampire Slayer's new show... uh, slay in the ratings?

One of the highest-profile shows of the new fall season, Ringer starring beloved geek icon Sarah Michelle Gellar, launched last night on The CW. How'd the cheerleader-turned-Slayer do? Just okay, according to the Nielsens. Although the series attracted the highest audience -- 2.74 million -- in that Tuesday, 9 PM time slot that the network has enjoyed in three years. (It also improved on its lead-in, 90210.) Still, the show's performance didn't quite live up to the hype surrounding it and with two formidable returning shows -- NCIS: Los Angeles and Dancing With the Stars -- returning next week, Ringer is going to have to fight for eyeballs. Good thing Gellar is an experienced brawler.

Speaking of 90210, the nation's wealthiest zip code will soon be paid a visit by someone from its trashiest. Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino will guest star on an upcoming episode as a celebrity (uh huh, sure -- that sounds believable) that squares off against Matt Lanter's Liam in a poker game during the group's Vegas vacation.

Rest easy America! Contrary to rumors, X-tina isn't being kicked off The Voice. Executive producer Mark Burnett insists that all of the first season's judges will be back, whether you like it or not. Can we at least get rid of Carson Daly? Please?

Also returning to the airwaves is CBS's Big Brother, which the network just announced has been renewed for another summer season. That gives Julie Chen more people to eliminate beyond her co-hosts on The Talk.

On the heels of Eric Kripke's planned Deadman series for The CW, FOX is developing a small-screen version of DC Comics' The Spectre, which follows a cop and his spectral alter ego, who seeks justice for the dead by hunting down the people that wronged them. That's another comic that's small-screen bound, along with FX's Powers and ABC's The Hulk. Hey, when can we expect a Cerebus animated series?

The fallout from Russell Armstrong's suicide continues, as his estranged wife and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor alleges in a new interview that he physically abused her earlier this year. Yikes -- this ugly story just keeps getting uglier.

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