TVLine Items: Jersey Shore Ratings, Hawaii Five-0scar Winner, Rizzoli Renewed and More!

The phenomenon that is Jersey Shore rolled on Thursday night with 8.8 million viewers tuning in to the show’s Season Four premiere, which found Sitch, Snooki and Co. taking their GTL act to Italy. It ranked as MTV’s most-watched season premiere telecast ever and Jersey‘s third highest-rated episode to date (behind two Season 3 eps).

Ready for the the rest of today’s headlines? Well…

* TNT has renewed its hit drama Rizzoli & Isles for a 15-episode third season, slated to launch next summer.

* Oscar winner and golden-age TV twin Patty Duke has booked a guest-starring role on CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, reports.

* The scarily Charlie Sheen-obsessed TMZ has obtained what it purports to be set photos from the funeral Two and a Half Men is throwing for Charlie Harper in the Sept. 19 season premiere. Check out the “smoking gun” bowling shirt!

* HBO is developing — though not necessarily for itself — a small-screen series based on Candance Bushnell’s Sex and the City prequel books, featuring Carrie Bradshaw as a high school student, according to the Los Angeles Times.

* Brett Ratner, maker of funny films, has somewhat surprisingly been tapped to help produce this year’s Academy Awards telecast. Our sister site has the full scoop.

* The summer TV season’s go-to guest star, Chi McBride, will next pop up on the season finale of USA Network’s Suits, reports.

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  1. Kim R says:

    LOVE Rizzoli & Isles! :)

    • MelindaB says:

      Me, too! Glad to hear the show’s coming back next summer. I’m currently reading through Tess Gerritsen’s books, and am enjoying the literary Rizzoli and Isles as well.

  2. Martin says:

    Sitch, “Sookie” and Co.

    – Sookie – “Oh, great, so now i have to deal with Guidos”.

  3. Juliet says:

    Finally you said it : TMZ is obsessed with Charlie Sheen but actually all medias and tabloids are, the guy has moved on but you (medias) don’t seem to want MOVING ON !!
    Sheen will have a new tv show (and i will watch, i also hope he will come back to make movies, at the end of the day he is a movie star) and we will be many to miss and mourn Charlie Harper but Chuck Lorre is what he is..ET la vie continue !!!

  4. Sam says:

    Well it shows that people are addicted to Jersey Shore so it seems their 15 minutes are definitely not

  5. George says:

    Alas all this article tells me is Mediocre television continues triumph.

  6. jj says:

    Happy to see Rizzoli & Isles gets renewed. Wonderful show.

  7. Alex says:

    Lotsa luck finding a young woman who bears a resemblance to Sarah Jessica Parker. That’s a face only a mare could love.