TVLine Items: Walking Dead's Good News/Bad News, Stacey Dash Jilts Single Ladies, and More

Now there is literally even more to look forward to when The Walking Dead returns.

AMC announced Thursday that the hotly anticipated Season 2 premiere of the zombie drama will be a supersized 90-minute episode, to air Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9/8c.

Ah, but with this good news comes some bad. Although a half-dozen hour-long installments will air in the weeks to follow, the final six episodes of TWD‘s second cycle won’t unspool until Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 pm — translating into an 11-week midseason hiatus.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Stacey Dash has confirmed what has been widely rumored in recent weeks: She’s leaving VH1’s Single Ladies. “I truly enjoyed playing Val … but I have decided to leave the show,” the actress said in a statement to GlobalGrind. Dash cited “shooting location” as the reason for her departure, adding, “I have to be back in L.A. with my children right now.”

• With the news that transgender Chaz Bono would be paired with a female pro this season on Dancing With the Stars, some wondered why fellow celeb hoofer Carson Kressley — who is openly gay — was not paired with a man. “We thought about it,” exec producer Conrad Green tells E! Online. But…? “We try to follow what happens in real ballroom competitions,” Green said. “And while we are aware that there are same-sex couples, the competitions are usually mixed-gendered.”

• TVLine has unveiled exclusive details on Jake Pavelka’s return to The Bold and the Beautiful. In his first go-round the former Bachelor piloted the Forrester jet; this time he’ll be flying several members of the family to Aspen — where the CBS sudser is headed next week for a location shoot.

• Chris McKenna (One Life to Live, Harry’s Law) has landed a multi-ep arc on The CW’s 90210 as a love interest for Annie, per EW.com. As TVLine previously reported,  Shenae Grimes’ West Bev gal will dabble in some escort employment in Season 4.

Cougar Town boss Bill Lawrence has sold a multi-cam comedy pilot to CBS with former How I Met Your Mother exec producer Greg Malins, per Deadline.

Deadline also reports that NBC is adapting a small screen version of the classic 1980s rom-com Romancing the Stone. The Forgotten creator Mark Friedman will pen the project.

• Fresh out of prison, rapper T.I. has landed a 10-episode docu-series to premiere on VH1 Dec. 5 at 10 pm.

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  1. Sam says:

    I don’t care how often TWD episodes air or what length the episodes are as long as the content is quality material. Like The Killing, this show has so much promise that was often unfulfilled in the debut season. AMC is where magic happens, so I hope they pull it together.

  2. Paco says:

    people are such idiots. why would it be a problem for Chaz to be paired with a woman? He’s a man!

  3. Sarah says:

    The mid-season hiatus will be almost twice as long as the two halves? Lame. They should do 8 and 4 with a 6 week break, or something a little less obnoxiously-long.

    • Snsetblaze says:

      They should only take Christmas week off and just run it otherwise straight through. The ratings would be even better because so many other tv programs are repeats.

  4. Evan says:

    Someone stop TPTB at AMC from making a nearly 3 month hiatus. This can be a huge mistake. Just look at the history from such long hiatuses on the major broadcasters. The Event, FlashForward, V, all had 3-4 month hiatuses in the middle of their seasons and the ratings never went back to where they once were. Even LOST during its 3rd season had a long hiatus after the first six episodes and their ratings never came back to where they once were either. Isn’t it bad enough the first season was only six episodes, don’t do this mid-season finale stuff like USA and TNT do. Those networks’ programming isn’t serialized like AMC. I think this can be fatal for the series.

    • Simon Jester says:

      THE EVENT, FLASHFORWARD, and V dropped after the hiatuses because they weren’t very good, and people didn’t care enough about them to come back! Plenty of other shows (such as THE CLOSER, WHITE COLLAR, and now DOCTOR WHO) manage a mid-season break perfectly successfully because people actually give a damn about what happens next.

      • Evan says:

        Thank you for proving my point. The shows you mentioned, WHITE COLLAR and THE CLOSER (both favorites of mine) are not serialzed like AMC shows are. While it is true that both those shows had an overall arc this season and WHITE COLLAR had a big cliffhanger finale, that is not the format of THE WALKING DEAD.

        • Simon Jester says:

          If a show isn’t interesting enough to lure viewers back after a couple of months, it deserves to fail. BREAKING BAD is highly serialized and was off the air for over a YEAR, yet set a ratings record upon its return. Why? Because it kicks ass.

        • Tej says:

          Au contraire. Didn’t watch Flashforward or V but there was a definite general consensus among critics and viewers that the 2nd half of the 1st season of The Event was better than the 1st. I agree with your point about White Collar and The Closer not being serialized. Part of the reason they still attract viewers after so long is because they air mostly during the summer when viewers have less selection in regard to shows to watch. And Doctor Who works with a split season right now because in previous seasons (correct me if I’m wrong) it wasn’t split, giving it a good chance to become more popular. Now that it’s using the split season format, its audience is enormous enough from previous years that they will keep track of the storylines and return date, and those that don’t are a small loss to what is, I have heard, the UK’s most popular show.

  5. Jake says:

    UGH, really AMC?

  6. Alison C says:

    What you said!

  7. Jon says:

    Smart idea on the part of AMC. Who really has time to watch TV during the holidays?

    • Snsetblaze says:

      Many people watch tv during the holidays. Plus, for the most part, the holidays end right after January 1 (yes, I know some religions have different schedules) so if that were the case, the powers that be should have scheduled the remaining episodes to start in January.

  8. Geo says:

    They may be the Walking Dead, but AMC appears to be doing everything they can to kill ’em off once and for all.

    • Danny says:

      USA does this all the time and their shows are very highly rated. Calm down.

      • Evan says:

        USA shows are not serialized like AMC shows are. Those mid-season finales might have cliffhangers but its not the same.

        • J says:

          Midseason hiatuses works for cable especially for serialized shows like those from ABC Family (Pretty Little Liars, Secret Life), and Syfy (Eureka, Warehouse 13) among others where a lot of their dramas are serialized.

          • Geo says:

            But those shows like Pretty Little Liars, Secret Life and Warehouse 13 have twelve episode mini-seasons, not just a paltry six episodes. Their mini-seasons are the equivalent of a full season of most HBO and Showtime shows. There’s a reason why these shows and shows like Dexter and Boardwalk Empire don’t just start up and then stop at six episodes– it’s called dramatic momentum.

            Six episodes is like loading the family into your car, revving the engine like you’re gonna go really fast, driving only to the end of the driveway, and then telling everyone to get out. It’s likely to leave many folks dissatisfied and saying “wait, that’s it?” It sure doesn’t sound like a very smart strategy to me.

          • J says:

            Geo: I don’t think it’s also a smart idea to air all the episodes well into the holidays either. The best thing they could do is to have the second half of the season air at the soonest time possible, maybe as early as January.

  9. Pam says:

    I biggest complaint about TWD is that I will be out of town during the premiere! I will DVR it but won’t be able to watch it until the following Saturday.

  10. jj says:

    So only 12 episodes all together?

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Nope, 13 – 90-minute premiere, “a half-dozen hour-long installments in the weeks to follow,” and then “the final six episodes.”

  11. Ben says:

    Whats the difference between a mid season hiatus and a season finale (summer hiatus), really. Especially in a serialised show.