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Ratings: Bent Out of Shape in Debut, Even As Whitney and Chelsea Rise; Criminal Minds Pops

BENT -- Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) Jeffrey Tambor as Walt, Pasha Lychnikoff as Vlad, David Walton as Pete, Rick Gonzalez as Arturo -- Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC

Well this is most unfortunate. NBC’s Bent debuted on Wednesday night to just 2.8 million total viewers while scoring a 1.0 demo rating. A second helping of the charming comedy delivered 2.4 mil and a 0.9.

For comparison’s sake, NBC’s Whitney … READ MORE

The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday

BENT -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) David Walton as Pete, Amanda Peet as Alex -- Photo by: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

On TV this Wednesday: One Tree Hill uncorks your waterworks, a new NBC comedy invites you to get Bent, CSI is touched by an Angel and more. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar. READ MORE

TVLine Items: Will Seacrest Replace Matt Lauer? Plus Five-0's Fun Blast from the Past and More!


Will Ryan Seacrest replace Matt Lauer, should the Today co-anchor vacate his seat next year? According to The Wall Street Journal, that is something the higher ups at NBC are actively pursuing.

The American Idol/E! News host is being courted as a possible successor for Lauer, the newspaper reports, …READ MORE

TVLine Items: Chuck Matriarch Returns for Finale, ABC Soaps Boss Scrubs Out and More!

CHUCK -- Season: 4 -- Pictured: Linda Hamilton as Mary Bartowski -- Photo by: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Mama Bartowski is coming back!

Linda Hamilton is set to reprise her maternal role in Chuck‘s two-hour series finale, TV Guide Magazine reports. The NBC spy dramedy’s swan song airs Jan. 27.

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

Exclusive: Marcia Gay Harden Brings the Drama to NBC's New Comedy Bent


Marcia Gay Harden is about to get Bent out of shape with George Bluth.

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Oscar winner will appear opposite Arrested Development alum Jeffrey Tambor in an episode of the yet-to-be-scheduled midseason NBC comedy, Bent. READ MORE

TVLine Items: Howard Stern's Got Talent? Plus Kevin Alejandro Plots a Breakout Gig and More!


Out with the old, in with the shock jock?

America’s Got Talent is said to be zeroing in on outspoken radio personality Howard Stern as a replacement for departing judge Piers Morgan …READ MORE

Exclusive: NBC's New Comedy Bent Drafts Friday Night Lights' Jesse Plemons


Landry’s been recruited by a new all-star team!

Friday Night Lights MVP Jesse Plemons is joining NBC’s midseason sitcom Bent in a recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively. READ MORE

Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What's New!

Fall TV Preview
Pan Am's Christina Ricci, New Girl Zooey Deschanel, and Person of Interest's Michael Emerson

The networks have unveiled their lineups for the 2011-12 TV season, and this is your “snapshot” guide to all of the shiny and new dramas, comedies and (not too many) reality series that will be coming your way. (For the short-term memory-deficient, cancellations can be found here.) CHECK OUT FALL’S NEW SHOWS!

Amanda Peet Gets Bent For NBC


Amanda Peet is reuniting with NBC on a sitcom with very promising pedigree. …READ MORE