FNL Vet Matt Lauria Talks Burn Notice Face-Off, Hails 'Extraordinary' Chicago Code

Michael Westen has met his match, and it’s… Matt Lauria?

When the Friday Night Lights and Chicago Code vet visits Burn Notice this Thursday (USA Network, 9/8c), he’ll come bearing some bad news for Michael: His character, an ex-Special Forces operative named Ethan, has beaten Jeffrey Donovan’s counterpart at one of his own games. But before they can stage a rematch …READ MORE

Fox Sweeps Scoopapalooza: Deaths, Drugs, Blind Items, Prom and... The Goonies?!

Fox just dropped off one of our favorite documents of the year – its May Sweeps round-up – and suffice it to say, high drama is in plentiful supply as House, Bones, Glee, Fringe and the rest of the network’s scripted series sew up their seasons. We’ve boiled the 5,000-word press release down for you, show-by-show (in alphabetical order). But be warned: This promises to be a mighty download of scoops, teasers and outright spoilers. GET THE SCOOP!

Matt Lauria's Spoiler-Free Friday Night Lights Finale Thoughts: 'It Blindsided Me!'

Saying goodbye to Friday Night Lights was tough, but thank goodness The Chicago Code came around when it did because TV without Matt Lauria isn’t really TV — am I right?

I recently had the good fortune to chat with the Dillon football stud-turned-rookie cop, who was nice enough to offer his insights on FNL‘s series finale. And knowing that not all of you are DirecTV inclined, he prefaced his thoughts with this request: “Only if you promise not to do anything to spoil it for the NBC fans.” …READ MORE

Ratings: Castle, House, Chicago Code, Gossip Girl on the Upswing

Turns out Brad Womack can be a force for good. To wit, look at the positive impact he’s having on Castle’s ratings!

Buoyed by a surging Bachelor (10.3 million viewers, up 11 percent) the first part of Castle‘s two-episode Adrian Pasdar arc attracted 9 million viewers to score its most-watched episode since early November. (It also probably didn’t hurt that it was a kick-ass eppy.)

Over on Fox, House was up a tick in both total viewers (10.3 million) and the 18-49 demo (3.5), while lead-out Chicago Code added 600K viewers (to 7.9 million) and two-tenths in the demo (to 2.2).

Elsewhere on Monday: …READ MORE

Fox Sets Premiere Date For Shawn Ryan's The Chicago Code

Shawn Ryan’s The Chicago Code (formerly Ride-Along) will premiere on Monday, February 7, the night after Fox’s Super Bowl broadcast.

As originally announced in May, the show will air in the Monday 9/8c slot, which it was to share with the since-canceled Lone Star. Jason Clarke and Jennifer Beals star in The Chicago Code, executive produced by Ryan and Tim Minear. It follows Chicago’s most powerful and respected cops as they navigate the city’s underbelly to fight crime and expose corruption within Chicago’s notorious political machine.

By launching The Chicago Code right after the Super Bowl, Fox will certainly try use TV’s biggest promotional platform to drive viewers to the premiere the next night.

This story was originally published by Nellie Andreeva for Deadline.com.