TV Buzz: ‘New Girl’s’ Ratings Steady as Others Fall; Jimmy Kimmel, Kristin Chenoweth Among Stars Honoring Ellen DeGeneres’ Humor Prize

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The cast and creators of FOX’s New Girl should be smiling this morning as they are seemingly the only scripted show who remained steady in the ratings on Tuesday. Though CBS won the night overall, their shows did take a dip of between nine and 16 percent. NBC’s comedies also suffered from declining ratings as their usually strong lead in of The Voice was a recap special. Meanwhile FOX’s other comedies, including freshman series The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate, were all down more than 20 percent from last week. The premiere of the CW’s Hart of Dixie was steady in its key demographic of 18-34 but down 13 percent from it’s debut last year. [EW]

What award is bringing the stars out to salute Ellen DeGeneres

Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel along with Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey and Lily Tomlin will honor DeGeneres as she receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 22 at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Also on hand to honor the funny woman will be John Krasinski, Sean Hayes and Jazon Mraz. The show will be broadcast on PBS stations on Oct. 30. [AP]

ABC’s new musical drama Nashville is teaming up with Taylor Swift’s record label, Big Machine Records. It was announced that one song from the three to seven musical performances per episode will be released to iTunes by Big Machine. Two songs will be released from the premiere – “Love Like Mine” as sung by Hayden Panettiere and “Back Home” performed by Charles Esten. “Telescope” performed by Panettiere on Episode 2 will be the first song sent to country radio. Nashville premieres Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10 PM on ABC.  [THR/Billboard]

Strike Back will be back on Cinemax for Season 3 in 2013. The Emmy-nominated series will shoot in South Africa and Hungary for its new 10-episode season. The currently running second season finds the team of counterterrorism operatives tracking stolen nuclear triggers while facing their own issues. The second season final airs Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 PM. [HBO/Cinemax]

Adult Swim favorites, Children’s Hospital and National Terrorist Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle (NTSF:SD:SUV), have been picked up for new seasons. Children’s Hospital, created by Rob Corddry, will be back for Season 5. NTSD:SD:SUV, which focuses on government agents protecting the city, is making its Season 3 return. [Deadline]

The Hollywood Reporter has once again compiled its list of showrunners to watch for 2013. Included on the list are House of LiesMatthew Carnahan, Nashville’s Dee Johnson, The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton, and Arrow’s Andrew Kreisberg and Revolution’s Eric Kripke among others. [THR]

Sahara Davenport, 27, also known as Antoine Ashley, passed away due to heart failure on Oct. 1 in Baltimore. Davenport, is best known for his appearance on the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Logo released the following statement: “Logo is profoundly saddened by the passing of Antoine Ashley who fans around the world knew and loved as Sahara Davenport. He was an amazing artist and entertainer who’ll be deeply missed by his Logo family. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, especially his boyfriend Karl, in their time of need.”

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