TV Buzz: ‘Walking Dead’ Season 3 Premiere Breaks Cable Ratings Record; Bravo Sets ‘Shahs of Sunset’ Return

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AMC’s The Walking Dead killed in the ratings Sunday night, officially becoming the most watched drama telecast in basic cable history. The Season 3 premiere of the post-apocalyptic show was up 50% from last season’s premiere with 10.9 million viewers. The Walking Dead broke its own records in the ad-coveted demos for adults 18-49 and 25-54 with the third season premiere. Overall the zombie drama averaged 15.2 million total viewers over the premiere and two encore airings. [Deadline]

Which supermodel is creating a TV show on her life?

Tyra Banks and her childhood friend/America’s Next Top Model co-creator Kenya Barris are developing a show about the supermodel’s “awkward” teenager years. The comedy, Fivehead, is being developed for ABC.  The title is based upon Banks’ self-deprecating name for her forehead. Barris and Banks will develop the character and stories together for the sitcom and Barris will write the script. [Deadline]

CBS’ The Mentalist bounced back a bit in the ratings Sunday night, up 25 percent from last week with 10.6 million viewers. Meanwhile, ABC’s freshman drama 666 Park Avenue was down 12 percent with only 4.9 million viewers. Once Upon a Time also lost a portion of its audience this week while Revenge was up a tenth of point in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo with 8.2 million viewers. CBS’ mainstays Amazing Race and The Good Wife both remained steady. [EW]

Gina Torres has been added to the cast of NBC’s upcoming Hannibal in a recurring role. Torres, who can currently be seen on USA’s Suits, will play G-Man Jack Crawford’s (Laurence Fishburne) wife on the midseason NBC show. Fishburne and Torres are spouses off-screen as well. Hannibal is based upon Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon and focuses on the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) relationship with FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).  [TVLine]

Alice in Wonderland may be coming to the small screen. CSI creator Anthony Zuiker will executive produce the project, Wonderland, which NBC is in the final stages of purchasing. Wonderland will be written by Whit Anderson and is part of Zuiker’s overall deal with ABC studios. The show will be set years after Alice has become queen of Wonderland and focus on the new character of Clara. Clara will head to Wonderland in an effort to get her life back. [Deadline]

The second season of Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset will premiere on Dec. 2. The Ryan Seacrest-produced reality show features the trials and tribulations of  a group of six wealthy Persian-American friends who live in Beverly Hills. Tuning in could also help your wealth as the network has announced that two lucky fans will have the opportunity to win a gold bar worth up to $5,000 when they tweet @BravoTV during the show. Season 2 begins Sunday, Dec. 2 at 10 PM on Bravo. [THR]

HBO has set the premiere date for the second seasons of Girls and Enlightened. Season 2 of both series consist of 10 episodes  will air beginning Sunday, Jan. 13 at 9 and 930 PM respectively. The Lena Dunham led series is coming off of five primetime Emmy nominations including writing, acting and directed for the talented star. Enlightened’s Laura Dern received a 2012 Golden Globe for her Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as an executive who had a breakdown. [HBO]

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