TV Buzz: NBC Wins Election Night Ratings; Jennifer Hudson, Sarah Hyland Set for Lifetime’s ‘Five’ Sequel

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Ratings for Tuesday’s election coverage are in, and among the broadcast networks, NBC won a plurality of viewers’ votes. Brian Williams and his ice-rink map drew 12.6 million total viewers, beating ABC (11.1 million), CBS (8.4 million), and FOX (5 million). Overall, there were 37.1 million viewers tuning into the big four networks to see Barack Obama win his second term as President of the United States. That’s a shade behind the audience for Obama’s first win in 2008, when 38 million people watched. [TVLine]

The sequel to Lifetime’s Five will include Jennifer Hudson and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland. As in the first anthology of five short films, which all focused on breast cancer, Jennifer Aniston and Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman will be among the executive producers. The sequel, tentatively titled Five 2, has also brought on Bonnie Hunt to direct one of the shorts. This anthology will target mental illness. [THR]

Author Neil Gaiman is writing another episode of BBC’s Dr. Who. The celebrated fantasy author of The Sandman and Coraline will see his episode air next spring. His installment will feature Cybermen, the monstrous cyborgs that the Doctor has been dealing with since 1966. Warwick Davis, Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Watkins are all set to co-star in the hour-long episode. [EW]

The Sundance Channel has five new original scripted series in the works for the 2013/2014 development season including projects from Robert Redford, Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci, and Dan Futterman, Anya Epstein and Ira Glass. The channel will also premiere three new originals this winter: Restless starting Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery on Dec. 7 at 9 PM, and Rectify and Top of the Lake in 2013. [Sundance]

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