Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns From 'Sesame Street'; Starz Cancels 'Boss'
Kelsey Grammer’s Boss, which airs on Starz, is being cancelled. The drama about a vindictive Chicago Mayor who was afflicted with a neurological disease ran for two seasons. The series’ cancellation makes way for three original series from the cable network next year including Da Vinci’s Demons, the final season of Spartacus and the second season of Magic City. Black Sails, a pirate drama from Jerry Bruckheimer will come to the network in 2014. [EW]
Kevin Clash has resigned from PBS' Sesame Street. The voice behind Elmo has decided that the distraction, provided by a recent scandal in which an unidentified man claimed he had a sexual relationship with him when he was underage, has made it so he cannot be effective in his job. The unidentified man later recanted his statements. Clash voiced the friendly red muppet for 28 years. In a statement, Sesame Street workshop said, “This is a sad day for Sesame Street.” [Deadline]
It looks like CBS' decision to cancel Partners was the right move as the network’s airing of a repeat of Two and a Half Men garnered 6.4 million total viewers – a 17 percent increase over the canceled comedy. Fellow CBS sitcom, 2 Broke Girls, also saw an increase in ratings by six percent. ABC's Dancing With the Stars saw the night’s largest audience with 14.1 million viewers. Meanwhile, NBC’s The Voice fell 16 percent in the ratings, but led the ad-coveted 18-49 demographic despite performing at a season low. [TVLine]
Buddy “Cake Boss” Valastro is bringing in some guest stars for the premieres of his two TLC shows, Next Great Baker and Cake Boss. On the special 90-minute premiere of the competition show, Next Great Baker, the 13 pastry chefs will step up to the challenge of making a groom’s cake for The X Factor Host Mario Lopez. Meanwhile on Cake Boss, Valastro will be tasked with creating a life-size replica cake of Golden Girl Betty White in just 24 hours. Next Great Baker and Cake Boss premiere on Monday at 9 and 10:30 PM respectively on TLC. [TLC]