… Spoiler alert! Kelsey Grammer’s Chicago mayor character doesn’t die in the first season of Boss! Starz has ordered a second season of the drama, and you’re excused if you can’t remember whether you liked it or not because Season 1 hasn’t even premiered yet. The rare move to renew something before it debuts is nothing new to Starz, which made a similar move with Spartacus: Blood and Sand a few years ago. Boss makes its series debut October 21. [Starz, via press release]

… Fox’s Terra Nova, the Steven Spielberg-produced show to end all shows, finally debuted last night, but Fox executives shouldn’t start wiping their butts with $ 100 bills just yet. Its ratings were decent, but by no means what the network was hoping for. About 9.22 million people tuned in, resulting in a 3.1 rating in the adult demo. Two and a Half Men, meanwhile, drew 20.52 million viewers and a 7.4 rating. Basically, people would rather watch Ashton Kutcher than dinosaurs, which is ironic because Ashton is dating a dinosaur. [TV By the Numbers]

… Mike Royce, the co-creator of the underwatched Men of a Certain Age, is back in business with a new comedy called Little Brother. Fox has agreed to a pilot as long as Royce can assemble a good cast; the comedy follows a man who discovers he has a half-brother who is an ex-con. [Deadline Hollywood]

… ABC is doing the U.K. rip-off thing by adapting the BBC Three series White Van Man. It’s a blue-collar comedy about a man who takes over the family handyman business. Quick! Cancel Last Man Standing so Tim Allen will be available! [Deadline Hollywood]

… You’ll soon have to go visit your grandfather to get your regular dose of kooky old people. Andy Rooney will make his last weekly appearance on 60 Minutes this Sunday. We’ll miss your bizzaro rants, Andy! [NY Times]


… Everyone loves True Blood‘s Pam! So I’m told. I stopped watching last season. But anyhoo, Kristin Bauer van Straten, who is indeed awesome, is hopping over to ABC’s Once Upon a Time to play Maleficent, the evil wench from Sleeping Beauty. [TV Line]

… Jimmy Buffet is guest-starring on Hawaii Five-0. No, I didn’t make it up. [EW]

… Terry O’Quinn will extend his stay on Hawaii Five-0 from six episodes to nine episodes, probably because he’s a really big Jimmy Buffet fan. [TV Guide]

The West Wing‘s Richard Schiff will guest-star on NBC’s new comedy Up All Night as Will Arnett’s psychiatrist dad. Schiff was recently cast in Showtime’s House of Lies. [EW]


… Lifetime has renewed Dance Moms for a second season. Phew! [Deadline Hollywood]

… Spike TV has ordered the reality docu-dramaticized series Diamond Divers. It’s about people who dive… for diamonds! [Deadline Hollywood]

… And finally, because NBC has no brain of its own, the network is streaming the second episode of Whitney and the third episode of Up All Night on Yahoo! before they air on TV because that strategy worked for one of its competitors. Fox posted New Girl‘s pilot online for free before it aired, and it became the biggest new hit of the season. Networks, make up your mind! Do you like the internet or do you hate it!? [Deadline Hollywood]

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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