- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 15, 2009

TV for all ages

Not only does Fox have the highest-rated new scripted series this fall in “The Cleveland Show,” it also has the show with the youngest audience, notes the Hollywood Reporter.

With an average age of 28 (which, in broadcast TV, is practically prepubescent), “Cleveland” even topped the CW’s “Vampire Diaries” in Nielsen Media Research’s measurement of the median age of new fall shows.

At the other end of the spectrum of new shows is CBS’ “The Good Wife” and “Three Rivers,” with a median age of 57, THR notes.

To no one’s surprise, series featuring doctors and cops were more popular among older viewers - including CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” (median viewer age 56), ABC’s “The Forgotten” (55) and NBC’s “Mercy” (55).

Shows on the CW such as “Melrose Place” (30) and “Vampire Diaries” (32) attracted those in the more advertiser-coveted youthful demographics, with Fox’s “Glee” (37), NBC’s “Community” (39) and ABC’s “Cougar Town” (46) also skewing on the young side.

“Cleveland” also tied Fox’s “Family Guy” as the youngest broadcast show overall on TV. And even though “The Simpsons” has been on the air for 21 seasons, it still averages a youthful 30. The oldest show was the other scripted show that’s hit 20 seasons, NBC’s “Law & Order,” with a median age of 60.

Morgan rant on ‘SNL’

We already know that30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan is a bit like his on-screen persona, Tracy Jordan: unpredictable, hysterical, and just a little nuts. So it should come as no surprise that his new memoir - “I Am the New Black,” which hits store shelves on Tuesday - continues the pattern, notes Entertainment Weekly.

According to the magazine’s Web site, EWOnline.com, Mr. Morgan is predictably honest about his upbringing and extracurricular activities in his book, even admitting that he once took his uncomfortable30 Rock” castmates to an illegal strip club in New York City. But he’s also surprisingly candid about his professional life - not to mention his attitudes toward former co-workers.

When discussing his 10-year stint on “Saturday Night Live,” Mr. Morgan writes that he was disrespected by fellow cast members Chris Kattan and Cheri Oteri, and quickly turns the tables on the comics. (“Where’s Chris Kattan now? Where’s Cheri Oteri now? [She] can’t even get arrested,” he writes.)

“They never treated me well,” he continues. “There were people that treated me beautifully, like Will Ferrell and Colin Quinn and Molly Shannon - I love them. But Cheri Oteri and Chris Kattan - I never cared for them either.”

Bratt’s new ‘Family’

Former “Law & Order” star Benjamin Bratt has signed on to guest-star in the ABC comedy “Modern Family,” which was recently picked up for a full season. He’ll be playing Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) ex-husband, says Zap2it.com, citing a report from the Hollywood Reporter.

Mr. Bratt, who’ll be making a pretty rare foray into TV comedy, will have a lot to live up to, at least in the eyes of his son Manny (Rico Rodriguez). The character has been the subject of several conversations between Gloria, Manny and Gloria’s new husband Jay (Ed O’Neill).

Mr. Bratt is coming off the A&E series “The Cleaner,” which was canceled late last month after two seasons.

“Modern Family” will also welcome guest stars Shelley Long - who appears as Jay’s ex in this week’s episode - and, later in the season, Edward Norton.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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