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'Skins' Ratings Drop Dramatically, ABC Orders Edgar Allen Poe Mystery Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 25th 2011 6:00PM
SkinsLooks like all that 'Skins' controversy might not have paid off for MTV.

The show's second episode, which aired last night without a brand-new 'Jersey Shore' lead-in, fell 52 percent in the ratings, according to Entertainment Weekly. Though the premiere drew 3.3 million viewers, only 1.6 million tuned in yesterday.

Also down in the ratings was NBC's 'The Cape,' which was down 38 percent this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In other TV news ...

While Syfy's American version of 'Being Human' continues to forge its own way, BBC America announced the third season premiere date for the original flavor. The British series will premiere Feb. 19. [EW]

Oprah's big family secret reveal paid off for her, ratings-wise. Yesterday's 'Oprah Winfrey Show,' where the host revealed she had a half sister she never knew about, scored a 9.6 rating -- that's the show's highest in six years. [THR]

David E. Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' pilot is now a go, and now it has a possible director. 'The O.C.''s McG is reportedly the one execs want to helm the show. [TVLine]

The latest people to get a show on OWN: Scandinavian interior designers Simon Davies and Tomas Cederlund. Their show, 'Home Takeover with Simon & Tomas,' will premiere on March 28. "The duo are not only skilled interior decorators, but their over-the-top personalities also make them fun to watch as they perform their design magic and literally move into the homes they are helping," said OWN Chief Creative Officer Lisa Erspamer. [Deadline]

NBC has continued to pick up pilots to consider for next season. 'I Hate That I Love You' is about "a straight couple [who] introduces two of its lesbian friends to one another and what results is both instant attraction and a pregnancy." [Vulture]

ABC has also ordered several pilots, including the comedy 'Work It.' The half-hour show is about out-of-work car salesmen who dress as female pharmaceutical sales reps to make money. The network's most interesting pilot, though, features a mystery-solving Edgar Allen Poe in 1800s Boston. Go figure. [Deadline, EW]

Veteran television editor Stanley Frazen died Sunday of complications with pneumonia. The 91-year-old was known for his work on 'The Bob Cummings Show' and 'The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.' [THR]

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