CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I was going to spend this column gushing about Dean Norris, how awesome he is and what a great summer he's having, but if you watch "Breaking Bad" and/or "Under the Dome," you already know that. (And if you're not watching, shame on you. Start catching up now!)So instead, I'll share some TV news you might not know:• "Rizzoli & Isles"
has temporarily halted production after cast member Lee Thompson Young's death Monday (an apparent suicide) to give the cast and crew a chance to grieve and so the writers can decide how to move forward. Young, who first gained fame as the titular "Famous Jett Jackson" on the Disney Channel in the late '90s, played Detective Barry Frost since "Rizzoli & Isles" began in 2010.As it stands, the show has three more episodes until the midseason finale, all of which have been filmed and, presumably, will air as scheduled. (I don't see why they wouldn't.) Then, it will be back for four episodes sometime in the winter.
According to an Aug. 12 tweet by season-finale director Norman Buckley, the show was prepping for the episode then and planned to begin filming this week so, unless they go back to tweak previous episodes and introduce a story earlier, it looks like Frost's fate will be addressed then.• "CSI"
is one of the longest-running shows on TV, with its 14th season set to begin Sept. 25. It will celebrate its milestone 300th episode this season and is bringing back a familiar face to do it -- Marg Helgenberger, whose Catherine quit CSI for the FBI in season 12. The episode will, in part, flash back to a cold case from 14 years ago.Currently, there are conflicting reports on whether fellow original star William Petersen (Grissom) will appear; Deadline is reporting he will not, while other media outlets have not specified.• The next season of "Dancing with the Stars"
will have one less old-timer, as pro Kym Johnson is sitting it out after 14 seasons. She's not sitting still, though. Instead, she's taking time off to work in her native Australia. The plan is for her to return the following season.• Fox will have a double helping of Demi Lovato for a bit this fall when the "X Factor" judge joins "Glee"
for an arc of at least six episodes, set to begin in early October. She'll be in Rachel and Santana's life in NYC and will have some musical numbers with another Fox show crossover guest -- "American Idol's" Adam Lambert.
• A few show renewals were announced this week: NBC's "Hollywood Game Night"
and TBS' "Deal With It," "Men at Work"
and "Sullivan & Son"
(whose finale is at 10 p.m. Thursday.)If you're online often and want to stay abreast of news like this, I post/share TV tidbits on the gazz's Facebook (gazzwv) and Twitter (@thegazz) accounts frequently, so come join us!
•••Series premieres: "Mud Lovin' Rednecks," 7 p.m. Monday, Animal Planet (Alabama mud bogging; four-episode marathon); "Olbermann," 11 p.m. Monday, ESPN2 (sports talk show); "Evil Kin," 9 p.m. Wednesday, ID (exploring if psychopathic behavior is genetic); "Surviving Evil," 10 p.m. Wednesday, ID (profiles attacked women who fought back).Season premieres: "Storage Wars Texas," 9 p.m. Tuesday, A&E; "Cheer Perfection," 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, TLC; "Tough Love: Co-Ed," 10 p.m. Wednesday, VH1.Season finales: "L.A. Hair," 9 p.m. Thursday, WE; "Sullivan & Son," 10 p.m. Thursday, TBS; "Dog with a Blog," 8 p.m. Sunday, Disney; "Mountain Men," 9 p.m. Sunday, History; "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls," 9 p.m. Monday, NBC; "The Glades," 9 p.m., and "Longmire," 10 p.m. Monday, A&E; "Below Deck," 10 p.m. Monday, Bravo; "Perception," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TNT; "Drunk History," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central; "BBQ Crawl," 8 p.m. Wednesday, Travel; "Top Shot All-Stars," 10 p.m. Wednesday, History; "The Soul Man," 11 p.m. Wednesday, TVLand.Midseason finales on ABC Family: "Pretty Little Liars," 8 p.m., and "Twisted," 9 p.m. Tuesday; "Melissa & Joey," 8 p.m. Wednesday (part one of two).
Specials: "Family Dance Off,"
8 p.m. Sunday, ABC (dance competition); "2013 MTV Video Music Awards,"
9 p.m. Sunday, MTV, VH1 and MTV2 (pre-show at 8 p.m. on MTV; with performances by Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Kanye West and more); "Fashion Police: VMAs,"
9 p.m. Monday, E!; "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Twinsanity,"
8 p.m. Tuesday, Nickelodeon (kids address assumptions, misconceptions and truths about being a twin); "The March,"
9 p.m. Tuesday, PBS (behind-the-scenes of the 1963 March on Washington), "Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans,"
10 p.m. Wednesday, Discovery (the actor's race car exploits).W.Va. alert: The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston is featured on "Diggers,"
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, National Geographic.Reach Amy Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.