‘X Factor’s’ Good and Bad Ratings News; ‘Parks and Recreation’ Nabs Jenny Slate for Guest Spot

Despite nabbing its best numbers in two months for its live results finale, FOX’s The X Factor was down 18 percent as compared to its Season 1 finale with 9.6 million total viewers. Meanwhile NBC’s A White House Christmas performed better than its usual Thursday comedies with 8.4 million viewers. [TV Guide]

Saturday Night Live alum Jenny Slate is headed to NBC’s Parks and Recreation. The comedian will play Jean Ralphio’s (Ben Schwartz) twin sister. Her character, Mona Lisa, will be hired by Tom (Aziz Ansari) to work at his Rent-A-Swag store. She is set to guest on at least one episode, which will air later in Season 5. [EW]

ABC News’ chief White House correspondent, Jake Tapper is leaving the network for CNN. He will be the chief Washington correspondent on CNN as well and also host a weekday program in 2013. In a statement, Tapper said, “With CNN’s impeccable reporting during the elections and the exciting changes in the network, this is a perfect time to join the CNN team.” [THR]

FOX’s Touch is bringing Ron Rifkin on for its Season 2 finale. The Alias alum will play Issac, a rabbi who believes in destiny. The second season premiere of Touch airs Feb. 8 on FOX. [THR]

Come January, ABC will be giving viewers an extra dose of Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23. Beginning Jan. 6 the two comedies will show additional original episodes in the now vacant slot left open by 666 Park Avenue. Both series will end their seasons in March to make room for Dancing With the Stars. [TVLine]

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‘Touch: The Complete First Season’ Blu-ray Showcases Kiefer Sutherland’s Tragic Father-Son Relationship (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Just a few years after he finished racing through real-time scenarios as Special Agent Jack Bauer on 24, Kiefer Sutherland returned in 2012 with Touch, an hourlong drama about a single father trying to raise his troubled – and uniquely gifted — son.

In the new Blu-ray set for The Complete Season One, the father and son relationship gets fleshed out via a collection of featurettes and deleted scenes, including one Celebuzz exclusively obtained as a preview of the collection’s content.

What touching moment didn’t viewers see during the series’ Season One broadcast?

In the scene, Sutherland’s character Martin is outraged that his son Jake has escaped a care facility twice, and is determined to take Jake away and raise him alone. But Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) observes that he’s no more capable of understanding the child than they are, leading to a tragic, tender moment where Jake makes the decision whether to go or stay for all of them.

The Touch: The Complete First Season Blu-ray set is available on Tuesday, October 16. Watch a video below where Sutherland discusses the possibility of a 24 movie.

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TV Buzz: ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Renewed for Season 4; ‘Once Upon a Time’ Promotes Colin O’Donoghue to Series Regular

On Thursday, ABC Family announced it is giving its hit show, Pretty Little Liars, a fourth season. The new season will consist of 24 one-hour episodes and will begin in mid-2013. Pretty Little Liars’ special Halloween episode will air Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 9 PM with the second part of Season 3 beginning in January of 2013. [ABC Family]

Which fairytale character will be hanging around Once Upon A Time longer than originally planned? 

Captain Hook is in for the long haul on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. The actor who plays the role, Colin O’Donoghue, has officially been upgraded to series regular status prior to the classic Peter Pan character’s first appearance on the show. He will make his debut in the Oct. 21 episode. [EW]

Grammy-winning singer Jill Scott will be making an appearance on Fringe’s final season. Scott has been cast as Simone, “an incredibly intuitive woman, an oracle like person.” She will appear early on the season and be a help to Olivia in some way. The singer/actress will also appear in Lifetime’s remake of Steel Magnolias, which premieres Oct. 7. [EW]

NBC’s Smash is grabbing yet another Broadway star for it’s second season. Joining her Rent co-star Jesse L. Martin, singer/actress Daphne Rubin-Vega, who originated the role of Mimi in the iconic broadway musical, will play a Broadway publicist on the series. Unfortunately she won’t be singing on the NBC show and does not have any scenes with her former co-star. [EW]

Hey country music fans and people who love good television! ABC has made their new pilot Nashville (which premieres Oct. 10) available early online on Hulu. The show, starring Friday Night Lights alum Connie Britton and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere focuses on country star Rayna’s (Britton) fall from the top and her rivalry with country/pop starlet, Juliette (Panettiere). Click our link to watch the episode. [Hulu]

Could HBO’s True Blood have just cast next season’s big bad? Rutger Hauer has signed on as a series regular for Season 6 as Macklyn, an evil man who is somehow connected to the Stackhouses. The sixth season of True Blood premieres in June 2013. [TVLine]

All 13 episodes of Netflix’s Original Series, House of Cards, will be available exclusively on the streaming site on February 1, 2013. The political drama, starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara is based upon the BBC mini series of the same name and takes you behind the scenes of a scandalous Washington D.C. The show is from creators David Fincher and Beau Willimon. [Netflix]

FOX announced Thursday that they are pushing back the Season 2 premiere of Touch to January 2013. The drama’s second season will see Martin (Kiefer Sutherland) and his son Jake (David Mazouz) on the run from the research facility, Aster Corps. The network also announced that all new episodes of the Gordon Ramsey reality show, Kitchen Nightmares, will begin on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 PM. Season 5 of Kitchen Nightmares will see Ramsay in restaurants in Brooklyn, Boston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Cleveland. [FOX]

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