Category Archives: Fall 2011

FALL 2011: The CW Renews One Tree Hill & Nikita, Cancels Hellcats & Picks Up 3 New Series!

One Tree Hill will be on forever it seems, the veteran drama, which began on The WB has been renewed for a 9th season. The CW also gave a greenlight to a second season of Nikita, which closer to the end of the season became kind of lame but ended things rather spectacularly with a killer game changer of a finale. 

On the otherside of the coin the CW has cancelled the underperforming Hellcats, the cheerleading/legal series starred Aly Michalka and Ashley Tisdale. 

Asides from giving a pick-up to the Sarah Michelle Gellar thriller, The Ringer, which was initially developed for CBS, the CW has also granted series orders to early frontrunners The Secret Circle a supernatural drama about witches from Kevin Williamson starring Life Unexpected’s Britt Robertson and Hart of Dixie, a medical dramedy about a young doctor (Rachel Bilson) who inherits a rural practice. Also picked up was the reality series H8R a series that pairs celebrities with their biggest haters. 


FALL 2011: NBC’s Fall Schedule!

NBC unveiled their fall schedule yesterday and there were a few surprises most notably the holding off of 30 Rock for midseason due to Tina Fey’s pregnancy and the presence of The Sing Off in an expanded 2 hour fall block. This is a huge upgrade for The Sing Off which is usually a winter filler.

NBC also abandoned their 3 hour thursday comedy blockin favor of giving Maria Bello her old time slot by scheduling Prime Suspect in ER’s old slot. 

Whitney, starring Whitney Cummings takes 30 Rock’s place on thursday, it might be out of place on thursday with its laugh track. NBC is also trying to make a play for another night of comedy with an 8 to 9 hourlong comedy block featuring new series anchored by comedy veterans; on tap is Up All Night, starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, about a working new mom and Free Agents a workplace/romantic comedy starring Hank Azaria.

Frankly, it’s not the most exciting schedule, especially since the series I’m most jazzed for, Smash is being held till midseason. The schedule is below, new series are bolded.

8:00 The Sing Off/ The Voice (Midseason)

10:00 The Playboy Club/ Smash (Midseason)

8:00 The Biggest Loser

10:00 Parenthood

8:00 Up All Night
8:30 Free Agents
9:00 Harry’s Law

10:00 Law & Order: SVU

8:00 Community

8:30 Parks & Recreation
9:00 The Office
9:30 Whitney
10:00 Prime Suspect 

8:00 Chuck

9:00 Grimm
10:00 Dateline NBC


8:00 The Celebrity Apprentice

10:00 The Firm 

NBC is saving Awake, Are You There Vodka…, Bent & Best Friends Forever for midseason, but they remain unscheduled.

Check out the details and trailers for for the new series courtesy of NBC:

SMASH is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire — to be a “Smash.” The series centers on a desire to create a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe — written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award nominee Christian Borle, “Legally Blonde: The Musical”) and Julia (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband of many years, but her focus is torn when she has the opportunity to write another Broadway hit. A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty (Katharine McPhee, “American Idol”) — who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds — and stage veteran (Megan Hilty, “9 to 5: The Musical”), who’s determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston, “Prizzi’s Honor”) discovers the “Marilyn” project and jumps on board with a brilliant director (Jack Davenport, “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) — whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality. 

The Playboy Club is a provocative new drama about a time and place that challenged the social mores, where a visionary entrepreneur created an empire and an icon changed American culture. It’s the early ‘60s, and the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago is the door to all of your fantasies — and the key is the most sought-after status symbol of its kind. Inside the seductive world of the bunny, the epitome of beauty and service, the clientele rubs shoulders with the decade’s biggest mobsters, politicos and entertainers. Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian, “CSI: Miami”) is one of the city’s top attorneys and the ultimate playboy, rubbing elbows with everyone in the city’s power structure. With mysterious ties to the mob, Nick comes to the aid of Maureen (Amber Heard, “Zombieland”), the stunning and innocent new bunny who accidentally kills the leader of the Bianchi crime family. Dating Nick is Carol-Lynne (Laura Benanti, “Take the Lead”), a bombshell and established star at the club who knows her days as a bunny are numbered and finds herself continually at odds with Billy (David Krumholtz, ”Numb3rs”), the club’s general manager. Adding to the charm of the Playboy club is Janie (Jenna Dewan Tatum, “American Virgin”), the carefree life of the party who is dating Max (Wes Ramsey, “CSI: Miami”), an overly protective bartender. Also starring are Naturi Naughton (“Fame”) and Leah Renee (“True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet”)

Up All Night! A modern take on parenthood that shows the challenges of balancing a career, marriage and a new baby. Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?) stars as Reagan, a successful public relations executive, and Will Arnett (Arrested Development) plays Chris, Reagan’s supportive, stay-at-home husband. The two have just become parents – a surprise that has set their lives on a new path as responsible adults — for the most part. Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) stars as Ava, Reagan’s outlandish boss and best friend, whose whirlwind social escapades serve as constant reminders of Reagan’s former carefree life. James Pumphrey (High Road) portrays Brian, Reagan’s socially awkward hipster assistant.

Free Agents! Based on the cult U.K. series of the same name that explores the trials and tribulations of two public relations executives on the rebound. Alex (Hank Azaria, “The Simpsons,”) is newly divorced and can barely keep himself together while his co-worker Helen (Kathryn Hahn, “Hung”) thinks she has it together but is obsessed with her deceased fiancé and actually is falling apart. Then a drunken Alex and Helen end up in bed together, and in the resulting sober confusion, Helen decides that they should only be friends. Meanwhile Alex’s co-workers, Dan (Mo Mandel, “Love Bites,”) and Gregg (Al Madrigal,“Gary, Unmarried”), and Stephen (Anthony Head, GILES from Buffy!) fail in their attempts to help him get back out on the dating scene. When Alex finally agrees to a date, Helen gets a little jealous, and he gets cold feet, so they end up back where they started — in a casual, intimate and beautifully awkward relationship. Also starring is Joe Lo Truglio (Mad Love) and Natasha Leggero (Ugly Americans). 

Whitney is a new multi-camera comedy series about Whitney (Whitney Cummings, “Chelsea Lately”) and Alex (Chris D’Elia, “Glory Daze”), a happily unmarried couple. Together for five years, the duo is in no rush to get hitched. However, after attending yet another one of their friends’ weddings, Whitney realizes that she and Alex are dangerously close to relationship boredom. Determined not to let that happen, Whitney consults her close circle of opinionated girlfriends — including Lily (Zoe Lister-Jones, “The Other Guys”) and Roxanne (Rhea Seehorn, “The Starter Wife”) — and then snaps into action. A few awkward sexy costumes and one botched seductive evening later, the couple ends up in the emergency room. Even so, Whitney and Alex realize that while their relationship might not be perfect on paper, they really do love each other — and that works for them. Also starring are Maulik Pancholy (NBC’s “30 Rock”) as Lily’s perfect boyfriend, and Dan O’Brien (“How I Met Your Mother”) as an eternal bachelor. 

Prime Suspect has been redeveloped for American audiences by writer Alexandra Cunningham (“Desperate Housewives,” “NYPD Blue”), director Peter Berg (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) — and stars Maria Bello (“A History of Violence”) as tough-as-nails Detective Jane Timoney. Timoney finds that being a homicide detective in New York City is tough enough and having to contend with a male-dominated police department to get respect makes it that much tougher. She’s an outsider who has just transferred to a new precinct dominated by an impenetrable clique of a boys’ club. Timoney has her own vices too — with a questionable past — and she tends to be forceful, rude and reckless. But she’s also a brilliant cop who keeps her eye on one thing: the prime suspect. Also starring are Aidan Quinn (“Unknown”), Brian O’Byrne (“Flash Forward”), Tim Griffin (“Star Trek”), Kirk Acevedo (“Fringe”), Joe Nieves (“How I Met Your Mother”), Damon Gupton (“The Last Airbender”) and Peter Gerety (“Blue Bloods”).

Grimm is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli “Turn The Beat Around”) thought he prepared himself for the realities of working as a homicide detective until he started seeing things he couldn’t quite explain. When his ailing Aunt Marie (guest star Kate Burton, “Grey’s Anatomy”) arrives, Nick’s life turns upside down when she reveals they are descendants of an elite group of hunters, also known as “Grimms,” who fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world. As Nick digs deeper into her past, he realizes that he will have to shoulder the responsibility of his ancestors — and contend with a larger-than-life mythology of the Brothers Grimm that is now all too real. Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights”), Bitsie Tulloch (“Quarterlife”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“Prison Break”), Reggie Lee (“Persons Unknown”) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica”) also star.

Awake! When Detective Michael Britten (Issacs) regains consciousness following his family’s car accident, he is told that his wife Hannah (Laura Allen, “Terriers”) perished but that his teen son, Rex (Dylan Minnette, “Saving Grace”), has survived. As he tries to put the pieces of his life back together, he awakens again in a parallel reality in which his wife is very much alive — but his son Rex died in the accident. In order to keep both of his loved ones alive at one time, he begins living two dueling realities in parallel worlds, which churns up confusion — in one moment, Michael and his wife debate about having another child to replace their son, while in the other reality, he is attracted to his son’s tennis coach, Tara (Michaela McManus, “The Vampire Diaries”), to fill the void from the loss of his wife. Trying to regain some normalcy, Michael returns to police work and solves crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners — Detective Isaiah “Bird” Freeman (Steve Harris, “The Practice”) and Detective Efrem Vega (Wilmer Valderrama, “That ’70s Show”). Also starring are Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones (“24”) and BD Wong (NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) as therapists in each respective world.

Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea follows the exploits of twentysomething bartender Chelsea (Laura Prepon, “That ’70s Show”) a strong-willed force of nature who is determined to live life to the fullest and make no apologies. Her friends are along for the ride but they all know it is Chelsea’s way or the highway. Mark (Jo Koy, “Chelsea Lately”) is a charming bartender whose wit makes him the perfect foil for Chelsea while Shoniqua (Angel Laketa Moore, “ER”) is a smart and sassy fellow waitress who looks out for Chelsea’s best interests. Close friend and fellow bartender Todd (Mark Povinelli, “Water for Elephants”) has a wry sense of humor that keeps her in check. Also starring are Natalie Morales (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Ivory, Chelsea’s feisty best friend; Lauren Lapkus (“The Middle”) as Dee Dee, Chelsea’s sheltered, shy roommate, and Lenny Clarke (“Rescue Me”) as Chelsea’s dad, Melvin. Handler has a recurring role as Chelsea’s sister Sloan, a happily married new mom who has little in common with her carefree sister.

Bent! On the surface, Alex (Amanda Peet, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) and Pete (David Walton, “Perfect Couples”) could not be more different. The recently divorced Alex is a resilient and tough lawyer who now is raising her eight-year-old daughter, Charlie (Joey King, “Ramona and Beezus”), as a single mom. Unwilling to let anything get in her way, she downsizes into a smaller house, and she hires Pete, a recovering gambling addict and unapologetic womanizer, as the contractor to re-do her kitchen. The remodeling job is Pete’s last chance to prove that he is no longer a screw-up — but he doesn’t know what’s about to hit him when he encounters the force of nature that is Alex — nor does she realize that she’s met her match in Pete, a man unafraid to call out her flaws. Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) also stars as Pete’s father, Walt, an out-of-work actor, while Margo Harshman (“Sorority Row”) stars as Alex’s wild younger sister Screwsie.

Best Friends Forever is a single-camera comedy that takes a look at what happens when best friends promise to support each other — no matter what the cost or circumstances. When Jessica’s (Jessica St. Clair, “In the Motherhood”) husband files for divorce, she immediately seeks comfort and flies across the country to move back in with her best friend, Lennon (Lennon Parham, “Accidentally on Purpose”). Unfortunately, Lennon’s boyfriend, Joe (Adam Pally, “Happy Endings”), has just moved into the apartment and has turned Jessica’s old room into his perfect home office. As Lennon and Jessica fall into their old routines — beloved traditions, Steel Magnolia marathons and epic girl-talk sessions — Joe begins to feel as if he’s the odd man out. While Lennon struggles to find balance between her previous life with Jessica and her new life with Joe, Jessica’s reentry to single life is complicated by the unresolved feelings that an old friend, Rav (Stephen Schneider, “The Funniest Movie Ever…Just Kidding”), has for her and the fact that pleated khakis aren’t the most flattering single girl look.  

The Firm continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere and his family 10 years after the events of the film and novel. As a young associate, McDeere brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob — and his life was never the same. After a difficult decade, which included a stay in the Federal Witness Protection program, Mitch and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future — only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere. No cast yet.


This is a brutal blow for fans of the show, whether you like the verbal discourse and medical mysteries or your a Huddy ‘shipper fans weren’t mixed about Edelstein. 

In one of the more shocking cast changes of the season so far FOX revealed today that Lisa Edelstein is leaving House and wont return for the 8th and likely last season. How is House possibly going to recover from this?

FALL 2011: CBS Cancels Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, Renews CSI:NY

I guess not every procedural on CBS can have a spin-off.

In anticipation of releasing their fall schedule on wednesday CBS has announced the spin-off starring Forrest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo has been axed.

CSI:NY Renewed!

The only other show considered to be on the bubble, CSI NY has been renewed for season 8. 

All the EYE’s other series, the CSIs, the NCISs, Criminal Minds, Hawaii 5-0, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and La Mentalist should be coming back but CBS has been awfully quiet this season with only a few pickups and cancellations, which is the polar opposite from last year’s culling who’s casualties included The Ghost Whisperer and The New Adventures of Old Christine.

FALL 2011: CBS Cancels Shit, The Defenders and Mad Love

Like all the other broadcast nets CBS is trimming all the fat and cutting its bubble series. What this means more than anything else is that William Shatner is up for grabs. CBS cancelled the underperforming Shit My Dad Says, along with the Jim Belushi/Jerry O’Connell legal series The Defenders and the sitcom Mad Love, which despite it’s great cast couldn’t tell a joke to save it’s life. 

CBS’ two other bubble series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and CSI:NY are expected to find out their fates soon but unless CBS is going for a cancel bonanza like they did last year when well performing series The New Adventures of Old Christine and Ghost Whisperer among others were cancelled, which is maybe why CBS has made the least moves this season. 

FALL 2011: CBS Picks Up 2! Gives ‘The Ringer’ to the CW!

The Ringer, the buzzy pilot stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as a Bridget who goes on the run from the mob and assumes her missing twin sister Siobhan’s identity, only to find out people are after her too. Sounds kind of twisty and cool right? Anyway it was in contention at CBS before it tested too young and serialized for CBS’ typical audience, but still well enough that CBS passed it off to it’s kid sister, The CW. The series co-stars Kristofer Polaha (Life Unexpected), Nestor Carbonell (Lost’s Richard Alpert), Ioan Gruffud (Fantastic Four) and Tara Summers (Boston Legal)

It’s the first official pick-up from the CW though Hart of Dixie with Rachel Bilson and The Secret Circle from Kevin Williamson are said to be the front runners. 

CBS picked up two series, paltry compared to ABC’s 12. The JJ Abrams produced series Person of Interest starring Jim Caviezel (Mel Gibson’s Jesus), Oscar Nominee Taraji P. Henson and Michael Emerson (Lost’s Ben Linus). It’s about a presumed dead CIA agent (Caviezel) who teams up with a reclusive billionaire (Emerson) to prevent crime in NYC. Emerson marks the second lost vet to be reunited with Abrams after Fox picked up Jorge Garcia’s Alcatraz. Most promising? The series was written by Jonathan Nolan, writer of The Dark Knight. 

CBS also gave life to Kat Denning’s new comedy Broke Girls, about two broke girls (Dennings and struggling to live in the big city. The series was written by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) and Whitney Cummings, who has a self titled sitcom that just got the greenlight on NBC.


ABC picks up 7 Dramas, 5 Comedies!

In a grand gesture ABC granted life to 12 series today, showing that they are indeed trying to make it 2004 again. Not getting pick-ups are Mark Cherry’s supernatural musical Hallelujah and Poe, which was pretty much Castle in the 18th century.   


Good Christian Belles formerly Bitches is a Desperate Housewives type dramedy about a woman (Leslie Bibb) who returns home to her gossipy town. Kristen Chenoweth co-stars, sounds like a good partner for Housewives now that Brothers and Sisters is gone. 

As expected the reboot of Charlie’s Angels starring Minka Kelly, Annie Izoleh and Rachael Taylor got a pickup. As did Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, about a PR firm starring Kerry Washington and Henry Ian Cusick (Lost). Also getting pickups were Revenge starring Emily VanCamp (Everwood, Brothers and Sisters) which is a modern spin on the Count of Monte Cristo and the supernatural mystery drama, The River.

And because everyone has to copy eachother, ABC picked up the 60’s set Pan Am starring Christina Ricci a soap about flight attendants, similar to NBC’s 60’s set Playboy Club and Once Upon A Time starring Jennifer Morrison and Ginnifer Goodwin, a fairy tale drama similar to NBC’s Grimm, but more serialized where Grimm will be more of a procedural. 


Tim Allen is returning to ABC in Last Man Standing which along with Apt 23 (formerly known as Don’t Trust The Bitch in Apt 23) starring The Good Wife’s Dreama Walker and Veronica Mars’ Kristen Ritter, were the first to be picked up. Also picked up was Suburgatory, a sitcom starring Law & Order’s Jeremy Sisto in his first foray into comedy along with the cross-dressing sitcom Work It.  And finally ABC granted life to Man Up a sitcom by writer/actor Christopher Moynihan. His previous effort, an NBC sitcom called 100 Questions was possibly the worst sitcom I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Ever. I hope this never sees the light of day!

I’ll keep the updates coming!