Category Archives: Renewed

Showtime joins in the fun! Jackie Renewed! Tara Axed!

I guess the cable nets have been feeling left out and Showtime decided to partake in the festivities, starting with canceling The United States of Tara, which is in my opinion one of the worst series on TV. I love Toni Collette, but I felt the dialogue, especially from Diablo Cody, was awful. I’m super happy this died and hopefully the talented cast can join projects worthy their talents. The third season finale that airs June 20 will be the series finale.

Nurse Jackie which is Tara’s airing companion got renewed for season 4. Mad props to Edie Falco.


FALL 2011: CBS’ Fall Schedule! UPDATED WITH PROMOS!

With less cancellations and pick ups than other broadcast networks (CBS didn’t have that many slots to fill) the biggest surprises were time slot shifts for The Good Wife, which moves from tuesday at 10 to sunday at 9 and CSI, which for the first time in as long as I can remember is moving from it’s thursday at 9 home to wednesday at 10 pm. Tuesday at 10 is now home to Unforgettable about a detective who remembers everything and Person of Interest, (that’s them filming above) the new drama from JJ Abrams takes CSI’s old slot. Michael Emerson seems to be evoking shades of Ben Linus in the creepy promo.

2 Broke Girls starring Kat Dennings takes the coveted post How I Met Your Mother slot. 

The supernatural medical drama A Gifted Man joins Blue Bloods on friday and the new sitcom, How To Be A Gentleman starring David Hornsby (Rickety Cricket) and Kevin Dillon.

Robert DeNiro’s crime drama The 2-2 will find a spot on the schedule for mid-season. Take a look at their schedule below with new shows bolded.  

Monday
8:00 How I Met Your Mother

8:30 2 Broke Girls
9:00 Two and a Half Men 

9:30 Mike & Molly

Tuesday
8:00 NCIS

9:00 NCIS:LA
10:00 Unforgettable

Wednesday
8:00 Survivor

9:00 Criminal Minds
10:00 CSI (new time)

Thursday
8:00 The Big Bang Theory

8:30 How To Be A Gentleman
9:00 Person of Interest
10:00 The Mentalist

Friday
8:00 A Gifted Man
9:00 CSI:NY

10:00 Blue Bloods

Saturday
8:00 Ruled of Engagement (new time)

Sunday
7:00 60 Minutes

8:00 The Amazing Race
9:00 The Good Wife (new time)
10:00 CSI:Miami

Details courtesy of CBS, no promos yet, I’ll update when they’re released.

The new series include three new dramas and two new comedies:

PERSON OF INTEREST, a crime thriller from renowned executive producer J.J. Abrams starring Jim Caviezel, Emmy Award winner Michael Emerson and Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson.

UNFORGETTABLE, starring Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery as a former detective with a rare condition that enables her to remember virtually every detail from every day of her life.

A GIFTED MAN about a preeminent surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife returns, starring Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Ehle.

2 BROKE GIRLS, a comedy about two strikingly different young waitresses who form an unlikely friendship, starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs.

HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN, starring David Hornsby and Kevin Dillon, about a refined magazine columnist and his very unrefined personal trainer.


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: 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.


HBO Renews Treme for Season 3

Amongst all the broadcast networks wild and furious cancellations HBO has renewed it’s gem Treme for a third season.

It’s not as flashy as Game of Thrones, it’s sunday companion but the series about post- Katrina New Orleans has been solid in its second season airing right now. And the music is absolutely amazing, check it out!


FALL 2011: ABC Renews 2!

Happy Endings gets a Happy Ending! Body of Proof proves it’s worth!

Happy Endings, the hilarious and edgy new sitcom on ABC has gotten a season 2 renewal. The series starring Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Damon Wayans Jr, Eliza Coupe, Casey Wilson and breakout Adam Pally has soft ratings but lots of support from within the network. Damon Wayans Jr. had another pilot, Fox’s The New Girl just go to series so his role in that will be recast.

This is fantastic news, as far as I’m concerned Happy Endings is the best new sitcom in 2011 so far.

ABC also renewed its high rated Body of Proof. While I enjoy Body of Proof, I have 2 problems with it; Dana Delaney is better than the material and secondly, I hate seeing cops from the Wire play cops on other series. It’s just me. But I’m happy for the Proof gang which includes Jeri Ryan and Geoffrey Arend aka Mr. Christina Hendricks.


FALL 2011: NBC Renews 3, Cancels 1 & Picks Up 7 New Series **UPDATED**

**Updated**

NBC gets one last Chuck, Axes The EVENT

As expected Chuck received a 5th season renewal, but a shortened one. Chuck, which has one of the most loyal followings on TV, will return for a 13 episode season that will be it’s last. It’s not often fans of a much loved serialized show get to have closure, but NBC was feeling charitable to Chuck fans.

They were not however feeling charitable to The Event, which after a really rocky and mostly awful first season has been cancelled. I wish the cadre of awesome actors in the series were available for pilot season… oh well I guess I’ll watch Zeljko Ivanek’s new show (cause he’ll have one for sure) next year.

Parenthood and Harry’s Law Renewed!

NBC has granted Parenthood a third season. The beloved family drama performed well but placed third behind Body of Proof and The Good Wife. The second season ended with Christina (Monica Potter) and Adam (Peter Krause) finding out they’re having another baby.

Harry’s Law, the David E. Kelley  midseason replacement series starring Kathy Bates, Rob Corddray and Brittany Snow premiered in the spring to decent ratings was expected to be picked up. With Kelley’s Wonder Woman officially dead – and thank god, lord did that ever look stupid – a renewal for Harry’s Law was a decent consolation prize.

A 13-episode renewal for perennial bubble series Chuck should come any day now but there’s no official word yet.

Smash! Whitney! Prime Suspect! Up All Night! Grimm! Awake! Playboy Club!

Hourlongs:

Smash: The Steven Spielberg produced musical series Smash got picked up. The series follows the struggles of putting on a broadway play. It stars Debra Messing as the lyricist, Tony Nominee Christian Borle as the composer, Katherine McPhee as the ingenue, Anjelica Huston as the producer and Jack Davenport as the Choreographer. Word from the screenings is that Messing is amazing and McPhee steals every scene she’s in. Could this be an adult’s Glee?

The Playboy Club: The 60’s set Playboy Club about the happenings of a girlie club stars Eddie Cibrian, David Krumholtz (Numbers), Amber Heard (Zombieland, left in costume), Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Step-Up), Naturi Naughton (Fame remake), Laura Benanti (Eli Stone) and Wes Ramsey (The Event). Jeff Hephner was set to play the lead but Eddie Cibrian replaced him shortly before filming began.

Awake: A sci-fi series from Kyle Killen, rebounding after his Lonestar devestation, this one’s about a Detective (played by Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy in the HP film series) who awakes from a car crash to find he’s living in two different realities. Laura Allen (Terriers), Michaela MacManus (Law & Order: SVU), Tony Winner Cherry Jones (24) and Steve Harris (The Practice) co-star.

Grimm: A procedural set in a world populated by Grimm Fairy Tale figures. It stars Privileged’s David Guintoli, Sasha Roiz (Caprica), Silas Weir Mitchell (Prison Break) and Kate Burton (Ellis Grey on Grey’s)

Prime Suspect: Across the pond this series, about Detective Jane Tennison, launched it’s star Helen Mirren to a ginormous film career and an Oscar. Here Jane is played by Maria Bello (right, in costume), who should have been nominated for an Oscar for both The Cooler and A History Of Violence. I’ve watched a couple of the Mirren ones and they’re outstanding, with the right script this could be a real (and much needed) hit for NBC.

Wonder Woman, Ron Moore’s Harry Potter-meets-Law & Order series, the 17th Precinct and A Mann’s World, starring Don Johnson as a lothario hairdresser are dead. A Mann’s World’s producers are shopping the series around to cable nets. 

Comedies:

Whitney: Whitney Cummings has been on fire lately and now the red hot comedienne’s sitcom, that was considered a lock from the beginning, is being brought to series.

Up All Night: Stars Christina Applegate (YES!) as a single new mom and business woman.

I hear NBC is finished with their drama pick ups and are sifting through some comedies, which include Chelsea Handler’s series,  before the upfronts next week.