Wednesday, September 28, 2011

News Roundup: A few Renewals and a LOT of Future Projects

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Renewals, Cancellations, & Scheduling:
Disney XD renewed Kickin' It for a second season.

Drop Dead Diva has gotten a 13-episode season four renewal.

Roseanne Barr announced via Twitter that Roseanne's Nuts, a Lifetime show, as been cancelled.

Lifetime did, however, renew Dance Moms for a second season.

The most surprising order goes to The New Girl, getting the go-ahead for a back-11.

TOLN, The Online Network, will launch in January 2012, with new episodes of All My Children and One Life to Live, among other shows.

The best renewal story of the week? Boss received an order for a ten-episode second season. The pilot will air October 21st.

Cast & Plot Updates:
Katie Holmes will play the Slutty Pumpkin that's been referenced semi-annually on How I Met Your Mother.

Shows in Development & Other Fun Stuff
Comedy Central has a pilot contest going on. Go for it.

FOX has ordered a new Gordon Ramsey Series, currently known as Hotel Hell. This time, the unscripted show will focus on Ramsey & crew fixing hotels, motels, and B&Bs.

FOX also ordered up Touch, a Kiefer Sutherland show to premiere in the Spring. He'll play the dad of a mute son who is gifted with numbers.

Another FOX pick? A show about serial killers who use social networking.

ABC is looking to do a show about an angel who is expelled from Heaven and has to live in NYC. [I know, what??]

Another show ABC is looking to do? A guy has to find clues about the twelve apostles. So, Da Vinci Code fans, get excited.

What else? Oh yeah, another New York show about a cop. But, this is a fictional New York, or, magical, as it were.

CBS, on the other hand, is going to feature a mid-season replacement with Rob Schneider. He marries into a close-knit Mexican-American family, where his father-in-law is played by Cheech Marin.

NBC is looking to have a Dane Cook comedy show next fall.

Weirder yet, NBC also wants an 1880s drama/western. Not a bad idea, until you hear about the doctor character who uses his intellect rather than a six-shooter....

Extreme Musical Chairs, guys. This may be a thing. On the CW.

On Thursday, October 6th, the newest episode of Psych will air in NYC for 1,000 fans... the rest of us will have to wait until the 12th.

There are fewer GLBT characters on television this season than last season. Not a startling number, just less.

Netflix and the Discovery Networks (everything from TLC, the Science Channel, the Hub, and the Military Channel to the Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, and Animal Planet) have reached an agreement for a two-year contract to allow streaming of some of the networks' programming.

More on that note, FOX stuff is getting streamed via Amazon and Dreamworks is hitting Netflix.

But, really, the big story about streaming right now is that new episodes of Whitney and Up All Night were available to watch via Yahoo! before they were broadcast this week. Yeah, glad this didn't have publicity three weeks ago, huh?
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