Friday, December 30, 2011

News Roundup: Late December Edition

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Renewals, Cancellations, & Scheduling:
The Nate Berkus Show has been canceled. The final episode will air in May.

A fifth season of Ruby is not planned.

The League has been renewed for a fourth season.

CBS, FOX, and NBC all renew their NFL deals through 2022. Here's a little history if you're interested.

Psych returns with new episodes on Wednesday, February 29th at 10pm Eastern.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has been canceled as a regular series, but will still air specials from time to time. The final episode will air on January 13th. [Apparently many people are upset about this cancellation...]

House of Anubis, a Nickelodeon live-action mystery show, returns with its second season on Monday, January 9th at 7pm Eastern.

Enlightened has been renewed, but Hung, How to Make it in America, and Bored have all been canceled.

Hell on Wheels has been renewed for a second season. [bleh.]

Cast & Plot Updates:
On March 19th, "A" on Pretty Little Liars will be revealed.

Alicia Silverstone will have a recurring role on Suburgatory, playing a love interest for George.

Shows in Development & Other Fun Stuff
Showtime is having a free weekend Friday, January 6th - Sunday, January 8th. Not all providers are participating, however, so take a look at the list on that site to see if you're lucky or not.

Lowe's and Kayak pulled (or "did not renew") their advertising from All-American Muslim. Since this is one of the bigger news stories lately, I imagine that you've heard all about it by now, but I still wanted to throw up some links, just in case.

President Obama's favorite shows include Homeland and Boardwalk Empire. Also, the Obama family enjoys Modern Family.

The average American watched 34.1 hours of television on average each week in 2011. It was 33.9 hours in 2010. And, 42% of all homes in America now have a DVR of one sort or another.

HBO is developing a drama series called Beat the Reaper, focusing on a young ER doctor. [I like the title!]

CBS has acquired the rights for broadcast distribution of Hot in Cleveland.

Speaking of Hot in Cleveland, Betty's White's 90th Birthday Bash will air on January 16th on NBC. Her birthday is January 17th.

If you have Time Warner Cable and subscribe to HBO, HBO Go is finally available for streaming. Expect to have the unlimited option within a month. is offering full-season free streaming of Up All Night, Whitney, and Grimm through January 15th, so if you want to pick up these shows, now is a good time. This season's episodes of Parenthood, The Voice, The Biggest Loser, and The Sing-Off are also available.

Similarly, all the episodes of Pan Am are available free on iTunes, Amazon, VUDU, CinemaNow, the PlayStation Store, and Sony Video Unlimited.

Next fall, Bloopers will return to the air.

Cougar Town is going to have viewing parties across the country to hype up the fading comedy. A star and a writer will be in attendance at each one (and they started a few days ago), and plenty of prizes will be available for attendees.

and Pregnant and Teen Mom star Amber is back in jail, and will be until at least January 27th, when she appears before a judge. She's in for probation violation, battery, and possession of a controlled substance. Regarding her probation violation, she failed to submit to some drug tests, didn't get her GED, didn't complete anger management classes, didn't put $10,000 into en educational fund for Leah, and she owes some fees. The battery is the same old charge from a while ago. The controlled substance is in regards to pills such as hydrocodone that she has without a prescription. Oh, and she wants to get out of Teen Mom ASAP.

Did you see Betty White talking about Monday Night Football? It's fun.
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