Thursday, January 19, 2012

News Roundup: Early 2012 Scheduling

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

This is our first news round-up of the year, so it covers nearly three weeks of entertainment fun facts. Ergo, the full post was very long. So, we split it up into three posts to cover three areas, hoping it'll be more digestible for readers. Next week we plan to return to our normal, one-news-post-per-week schedule.

Flashpoint has been renewed for a fifth season.

Giuliana and Bill has been renewed for a fifth season.

USA renewed Psych for a seventh season.

TVLand renewed Hot in Cleveland for a fourth season.

The Glee Project was renewed by Oxygen for a second season.

Last Man Standing
will now have 24 episodes this season instead of 22.


You'll also start seeing Last Man Standing more often, since ABC canceled Work It after just two episodes.

So You Think You Can Dance has had its results show canceled.

China has canceled 88 television shows since October.

The Martha Stewart Show
has been cancelled, partly due to high production costs. After April, only repeats will be running.

Other Scheduling Updates:
Fairly Legal and In Plain Sight will move to Friday on March 16th.

Life's Too Short, a faux documentary starring Warwick Davis as a fictionalized version of himself, will debut on February 19th on HBO. Look for it on Sundays. HBO's Luck debuts on Sunday, January 29th. HBO's Game of Thrones returns Sunday, April 1st, at 9pm for its second season.

Disney XD is going to launch "Marvel Universe" on Sunday, April 1st. It's a programming block that will feature the new animated series Ultimate Spider-Man.

Mad Men will return for a fifth season on March 25th, starting with a two-hour opener. The Killing returning on Sunday, April 1st.

Swamp People's third season will premiere on Thursday, February 9th.

Cougar Town is back February 14th.

Degrassi is back on Monday, February 20th on TeenNick.

Some ABC premiere dates: Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 will premiere on Wednesday, April 11th. The River will premiere on Tuesday, February 7th. Scandal will premiere Thursday, April 5th. 

Sunday, April 8th is a big day for Showtime - Nurse Jackie, The Big C, and The Borgias are all back that night!

Being Human comes to BBC America on Saturday, February 25th at 9pm ET/PT. Absolutely Fabulous comes to the network on Sunday, February 12th at 11pm ET/PT.

Netflix's original series, Lilyhammer, will have its entire first season available to watch in the US and Canada, starting February 6th.

Can't wait to see Smash when it officially debuts on February 6th? You don't have to - some American Airlines flights will have it in-flight through January 30th, it'll stream on and Hulu from January 23rd thru February 6th, and it'll be available thru February 6th on iTunes, Amazon Video on Demand, Xbox, Zune, Playstation, Vudu, and Samsung MediaHub.
New Comedy Central series Key & Peele (with eight episodes to start) begins Tuesday, January 31st at 10:30pm. The duo is most known for their improvisation and celebrity impressions. [Comedy Central Press Release]
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