Tuesday, February 28, 2012

News Roundup: Late February 2012

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Renewals, Cancellations, & Scheduling:

Comedy Central's Key & Peele was renewed for a second season of ten episodes, to air next fall. [Press Release]

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse was renewed for 35 more episodes. TBS also renewed Conan, through April 2014.

Gold Rush has been renewed for a third season.

The CW has renewed America's Next Top Model for a nineteenth cycle. Impressive, considering we're at the very beginning of the 18th cycle.

CMT renewed Bayou Billionaires (Shreveport family who struck it rich with natural gas) and My Big Redneck Vacation (the extended Clampet family in the Hamptons) for second seasons.

FX renewed Archer for a fourth season

Spike's Blue Mountain State has been canceled after three seasons.

MTV's Good Vibes has been canceled.

Sons of Guns will be back on Wednesday, February 29th.

CNBC will present WikiLeaks: Secrets & Lies on Thursday, March 1st at 10pm ET/PT. [CNBC Press Release]

Q'Viva! The Chosen!
, a docuseries showcasing Latin music and dance (the one that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are behind) will start on Saturday, March 3rd on FOX.

On Sunday, March 4th, Army Wives will premiere its sixth season.

Ugly Americans returns on Wednesday, March 14th.

Sweet Genius, another Food Network show, begins on March 15th, and will run thirteen episodes that look at some pastry chefs going for $10,000.

Community will be back on Thursday, March 15th.

NBC's Bent premieres March 21st.

Oxygen's Brooklyn 11223 (a docuseries about some twentysomethings who are torn apart by betrayal) premieres Monday, March 26th.

Oprah's Lifeclass: The Tour premieres Monday, March 26th (8pm ET/PT), and will feature episodes in St. Louis, New York, and a third, yet-to-be-announced location.

OWN's Welcome to Sweetie Pie's (a family restaurant show set in St. Louis) and Beverly's Full House (Beverly Johnson's family life) will premiere on Saturday, March 31st.

Betty White's Off Their Rockers will begin April 4th.

Stephen Colbert's mother isn't doing well, so The Colbert Report has been suspended for a while.

Cast & Plot Updates:
Kal Penn will be the eponymous Prairie Dogs, which is a comedy to run on ABC. The show will "follow an uncool cubicale worker - aka 'prairie dog' - named Neil who is the victim of identity theft."

Kelly Bishop will play the mother-in-law of Sutton Foster's character on ABC Family's Bunheads

Remember when Ryan Phillippe signed on to CBS's upcoming cop show, Golden Boy? Well, he's dropped out.

Aimee Teegarden will star in CW's The Selection, which you may have noticed is an awful lot like Hunger Games.

Lily Tomlin will play Reba's mom on the new ABC comedy.

Brittany Snow, Bill Pullman, and Josh Gad will all be on 1600 Penn, NBC's White House comedy.

Ashley Tisdale has been cast in a lead role in Louis C.K.'s CBS sitcom.

Martin Lawrence will be starring in CBS's new family cop comedy.

In a surprise casting move, Lucy Liu has been cast as Watson in CBS's Elementary.

AnnaSophia Robb will play Young Carrie Bradshaw in the CW's Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries.

Shows in Development & Other Fun Stuff
We're a little behind in reporting this one, but Amazon Prime's instant video selection now offers "thousands of TV episodes from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT, and Logo."

Google is planning to enter the home entertainment market - soon you'll be able to use a Google-branded device to stream music throughout your home. Look for it later this year.

NBC is cooking up a Hannibal Lecter series.

Jenny McCarthy has a new talk show coming to VH1 later this year.

CBS has 3, an unscripted series about "three women's search for love," coming out this summer.

The Travel Channel has greenlit Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America (eleven episodes of a guy goes around eating sandwiches) and Toy Hunters (a toy collector searches for rare toys worth lots of money. 

Netflix has yet another show that they'll be streaming exclusively - Orange is the New Black, which is based on "the memoir of a communications executive who served time for drug-related charges in a minimum-security women's prison.

The X-Factor's auditions for the second season begins Thursday, March 1st. So You Think You Can Dance is having auditions on Friday, March 2nd.

In case you wanted to watch Awake, NBC's new drama, before it begins Thursday, March 1st), you can!

TLC's My Collection Obsession has been extended into an eight-part series, My Crazy Obsession. It will premiere on Wednesday, March 7th. Extreme Cheapskates has also been picked up as a series, and is expected to air this summer. Casting available!

Comcast has launched a new streaming video service, Xfinity Streampix, which features full backlogs of series such as 30 Rock, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, The Office, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and Wizards of Waverly Place.

Google is currently testing its TV service in Kansas City, as well as preparing to roll out some "Android-powered, Oakley Thump-inspired" glasses, which would be able to tell you where you met someone if the facial recognition software works well.

Regis Philbin is shopping around a pilot that he's keeping quiet about. CBS and TV Land are among the networks for whom he's pitched so far.
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