Saturday, March 17, 2012

News Roundup: Information Overload

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

So much has been announced in the past 12 days! I can hardly believe it! What news are you happiest about? For me, it's that we finally have return dates for Melissa & Joey and Falling Skies!!

Renewals, Cancellations, & Scheduling:

FOX's Terra Nova was cancelled, which I, among others, saw coming. Netflix is in talks about picking up the series, but, let's not lie... it is a might expensive undertaking...

TLC has canceled All-American Muslim, citing poor ratings (which is true), though some wonder if it wasn't the negative backlash that the show received from many sources, including some pulled advertising.

The Discovery Channel has cancelled Man vs. Wild, seemingly because star Bear Grylls won't participate in other projects.

A third horse died during the production of HBO's Luck, which ultimately led to the early cancellation of the show.

Bravo's Love Broker has been cancelled after two episodes.

OWN cancelled The Rosie Show, which will tape its final episode March 20th, to air March 30th (at 7pm ET/PT). We saw this coming, given the downgrades the show experienced throughout the season.

FX renewed Justified for a 13-episode fourth season.

CBS renewed The Talk for 2012-2013. They also renewed NCIS, NCIS: LA, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, CSI, Hawaii Five-O, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours Mystery, The Amazing Race, Undercover Boss, 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly.

ABC renewed The Bachelor Pad for a third season.

NBC renewed Grimm for a second season

Lifetime has ordered another twenty episodes of America's Most Wanted, to continue airing Fridays at 9pm ET/PT.

TLC's My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding's second season will begin Friday, March 23rd, at 10pm ET/PT.

Showtime announced some return dates. Dexter will premiere its seventh season at 9pm ET/PT on Sunday, September 30th. Homeland's second season will follow at 10pm ET/PT.

CMT has a new series, Southern Nights, premiering Saturday, April 7th at 10pm ET/PT. It will bring together ten cast members from Sweet Home Alabama, and they'll live together in Georgia to create drama.

A&E's new series, Rambug, will debut on Saturday, April 28th at 10pm ET/PT. It will focus on a group of "hard-working, over-the-top Italian exterminators from Brooklyn who dress in camouflage and wage war on the city's nastiest critters."

ABCFamily's Melissa & Joey will be back for its second season on Wednesday, May 30th at 8pm ET/PT.

The History Channel's new half-hour auction show, Sold!, premieres Wednesday, April 11th at 9pm. It will be a ten-part series that goes behind the scenes, shows haggling, appraisals, and many other aspects of the business.

TLC's Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids, will be back for a second season, beginning Friday, April 13th, at 9pm ET/PT.

HBO's Game of Thrones is back Sunday, April 1st, at 9pm ET/PT.

E! has a new show coming on Sunday, May 20th, called Mrs. Eastwood & Company, chronicling the lives of the Clint Eastwood family.

Cartoon Network's Adventure Time will begin its fourth season on Monday, April 2nd at 7:30pm ET/PT.

and Episodes will both be back on Showtime on Sunday, July 1st.

TLC has Mama's Boys of the Bronx premiering on Monday, April 9th at 10pm ET/PT. It's an eight-part series about five Italian-American men in their 30s who still live with their mothers.

HBO has a new comedy, Girls, beginning Sunday, April 15th at 10:30pm ET/PT. It will be about four twentysomething girls in New York getting through life.

FOX is no longer moving I Hate My Teenage Daughter to Wednesday nights, but will finish the Tuesday airings April 3rd, after which point the remaining episodes will burn off in the summer.

TNT has announced a bunch of premiere dates... Rizzoli & Isles is back for its third season on Tuesday, June 5th at 9pm ET/PT, Franklin & Bash will be back for its second season on Tuesday, June 5th at 10pm ET/PT, Dallas will premiere on Wednesday, June 13th at 9pm ET/PT, Falling Skies will begins its second season on Sunday, June 17th at 9pm ET/PT, The Great Escape premieres Sunday, June 24th at 10pm ET/PT, The Closer is back on Monday, July 9th at 9pm ET/PT, Perception begins Monday, July 9th at 10pm ET/PT, Leverage is back Sunday, July 15th at 8pm ET/PT, and Major Crimes begins Monday, August 13th at 10pm ET/PT, though it will regularly air at 9pm ET/PT.

The Katie Couric talk show, Katie, will premiere on Monday, September 10th on ABC.

One of the former stars of Toddlers & Tiaras, Eden Wood, will have her own show starting Monday, April 16th, called Eden's World, where she and her mom will enter pageants as well as help coach new girls.

Cast & Plot Updates:
Freddie Prinze Jr. has signed onto an NBC comedy pilot (still untitled), to play a guy who dumps his fiance and now faces her revenge.

Martha Stewart will guest on 2 Broke Girls on May 7th.

Stockard Channing and Kurt Fuller will play the parents of Mandy Moore's character on the ABC untitled pilot where Mandy Moore and her new husband will run a restaurant.

Nick Jonas will return to Smash for the season finale on May 14th.

NBC's Smash will have a Bollywood dream sequence for the song, "A Thousand and One Nights" on the April 23rd episode.

Shows in Development & Other Fun Stuff

Nickelodeon's Figure It Out is coming back for 40 new episodes.

CBS' drama pilot, Quean, was deemed to be too similar to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so they changed "the lead's employer from a PI to a law firm, her boss from a white male private investigator to a black female lawyer, and the protagonist herself from a loner to a girl with a boyfriend." But, it still wasn't enough, and the procedural has now been scrapped.

The CW has three new reality series this summer - The Star Next Door, which will be a nationwide music competition series, Breaking Pointe, which will be a behind-the-scenes look at competitive ballet companies, and The Catalina, which follows employees and guests at the Miami hotel by the same name.

A huge "Roseanne" dance party is schedule in Chicago on March 24th.

A&E is partnering with Mark Wahlberg, among others, on an unscripted pilot (tentatively called Teamsters) It will "give viewers a first-hand glimpse of the most legendary union in the most aggressive and territorial city in America: Boston."

Mob Wives' spinoff, Mob Wives Chicago will debut on VH1 this spring.

has been under plenty of fire since it premiered, perhaps most notably that Kraft pulled its advertising from the series.

Al Roker's company is backing Coast Guard Florida, a new docuseries for The Weather Channel. It will debut this October and 13 hour-long episodes are planned.

The Bates family just had a one-hour special on TLC, and now they're going to have eight half-hour shows on TLC, starting in June.

Fun fact: have you ever thought about the audience for Univision? Well, in 2011, they had a larger age-18-to-34 audience than NBC did on 267 nights! AND, last month, they out-performed one or more of the big networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) on 26 out of 28 nights.

Logo is going to have an all-stars edition of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Wallace, a series that is a historical drama based on the life of Braveheart, is being developed.

In 2013, History will treat us to Vikings, a scripted drama chronicling the "extraordinary and ferocious world of the mighty Norsemen who raided, traded, and explored during medieval times."

Hallmark Channel now has the rights to syndication for The Middle, and will begin airing the first 88 episodes in March 2014.

The CW now has a mobile app (apple and android) that allows you to watch full episodes of primetime series at 6am ET the morning after broadcast.

TBS has green-lit eight episodes of King of the Nerds, which will invite "competitors spanning the full nerd spectrum to come together to face challenges that will test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture prowess."
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