Monday, March 5, 2012

News Roundup: Mostly Scheduling & Casting Updates

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Renewals, Cancellations, & Scheduling:

Revenge for Real
will air on ABC March 7th and 14th at 10pm ET/PT. This is a limited series from ABC News.

After this week's (3/8) The Finder on FOX, it will move from Thursday nights to Friday nights, airing on April 6th in the 8pm ET/PT slot.

USA's Fairly Legal (season2) and In Plain Sight (season 5) are back on Friday, March 16th.

Unchained Reaction, a show that has people building a series of mechanisms across five days, will premiere on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, March 18th at 10pm ET/PT

La-La's Full Court Life (season 2) and Styled by June (season 1) will be airing on VH1 starting Monday, March 19th.

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding returns to TLC on Friday, March 23rd at 10pm ET/PT.

MTV's Savage U begins Tuesday, April 3rd at 11pm. This docuseries will follow Dan Savage "as he travels to college campuses across the country, talking to students and offering them a creash course on relationships, responsibility, sex, and love."

BBC America's No Kitchen Required, an outdoor cooking competition series, will begin airing on Tuesday, April 3rd, at 10pm ET/PT.

USA's Common Law will premiere on Friday, May 11th at 10pm ET/PT.

Anger Management, the FX series starring Charlie Sheen, will premiere on Thursday, June 28th at 9pm ET/PT.

Cast & Plot Updates

Leonard Nimoy will provide a voice in the March 29th episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Looks like we're in for less girls like Amber and Catelynn on future episodes of 16 and Pregnant. MTV seems to only want to cast mothers who don't have "train wreck" backgrounds. It also seems that many of the upcoming girls are from affluent families and are quite attractive - two cheerleaders and two models are among the teens.

Matthew Perry will star as a sportscaster on the NBC comedy pilot, Go On, where he is part of a mandated group therapy session.

Dane Cook will star in the new NBC comedy Next Caller Please, which will revolve around a DJ and his co-host at a radio station.

Phylicia Rashad will be part of the NBC drama, Do No Harm, where she will play a doctor who works with a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde character.

Jesse Spencer will star in NBC's new drama, Chicago Fire, where he'll play a firefighter who is in the process of separating from his wife.

So long as Pan Am doesn't get renewed, Karine Vanasse will be a clothing designer on ABC's Scruples, a drama based on the 1978 book.

Leah Remini will star in ABC's new comedy, White Van Man.

Amy Smart has joined the cast of Bad Girls, an NBC drama where she'll play a "Barbie-type who was busted for stealing and running up her friend's credit card."

Shows in Development & Other Fun Stuff
If you're interested, Timothy Omundson will be available to answer questions during the Eastern airing of Psych this Wednesday, March 7th, at 10pm ET.

If you'd like to be on The X-Factor, there are open auditions coming up... Kansas City on March 14th, Austin on March 22nd, San Francisco on April 20th, Greensboro, NC on May 1st, and Providence on May 10th. You only have to be twelve years old, but to read about the other requirements, check it out online.

ABC's Shark Tank has gotten an expansion of two episodes, bringing the season total to fifteen.

Lifetime has picked up Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp as a ten-episode docuseries.

The Hub has four new original series coming in the 2012-2013 season, including Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, Littlest Pet Shop, Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, and Spooksville (this one is live-action). They'll also begin airing The Facts of Life, Mork & Mindy, and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.

The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week will have an exclusive first look at the Game of Thrones online game, which is planned to be free to play.

Canadian animation company Cuppa Coffee Studios has a new, 20-episode program coming up in April that will focus on the Osbourne family... The F'n Osbournes.
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