ABC has canceled Happy Endings after three seasons, in addition to axing Body of Proof, Red Widow and Malibu Country. Despite a loyal and vocal following, the Sony Pictures Television comedy will not continue on at the network.ABC moved the ensemble comedy in its third season to be part of their Tuesday comedy block. However, the lineup was the first to crumble against similar efforts on Fox and NBC. ABC shifted to reality programming on Tuesdays and moved Happy Endings to Fridays, where it most recently finished its run with a back-to-back episode burn-off.Its May 3 season finale scored a 0.8 and 0.7 rating among adults 18 to 49, a modest uptick.
Sony TV has committed to shopping the critical darling to cable, with USA Network among those expressing an interest in continuing on with the series, which ABC recently marketed with a “Save Happy Endings” tag line.
“We love those two shows. They’re incredibly distinctive, and they’re water cooler shows,” ABC boss Paul Lee said in January, also referring to the now-defunct Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23.
And now the good news : Scandal,Grey’s Anatomy,Modern Family,Suburgatory,Revenge,Once upon a time,Castle,Nashville,Neighbors,Middle are renewed for another season.
Scandal,the Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn political thriller broke out in its sophomore season, hitting a series high during Thursday’s hour. The fast-paced series from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has become the water-cooler show of the season thanks to a dedicated cast live-tweeting new and “vintage” episodes that helped capture new viewers including Oprah Winfrey, who dedicated an hour of Oprah’s Next Chapter to the series about a fixer and her doomed romance with the president. Airing on Thursdays following Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal has made in-roads among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 set, topping its lead-in at least once during its second season.
The veteran medical drama from Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy remains ABC’s top scripted drama and after its core cast booked two-year deals last year, the show will continue on for its 10th season. This season saw the cast lose three long-time members after Chyler Leigh and Kim Raver were written out during the eighth season finale and Eric Dane’s character was killed off early this year. In their place, Grey’s has enlisted a host of recurring intern characters, including Camilla Luddington and Gaius Charles.
The most awarded show on ABC, Modern Family will be back for a fifth season after all of its cast members received healthy salary raises just ahead of its current fourth frame. While the series has been eclipsed as broadcast TV’s No. 1 scripted comedy by CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, the 20th Television entry from co-creators/co-showrunners Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd continues to be the crowned jewel of comedy for the network. Its fourth season is averaging a 4.3 rating among adults 18-49 vs. Big Bang’s 5.3, with the latter receiving a healthy boost in its sixth season thanks largely in part to syndicated repeats on TBS. Syndicated repeats of Modern Family will begin airingon USA Network come fall following a rich deal for the ensemble comedy in 2010.
The Emily VanCamp soap,Revenge will continue on for a third season after producer ABC Studios inked Sunil Nayar to a new two-year overall deal to take over as showrunnerfor series creator Mike Kelley, who parted wayswith the series in April. Revenge had big shoes to fill in its sophomore season when the one-time critical darling was moved to Sundays. Following an uneven season that has featured double-digit ratings declines and harsh reviews from former fans, the series will continue on for a third season.
The next show on the list, Suburgatory will be back for a third season after producer Warner Bros. Television inked creator Emily Kapnek to a two-year overall deal to continue on as showrunner. The Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto series has been a solid performer on Wednesdays, averaging 2.1 in the demo and 6 million viewers as ABC continues to court families on the night with The Middle, Modern Family and freshman comedy The Neighbors.
One of my favorite shows, Castle, the Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, procedural from ABC Studios is a sturdy performer for the network on Monday nights opposite increased competition this season from NBC’s breakout drama Revolution and CBS’ reliable Hawaii Five-O, both of which were previously renewed for the 2013-14 schedule. This season, the series — which earned an early order for one additional episode, expanding its fifth season to 23 episodes — is averaging nearly 9 million total viewers and a 2.6 in the adults under 50 measure. Castle also marked its 100th episode this year, in addition to launching in syndication on TNT.
An example of the Disney-owned network’s corporate synergy, the fantasy drama from Lostscribes Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz,Once Upon a Time has continued to deliver in its second season, anchoring Sundays with an average 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 and nearly 9 million viewers. The ABC Studios series starring Jennifer Morrisonand Ginnifer Goodwin in the dual-universe Snow White story may also spawn a spinoff, with Once Upon a Time in Wonderland — also from Kitsis and Horowitz — in the works after filming a short presentation after production on season two of the drama had been completed.
The Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere country music soap,Nashville opened the season with high expectations thanks to an impressive cast and pedigree including Oscar winner Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise). Adding Boss’ Dee Johnson as showrunner ahead of its October bow, the series launched big with 9 million viewers and a 2.8 ratings among adults 18-49 — topping CBS’ CSI and rookies Chicago Fire and Arrow, but down year-over-year compared with last year’s Wednesday at 10 p.m. occupant, Revenge.
ABC’s “TGIF” comedy block, with the Tim Allen starrer Last Man Standing launching the night, continued to be a decent performer for ABC on Fridays and will continue for a third season. While the family comedy from 20th Television is down year-over-year, the series — which received an early five-episode pickup this year — continues to lure a broader audience to ABC. Its second-season finale in March was just shy of its first-year performance, finishing with a respectable 1.6 in the demo.
The Patricia Heaton-led comedy,The Middle has continued to be a solid performer for the network on Wednesdays, averaging a 2.3 rating in the key adults 18-49 measure. What’s more, while it lacks the critical acclaim and water-cooler chatter of its counterparts, the Warner Bros. Television-produced comedy has served as a steady lead-in for the Disney-owned network’s Wednesday comedy block, boosting the fortunes for second-year effort Suburgatory, and locking up a fifth-season renewal.
The Neighbors, the critically panned series starring Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito as a couple who move into a community populated by aliens has been a modest performer for ABC on Wednesdays and will continue on for a second season. In a show of early confidence, the network ordered its first additional scripts of the season for the first-year entry that THR’s chief TV critic Tim Goodman called”one of the least funny things to air on television since the last Hitler documentary on History.” With its 1.8 demo rating and average of 6 million total viewers, ABC used the critical jabs as part of its midseason marketing strategy encouraging viewers to give the series another look.
Just days after Fox canceled Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch, the actor is returning to Fox to reprise his role as Jack Bauer in a 24 limited series.The continuation of the series — which spanned 192 episodes and a TV movie from 2001-10 — will be produced by its former showrunner, Howard Gordon (Homeland). Like the original series, the reboot, dubbed 24: Live Another Day, hails from 20th Television and Imagine TV’s Brian Grazer with Gordon’s banner Teakwood Lane on board to co-produce. Fox will bow the limited project — which will tell a 24-hour story over 12 episodes that jump hours — in May 2014.
Source : thehollywoodreporter.com
The rumored complete comedy revamp at NBC is happening. After a slew of cancellations (Whitney, Guys With Kids, 1600 Penn, Up All Night), the network just pulled the plug on freshman Go On. So far, only one NBC comedy series, Parks And Recreation, has been renewed. Only two others are still alive — freshman The New Normal and veteran Community, whose fate is being determined in a complex multi-show negotiation between NBC and Sony but is looking good. Go On, which marked Friends star Matthew Perry’s return to NBC, started off strong, buoyed by a Voice lead-in. But it gradually started to slip, lost its rating footing once The Voice went to hiatus and never regained it. Rumors that NBC may discard almost all of its existing comedy series began surfacing early this month when word started to get out that the network is very happy with its comedy pilots.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, TNT has canceled Southland after five seasons, as expected.The show was adored by critics but failed to make an impression with viewers, drawing fewer than two million viewers for its entire fifth season. But let’s take a quick trip down memory lane: Southland actually started on NBC, which ordered a second season of the show but then changed its mind, allowing TNT to step in and save it. This is a situation where fans of the show should be happy the show went on as long as it did.According to TV Guide’s Michael Schneider, there’s early talk about a two-hour Southland wrap-up movie, but it’s VERY EARLY TALK. As for the series finale that aired last month, it sort-of worked as an actual series finale.
In other TNT news, the network also put a pillow over Monday Mornings. The medical drama starring Ving Rhames never got going, and I’m sure half of you out there didn’t even know it existed.
The CW has renewed its two remaining bubble shows, giving additional seasons to both The Carrie Diaries and Nikita.
With the pickups, the CW has renewed nearly its entire lineup — including Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Hart of Dixie, Supernatural and Beauty and the Beast. Rookies Cult and Emily Owens, M.D., were canceled earlier this year, while veterans 90210 and Gossip Girl came to a close this season.
The news comes mere hours after the youth-skewing network picked up four dramas to series, including sci-fi entries The 100, Star-Crossed (previously Oxygen), The Tomorrow People and departure Reign, the story of Mary Queen of Scots. Those four will join The Vampire Diaries’ spinoff The Originals on the CW’s 2013-14 schedule.
Episode orders for both series will be announced next week when the CW presents its lineup to Madison Avenue ad buyers in New York.
Fox has cancelled the ever-evolving parenting drama-turned-save the world thriller after two seasons, sources confirm for TVLine.
Touch, the Kiefer Sutherland-fronted series opened Season 2 in February with 3.8 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, down 20 and 23 percent from its freshman finale. At last tally, its penultimate hour did 2.22 mil and a 0.6.
After a week of intense negotiations, a couple of deadlines and best and final offers, Criminal Minds leads Thomas Gibson and Joe Mantegna and co-stars Shemar Moore, Kirsten Vangsness and A.J. Cook have all signed new two-year deals to continue on the veteran CBS crime drama. With the five on board and Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer signing a new deal last week, Deadline find out that CBS has proceeded with a ninth-season renewal for the show.Going into the renegotiations, Vangsness and Cook, who stuck together, sought salary parity with their male counterparts Moore and Matthew Gubler. The two didn’t quite get there but received sizable pay increases.
Source : hollywoodreporter.com, tvline.com, deadline.com.
Unfortunatelly NBC has begun notifying producers of the fate of its current programming.So let’s begin with the cancelled shows :
-Up All Night
After its attempt to reboot itself as a multicamera comedy fizzled when the concept of a behind-the-scenes look at a struggling television series stalled, star Christina Applegate exited the sophomore series from exec producer Lorne Michaels. Further complicating its future, new showrunner Linda Wallem took the writing staff to Las Vegas for a farewell bash, signaling the end of the once-promising series that saw creator Emily Spivey exit earlier this year. For his part, co-star Will Arnett already has moved on, booking the lead role(in second position) in CBS’ untitled Greg Garcia comedy pilot.
-Guys With Kids
From executive producer Jimmy Fallon, the freshman comedy has been a modest performer on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., growing from its weak Animal Practice lead-in and remaining steady with replacement 8 p.m. entry Whitney. The series, which was granted a limited four-episode back-order in November, has averaged a 1.3 in the key 18-49 demo and just under 4 million total viewers. Given the Universal Television show’s bubble status, co-star Zach Cregger booked an NBC pilot (Assistance, opposite Krysten Ritter) in second position.
Returning to the schedule on Wednesdays for its second season, Whitney didn’t make much of an impression when taking over the time slot previously occupied by the since-canceled Animal Practice. The Whitney Cummings vehicle returned down compared with its series premiere (1.4 in the demo vs. 3.3 in its series bow). The series ended its abbreviated run in March averaging a 1.2 in the adults 18-49 demo and 3.6 million total viewers. Perhaps reading the tea leaves, co-star Chris D’Elia booked a pilot in second position, taking the starring role in NBC’s Bill Lawrence comedy Undateable (which remains in contention).
Arriving with an impressive pedigree that counted President Obama’s former speechwriter Jon Lovett among its creators and star Josh Gad fresh off his buzz-worthy run on Broadway’s Book of Mormon, the political comedy got off to a lackluster start, earning a 1.6 in the adult demo and 3.9 million viewers, failing to capitalize on to its Parks and Recreation lead-in. The Thursday comedy starring Bill Pullman wrapped its 13-episode run in March, ending up with an average of 1.1 in the demo and less than 3 million total viewers. For its part, young star Benjamin Stockham will stay put with NBC as the titular boy in Jason Katims’ About a Boy adaptation, which was ordered to series early Thursday. Lovett announced the series’ fate via Twitter: “It’s official. 1600 Penn is a cult classic.”
NBC’s attempt to capture some of the buzz surrounding ABC’s soapy thriller Revenge opened with signs of hope, earning a 2.0 among adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers on Mondays. However, the Meagan Good starrer quickly faded, wrapping its 11-episode run with an average of 1.2 in the demo. Despite holding on to its total viewers throughout its run, the Liz Heldens drama will not continue on, with co-star Tate Donovan also booking a role in CBS drama pilot Hostages in second position. For her part, Heldens has summer drama series Camp, starring Brothers and Sisters alum Rachel Griffiths, bowing in July on NBC.
And now the good news : NBC has granted comedy Parks and Recreation a sixth season.The Amy Poehler ensemble about a rag-tag group of government employees was considered NBC’s only slam-dunk comedy set to return to the schedule for the 2013-14 season. The Thursday comedy has proved to be a launching pad for its cast, with co-stars Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones and Chris Pratt all inking deals for films, book deals, comedy tours and more. While the series has never been a ratings power for the network, it continues to generate positive reviews and be an awards-season magnet for Poehler.For Parks co-creator Mike Schur, he will have comedies at rival networks next season. His new half-hour, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, was ordered to series at Fox on Wednesday. The comedy, starring Andy Samberg, revolves around a diverse group of detectives at a New York precinct.
TNT Orders a Third Season of Dallas :
Texans are fond of the saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” and now they have a specific example to point to instead of relying on a novelty oversized Stetson or a steak that’s basically a whole cow. TNT has made its Texas-based drama Dallas bigger with a Season 3 renewal, removing it from the list of many bubble shows whose fates are still undetermined. The third season will consist of 15 episodes, just like the recently concluded second season, and air sometime in early 2014.A “continuation” of your mother’s favorite family drama from the ’80s, the modern Dallas follows a new generation of Ewings dealing with the same old backstabbing, adultery, and crime. Stars Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, and Julie Gonzalo join original series vets Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, and the late Larry Hagman, who passed away halfway through Season 2.After setting records for TNT in its first season, Dallas did an average of 3.8 million viewers when time-shifted viewing was factored in. That’s lower than most of TNT’s other original dramas, if you’re wondering.
HBO Re-elects Veep for a Third Season :
HBO wants Meyer in 2014! The pay-cable network has ordered a third season of its comedy Veep, asking for 10 episodes to air in 2014. The series is currently in its second season, where it’s enjoyed a ratings boost thanks in part to riding Game of Thrones’ wake. Last year, Veep was paired with Girls, but apparently the Lannisters make for better bedfellows than Lena Dunham.
In case you don’t know (though you should), Veep stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as fictional vice president Selina Meyer, a bumbling politician with aspirations to one day sit in the Oval Office. Reid Scott, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, and Anna Chlumsky play her aids, and don’t forget about Timothy Simons as the arrogant White House liaison. The show was created by Armando Iannucci, the man behind the popular U.K. political comedy The Thick of It.
Source : tv.com, hollywoodreporter.com, tvline.com.
CBS has renewed beleaguered comedy Two and a Half Men for an 11th season — but there’s a catch.The network and studio Warner Bros. Television are currently working out a deal for young star Angus T. Jones to recur on the Chuck Lorre comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Meanwhile, stars Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer have inked new one-year deals for season 11 and will return to the series as regulars. The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise as Jones had been vocal about his desire to attend college following Men’s 10th season. Jones has been vocal about the way the series has used his character this season, as Jake frequently appeared via Skype after enlisting in the military this year.
The pickup comes after a CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler told reporters in January at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour that she’d like to see Jones continue with the series despite his controversial digs at the series that made him a star.”He made his public apology and we’ve moved on,” she said of Jones’ comments, in which he declared the show “filth” and urged viewers to stop watching. “The kid is 19 years old. I’ve got a 24-year-old. Between the ages of 19 and 24, there’s been plenty of things my kid has said that I wish he hadn’t. The bottom line is cooler heads prevailed,” Tassler, a mother of two, told a group of reporters following the session.
“He’s been a beloved member of that cast for years and years and years and he issued a public apology. At the end of the day, they want him back and he wants to come back. He’s tabling next week and that’s it and we move on,” she continued, noting that it’s a “happy” cast of “happy” people. “We had a little bit of a glitch, but what else is new?”
The series, which moved to the plum post-Big Bang Theory slot on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. this season, is averaging a 4.2 rating among the core adults 18-49 demographic.
The current fifth season of 90210 will be its last. The CW series has been doing very poorly in the ratings this season in its Monday slot, especially this midseason when it has been paired with The Carrie Diaries. February 18, 90210 drew just 500,000 viewers. Now the series’ May 13 season finale will also be a series finale. Seven episodes remain. “The CW has had five great seasons with America’s favorite zip code, 90210,” CW President Mark Pedowitz said in a release announcing the move. “I’d like to thank the talented cast, producers, and crew for all their hard work and dedication to the series. We are very proud of the West Beverly High alumni.”At the TCAs in January, Pedowitz suggested that 90210 could return, possibly for a final hurrah. “I am a big believer in giving fans a very satisfactory conclusion,” he said. “It’s something that we as a television industry need to do.” But, after some dismal ratings performances this month, such a closure turned out not to be in the cards for the reboot of the hit Fox series. Still, the early cancellation allows the producers to tweak storylines and give the fans some closure with the finale. CBS TV Studios produced 90210 with executive producers Patti Carr and Lara Olsen.
Source : hollywoodreporter and deadline.
Two days after an especially strong premiere, HBO has announced a fourth-season pickup for Game of Thrones.Game of Thrones‘ Sunday season premiere brought in a series record 4.4 million viewers, up 4 percent from the previous high despite particularly stiff cable competition from AMC’s The Walking Dead. The series also pulled 6.7 million viewers across three plays during the course of the night, up from the 2012 debut by 7 percent.
Game of Thrones also is grossing 11.6 million viewers per episode across platforms, including linear plays, DVR, On Demand and HBO Go.
Created by David Benioff and Dan Weiss, Game of Thrones is based on the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin and ranks as the network’s third-most-watched series of all time, trailing only True Blood among current shows.
A particularly expensive endeavor, Game of Thrones production is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but it also shoots in Croatia and Iceland. Up until the current third season, the series has chronicled Martin’s books individually. The current run, based on A Storm of Swords, will only follow roughly half of the book. Season four presumably will tackle the second half.
TBS Renews Cougar Town for Season 5 :
TBS has renewed Cougar Town for a fifth season, the network announced on Monday.
Season 5, comprised of 13 episodes, will premiere in 2014.“Cougar Town has been everything we hoped it would be: a smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud comedy that shines a bright light on the TBS brand,” TBS/TNT president Michael Wright said in touting the pick-up. “This season, the brilliant cast and immensely creative production team on Cougar Town have crafted their best episodes yet, and we couldn’t be happier inviting them back for more.”
To date on TBS, Cougar Town has averaged 2.8 million weekly viewers (per Live+7 DVR data), with 1.7 mil landing in the 18-49 sweet spot, making it the cabler’s top original primetime series ever in both measures.
ABC Family Orders Pretty Little Liars Spin-Off Ravenswood, Renews the Drama for Season 5:
ABC Family announced a Pretty Little Liars spin-off, titled Ravenswood.
From Liars co-showrunners I. Marlene King, Oliver Goldstick and exec producer Joseph Dougherty, the offshoot is set in Ravenswood, a town near PLL‘s own Rosewood. The series finds five strangers suddenly connected by a fatal curse that haunts the city, prompting them to dig into their hometown’s mysterious past before it’s too late.The all-new series is slated to bow in October following Liars’ third annual Halloween special, which, per Deadline, will introduce the spin-off’s titular city and its inhabitants.Pretty Little Liars, meanwhile, has been renewed for a fifth season.
Following the announcement, the always tight-lipped King took to Twitter with her own vague spin-off tease, stating: “We can’t tell you who’s in it yet. Like Rosewood, Ravenswood has dark secrets.”
Justified Renewed For Season 5 :
FX is adding a new project and renewing a second. First, Justified will be getting a fifth season. With ratings increasing in the currently airing Season 4, this really should be no surprise for fans. Maybe it’s the better access to Boyd and Ava that is bringing people in, but either way I’m happy to see the show will be surviving into next year. Additionally, it seems the Coen brothers’ Fargo project is actually happening and will air on FX.
CBS Renews 14 Series Including 2 Comedies, 7 Dramas, 3 Unscripted and 2 Newsmagazines :
CBS has renewed the bulk of its primetime lineup, announcing the pickups of four comedies, nine dramas, three reality shows and two newsmagazines.The comedy renewals include 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly, which join the previously picked up half-hours How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory.On the drama side, the network has added additional seasons of NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Blue Bloods and The Good Wife.On the unscripted front, The Amazing Race, Survivor and Undercover Boss will return, and veteran newsmagazines 60 Minutes and 48 Hours will also be back.
For its part, negotiations are continuing with CBS and Warner Bros. Television for an 11th season of Two and a Half Men, with all signs pointing to a likely return.Not included in the early renewals are Criminal Minds, CSI: New York and Rules of Engagement or freshman dramas Golden Boy and Vegas. CSI: NY, which recently finished its ninth season on the network, saw ratings dip in its Friday hour this past year, averaging just a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.6 million viewers. It remains robust for the night, however, trailing only scripted ventures Blue Bloods and NBC’s Grimm in the key demo. CSI saw its long-running Miami-based spinoff shutter last season. Criminal Minds, from ABC Studios, has averaged a 3.0 in adults 18-49, averaging 15 million total viewers.As for the freshmen, Vegas recently was displaced to Friday after a softer midseason performance on Tuesday nights. It’s averaging a 1.7 rating with adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers to date. The expensive production, a period piece starring Dennis Quaid, lost its demo edge early in the season. Golden Boy, CBS’ only midseason debut, started stronger than its Tuesday time slot predecessor but recently hit a low of just a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49.Rules, which is not expected to return as many of its core cast already have booked pilots in first position, is averaging a 2.7 in the demo and 8.1 million viewers, with very low DVR growth (18 percent).
The move comes as CBS heads into the season’s homestretch up 3 percent among the coveted 18-49 demo. The network, which got off to a rocky start with nonstarter Made in Jersey and a softer Monday night comedy block, has regained steam with February’s Super Bowl providing a nice lift.
Source : tvline,cinemablend,hollywoodreporter.
More than two months ahead of its upfront presentation to advertisers, the network has renewed comedies New Girl and Raising Hope along with freshman entries The Mindy Project and Kevin Bacon’s The Following for the 2013-14 season.
“We love working with these talented producers and casts who, week after week, create some of the funniest work on television,” Fox Broadcasting’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said of the trio of returning comedies. “These shows are creatively vibrant, they have established a loyal and passionate audience, and they will continue to define and grow the Fox comedy brand next season and beyond.”
The move comes after a series of candid remarks in January, in which Reilly acknowledged the frustration he had with the poor performance of his critically adored half-hour offerings. As he explained, the genre requires a certain amount of patience that the current network environment simply doesn’t allow. Reilly was forced to cancel low-rated darling Ben and Kate earlier this year.
Still, his femme-focused comedy lineup manages to draw a younger and particularly female demo, with the network touting New Girl as the No. 1 comedy among its target women 18-34 demo and Mindy Project emerging as the No. 1 new comedy of the season with that set. It is worth noting that Fox’s crop of comedy pilots in contention are strategically male-centered.
For its part, Bacon’s dark serial-killer drama will return for a second season of 15 consecutive episodes. The series proved one of few breakouts in an otherwise dismal midseason, with other freshman broadcast entries premiering to epically low numbers. After only six airings, The Following is already the No. 2 broadcast drama and the No. 3 drama over all this season once the full week’s ratings are factored in.
“From the very beginning, we felt Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega had created a high-quality, edge-of-your-seat drama that could break from the pack, and it is exciting to see the audience responding,” Reilly said in announcing the news Monday. “Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy have given us two of the most compelling characters on television, and the entire cast is incredible. I’m delighted to have this thrill ride continue on Fox for another season.”
Missing from the list of renewed series were Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch and long-running musical dramedy Glee. While the former is unlikely to return given its ratings struggles, the latter is almost certain to be back. In fact, Murphy and his team already are meeting with network and studio execs to map out the show’s fifth season.
Source : hollywoodreporter.com.
90210 will be coming to an end this May after five seasons on The CW.The show, which was a reboot of the hit 90s series and starred AnnaLynne McCord, Shenae Grimes, and Matt Lanter, will come to an end with its series finale on May 13, according to TV Line. The series finale episode will be paired with a retrospective look at the series.While the series began with much fanfare back in 2008, with several original cast members making appearances, ratings have dropped over the years, leading to the cancellation.
ABC has cancelled Zero Hour after three low-rated outings, according to TVLine.The rookie conspiracy thriller’s Feb. 14 premiere drew 6.3 million total viewers and a 1.4 18-49 rating, making it ABC’s lowest-rated in-season scripted premiere ever. Episode 3 this Thursday sunk to 5 million viewers and a 1.0 rating.
The show will be pulled from the schedule, effective immediately. Encore episodes of Shark Tank will fill its slot for the next two weeks, then Wife Swap will take over the Thursdays-at-8 spot for seven weeks beginning March 21. Starting May 9, Wipeout will fill the hour.The network has not yet announced when Zero Hour‘s remaining episodes will air.
Source : justjared.com,tvline.com
It’s official: HBO has renewed Girls for a third season.After weeks of the cast and executive producers spilling the beans early, the Golden Globe winner has been picked up for an expanded offering of 12 episodes.
Both executive producer Judd Apatow and creator and star Lena Dunham have recently discussed working on the third season for the show. Earlier this week Dunham mentioned a late March return to work in an interview with Alec Baldwin.
So far this season, the critical darling’s season premiere has drawn a gross audience of at least 3.8 million viewers, with only limited data available. With only two episodes having aired so far, combined views between original episodes, encores, OnDemand and HBO Go are certain to top this number.
The same night the series took home Golden Globes for best comedy and best actress in a comedy (Dunham), the sophomore run bowed to a first-run audience of 866,000 viewers. The number was just south of its series premiere in 2011 and the freshman season finale. All told, that season brought in a gross audience average of 4.1 million viewers for every episode.
Ben and Kate‘s uncertain fate has been decided.Two days after the freshman comedy was pulled from Fox’s Tuesday lineup, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that production on the 20th Century Fox Television produced series ended Friday.The current episode will not finish shooting, and the final two episodes of its 18-episode order will not be completed. Six episodes remained, only three of which completed filming.es would be pushed to a later date. The move coincided with a decision to apparently nix the Tuesday two-hour block of half-hour comedies launched at the start of the 2012-13 season. After several weeks of doubling up on original episodes of Raising Hope in Ben and Kate’s 8:30 p.m. slot, the network will bring Hell’s Kitchen to the night.
The series’ end comes on the heels of particularly low ratings, averaging just a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49 and 2.9 million viewers so far this season. And what Ben and Kate lacked in Live+Seven Day viewing, it did not make up for in DVR returns. The series, from creator Dana Fox (What Happens in Vegas), had especially modest growth after seven days of time-shifted viewing, growing just 21 percent in the key demo.
Source : hollywoodreporter.com