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TV Newsround: Good News For Chuck And Visitors – Bad News For Heroes and Flashers


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As the flurry of renewals and cancellations stepped up a gear yesterday, there was good news for fans of V, the decent remake of the 1980s classic about alien invaders, and sci-fi spy comedy-drama Chuck.

V, starring Elizabeth Mitchell – previously best-known for playing Juliet in Lost – and Firefly‘s Morena Baccarin, has been renewed for a second season by US network ABC.

Meanwhile NBC has committed to a fourth season of the acclaimed, but ratings-starved, Chuck.

Bad news, however, for fans of FlashForward, which has reportedly been canceled and will not be back after season one ends – guess we should have seen that one coming…

However, we were always promised that season one would be self-contained and that any future seasons would deal with new flash forwards, so at least we should get a resolution of sorts to the story.

I’m very sad, but not surprised, also to report the demise of Heroes, a show whose five-seasons will, in the future, surely serve as a case study of how NOT to run a TV show.

During its first season, it was the hottest new property on network TV but it was systematically destroyed through a lack of any apparent show-running ability, poor creative decisions, dire plotting and convoluted story arcs that often went nowhere or made no sense. In the end, it seems, they couldn’t save the cheerleader.

It’s been a busy time over the past days and weeks for those who get to decide the future of your favourite TV shows, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening with the rest of your favourites on the five big networks: ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS and The CW.

Renewed: Castle, Cougar Town, Modern Family, The Middle, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, How I Met Your Mother, Two And A Half Men, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Bones, Fringe, Glee, Human Target, Lie To Me, The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Community, Friday Night Lights, Law & Order: SVU, The Office, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, 90210, Gossip Girl, Smallville, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, NCIS: Los Angeles.

Canceled: Better Off Ted, Hank, Romantically Challenged, Scrubs, Ugly Betty, 24, Dollhouse, Past Life, ‘Til Death, Law & Order, Mercy, Trauma.

The following are those shows that have yet to have their futures decided. Those in green are generally considered dead certs or good bets for renewal, those in red long shots and those in black are thought to be 50/50:

The Bachelor, Brothers & Sisters, The Deep End, Desperate Housewives, The Forgotten, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Accidentally on Purpose, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Gary Unmarried, Ghost Whisperer, Medium, The Mentalist, NCIS, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Numb3rs, Rules of Engagement, Brothers, House, Life Unexpected, Melrose Place, One Tree Hill.

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TV Newsround: More Of The Same


The CW has ordered new seasons of no fewer than five of its highest-profile dramas.

Superboy drama Smallville will be back in the Autumn for its ninth season, Supernatural for a fifth and One Tree Hill for a seventh. Newcomer 90210 gets a second season (plus a pilot order for an updated version of original Beverley Hills 90210 spin-off, Melrose Place – more details here) and Gossip Girl a third.

Not so good news for fans of new CW show Privileged, which was ignored in The CW’s announcement.

With the third season of Army Wives not due to begin until June, the Lifetime channel has ordered a fourth season.

The show, about the day-to-day lives of and problems facing military families, stars former NYPD Blues actress Kim Delaney. It is Lifetime’s most successful show in the channel’s 25-year history.

Elsewhere, ensemble drama Crash, based on the 2005 Best Picture Oscar-winning film, has been renewed for a 13-episode second season by the Starz network.

Like the film, the series follows a number of characters whose lives are randomly intertwined. However, the TV show features new characters unrelated to those in the film, though there are close similarities in some cases.

The first season received generally poor reviews and a new team of showrunners has been brought in to guide season two, led by The 4400’s Ira Steven Behr. Former showrunner, The Shield’s Glen Mazzara will remain as a consultant producer. The show’s biggest-name actor, Dennis Hopper, is expected to return for the new season.

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TV Newsround: When’s My Favourite Show Coming Back Update


Amy Poehler‘s new sitcom finally has a title and a start date. The Choob previously revealed details of the plot of the show, which has now been given the title Parks and Recreation.

It will debut on NBC at 8.30pm on April 9, sandwiched between two new episodes of The Office.

The addition of an extra episode of The Office on that night means that show’s 29-episode fifth season will still end on May 14 as planned but with a single half-hour episode rather than a one-hour finale. To fill in the gap, the season finale of 30 Rock will move back a week to May 14 from May 7.

Parks & Recreation follows the same “mockumentary” style of The Office (at an early stage, it was envisaged as an Office spin-off) and stars Poehler as Leslie Knope, a mid-level employee for a municipal parks and recreation department in Indiana who sees her job as the first step toward a grand career in politics. She makes it her mission to help a city resident (“Office” veteran Rashida Jones) turn a vacant lot into a park, despite resistance on pretty much all levels.

Reaper returns to the CW network for its second, 13-episode season at 8pm on Tuesday March 3, running until May 26. 90210, the updated version of Beverley Hills 90210, which currently airs at 8pm on Tuesdays, will move back to 9pm, with its season ending on May 19. Also on the network, Privileged, which is the current occupant of the Tuesday 9pm slot will complete its first season on February 24.

Dates have been set for the broadcast on the US Sci Fi Channel of the two direct-to-DVD Stargate movies released last year. Stargate: The Ark Of Truth will air on Friday March 27 at 9pm, followed by Stargate: Continuum on Friday, April 3, also at 9pm. The Ark Of Truth picks up the story from the finale of the original Stargate: SG-1 TV series. Continuum sees members of the SG-1 team returning to a world where their history has been dramatically altered.

New ABC sitcom In the Motherhood will debut on Thursday, March 26 at 8pm. It will be paired with Samantha Who? which, as the Choob previously reported, has been in limbo since it was was recently kicked out of it’s Monday night slot. In the motherhood, starring Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Cheryl Hines and former Will and Grace star Megan Mullally, is about three very different women’s experiences as mothers.

The Thursday changes mean that Ugly Betty gets kicked out but ABC said it will return after In The Motherhood and Samantha Who? complete their runs. Despite claims that they are still behind the show, what the move could spell trouble for the long-term future of Ugly Betty, although it is worth noting that the show was scheduled to go into repeats anyway during the time it will now be on hiatus. In any case, don’t expect to see the rest of the show’s season-three episodes until at least June.

Also on ABC, Scrubs will move to Wednesdays at 8pm, from March 18, where it will be paired with new comedy Better Off Ted, a satirical office comedy about a successful but morally conscious man who runs the research and development department at a morally questionable corporation. Stars include Joey’s Andrea Anders and Arrested Development’s Portia De Rossi.

New HBO comedy Eastbound And Down begins at 10.30pm on Sunday, February 15. It stars Danny McBride as a disgraced, washed-up Major League Baseball pitcher forced to return to his home town and take a job as a PE teacher.

The debut of Cupid on ABC has been pushed back a week until Tuesday March 31. The episode order has also been cut to just seven. The show is a remake/revival of a 1999 show of the same nameabout a charismatic character who may or may not be the Roman god of love — Cupid — who believes he has been sent to earth to bring 100 couples together before he is allowed to return to Mount Olympus. With only seven episodes to do so, he’ll have to go some…

Surviving Suburbia, a traditional sitcom starring Bob Saget and Cynthia Stevenson, begins on Monday April 6 at 9:30pm on ABC. The show, about a cynical cynical father-of-two and his family, is said to be “in the family-centered tradition of Roseanne and Home Improvement”.

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The Show WILL Go On…


So far, we’ve looked at the TV shows that have already been cancelled this season and the ones with their future hanging in the balance.

So to round off our mid-season round-up, here’s some better news for the new year, as we take a look at the TV shows that have a brighter future (at least for now).

Mad Men (AMC): Possibly the finest TV show currently in production, this character-led drama about advertising executives in early-60s new York simply oozes quality. Series creator and main writer Matthew Weiner has said that the show will run for five seasons (network permitting) and cover 10 years in the lives of the characters.

Season two ended its run earlier this year, with ratings that grew from season one (almost doubled, in fact). AMC have ordered a third season – however Weiner reportedly has been playing hardball, looking for a pay rise to reflect the critical and ratings success of the show, and whether he will still be in charge when it returns is somewhat unclear.

Dexter (Showtime): Superior drama, with a vein of dark humour running through it, starring Six Feet Under’s Michael C Hall as a serial killer who works a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police department. Season three recently ended its run and the network has committed to at least two further seasons, of 12 episodes each.

Caprica (SciFi): This prequel to the highly acclaimed Battlestar Galactica re-imagining was in development hell for a long time and looked doomed but the SciFi network in the US has finally given the green light to the show after a pilot episode was made. It’s unlikely to hit our screens until 2010, however.

Billed as more of a family drama than a space opera, Caprica is set 51 years before the Cylon attack that kicked off the Battlestar Galactica story and tells the story of two families (one of them led by the father of future BSG commander William Adama and grandfather 0f Apollo) and their role in the creation of the Cylons.

Survivors (BBC): The remake/re-imagining of the classic 1970s British show – created by Terry Nation (the man who created Blake’s 7– The Cathode Ray Choob’s all-time favourite TV show – and Doctor Who‘s deadliest foes, the Daleks) – about the survivors of a plague that wipes out 99.9% of the human race has been renewed for a second 6-part season.

Burn Notice (USA): This Miami-set tongue-in-cheek drama, about a spy inexplicably cast adrift by his bosses and left to fend for himself, has earned a 16-episode third-season order from the USA network.

Fringe (Fox): The new show from Lost/Alias’s JJ Abrams, about an FBI agent who teams up with a brilliant but mentally unstable and amoral scientist and his estranged son to investigate crimes involving cutting-edge fringe science (concepts that blur the boundary between science fact and science fiction,such as telepathy, levitation, reanimation, genetic mutation), which seem to be part of a wider global conspiracy.

Solid, if unremarkable, viewing figures ensured that the show was picked up for a full 22-episode season order early on in its run.

Sanctuary (SciFi): Endearingly old-fashioned storytelling and cost-cutting use of green-screen technologyto digitally create the locations are the trademarks of this show, which began life as a series of webisodes broadcast over the internet before being picked up by the American SciFi TV network.

Stargate SG1’s Amanda Tapping stars as the enigmatic, long-lived English doctor Helen Magnus, who is in charge of the titular sanctuary that seeks out monsters, freaks and other “abnormals” (some human, some not) to either aid or imprison them depending on how hostile or dangerous they are.

It’s not a flashy or very sophisticated (in terms of writing) show – in many ways it harks back to simpler times when story-telling on TV did not have to be so cynical – but it’s hard to dislike and Tapping’s character makes for a enthralling lead.

SciFi were happy enough with it to order a second 13-episode season.

Life On Mars (ABC): US remake of the acclaimed BBC original about a present day police officer who has an accident and wakes up in the 1970s. After a dismal pilot version (filmed in Los Angeles and set in Chicago), a radical overhaul saw most of the cast replaced (with Harvey Keitel replacing Colm Meaney as Gene Hunt and The Sopranos’ Michael Imperioli brought in) and the action (and filming) switched to New York.

The new pilot was a huge improvement. The ongoing series has closely closely followed the plots and story arc of the UK version but with hints that the underlying mythology (and the explanation for Sam Tyler’s time-shift) may be very different to what was ultimately revealed in the BBC show.

The initial 13-episode order has been increased by four and when the show returns from the festive break, it will move from Thursday nights to Wednesdays, paired up with the reinvigorated Lost, which network chiefs at ABC hopes will help boost Life On Mars’ mediocre ratings. If the strategy works, a second season could be on the cards.

True Blood (HBO): Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball reunited with HBO for this series, based on a series of books, about a telepathic waitress (Anna Paquin) who falls in love with a vampire (the show is set in Louisiana in contemporary America, where vampires have come out of closet and co-exist, somewhat uneasily, with humans).

Ratings were very poor to begin with but grew steadily during the 12-episode first season, and the show is now one of HBO’s biggest ratings-grabbers. A second season has been ordered.

Kath & Kim (NBC): Another US remake, this time of the superior Aussie original. It hasn’t been the total disaster you might expect if you are a fan of the Australian show. However, the harder edges of the original have been softened somewhat for the American audience and casting the relatively slim, beautiful Selma Blair as Kim does seem to miss the point of the character somewhat. In any case, ratings, though slightly mediocre, were good enough for NBC to up the order fr the season from the initial  13 episodes to a full 22. Whether the show will return for a second season remains to be seen.

Worst Week (CBS): Yet more US remake-ry, this time of the BBC comedy The Worst Week Of My Life, about an accident-prone groom-to-be. Middling ratings but CBS ordered an extra three episodes (for a total of 16) and this remains a possibility for a second season.

Sons of Anarchy (F/X): Drama about a gang of outlaw bikers, starring Hellboy‘s Ron Perlman. First season has completed its
13-episode run and a second has been ordered.

Samantha Who? (ABC): Somewhat mediocre sitcom starring former Married With Children babe Christina Applegate as a woman who gets hit by a car, loses her memory and discovers that she wasn’t a very nice person before the accident. ABC has ordered an additional seven episodes for season 2, bringing the total to 20.

Californication (Showtime): David Duchovny vehicle about a charming but troubled writer, has been renewed for a third season.

Entourage (HBO): A sixth season has been ordered.

The Mentalist (CBS): Exceptionally high viewing figures for this crime drama – about a former phony psychic who now uses his brilliant powers of observation to help the cops solve crimes – won it an early full-season pick-up and a second season looks certain.

Psych (USA): A fourth season has been ordered of this comedy drama, which is also about a fake psychic who helps the police.

Gary Unmarried (CBS): The new Jay Mohr comedy received an order for an additional seven episodes (plus two further scripts) taking it to at least 20 episodes in total.

My Boys (TBS): Comedy about a female sports writer in Chicago, and the men in her life. Nine-episode third season has been ordered.

Medium (NBC): Season five of the supernatural crime drama, starring Patricia Arquette, gets an extra six episodes, for a total of 19.

Monk (USA): The “dramedy” about an obsessive-compulsive private detective is to get an eighth and final season.

Privileged (CW): Drama about a wannabe journalist who ends up as a tutor for spoilt rich kids. The CW network ordered an extra 5 episodes, bringing season one up to 18 in all.

90210 (CW): The updated follow-up to 90s teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 has been a big ratings hit for the CW network, who ordered a full 22-episode season after only three episodes had aired.

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