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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: CSI Galactica; Dollhouse Gathers Speed; Chenowith Full Of Glee; and more


FANS of Battlestar Galactica who are already mourning the fact that there are only two more episodes left can take some comfort from the latest development in the CSI universe – CSI: Galactica.

No, it’s not an attempt to transplant the CSI formula to the 12 Colonies of Kobol.

It’s a special episode of CSI, due to air on April 16, in which the forensics experts investigate a death at a science fiction convention.

Kate Vernon, who plays Ellen Tigh (right) on BSG, and Ronald D Moore, who created the new version of the sci-fi drama, will guest star on the episode and the producers promise plenty of other sci-fi references and in-jokes.

Talking of all things CSI, producers of CSI: New York have warned fans to brace themselves for the death of a prominent character in the season finale.

FOUR episodes in and the ongoing plot of Joss Whedon‘s new show, the flawed but intriguing Dollhouse, is slowly gathering speed as clues about the show’s mythology are gradually revealed.

For the uninitiated, it stars Eliza Dushku (right) as Echo, one of a group of “actives” or “dolls”, men and women who have had their personality erased so that they can be programmed with specific skills and memories, tailored to the needs of clients who hire them out for anything from sexual liaisons to bank robberies.

According to Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello, the show will kick into high gear on April 3 when, through a series of flashbacks, we learn who Echo was and why and how she ended up being lured into the Dollhouse. So it may be worth sticking with the show for a few more weeks, even if you’re not too sure about its long-term appeal.

OVER in Smallville, Ausiello reports that two major characters will die in the final episode of the current season. One of them is said to be a “veteran” of the show, the other a more recent addition. And, unlike previous Smallville deaths, these ones are said to be permanent. He also reports that The Legion will return in the May finale and that the final two episodes of the season will focus on a search for Chloe and Doomsday.

LOVABLE Pushing Daisies star Kristin Chenowith (right) and former Alias father figure Victor Garber have signed up for recurring roles in the Fox network’s musical comedy-drama Glee. Garber will play the father of the show’s leading man Matthew Morrisonbut Chenowith’s role is shrouded in secrecy.

The show is already generating great word of mouth amongst those who have seen an extended trailer and the pilot, so much so that the network plans to air the pilot episode on May 19, following American Idol’s current season finale. The series proper won’t begin until the Autumn.

Morrison plays a high school teacher who sets out to turn around the fortunes of his school’s glee club, which is filled with misfits and outcasts, molding them into a top-notch choir that can compete in a national competition. The show will feature musical numbers each week, ranging from classics to current pop hits.

ACTOR Jackie Earle Haley, who can currectly be seen on the big screen playing Watchmen’s Rorschach, has landed a supporting role in the pilot episode of a TV show based on another DC comic book, Human Target.

The human target of the title is master of disguise Christopher Chance, who hires himself out to act as a decoy for people whose lives are being threatened. Haley will play Chance’s researcher, who gathers the information his boss needs.

Also joining the cast is Chi McBride, who played moody detective Emerson Cod in Pushing Daisies). Mark Valley, who played FBI agent Olivia Dunham’s dead ex-boyfriend in Fringe, will play the title character.

FORMER ER star Julianna Margulies (right), who returns to County General this week for one last appearance as nurse Carol Hathaway, is set to take the lead role in the CBS drama pilot The Good Wife. She’ll play a politician’s wife who decides to resume her former career as a lawyer. Her last major role was also as a lawyer, in Canterbury’s Law, which was axed after just six episodes.

IN casting news that makes the Choob feel oh-so old, former Brat Pack actor Andrew McCarthy (The Breakfast Club, St Elmo’s Fire) has joined the cast of the Gossip Girl spin-off – as the main character’s dad.

The pilot for the spin-off, which will air as a flashback episode of the original show, is set in the 1980s and explores the wild teenage years of Lily Rhodes. McCarthy plays her dad, who is a music company executive.

THE creator of Sex And The City Darren Star has signed a two-year contract with HBO. He will produce his first new show in 10 years under the deal and oversee comedy and drama projects by other writers. He is currently developing the HBO pilot Diary Of A Manhattan Call Girl.

COMEDY cop show Reno 911! returns for its sixth season on April 1 on Comedy Central.

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Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has denied the rumours that have been flying for a few weeks that stars Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight are leaving the show.

She said: “Things happen, and … I think rumors become fact very easily. And you know I don’t like to tell you what’s going to happen on the show — but that is a rumor.”

However, Nicollette Sheridan, who plays man-eater Edie Britt on Desperate Housewives, is leaving the show, according to Variety, though it is not known when she will depart.

Season five of Denis Leary firefighter drama Rescue Me will begin on Tuesday April 7th on FX in the US.

U2 have signed up for a week-long stint on The David Letterman Show, starting on March 2.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Firefly star Summer Glau will guest star, playing herself, in the episode of The Big Bang Theory that airs in the US on March 9. Nerdy uber-geeks Leonard and Sheldon (played by Jonny Galecki and Jim Parsons) will encounter Glau, one of their favourite actresses due to her sci-fi credentials, on a train trip but are too intimidated to approach her.

Revolutionary Road director Sam Mendes is said to be developing a big-screen version of British TV drama Lost In Austen.

The four-part mini-series, which aired on ITV1 last year, tells the story of a modern-day Jane Austen fan who finds herself transported back in time to the 18thcentury and into the plot of Pride and Prejudice, where she finds herself in the role of Elizabeth Bennet. Mendes will serve as executive producer but it’s unknown whether he would also direct the film.

The BBC have lined up a star-studded cast for a two-part mini-series based on classic 1951 John Wyndham sci-fi novel The Day Of The Triffids.

Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson, Brian Cox, Eddie Izzard, Jason Priestley and Vanessa Redgrave have all signed on for the drama. The script was written by ER and Law and Order writer Patrick Harbinson. It tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world terrorised by triffids, carnivorous plants that can move around that were created by scientists to provide an alternative fuel supply. It will be the second BBC TV adaptation of the novel – the first aired in 1981 and starred John Duttine.

Mark Valley, who plays FBI agent Olivia Dunham’s dead ex-boyfriend in Fringe, has been signed up to take the lead role in the pilot for Human Target. The drama is based on a DC comic about a master of disguise who is hires himself out to take the place of people whose lives are in danger.

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High-Flying Fox Orders Seven New Pilots


Fox network chiefs have given the green light to seven new pilots – four comedies and three dramas.

The orders are on top of the previously ordered drama Eva Adams and comedy Boldly Going Nowhere.

First up among the new comedies is The Station, which is about a covert CIA office in South America, where agents are trying to install a new dictator. The show is executive-produced by Ben Stiller, who may also direct the pilot.

Next we have Walorsky, about an ex-cop who now patrols a shopping mall in Buffalo, New York, and finds himself paired with a new rookie partner.

Sons of Tucson revolves around a hustler who is hired by three young brothers to act as their father.

The last of the four comedies is  Two Dollar Beer, a which is about how a blue-collar Detroit couple and their family and friends adapt to a world that is changing around them.

The first of the drama pilots is Human Target, a new take on a DC/Vertigo Comics title.

Terminator: Salvation director McG is an executive producer of the show, which is about Christopher Chance, a master of disguise who takes on a different identities, standing in for people whose lives are in jeopardy, putting himself in the firing line.

Next, we have an as-yet untitled reincarnation project about investigators who try to resolve their clients’ current problems by exploring their previous lives.

And finally, Maggie Hill is a medical drama about a female brain surgeon who suffers from schizophrenia. Among the executive producers is 24’s Brian Grazer.

Of the two existing Fox pilot orders, Eva Adams is a US remake of an Argentinian telenovela called Lalola, about a womaniser who is trensformed into a woman to experience life as a member of the opposite sex. In charge of the project is Kevin Falls, a former West Wing writer and executive producer, whose more recent TV projects, Journeyman, Shark and Lyon’s Den, have all failed to get beyond their first seasons.

And Boldly Going Nowhere is a comedy from the creators and stars of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia about the day-to-day life of a Spaceship captain. A pilot was shot last October but the show is being reworked.

EDIT: More pilot news HERE and HERE.

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