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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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Pilot Watch: Politicians And Other Bloodsuckers

A couple more pilots orders have surfaced, this time from The CW (previous pilot news HERE).

With vampires and angsty young people flavour of the month both at the cinema (thanks to the Twilight movie based on the series of books by Stephenie Meyer, of whom Stephen King is still undecided about whether he is a fan) and on TV (thanks to HBO’s True Blood, based on the Southern Vampire series of books by Charlaine Harris), I’m sure that, like me, you were worried that we don’t have nearly enough variations on the theme just yet.

After all, we have around 327 crime dramas that are exactly the same except for the specific details of the hero’s troubled past and 293 medical dramas differentiated only by the characters’ dubious and strangely unconvincing psychological problems.

Well, we can rest easy because there’s another TV series in the works based on a series of books about vampires. And angsty young people.

The Vampire Diaries is based on a series of books by L.J. Smith which, The CW is keen to point out, were first published in the early 1990s and predate both Twilight and the Southern Vampire novels. And which were largely forgotten until Twilight became a huge hit. Now they have been reissued and have found a new audience and, after a gap of more than a decade, Smith is writing more books.

The novels tell the story of a young woman from a small town who is torn between two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – who are battling for control of her soul and the souls of her family and friends. The TV pilot will be co-written by Dawson’s Creek and Scream writer Kevin Williamson.

Also at the CW, The Body Politic is a drama about young people (no word on their angst levels yet) working for politicians in Washington DC.

The surge of interest in American political dramas may be an unexpected result of the Obama effect, with more people taking more of an interest in US politics.

As the Choob previously reported, CBS is piloting House Rules, a drama about a new Congressional representatives, while ABC is developing Inside The Box, about a Washington news bureau.

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