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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: The Show Will Go On… The Fate Of 58 Shows!


It’s that time of year when the US TV networks decide (or rather, share with the world) which shows live and which shows die.

The upfronts take place next week in New York, when the fate of your favourite show will be officially revealed.

However news about the future (or lack thereof) of many of the bigger shows has already leaked, plus a few already had previous multi-season agreements in place.

So here is a round-up of which shows will definitely be back (some of these, in particular the shows that air during the summer, were already known and mentioned in previous Choob posts), plus the ones that are still sweating it out.

ABC

The sixth and final season of Lost will begin early in 2010.

Brothers And Sisters will be back in September for its fourth season.

New comedy-drama Castle, starring former Firefly star Nathan Fillion as a mystery writer who teams up with an NYPD cop to help him research his new novel, has been renewed for a second season. The first season ended in the US last week.

Grey’s Anatomy gets a sixth season, while its spin-off Private Practice is renewed for a third.

Desperate Housewives has been given a sixth season.

Season four of Ugly Betty begins on September 24.

ABC Family comedy-drama Greek has an order for a 20-episode third season.

CBS

CBS has yet to make a decision on a fifth season of sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, starring former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus (right), but ABC has agreed a back-up deal which will see the network pick up the show if CBS decides to pass on it. It’s the second time in two years that ABC has tried to take over the show.

This is less certain than most of the other shows listed here but rumours are circulating that, somewhat surprisingly, David Mamet‘s special forces military drama The Unit is being given a fifth season.

Again, not a dead cert, but police drama Cold Case is said to have a good chance of a seventh season.

It was revealed back in March that sitcoms Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory have been guaranteed three and two more seasons respectively.

Fox

Day eight of 24 will begin early next year. Is said to be set in New York and feature the return of CTU.

Sci-fi detective drama Fringe has been renewed for a full second season.

Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku, will be back for a second season of 12 episodes.

The Simpsons has been renewed for two more seasons. The 44-episode order will take the show through to the end of its 22nd season (and 493 episodes), making it the longest-running series in primetime US TV history.

The first season of Family Guy spin-off Cleveland is yet to air (it was pushed back from Spring to the Autumn), but it has already been given a 13-episode second-season order.

FX

Dennis Leary firefighter drama Rescue Me has been renewed for an 18-episode sixth season.

Biker gang drama Sons Of Anarchy, starring Hellboy’s Ron Perlman, has been given a second-season order.

HBO

A fourth season of bigamy drama Big Love (below) has been ordered.

Vampire drama True Blood will be back for a second season.

Entourage gets a sixth season.

NBC

Despite diminishing ratings, Heroes will be back for season four.

The American version of The Office gets a sixth season.

Tina Fey’s (right) comedy 30 Rock saw ratings grow slightly this year and, though still on the low side, it has been rewarded with a fourth season.

Season eleven of Law and Order: SVU has been ordered.

Friday Night Lights has been given two more 13-episode seasons (its fourth and fifth).

Parks and Recreation, the new sitcom from the makers of the US version of The Office, which stars Saturday Night Live‘s Amy Poehler, gets a second season.

Supernatural drama Medium has been given a sixth season.

New LA-set cop drama Southland began its seven-episode first season last month and has already been renewed for a 13-episode second.

Showtime

Historical drama The Tudors will return for a 10-part fourth (and final) season, which will complete the saga of King Henry VIII.

Season 5 of Weeds, starring Mary-Louise Parker, right, begins on Monday, June 8.

Dexter, starring Six Feet Under’s Michael C Hall as a serial killer who works for the Miami police department. Season three recently ended its run and the network has been renewed for at least two further seasons, of 12 episodes each.

Black comedy-drama The United States Of Tara, has been given a second, 12-episode season. The show, created by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, stars Toni Collette as a wife and mother-of-two who suffers from dissociative identity disorder.

Californication, starring David Duchovny as a charming but troubled writer, has been renewed for a third season.

TNT

A second season (15 episodes) of crime drama Leverage has been given the go-ahead.

Superboy drama Smallville will be back in the Autumn for its ninth season.

Supernatural returns for season five.

One Tree Hill gets a seventh season.

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).

A third season of Gossip Girl has been ordered.

Comedy Central

The Sarah Silverman Program will be returning for a third season. With Sarah Silverman, right, obviously.

AMC

The superb Mad Men has been renewed for at least two more seasons.

SyFy

Sci-fi/fantasy drama Sanctuary, starring Stargate SG1 ’s Amanda Tapping, will be back for a second season.

USA

Miami-set tongue-in-cheek drama Burn Notice, below, about a spy inexplicably cast adrift by his bosses and left to fend for himself, has earned a 16-episode third-season order. It begins on June 4.

Comedy-drama Psych, about a fake psychic who helps the police, has been given a fourth season.

Monk, the comedy-drama about an obsessive-compulsive private detective, gets an eighth and final season.

Lifetime

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

Starz

Ensemble drama Crash, based on the 2005 Best Picture Oscar-winning film of the same name, has been renewed for a 13-episode second season

TBS

A nine-episode third season of My Boys, a comedy about a female sports writer in Chicago and the men in her life, has been ordered.

Syndication

Syndicated sword-and-sorcery fantasy drama Legend Of The Seeker, currently airing its first season, has been renewed for a second run. The show is based on the Sword Of Truth series of books by Terry Goodkind.

Prospects for the following shows could still go either way but they haven’t been officially cancelled yet:

Fox

A third season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, starring Summer Glau, right, looks highly unlikely but if you believe in miracles, now’s the time to start praying for one.

ABC

Talks are reportedly underway for a ninth season of medical comedy Scrubs, though possibly without regular appearances from several of the original cast.

NBC

Negotiations for a possible fifth season of My Name Is Earl continue.

A fan campaign to win a third season for Chuck continues, amid rumours that a decision will be delayed until after the upfronts.

No word either yet on season 20 of the original Law and Order.

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TV Newsround: They’ll Be Back – Simpsons, Big Bang, Not-So-Humans, Rab C And More


ANIMATED  sitcom The Simpsons has earned itself a place in the record books, after the Fox network renewed the show for two more seasons.

The 44-episode order will take the show through to the end of its 22nd season (and 493 episodes) which will make it the longest-running series in primetime TV history.

The previous record-holder, Gunsmoke, ran for 20 years.

THIS one goes down as a rumour, as it is yet to be confirmed, but Zap2It’s Korbi Ghosh is claiming that the excellent The Big Bang Theory and the very popular Two And A Half Men have been renewed by CBS.

Both shows are created and produced by Chuck Lorre. Ghosh says The Big Bang Theory (above) has been given a two-season order (which would take it through to the end of season four) and Two And A Half Men, currently airing its sixth season, gets another three.

The BBC has ordered an eight-part second season of supernatural horror comedy-drama Being Human.

The six-part first season of the well-received show – about a ghost, werewolf and vampire who share a flat and their struggle to fit into the normal world – ended at the weekend.

You can find some (very vague) hints about what is to come in the second season at creator Toby Whithouse’s blog at the official BBC site for the show.

TALKING of the Beeb, it has also ordered second seasons of the crime dramas Five Days and Criminal Justice.

Both shows will retain their original writers and production teams but will feature new casts, characters and settings unrelated to their first season stories.

The first, five-part season of Five Days, produced in association with HBO, aired in 2007. It told the story of the search for a missing mother and her two young children, focusing on the events of five key days during the investigation (days 1, 3, 28, 33 and 79).

Two of the characters from the first season of Five Days, a pair of dysfunctional detectives played by Hugh Bonneville and Janet McTeer, appeared in a spin-off called Hunter, which aired in January this year on BBC1.

Criminal Justice aired on five consecutive nights during Summer 2008. It took a critical look at the British justice system by following the story of a man accused of murder after a drunken and drug-filled night out, who has memory of the crime.

BBC series controller Kate Harwood said: “The first Five Days took a murder that blew apart a community and came down at five different points in time to look at the different pressures on characters. The new series will do the same but it’s set in the north of England.”

Regarding Criminal Justice, she added: “A murder takes place in the first episode, raising a whole different set of questions to the first series.”

Criminal Justive will air later this year, with Five Days expected in early 2010.

MEANWHILE, BBC Scotland has ordered a new, six-part season of Rab C Nesbitt, almost a decade after the show’s last season aired.

The sitcom stars Gregor Fisher as a philosophical unemployed Glaswegian drunk. The character originally appeared in a series of sketches in the show Naked Video before getting his own show, which ran for eight seasons (and 53 episodes) over the course of 11 years between 1988 and 1999.

The show returned to BBC2 for a one-off special aired at Christmas 2008 on BBC2 and attracted high ratings, leading the Beeb to commission a full new six-part series.

CABLE channel Lifetime has ordered a 20-episode second season of comedy Rita Rocks. The show stars Nicole Sullivan as a wife andmother who also fronts a rock band.

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When’s My Favourite Show Coming Back – Rules Of Engagement


CBS has announced that the third series of Rules Of Engagement will premiere on Monday, March 2 at 9:30pm.

It slots into the network’s formidable Monday-night comedy line-up, which CBS boasts is the highest-rated comedy block in TV. The full line up will look like this:

8:00-8:30pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30-9:00pm How I Met Your Mother
9:00-9:30pm Two And A Half Men
9:30-10:00pm Rules Of Engagement

The 9.30 slot is currently occupied by newcomer Worst Week, an American version of the British comedy Worst Week Of My Life, which completes its first season on February 9.

CBS’s Monday night line-up also includes CSI: Miami from 10.00-11.00pm.

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When’s My favourite Show Coming back – Update!


Here’s a few more return dates for shows that I missed out of my first round-up of when new episodes your favourite shows are due to start airing  (except where noted, these are US air dates).

The Amazing Race: February 15.
Breaking Bad: March 8.
The Closer: January 26.
Corner Gas: January 12.
CSI: January 15.
CSI Miami: January 12.
CSI NY: January 14.


Damages: As previously noted, the show returns in the US on January 7. It has also now emerged that it will air in the UK on BBC1 beginning sometime in February.
Kyle XY: January 12.
The L Word: January 18.
Law and Order: Criminal Intent: February 5 (this return date is given at wikipedia and some other sites but appears unconfirmed and should be treated with caution for now).
Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: January 13.
Reaper: March 17.
Two and a Half Men: January 12.

EDIT: And here are more dates for shows returning to UK screens.

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