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ABC Cancels 'Happy Endings,' 'Body of Proof,' 'Malibu Country'
By Lesley Goldberg and Michael O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 10, 2013

ABC has canceled Happy Endings after three seasons, in addition to axing Body of Proof and Malibu Country. Despite a loyal and vocal following, the Sony Pictures Television comedy will not continue on at the network.

The ensemble comedy was moved in its third season to be part of ABC's 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. Season-to-date it's averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18 to 49 in Live+Seven Day returns, posting more DVR growth after moving to the little-watched Friday hour.

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.

Still in Happy Endings' corner is a particularly aggressive studio in Sony TV. The producers previously facilitated the move of struggling Cougar Town from ABC to TBS and have been instrumental in keeping perpetually on-the-bubble Community on NBC.

A midseason entry in 2011, Happy Endings finishes its ABC run having produced 57 episodes. It was created by David Caspe, who serves as co-showrunner with fellow eps Jonathan Groff and, until recently, Josh Bycel. The latter inked an overall deal at NBC/Universal TV in March.

Meanwhile, Malibu Country starring Reba McEntire finished its freshman run with a respectable average of 7 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults under 50 and will not continue on. The series earned an abbreviated full-season with an additional order for five episodes along with Friday companion Last Man Standing as part of ABC's TGIF lineup. During its run, the series burned through two showrunners, including Nastaran Dibai, who stepped downafter replacingcreator Kevin Abbott, who exited when he entered rehab. While not a break-out hit for ABC, the series has a built-in base of dedicated McEntire fans and is among the network's less-expensive fare.

Also gone is Body of Proof. The Dana Delany starrer, following a creative rebootin its third season will not be back for a fourth season. The Tuesday drama has averaged 7.8 million total viewers and a 1.9 in the adult demo, on par with the ABC Studios entry's second season after getting off to a slow start this year. The series, which featured a handful of cast departures, tweaked its medical procedural format to focus more on law enforcement, adding co-stars Mark Valley and Elyes Gabel this year, one of a handful of creative reboots that included Fox's Touch and Glee as well as NBC's Smash. The series ranked as ABC's third-most-watched series behind Grey's Anatomy and Dancing With the Stars.

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'Beverly Hills Cop' Gets Pass From CBS; Producers Consider Other Outlets
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - May 10, 2013

"Beverly Hills Cop" has gotten a red light from CBS.

The network has taken a pass on the pilot, which was executive produced and written by "The Shield" boss Shawn Ryan.

However, the show's producers are considering shopping the pilot to other outlets.

The high-profile pilot starred Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Axel Foley, played by Eddie Murphy in the movie series. Jackson's character is also a police officer, who takes down criminals among the rich and famous. Murphy was attached to appear in at least one episode of the Sony Pictures Television project. Judge Reinhold, who also starred in the movie series, also appeared in the pilot.

Marney Hochman was also aboard as an executive producer.

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NBC Adds Comedy, 2 Dramas; Cancels ‘New Normal’
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety.com - May 10, 2013

NBC added one comedy and two more dramas to its 2013-14 roster, all from Sony Pictures TV.

“Welcome to the Family,” from scribe Mike Sikowitz, revolves around the culture clash of Anglo and Latino families when their kids are brought togheter by an unplanned pregnancy.

Drama “Blacklist” has major heat. It centers on a white-collar criminal who turns himself in and offers to give up others. “Night Shift” is a medical drama set in a San Antonio hospital.

After a long day of speculation, NBC confirmed the cancellation of Ryan Murphy comedy “The New Normal” after one season.

Here are the descriptions:

Parents Dan Yoder (Mike O’Malley, “Glee,” “My Name Is Earl”) and wife Karina (Mary McCormack, “In Plain Sight,” “The West Wing”) find out on the day their daughter Molly (Ella Rae Peck, (“Deception,” “Gossip Girl”) is graduating from high school with an acceptance to college, she announces she pregnant. Across town in East L.A., Junior Hernandez (Joseph Haro, “Glee,” “Awkward”), in the middle of his high school valedictorian speech, gets a text from girlfriend Molly that he’s going to be a daddy. Expectedly, Junior’s parents Miguel (Ricardo Chavira, “Desperate Housewives”) and Lisette (Justina Machado, “Six Feet Under,” “ER”) are also upset, as they now have Caucasians in the family. What follows is a crash course in culture blending as Molly and Junior decide they want to get married and, in doing so, bring together two very different families. The dads have the most difficult time reconciling while the moms take a softer approach to get to know one another. When the parents fully realize that their kids are serious about making a life together, the adults exhale and begin to come to terms with this new blended family and start to understand it will take, humor, love and tolerance to make it all work.

Mike Sikowitz (“Rules of Engagement,” “Friends”) and Jamie Tarses (“Happy Endings, “Franklin & Bash”) serve as executive producers. “Welcome to the Family” is a production of Sony Pictures Television and FanFare Productions.

For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, “The Office,” “Boston Legal”) has been one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone, “Law & Order: Los Angeles”), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job. What follows is a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins. What are Red’s true intentions? Why has he chosen Liz, a woman with whom he seemingly has no connection? Does Liz have secrets of her own? Zamani is only the first of many on a list that Red has compiled over the years: a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all… with the caveat that Liz continues to work as his partner. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal and “see the bigger picture”… whether she wants to or not. Also starring are Diego Klattenhoff (“Homeland”), Harry Lennix (“Man of Steel”), Ryan Eggold (“90210”) and Ilfenesh Hadera (“Da Brick”).

Jon Bokenkamp (“The Call,” “Taking Lives”), John Eisendrath (“Alias”), John Davis (“Gulliver’s Travels,” “Predator”) and John Fox serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Joe Carnahan (“The A-Team,” “The Grey”). “The Blacklist” is a production of Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.

Welcome to the night shift, where every day is a fight between the heroic efforts of saving lives and the hard truths of running a hospital. At San Antonio Memorial, the men and women who work the wee hours are a special breed, particularly adrenaline junkie T.C. Callahan (Eoin Macken, “Merlin”). After a grueling tour of duty in the Middle East, T.C. is about to learn that his toughest battles will be fought right at home. He and his irreverent team of late-night docs, including Topher (Ken Leung, “Lost”) and Drew (Brendan Fehr, “Roswell”), know how to let off steam with the casual prank or two, but when lives are at stake they are all business. Unfortunately, the night shift is now under new management and boss Michael Ragosa (Freddy Rodriguez, “Six Feet Under”) is more interested in cutting costs than helping people. But T.C. has never met a rule he couldn’t break, or a person he won’t stand up to. And it’s clear that not even Dr. Jordan Santos (Jill Flint, “The Good Wife”), T.C.’s ex-girlfriend and now Ragosa’s second in charge, has a chance at keeping him in line. If Ragosa wants a war, he’ll get one.

Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” “Freaks and Geeks”) and Pierre Morel (“Taken”) serve as executive producers. “Night Shift” is a production of Sony Pictures Television.

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'The Neighbors' Renewed For Season 2
By HuffingtonPost.com Staff - May 10, 2013

"The Neighbors" has been renewed for Season 2, ABC announced today.

#TheMiddle and #TheNeighbors have been renewed! @themiddle_abc @theneighborsabc

— ABCPublicity (@ABC_Publicity) May 11, 2013

Despite being eviscerated by critics, "The Neighbors" debuted with an impressive 3.2 rating in the 18-49 demo -- although it had dropped to a 1.5 by its March finale.

Still, some critics softened their opinions on the quirky alien comedy, and the finale even boasted genre icons George Takei and Mark Hamill making "Star Trek" vs. "Star Wars" jokes.


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'Red Widow' Canceled By ABC

ABC has canceled its midseason drama "Red Widow" after airing the full first season of eight episodes.

The drama, based on a Dutch series called "Penoza," was executive produced by Melissa Rosenberg and starred Radha Mitchell as a suburban housewife who turns to the family's organized crime business after her husband is assassinated. She takes cues from her own family of known Russian gangsters in order to find her husband's killer and get revenge.

The series debuted in March to over 7 million viewers for the two-hour premiere, but ratings quickly dipped to the 4-5 million range.

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ABC Orders 7 Dramas and 5 Comedies
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety.com - May 10, 2013

ABC’ opened the floodgates on Friday evening, ordering seven new dramas and five comedies for the 2013-14 season.

Alphabet’s new dramas are: Joss Whedon’s “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Lucky 7,” “Betrayal,” “Mind Games,” “Killer Women,” “Resurrection,” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.”

New comedies getting the nod are: Rebel Wilson’s “Super Fun Night,” the Cullen brothers’ “Back in the Game,” “Trophy Wife,” “The Goldbergs” and “Mixology.”

Among the casualties were “Happy Endings,” “Body of Proof” and “Malibu Country.” Bubble shows securing renewals include “Suburgatory” and “The Middle.”

“SHIELD,” the drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise, has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer. A sneak peek of ABC Studios’ “SHIELD” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”

Comedy “Super Fun,” from Warner Bros. TV and Conan O’Brien’s Conaco banner, was developed last year at CBS. It features Wilson as the center of a group of young women whose regular Friday night get-together is thrown off when she gets a promotion at her law firm.

Renewals also went out to “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Castle,” “Scandal,” “Revenge” and “Once Upon A Time.”

Here’s the descriptions:



Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. Coulson’s team consists of Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) expert pilot and martial artist, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); brilliant engineer and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) genius bio-chemist. Joining them on their journey into mystery is new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

From Executive Producers Joss Whedon (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer”); Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” pilot co-writers (“Dollhouse,” “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”); Jeffrey Bell (“Angel,” “Alias”); and Jeph Loeb (“Smallville,” “Lost,” “Heroes”) comes Marvel’s first TV series. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

Clark (Steve Zahn) and Ross (Christian Slater) Edwards are brothers and partners in a unique agency committed to solving clients’ problems using the hard science of psychological manipulation. Clark is a former professor and a world-renowned expert in the field of human behavior. He has a checkered history due to bipolar disorder, which sometimes results in quirky, manic episodes. His older brother Ross is a slick con man who spent time in prison. Each in their own way knows what makes people tick. Drawing from the most cutting edge research in psychology, they can a tailor a plan to influence any situation. It’s a little bit science, a little bit con artistry plus a smattering of Jedi mind tricks. The brothers, along with their team of master manipulators are offering clients an alternative to fate.

“Mind Games” stars Steve Zahn (“Treme”) as Clark, Christian Slater (“True Romance”) as Ross, Megalyn Echikunwoke (“CSI: Miami”) as Megan, Cedric Sanders (“The Social Network”) as Latrell, Gregory Marcel (“The Good Shepherd”) as Miles, Wynn Everett (“The Newsroom”) as Claire.

Written and executive produced by Kyle Killen, also executive produced by Keith Redman. “Mind Games” is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Miguel Sapochnik directed the pilot.

In Astoria, Queens, a group of 7 gas station employees have been chipping into a lottery pool for months, never thinking they’d actually win. Money could solve problems for each of them. Matt (Matt Long) could get his girlfriend and 2 kids out of his mother’s house. Matt’s brother Nicky (Stephen Louis Grush), an ex-con, could pay off a dangerous debt. Samira (Summer Bishil), a second-generation Pakistani immigrant, could afford to go to Juilliard. Denise (Lorraine Bruce), a plucky cashier, could focus on rebuilding her crumbling marriage. Leanne (Anastasia Phillips), a young mother, could help her daughter realize her dreams. Bob (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), the store’s manager, could finally retire and Antonio (Luis Antonio Ramos) could give his wife and kids a whole new life.

“Lucky 7” stars Isiah Whitlock, Jr (“The Wire”) as Bob Harris, Matt Long (“Private Practice”) as Matt Korzak, Stephen Louis Grush (“Detroit 1-8-7”) as Nicky Korzak, Lorraine Bruce (“Eden Lake”) as Denise, Anastasia Phillips (“Stoked”) as Leanne, Summer Bishil (“Towelhead”) as Samira Rajpur, Luis Antonio Ramos (“The Ruins”) as Antonio Clemente, Christine Evangelista (“The Joneses”) as Mary.

Written by David Zabel, (“ER”) and Jason Richman (“Detroit 1-8-7”), “Lucky 7” is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, David Zabel and Jason Richman. The pilot was directed by Paul McGuigan. “Lucky 7” is produced by ABC Studios and Amblin Television.

A chance meeting leads photographer Sara Hadley (Hannah Ware) and Attorney Jack McAllister (Stuart Townsend) to an undeniable instant attraction. Sarah’s husband, Drew (Chris Johnson), is a successful prosecutor with political aspirations. Jack is married to Elaine (Wendy Moniz) the daughter of his boss Thacher Karsten (James Cromwell). When Karsten’s brother-in-law Lou is murdered, all evidence points to Karsten’s son T.J. (Henry Thomas). Jack, the company’s lead council, will have to defend him. For Sara’s prosecutor husband Drew, this is the kind of high-profile murder case that can secure his political future. Just as Sara and Jack’s affair is starting, the lovers will find themselves in an impossible situation–on opposite sides of a murder investigation.

“Betrayal” stars Hannah Ware (“Shame,”“Boss”) as Sara, Stuart Townsend (“The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) as Jack, James Cromwell (“Babe,”“American Horror Story”) as Thacher Karsten, Henry Thomas (“E.T., “Gangs Of New York”) as T.J. Karsten, Chris Johnson (“The Vampire Diaries”) as Drew, Wendy Moniz (“Guiding Light,”“The Guardian”) as Elaine, Elizabeth McLaughlin (“The Clique”) as Val, Braeden Lamasters (“Men of a Certain Age”) as Vic.

“Betrayal” was written by David Zabel (“ER”) and directed by Patty Jenkins (“The Killing,”“Monster”) and is executive produced by David Zabel, Rob Golenberg (“Red Widow”) and Alon Aranya. “Betrayal” is produced by ABC Studios.

The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia and an immigration agent, Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Harold (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Garland (Frances Fisher), who lost their son Jacob more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents. Those closest to the family try to unravel this impossible mystery, including Sheriff Fred Garland (Matt Craven) whose wife Barbara drowned 30 years ago trying to save Jacob. But this boy who claims to be the deceased Jacob knows secrets about his own death that no one else knows — secrets that Fred’s daughter Gail (Devin Kelly) will begin to investigate and discover to be true.

“Resurrection” stars Omar Epps (“House”) as Martin Bellamy, Matt Craven (“Crimson Tide,” “A Few Good Men”) as Fred, Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries,”“The Chicago Code”) as Gail, Frances Fisher (“Titanic”) as Lucille, Kurtwood Smith (“That 70s Show”) as Harold, Sam Hazeldine (“The Raven”) as Abel, Samaire Armstrong (“Entourage,” “The O.C.”) as Elaine, Nicholas Gonzalez (“Off the Map”) as Connor, Mark Hildreth (“Dragon Ball Z”) as Tom, Landon Gimenez as Jacob.

Written by Aaron Zelman (“Damages,”“The Killing”), “Resurrection” is executive produced by Aaron Zelman, JoAnn Alfano, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Jon Liebman, Brillstein Entertainment and Plan B. The pilot was directed by Charles McDougall. “Resurrection” is produced by ABC Studios.

Of all the notorious lawmen who ever patrolled the violent Texas frontier, none are more storied than the Texas Rangers. Being the only female ranger in this elite squad isn’t going to stop ballsy, badass Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer). Molly is committed to finding the truth and seeing justice served. While she’s surrounded by law enforcement colleagues who want to see her fail, including Police Lieutenant Estaban Salazar (Vic Trevino), the Rangers have her back, led by Company Commander Luis Zea (Alex Fernandez). Molly’s also got her brother Billy (Michael Trucco) and his wife Nessa (Marta Milans). On the verge of getting divorced from her smarmy husband Jake (Jeffrey Nordling), Molly begins an affair with sexy DEA agent, Dan Winston (Marc Blucas).

“Killer Women” stars Tricia Helfer (“Battlestar Galactica”) as Molly Parker, Mark Blucas (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”) as Dan, Marta Milans (“Shame”) as Nessa, Alex Fernandez (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) as Luis, Michael Trucco (“Battlestar Galactica”) as Billy.

“Killer Women” is written by Hannah Shakespeare, and executive produced by Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), Martin Campbell, Ben Silverman, Luis Balaguer, Electus, Latin World Entertainment, and the pilot was directed by Larry Trilling. “Killer Women” is produced by ABC Studios.

In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe) tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever — the handsome and mysterious Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). But deep down Alice knows this world is real and just in the nick of time, the sardonic Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the irrepressible White Rabbit (John Lithgow) arrive to save her from a doomed fate. Together, the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland where nothing is impossible.

“Once Upon A Time In Wonderland” stars Sophie Lowe (“Beautiful Kate”) as Alice, Michael Socha (“This Is England”) as Knave of Hearts, Peter Gadiot (“The Forbidden Girl”) as Cyrus, Emma Rigby (“Hollyoaks”) as Queen of Hearts and John Lithgow (“Third Rock From The Sun”) as the voice of the White Rabbit.

“Once Upon A Time In Wonderland” is written and executive produced by Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Once Upon A Time”). Also executive produced by Steve Perlman and Zack Estrin, and directed by Ralph Hemecker. “Once Upon A Time In Wonderland” is produced by ABC Studios.



Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Rebel Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash) have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call “Friday Night Fun Night”: “Always together! Always Inside!” However, Kimmie’s recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition. Not only is she now working with her idol, “Lady Lawyer of the Year” Felicity Vanderstone (Kelen Coleman), but she meets a dashingly handsome British attorney, Richard Lovell (Kevin Bishop), who invites her to his party at a trendy club. Determined to spend time with Richard and heed Felicity’s advice to network, Kimmie sets out to convince her friends to take Super Fun Night on the road.

“Super Fun Night” stars Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect,” ”Bridesmaids”) as Kimmie, Lauren Ash (“Lars and the Real Girl”) as Marika, Liza Lapira (“Don’t Trust the B—in Apt. 23”) as Helen-Alice, Kelen Coleman (“The Newsroom”) as Felicity, Kevin Bishop (“Star Stories”) as Richard.

“Super Fun Night” was written and executive produced by Rebel Wilson. Executive producers are Conan O’Brien, David Kissinger, and director John Riggi (“30 Rock”). “Super Fun Night” is from Conan O’Brien’s production company, Conaco Prods and is produced by Warner Bros. Television.

Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson) was an All Star Softball player until life threw her a couple curve balls: a baby, a lost college scholarship and a loser for a husband. After striking out on her own, Terry and her son Danny (Griffin Gluck) move in with her estranged father, Terry Sr. aka “The Cannon” (James Caan). The Cannon is an opinionated, beer-guzzling, ex-athlete who never quite made the cut as a single father or professional baseball player. As hard as Terry tries to keep Danny away from the sports-driven lifestyle of her youth, Tommy wants to play Little League. His stunning lack of baseball skills (he doesn’t even know which hand the mitt goes on) makes him the laughing stock of the baseball field and his grandfather’s living room. When Danny and a group of other athletically-challenged hopefuls fail to make the team, Danny’s disappointment forces Terry to face her past. So when a wealthy neighbor volunteers to finance a team for the rejected kids, Terry reluctantly offers to coach the team of misfits.

“Back In The Game” stars Maggie Lawson (“Psych”) as Terry, Jr., James Caan (“Las Vegas”) as Terry “The Cannon” Gannon, Sr., Lenora Crichlow (“Being Human,” “Fast Girls”) as Gigi, Griffin Gluck (“Private Practice”) as Danny, Ben Koldyke (“Big Love”) as Dick, Kennedy Waite (“I-Doll”) as Vanessa, J.J. Totah (“Jessie”) as Michael, Cooper Roth as David.

“Back In The Game” was written by Mark and Robb Cullen (“Lucky,” “Las Vegas”), who also executive produce along with directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“Bad Santa,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Aaron Kaplan (“The Neighbors”). “She’s Got Game” is from 20TH Century Fox Television/ Kapital Entertainment.

They say the third time’s the charm and reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is hoping that’s true when she becomes Pete’s (Bradley Whitford) third wife. She fell into his arms (literally) at a karaoke bar and a year later, Kate’s got an insta-family complete with three stepchildren and two ex-wives. Diane (Marcia Gay Harden) is ex-wife number one, an intense, over-achieving doctor and the mother of twin teenagers Hillary (Gianna LePera) and Warren (Ryan Scott Lee). Diane is quick to convey her withering disapproval of Kate’s barely tapped maternal instinct. Ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), is mother to adopted son, Bert (Albert Tsai), and can pull Pete’s strings with her special blend of neurotic, new-ageyness. Juggling all this baggage is uncharted territory for Kate who finds support with her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales) a party-hearty singleton and the only woman Kate knows who has less experience with kids than she has.

“Trophy Wife” stars Malin Akerman (“Suburgatory”) as Kate, Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) as Pete, Marcia Gay Harden (“Into the Wild,” “Damages”) as Diane, Michaela Watkins (“Saturday Night Live”) as Jackie, Natalie Morales (“90210”) as Meg, Ryan Scott Lee (“Super 8”) as Warren, Albert Tsai (“How I Met Your Mother”) as Bert, Gianna LePera (“Modern Family”) as Hillary.

“Trophy Wife” is written and executive produced by Emily Halpern & Sarah Haskins and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky (”The Office”), produced by Malin Ackerman. The pilot was directed by Jason Moore (“Pitch Perfect,” “Avenue Q”)

Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ‘80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam (Sean Giambrone) these were his wonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) is a classic “smother,” an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff, hot-tempered and trying to parent without screaming. Sister Erica (Hayley Orrantia) is 17, hot, terrifying and not one to mess with. Barry (Troy Gentile) is 16, a grade A spaz with classic middle child syndrome. Adam (Sam Giambrone) is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who’s crushing on an older woman. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather Al “Pops” Solomon (George Segal), the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who’s schooling Adam in the ways of love. When Pops buys a new sports car and offers his Caddy to middle child Barry, it’s enough to drive this already high-strung family to the brink of chaos.

“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as Beverly, Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) as Murray, George Segal (“Don’t Shoot Me”) as Pops, Hayley Orrantia (“The X Factor”) as Erica, Sean Giambrone as Adam, and Troy Gentile (“Good Luck Chuck”) as Barry.

“The Goldbergs” was written and executive produced by Adam F. Goldberg (“Breaking In,” “Fanboys”) and executive produced by Doug Robinson. The pilot was directed by Seth Gordon (“Identity Thief,” “Horrible Bosses”). “The Goldbergs” is from Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison and is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

One bar. One night. Ten single people. Welcome to Union, a high-end bar in Manhattan’s trendy meat-packing district. Recently dumped by his fiancé, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn’t been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, handsome, confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fast-talking Bruce (Andrew Santino), are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom’s first encounter is with Maya (Ginger Gonzaga), an attorney who’s as beautiful as she is brutal. Before long, Tom is in tears. After that, it only gets worse. Rounding out Union’s chic crowd is Maya’s engaged-for-now friend Liv (Kate Simses); aggressive single mom Jessica (Alexis Carra); her younger, naive sister Janey (Sarah Bolger); bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies); dark, mysterious bartender Dominic (Adan Canto); and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell), who’s having the worst night of his life.

“Mixology” stars Blake Lee (“Parks and Recreation”) as Tom, Andrew Santino (“Punk’d”) as Bruce, Kate Simses (“What’s Your Number” as Liv, Adam Campbell (“Epic Movie”) as Ron, Craig Frank (“8.13”) as Cal, Vanessa Lengies (“Glee”) as Kacey, Alexis Carra (“Incredible Girl’) as Jessica, Sarah Bolger (“Once Upon A Time”) as Janey, Ginger Gonzaga (“Legit”) as Maya, Adan Canto (“The Following”) as Dominic.

“Mixology” was written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (“The Hangover,” “21 and Over”), executive produced by Lucas, Moore, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Adam Sher. Directed by Larry Charles (“Seinfeld,” “Entourage,” “Borat”), “Mixology” is produced by ABC Studios.

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NBC Adds Comedy, 2 Dramas; Cancels ‘New Normal’
By Cynthia Littleton, Variety.com - May 10, 2013

For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, “The Office,” “Boston Legal”) has been one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone, “Law & Order: Los Angeles”), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico.

Silence of The Following?

I'm really not impressed with the pilot news so far. Remakes, movie adaptations and cop shows abound.

FOX are remaking UK sitcom "Gavin and Stacey" and the UK are remaking Everybody Loves Raymond too. At least it's an exchange of unoriginality there.
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NBC Cancels 'Smash' After Two Seasons
By Lesley Goldberg and Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 10, 2013

The show is over for Smash, which has officially been canceled.

After a stunningly dismal return to the schedule, the rebooted drama under new showrunner Josh Safran was bumped to Saturdays in March. Despite the infusion of scores of Broadway stars and cameos from Rosie O'Donnell and Liza Minelli, among others, the series is averaging a measly 0.8 among adults 18-49 and just under 3 million total viewers -- a far cry from its freshman run.

In a nod to the value of the project to network entertainment president Bob Greenblatt, NBC will air all 17 episodes of Smash, with Safran acknowledging that the final episode was crafted as a "series finale."

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Critic's Notes
Confront the Causes of Cord-Cutting Now
By Mark Greenberg, Variety.com - May 10, 2013

Before there was Napster or **********, the cable industry served as the original revolutionaries.

I was there. Thirty-two years ago, I was an affiliate sales rep for HBO. I remember meetings at Comcast where they used boxes full of equipment as conference tables. I remember the excitement of HBO’s early original series: “First and Ten” with O.J. Simpson.

Cable was the disruptive force, bringing greater value and access and options to consumers.

Now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Now is the time to use the same innovation that built the cable industry to create the experience that consumers — especially the young consumers — are craving.

What some want to call over-the-top TV is simply a digital distribution retail outlet. It’s just like cable, just like satellite, just like telco. We’ve gone through three platform changes over the past 30 years. The Internet is the fourth platform.

Our industry has never grown by avoiding competition. Competition has made every part of this industry better. Satellite is what forced cable to launch more channels, go digital and high definition. Telcos forced the rest of us to get better broadband speeds and adopt interactive and video-on-demand.

Change in this industry has been like immigration in America: Every new wave takes its turn being the bad guy. In the end, competition is lucrative for all of us.

There’s been a lot of attention on cord-cutting. But focusing on that is like buying cough drops for a man with a chronic cough without asking about the three packs of cigarettes he smokes every day. It’s a symptom of the problem; it’s not the primary cause.

This is the real challenge we face: We need to reach a younger demographic.

A slowly recovering economy, high unemployment, and huge student loan debts have created a generation that challenges our business models. If we don’t meet them on their terms, the fear is that they’ll find a way to get what they want, either legally or illegally.

Providing more value by truly putting customers at the center of our industry is our path to attracting the next generation of viewers. First, we need to make TV Everywhere a reality. It’s high time we admit TV Everywhere has not succeeded so far.

Right now, you can have Epix, HBO Go, WatchESPN and three different feeds of CNN on your iPad. But studies show that most people have no idea how to access them.

It’s because the industry has not delivered on getting the message out. It costs money — and nobody gets Nielsen or advertiser credit when eyeballs are watching content on those devices.

But if we’re really honest, TV Everywhere has been a failure because the industry doesn’t see an iPad as simply an additional outlet that’s portable. It’s a threat because we don’t have the technology to manage customer access in a simple way.

If your customers don’t know their authentication passwords or have different ones for every device, how are they supposed to access the programming you want them to watch on their terms?

It shouldn’t be this way. We can do a lot better.

Providing choice and control to reach the next generation of viewers, looking beyond the quarter to build for the long-term and embracing competition is how we avoid the fate of the music industry.

In the end, it comes back to an idea that rooted us three decades ago: commonality of purpose. We need to be willing to tap into the revolutionary spirit that built the cable industry and the entertainment industry.

And we need to be brave enough to disrupt ourselves before others disrupt us. That is how we make the media industry relevant for the next generation.

Mark Greenberg is president and CEO of Epix. This column was adapted from his April 29 keynote address at the Variety Entertainment &Technology Summit.

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I'm going to put SHIELD down as an early cancellation candidate. I don't see ABC or any of the networks having the stomach to pay what it would cost to do Marvel's SHIELD any justice unless they are going to be really tame. Their promo pics make it look that way. Marvel comic fans will probably hate it if its conservative. This is in the same universe as the Avengers, so there are superhuman and even extra-terrestrial enemies. Would they even do the flying fortress?
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TV Notes
Gordon Ramsay Lands Yet Another Fox Series
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - May 10, 2013

Ready or not, you'll be seeing even more Gordon Ramsay on television soon.

Short-fused celebrity chef Ramsay has signed a new multi-year deal with Fox, which includes the "MasterChef" spin-off "Junior MasterChef."

The upcoming series will be a cooking competition "for talented kids between the ages of eight and 13," the network said.

That's right: Gordon Ramsay could be unleashing his temper on children soon. And they better not cry in their meals, because that will count against them.

The network has also picked up "Hell's Kitchen" for another season and "MasterChef" for two more seasons as part of the deal with Ramsay.

In addition to the aforementioned series, Ramsay also has the series "Hotel Hell" and "Kitchen Nightmares" with Fox.

“We have such great teams and partners on these shows, and I’m really excited we’re able to offer this new opportunity to young budding chefs across the country with 'Junior MasterChef,'" Ramsay said of the series. “Having my own children who love to cook, I know firsthand the skill and passion these kids can have at such a young age, and what they can do with it. It’s just extraordinary to watch them in action.”

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TV Review
'Family Tree' (HBO)
Searching for Roots, Finding Characters
By Mike Hale, The New York Times - May 11, 2013

“Family Tree” is a half-hour HBO comedy about a lethargic, unemployed young British man who becomes obsessed with tracking down his ancestors. It’s largely improvised and poses as a documentary, though to such a slight degree that it hardly matters. That this does not sound like a terrible idea for a television show is largely because of the past work of Christopher Guest, who, as it happens, created and wrote “Family Tree” with Jim Piddock. Depending on your taste, that’s either a tribute or a reproach.

Mr. Guest, of course, helped to pioneer what’s become known as the mockumentary in films like “This Is Spinal Tap” and “Waiting for Guffman,” for which he served variously as writer, director and actor. Having set up the template for TV shows from “The Office” to “Parks and Recreation” to “Modern Family,” he comes to television at the risk of looking like a copy of a copy of himself.

And there is a familiarity to the series. As in Mr. Guest’s films, its story is less important than the presentation of a gallery of eccentrics, ranging from mildly odd to completely loony. Here the narrative thread is even more slender — there’s no community play (“Waiting for Guffman”) or memorial concert (“A Mighty Wind”) — to lend structure.

One result is that through the four episodes sent to critics, “Family Tree” can feel a little loose and inconsequential, as Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd of “Bridesmaids”) unearths one dotty, inglorious relative after another.

But that also means that we get to spend more time with Mr. Guest’s crack cast of improvisers — eight episodes in Season 1, with the hope of more — and there are moments in each half-hour that pay off. Some involve Mr. Guest’s longtime accomplice Michael McKean, who plays Tom’s father, Keith, with poker-faced fatuity. (Keith is addicted to terrible 1970s British sitcoms; we get to see snippets of several fake versions of these, including a bawdy cop show and an Anglo-Indian family comedy.)

The funniest moments almost always involve Tom’s highly neurotic sister, Bea, played by the British comedian and ventriloquist Nina Conti, whose stage prop — a monkey hand puppet — has been incorporated into the show. The ever-present Monkey is Bea’s therapeutic tool, able to say what she can’t: insults, complaints, foul observations. (Bea: “It’s inflatable.” Monkey: “Like your wife.” Bea: “Monkey!”)

Also notable is Tom Bennett as Tom Chadwick’s best friend, Pete, if only because his embodiment of the “Office”-era Ricky Gervais is so uncanny.

Carrying the story is the amiable Mr. O’Dowd, whose distinctive accent is explained by Tom’s having lived in Ireland as a child. Now 30, with no job or wife, Tom is inspired by the bequest of a trunk of heirlooms to investigate his family as a way of — finding himself? Filling the empty days? It’s not exactly clear.

Presumably there are epiphanies ahead. If they come, they may take place in America, where the action of “Family Tree” will shift in the second half of the season. The so far quiet and modest vibe of the show may shift as well. In any case, more members of the Guest ensemble, including Ed Begley Jr. and Fred Willard, will appear, which can only be a good thing.

HBO, Sunday nights at 10:30, Eastern and Pacific times; 9:30, Central time.

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Has NBC announced if "Hannibal" will return, or did I miss it?
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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SATURDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Late night shows are preceded by late local news)

8PM - NBA Countdown (LIVE)
8:15PM - NBA Basketball, Eastern Conference Semifinal, Game 3: New York Knicks at Indiana Pacers (LIVE)

(R - Dec. 18)
9PM - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
(R - Oct. 31)
10PM - 48 Hours Mysteries

8PM - Smash
9PM - The Voice
(R - May 8)
10PM - Saturday Night Live (Zach Galifianakis hosts; Of Monsters and Men performs)
(R - May 4)
* * * *
11:29PM - Saturday Night Live (Kristen Wiig hosts; Vampire Weekend performs; 93 min.)

6PM - NASCAR Racing - Sprint Cup: Bojangles' Southern 500 (4 1/2 hrs., LIVE)
* * * *
11PM - Hell's Kitchen
(R - Jul. 9)
Midnight - Ben and Kate
(R - Jan. 8)

(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - Austin City Limits: The Shins and Dr. Dog (R - Oct. 27)

8PM - Sábado Gigante (3 hrs.)

7PM - Movie: I Am Legend (2007)
9PM - La Voz Kids
(R - May 4)
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Has NBC announced if "Hannibal" will return, or did I miss it?

No decision has been made yet.

"Hannibal" is this year's "Law & Order: Los Angeles" from a couple of years back, which was 50-50 on renewal and was canceled even though there was printed material at NBC's Upfront presentation stating that it was coming back for a second season. That it's taking NBC until the last possible moment means they're weighing all their options. frown.gif
Edited by dad1153 - 5/10/13 at 9:18pm
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
Gordon Ramsay Lands Yet Another Fox Series
By Tim Kenneally, TheWrap.com - May 10, 2013

Ready or not, you'll be seeing even more Gordon Ramsay on television soon.

I love Ramsay so bring it smile.gif
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TV Notes
Benghazi attack tops Sunday morning news menu
By Hal Boedeker, Orlando Sentinel's 'TV Guy' Blog - May 10, 2013

The Benghazi attack will be the main topic this weekend on Sunday morning chat programs.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., talk to NBC's "Meet the Press" at 9 a.m. on WESH-Channel 2. They will discuss whether there was a failure of leadership by the administration and whether more could have been done to save the four American lives lost. Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who oversaw the State Department's investigation on Benghazi, will respond to accusations that there was a political cover-up. A panel discussion brings together Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; David Brooks of The New York Times; the BBC’s Katty Kay; and author Wes Moore, a veteran of Afghanistan.

Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., discuss Benghazi on "Fox News Sunday" at 10 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35. Rep.-elect Mark Sanford, R-S.C., discusses his political comeback. The panel will be Bill Kristol, Juan Williams, Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal and former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, who is a Fox News contributor. The "Power Player" segment focuses on Stephen Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of Blackstone and founder of Schwarzman Scholars.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., discuss Benghazi on ABC's "This Week" at 11 a.m. on WFTV-Channel 9. Martha Raddatz will interview them. A foreign policy roundtable features George Will; Gen. James Cartwright (USMC, ret.); Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post; and Jonathan Karl of ABC. Will and Karl are also part of a political roundtable with Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, ABC political analyst Matthew Dowd and former Sen. Olympia Snow, R-Maine. For Mother's Day, Raddatz talks to mothers on Capitol Hill: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif.; and mother-to-be Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash.

Ambassador Pickering and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates talk to CBS' "Face the Nation" at 10:30 a.m. on WKMG-Channel 6. Other guests are Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. A panel discussion brings together David Rohde of Reuters, David Sanger of The New York Times and Sharyl Attkisson of CBS. For Mother's Day, Maya Angelou discusses her book "Mom & Me & Mom."

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, discusses Benghazi on CNN's "State of the Union" at 9 a.m. and noon. Discussing sexual harassment in the military are Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii. Discussing politics are Republican consultant Alex Castellanos, Democratic consultant Mo Elleithee and Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post.

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The new NBC shows seem unwatchable, lowlighted by Ironsides.....

the only way they could have made it worse is if they had a Margret Thatcher lookalike instead !
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

No decision has been made yet.

"Hannibal" is this year's "Law & Order: Los Angeles" from a couple of years back, which was 50-50 on renewal and was canceled even though there was printed material at NBC's Upfront presentation stating that it was coming back for a second season. That it's taking NBC until the last possible moment means they're weighing all their options. frown.gif
Thanks dad, I hope it does get renewed as the overall presentation of the show is very well done, and as noted by another poster, it has a very unique atmosphere about it, unlike anything else currently on the air. I fear that it may be a bit too cerebral for the masses.
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Thanks dad, I hope it does get renewed as the overall presentation of the show is very well done, and as noted by another poster, it has a very unique atmosphere about it, unlike anything else currently on the air. I fear that it may be a bit too cerebral for the masses.
I'd prepare for the worst. Unfortunately, I predict they'll pass on renewing it.
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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

I'd prepare for the worst. Unfortunately, I predict they'll pass on renewing it.
Yes, that would be my guess as well.

But, NBC is not in the greatest shape anyway and a show that's a no-brainer cancellation on any other net may have a chance on NBC.
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^^^ Isn't that what has kept "Community" alive with viewership numbers than on other networks would mean immediate cancellation? cool.gif

TV Notes
TV Upfronts: Who's Winning and Losing -- So Far
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - May 10, 2013

With the dust settling on a frantic week of series orders, renewals and cancellations, the news is (nearly) all in as the broadcast networks put the finishing touches on their 2013-14 fare heading into next week's upfront presentations.

Gone are nearly all of NBC's comedies (save for Community and Parks and Recreation), ABC's Happy Endings and CBS' CSI: NY and in their places are a whopping 44 new shows (and counting) -- up dramatically from last year's 34. While the series orders are likely to come through the weekend, here's an early look at who's coming out on top -- so far.


Mega producers
Bill Lawrence is winning the week, receiving series orders at NBC (Undateable), Fox (Surviving Jack) and TBS (Ground Floor). Also securing three shows on the 2013-14 schedule: Julie Plec -- who in addition to The Vampire Diaries, has its spinoff The Originals and reboot of The Tomorrow People at the CW; J.J. Abrams, who has Fox's Almost Human and NBC's Believe joining Revolution next year; and Dick Wolf, who has Chicago PD, Chicago Fire and Law & Order: SVU all at NBC. Not to be outdone, Chuck Lorre has four comedies on CBS with the addition of Anna Faris entry Mom. And Seth MacFarlane will add another half-hour, live-action Dads, to his comedy empire.

Spinoffs: NBC is looking to Wolf to put a police spin on modest hit Chicago Fire with Chicago PD, CW has Plec's Originals, while ABC -- after seeing only a short 25-minute presentation -- ordered Once Upon a Time in Wonderland to series. Meanwhile, all eyes are on CBS to see what happens with its NCIS: LA spinoff, NCIS: Red.

Sony Pictures Television: The studio so far has seven sales, compared with five last season. Among them, the James Spader starrer The Blacklist -- which has been described as the best script of the season -- and straight-to-series addition The Michael J. Fox Show, both at NBC. The real icing on its cake, however, comes with the fifth-season renewal for cult favorite Community. Meanwhile, the studio is shopping its highest-profile project, Beverly Hills Cop, which didn't get the expected series order at CBS. (Worth noting: Warner Bros. Television leads all studios thus far with 11, up two year-over-year.)


Freshman comedy
None of NBC's seven half-hours have made it to a second season, with the upcoming Anne Heche vehicle Save Me not expected to move beyond its limited run. ABC is one-for-four with the critical bomb The Neighbors earning a pickup and Fox likely one-for-three as summer effort Goodwin Games is expected to join recently departed Ben and Kate. CBS, meanwhile, axed Partners and never aired Friend Me, going zero-for-two.

Young-adult favorites: Despite it being a top priority for CW president Mark Pedowitz, The Selection -- based on Kiera Cass' book -- failed to move forward for the second year in a row despite a major retooling. While it is said to have been a marked improvement compared to its first attempt, the youth-skewing network is back to the drawing board as it searches for a Hunger Games-like entry. Also not moving forward is Fox's Emma Roberts-fronted adaptation of Lauren Oliver's book trilogy, Delirium, which many insiders said seemed better suited for the CW.

Sure things: Just days ago, Beverly Hills Cop was considered a lock to land on CBS' schedule. ABC was also said to be incredibly high on Disney-themed Big Thunder, with the drama based on the rollercoaster of the same name likely being passed over in favor of a classic fairy tale character (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland). Also yet to get the pickup at press time: CBS' NCIS: LA spinoff, Red, which performed on par when it aired earlier this spring.

Here's a full list of what's been ordered to series so far:

Super Fun Night (comedy)
The Goldbergs (comedy)
Back in the Game (comedy)
Trophy Wife (comedy)
Mixology (comedy)
Mind Games (drama)
Killer Women (drama)
Resurrection (drama)
Lucky 7 (drama)
Betrayal (drama)
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (drama)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (drama)

Intelligence (drama)
Hostages (drama)
Crazy Ones (comedy)
The Millers (comedy)
Mom (comedy)
We Are Men (comedy)

The Originals
The Tomorrow People
The 100

Dads (comedy)
Rake (drama)
Gang Related (drama)
Almost Human (drama)
Sleepy Hollow (drama)
Enlisted (comedy)
Surviving Jack (comedy)
Us & Them (comedy)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (comedy)

The Michael J. Fox Show (comedy)
About a Boy (comedy)
Sean Saves the World (comedy)
The Family Guide (comedy)
Believe (drama)
Crisis (drama)
Undateable (comedy)
Ironside (drama)
Chicago PD (drama)
The Blacklist (drama)
Welcome to the Family (comedy)
The Night Shift (drama)

For a complete list of what's been renewed and canceled, head to THR's Complete Network Scorecard.

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TV Notes
Primetime Panic: What Pilots Are Still Alive
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 10, 2013

In the onslaught of series pickups and passes over the past couple of days, it is hard to keep track of the pilots that have not been picked up to series, which are dead and which are still alive. It is still early to tell about CBS, which is not done yet picking up new series (pilots Backstrom and Friends With Better Lives are among a number who are still in contention). Additionally, CBS is shopping Beverly Hills Cop, which got a pass from CBS.

Here is a rundown of what pilots are still in contention (not for fall) at the other nets:

ABC: Comedy Bad Management is still alive, ABC is looking for a way to make it. Dramedy Murder In Manhattan and comedy Pulling are dead at ABC but are being shopped by producer ABC Studios to cable networks.

NBC: Drama I Am Victor starring John Stamos and comedy Assistance starring Krysten Ritter are alive and will likely be retooled. Also still in contention is the Craig Robinson/Greg Daniels comedy pilot. Another comedy pilot, Brenda Forever, may undergo reshoots.

Fox: Comedy To My Future Assistant is alive and there is talk about switching it from single-camera to multi-camera.

Nothing at the CW.

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Nielsen/Critic's Notes
Lame Duck Leno Keeps Winning, NBC Boasts
By Ed Bark, TVWorthWatching.com - May 10, 2013

Hey kids, is there even a slight chance this could happen all over again?

You know, a second pullback at some point from a premature evacuation of Jay Leno as host of The Tonight Show.

Just wondering in light of a Thursday NBC publicity release headlined, “Jay Leno Delivers Dominant Wins Over Late Show and Kimmel for the week of April 29-May 3.” That’s not only in total viewers. It’s also among the advertiser-coveted 18-to-49-year-olds that Leno’s announced replacement, Jimmy Fallon, supposedly will entrance when he takes over The Tonight Show after next year’s Winter Olympic games.

This wasn’t just a throwaway release. This was four pages worth of detailed ratings information from the late night terrain — both broadcast and cable. And it paints a picture of a ratings giant — that would be Leno — who only seems to be getting stronger despite little if any help on most nights from NBC’s little-watched 10 p.m. ET entertainment programming.

Here’s a telling paragraph from NBC’s numbers crunchers: “Jay has now accumulated bigger 18-to-49 audiences than (David Letterman’s) Late Show for the last 24 weeks in a row and topped Kimmel for 15 of their 17 head-to-head weeks. In total viewers, Jay has out-delivered Late Show for 28 weeks in a row and Kimmel for 17 of 17 weeks.”

It’s almost as if Leno himself were writing this material — and not the network that plans to toss him a second time. Basically, NBC is putting out information that also could be headlined, “Our Guy Remains the Undisputed Heavyweight Champ, But We’re Still Dumb Enough to Throw Him Out of the Ring Anyway — Just Like Last Time.”

In the latest ratings week, Leno’s Tonight averaged 3.4 million viewers according to the Nielsen Media Research numbers cited by NBC. Letterman ran second with 2.8 million viewers followed by Jimmy Kimmel’s 2.5 million.

Among 18-to-49-year-olds, Leno had 1.039 million, with Kimmel at 820,000 and Letterman with 760,000. NBC says it was Leno’s biggest margin over Kimmel in three weeks.

Interestingly, Leno also had more 18-to-49-year-olds watching him last week than Comedy Central’s The Daily Show (889,000) and The Colbert Report (762,000) and TBS’ Conan (508,000). All of the late-nighters were in first-run mode, save for a Friday Kimmel repeat, during the first full week of the May “sweeps,” which began on April 25.

Leno just turned 63, with only Letterman an older guy in this universe. Fallon is 38, young enough to be Leno’s son. But he’s still pretty green as a talk show host, with just a little over four years under his belt. During that time, Fallon has excelled in impromptu bits with big-name talent that quickly go “viral” on YouTube and elsewhere. But his monologues are still brief and, all in all, pretty lousy. And that’s Leno’s strength in the key keep-‘em-in-the-tent early stages of any late night talk show.

So what if Leno maintains his dominance — or even builds on it as the date of his ouster draws nearer? Improbable as it sounds, could NBC get another case of the yips?

Whatever happens, Leno currently is showing that he’s still marketable if he chooses to set sail on another network. Fox came close to signing Conan O’Brien, but in the end couldn’t close the deal with some of its most important affiliate stations. Would Leno be seen as a more proven quantity, with perhaps five more years left in the tank?

Or is it even remotely possible that CBS would turn to Leno, keep his show in L.A. and put Letterman, 66, out to pasture after years of losing to Leno? Stranger things have happened in late night. And the way Leno is performing, they might just keep happening.

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TV Sports/Critic's Notes
The last USA TODAY Sports rodeo
By Michael Hiestand, USA Today - May 10, 2013

I suppose there's more than a little truth to the cliché that covering sports media is like James Bond going about his business.

But after my final USA TODAY Sports column, the last thing I want to do is decamp to some exotic locale to place enormous casino bets on, say, overnight TV sports ratings. Not that it wouldn't be easy money, as I'm keeping the secret decoder ring programmed to decipher even the best ratings spin.

Nope, nobody should walk away from the sports business now: It's more fascinating than ever.

But be wary of believing what everybody tells you is about to happen. I remember hearing that Olympic action would never be on cable TV – after all, that might cut into the almighty prime-time TV ratings – and that it was even more improbable that live video of big-event sports action would ever be streamed digitally.

After all, live action online kept freezing up – until, that is, broadband came along.

And live action online would be impossible because it would interfere with local TV deals – until technology made it possible to target digital users geographically.

And go figure: Viewers buying increasingly more gigantic TV sets wanted to use them. So when sports action went online it didn't cut into TV ratings – it just reached viewers who weren't near their TV sets.

There were lots of visions that sort of made sense at the time. Sports agents hoped technology would someday allow their athlete-clients to bypass pesky reporters and speak directly to fans via (carefully-manicured) personal websites. Technology finally allowed such direct give and take with fans but – oops! – it came through the sometimes-chaotic world of Twitter.

But despite the spotty track record for predictions about sports media, I'll offer one up now: Its future will be shaped as much, probably way more, by the people behind the sports media rather than by their machines of the moment.

And while this wasn't supposed to be declassified until at least 20 years after my demise, I'll say it anyway: The people in sports media aren't a bad bunch.

That's easy to overlook as videos quickly pop in cyberspace to chronicle on-air gaffes. But don't forget the on-air types aren't just animated characters in a magic box. And the TV sports programmers don't actually wake up in the morning bound and determined to produce TV sports coverage that is not exactly how you'd like it to be. As far as I can tell any way.

Thanks to USA TODAY allowing me to write columns and features on sports business and media since 1989, I've had the opportunity to get to know lots of sports industry people who are funny, creative and idiosyncratic. And entertainingly odd. I don't want to name names about the many people I've admired and who've done their jobs with panache. Full personal disclosure: Wouldn't it be awkward if I ended up working with somebody whose name I left out?

Now isn't the time for anybody to get nostalgic in sports media. (Or, for me to necessarily toot my own horn by reminding everybody that I broke the story that mini-blimps were about to be floated above arena crowds and drop coupons. Just sayin'.)

It certainly isn't the time for media strategists to blow smoke about the heritage, or supposed hipness, of their brands. This might seem hopelessly 20th century, but if websites just see their users as Ms. and Mr. Page View, and TV networks just see their viewers as feed lots of 18-49 year-olds, they'll end up in trouble.

Thanks USA TODAY Sports, thanks Mom, thanks kids, thanks third-grade teacher, but the orchestra has been cued and I'm being led by both arms to the photo op room -- and feeling pretty darn lucky about the past 24 years.

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TV Review
‘XOX Betsey Johnson’
Style's reality show on designer mom and daughter could serve as a Joan and Melissa Rivers knockoff
By David Hinckley, New York Daily News - May 11, 2013

"XOX" starts out as your basic reality show about a well-known pop culture figure. This time its fashion designer Betsey Johnson, trying to get her life and career back together after recession-induced setbacks.

What quickly takes over the screen, however, is the voracious subplot of Johnson’s relationship with her daughter Lulu.

While it’s likely no one involved will feel flattered by the association, somewhere between 95 and 99 out of 100 viewers will find themselves thinking, “Joan and Melissa Rivers.”
You almost can’t avoid it.

We’re looking at a loud, opinionated, offbeat, upbeat and energetic lady of a certain age and her divorced daughter, bonded by a deep mutual love and also at the moment tied together by their lives.

Which brings them just a little closer than Lulu sometimes might prefer.

About the time they go to couples therapy, it’s clear this drama has seized center stage from Betsey’s efforts to put her fashion business back together.

For many years, Betsey Johnson’s fun, bright, sometimes offbeat clothing made her a cult fave. Then her original fans started to age, and the recession slammed the whimsical clothing market. In 2012 she had to declare bankruptcy and close the remainder of an operation that once totaled 56 shops.

Now she’s trying to stay in the game with online sales. It’s an honest effort, just shadowed by the unavoidable truth that the popular culture world in which she lives is like a shark. It has to keep moving forward, finding new faves, or it will die.

In the end, despite Betsey’s perpetually optimistic face, “XOX” feels bittersweet.

Network / Air Date: Sunday at 8 p.m., Style
Rating: ★★ (out of five)

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TV Notes
Magic Johnson’s Network Set to Launch Talk Show
By Allison Samuels, TheDailyBeast.com - May 11, 2013

Prime time and late night are usually filled with journalists like Barbara Walters and white comics. But come June, the fledging African-American cable network Aspire wants you to have choices.

Which is why the network, owned by NBA legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, announced last week that it would premiere Exhale, a new nighttime gab fest featuring five women of color. Journalist Angela Burt Murray, comic Erin Jackson, web sensation Issa Raye, Rene Styler, and actress Malinda Williams were tapped to host the hour-long talk show, on which they will chat about everything from relationships and child-rearing to natural hair care. This fall will also see the return of late-night favorite and Johnson’s good friend Arsenio Hall. Queen Latifah will have a daytime show.

“Aspire is about giving the audience what they haven’t been seeing when they turn on their television sets,” said Johnson. “We’re offering them what’s missing in programming. The people in our community are consumers and they deserve to see themselves when they turn on their television sets.”

While several talk shows such as The View on ABC and The Talk on CBS have featured women of color, including Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepard, and Sheryl Underwood, oftentimes the look and feel of those shows leaned heavily toward mainstream topics and issues, rarely seeing topics through a more diverse lens, such as asking why depression rates and unemployment are higher in black neighborhoods. Aspire hopes to change many of the standard TV expectations by featuring five black women with varying looks, styles, attitudes, backgrounds, and ages. One host rocks a neatly cropped afro while another former network anchor says she released her “TV bob” years ago in exchange for a more natural look.

“I think you can compare it to The View in that we are a group of women sitting around talking, but it ends there,” says actress Malinda Williams, who starred on the show Soul Food. “[W]e’re not that heavily focused on entertainment or celebrities at all. We are mostly talking about real issues facing real women daily.” Williams points out that she candidly discusses her two failed marriages with a divorce judge during one show and hopes her brutal honesty about her past relationship mistakes and regrets can truly benefit the viewing audience. The network predicts the audience’s age will range anywhere from mid-20s to late 60s.

“Any issue I had about discussing my marriages or personal life on air, I got over before I started filming,” said Williams. “I liked the idea of being on a show that was just like being in my home with my girlfriends just talking about stuff. I’ve been preparing for this role all my life.”

Rene Syler was equally well prepared for her hosting duties. From 2002 to 2006 she co-hosted the Early Show on CBS, a slot currently filled by Charlie Rose and Gayle King. She was fired from the show shortly before undergoing a preventative mastectomy and sank into a deep depression that she shares with viewers on one episode of the new program.

“It feels good to be able to say things that you know really resonate with others,” says Syler. “I was fired from that job and others have been fired before so I talk about that and how that felt on the show. I didn’t want to get out of bed for days and I know others have felt that way too in their lives. That is what is so good about this show is that it is giving women some insight into what to do when you’re depressed. We don’t always talk about those issues as black people.”

Syler will also discuss being the daughter of two breast cancer survivors, her decision to have a preventative mastectomy because of her family’s history and women’s worst nightmare, losing her hair to another illness. “I think that is the beauty of this show and the group of women on the show,” said Syler. “Everyone has a different background, a different story, a different look, and a different point of view but it all works and comes together for a great show that’s not like anything out there right now.”

Hoping to gain the attention of the 30-and-under crowd, Aspire hired digital media whiz Issa Raye, the young mind behind the wildly popular web series Awkward Black Girl. Raye says she hopes viewers will tune in to witness women of color exchanging words of support and encouragement as opposed to the usual reality-show mayhem seen nightly on cable television.

“This is going to offer everyone an alternative to seeing black women not getting along or at each other’s throat all the time,” says Raye. “This show has women of all ages offering support and advice to one another … We may not always agree but we talk about it. That’s what adults do.”

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TV Notes
FX's 'Wilfred' to return in June, alone
By Alan Sepinwall, HitFix.com

For the last two summers, "Wilfred" has been one half of a fascinating, dark comedy pairing on Thursday nights on FX, leading in to "Louie." But with Louis CK deciding to keep his series off the air for all of 2013, "Wilfred" will have to go it alone this summer.

FX announced that "Wilfred" will return for its third season on Thursday, June 20 at 10. For the first two weeks of the season, we'll get back-to-back original episodes at 10 and 10:30, followed by a week off for the Fourth of July, followed by the show shifting to a once a week schedule Thursdays at 10.

When I spoke with FX executives in January, they suggested they might have a new comedy ready in time to pair with "Wilfred," but FX says it's not likely at this point that anything new will be airing at 10:30 later in the summer. (It may be that the launching of the comedy-centric FXX spin-off channel made this a lower priority than it was at the start of the year.)

The new season will bring back the full cast, plus recurring guests Chris Klein, Mary Steenburgen and Dwight Yoakam, along with some new guest stars like Gina Gershon, Angela Kinsey and Lance Reddick. This will be the show's first season without David Zuckerman as showrunner, as he took a step back to let writer/producers Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne take the job.

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TV Reviews
A Mighty Pedigree
By Nancy DeWolf Smith, Wall Street Journal - May 10, 2013

Fans of writer-director-actor Christopher Guest's mockumentaries, such as "Best in Show," and "A Mighty Wind," will find much to enjoy in his new comedy series for HBO. "Family Tree" follows the quest of down-on-his luck London resident Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd) as he researches his ancestry and discovers roots that extend in some unexpected and not always glamorous directions.

Tom's quest—which begins over four episodes in the U.K. and then takes him to the U.S.—is told in classic mockumentary style, with Tom and other characters occasionally talking to the camera to supply information we might not otherwise glean from the fly-on-the wall reality-show-style filming.

While the show is full of comic highs and witty insight, it isn't funny all the time because some of the jokes are disappointingly crude. But the gentle persona of the Irish-born Mr. O'Dowd (Officer Rhodes in "Bridesmaids" and the lively blind swordsman in the otherwise unexciting "Dinner for Schmucks") is a perfect example of the sweet haplessness that underpins even the sharpest comedy here.

The core Chadwick family includes Tom's father Keith (Michael McKean), a retiree and fan of lowbrow British sitcoms and schlocky soap operas like "The Plantagenets." Tom's sister Bea (Nina Conti) is a depressed bank teller who is always accompanied by her ventriloquy alter-ego, a brutally frank monkey hand-puppet.

Then there is Keith's wife Luba (Lisa Palfrey) a track-suited, Russian-accented émigrée from the bucolic former Soviet Republic of Moldova. That Luba's assimilation is far from complete, and probably impossible, is apparent from vignettes such as a scene when she comes across Brussels sprouts for the first time: "Why you have cabbage so small?"

Jim Piddock, the co-creator and writer with Mr. Guest of "Family Tree," plays Tom's friend Glenn Pfister, a curiosity-shop owner whose hobby is making what he calls "landmarks in a bottle." It's so much more interesting than boring ships, Glenn says, as he tries to lower a tiny roof with a clock on it into a bottle that already contains the rickety bottom part of Big Ben.

The good thing is that if one character or vignette or cultural reference doesn't amuse you, another gem is always coming down the pike. Like the sapphic Mildred Budgens (Barbara Bolton), the ancient friend of Tom's deceased aunt, who is straight out of "The Well of Loneliness" and dressed like Quentin Crisp, minus the hat.

A big laugh for some will be the glimpse of a new television series offering (yet another) rendition of Sherlock Holmes, in which we see a pipe-puffing Sherlock and Watson in spandex body suits discussing a case on what looks like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

Some of the gags fly by so fast that there is hardly time to laugh. When he discovers that he is descended from Chadwicks who emigrated from the U.S. to England, Tom's father Keith is gobsmacked.

"I'm a Yank?" Keith asks his son in a British working-class accent.

"Another reason for you to hate the French," says Tom.

As for the shift to America, Ed Begley Jr. plays a distant cousin in California. Mr. Guest and several staples of his comedy stable also appear later in the series, including Fred Willard, Kevin Pollak and Bob Balaban.

Sundays 10:30 p.m. HBO

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There are now so many TV shows that are set in Alaska—featuring state troopers (the best!), wildlife cops, hunters, gold diggers and what have you—that the premise of Nat Geo's "Ultimate Survival Alaska" may sound like the last straw. But it turns out to be a good addition to the pack. The series will follow eight experienced outdoorsmen from the state—including two grizzled geezers, an Iditarod dog-sled-race winner and some other extremely fit young men—on a 10-leg expedition over thousands of miles of unforgiving terrain. They have no tents, no electronics and only what they can carry on their back to keep them alive. (The series is on at 10 p.m. this week, but at 9 p.m. thereafter.)

Since we know it's unlikely anyone will die, there are thrills untainted by fear in seeing how hard they work to complete each leg of the journey in the allotted time. Yet it is genuinely exciting because there are times when the fate of some of these contenders literally hangs in the balance. Wolves, bears, hatchets, rifles, treacherous ice crevasses, cliffs, storms and deathtrap swamps—you name it; they're all here. So are strange contraptions like the fishing rod in a medicine bottle and the tiny pocket chain saw.

It's hard to tell how much of "reality" shows is scripted. But mature mountain man Willi seems to be speaking straight from the heart when he says that he and the other rugged Alaskans on the show are "not normal, well-adjusted, modern, civilized human beings." Instead, he says, "We're throwbacks...because modern life is not enough of a test for us."

Sunday 10 p.m. National Geographic

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"Crowd Rules," is a game show which begins this week on CNBC Prime (the new name for CNBC in prime time). Each week three small-business owners compete for $50,000 by trying to convince an audience of 100 consumers and entrepreneurs that their little company deserves the injection of cash. The first week, the contestants all work in the specialty-foods business, which we are told constitutes 14% of the retail-food market.

The Mr. Green Tea family business has been selling fancy ice creams to restaurants for decades but now wants to expand into pints, or ice cream for sale to consumers on market shelves. The Picklelicious store wants to open another shop, and Heartbreaking Dawns, a husband-and-wife team that makes hot sauces and other condiments, wants to improve its marketing.

Future weeks will feature start-ups and small companies around the country, each illustrating the possibilities and pitfalls of running a business. The good ones probably will flourish whether or not they win the $50,000. That is a good thing. Judging only by the results of the first episode, the crowd that rules by voting here is more easily excited by entrepreneurs with sappy slogans than by the ones with sound business plans.

Tuesdays 9 p.m. CNBC

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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
‘Burn Notice’s Upcoming 7th Season To Be Its Last, Creator Matt Nix Developing New Series For USA
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 10, 2013

Way overdue IMO, this was played out at least 2 seasons ago. Still has its moments but was drawn out way past its prime.
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Good, one less hour of a "journalist" to display what a hack he is.

Not sure what you have against Brian Williams but Rock Center in particular has very little to do with Brian as a journo, it's mostly the NBC news team doing stories and interviews. Brian does the occasional interview but he's mostly just reading the scripts (that I'm sure he had a hand in, of course).

I will miss the show even though it was uneven at times, some of their stories were interesting and well done (Harry Smith's, mainly, and some of Kate Snow's). And I think Brian is someone who cares about what he's doing and how's it's done, whether it's Rock Center or Nightly News. Just IMO.
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