Networks Decide To Test Limits of Watcher Sanity With Pick-Ups, Cancellations and Casting

After last Tuesday’s TV news bombshell that consisted of FOX obliterating pretty much every under-performing show on their schedule, many wondered what could be next from the networks in terms of picks-ups and cancellations. Well, NBC has decided to answer that question with a slew of pick-ups, none of which involve the words “wonder” or “woman.”

At the moment the fourth place network has called for series orders from four pilots including Whitney a sitcom based on the stand-up comedy and starring Whitney Cummings. The Steven Spielberg produced, Gleeish musical-comedy Smash. The U.S. adaptation of the British series Prime Suspect and the Christina Applegate starring Up All Night.

But that’s not all. It appears that NBC decided to have a little heart yet again as reports are filing in from all across the internet saying that spy-comedy CHUCK has indeed been renewed for a fifth season. This is by far the best news I’ve heard all day.

The buck doesn’t stop at NBC. New reports from Deadline are saying that the Christian Slater starring, FOX comedy Breaking In that was included in the Tuesday cancellation announcement may indeed live again. The series ratings have executives reconsidering their quick decision to drop the C word half way through the show’s short first season. If a renewal decision is made however, it’s likely it won’t be announced till after the upfronts this coming Monday.

And just for good measure, some casting news has been released for basic and premium cable smash hits Sons of Anarchy and Dexter. From the SOA camp, it appears that Machete himself, Danny Trejo will be joining the cast as new SAMCRO associate Romero “Romeo” Parada. As for Dexter? It appears that both Mos Def and Colin Hanks will be joining the cast for the sixth season.

From a young age, TV guru Merrill Barr has been obsessed with the small screen. And one day he decided to put that obsession to good use.

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