Networks Go Big, Send More Shows Home

Continuing with our on-going coverage of all things TV for the next few days, NBC has made yet another pick up announcement for four more series orders.

The four pilots that have been picked up to series are “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, starring Laura Prepon, Free Agents, starring Hank Azaria, Bent, starring Amanda Peet, and BFF (formerly Best Friends Forever)” according to TV By The Numbers. The astute reader will notice that all of these series are comedies. Could NBC be planning another day worth of prime time comedy in addition to their already stacked Thursday night comedy block? It’s looking very likely.

As for the cancellations? The peacock has decided to finally pull the plug on the god awful demon spawn that is The Event. The show has been an absolute mess since day one with a forcefully, and annoyingly convoluted plot. Let this failed show be a sign to all other networks, just because one sci-fi show is successful (LOST), doesn’t mean all of them will be.

Of course, that’s not all that got cut.

Also suffering the fate of the “C” word is Law & Order: Los Angeles. The show has not been looking good since its return last month, and the prospect of renewal was slim to none at best. Any Law & Order fan will tell you that LA is what happens when Dick Wolf gets real greedy. Speaking of which, I have it on good authority that the man is getting ready to make an announcement confirming development of a new series, Law & Order: Mars.

You can also now add freshman comedy Outsourced to NBC’s cancellation list. The show has failed to really find a grounded, consistent audience since beginning this season. I personally found the show to be a racist, schlocky mess of a series. Glad to see it go the way of the dodo.

But the news doesn’t stop there, NBC also confirmed that Chuck has officially been renewed for a fifth, but more importantly final season. Yup, NBC has seen the writing on the wall and has decided to throw us all a bone by allowing Chuck and his rag tag gang to have a proper farewell next season. This is by far the best news we could have asked for the show considering.

As for ABC, the network has made series orders for the programs Apartment 23 (formally known as Don’t Trust the Bitch at Apt. 23), Good Christian Belles (formally known as Good Christian Bitches), Pan Am, the Tim Allen comedy pilot now titled Last Man Standing, the new version of Charlie’s Angels, Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Scandal, The River, Man Up, Suburgatory and Work It. Some of the shows on this list will be slated for mid-season.

Clearly the two biggest stand-outs are Last Man Standing and Charlie’s Angels. The question is, can Tim Allen’s humor translate to a new decade and new generation? As for Charlie’s Angels, the big question is will it stand out and succeed, or go the way of other ABC reboot attempts like V.

Speaking of V, ABC has officially cancelled the series which is no surprise after its piss poor performance in ratings this season. The network has also ended the run of Brothers & Sisters after so-so ratings began to emerge. Also making the cancellation list are Mr. Sunshine, Off The Map, No Ordinary Family and Detroit 1-8-7.

As for the networks renewed shows? The list includes Body of Proof, Happy Endings and Shark Tank.

Moving over to procedural central, CBS has made series orders for two pilots including the new J.J. Abrams and Jonah Nolan series Person of Interest, as well as the new comedy Two Broke Girls.

And if that wasn’t enough, junior network The CW has begun announcements for next season with a pick up order for the new Sarah Michelle Gellar pilot The Ringer. The series’ plot according to Deadline Sunnydale follows “Bridget (Gellar), a troubled young woman on the run from the mob who hides out by inhabiting the life of her wealthy twin sister, Siobhan, until she learns that her twin’s life has a bounty on it as well.” The pilot was originally commissioned for CBS but upon realizing the draw the series will have for a younger audience, it was moved to CW which is under the CBS umbrella.

And just to top off today’s news, HBO has renewed Treme for a third season.

All networks will reveal their fall schedules this Monday at all the up-front events. So save all questions till then.

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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