<p>Grant Gustin of &quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

Grant Gustin of "The Flash"

Credit: The CW/WBTV

The CW picks up 'The Flash,' 'iZombie' and renews 'Dixie,' 'Beauty and the Beast'

'Tomorrow People,' 'Carrie Diaries' and 'Star-Crossed' won't be back

Add The CW to the list of networks doing early housekeeping before next week's Upfronts.

On Thursday (May 8) morning, one week before it will announce its full schedule to advertisers, The CW four new series pickups for next season, renewed three established series and, in the process, confirmed that three bubble shows will not be returning next year.

Let's take things step-by-step: 

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<p>Key art for &quot;Outlander&quot;</p>

Key art for "Outlander"

Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/Starz

Starz sets 'Outlander' premiere date, unveils new poster

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan star

After going with "Summer 2014" right up to last week, Starz has finally announced an official premiere date for the fantasy tinged historical drama "Outlander."

The network also released snazzy new key art for "Outlander," which is being adapted by Ronald D. Moore from the bestselling book series by Diana Gabaldon.

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<p>Wednesday&#39;s &quot;CSI&quot; finale</p>

Wednesday's "CSI" finale

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Survivor,' 'Criminal Minds' rise, 'Idol,' 'Revolution' fall on Wednesday

'Modern Family' is Wednesday's best in key demo

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

CBS' "Survivor: Cagayan," "Criminal Minds" and "CSI" all saw tiny gains on Wednesday night and, given the drops for most of the rest of the competition, that was enough to score comfortable wins both overall and among young viewers.

Among the shows in decline on Wednesday were FOX's "American Idol," NBC's full slate of dramas (particularly "Chicago PD") and ABC's "The Middle" and "Suburgatory." The CW's "Arrow" was down a hair in the demo, but flat in total viewers, while "The 100" was flat in the demo, but down in total viewers. And most of those numbers set or tied series lows.

On to the frequently ugly numbers...

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<p>Spencer of &quot;Survivor: Cagayan&quot;</p>

Spencer of "Survivor: Cagayan"

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Havoc to Wreak'

Kass and Tony have several differences of opinion

Pre-credit sequence. Jefra! They voted Jefra out last week. I keep forgetting these things. "That was intense. Pattern continues," Spencer says, returning to camp. Kass is displeased by the way things played out. "Anyone who crosses Tony gets their cement shoes and gets thrown in the pond," Kass says of Jefra's sin, which was contemplating backstabbing The Don. Kass reckons that the lesson of her own flip was that you shouldn't leave anybody out and she's tired of being confused at Tribal Council. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me," Kass grumbles. She calls Tony a hothead and he protests that he keeps his promises until people conspire against him. Kass tells Tony that she's sick of his condescending attitude and warns him about a Jury. Spencer loves watching Tony and Kass fighting, as Kass refuses Tony's half-hearted apology. 

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<p>Your &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 4</p>

Your "American Idol" Top 4

Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 4 Performances - Love: Break-Ups & Make-Ups Night

Will 'Idol' address Caleb Johnson's unfortunate statements from last week?

Has Jessica Meuse seriously become our "American Idol" frontrunner? 

After last week's "No" votes sent Sam Woolf home, both Jena Irene and Alex Preston had some fickle fans grumbling about their lack of solidarity.

Then Caleb Johnson had to go and give an idiotic interview calling his Twitter kinda-fans "retards." 

Sigh. 

Jessica had the only clean week!

Click through for some Love-themed recapping!

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<p>&quot;Law &amp; Order: Special Victims Unit&quot;</p>

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

NBC renews 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' for Season 16

No word on 'Community,' so relax.

Continuing its piecemeal tip-toeing around the bubble, NBC has renewed "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for a 16th season.

And that's all of the NBC renewal/cancellation news we have for today.

Sorry. No "Community" news. Chill, y'all!

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 229
Credit: AMC

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 229

Dan and Alan discuss 'Mindy Project' and 'New Girl' finales plus 'Mad Men'

The

Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! Time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

On Tuesday's video show, we reviewed Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" and NBC's remake of "Rosemary's Baby" and we also started previewing next week's upfronts.

We do a bit more upfront previewing to start this podcast. We also answer a few emails, discuss Tuesday's "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" finales and chatted about Sunday's "Mad Men."

A reminder: Our schedule will be screwy next week because of upfronts. We still expect to do a video show next Tuesday, but I'm guessing a podcast won't happen before Thursday? Something like that...

Today's podcast breakdown:
Pre-upfronts update (00:00:50 - 00:07:20)
Listener Mail: "The Comeback" (00:07:30 - 00:13:25)
Listener Mail: Adaptations (00:13:30 - 00:17:30)
"New Girl" finale (00:17:40 - 00:28:15)
"The Mindy Project" (00:28:20 - 00:35:50)
NBC Gets the Olympics Through 2032 (00:35:50 - 00:40:05)
"Mad Men" (00:40:05 - 00:59:30)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

 

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<p>L.L. Cool J and Chris O&#39;Donnell of &quot;NCIS: Los Angeles&quot;</p>

L.L. Cool J and Chris O'Donnell of "NCIS: Los Angeles"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Voice,' 'Supernatural' dip while 'Mindy,' 'New Girl' rise on Tuesday

'NCIS' leads CBS overall and in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

CBS' hit drama procedurals swept Tuesday night overall and also led primetime in the key demographic on a night characterized by drops almost across the board.

Among the shows drooping on Tuesday were "NCIS," "Person of Interest," "The Voice," both NBC comedies, both ABC dramas and "The Originals" and "Supernatural" on The CW.

There were a few rays of sunshine. NBC's "Chicago Fire" got a small demo uptick, as did "NCIS: Los Angeles." And FOX got finale bumps for both "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project," which improved on its lead-in in Fast Nationals for the second straight week (though the two shows ended up tied in Finals).

On to the numbers.

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<p>Ken Marino and Casey Wilson of &quot;Marry Me&quot;</p>

Ken Marino and Casey Wilson of "Marry Me"

Credit: NBC

NBC starts series orders with 'Marry Me,' 'Allegiance' and Katherine Heigl in 'State of Affairs'

Casey Wilson, Hope Davis among NBC's new stars

Not content to let FOX hog the pre-upfronts series order merry-go-round, NBC started its 2013-2014 series pickups on Tuesday (May 6) afternoon.

Thus far, NBC has given series orders to the comedy "Marry Me" and the dramas "Odyssey," "Allegiance" and "State of Affairs," starring Katherine Heigl.

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<p>Terrence Howard</p>

Terrence Howard

Credit: AP

FOX orders 'Red Band Society,' 'Empire' to series

'Gotham' got a series order on Monday

For the second straight day, FOX has given an official series order to a high profile drama pilot, actually doubling down with drama orders on Tuesday (May 6)

One day after sending "Gotham" to series, FOX has done the same for "Red Band Society" and  "Empire," or "Lee Daniels' Empire," to avoid confusion with the 2002 John Leguizamo classic "Empire."

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