<p>&quot;Scorpion&quot; star Katharine McPhee</p>

"Scorpion" star Katharine McPhee

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'NCIS: New Orleans,' 'The Odd Couple,' 'Scorpion' lead CBS pickups

'Madam Secretary,' 'Stalker' are also set for 2014-15

All week long as the other networks have been frantically renewing and canceling established shows and picking up new shows, CBS has been the cool kid leaning up against the wall in a leather jacket smoking a cigarette. [Yes, I'm picturing Pre-Upfronts Week as a '50s problem drama.]

Late Friday (May 9), CBS decided to get in on the action, announcing seven series pickups, five dramas and two comedies.

[Actually, it's kinda only six series pickups, since Vince Gilligan's "Battle Creek" had been acquired as a 13-episode series commitment pre-pilot.]

On the drama side, CBS is moving forward with the "Battle Creek," the planted spinoff "NCIS: New Orleans," "Stalker" (formerly "Untitled Kevin Williamson"), "Scorpion" and "Madam Secretary."

On the comedy side, CBS has ordered "The McCarthys" and "The Odd Couple" to series.

It's unclear which shows are headed for midseason and which are targeted for fall.

And CBS isn't expected to announce any additional pickups or cancellations today.

So let's get down to the details on CBS' new shows for the 2014-15 season, or at least the first batch.

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<p>Jane Levy of &quot;Suburgatory&quot;</p>

Jane Levy of "Suburgatory"

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ABC cancels 'Suburgatory,' 'Super Fun Night'

Jane Levy and Rebel Wilson will be just fine

After spreading plenty of good news on Thursday night and Friday morning, ABC is also distributing sad news to some of its bubble shows.

Farewell to "Super Fun Night" and "Suburgatory."

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<p>&quot;Revolution,&quot; RIP</p>

"Revolution," RIP

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NBC axes 'Revolution' and 'Believe,' renews 'About a Boy'

'Growing Up Fisher' and 'Crisis' won't be back next year either

In a small victory, NBC has renewed a freshman comedy.

In a predictable defeat, NBC has cancelled a J.J. Abrams-produced drama.

Actually, ABC did a lot more than that on Friday (May 9), but you've already seen Sepinwall's stories on the glorious renewal of "Hannibal" and the tragic cancellation of "Community."

You can decide if you feel similar elation and dejected about this latest bit of NBC Good News/Bad News: The network has ordered a second season for "About a Boy," but NBC has also confirmed that the second season will be the end of the line for "Revolution."

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<p>&quot;Shark Tank&quot;</p>

"Shark Tank"

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'Shark Tank,' 'The Bachelor' get ABC renewals

'America's Funniest Home Videos' will be back for a 25th season

ABC's endearing piecemeal renewal process reached its "alternative series" phase on Friday (May 9) morning.

As one might have expected, "The Bachelor" and "Shark Tank" have been renewed for the 2014-2015 season. In addition, "America's Funniest Home Videos" continues to be an unkillable force of nature, unlike video itself, and will be back next year.

This will be a sixth season for Friday smash "Shark Tank," a 19th season for "The Bachelor" and -- get this -- Season 25 for "America's Funniest Home Videos," which continues to be a cornerstone of ABC's Sunday lineup.

ABC announced these three renewals hours after Friday's pickups for "The Middle" and "Dancing with the Stars." Read more here.

On Thursday night, ABC renewed "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," "Resurrection," "Once Upon a Time," "Castle," "Modern Family" and "The Goldbergs."

Cancellations for "Trophy Wife," "The Neighbors," "Super Fun Night" and "Mixology" remain rumored, but unconfirmed by the network. 

We're still waiting to learn the fates of "Nashville," "Last Man Standing" and "Suburgatory."

We're expecting more news as this endless Friday progresses.

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<p>&quot;The Middle&quot;</p>

"The Middle"

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ABC renews 'The Middle' and 'Dancing with the Stars'

'Nashville' and 'Suburgatory' are among the ABC shows still waiting

Two of the most successful shows left out of ABC's Thursday Night Renewal-Fest received good news on Friday (May 9) morning.

ABC has announced that long-running reality hit "Dancing with the Stars" and Wednesday comedy stalwart "The Middle" have both been picked up for the 2014-2015 seasons.

For "The Middle," this renewal is for Season 6, while for "Dancing" it's for Season 19.

After not renewing anything for the entire spring, Thursday saw pickups for "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," "Resurrection," "Once Upon a Time," "Castle," "Modern Family" and "The Goldbergs." Read more here.

ABC also picked up a second season for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Read more about that renewal here.

That left ABC with a number of shows still on the bubble. 

Sepinwall reported this morning that both "Mixology" and "Trophy Wife" have apparently been cancelled, not that ABC is confirming. Read more here.

Shows currently in limbo include "Nashville," "Suburgatory" and "Last Man Standing," though ABC promises "some additional news later today."

Stay tuned!

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<p>Chris Meloni of &quot;Surviving Jack&quot;</p>

Chris Meloni of "Surviving Jack"

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TV Ratings: Low 'Big Bang Theory' leads sluggish Thursday, while 'Surviving Jack' finale rises

'Black Box' and 'Bad Teacher' continue to dip

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Spring doldrums hit Thursday primetime hard, with big audience drops for most primetime offerings, including CBS' "Big Bang Theory," which had its weakest night in recent memory. Of course, even a historically weak "Big Bang Theory" was still able to lead Thursday in all measures and carry CBS to comfortable primetime wins. 

Among the other shows posting big audience declines on Thursday were "Grey's Anatomy," "Bad Teacher" and "Black Box," while NBC's "American Comedy Awards" was no match for last week's IHeartRadio award show.

On the positive side, FOX's "American Idol" had a slight rebound from last week's Thursday low, while the newly cancelled "Surviving Jack" got a solid bump for what seems to be its series finale. If these numbers hold up, "Surviving Jack" will end the week as FOX's most-watched comedy and tied with "New Girl" in the key demo.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Viola Davis of &quot;How To Get Away With Murder&quot;</p>

Viola Davis of "How To Get Away With Murder"

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ABC orders 'How to Get Away with Murder,' 'Selfie,' 'Galavant' and more

'Black-ish,' 'American Crime,' 'The Whispers' and 'Manhattan Love Story' also get orders

After remaining quiet all spring, ABC monopolized the attentions of the nation's TV critics on Thursday (May 8) with an evening full of big announcements. 

You can read about seven of the network's renewals here, as ABC extended its relationship with "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," "Modern Family" and more. Fortunately, despite all of these renewals, ABC still has a number of bubble shows waiting for news on Friday, which means more content.

And you can also read about ABC's renewal of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and pickup for "Marvel's Agent Carter" here.

But like the game show host says... That's not all!

In addition to "Marvel's Agent Carter," ABC gave series orders to dramas "How To Get Away With Murder," "American Crime," "The Whispers" and "Forever."

On the comedy side, "Black-ish," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Selfie" earned series orders.

And on the musical comedy fairy tale front? Well, ABC only picked up one musical comedy fairy tale, "Galavant."

Let's go through the shows, shall we?

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<p>Kerry Washington of &quot;Scandal&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington of "Scandal"

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ABC renews 'Scandal,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Castle' and more

'Nashville,' 'The Middle' and 'Suburgatory' are all still in limbo

The last network to make any pick-ups this spring, ABC got down to business on Thursday (May 8) night, running through a series of renewals, mostly quite predictable.

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<p>Hayley Atwell of &quot;Agent Carter&quot;</p>

Hayley Atwell of "Agent Carter"

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ABC renews 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and orders 'Agent Carter' from Marvel

Hayley Atwell reprises her 'Captain America' role in the period drama

In a pairing so logical we're giving them their own story, ABC announced on Thursday (May 8) night that it is renewing "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and ordering the new drama "Marvel's Agent Carter."

"Marvel's Agent Carter" stars "Captain America" veteran Hayley Atwell. Set in 1946, it's the story of Peggy Carter's post-WWII work with the covert Strategic Scientific Reserve, as she balances being a single woman in 1940s America, while also going on secret missions for Howard Stark.

While Atwell's involvement is confirmed, ABC makes no mention of whether or not Dominic Cooper will return for the Stark role. Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters will serve as show runners, with Steve McFeely & Christopher Marcus, and Jeph Loeb also executive producing. 

There has been some speculation that ABC was planning to use "Agent Carter" as a bridge between halves of the second "S.H.I.E.L.D." season, but we thought the same thing about "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" until it got its own slot on Thursdays and flopped.

Although hardly the blockbuster ABC might have dreamed of, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is averaging 10.74 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49 in Live+7 DVR figures.

ABC announced a slew of other renewals and pickups on Thursday night and I'm just beginning to dig my way through them, so stay tuned for future stories...

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<p>J-Lo had fun on Wednesday night&#39;s &quot;Idol.&quot; Will she have fun tonight?</p>

J-Lo had fun on Wednesday night's "Idol." Will she have fun tonight?

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 4 Results

Which singers will get to sing for home fans this week?

"American Idol" time! 

Are we all excited?

My father is. If Alex Preston survives tonight's cut and returns home to New Hampshire, my dad is planning on going to his rally. Or that's what my dad says. He also insists he voted for Alex 50 times last night, so it's possible he's just kidding. Or maybe he just appreciates how easy "Idol" had made it to vote this season.

So will Alex stick around?

Will we be able to get through more than two picks in the NFL Draft during this time?

Click through and follow along...

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