ABC renews “Last Man Standing” for a 4th season, orders “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Cristela”
“Fresh Off the Boat” is a comedy based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir about a Chinese immigrant family that settles in Orlando. “Cristela” stars Cristela Alonzo as a law school student who juggles life with her Mexican-American family.
CBS renews “The Mentalist”
Patrick Jane will be back for a 7th season.
CBS cancels “The Crazy Ones,” “Bad Teacher,” “Intelligence,” “Friends with Better Lives” and “Hostages”
Josh Holloway's "Intelligence" fell off after premiering to 20.8 million viewers in January. Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar's single-camera "The Crazy Ones" never fit in on CBS, home to many multi-camera comedies.
It’s been a big week for black TV stars
Black TV stars got a lot of ink this week, from Larry Wilmore taking over for Stephen Colbert, to Fox picking up “Empire” starring Terrence Howard, to Viola Davis in "How to Get Away With Murder,” to Anthony Anderson in “Black-ish,” and Alfre Woodard playing the president of the United States on “State of Affairs."
Why it makes business sense to resurrect “Community”
Amazon, for instance, would get a ton of media attention by simply paying for a 6th season and a movie.
Here are posters for new CW shows
From “iZombie” to “The Flash.”
“Vice” could’ve ended up being part of “60 Minutes”
CBS News made an offer to Vice, but its founder opted for HBO and the swearing it affords.
“The Good Wife” creators: More than 500 people had to keep the Josh Charles secret
Robert and Michelle King detail how more they kept the secret from getting out, including having Charles on board so he wouldn’t be attached to other projects that would tip people off. "I actually think all those things combined. I don't think it will happen again,” says Robert King. "I don't think you can keep secrets like this with the Internet.”
Cecily Strong & Colin Jost give an update on their “SNL” Weekend Update relationship
Did you know he directed her in a movie last summer?
A “Southern Charm” star has become famous in Austria and Germany
Whitney Sudler-Smith’s face is being splashed in German-speaking newspapers because he’s dating the Austrian equivalent of Jennifer Lawrence.
Why Marvel’s “Agent Carter” is primed for success
The likely to be short-lived “bridge” series for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will likely resonate with its audience like the Marvel movies.
How “Nashville’s” Chris Carmack rebounded after being written off “The O.C.”
"You know how most kids look back at college and go, ‘I could have gotten a lot more out of that?’ That’s kind of what ‘The O.C.’ was for me,” says Carmack of his quick rise to fame in 2003.
“Revenge” boss promises the season finale will pay off Seasons 1 through 3
"We really refocus on the fact that the Graysons are just bad people,” says showrunner Sunil Nayar, "wonderfully bad people, and we wanted to get back to the core of the show so that when we culminate at the end of the story, we not only pay off the second half of the season, but three seasons of the show for the audience.”
Here are ’90s teen heartthrobs who’ve resurfaced on TV
From James Van Der Beek to Josh Hartnett to Joey Lawrence.
“SVU” learned of its 16th-season renewal at its wrap party
The news "made it a special wrap party,” says Richard Belzer.
Billy Eichner’s new show with his “Billy on the Street” writer Julie Klausner was pitched as "'Will and Grace”….
"Think of Will and Grace, if one was a six and the other was a seven,” says Eichner.
Credit “Mad Men" for bringing high art to the masses
The AMC series, says Mary McNamara, "not only put AMC on the map but also created a whole new map, one in which nonpremium cable networks could produce high-quality, game-changing dramatic television. Hence all those network-establishing scripted dramas with their troubled but attractive protagonists and, like as not, historical settings."
Aziz Ansari has found the “Parks and Rec” Leslie and Ben lock in Paris
"Hey it's that thing from that show!”
“Looking” gets spoofed
Watch “Not Looking,” an L.A. take on the HBO gay-themed series.
Vera Farmiga on the “Bates Motel” season finale shocker
"From my perspective, it's pure desperation,” she says.
Watch the new “Girl Meets World” promo
This one deals with the “Girl’s” friendships.
“Rosemary’s Baby's" cast is outstanding, but it's stuck in a slog that can’t escape Roman Polanski’s version
“When you look back on this four-hour, two-night TV production,” says Matt Zoller Seitz, "you'll realize that nearly all of its effective images and moments were culled from the Polanski film, including Rosemary's nightmare of impregnation, her escalating paranoia, the noxious herbal remedy prescribed by her doctor, the short hairdo that Rosemary acquires in the second half (which gives her a bit of a Joan of Arc look), and the darkly comic climax.” PLUS: It’s a dull, clumsy bore, it is a not-entirely-horrible miniseries, and the TV version offers little nuance and no new perspective.
“Penny Dreadful” is bloody good fun
"Set in a dreary, scraggly late-19th-century London, 'Penny Dreadful' has the stateliness of quality period fare,” says Richard Lawson, "but it’s quickly apparent that the series is not going to be some muted exploration of time and place.” He adds: "What the series may lack in 'Mad Men'ian depth it makes up for with heaps of gore and genuine scares.” PLUS: "Penny Dreadful" maintains the over-the-top gore of discount lit while oozing elegance, it does a fine job of capturing that social and personal unease of the Victorian era, there’s so many ways this could’ve gone wrong, and it’s a fascinating, potentially great mess.
ABC renews "Nashville"
After negotiations, "Nashville" will return for a 3rd season, for a full 22 episodes.
CBS picks up “CSI: Cyber” starring Patricia Arquette
Arquette will lead a team targeting cyber crimes and threats, starting with a pilot penned by “CSI” creator Anthony Zuiker, along with “CSI” bosses Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue, all of whom launched the original “CSI” in 2000.
Cheryl Hines gets engaged to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The “Suburgatory” star has good news to celebrate along with her bad cancelation news.
“The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore” will replace “The Colbert Report”
Jon Stewart created the new format for his “senior black correspondent," who has been part of "The Daily Show" since 2006. Wilmore's show replaces Stephen Colbert in January.
CBS picks up “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Madam Secretary,” “Stalker,” Matthew Perry’s “The Odd Couple,” “Battle Creek,” “Scorpion” and “The McCarthys”
“How I Met Your Dad” is missing among the five dramas and two comedies CBS just picked up.
NBC orders Ellen DeGeneres' gay-straight relationship comedy “One Big Happy” to midseason, plus Krysten Ritter in '60s space comedy "Mission Control"
Elisha Cuthbert will play a lesbian who got pregnant with the help of her best friend, Nick Zano. Ritter will play a brilliant aerospace engineer who has to deal with male chauvinism in the '60s. UPDATE: Kate Walsh's "Bad Judge" also gets NBC pickup.
NFL Draft attracted 9.9 million viewers, beating “American Idol”
Only 7.1 million viewers watched last night’s “Idol” results show.
“Nashville” closing in on a Season 3 renewal
Negotiations, according to Deadline, are now over the number of episodes.
“Parenthood’s” future dependent on pay cuts
NBC is reportedly trying to get producers and the sprawling cast to take a cut in pay to bring back the family drama for a 6th season.
“Glee” honcho may revive “Funny Girl” on Broadway with Lea Michele
"I have the rights to it,” Ryan Murphy says of the idea of making his “Glee” storyline come true. "It’s something that we’re talking about. I’ve never done Broadway. I’ve always wanted to. Right now, we’re just sort of testing the waters with different people.”
See pics from ABC’s new shows
From “Forever” to “How to Get Away with Murder."
Check out Fox’s “Hieroglyph”
Here’s the first look at the action-adventure drama set in ancient Egypt.
3 J.J. Abrams shows were canceled this week: “Believe,” “Almost Human” and “Revolution”
Abrams’ “Person of Interest” did get renewed, but his Bad Robots production company is cutting down on broadcast pilots. In fact, for the first time since 2009, Abrams won’t have any new shows on the fall schedule.
“Community” fans should be happy they got 5 seasons — it was born to be canceled
"It was the sort of show born to be cancelled — that is, rewarding intense attention, willing to take risks and fail, unafraid to shift tones and go dark — and yet it ran five seasons,” says James Poniewozik. PLUS: Joel McHale grateful to have been “on the coolest show ever,” 29 times “Community” was TV’s funniest show, fans are devastated on Twitter, and "Community" was the most meta-textual half-hour comedy in network TV history.
“The Mentalist” season finale has been in the works for quite some time
Says creator Bruno Heller: "There is a genuine feeling there between the two characters that had to be honored, one that was just natural and organic.”
ABC’s wants to pay less for “Last Man Standing” — negotiations are impacting 2 other pilots
“Fresh Off the Boat” and “Cristela” are tied to “Last Man Standing” because they all come from 20th Century Fox TV. If ABC gets its license fee reduction, all three may be picked up.
Sherri Shepherd’s husband files for divorce
“The View” star’s marriage is ending after less than three years.
Bette Milder made Barbara Walters cry by singing to her
Midler broke into "The Glory of Love” this morning on “The View.”
ABC picks up “Secrets and Lies” starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis
Based on the Australian series starring Martin Henderson, “Secrets and Lies” stars Phillippe stars as a father who’s suspected of killing a young boy. Lewis will play a detective on the series, which also co-stars KaDee Strickland and Natalie Martinez.
NBC cancels “Believe” and “Crisis”
Both freshman dramas had already been yanked from the last week of sweeps.