"Parks and Recreation" and "Parenthood" were both renewed by NBC, but next season will be the last for both series.
Hey "Community" fans, would you settle for five seasons and a movie, now that NBC has declined to renew the cult comedy for a sixth season?
Dinner will be served for at least one more year: NBC has renewed "Hannibal" for a third season.
In the age of DVRs, On Demand, Hulu and other options for DIY TV scheduling, timeslots matter less than they used to, but they still matter. Enough people still watch TV passively, leaving the same channel on after their favorite, that a show no one cares about like "The Millers" can be renewed entirely because it's paired with a monster like "The Big Bang Theory," while it's miraculous to see a new show succeed (or even survive) without a good lead-in.
Showtime's new horror series "Penny Dreadful" is several recent creative devices rolled into one entertaining, if largely nonsensical, package. Like "True Detective" and "Fargo," it's a prestige cable series where all the episodes come from the same writer — in this case, John Logan ("Skyfall") — and in its early going is highlighted by some gorgeous and unconventional for television directing from J.A. Bayona ("The Orphanage"), though the first season will ultimately have four different directors. (Each of them directs two at a time.) And like "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" (the great comic book, not the dumb movie), it takes characters and plot elements from multiple classics of English literature and places them into the same fantastical story.
A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as the FBI has its own comic books...
Happy Wednesday, and time for a Firewall & Iceberg podcast in which Dan and I do a little more upfront previewing, answer your mail, break down last night's "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" finales, then discuss all the tension on "Mad Men" (and fess up as non-fans of "2001").
Most likely next week's podcast will be on Thursday due to upfront madness, but we'll see.
There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I know why the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color...