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Lifetime Renews 'Drop Dead Diva' for a Fourth Season

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 22nd 2011 6:30PM
Drop Dead DivaLifetime is just as in love with 'Drop Dead Diva' as we are -- and has ordered 13 more episodes of the show to prove it.

The network just announced a fourth season of the dramedy about a ditzy model who dies in a car accident and is sent back to earth in the body of a plus-sized lawyer.

"'Drop Dead Diva' is a signature series for Lifetime that continues to resonate with audiences with its heart and humor," Lifetime president and GM Nancy Dubuc said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "We are thrilled to bring it back for another season."

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BBC Update: More 'Luther,' 'The Hour' On the Way

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 30th 2011 4:35PM
Idris Elba, LutherGood news for two of our favorite British series: both 'The Hour' and 'Luther' are returning for more episodes.

'The Hour,' which premiered Aug. 17 on BBC America, just got a second-season order from BBC Two. That means at some point in the undetermined future, Americans will get six more episodes of the drama, which takes place behind-the-scenes of a news show in the 1950s. The series will return to BBC Two in 2012.

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USA Renews 'White Collar' For Season 4

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 25th 2011 6:00PM
White CollarNeal Caffrey and his oh-so stylish suits aren't going anywhere: USA Network has renewed 'White Collar' for a fourth season.

Ted Linhart, senior vice president of research at USA, announced the news on Twitter.

"White Collar has officially been renewed for Season 4," he wrote. "An inside fun tidbit Our Chairman Bonnie Hammer & USA Co-Prez Jeff Wachtel announced the renewal to WC cast & crew on set a few hours ago."

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'Breaking In' Officially Resurrected by Fox for Season 2

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 25th 2011 3:45PM
Breaking InNow it's official: Against all odds, 'Breaking In' has officially been renewed for a 13-episode second season on Fox.

"'Breaking In' is a creatively vibrant and wildly adventurous comedy," said Kevin Reilly, Fox's entertainment president, in a statement. "We are looking forward to bringing it back for a second season and continuing our relationship with this incredibly talented cast and these fantastic creators -- Adam Goldberg and Seth Gordon. We can't wait to see where they take these characters next year."

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'Breaking In' Back on Fox?!

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 24th 2011 1:10PM
Breaking In'Breaking In' is the little show that refuses to die. Fox ostensibly canceled the show this spring when it declined to order a second season for the fall, but didn't give up on the comedy altogether. Now, Deadline is reporting that Fox is thisclose to reviving 'Breaking In' for a 13-episode midseason order.

The half-hour comedy was originally created during the 2009-2010 TV season, but Fox passed on the pilot before eventually picking up the show for a midseason run earlier this year. Despite a generally positive audience reaction, 'Breaking In' didn't draw high enough ratings to become a sure thing for renewal. But something about the show is obviously very appealing to Fox and Sony TV execs, because they kept renewing the options on the actors' contracts.

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'Children's Hospital' Renewed, 'Buffy' Stars to Reunite on 'Supernatural' & More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 17th 2011 6:15PM
Children's HospitalRob Corddry's sick and hilariously twisted 'Childrens Hospital' has been renewed for a fourth season on Adult Swim. The Web series-turned-TV hit will shoot 14 new episodes later this year that will air on Adult Swim in 2012.

"I'm very pleased and honored by this announcement," Corddry said in a statement. "I'm also very surprised, given that I write this show when I'm very, very drunk. Season four promises to be a cry for help."

'Children's Hospital' debuted as a Web series in 2008, and unlike other online-to-network jumps, has proven extremely successful. It has been the No. 1 show in its time period among adults 18-34, 18-49 and 18-24 for the past 10 weeks.

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FX Renews 'Louie,' 'Wilfred' & 'Sunny'

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 6th 2011 1:00PM
WilfredAfter a solid debut season for FX's strangely hilarious 'Wilfred' and an ever-more popular season 2 for the Louis CK-starring 'Louie,' the network has decided to bring both shows back for more. And although season 7 of 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' doesn't premiere until September, FX has already ordered two more season of the hit show.

According to TVLine, after 'Sunny' seasons 8 and 9, the show will be the longest-running live-action basic cable comedy ever.

And good news for Canadian fans of FX shows: the cable network will launch a branch for our neighbors to the North. FX Canada will debut in November, FX president John Landgraf told TV critics at Saturdays Television Critics Association panel.

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'Switched at Birth' Gets 22 More Episodes. 22!

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 1st 2011 12:30PM
Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Switched at BirthABC Family announced today that it has ordered 22 more episodes of its latest summer hit, 'Switched at Birth.' That'll make 32 episodes total for the show's first season.

The hourlong drama about two 15-year-old girls from opposite sides of the tracks who were -- you guessed it -- switched at birth was the network's highest-rated series debut of all time. After the last of the show's initial 10 episodes airs Mon., Aug. 8, the show will return with new episodes in early 2012, Deadline reports.

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TNT Renews 'Franklin & Bash' for Season 2

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 26th 2011 2:00PM
Franklin & BashIf there's one thing America loves more than lawyer shows, it's nostalgia.

That's why it's unsurprising that this summer's latest addition to the growing crop of courtroom series on TV, TNT's 'Franklin & Bash,' has done so well for the network that TNT has ordered a second season.

That means next year, we'll have ten more episodes of Zack Morris Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer's too-cool-for-rules lawyer duo and their oh-so-unconventional law practices.

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'Rookie Blue' Renewed for Season 3

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 13th 2011 12:45PM
Rookie Blue'Rookie Blue' is a bona fide summer hit. ABC and Canadian broadcaster Global television announced today that their jointly produced summer series will return in 2012 for a third season.

According to the release, the show has performed well for ABC after its time slot move to 10PM on Thursdays. The series is the No. 1 show in its time slot among adults 18-49, and has improved 8 percent in total viewers from its rookie season. Season 3 is currently in development, and will shoot in Canada at the end of the summer.

The Toronto-set drama follows the personal and professional lives of newbie cops played by Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Travis Milne, Enuka Okuma and Charlotte Sullivan -- kind of like a police-focused 'Grey's Anatomy.'

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TNT Renews 'Falling Skies'

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 7th 2011 5:00PM
Falling SkiesIt appears the alien invasion on 'Falling Skies' won't be resolved quite yet. Noah Wyle and co. will live to fight extraterrestrials for at least one more season, TNT announced today. The network ordered a 10-episode Season 2 that will air in the summer of 2012.

"'Falling Skies' is a true standout series, from its ambitious storytelling, high-profile cast and production team to its phenomenal success when it comes to international and time-shifted viewing," Michael Wright, executive vice president in charge of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, said.

"We're reaching new audiences with 'Falling Skies' and look forward to seeing where this fascinating and exciting series takes us next," he continued.

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Jake Gyllenhaal & Bear Grylls Trek Through Iceland on 'Man Vs. Wild,' Denis Leary Plans Paramedic Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 20th 2011 12:00PM
Jake Gyllenhaal, Bear Grylls, Man Vs. WildJake Gyllenhaal is getting in touch with his wild side.

On July 11, the Oscar nominee will appear alongside Bear Grylls on the Discovery Channel series 'Man Vs. Wild' with Bear Grylls.

Gyllenhaal and Grylls will trek through the Icelandic landscape -- through mountains, glaciers and volcanoes -- with the actor forced to shadow the host as they endure rough weather conditions. Their adventure will kick off six all-new episodes of the series.

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'The Amazing Race' Renewed for Season 20

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 16th 2011 2:20PM
The Amazing RaceTen years in and 'The Amazing Race' shows no sign of slowing down.

CBS announced in March that the reality hit would return for a 19th edition in the fall, and today the network revealed that it has already renewed 'TAR' for a 20th season.

Teams will race around the world on a million-dollar quest for the 20th time in spring 2012. In the meantime, season 19 will premiere this fall.

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'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Renewed for Season 4

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 7th 2011 3:00PM
Real Housewives of NJGet ready for more hairspray-fueled catfights: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' is coming back for a Season 4. Bravo officially renewed the hit reality show for another year, and will move the series to Sundays at 10PM starting June 12.

The Jersey housewives were given the unprecedented early pickup just a handful of episodes into Season 3. 'Real Housewives of New Jersey,' known for its big hair and big drama, has performed incredibly well by Bravo standards. The Season 3 premiere was watched by 2.9 million people, with subsequent episodes hovering around 2.7 and 2.5 million viewers.

Season 3 stars Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Teresa's sister-in-law Melissa Gorga Teresa's cousin Kathy Waklie.

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AMC Not Ordering Any Pilots, Likely to Renew 'The Killing'

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 18th 2011 8:00AM
AMC LogoCable network AMC seems set to continue its successful and conservative approach to ordering pilot episodes: Sources report that it's not proceeding with any of the six dramas it currently has in development. At least, not right now.

AMC recently held its annual pilot script "bake-off," during which writers pitched their creative vision to network execs and outlined where their stories would go over a season-long arc.

According to Variety, two projects, space drama 'Voyage,' and an untitled racing project from exec producer Billy Gerber, are likely to have a second chance after being overhauled, while the other four are most likely dead in the water.

However, it's not all gloom over at AMC: The network is said to be close to renewing murder mystery 'The Killing,' which launched in April to a favorable reception from critics and viewers.

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