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NBC Close to Renewing 'Chuck' for Season 5

by Jean Bentley, posted May 12th 2011 5:10AM
ChuckWas it the Subway sandwiches that did it in the end? Somewhat surprisingly, it seems as though reports of 'Chuck's demise may have been premature.

According to TVLine, NBC is currently finalizing a deal to bring the fan favorite back for at least 13 more episodes this fall.

Although there's been no word yet from NBC, the network is expected to announce the new series order Sunday.

After four years of so-so ratings it was widely expected that 'Chuck' would be cancelled, and fans have been bracing themselves for the worst.

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'House' Renewed for Season 8

by Jean Bentley, posted May 10th 2011 1:15PM
HouseAfter some late-hour negotiations, Fox has finally struck a deal with the cast of 'House' to return for an eighth season.

The network announced today that the medical drama will be back in the fall with all of its main cast in tact.

"Over the past seven seasons, 'House' has redefined the medical drama and has given us one of television's most compelling and iconic characters," said Fox President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly in a press release.

"From the producers to the incredible writers to the unbelievably talented cast and crew, the 'House' team is fearless in its creativity and I can't wait to see what they have in store next year."

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Showtime Renews 'The Borgias' for Season 2

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 26th 2011 1:00PM
The Borgias, Jeremy IronsReady for more steamy, illicit romantic encounters from the men of the cloth on 'The Borgias'?

Showtime has renewed the series, about the scandal-ridden reign of Pope Alexander VI, for a second season.

The series, set in 1492 Italy, stars a charismatic Jeremy Irons as the Spanish patriarch Rodrigo Borgia, who eventually becomes the head of the Catholic Church. David Oakes, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Lotte Verbeek and Aidan Alexander also star.

'The Borgias' drew an audience of more than 1 million to its April 3 premiere, Showtime's best ratings for a drama series premiere in seven years.

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HBO Renews 'The Ricky Gervais Show' for Season 3

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 8th 2011 3:22PM
The Ricky Gervais ShowRicky Gervais will definitely be gracing American television next season -- but not on that show.

HBO announced today that it has renewed the animated 'The Ricky Gervais Show,' which features the voices of Gervais and friends Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, for a third season.

'The Ricky Gervais Show' airs Friday nights at 9PM ET, and will conclude its second season next week. The series is based on The Ricky Gervais Podcast, which passed the 300-million-download mark last month, according to HBO.

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MTV Gives 'Real World' Two More Seasons ... But Why?

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 23rd 2011 5:45PM
Real WorldGet ready for more partying 20-somethings on MTV. The network has renewed 'Real World' for not one but two more seasons.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, MTV is currently casting season 26 and gave a green light to seasons 27 and 28. Season 25, set in Las Vegas, is currently airing on MTV.

Although in many minds 'Jersey Shore' has taken 'Real World''s place in the pop culture landscape, the latest 'Real World' has brought in around 2 million viewers. They're not 'Jersey Shore'-level numbers, but still OK for an MTV series.

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'Dexter' Officially Renewed for Season 6

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 6th 2010 11:30AM
'Dexter''Dexter' fans, it's now official: Your favorite Showtime series about a serial killer has been renewed for a sixth season, the network announced this morning.

"'Dexter' is the best suspense drama on television," Showtime President of Entertainment David Nevins said in a statement. "To grow its audience so significantly in its fifth season is an enormous accomplishment by this amazing cast and crew. This is the easiest decision I've made since I got to Showtime."

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CBS Renews 'The Bold and the Beautiful' for Two Years

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 30th 2010 5:30PM
Yesterday, the big news in the soap world was that CBS renewed 'The Young and the Restless' for three years. Today, just as we predicted, Deadline is reporting that CBS has granted 'The Bold and the Beautiful' a two-year renewal that will keep the show on the air through the 2012-13 season.

'B&B' has a unique place in the soap opera landscape these days -- it's the last of the 30-minute daytime dramas. Bradley Bell, who took over the show from his parents, William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, has thrived by working in the shorter format.

As recently as 2008, he told me in an interview that he preferred keeping 'B&B' to half an hour. CBS seems to concur, because while hour shows like 'Guiding Light' and 'As the World Turns' have been canceled, 'B&B' remains unscathed.

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'Weeds' Creator Says Next Season May be the Last

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 16th 2010 11:12AM
'Weeds'The good times might finally be over for Nancy Botwin and her wacky family. According to series creator Jenji Kohan, 2011's already announced season 7 of 'Weeds' will most likely be the series' last.

"In my mind, it is [the final season]," Kohan told TV Guide after last night's season 6 finale. "Everyone's contract is up next year, [including] the actors and mine. Seven years is a good run, and I'd rather leave while on top. I'd never say never, but I have a feeling this might be it."

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News Roundup: ABC Renews 'Wipeout,' Rosie O'Donnell Returns to 'Drop Dead Diva' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 16th 2010 6:30PM
WipeoutSeeing people get socked in the face by giant red balls will continue! Yes, ABC has renewed 'Wipeout,' its hit summer reality series.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the fourth season of 'Wipeout' will feature two new obstacle courses, with challenges called the Lawn Mower and Sky Scraper Slide. 'Wipeout,' airing two nights a week this summer, has garnered a 3.0 rating in adults 18-49 (after adding in DVR viewings).

In other TV news ...

Rosie O'Donnell is making a surprise return to Lifetime's 'Drop Dead Diva' this Sunday. O'Donnell will reprise her role of Judge Madeline Summers and lend a hand to Jane. [TV Guide]

Adrian Grenier will guest star on '90210.' The 'Entourage' star and his band The Honey Brothers are set to rock a birthday party for Naomi. [Ausiello Files]

Kate Micucci will join the cast of Fox's new series 'Raising Hope.' Micucci has been seen on 'Scrubs' and 'Til Death' and was originally cast as a different character in the series, but the role was recast. Micucci will play Shelly, an owner of a doggy/baby day care. [Live Feed]

'Next Food Network Star' contestant Tom Pizzica is getting his own show. The travel series, 'Outrageous Food,' will debut in November and focus on bizarre eats from around the globe. [Reality Blurred]

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Upfronts News Roundup: Bubble Show Updates

by Chris Harnick, posted May 17th 2010 1:45PM
Cold CaseIt's mid-May and that means one thing: The networks are doing their upfront presentations! Yes, it's a wonderful and exciting time to be a television fan. We've got the updates on all the major cancellations and renewals from CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox complied all in one place. Did your favorite show survive?

CBS:
Canceled: After seven seasons, CBS pulled the plug on 'Cold Case.' Despite a loyal fan base, ratings fell during its tenure on TV. The show averaged 14.18 million viewers in its first season, but slumped to 9.55 during its seventh and most recent. Falling ratings and high production costs are likely to blame here.

Canceled: Despite insider predictions that the show was safe, Jennifer Love Hewitt's 'Ghost Whisperer' will not return next season. The show aired on Friday nights, a night many consider the place shows go to die, and flourished. Over five seasons it averaged approximately 10 million viewers. While not great numbers by CBS standards, they were good for a Friday night -- though apparently not good enough to warrant a sixth season. UPDATE: According to the Ausiello Files, ABC may save 'Ghost Whisperer,' though no official decision has been made.

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ABC Has Plans for 'Old Christine' ... Maybe 'Ghost Whisperer,' Too

by Allison Waldman, posted May 3rd 2010 12:03PM
cbs_the_new_adventures_of_old_christine_julia_louis_dreyfusFor the past two years, ABC has expressed interest in picking up 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' if CBS decided to drop it. This year is no different. According to Deadline.com, if CBS cancels 'The New Adventures of Old Christine,' ABC will snap it up. The network even has a plan for where to program the Julia Louis Dreyfus sitcom. It'll be paired with Patricia Heaton's 'The Middle,' leading in to 'Modern Family' and 'Cougar Town.'

That would make for a very solid night of comedy, likely Wednesday again, which is what worked so well this season for ABC -- with the exception of Kelsey Grammer's woeful 'Hank,' which was mercifully axed by ABC last November.

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Three Key Factors in the Success of 'Undercover Boss'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 16th 2010 5:02PM
undercover_boss_cbs_logoSince landing the cushy debut time slot after the Super Bowl to launch its run, CBS's 'Undercover Boss' has been an unqualified success for the network. In fact, in nearly every Sunday since its premiere -- with or without the lead in of a sporting event -- 'Undercover Boss' has showed well in the ratings.

The season finale on April 11 was the number one program in the 18-49 rating, the one that TV execs covet the most. Therefore, you can understand why 'Undercover Boss' easily earned a second season renewal. It won't be a mid-season drop in, either. You watch, it's going to be on the CBS upfront schedule for the fall.

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Discovery Orders More 'Cash Cab'

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 16th 2010 10:02AM

Cash CabFor those of you seeking to vacation in New York City, in the event that you hail a cab while in town you may get a chance to win a couple of thousand dollars and have Ben Bailey at your driver. 'Cash Cab' has been renewed for a sixth season.

Admittedly I'm a bit biased about this news as I was once a contestant on the show before coming to TV Squad. In the event that you do get on the show next season, please leave Ben Bailey a nice tip when the ride is done as I forgot to.

Hopefully the producers will give a little variety to the show, such as when they did 'Cash Cab at Night.' One recommendation would be to use other cities as locations for the show rather than New York City, and I say this as someone who loves New York. Other cities have clubs and restaurants that would love to sponsor the concept.

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'Wheel of Fortune,' 'Jeopardy!' Renewed Through 2014

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 8th 2010 11:45AM
Wheel of FortuneThe dynamic duo of gameshows, 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' have been renewed through 2014.

According to The Wrap, ABC-owned stations have reached a two-year renewal deal with CBS Television Distribution to keep the shows on Disney TV stations through the 2013-14 season. 'Wheel' host Pat Sajak and 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek have also extended their contracts with Sony Pictures Television, the producer of the two shows.

However, CBS Television Distribution also needs to renew 'Wheel' and 'Jeopardy!' to many non-ABC stations that air the show.

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ABC Renews 'Castle' for A New Season

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 31st 2010 10:03AM
nathan_fillion_castle_abcA week ago with 'Dancing With the Stars' returned for the current season, a new episode of 'Castle' aired afterwards and did something it had never done before. It beat 'CSI: Miami' in the ratings. Not a rerun of 'CSI: Miami.' No, it was a fresh, Horatio Cane dealing with his son episode. Now, normally, that's a slam dunk for CBS. However, 'Castle' took the hour.

This is all a way to explain the following: ABC has renewed 'Castle' for another season. ABC is not just jumping on a strong pairing of 'Dancing' and 'Castle,' because you can't count on that always being the best draw of a Monday night.

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