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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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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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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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Syfy Renews 'Haven' for Season Two

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 7th 2010 8:00PM
'Haven'Syfy has ordered a second season of its hit summer series, 'Haven' according to Deadline Hollywood.

The show, which premiered in July, follows FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) as she's sent to investigate a murder in the strange town of Haven, Maine. Naturally -- this is Syfy, after all -- the town is populated by people who have supernatural powers and spooky things start happening, so she ends up sticking around.

The first season finale is set to air this Friday, and the show will return next summer for a 13-episode season 2.

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USA Renews 'White Collar,' 'Royal Pains' and 'Psych'

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 28th 2010 11:40AM
USA NetworkSomething's working in the original programming department at USA. The network has just renewed 'White Collar,' 'Royal Pains' and 'Psych,' and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that means every single original series currently on the channel's lineup will return for another season.

'White Collar,' about a con man working with the FBI to catch white collar criminals, will return for a third season with 16 episodes. 'Royal Pains,' about a private doctor to the fabulously wealthy, will also get a third season, but most likely with 18 episodes to allow for two uninterrupted runs. 'Psych,' the network's long-running show about a police consultant and his buddy, will return for a sixth season of 16 episodes.

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'Big Brother' Gets Renewed for Season 13

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 15th 2010 3:20PM
Julie Chen, 'Big Brother'It couldn't have been too difficult of a decision for CBS executives to green light another season of 'Big Brother.' After all, although the show is currently wrapping up its 12th season, it has actually gained viewers in its tenth year of existence.

Vulture is reporting that CBS has officially renewed 'Big Brother' for a 13th season. It's a logical decision, considering 'Big Brother' has become as synonymous with the summertime as ice cream and hot dogs.

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TNT Renews 'Southland' for Third Season

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 26th 2010 4:32PM
SouthlandNBC's loss is turning out to be TNT's gain.

According to a network press release, TNT has renewed the critically acclaimed drama 'Southland' for a 10-episode third season.

"'Southland' is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines and complex characters," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in the statement. "These qualities have made 'Southland' a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience."

'Southland,' which stars Benjamin McKenzie, Michael Cudlitz and Regina King as members of a Los Angeles police unit, was unceremoniously canceled by NBC shortly before its second season was to begin airing on television.

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'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel' Extended Through 2014 -- It Should Be Longer

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 9th 2010 7:31PM
Earlier this week, both 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune' stay on the air through 2014 thanks to a new contract agreement between ABC and CBS Television Distribution. It also keeps hosts Alex Trebek and Pat Sajak in their respective chairs through the same time period.

Ho-hum, I know. Most test patterns have had shorter runs on TV than 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel.' How is that news?

It just got me thinking: what would the world of TV and really the world itself be like without daily doses of America's favorite quiz show and America's favorite wheel spinning and letter guessing show?

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'Millionaire Matchmaker' Will Find New York Gold Diggers in its Fourth Season

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 16th 2010 4:02PM
Patty Stranger of 'The Millionaire Matchmaker'There's a bit of a love-hate relationship with 'The Millionaire Matchmaker' in my house. I watch because its fun to see people who have it going on financially fumble around in their attempts at finding love. It's also fun to see matchmaker Patty Stanger (who TMZ once very accurately called a "Muppet-faced yenta") scream at her peons, the millionaires who seek her help, the men and women she recruits to date them, and just about anyone who comes into her orbit.

But what always nagged me about the show is that she's essentially setting her clients up with gold diggers. Bravo has renewed the show for a fourth season, where we'll see Stranger expanding her business into New York. Which should be fun, since the Big Apple has a higher class of social strivers than the aspiring-actor/actress-slash-bartender types Patty's been finding in L.A.

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'Smallville' Renewed for 10th Season

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 4th 2010 6:08PM
Smallville'Smallville' just received a big renewal order.

According to a network press release, the hit CW series will return for an incredible 10th season after showing major gains in the ratings.

Since moving to its Friday-night time slot, 'Smallville' has increased 75 percent among adults 18-49 and a whopping 200 percent among men 18-34. (So much for Friday nights being a dumping ground for television.)

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CBS Locks Up CEO Les Moonves Through 2015 - UPDATE

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 24th 2010 9:41PM
les_moonves_ceo_cbsIf Les Moonves were a playing craps at a Las Vegas casino, he'd be the guy with the dice on a hot streak. You would put your chips down to let it ride and that's exactly what the CBS Corporation did. CBS has given president and CEO Leslie Moonves a new contract through February 22, 2015. He's being asked to keep on doing just what he's been doing, that is keeping CBS as a powerhouse network. They want him to continue being the anti-Jeff Zucker. Moonves with the Midas Touch is how you might describe him because things are just good and getting better at the Tiffany network.

Executive Chairman Sumner Redstone had nothing but good things to say about Moonves in the Wall Street Journal story about the new contract. He said, "This agreement not only secures the future of the company for many years to come, it also further aligns and strengthens the interests of the chief executive with those of our shareholders."

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TLC Renews 'The Little Couple,' Their Best "Little" Show

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 23rd 2010 3:02PM
Jen Arnold and Bill Klein of 'The Little Couple' on TLCA couple of weeks ago, I joked that Discovery Networks seems to have every little person in America under contract for a reality show. They do seem to be fascinated with the lives of people with dwarfism, aren't they?

The company's various channels have explored primordial dwarfism, followed a little couple as they adopted an Eastern European baby with dwarfism, and followed a third little couple during the wife's pregnancy. They've also decided to build a series around a little couple who own a chocolate shop in Salt Lake City ('The Little Chocolatiers') and a little person who rescues pit bulls ('Pit Boss'). And the family who started TLC down this road, the Roloffs, are still cranking out episodes of 'Little People, Big World.'

Of all these shows, I've always liked 'The Little Couple' the best. I'm not sure if it's because it's so unrelentingly normal or that Bill Klein and Jen Arnold make such a charming couple. Either way, it's good to hear that TLC has renewed the show for a third season.

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A&E Wants More Steven Seagal's 'Lawman'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 19th 2010 8:02PM
Are your favorite TV police officers not squinting enough? Then tune that TV on over to A&E!

A&E has renewed their popular reality series (there's two phrases I thought I would never use in the same sentence: "A&E" and "popular reality series") 'Steven Seagal: Lawman' for another season.

The network has submitted a 16-episode order for the show's new season, just three more than the first season. The network has also been more than pleased with its 2.1 million average reviewer rating, more than half of which is from the coveted 18 to 34 year old demographic. Just imagine. If the show gets popular enough, it might become an actual movie. Finally! Seagal will have a chance to do some real acting.

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