Animal Practice is the second new fall broadcast show to get bumped off (after Made In Jersey, and midseason comedy Next Caller was canceled before airing a single episode). Given its ratings, this wasn’t a big surprise, but I liked the quirky little show. It was better than the show that followed, Guys With Kids, and far better than its replacement, Whitney.
The one good thing about this move is the pairing of two multi-camera shows. But where does that leave single-camera comedy Community? Sophomore Up All Night has been struggling in the ratings, but a second year show is less likely to get canceled and not air all its episodes. I’m guessing NBC is waiting for tonight’s numbers to make a final decision about the show. What it think is most likely: Up All Night is pulled from the schedule immediately, but the filmed episodes are held in case one of the midseason comedies (1600 Penn, Save Me) flops. Community is brought in as a replacement, either in Up All Night’s 8:30 slot, or back to its original 8:00 slot. Another outcome (less probable): Up All Night is allowed to finish out its 13-episode run, Community is held back for midseason.
‘Animal Practice’ Canceled by NBC, Replaced by ‘Whitney’ – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.
In a universe where a superhero can survive 70 years in ice and Nick Fury has already lied about one circumstance surrounding a “death,” it can’t come as too much of a surprise that Agent Phil Coulson might still be alive and kicking. With the news out of the New York Comic Con stating that Clark Gregg has joined Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D., the beloved character is decidedly not dead. While it’s still possible the show might take place before The Avengers or Coulson would only appear in flashbacks, my theory is that Nick Fury faked Coulson’s death not only to bring the Avengers together, but to launch a new secret division of S.H.I.E.L.D. that Coulson will manage (given that the council wanted to nuke NYC, it makes sense that Fury would want a group of agents they know nothing about).
As much as I hate the idea that a key emotional moment in The Avengers was a fake out, bringing in Coulson will do wonders for the Marvel show. No one is better suited to tie the show in with the movies than Coulson. Fury is too much the larger-than-life boss, and Hill is too new to the franchise. Looking forward to where S.H.I.E.L.D. will go from here!
NYCC: Coulson Lives In Whedon’s “S.H.I.E.L.D.” (Updated with Photos) – Comic Book Resources.
USA Network’s critically acclaimed legal drama Suits has been renewed for a 16-episode third season. The show, starring Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams, returns in January for the final 6 episodes of its second season.
CBS, however, canceled its new legal drama, Made In Jersey, after only two episodes. The Friday show was pulled from the schedule immediately, and both CSI:NY (now moved to 9PM) and Blue Bloods saw ratings upticks without the freshman drama.
With the first cancellation of the broadcast season out of the way, NBC unexpectedly canceled its midseason comedy Next Caller before a single episode aired. Apparently studio execs didn’t like the direction the Dane Cook-helmed comedy was headed, so they pulled the plug with no plans to air the 4 out of 6 episodes that were already filmed. Bad news if you were looking forward to the show, good news if you’re hoping another fall NBC comedy gets a full-season order.
It’s still a long wait for Psych fans – the seventh season won’t start until February 27 – almost 10 months after the season 6 finale! Think the musical episode will be worth it? Is it killing you to have to wait another 4 1/2 months to know what happened to Henry? (It’s killing me!)
Psych Season 7 Premiere Date Revealed – TVLine.
Returning seasons of Community and Whitney have been postponed – and NBC hasn’t said when they’re coming back. This could actually be good news for either or both shows, as some new NBC comedies (Guys With Kids and Animal Practice) aren’t doing so well. I recently speculated that there might be some comedy rearranging on the network, and I hope Community will get a chance to flourish on Wednesdays instead of being shuffled off to a Friday death slot or being forced to compete with the hugely popular CBS hit, The Big Bang Theory.
I expect we’ll get some news after Wednesday’s ratings come in for Guys With Kids and Animal Practice. In the meantime, Grimm repeats will continue to air on Fridays at 8.
Community Season 4 Whitney Season 2 premiere postponed – TVLine.
Fox has picked up two new comedies for full seasons! Both The Mindy Project and Ben & Kate got additional episode orders, joining Go On, The New Normal, and Revolution as the first new shows to get full seasons. I still need to watch the second episodes of the two Fox shows, but I enjoyed both pilots.
‘Ben and Kate’ & ‘The Mindy Project’ Get Full Season Orders – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers.
Considering that House was a modern, medically-inclined version of Sherlock Holmes, I think it’s pretty cool that Lisa Edelstein will be guest starring on Elementary. She’ll appear in the seventh episode as the CEO of a PR consulting company that was the target of a bomb.
Also just announced: Callie Thorne (Necessary Roughness) will appear on episode six of Elementary as Captain Gregson’s former partner.
Lisa Edelstein of ‘House’ to Guest on CBS’ ‘Elementary’ Drama – TVLine.
NBC has given three of its freshman shows a full season pick-up (which usually involves expanding their initial 13-episode order to a full 22): Revolution, Go On, and The New Normal. Revolution and Go On are the network’s highest-rated scripted shows so far this season (out of all their scripted shows, not just new ones), while The New Normal has ridden Go On’s coattails for ratings on par with The Office’s current (and final) season.
I’ve sampled all three shows, but Go On is the only one I’m still watching (Revolution’s pilot was interesting enough for me to give the show another chance by watching the second episode, but The New Normal’s pilot was so awful I barely finished it).
The news doesn’t bode well for NBC’s other new comedies, Animal Practice and Guys With Kids – I’m watching both still, but I wouldn’t really mind if either are canceled. NBC has 3 comedies officially on tap for midseason – Save Me, 1600 Penn, and Next Caller, plus the likely Dwight-from-The-Office spinoff The Farm. With 30 Rock, Up All Night, and Community all only having 13-episode renewals, only one out of the 5 (these three, plus Animal Practice and Guys with Kids) will likely get nine more episodes. I’m REALLY hoping that show is Community. I’m also hoping Community will switch places and get one of the Wednesday slots before it comes back. (If so, I think it should be paired with fellow single-camera comedy Animal Practice, while both multi-camera shows – Guys With Kids and Whitney – air on Friday.)
As far as dramas go, with not really liking Revolution, the only current NBC drama I watch is Grimm. For midseason, I’m still not sure if I’ll return to Smash, and the new dramas set to debut then don’t really interest me.
‘Revolution’ Gets Full-Season — ‘Go On’ and ‘New Normal’ Picked By NBC – TVLine.
Meant to post this earlier – USA has renewed Royal Pains, White Collar, and Covert Affairs! Glad we’ll be getting more Peter and Neal (who just advanced to round 4 in our duos bracket) and Annie and Auggie! And Royal Pains fans should be extra happy – the show got a 2-season renewal!
USA Renews ‘Royal Pains,’ ‘White Collar,’ ‘Covert Affairs’ – Hollywood Reporter.
Wondering if we’ve seen the last of Adalind? Fear not (or maybe you should fear), since her portrayer, Claire Coffee, has been promoted to a series regular on Grimm, we’ll be seeing a lot more of her on the show.
Spoilers for the first few season 2 episodes below!
Adalind already got revenge on Nick for destroying her Hexenbiest side, but with the death of her mother (killed by Nick’s mom, but she probably doesn’t know that), she’ll have more reason to come after Nick and his friends. But she also hates Renard, so who knows where her loyalties will eventually lie? I could see her becoming the Grimm version of Spike with a chip in his head or Anya without her powers to the little Scooby gang that has formed on the show. But with Renard’s true nature revealed, it would also be natural for a half-Hexenbiest and a former Hexenbiest to team up. Plus, with her knowledge of potions and such, she’s a natural evil counterpart to Rosalee.
‘Grimm’ Promotes Claire Coffee to Series Regular — Season 2 – TVLine.
Castle is getting a little Eureka and a whole lot of Firefly! There have been hints about Castle heading to a Comicon-like event this season, and that it would be full of Firefly spoofs and hat tips. Many of the convention attendees will be fans of “Nebula 9,” a nod to the nine members of Firefly’s main cast. Eureka’s Ed Quinn will play a washed-up actor whose life went downhill after his cult scifi show (in which he played Captain Max Richards) was canceled.
Coming to ‘Castle’: ‘Firefly’ teases, ‘Eureka’ actor | Inside TV | EW.com.
A Knight’s Tale might be remade as a TV show for ABC! I love the movie, so if the show hits the same notes I think it will be well worth watching. Battlestar Galactica’s Ron Moore is helming the project. Interested in seeing who they cast in the show – it has a lot to live up to with Heath Ledger, Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell, and Alan Tudyk in the original movie. But ABC has done an amazing job with many pilots/shows over the past several years, so I’m hopeful that this will take the right direction. The combination of modern rock tunes and middle ages setting will help it stand out. (Just please don’t let it become Medieval Glee – that would be awful!)
BSG’s Ron Moore will be going medieval on us for new ABC series | Blastr.
The Big Bang Theory’s newest guest star, Ken Lerner, is best known for playing Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Principal Flutie in the first season of the show (before he was eaten by hyena- possessed teenagers). On BBT, he’ll be playing a dentist currently dating Howard’s mother (I guess, since Howard’s been in space, she’s found time for a social life.)
Big Bang Theory Casts Ken Lerner in Season 6 Episode – TVLine.
A few hints about season 2 of Once Upon a Time from Jennifer Morrison (Emma). One of my favorite bits is that she “can’t say” whether Jamie Dornan will return as the Huntsman/Graham. I hope he does at least return as the Huntsman (with Snow and Charming trying to take back the kingdom in fairy tale land, he would make a great inside man), though with magic now in our world, it’s not impossible that Graham could return as well.
Once Upon a Time Season 2 Preview — Jennifer Morrison – TVLine.
Bent’s Screwsie (Margo Harshman) will be showing up on The Big Bang Theory as Sheldon’s new assistant Alex, but apparently it’s Leonard she’ll really hit it off with (enough to kick Penny out of beta testing mode?). No news yet as to whether she’ll appear in one episode or several.
Big Bang Theory Season 6 — Margo Harshman as Alex – TVLine.