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'Ringer' and 'The Secret Circle' canceled, 'Hart of Dixie' renewed
Looks like we'll be heading back to Bluebell, Ala. in the fall after all as The CW has just renewed the Josh Schwartz/Stephanie Savage drama "Hart of Dixie" for Season 2. Unfortunately, "The Secret Circle" and "Ringer" didn't have the same luck, as the network has canceled both freshman shows presumably thanks to low ratings.
"Hart of Dixie" actors like Cress Williams and Wilson Bethel joyously tweeted the news of their renewal -- "Many many many thanks to all our amazing #HartofDixie fans! Without you I'd have to go back to taking my clothes off for money.. Oh, wait...," writes Bethel, while Williams goes with the simple "'Hart Of Dixie' Season 2 Here We Come!!! :-)"
"Secret Circle" Ep Kevin Williamson thanked everyone involved on his show, writing, "The Circle may be gone but some amazing friendships were formed and I'm truly blessed!"
"Hart of Dixie" joins The CW's five new dramas -- "Arrow, »
Once Upon a Time Finale Scoop: Will Emma Sacrifice Herself?
The evil smoke monster curse is back once again in the season finale of Once Upon a Time!
Sunday's finale, "A Land Without Magic" (8/7c, ABC), brings the series full circle from when the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) unleashed the curse that enslaved every fairy tale character in the town of Storybrooke, forced to live unaware of their true identities. Now, Emma (Jennifer Morrison) must decide whether or not she believes, which will then determine the fate of her son, Henry (Jared Gilmore), who ate the poisonous fruit that was meant to kill Emma.
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- Natalie Abrams
'The Pitch' sneak peek: 'Advertising is not for sane people'
On Sunday's episode of AMC's "The Pitch," two ad agencies go head-to-head for the Popchips account (and, yes, this was filmed way before the whole Ashton Kutcher Bollywood snafu).
"Advertising is not for sane people," says David Oakley, co-founder of advertising agency Boone Oakley. "There are ups and downs. It is a complete roller coaster ride."
On the upside, Oakley gets to wear a fleece pullover to work, wax poetic in front of a camera and chomp bubble gum on his way to a pitch meeting. On the downside, he comes off as kind of a jerk.
But will he and his colleagues land the account? Find out on Sunday at 11 p.m. Et, right after "Mad Men." »
ABC Picks Up Nashville, Red Widow, Zero Hour, Family Tools, and The Neighbors
ABC has picked up its first new shows for next season and it's a pretty assorted bunch, to say the least.
On the drama side of things, the Alphabet has given the go to musically inclined Nashville, crime/revenge caper Red Widow, and action-heavy Zero Hour. Nashville stars Connie Britton as an aging country music diva forced to tour with an up-and-coming artist (Hayden Panettiere), but the young chanteuse has other ideas than simply learning career tips and singing pretty songs. Red Widow follows a woman's trip down the rabbit hole of organized crime, as the recent murder of her husband sends her deeper and deeper into the darkness that she didn't know existed. Zero Hour takes a paranormal junkie and has him use his belief in conspiracies and codes to solve the abduction of his wife. »
- Shilo Adams
'Gossip Girl': Show renewed for sixth and final season
In what really wasn't a huge surprise, The CW is renewing "Gossip Girl" for its sixth and final season.
TV Line is reporting that the upper crust from the Upper East Side will get one more run, albeit abbreviated, in the 2012-13 season. The publication is reporting that the show will have either 10 or 11 episodes before wrapping up for good.
Ep Stephanie Savage indicated in Jan. 2012 that a pick up was likely when she tells Zap2it, "We're not writing a series finale this year."
So Zappers, are you excited about one more season of "Gossip Girl?" And how do you think they'll conclude the series?
ABC cancels 'Gcb'
No amount of praying could help the ladies at Gcb.
Some of the network’s other freshman hour-longs fared better — particularly the dramas. Earlier this week, Revenge and Once Upon a Time were picked up for second seasons, and today, Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal was also given a second season.
Actor Mark Delkin, who plays Blake, took to Twitter to express his disappointment. “Wow. I feel stunned & sad. We have had an amazing ride and you, the #Gcb fans and #Blicket shippers, have been just incredible. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Now that 'Newsies' is a hit on Broadway, should it be remade as a movie? The directors weigh in!
Disney’s new Broadway musical Newsies, which was recently nominated for eight Tony Awards, has sold out the Nederlander Theatre on almost every night of it’s eight-week run — which many suspect will be extended in the near future — and has already earned over $7 million at the box office. That’s almost three times as much as the $2.8 million total that the 1992 movie musical, which starred Christian Bale, took in during its release in cinemas — and something tells us it will be earning a whole lot more in the future.
Part of the show’s success is the retooled script by Harvey Fierstein, »
- Grady Smith
NBC orders series from Dane Cook
On a day when NBC gave its vote of confidence to a number of half-hour faves, the Peacock is also adding a new comedy to its brood.
Dane Cook’s single-cam comedy Next Caller, set at a satellite radio station, has received a six-episode order from the network. Cook plays an alpha-male DJ who is paired on the air with a feminist co-host (Collette Wolfe).
The pick-up comes on a day that saw a number of cancellations across the networks. At NBC, Awake and Harry’s Law, and Are You There, Chelsea? were among the casualties.
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- Sandra Gonzalez
Fall TV: ABC Picks Up Connie Britton's Nashville, Sarah Chalke's Parents Plus 6 Others
Coming this fall on ABC: Connie Britton!
The Alphabet net has given the green light to eight new shows, including the Britton-fronted musical soap Nashville. Also receiving series orders are dramas Zero Hour and Red Widow, the Shawn Ryan submarine thriller Last Resort, supernatural spooker 666 Park Avenue, and comedies The Neighbors, Family Tools and Sarah Chalke-starrer How to Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life.
Related | ABC Renews Scandal, Happy Endings, Grey’s Anatomy and More!
Here are the show descriptions:
* The Neighbors revolves around a family (which includes Jamie Gertz) who moves to an upscale »
- Michael Ausiello
'Harry's Law' canceled by NBC after two seasons
"Harry's Law" is done at NBC, having fallen victim to networks prizing demographic ratings over total audience size.
Series star Kathy Bates tweeted the news on Friday (May 11): "Sad news today. 'Harry's Law' will not be renewed for a 3rd season," she writes. "We are all terribly sad. Many thanks for all your support." (NBC had no comment.)
The legal drama is averaging 8.8 million viewers this season, which is better than all but one scripted series ("Smash") on NBC. It only scores a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, however, which is worse than any NBC series (other than "The Firm," which is also on its way out) currently on the air. And because advertisers pay a premium for younger viewers*, "Harry's Law" gets the boot.
*(The theory is that because older viewers watch more television on average than younger viewers, they're relatively cheap to come by. Advertisers also like to target young viewers, »
Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on Finale Gamechanger, Elena's Choice and Who's a Goner
Warning: If you have yet to watch Thursday’s season finale of The Vampire Diaries, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, you may proceed….
Did that just happen?!
That was the reaction heard around the Internet after the shocking season finale of The Vampire Diaries. Now that you’ve had time to absorb it all, read on to find out what executive producer Julie Plec told TVLine about Elena’s new life as a bloodsucker, the love triangle that won’t quit, the death that stuck and the one that didn’t.
Related | Vampire Diaries Finale Recap: A Night of Shocks! »
- Vlada Gelman
Will Elena Complete the Transition? Is Tyler Really Dead? Vampire Diaries Boss Spills
The Vampire Diaries' Elena Gilbert may have made the biggest decision in her life thus far when choosing Stefan over Damon, but that will be nothing compared to the one she'll face when the series picks up in the fall.
In the final moments of Thursday's episode, Elena died with vampire blood in her, causing her to return to life, gasping for air. Now the Mystic Falls teen must choose if she should complete the transition and become a supernatural being like almost everyone else important in her life. How long will it be before viewers find out her life-altering decision? How will both Salvatores react?
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- Robyn Ross
Scandal Renewed for Season 2 by ABC
Scandal Renewed for Season 2 by ABC
After watching the first six episodes of Scandal, the one thing I can say is that you don't say no to Olivia Pope. And apparently, ABC feels the same way, as they've given the latest Shonda Rhimes vehicle a renewal for a second season.
There's no word yet on the number of episodes ordered, but season one had a brief seven episodes to its name. Considering that leading lady Kerry Washington, awash in critical raves for her first regular TV role and performance, has a healthy screen career, I wouldn't be surprised to see another abbreviated season behind Grey's Anatomy.
In play, too, is the fact that the first season will be available on DVD beginning in June. The brevity of the first season, then, becomes an asset, as more people can get their hands on the episodes and catch up before the next season begins. »
- Shilo Adams
Update: ABC’s ‘Scandal’ Renewed, ‘Gcb’, ‘The River’, ‘Missing’ & ‘Pan Am’ Canceled
ABC‘s two bubble midseason drama series are heading in opposite directions. Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, which just inched up in the ratings last night, is being renewed for a second season, while Gcb is being canceled. ABC’s two other midseason dramas The River and Missing, had no chance of returning and are indeed officially dead. Ditto for the long-forgotten Pan Am. Veteran Private Practice also is expected to get a renewal for what will likely be the series’ final season though that is not official yet. (Update: Private Practice has been renewed.) I hear complicating the negotiations is the fact that Mark Gordon, who produces the series, is also behind the drama pilot Americana, which is at the center of heated talks after word got out that ABC was passing on it. Yesterday, NBC renewed the Dick Wolf-produced veteran crime drama Law & Order: Svu along with a series »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Get Ready For The Houston Family Reality Show (Ya just knew it was coming didn't ya?)
About a month ago or so I reported on S & A that media sources were reporting that there were, at the time, talks going on for a Bobbi Kristina Brown reality TV show. That story was immediately shot down by the Houston family as nothing but lies and vicious rumors Well guess what? The Lifetime Network has announced today that later this year the channel will premiere their new reality show called...Ta! Da! The Houston Family Chronicles! The 10 episode series will follow the lives of Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and manager who's now managing her estate (and no doubt was the main negotiator for the show), Pat's daughter Rayah, Whitney's brother Gary, mother Cissy and, of course, Bobbi Kristina According to a network executive, the show will be important because: “The tragic loss of Whitney Houston left a void in the hearts of people all over the world, but »
'Nikita' renewed for Season 3
"Nikita" fans, your wish has come true. The show has just been renewed by the CW for a third season. This news comes on the heels of five new pickups including "Beauty and the Beast" starring Kristin Kreuk.
The show was a bit lagging in the ratings, but fans of "Nikita" have been extremely vocal about wanting the show to return. As we've seen with "Community" and "Fringe," this actually can make a big difference. The show has been putting out some stunning episodes this season and according to star Maggie Q, the big finale is going to be amazing.
Are you guys excited to hear the news? Did you expect it? Let us know your thoughts below. "Nikita" airs on the CW on Friday nights. May 11 is the episode "Crossbow." The week following is now the season, not series finale.
Update: ABC Picks Up To Series ‘666′, ‘Last Resort’, ‘How To Live’, ‘Nashville’, ‘Penoza’, ‘Neighbors’, ‘Zero Hour’, ‘Red Van’
2Nd Update: Remaining in contention at ABC is the Reba McEntire comedy pilot Malibu Country, which is expected to be picked up shortly. With a few exceptions (I hear Gotham might be alive), the rest are pretty much dead, though there are last-ditch efforts to get Americana picked up and there had been talk about possibly redeveloping American Judy and The Smart One. Update: Americana is not going forward. Update: It looks like ABC is done with its sister studio and moving to picking up pilots from outside suppliers. The network just picked up Warner Bros. TV’s spooky drama 666 Park Ave and 20th TV comedy How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest Of Your Life. Rounding out the freshman ABC class is Sony TV’s Last Resort, which also got a pickup. Previous: And we’re off with ABC’s new series pickups. Picked up so far are frontrunner Nashville, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
First Look Images At Meagan Good In NBC's New Murder Mystery Series Pick-up "Infamous"
Of all the new series/pilots ordered for next season, I'll say that this is one I'm really intrigued by - partly because I have absolutely no idea what to expect from it. It seemed like an out-of-the-box pick for NBC - one that I didn't see coming - and I'm definitely curious. But I'm looking forward to finally seeing something of it, by way of a trailer, clips, etc, soon. It's described as an "opulent soap" starring Meagan Good as detective Joanna Locasto, a female detective who returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in - as the maid's daughter - to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend - celebutante Vivian Lawson. Previously titled Notorious, NBC ordered the series and renamed it Infamous, with Laz Alonso, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, and Katherine Lanasa co-starring. Laz Alonso is slated to play. »
The CW picks up 'Arrow' and 'The Carrie Diaries' alongside 'Cult' and more
Want to know what your CW schedule will look like in the fall? While the network won't announce its scheduling plans until its upfront presentation for advertisers on Thursday, May 17, it has given the green light to five -- yes, five! -- brand new shows, including "Arrow," "The Carrie Diaries," "Cult," "Beauty and the Beast" and "First Cut."
According to Deadline, the five new dramas officially got the word on Friday, May 11. "The Carrie Diaries" is a prequel of "Sex and the City," with Anna-Sophia Robb starring in the Carrie Bradshaw role. "Arrow" follows the comic book hero Green Arrow, while you can probably guess what "Beauty and the Beast" is about. "Cult" stars Matt Davis ("The Vampire Diaries") as a former journalist investigating -- you guessed it -- a cult, and "First Cut" is a medical drama staring Mamie Gummer.
"Nikita" and "Hart of Dixie" have both been renewed, »
'Mad Men' Season 5 Episode 509 'Dark Shadows' sneak peek: Megan Draper rocks paisley
On Sunday's (May 13) episode of "Mad Men," Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) is again totally rocking some vintage duds. This time, the wanna-be actress (What? We mean Megan, not Jessica!) proves that paisley can look totally cool. In this Zap2it exclusive picture, Megan pairs her pattern with a brown velveteen bodice.
In the previous episode, Megan finally spread her wings and flew away from Sterling Cooper Draper Price to try to make her way as an actress. She's got Don's support, but will she hold his attention now that she's not with him 24/7?
In the meantime, "Don becomes competitive, Roger seeks new business and Sally faces a challenge," explains AMC in a tease for the upcoming episode.
Umm, wait -- Don's not competitive already? »
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