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Now is the time of year for TV fans to be a little nervous for news about their favorite shows - specifically, whether they'll make it to next season. Renewal and cancellation news is flowing in, and we're compiling all the updates here. Find out what's already guaranteed to come back and what's gotten left on the chopping block so far. What's Been Renewed The Big Bang Theory: CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for three more seasons. 2 Broke Girls: The comedy will return for a new season. Mike & Molly: Melissa McCarthy's comedy will be back. Two and a Half Men: Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher's comedy is returning. The Millers: CBS has granted the freshman series another season. Mom: Anna Faris's comedy will return for a second season. NCIS: CBS has renewed the show for another season. NCIS: La: The successful spinoff has been renewed. »
- Shannon Vestal
One day after picking up "The Big Bang Theory" for Three additional years, CBS decided that the Chuck Lorre comedy and the previously renewed "Survivor" needed some company, so the network announced a whopping 18 series renewals for the 2014-2015 season. CBS now has at least 17 hours of primetime programming already in place for next season. The 18 renewals announced on Thursday (March 13) include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality shows and two news programs. "The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series," blurbs Nina Tassler, Chairman of CBS Entertainment. "The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time-period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television." Let's start with the nine dramas renewals, none of which constitutes even a minor surprise. "NCIS »
- Daniel Fienberg
“With the addition of the NFL on Thursday night our schedule is pretty darn tight,” CBS’ CEO Les Moonves told investors this week, indicating the network planned to only add two new drama and two new comedy series for next season. Here is the proof of just how tight the network’s 2014-15 schedule is shaping up to be. As it does every year, in one fell swoop the network has renewed the bulk of its lineup. That includes nine drama series — flagship NCIS, NCIS: La, Criminal Minds, Person Of Interest, Elementary, CSI, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods and critical darling The Good Wife — and five comedies: 2 Broke Girls, freshman The Millers and the three Chuck Lorre series, veteran Two And A Half Men, Mike & Molly and freshman Mom. They join Lorre’s The Big Bang Theory, which was just given a big three-season pickup. On the reality side, The Amazing Race »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Some geeks like them, some geeks loathe them, but they are not going anywhere: the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory has been picked up by CBS for another three seasons, with several other Chuck Lorre series waiting in the wings for negotiations.
In an unsurprising turn of events, CBS renewed The Big Bang Theory for three years, almost entirely without controversy. The series has been one of the most consistent money-makers for CBS, garnering consistent ratings and year-to-year gains over its past seven seasons. While the series has received some criticism from various communities, particularly in regards to its over-simplistic representation of geek/nerd culture, it continues to maintain favor over a widespread demographic.
The next step for The Big Bang Theory negotiations is to complete salary talks with the show’s leads, particularly Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. The three are expected to eventually hit »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
In a big yet unsurprising move, CBS has renewed ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory for three more seasons. Though networks typically renew shows on a season-by-season basis, there are a few cases in which multiple-season pick-ups have been ordered (most notably Fox’s Glee), and in the case of The Big Bang Theory it feels quite warranted given its ratings performance. The CBS sitcom just so happens to be the highest-rated comedy on television and has been for some time, and its current seventh season has been scoring the show’s highest ratings yet. Variety reports that the three-season renewal for The Big Bang Theory will keep the series on air through the 2016-17 season, and contract renewal negotiations with key cast members are ongoing. The Big Bang Theory is executive produced by Chuck Lorre, and the report notes that CBS is also expected to renew Lorre’s other »
- Adam Chitwood
Deal for primetime’s No. 1 comedy runs through the 2016-17 season, shoring up a cornerstone of CBS’ schedule. “Big Bang” has logged its highest ratings to date this season, its seventh, averaging 19.79 million viewers and a 6.1 rating/19 share in adults 18-49.
“Big Bang” is the brightest star in Chuck Lorre’s constellation of CBS comedies. Lorre and Bill Prady co-created the series and exec produce with Steven Molaro, who has been showrunner for the past two seasons.
“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is the biggest comedy force on television, »
- Brian Steinberg
Bazinga! CBS and Warner Bros. Television have reached a deal for a three-year renewal of broadcast TV’s top entertainment series, The Big Bang Theory, that would keep the hit comedy on the air through the 2016-2017 season, the series’ 10th. No one is commenting, but I hear the license fee is in the $4 million-$5 million range per episode (closer to $4 million), a high number for a comedy series. This marks Big Bang‘s second consecutive three-season pickup, a commitment reserved only for the biggest shows on television. While it is the biggest deal by far, Big Bang is not the only Wbtv comedy in renewal talks with CBS. I hear the network and the studio also are in discussions on the other three Chuck Lorre series, with a 13-episode final season of Two And A Half Men eyed along with renewals for next season of Mike & Molly and freshman Mom. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Monday's (March 3) episode of "Mom" pulled a swerve on the audience, taking viewers once again into the emotional territory the show has become increasingly adept at mining.
The episode, "Sonograms and Tube Tops," dealt mostly with Christy (Anna Faris) planning a baby shower for her daughter, Violet (Sadie Calvano), as she fears Violet isn't as excited about becoming a mom as she should be. Turns out there's a good reason for that: Violet has decided to give the baby up for adoption.
"Violet's getting really close to ... the end of her pregnancy, and she makes an extremely brave choice to give the baby up for adoption and breaks the cycle that has been with her family of having a baby young," Calvano tells Zap2it. "Violet at the end of the day is a really smart girl. She gets good grades and tries in school, and it's arguable that she »
In great news, The Laramie Project writer Ross Katz has been hired by HBO to write Out At Home: The Glenn Burke Story, which will tell the story of the late baseball player, who came out to his teammates and management … back in the 70′s.
Last Night’s Academy Awards was the most watched in a decade.
And a lot of people are pissed at Ellen‘s “Good Job, Sir,” to Liza.
A Fox News Host Has Apologized For Making An Ignorant Statement. Per our agreement, I’m off to Calcutta to work with the poor.
Out Penn. Rep Brian Sims is running for re-election, and his opponents are already using his sexuality against him. You can help by donating to his campaign. »
Spoiler alert: Do not read this story if you don’t want to know what happens on Monday night’s episode of “Mom.” Seriously, the sole purpose of this piece is to discuss what occurs on the next episode of “Mom.” If, knowing all this, you still decide to read this story and then complain about spoilers, you might as well just go outside and walk into traffic, because there’s no helping you. CBS’s “Mom” takes a turn for the serious this week, when Violet — the pregnant teenage daughter of Anna Faris’ Christy — decides that she wants to give up. »
- Tim Kenneally
There's babies on the brain on Monday's episode of Mom — for everyone, that is, except Violet (Sadie Calvano), who would like nothing more than to completely forget about the fact that her due date is fast approaching.
"Violet's undoubtedly made mistakes, as every teenager does," Calvano tells TVGuide.com. "But at the end of the day, Violet's a really smart girl. And I do think as the pregnancy comes closer and closer to its end, she struggles with deciding what the smartest choice is regarding this baby, so that she can break the cycle and give the baby the life that she wishes she could have had."
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- Liz Raftery
Exclusive: TV Land’s freshman comedy Kirstie just finished its freshman run on Wednesday. If it gets a second season, it will be without creator/executive producer/showrunner Marco Pennette, who is leaving. The departure is not related to Kirstie or its star, Kirstie Alley, with whom Pennette is a long-time friend. I hear there is a personal issue that makes it difficult for Pennette to perform showrunner duties on a series, which are very physically demanding. He still loves working in comedy and has joined Chuck Lorre’s freshman CBS comedy Mom for a part-time gig as a consulting producer, that is better suited for him at the moment. TV Land is expected to search for a new showrunner as part of its decision-making process on Season 2. Kirstie has not been a breakout ratings or critical hit but it features a dream cast of sitcom stars Alley, Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Justin Long has signed on to star in the Fox comedy pilot Sober Companion, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show is a single-camera* comedy about a self-destructive lawyer (a role still not cast) who finds himself with a court-appointed sober companion. Long, who had a pretty cute arc on Mom earlier this season, will play said companion, who's described as "perennially upbeat, maddeningly eccentric" and who uses "unconventional methods." Watch out, Elementary's Joan Watson! Now TV has — well, might have — two unconventional sober coaches. * The show is being shot as a single-camera comedy. Probably for the best. »
- Margaret Lyons
He’ll star as Jeremy, a perennially upbeat, maddeningly eccentric sober companion who uses unconventional methods to keep clients clean.
Long recently clocked some time with Fox viewers as “Paul” on New Girl, and recently completed shooting the feature film Tusk for director Kevin Smith. Long also had an arc on CBS’ Mom last year and was on FX’s 2012 series Unsupervised. »
- James Hibberd
After a lengthy courtship, Justin Long has signed on as one of the two leads in Fox’s comedy pilot Sober Companion, originally developed and greenlighted as multi-camera. As part of getting Long to commit, Fox is converting CBS Studios-produced Sober Companion to single-camera, which is a format I hear Long was open to doing full-time. He has experience in both, doing a memorable arc on the first season of Fox’s single-camera comedy New Girl and an arc on CBS’ freshman sitcom Mom this past fall. The switch from multi- to single-camera impacts a couple of crew members who will have to be replaced, though director Don Scardino, who has helmed both multi- and single-camera comedy series, is staying put. Written/exec produced by David S. Rosenthal & Jennie Snyder Urman, Sober Companion centers on a charming, but self-destructive attorney who finds his world turned upside down when a »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
“The Help” star Octavia Spencer returns to CBS’s “Mom” on Monday night’s episode, and TheWrap has an exclusive look. In the episode — titled “Jail Jail and Japanese Porn” — Anna Faris’ Christy puts her new relationship ahead of friends and family, leaving Bonnie (Allison Janney) to pick up the slack. Also read: Chuck Lorre Achieves Rare Showrunner Feat: 4 Shows Rated in the Top 20 TheWrap’s sneak peek features prison-bound Regina (Spencer) handing off a box of money that she “earned” to Christy for sake-feeping while she’s in the pokey. Christy, scheduled to appear as a character witness for Regina in court. »
- Tim Kenneally
The Image Awards pay tribute to the best in film, TV, writing, music and literature. Take a look at the full list of winners below.
Winners are in bold.
Entertainer of the Year
Outstanding Motion Picture
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Once again we stand in vigil while gazing at the broadcast schedule, watching and waiting to see which prime-time series will be the next to … snuff it.
Morbid, we know.
Here’s a status update on nearly all the current shows on the five broadcast networks. Though ratings are still key, a show’s fate is increasingly impacted by other factors: ABC’s Revenge would likely get axed if it weren’t for its impressive DVR numbers. The CW’s Reign has improved odds because of it’s co-produced in-house and ABC’s Neighbors may survive because the bar is lower on Fridays. »
- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd
If you are a fan of shows such as Mom, 2 Broke Girls and the recently departed Happy Endings (Rip) Nick Zano might be a name you are already familiar with. But now he will be gracing our small screens more frequently now (thank god) as it was announced that he will be starring in One Big Happy, the new NBC comedy produced by Ellen Degeneres.
One Big Happy is being dubbed as a reversed Will & Grace, as it follows a lesbian named Lizzy and her straight best friend Luke (Zano). The story centres around the pair trying to get pregnant via artificial insemination, but when they finally get pregnant Luke impulsively marries the love of his life.
2 Broke Girls writer and producer Liz Feldman has penned the script. No air date has been set for the new comedy, but we can only hope it will bring the laughs!
Source: TVLine »
- Lucy Cave
Nick Zano has been cast as the male lead in NBC comedy pilot One Big Happy. Scott Ellis (2 Broke Girls) has come on board to direct the multi-camera project, from Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production. One Big Happy, a sort of reversed Will & Grace, centers on two platonic friends since childhood, a lesbian, Lizzy, and her straight male best friend, Luke (Zano) who have been living together and have been trying to have a baby via artificial insemination for some time. They finally get pregnant — just as Luke meets and impulsively marries the love of his life. Liz Feldman wrote the script and is exec producing with DeGeneres and Kleeman. Zano’s casting stems from his collaboration with Wbtv on another project this development season. Zano and long-time friends Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin teamed for a comedy series based on Zano’s experiences being »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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