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ABC Family is sticking with what continues to work for them – Paul Lee announced yesterday that the network would be giving 10-episode orders to two new series – HUGE and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.  Both shows are expected to premiere in 2010!

HUGE is based on author Sasha Paley’s book of the same name; it follows the lives of six teens and the staff at a weight-loss camp, as they look beneath the surface to discover their true selves and the truth about each other.  Most importantly, the show is being developed by Winnie Holzman (MY SO CALLED LIFE) and her daughter Savannah Dooley!  No stars have been named yet, but we’ll let you know when we hear who is in!

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS follows four estranged best friends who are reunited one year after their best friend and queen bee of the group, Alison, goes missing – only to discover they are receiving messages from an anonymous “A” who knows all their secrets.   The show stars the adorable Lucy Hale (PRIVILEGED) as Aria, Troian Bellisario (NAVY NCIS) as Spencer, Ashley Benson (EASTWICK) as Hanna and Shay Mitchell as Emily. Also starring are Laura Leighton (MELROSE PLACE) and Nia Peeples (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS). Additionally, Bianca Lawson (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) has been cast in a recurring role as Maya.

So what say you, ABC family fans?  Sound like good fits for your network?

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In what should come as no surprise, based on the ratings beat down that the show took this season, ABC has officially canceled UGLY BETTY.  The show seemed to have a real creative resurgence this year, but even that couldn’t stave off an untimely death.  The good news, according to Ausiello, is that ABC and Silvio Horta have had talks, and though the show is being knocked down from 22 to 20 episodes, there will be a satisfying series finale.

What do you think?  Sad to see it go?  I know, after this season, I definitely am!

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After the news of AMERICA’S BEST DANCE CREW and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE personality Shane Sparks’ alleged child molestation charges hit the web, rumors have circulated about who will be the third judge on season 5 of ABDC.  There was even a twitter campaign waged by SYTYCD’s Lil C, but ultimately, the seat went to Grammy-nominated singer, actor, and dancer Omarion (formerly of B2K and “You Got Served”).
“Omarion is one of the most accomplished, multi-talented young stars of his generation.  His music and music videos have influenced hip-hop dance going back to his B2k days and in more recent years as a platinum-selling solo artist,” said Liz Gateley, Senior Vice President of Series Development for MTV.  “He is an accomplished dancer, artist and actor who knows what makes a good dance crew performance.  We are very excited for him to join Lil Mama and JC Chasez as our third judge.”
What do you think about the new addition?  He seems to know what he’s talking about, as a dancer, so I’ll hold my judgment until I see the first new episode of the season!  Randy Jackson promises that this season will be “blazing hot,” so I’m excited!

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The official announcement just came down that MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE is getting a 10 episode season 2.  From the network:

MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE has been embraced by viewers and critics alike, making our decision to renew an easy one,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).  “MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE blends insightful storylines, highly relatable characters and top-notch performances from Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula.  We look forward to continuing our wonderful relationship with everyone involved.

I really like this show, so I’m glad the network is giving it a chance to really shine.  What about you – are you happy with the pickup?

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save-chuckThat’s right folks, the Save CHUCK campaign just may have helped our friends in the CIA, NSA, and the Buy More, score a 3rd season.  The official order is for 13 episodes (the better to create a brilliantly solid slew of episodes, I say), and a significant budget decrease.  No word about who is back, other than Zachary Levi (and probably Adam and Yvonne), but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more! 

Read more from my buddy Matt over at TV Guide!

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dollhouseAs is always the case on Friday night before the Up Fronts, lots of news of renewals are coming out of LA -

First up, and most shocking to me, not because I hate the show anymore, but because I didn’t think the viewership was there – there’s a rumored Season 2 pickup coming for DOLLHOUSE!  Along with the renewal comes some serious cost cutting, according to network sources.  It should be an interesting Monday when FOX has it’s announcement!

Also coming out of FOX in the past few days – pilot pickups / other news for:

  • HUMAN TARGET, starring Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley.
  • SONS OF TUCSON, starring Tyler Labine
  • BROTHERS, starring Michael Strahan (yep, the NY Giant)
  • BONES got the unofficial official pickup today – Hart Hanson said he got the call this morning.


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Party DownMy other new favorite comedy of the season (along with BETTER OFF TED), PARTY DOWN, will return sometime in 2010 with the second season, Variety reports.  Most of the principal cast members, including Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, and Ryan Hansen are on board.  Jane Lynch, currently doing great work on GLEE (premiering May 19 on FOX), will have to figure a way to juggle both shows – she’s the only one who hasn’t signed on yet. 

From Variety:

“Party Down” centers on wannabe Hollywood players making ends meet by working for a catering company. Thomas exec produces with John Enbom, Paul Rudd and Dan Etheridge.

Fred Savage is also back to direct the series, along with Bryan Gordon, and both serve as supervising producers. Marino is also set to helm an episode.

“Party Down” airs its season one finale Friday. Starz programming exec veep Stephan Shelanski said the premium cabler wanted to send a message by renewing the show before its first season wrapped.

“This is an indication of how strongly we see the show,” he said. “It’s something we’re really proud of.”

“Party Down” is part of Starz’s recent push into the original series arena, which includes the drama “Crash” and comedy “Head Case.”

“Party Down” will likely return to production in late summer, with a return airdate sometime in 2010. Shelanski said the cabler is still ironing out its programming for next year, with an eye toward filling the Friday night 10 p.m. slot with originals year-round.

“We feel we’re on plan,” he said. “We have a continual growth model in place in terms of our original strategy. Hopefully we can accelerate that and bring on more new shows.”

What do you think – are you excited about this news?

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Lie to MeSome Fall news that I’m super excited about (because I love me some Tim Roth) – FOX has officially picked up LIE TO ME for a Season 2.  Shawn Ryan, from THE SHIELD and THE UNIT, steps up from Executive Producter to Showrunner (which leads me to believe that THE UNIT is done).

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I’m so excited this morning – why? Because after a weekend away that featured next to no TV-related business, I come back to find out that my favorite pilot I’ve read so far was picked up for series by ABC. It should come as no surprise, considering they’ve been running “underground” campaigns for the series during LOST for the last few weeks, but I am happy to hear that officially, FLASH FORWARD (no, not the series from last decade starring Ben Foster) is coming to a TV screen near you.

Here is how ABC describes it in their official press release about the show:

“What if you were shown a glimpse of your future, but didn’t like what you saw? How hard would you fight and what would you sacrifice to keep it from coming true? When an unexplained, cataclysmic event knocks out the entire population of the world at the exact same moment, for two minutes and 17 seconds, everyone will see a glimpse of their own future. Then they will wake up to chaos. From his flash forward, LA FBI Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) is able to piece together the ‘when’ April 29, 2010, but he’s desperate to figure out the ‘why’ and stop what’s coming because it’s a future he doesn’t want to see. In the future, Mark’s beloved wife has left him for the father of one of her patients. He’s started drinking again, his loyal partner’s been murdered and masked operatives are hunting him down. Before long, everyone starts asking themselves and each other, “What did you see?” As Mark and his team struggle to figure out what caused this bizarre event and wonder will it happen again, the only thing they have to go on is a huge mosaic of people’s flash forwards. Adapting award-winning science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer’s revolutionary novel, executive producers David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: Enterprise) invite us to flash forward into a thrilling vision of a world held captive by events that have not yet taken place. No one knows for certain what the future holds, but everyone will have their theories.”

You guys, I am SO excited for this show.  Along with Joseph Fiennes, some of my favorites in the business are in this one – LOST’s Penny (Sonya Walger) plays Fiennes’ “beloved wife”.  John Cho (Harold to Kal Penn’s Kumar) plays a fellow FBI agent.  Jack Davenport, Peyton List, and Courtney B Vance are also stars, as well as Brian O’Byrne, Christine Woods, and Zachary Knighton.

What do you think?  Are you into it?  More importantly, “what did you see?”

FLASH FORWARD joins the already picked up MODERN FAMILY and COPPER as shows for ABC next season – they’ll officially announce their schedule on May 19, with CASTLE, SCRUBS, and BETTER OFF TED expected to all get spots!

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NBC announced their pick ups of new series for the Fall (no word, BTW, about Chuck yet, but I’m not giving up!).  Here is a bunch of featurettes of the shows – follow the links for more information!



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