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NBC renews 'Grimm,' plus 2 more dramas

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NBC renewed three dramas Wednesday for another season: Sophomore procedural Chicago Fire, its freshman spinoff Chicago P.D. and Grimm, which will head into a fourth season.

The network previously picked up break out hit The Blacklist and fan favorite comedy Parks and Recreation as well as reality series The Voice and Celebrity Apprentice.

All three of the newly renewed dramas were predicted to return, though P.D. is doing pretty modestly in the ratings. Absent from the drama pickups list: Parenthood, Revolution and Hannibal. Of those three, Parenthood is considered very likely to come back.

Chicago Fire has averaged a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 so far this season on Tuesday nights when including seven days of DVR playback. Chicago P.D. is averaging a 2.5 on Wednesdays. And on Friday nights, Grimm is holding up the fort with a 2.5.

NBC cancels two shows, plans 'Community' return

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Two new NBC shows were cancelled Friday as part of a dramatic shakeup of the network’s fall lineup.

Wednesday night cop drama Ironside will air its last episode next week; Thursday night sitcom Welcome to the Family is gone ASAP. NBC will use a mixture of Dateline episodes and specials to fill the Ironside hole for the remainder of the year. Starting Jan. 8, Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago P.D. will take the 10 p.m. slot. On Thursdays, NBC will likewise use a rotating mix of content for the 8:30 p.m. slot for the rest of the year, including extra episodes of Parks and Recreation, The Voice (both live and an encore) and its The Sound of Music Live telecast. Fan favorite Community will return for its fifth season on Jan. 2.

Of these two changes, the big issue is Thursdays. The Wednesday 10 p.m. hole is one hour at the end of one night. NBC’s Thursday lineup is in such a crisis that even the guys at Chicago Fire wouldn’t know how to put it out. Last night’s three-hour block averaged only a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, just barely edging out The CW overall. NBC’s two-hour once-signature comedy block has fallen 17 percent since last year, and 57 percent since 2009.

Dumping Welcome to the Family will certainly help. The sitcom about two families who come together because of their teenage kids’ unplanned pregnancy has averaged only 2.7 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. Yet the rest of the lineup isn’t doing much better: Parks and Recreation is averaging only a 1.6 so far, Sean Saves the World is at a 1.2 and The Michael J. Fox Show has a 2.3, a number inflated by its strong premiere week. The Michael J. Fox Show was also given a pre-pilot full-season commitment in order for the network to land the show.

Here’s the full list of NBC scheduling changes, more details and analysis to come…refresh for updates:

Starting in two weeks, NBC Wednesday 10 p.m. timeslot: READ FULL STORY

'Bones,' 'Chicago Fire,' 'Teen Wolf,' 'Revenge': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Spoiler Room day, friends. Hope this week has been kind to you. Mine’s been pretty darn good (see page 2 for details on a pretty amazing day I had on one of my favorite sets this week) and the weekend promises even more good things to come (Saturday’s my birthday!). No, you don’t have to get me anything, but I will take some of your questions! Send them along to spoilerroom@ew.com. Consider it my gift to you.

Have a good one and see you next week. READ FULL STORY

'Chicago Fire' boss previews major death, emotional finale

Earlier this week, Chicago Fire was among several NBC shows that learned they will officially be returning next season. So it’s a good thing the show has plans to heat things up in the last four episodes of the season, which kick off tonight on NBC. How will they do that? Executive producer Matt Olmstead explained when we had him touch on some of our burning questions… READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural,' 'Chicago Fire,' 'Big Bang Theory,' 'NCIS': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

What awaits the Winchesters when they meet Metatron? What’s going to shake up Chicago Fire? And how does Nicolas Cage (sort of) make an appearance on The Big Bang Theory? Answers to all that and more in this week’s column.

Enjoy, friends. Best to you and yours on this emotional week.
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'Chicago Fire' First Look: Severide squares off with (shirtless) Shane McRae -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

On last week’s Chicago Fire, Severide (Taylor Kinney) was ready to go under the knife to repair a serious shoulder injury that has plagued him most of the season and was facing a lengthy downtime as a result. This week’s episode finds post-surgery Severide coming face-to-face with someone from his past (Shane McRae), a firefighter who entered the firehouse while he was away and is set to recur starting this week.

Tease: It’s not going to be a fond reunion because Severide was once engaged to his sister!
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'Chicago Fire' ratings rise

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There’s a headline you didn’t expect to see this morning!

NBC’s Chicago Fire may not have impressed the critics, but the freshman drama’s ratings jumped 20 percent for its third episode last night. The hunky firefighting drama had 6.3 million viewers and a 1.8 rating in the adult demo. The improvement was at least partly due to lead-in Law & Order: SVU (6.7 million, 1.8) climbing 13 percent for its 300th episode. Chicago Fire‘s numbers are still not impressive — it ranked last at 10 p.m. — but any week your ratings go up 20 percent is a good week.

Chicago Fire was topped by CBS’ CSI (9.8 million, 2.4), which won hour and was up 4 percent from last week. So with NBC and CBS rising at 10 p.m., what did that mean for ABC’s Nashville (6.6 million, 2.0)? Some silver lining there, too, with the country music drama steady after its sharp drop last week.

Another new drama, The CW’s Arrow (3.5 million, 1.1), slipped 15 percent, which dragged down Supernatural (1.8 million, 0.7). READ FULL STORY

'Nashville' ratings smother 'Chicago Fire'

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Nashville, the best-reviewed new drama of the fall, premiered to solid ratings Wednesday night, while The CW’s new action-drama Arrow set a record for the network.

ABC’s country music drama delivered 9 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49. That’s enough to win the hour in the adult demo, topping CBS’ CSI (10.6 million, 2.6) and the premiere of NBC’s new series Chicago Fire (6.4 million, 1.9). But Nashville was down 15 percent from the launch of Revenge in this slot last year. NBC’s fire-fighting drama was largely panned by critics and had a disappointing launch, down 21 percent from the debut of Law & Order: SVU in this slot last fall. (Nashville averaged a score of 84 on Metacritic while Chicago Fire had a 49).

Yet here’s something interesting: Of the three dramas in the hour, the Connie Britton series had the weakest audience retention from its first half to its second. Chicago Fire didn’t shed any of its demo rating between its half hours — which is pretty rare for a show premiering this late at night. Nashville may have a bigger rating, but Chicago Fire did a better job of keeping viewers in their seat.

Another key debut last night: The CW’s Arrow (4 million, 1.3 rating) got off to a fine start. READ FULL STORY

'Chicago Fire': Jesse Spencer on long days, mortality, and his overly sensitive smoke alarm

It’s about 7 p.m. and Jesse Spencer has just woken up from a nap. The late afternoon snooze may not be the norm, but it’s necessary prep with two days of night shoots ahead of him.

The day before his call with EW, he and his fellow TV firefighters from Chicago Fire spent 14-hours in the blazing hot August sun while wearing 60 pounds of protective gear and equipment. So far, this is a lot harder than House.

But then again, that, too, had its challenges…

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me a little bit about some of the other offers that you fielded after House and why you decided on this role.
JESSE SPENCER: It was kind of one that felt like the right fit. [House] was a very cerebral show and it was a really, really really, good show. Chicago Fire was just something different. It’s not cerebral. It’s more of a character-based show with a lot of action. After eight years of being an intellectual and spewing out medical terms, it was time to do something in the opposite direction. And running around in [firefighter's] gear for 14 hours seemed like the right thing to do. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY

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