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CW explains renewing 'Beauty' while axing 'Tomorrow People'

Couple things. First: The CW isn’t finished trying to spin off Supernatural.

After this year’s unsuccessful attempt to develop an extension of the long-running hit, The CW is going back to the drawing board. The CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters Thursday he’s looking to try again. The show’s producers and studio, Warner Bros., will seek a new concept to develop for next year’s pilot season. “We believe there is a really good brand in Supernatural,” he said. “We felt the Supernatural [spin-off pilot Bloodlines] didn’t quite get there … We know we want to develop once more for next season a Supernatural spinoff.”

Bloodlines debuted as part of the regular Supernatural season. While fans tuned in to watch, many felt the show was creatively lacking, with EW’s poll showing only a third of Supernatural fans wanting to see the spin-off continue. READ FULL STORY

The CW reveals fall schedule: 'Flash' teams with 'Supernatural'


The CW’s new fall schedule is here. You’ll notice it looks a lot like the current one. Most shows are staying where they are, with some exceptions to accommodate new titles and a couple returning favorites getting pushed to midseason.

The first big addition is The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as the fastest man alive, which will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The Arrow spin-off will lead into the 10th season of Supernatural. The Flash is taking the spot of The Originals, which is shifting to Monday nights (an evening where its repeats have already gotten some exposure). On Mondays, Originals will lead into new comedy series Jane the Virgin, starring Gina Rodriguez as woman “saving herself” for marriage who is accidentally artificially inseminated.

And that’s nearly it. Arrow and The 100 stay on Wednesdays; The Vampire Diaries and Reign hold on Thursdays; Whose Line Is It Anyway? and America’s Next Top Model continue on Fridays. The CW’s fall will launch in October, with exact dates to be announced at a later time. Which means returning shows Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast won’t be back until 2015. It also means two of The CW’s new drams — iZombie and The Messengers — also won’t debut until midseason. Full new show descriptions below. Trailers to come later today.

UPDATE: The CW says it wants another ‘Supernatural’ spin-off, defends axing ‘Tomorrow People’


CBS' new fall shows: A snap judgment


What’s the best new show coming to CBS? Well, we have high hopes for Vince Gilligan and David Shore’s Battle Creek, but as CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler explained during the network’s upfronts presentation, that doesn’t premiere until midseason. For fall, CBS knows what you want: More NCIS! Your guide to non-NCIS offerings also appears below. READ FULL STORY

'Legit,' 'Chozen' canceled at FXX and FX

Animated comedy Chozen has been canceled by FX after one season, and comedy Legit on the young-adult skewing FXX will not be returning for a third, it was announced Wednesday.

The cancellations aren’t surprising as both shows had been struggling in the ratings. Chozen was the first original series ordered for FXX and centered on a white, gay rapper just out of prison, voiced by Bobby Moynihan. The series had its finale March 31.

Legit, which starred Australian comedian Jim Jefferies as a stand-up whose character, along with his friends, attempts to become legitimate in life, moved to FXX this season and will have its series finale tonight.

CBS fall trailers include 'scariest show' in network's history


CBS has unleashed trailers for next season including writer-producer Kevin Williamson’s thriller Stalker, which CBS president Nina Tassler described to ad buyers in New York on Wednesday as the scariest drama the network has ever aired. Also in the mix is new Boston-centric comedy The McCarthys, Tea Leoni’s D.C. drama Madam Secretary, spin-off NCIS: New Orleans and ensemble procedural drama Scorpion. There’s also a new trailer for CBS’ promising summer sci-fi drama Extant starring Halle Berry, which debuts July 9. Watch them below, then take our poll, and see how they all fit into CBS’ fall schedule here.

What, you want more trailers? Here’s ABC, Fox and NBC.


TNT trailers: 'Public Morals,' 'Proof,' 'The Librarians,' more


In addition to renewing Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show and revealing a slate of new shows — including a Firestarter sequel series — as part of its upfront presentation to advertisers Wednesday, TNT also released trailers for several of its upcoming new shows. There’s a TV-sized, internationally produced version of The Transporter films, a series version of its The Librarian adventure films called The Librarians (starring Noah Wyle), and two new original dramas: The Edward Burns police show Public Morals and the Jennifer Beals supernatural thriller Proof.

Transporter will premiere this fall,  The Librarians this winter, and Proof and Public Morals next year.All four trailers are below: READ FULL STORY

TNT developing sequel to Stephen King's 'Firestarter,' unveils explosive new tagline

A Stephen King-inspired series is headed to TNT.  The cable network is developing The Shop, a sequel to King’s 1980 bestseller Firestarter.

The drama centers on the insidious agency responsible for kidnapping and attempting to exploit the psychokinetic powers of a young girl named Charlie McGee in the original story. Now it’s 20 years later and Charlie has been tracked down by one of The Shop’s former members, Henry Talbot, who introduces her to a group of people with their own unique abilities. From the announcement: “It turns out The Shop is very much alive, bigger and badder than ever, and its dark experiments are unleashing terrifying new entities on the world. It’s now up to Talbot, Charlie and the rest of the team to find The Shop and destroy it for good.”

The project is written by Robbie Thompson (Supernatural) and produced by James Middleton (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Jaime Paglia (Eureka) and Thompson.

In addition, TNT unveiled an explosive new tagline that’s quite fitting if The Shop ever goes to series: “TNT Drama. Boom.” Yup, that’s it. “‘Boom’ speaks to the experience we want to deliver to TNT viewers,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT. “It’s about the thrill of the chase, or overcoming impossible odds and winning the day; it’s about what keeps you on the edge of your seat, hands clenched, heart racing, waiting to see what happens next; it’s about the moment when it all goes ‘Boom!’ Most importantly, ‘Boom’ makes a promise to our audience about the kind of emotional, intense, exciting, funny, shocking, sexy and thrilling drama they should expect from TNT.”

Here’s the rest of TNT’s new series in development along with The Shop: READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' spinoff: 'Didn't work out'

One of the most glaring omissions from CBS’ fall schedule is How I Met Your Dad, the much-talked about spinoff of CBS’s long-running comedy. But CBS topper Nina Tassler told reporters Wednesday that “things on the pilot didn’t work out” and the producers can now shop it elsewhere.

The hope was to retool the comedy pilot, but the show’s producers weren’t interested in returning to the drawing table. The comedy pilot starred Greta Gerwig as Sally, who gradually reveals how she met her partner in flashback. It’s from writers/exec producers Emily Spivey and HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.


Conan O'Brien's TBS show renewed through 2018


At least Conan O’Brien isn’t going to retire anytime soon. TBS has given a big renewal to Conan, extending the talk show through 2018. That adds another three years onto O’Brien’s previous deal with the cable network.

“Over the past four years, we have built a terrific relationship with Conan O’Brien and are thrilled to be extending his series for another three years,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS.  “Conan has not only brought an incredibly young audience to TBS but has also created a digital presence that draws millions of fans to his unique brand of comedy. In addition, Conan has taken his show on the road for memorable weeks in New York, Atlanta and last month in Dallas, and will be breaking new ground next year when Conan becomes the first late-night show to tape at Comic-Con.”

The 51-year-old former host of NBC’s Tonight Show averages 862,000 viewers including DVR playback, but TBS says he has more adults 18-34 than some of his bigger competitors — including CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

CBS fall schedule revealed: 'CSI' to Sundays; '2.5 Men' ends run

The CSI franchise — which includes the new spinoff CSI: Cyber — moves to Sundays after The Good Wife, and The Big Bang Theory will start off the season on Mondays to help launch fall, according to CBS’ new schedule released today.

NFL Football will debut on Thursdays this fall with a total of eight games. Afterwards, the Eye’s winning comedy lineup will return Oct. 30, which includes TBBT at 8. The Amazing Race moves to Fridays.

And this will be the final season of Two and A Half Men. A “season-long event” is planned for the Chuck Lorre comedy.

Here is the schedule: READ FULL STORY

ABC's new fall shows: A snap judgment

Superheroes and fairy tales dominated the midseason lineup at ABC’s upfront presentation, with shows like Galavant and Marvel’s Agent Carter coming soon. “We may be a terrible network,” joked Jimmy Kimmel, “but we are a great birthday party for a 6-year-old.” But for fall, ABC stuck to the basics: broad comedies, police procedurals, and Shonda Rhimes, whom ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee described as the Charles Dickens of our generation. Her latest show, How to Get Away With Murder, isn’t exactly Great Expectations, but it might be the only new ABC series worth watching. Quick takes on the others follow below. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel mocks CBS, 'Gotham,' Juan Pablo

Jimmy Kimmel took the stage at ABC’s upfront presentation to advertisers Tuesday and — in what has now become a tradition (and the best part of the event) — he lampooned his network, his rivals and anyone who would even think of advertising on his network.

Here are his best jokes (i.e., pretty much his whole standup act):

“Being a president of television network is hard, there’s no question about that. But somehow [ABC topper] Paul Lee makes it look even harder. You heard Paul say it, we’re No. 1. We’re No. 1? Look, I don’t know what this No. 1 brand bullshit is, I don’t know what kind of 17 mile long … collider they spun that one in, but the ABC I work at is not No. 1. In fact, we might need to crash on your couch for a while. READ FULL STORY

ABC releases 11 fall TV trailers


UPDATED: ABC released the first trailers for Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ latest drama How to Get Away With Murder, plus previews of several other shows Tuesday. Below you’ll find trailers and clips for Murder, which stars Viola Davis as a law professor, along with Forever, Selfie, Manhattan Love Story and more. There’s just one missing — Marvel’s Agent Carter, which is not being released today.

For ABC’s fall schedule and new show descriptions, go here. See the trailers for Fox’s new shows here and NBC’s new shows here. Below the trailers be sure to take our poll voting for your favorites. READ FULL STORY


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