May 11, 2012

News: And the Floodgates Open

With Upfronts starting on Monday, every major network (and The CW) not named CBS or FOX firmed up their schedules for the 2012-2013. Granted, the Eye could still make some announcements before the day's over, but for the most part it let everyone else stand in the spotlight.

The only real news coming out of ABC was a-mah-ing (sorry, that joke's required) as it renewed Happy Endings for a reported 22 episode third season. With Cougar Town officially shipped off to TBS, it's up to the HE gang to headline the Alphabet's off-shoot brand of quirky, friends based comedies that don't mesh will with the rest of its family oriented ones. Still no word on Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 or the other bubble shows like Last Man Standing and Body Proof. UPDATE: Scandal was also renewed for a second season.

The CW
The perpetual also-ran, The CW, also made some moves today as it officially picked up Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Cult and First Cut. It also renewed Nikita for a third season, Hart of Dixie for a second, and Gossip Girl for a possible last hurrah. Two shows that did not get a reprieve: Ringer and The Secret Circle. Honestly, the biggest surprise was Nikita's renewal since everyone pretty much had it dead, but somehow managed to stay afloat.

NBC continued to dominate the day as it announced that Parks and Recreation, Whitney and Up All Night will all be returning next season. Not making the cut: Are You There, Chelsea?, Awake, Bent, Best Friends Forever and Harry's Law. It also picked up Next Caller starring Dane Cook which could help keep the office workplace sub-genre alive on NBC.

So, that's it for now, but I'm sure more news will break once I post this write-up. If it does, I'll make sure to jot some stuff down.


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