Newswire: Adorkability survives another day as Fox picks up New Girl for one last season

Despite star Jake Johnson teasing that the show’s recent season finale would be the kind of ending that the show’s fans would approve of, Fox’s New Girl has been renewed for a seventh and final season. This comes from Deadline, which says this decision pretty much came down to the wire, with less than a day to go before Fox was set to finalize its 2017-2018 TV schedule for advertisers. We don’t have specifics yet, but Deadline predicts that this will be a shortened season for New Girl, presumably coming in at 13 episodes instead of the usual 22.

That’s probably for the best, though, since New Girl seemed to make a dedicated effort last season to either tie up plot threads or send characters on a path toward some form of show-ending growth. Johnson’s Nick and Zooey Deschanel’s Jess are getting back …

Why NBC Decided to Un-Cancel ‘Timeless’: ‘We Heard From Fans’

“Timeless” fans, cast and crew were shocked last week after NBC decided to cancel the show, only to announce it was renewing it three days later.

On a conference call with press on Sunday, NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt expanded on the network’s change of heart, and it came down to the fans.

“We heard from fans and the outcry and we woke up the next morning and thought, ‘Let’s figure out how to bring it back,’” Greenblatt said. “We went back to the drawing board in every way.”

Also Read: ‘Timeless’: See Abigail Spencer’s 10-Tweet Reaction to Surprise Un-Cancellation

NBC said that the executives had high hopes for it when it debuted last fall — along with a roster of other time travel shows that were also launched across multiple networks.

“We all love the show creatively and we were hoping for it to have a bigger audience in the fall,” Greenblatt continued. “Once it came off the schedule in midseason, we thought, ‘Well, we love it, but can it grow, and do we have a place for it, and all those questions that you ask yourself when you’re looking at the renewal of a show that is a borderline.”

However, execs couldn’t find a room for the show in the network lineup and along with the dwindling ratings, decided to cancel it after just one season.

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As soon as the news was announced, though, fans took to the internet to express their disappointment with the decision. Despite some low ratings, the show had gained a strong cult following, allowing for “Timeless” to join an exclusive group of shows that have been brought back from the dead. It’s also the only time travel show that premiered last season that has survived into the new year.

In response to a question about whether the move was a marketing ploy for the show, Greenblatt quickly denied it.

“I wish we were that clever,” he joked. But he added, “we would never do that to the creators of the show.”

Also Read: ‘Timeless’: 9 Mind-Bending Questions That Need Answers in Season 2 (Spoilers)

“Can’t thank the #Timeless fans enough for fighting so hard for us online and spreading the word about the show,” said co-creator Shawn Ryan on Twitter. “Can’t wait to show you more.”

“I have never seen a show be cancelled & but days later renewed because of just general love from the people involved & the fans,” star Abigail Spencer tweeted Saturday afternoon. “Everyone knows is my favorite show ever. I just can’t believe I get to be a part of a story too!!! The BEST kind.”

So fans, don’t let anybody tell you that you don’t have a say in your favorite shows. Some executives may listen.

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Tina Fey To Appear On ‘Great News’ In Season 2

Tina Fey created and starred in Emmy-winning office comedy 30 Rock. And she will also guest star on the new workplace comedy she is executive producing for NBC, Great News, which has been renewed for a second season after an inauspicious start. What’s more, Great News landed a great time slot for Season 2, sandwiched between the new seasons of Will & Grace and This Is Us at 8:30 PM on Thursday.
“It’s safe to say that Tina Fey will be popping into that world next year,…

NBC’s Fall Schedule: ‘Will & Grace’ to Kick Off Thursdays, ‘The Brave’ Follows ‘The Voice’

NBC’s schedule is all ready for fall, with the return of “Will & Grace” set to kick off a new Thursday night block of “Must See TV.” New series “The Brave” has scored the coveted post-“Voice” time slot, and “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” gets to follow smash-hit “This Is Us.”

The network is bringing back the Thursday night label complete with branding, kicking it off with 12 episodes of “Will & Grace” followed by “Great News,” “This is Us,” and Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.”

“Coming off another stabilizing year, which included the launch of one of the great new dramas in a decade, our upcoming fall schedule is both limited in the number of new series and aggressive in rebooting Thursday night,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment. “To create another undeniable night of television, we’re aligning some of our most potent shows on Thursday in order to bring back ‘Must See TV.’ We are also strategically deploying strong new shows in choice time periods on other nights and nurturing our growing comedy lineup.

He continued: “To do all that you have to have the goods, and our development teams headed by Presidents Jennifer Salke and Paul Telegdy once again delivered new scripted and unscripted shows that are among the best on television. From fall to midseason to summer, we will be programming robustly so as to achieve a record amount of original programming all year long. And when you add the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics, and the balance of our unprecedented sports franchises, we expect to remain the leading broadcast network by virtually every measure.”

Also Read: ‘Timeless’: See Abigail Spencer’s 10-Tweet Reaction to Surprise Un-Cancellation

The midseason lineup will see many of the new series that were ordered, including the Glenn Howerton (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) comedy “A.P. Bio,” “Rise,” from “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” producer Jason Katims, “Good Girls” — about three friends that rob a supermarket — and the sci-fi drama “Reverie.”

“We have very promising new series that will join one of our strongest returning lineups to date,” Salke said. “We’re proud of our roster of distinctive dramas that includes original concepts such as ‘The Blacklist’ or ‘Blindspot,’ not to mention the enduring legacy of Dick Wolf, who will also bring a new true crime series to the network next fall. ‘This Is Us’ has quickly become a defining moment for the NBC brand, and we look forward to launching bold new series such as ‘The Brave,’ ‘Rise,’ ‘Reverie’ and ‘Good Girls.’ Our comedy profile, too, is starting to hit its stride, and we’re thrilled to welcome new comedies with sought-after producers such as Mindy Kaling, Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers.”

“With the No. 1 ratings of ‘The Voice’ plus consistent Sunday leadership of ‘Little Big Shots’ along with television’s top-rated primetime game show ‘The Wall,’ NBC remains #1 in alternative programs for a fourth straight season,” added Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “We look forward to finishing out the broadcast year with the perennial No. 1 summer series ‘America’s Got Talent,’ last summer’s top new broadcast series ‘Better Late Than Never’ and ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ which delivered its most-watched season ever.  And the alternative momentum continues next year with a slate of inventive new projects from some of the most desirable names in the industry – Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Hardwick and Mark Burnett.”

This’ll include the Hardwick-produced “The Awesome Show,” which will highlight groundbreaking technologies; “Ellen’s Game of Games,” starring the titular host and super-sized versions of games from her talk shows; “Genius Junior,” hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, which will celebrate the smartest kids in America; and “The Handmade Project,” from Poehler and Offerman, celebrating craftiness and creativity.

NBC’s fall schedule is below, with new programs in ALL CAPS.

Also Read: ‘Timeless’ Lives! NBC Renews Series for Season 2 After Initial Cancellation

MONDAY
8-10 P.M. — The Voice

10-11 P.M. — THE BRAVE

TUESDAY
8-9 P.M. — The Voice

9-9:30 P.M. — Superstore

9:30-10 P.M. — The Good Place

10-11 P.M.  — Chicago Fire 

WEDNESDAY
8-9 P.M. — The Blacklist

9-10 P.M. — Law & Order: SVU

10-11 P.M. — Chicago P.D.

THURSDAY
8-8:30 P.M. — WILL & GRACE

8:30-9 P.M.  — Great News

9-10 P.M. — This Is Us

10-11 P.M. — LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS 

FRIDAY
8-9 P.M. — Blindspot

9-10 P.M. — Taken

10-11 P.M — Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8-10 P.M. –Dateline Saturday Night Mystery

10-11 P.M. — Saturday Night Live (encores) 

SUNDAY
7-8:20 P.M. — Football Night in America

8:20-11 P.M. — NBC Sunday Night Football

Also Read: ‘Timeless’: 9 Mind-Bending Questions That Need Answers in Season 2 (Spoilers)

And here are all the official descriptions for NBC’s new series, with each in the network’s own words:

NEW DRAMA SERIES

“THE BRAVE”
From Keshet Studios and Avi Nir (executive producer of “Homeland”) comes a fresh, heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes. While D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts wield the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., Adam Dalton and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

The cast includes Anne Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas, Tate Ellington, Natacha Karam, Demetrius Grosse, Noah Mills and Hadi Tabbal.

Dean Georgaris will write and executive produce. Brad Anderson will direct and executive produce the pilot. Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan also executive produce. “The Brave” is produced by Universal Television and Keshet Studios.

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“GOOD GIRLS”
When three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet, they decide it’s time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think. From executive producer Jenna Bans (“Scandal”) comes this comedy-infused drama that mixes a little “Thelma & Louise” with a bit of “Breaking Bad.”

The cast includes Retta, Mae Whitman, Reno Wilson, Manny Montana, Lidya Jewett, Izzy Stannard and Matthew Lillard.

Jenna Bans will write and executive produce. Dean Parisot directs and executive produces the pilot. Jeannine Renshaw also executive produces. “Good Girls” is produced by Universal Television.

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“LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS”
Starring the incomparable Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Edie Falco (“The Sopranos,” “Nurse Jackie”), this new eight-episode true-crime installment of the powerhouse “Law & Order” franchise delivers a gripping  in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that changed America forever. When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, their story became a national obsession. Now, the first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling.

Rene Balcer will write and executive produce. Lesli Linka Glatter will direct and executive produce. Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Arthur W. Forney also executive produce. “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

Also Read: NBC Renews ‘Law & Order: SVU’ for Season 19

“REVERIE”
From Mickey Fisher, the creator of “Extant,” this grounded new thriller follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when she’s brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live your dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.

The cast includes Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Kathryn Morris.

Mickey Fisher will write and executive produce. Jaume Collet-Serra will direct and executive produce the pilot. Brooklyn Weaver, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey also executive produce. Tom Szentgyorgyi is a consulting producer. “Reverie” is produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television.

Also Read: Sci-Fi Drama ‘Reverie’ Picked Up to Series at NBC

“RISE”
From Jason Katims, writer and executive producer of “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” and “Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller comes a heartening new drama about finding inspiration in unexpected places. When dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor) sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town. Inspired by a true story.

The cast includes Josh Radnor, Rosie Perez, Marley Shelton, Auli’i Cravalho, Damon J. Gillespie, Amy Forsyth, Rarmian Newton, Ted Sutherland, Casey Johnson, Taylor Richardson, Joe Tippett and Shirley Rumierk.

Jason Katims will write and executive produce. Mike Cahill will direct and executive produce the pilot. Michelle Lee, Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez also executive produce. “Rise” is produced by Universal Television, True Jack Productions and Seller Suarez Productions.

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NEW COMEDY SERIES

“A.P. BIO”
When a philosophy scholar loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher, he makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, he decides instead to use the kids to his own benefit.

The cast includes Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Aparna Brielle, Jacob McCarthy, Nick Peine and guest star Vanessa Bayer (pilot only).

Mike O’Brien will write and executive produce. Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Andrew Singer and Mike Shoemaker also executive produce. Osmany Rodriguez will direct. “A.P. Bio” is produced by Universal Television, Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions.

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“CHAMPIONS”
Vince, a charismatic gym owner with no ambition, lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when the teenage son of Vince is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Mindy Kaling), one of his old high school flings.

The cast includes Anders Holm, Andy Favreau, J.J. Totah, Mouzam Makkar, Nina Wadia and guest star Mindy Kaling.

Charlie Grandy and Mindy Kaling will write and executive produce. Michael Alan Spiller will direct and executive produce. Howard Klein also executive produces. “Champions” is produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Eyes Up Productions and Kaling International.

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“WILL & GRACE”
That’s right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original “Will & Grace” episode, returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV’s wittiest ensemble ever.

The cast includes Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.

Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will write and executive produce. Alex Herschlag, Tracy Poust & Jon Kinnally also executive produce. James Burrows will direct and executive produce. “Will & Grace” is produced by Universal Television.

Also Read: How ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW Rank in Ratings Just Before Upfronts

NEW ALTERNATIVE SERIES 

“THE AWESOME SHOW”
From executive producer/host Chris Hardwick (“The Wall”), executive producer Mark Burnett (“The Voice”) and Silicon Valley’s Singularity University comes a new series that will showcase the groundbreaking scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future, as well as celebrate the pioneers and communities at the forefront of this golden age of unprecedented discovery, innovation and opportunity. Each episode of “The Awesome Show” will be a rollercoaster ride through the world of innovation as told by the people who are shaping it and whose lives are affected by it. The series will highlight stories of revolutionary scientific and technological advances and will marvel at mankind’s tremendous feats, both now and in the future.

Mark Burnett, Chris Hardwick and Alex Murray executive produce. “The Awesome Show” is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Fish Ladder.

 

Also Read: ‘The Blacklist’ Renewed for Season 5 by NBC, No Word on ‘Blacklist: Redemption’

“ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES”
The one and only Ellen DeGeneres returns to primetime to host an exciting new game show that’s one big party! Featuring super-sized versions of some of the most beloved games from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” as well as new ones, contestants will be pulled from the studio audience to maneuver massive obstacles while answering trivia questions, all under the pressure of Ellen’s mischievous and hilarious antics. With DeGeneres’ witty and comedic sensibility plus fun-filled games, each episode is sure to entertain the entire family and deliver lots of laughs. One lucky contestant will get the chance to win the grand prize, but everyone will have a blast!

Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, Kevin Leman and David A. Hurwitz executive produce. Russell Norman directs. “Ellen’s Game of Games” is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted in association with A Very Good Production and Telepictures.

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“GENIUS JUNIOR”
No stranger to young geniuses, Neil Patrick Harris hosts an exciting new game show that celebrates the smartest kids in America. These talented “genius juniors” will team up to take on mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more. Through escalating rounds, they will be tested in each area of the brain, culminating in an ultimate challenge to be crowned the smartest and brightest. The winning team will take home a life-changing prize — setting the stage for a big, bright future ahead.

Neil Patrick Harris, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Phil Parsons and Ed Egan executive produce. “Genius Junior” is produced by Shed Media in association with Prediction Productions.

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“THE HANDMADE PROJECT”
From executive producer and host Amy Poehler and co-host Nick Offerman comes a lighthearted competition celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us. Each week, eight amateur makers will take on a series of projects they must complete in their own unique way. As the competition escalates, the amateurs will be challenged to master progressively difficult skills, culminating in a final craft-off between the most creative and tenacious contestants. Shot in a serene outdoor setting, this friendly competition will focus on the character and camaraderie of DIY culture – and through it all, Poehler and Offerman will provide encouragement, guidance and plenty of laughs.

Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Nicolle Yaron, Nick Offerman, Dave Becky and Anthony Dominici executive produce. “The Handmade Project” is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Paper Kite Productions.

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A&E’s ‘Live PD’ Went Dark Saturday Night Following an Underground Explosion

A&E’s “Live PD” went abruptly dark taking Saturday night’s live show off the air when a power outage triggered an explosion of an underground transformer outside their New York City studio.

“Everyone is safe, however the studio has been evacuated,” read the network’s statement read, which went on to deliver a bit of good news for the freshman non-fiction series. “‘Live PD’ hit a series high this past Saturday, with 1.5 million viewers tuning in for the 3-hour broadcast.”

An on-screen crawl over a repeat episode tonight read, “Due to a power outage live broadcast operations for Live PD have been suspended.”

Also Read: ‘Live PD’ Host Dan Abrams Explains Why His Real-Time Police Work Show Isn’t Just Another ‘Cops’

“Live PD,” which usually airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, offers a transparent look at law enforcement on duty with the use of dash cams, fixed rig and handheld cameras capturing the action of a typical Friday night in both urban and rural areas.

ABC’s chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams hosts the show in-studio alongside Dallas Police Department detectives Rich Emberlin and Kevin Jackson, who offer insight in real time as coverage bounces quickly between featured incidents on the streets.

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The CW Pilots Update: ‘Insatiable’ & ‘Searchers’ Still Alive

As I have reported, the field of six CW pilots this year was possibly the strongest ever, making for some difficult decisions. The network picked up four to series, Dynasty & Valor from CBS TV Studios, and Black Lighting & Life Sentence from  Warner Bros. TV.
That left behind the darkly comedic and quirky Insatiable, starring Debby Ryan, and Berlanti Prods.’ big-scope adventure drama Searchers.
The CW had four spots open after opting to renew both iZombie and The Originals…

‘Timeless’: See Abigail Spencer’s 10-Tweet Reaction to Surprise Un-Cancellation

“Timeless” star Abigail Spencer could not contain her excitement after the NBC show was renewed Friday although it was initially cancelled earlier this week.

The actress went on a 10-tweet Twitter spree to thank the fans for the outpouring support, as well as NBC and Sony for giving the show another chance.

“I have never seen a show be cancelled & but days later renewed because of just general love from the people involved & the fans,” she tweeted Saturday afternoon. “Everyone knows is my favorite show ever. I just can’t believe I get to be a part of a story too!!! The BEST kind.”

Also Read: ‘Timeless’ Stars, Fans Rejoice at Surprise Un-Cancellation: ‘It’s a Christmas in May Miracle!’

After canceling the time-travel drama on Wednesday, NBC had a change of heart. It certainly didn’t hurt that fans loudly vocalized their disappointment with the initial decision: “Timeless” was the top pick in USA Today’s “Save Our Shows” poll.

The series, also starring Matt Lanter and Sakina Jaffrey, centers around a mysterious criminal who steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past.

Also Read: ‘Timeless’ Canceled After One Season on NBC

The nation’s only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, a soldier and a history professor who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to preserve critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive.

Earlier on Saturday, Lanter, Jaffrey and the show’s co-creators were among many fans tweeting about the surprise un-cancellation. The show was the number one trend on Twitter following the announcement.

See her tweets below.

1) I have been in this business for almost 20 years & never have I ever experienced anything like what has happened today & this week…

Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) May 13, 2017

2) and the outpouring of love and support from fans for #Timeless & just in general the devotion for something I have been apart of…

Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) May 13, 2017

3) and I have never seen a show be cancelled & but days later renewed because of just general love from the people involved & the fans.

Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) May 13, 2017

4) So THANK YOU!!! Bob Greenblatt, Jen Salke & everyone at @nbc & @Sony for this gift. Thank you @ShawnRyanTV & @therealKripke for fighting!

Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) May 13, 2017

5) Thank you to @MattLanter @malcolmbarrett @JustDoumit @sakinajaff #patersonjoseph #GoranVisnjic & our entire cast for being awesome!

Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) May 13, 2017

6) our writers & entire creative team for being rad and doing the impossible… AND most of all our #Timeless fans!!! YOU DID THIS! ????????????????????????

Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) May 13, 2017

7) Everyone knows #TheComeback is my favorite show ever. I just can’t believe I get to be a part of a #comeback story too!!! The BEST kind.

Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) May 13, 2017

8) I was literally still sleeping when all of this went down this morning and woke up to ????’s of texts, emails, VM’s & ❤️! If it’s a dream…

Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) May 13, 2017

9) DON’T WAKE ME UP! so much ❤️ & gratitude! Thank you!!! (ps. Why didn’t I just have make a cute vid like @MattLanter instead of 9 tweets)

Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) May 13, 2017

10) just because I like even numbers… I ❤️Lucy! Lucy and her Lamp are BACK!!! #welovelucy #timeteam #timelesssaved pic.twitter.com/kAmK3U4DaD

Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) May 13, 2017

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CBS Cancels ‘Great Indoors’ After 1 Season

CBS has canceled “The Great Indoors,” TheWrap has learned.

Joel McHale starred on the sitcom, which joins other CBS freshman series “Doubt,” “Training Day” and “Pure Genius” in getting the axe.

The network still has a number of shows still in limbo, including “Elementary,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Code Black.”

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On “Great Indoors,” McHale played Joel, an outdoorsy guy’s guy with a sardonic sense of humor. The longtime star reporter for “The Great Outdoors” magazine, Joel has climbed mountains, confronted bears and just generally led a life of excitement and adventure.

But when he’s sidelined by an injury, he’s forced to take a desk job in the publication’s digital and social media department, surrounded by a team of millennials who view him as an exotic and ancient oddity from another place and time.

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“Tosh.0” producer Mike Gibbons wrote and served as as executive producer on the multi-cam project from CBS Studios.

CBS has already given early renewals to 16 of its series, including five freshman shows — “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “MacGyver,” “Man With a Plan” and “Superior Donuts.”

Long-running favorites such as all three iterations of “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods” and “Hawaii Five-0” are also returning, along with dramas “Scorpion” and “Madam Secretary,” and comedies like “Kevin Can Wait,” “Mom,” “Life in Pieces” and “Man With a Plan.”

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‘2 Broke Girls’ Cast Thanks Viewers For The Ride: “Always”, Says Beth Behrs

Not that they’re hoping for a repeat of Timeless‘ rare cancellation reversal, but the stars of CBS’ recently axed 2 Broke Girls took to Twitter today to thank fans for the six-season ride.
See the tweets below.
“We are so proud of our time on 2 Broke Girls,” tweeted Kat Dennings, speaking for herself and co-star Beth Behrs, “and of all the things this experience has given us, the most treasured is our lifelong friendship.”
Jonathan Kite, who plays the sitcom’s Oleg…

Upfronts: Series Dealmaking Turns ‘Brutal’ Amid Ad Market Jitters, Declining Ratings

This year’s upfront season is shaping up to be a correction year for the broadcast networks. Industry sources described the process of coming to terms on new series pickups and renewal agreements as ‘brutal” this year. The mad dash of dealmaking in the days before the network upfront presentations is never an easy process, but… Read more »

‘Timeless’ Stars, Fans Rejoice at Surprise Un-Cancellation: ‘It’s a Christmas in May Miracle!’

After news broke that NBC was renewing the time-travel show “Timeless” just three days after announced its cancellation, the cast, creators and fans of the freshman series took to social media to express their excitement.

“Mission completed. Couldn’t have done it without you!!! NBC heard your cries and changed their minds! We’re baaaaack,” cast member Matt Lanter, who plays Wyatt Logan, tweeted. He also posted a Facebook Live video following the announcement.

Sakina Jaffrey, who stars as Denise Christopher, tweeted, “THIS MOTHER FRICKIN’ LIFEBOAT IS REAL!!!!!! Hallelujah!”

Also Read: ‘Timeless’ Lives! NBC Renews Series for Season 2 After Initial Cancellation

And even the series co-creators, Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan, could not contain their excitement on Saturday.

“Can’t thank the #Timeless fans enough for fighting so hard for us online and spreading the word about the show,” Ryan wrote. “Can’t wait to show you more.”

After canceling the time-travel drama on Wednesday, NBC had a change of heart. It certainly didn’t hurt that fans loudly vocalized their disappointment with the initial decision: “Timeless” was the top pick in USA Today’s “Save Our Shows” poll.

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The Abigail Spencer-starring series centers around a mysterious criminal who steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past.

The nation’s only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, soldier and history professor who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to preserve critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive.

See reactions to the renewal below.

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Posted by Matt Lanter on Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mission #ResuscitateTimeless completed. Couldn’t have done it without you!!! NBC heard your cries and changed their minds! We’re baaaaack.

Matt Lanter (@MattLanter) May 13, 2017

#Timeless is trending #1!

Matt Lanter (@MattLanter) May 13, 2017

It’s true! NBC heard from the fans, went back in time and changed history! #Timeless is getting a Season 2! #TimelessResuscitated!

Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) May 13, 2017

Can’t thank the #Timeless fans enough for fighting so hard for us online and spreading the word about the show. Can’t wait to show you more.

Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) May 13, 2017

The #TimeTeam went back 3 days, and changed history. @nbc picked us up for 10 episodes. Seriously. Airs next summer. #TimelessRenewed pic.twitter.com/SDkeShlByL

Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) May 13, 2017

So huge thanks to @nbc for supporting us. And THANKS for the fan support. It’s a MAJOR reason we’re back. It worked, guys! #TimelessRenewed

Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) May 13, 2017

THIS MOTHER FRICKIN’ LIFEBOAT IS REAL!!!!!!
Hallelujah!
Thank you @Sony and @NBC! pic.twitter.com/RWQCzZTg4V

Sakina Jaffrey (@sakinajaff) May 13, 2017

What’s this I hear that #Timeless has been renewed?!?! Have the TV Gods been this amazing to us?? pic.twitter.com/ujWJwHW0ov

— Luciana Mangas (@lucianamangas) May 13, 2017

OMG, It’s true, I still can not believe it. #Timeless pic.twitter.com/3bUfaD1MnO

— Martuska Podaná ???????? (@MartulinkaH) May 13, 2017

IT’S A CHRISTMAS IN MAY MIRACLE!! NBC in a super rare move just UNCANCELED “Timeless” Yessssss!! #SaveTimeless pic.twitter.com/7ZlqzB8Ckc

— Dan Leach (@DanLeach971) May 13, 2017

I’m so happy about #Timeless being saved honestly I almost cried. pic.twitter.com/q3ytIjdu8N

— Rebecca Eisenberg (@ryeisenberg) May 13, 2017

#Timeless uncancelled at #NBC. Another historic example of the power of social media on today’s (entertainment) economy.

Evan Mirzai (@Evan_Almighty) May 13, 2017

Congratulations @ShawnRyanTV @ChrisFParnell @anslemasylum @acofell and all my friends at @NBCTimeless. Amazing!!

Amy Berg (@bergopolis) May 13, 2017

Sincere thanks. For stealing the lifeboat or twisting arms or whatever you did, @nbc. #Timeless #TimelessRenewed https://t.co/STZspsxbMB

— Bethany Perry (@bperry_writes) May 13, 2017

#Timeless is un-cancelled?!?!?!?? pic.twitter.com/80JWvt4qCb

— Hannah (@_hannahe7) May 13, 2017

If your show gets cancelled, you can hop in & go back in time to change the network’s decision. #Timeless #benefitsofowningatimemachine https://t.co/Tn5z7BjdTZ

— Chelsei Jane (@astoldbychelsei) May 13, 2017

I can’t believe it! We’re getting a season 2! #Timeless #WeDidIt pic.twitter.com/3JEfp4PLOJ

— Bigs (@IsThisAngles) May 13, 2017

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Today’s news that the recently canceled Timeless will in fact be back for 10 more episodes next year was celebrated by the show’s creators, cast and fans alike. “Mission ‘Resuscitate Timeless’ completed,” actor Matt Lanter tweeted to fans. “Couldn’t have done it without you! NBC heard your cries and changed their minds! We’re baaaaack.”
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“It’s true!,” wrote co-creator Shawn Ryan. “NBC heard from the fans, went back in time and changed history!”
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Newswire: NBC hops in the time machine, un-cancels Timeless

Earlier this week, NBC broke the hearts of TV time travel fans—who weren’t having a good few months anyway—by announcing that it was canceling its high-concept sci-fi series Timeless. But the great thing about time travel is that you never have to truly commit to a hard decision—outside of whether you’re using Terminator or Back To The Future-style rules, anyway—because Variety reports that the network reversed that decision this morning.

The #TimeTeam went back 3 days, and changed history. @nbc picked us up for 10 episodes. Seriously. Airs next summer. #TimelessRenewed pic.twitter.com/SDkeShlByL

— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) May 13, 2017

The news came from executive producer Eric Kripke, who posted the above on Twitter. So congratulations to stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, and the whole Timeless crew; meanwhile, now that time travel is 100 percent verifiable and real, we’ve …

NBC Orders Mindy Kaling Comedy ‘Champions’ to Series

NBC has ordered “Champions” to series. The show hails from Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy, who will write and executive produce. Kaling will also guest star on the 2017-18 show as Priya, an old high school fling of charismatic but lazy gym owner Vince (Anders Holm).

Vince lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot, per NBC’s official description. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when Vince’s teenage son is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya.

The cast also includes Andy Favreau, J.J. Totah, Mouzam Makkar and Nina Wadia. Michael Alan Spiller will direct and executive produce; Howard Klein also executive produces. “Champions” is produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Eyes Up Productions and Kaling International.

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NBC has also picked up several other new series including “Good Girls,” “AP Bio,” “Rise” sci-fi drama “Reverie” and “The Brave,” previously titled “For God and Country.”

Among current series, NBC renewed “Great News,” which joins “The Blacklist,” “Blindspot,” “Taken” and three of four of Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” shows. On the flip side, the network has canceled “Timeless,” “Emerald City,” “The Blacklist: Redemption” and “Powerless.”

For musical fans, the network will be adapting the classic “Jesus Christ Superstar” for a live musical on Easter 2018.

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“Timeless” has been renewed for a second season at NBC just days after the network canceled the drama series. Executive producer Eric Kripke shared the news with fans on Twitter, writing, “The #TimeTeam went back 3 days, and changed history. @nbc picked us up for 10 episodes. Seriously. Airs next summer.” However, Kripke followed that… Read more »

‘Baby Daddy’ Canceled: Freeform’s Long-Running Comedy Ends At Episode 100

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Newswire: Riverdale casts its new Reggie

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Now, Vulture reports that the show has cast its new Reggie, with actor and model Charles Melton stepping into the role. Melton’s a relative newcomer to …

‘Law and Order: SVU’ Showrunner Rick Eid Leaves for ‘Chicago P.D.’

“Law & Order: SVU” showrunner Rick Eid has exited the venerable procedural to take the top writing job at “Chicago P.D.”

Eid takes over as showrunner for Matt Olmstead, who exited “P.D.” at the end of Season 4. Olmstead co-created “P.D.” with Dick Wolf, who also created the “Law & Order” franchise.

A replacement has not yet been named for “SVU,” which was picked up for a 19th season on Friday.

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“P.D.,” which was renewed for Season 5 on Wednesday, stars Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer and Patrick Flueger. “SVU” stars Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T.

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ABC Picks Up ‘Deception,’ ‘Splitting Up Together’ to Series

ABC has given series pickups to magician drama “Deception” and family sitcom “Splitting Up Together.”

“Deception” follows the disgraced superstar magician Cameron Black. When his career is ruined by scandal, he has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion and influence — the FBI. He’ll become the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception.

Produced by Berlanti Productions and Quinn’s House in association with Warner Bros. Television, “Deception” is executive produced by Fedak, Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter. David Kwong serves as co-producer.

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Based on the Danish series, “Splitting Up Together” is the story of a couple (Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce.  Emily Kapnek (“Suburgatory”) writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres.

The series also starsBobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.

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ABC has also ordered “The Good Doctor” and the Zach Braff sitcom formerly known as “StartUp” to series.

On Friday, ABC renewed freshman comedy “Speechless,” along with “Fresh Off the Boat.”

“The Real O’Neals” and “The Catch” have also been given the axe, joining “Imaginary Mary,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Dr. Ken” and “American Crime.” Previously, the network canceled the Tim Allen sitcom “Last Man Standing” after six seasons.

The network renewed “Black-ish,” “Agents of Shield,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Designated Survivor” and “American Housewife” on the same day. Previously, it had given a two-season extension to “Modern Family” and to “The Goldbergs.”

 

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‘2 Broke Girls’ Canceled by CBS After 6 Seasons

It may be time to reach for a cupcake, as CBS has canceled “2 Broke Girls” after six seasons.

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs starred in the sitcom that was frequently on the bubble. The cast also included Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite, Matthew Moy and Jennifer Coolidge.

Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings created the show, and it hailed from Warner Bros. Television.

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The network still has a number of shows still in limbo, including “Elementary,” “The Great Indoors” and “Code Black.”

CBS has already given early renewals to 16 of its series, including five freshman shows, “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “MacGyver,” “Man With a Plan” and “Superior Donuts.”

Long-running favorites such as all three iterations of “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Blue Bloods” and “Hawaii Five-0” are also returning. Dramas “Scorpion” and “Madam Secretary.” Comedies like “Kevin Can Wait,” “Mom,” “Life in Pieces” and “Man With a Plan” were also renewed.

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