Showtime Renews Lisa Kudrow’s ‘Web Therapy’ For Second Season

By | Monday December 5, 2011 @ 10:21am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Showtime has picked up a second season of Lisa Kudrow’s online-turned-television comedy series Web Therapy. Kudrow stars as Fiona Wallice, the self-professed and self-serving psychotherapist who treats patients for three minutes via webcam. Season 2 will be comprised of at least 10 half-hour episodes. It will air on the network in 2012 and include the arc with Meryl Streep, which ran on the online version of the improv comedy series last year. “We are thrilled that Showtime will air more of the half-hour format of Web Therapy, we really love this version of the show,” Kudrow said. “Of course, we are over the moon that Meryl Streep will be in this coming season. She was effortlessly hilarious and it’s a great story. We have Lily Tomlin back who is ALWAYS fantastically funny. Conan O’Brien is beyond, fantastic, he’s a perfect improviser. We’re honestly giddy over the people we have for this season.” Read More »

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Comedy Central Renews ‘South Park’ For Three More Seasons Through 2016

By | Wednesday November 16, 2011 @ 9:18am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Cable’s longest-running animated series South Park is headed for the 20-season mark. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the no-holds-barred animated comedy, have closed a new deal with Comedy Central for three more seasons of South Park.Read More »

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Fox Renews ‘X Factor’ For Second Season

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 10:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The X Factor has not been the runaway success for Fox some had projected, but it has delivered solid enough ratings to earn a second season. The network just announced that it has renewed Simon Cowell’s singing competition. Fox’s president of alternative Mike Darnell called the show “a monumental success.” “It’s won every night it’s been on the air, the talent is phenomenal, the live shows are spectacular and picking it up is a complete no-brainer,” he said. Added Cowell: “I am absolutely thrilled with the news. I have loved making the show.” After staying flat for its pre-taped portion, X Factor perked up in its first live show last week, matching its series-sigh premiere demo rating (4.4 in Live+Same Day). The show, which has averaged a 4.7/11 in 18-49 and 13.5 million viewers in Live+7/most current for its 20 weeks on the air, has improved Fox’s fall performance and its fortunes on Wednesday and Thursday, propelling the network to the top spot on Thursday in 18-49 for the first time in its history. Read More »

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Comedy Central Renews ‘Workaholics’ For Third Season

By | Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 11:14am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Comedy Central has picked up a third season of comedy series Workaholics, with stars/co-creators Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck set to return. “It’s such an honor to be able to keep Workaholics going,” said … Read More »

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Fox Stations Renew ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ For 2 More Seasons

By | Monday October 24, 2011 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Fox television stations have renewed The Wendy Williams Show for two more seasons, keeping the syndicated talker from Debmar-Mercury on through 2014. The Wendy Williams Show — which recently scored an interview with Charlie Sheen in a synergy move … Read More »

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MTV Renews ‘Ridiculousness’ For Season 2

By | Monday October 17, 2011 @ 11:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

MTV has renewed Rob Dyrdek’s series Ridiculousness for a second season. The show, in the vein of America’s Funniest Home Videos and Tosh.0, airs at 10 PM and features Dyrdek’s take on funny amateur viral videos. “Rob is a powerhouse … Read More »

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FX Renews ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ For Season 5

By | Monday October 17, 2011 @ 11:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter should be in a better mood today then Friday, when he spewed venom at bloggers in a Twitter rant. Halfway through SOA‘s fourth season, FX this morning renewed Sutter’s hit biker drama for a … Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Full Seasons Of ‘Revenge’, ‘Suburgatory’, Gives Six-Script Order To ‘Happy Endings’

By | Thursday October 13, 2011 @ 1:36pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

ABC has ordered full seasons of its new series Revenge and Suburgatory. The network also has ordered six more scripts of its sophomore comedy Happy Endings. The news comes after some encouraging ratings news on all 3 shows this morning, with Happy Endings and freshman Revenge posting week-to-week gains and … Read More »

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RENEWALS: Fox Picks Up ‘Dance’, Adult Swim To Bring Back ‘NTSF:SD:SUV’

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 5:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It was busy day for renewals and cancellations. Two more that happened this afternoon: Fox has officially ordered a ninth season of summer staple So You Think You Can Dance, and Adult Swim committed to a second season of NTSF:SD:SUV::

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NBC Cancels ‘Playboy Club’, Gives Full-Season Orders To ‘Up All Night’ & ‘Whitney’

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Second Time No Charm For ‘Playboy Club’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ & ‘Prime Suspect’: What Went Wrong?
UPDATED: NBC is giving new comedy series Up All Night and Whitney a major vote of confidence with early full-season pickups. Meanwhile, as we indicated in the ratings story earlier this morning, low-rated new drama The Playboy Club has become the first new series to be canceled this fall. The 1960s drama is being pulled from the schedule effective immediately and will be replaced by Brian Williams’ new primetime newsmagazine, Rock Center With Brian Williams, which will premiere October 31. For the next three weeks, NBC will air repeats of its other struggling new drama, the well-received Prime Suspect, in the Monday 10 PM hour for additional sampling, while keeping originals on Thursday. “We made comedy an important goal for us this season and I’m very pleased to be making full-season commitments to both Whitney and Up All Night,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “We’re thrilled with the creative direction of both shows as well as the potential for them to continue to build loyal audiences over the coming months.”

While not breakout hits of the size of Fox’s New Girl or CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, Up All Night and Whitney have been solid in their first couple of weeks, especially compared to the performance of NBC’s new drama series. The pickup of Whitney, which will be joined shortly by a full-season order for 2 Broke Girls at CBS, will give Whitney Cummings, who created and stars in Whitney and co-created 2 Broke Girls, two successful new shows this fall.  As for Playboy, the series was expected to get the ax last week after its low-rated premiere was followed by a Week 2 decline, but Greenblatt gave the period drama another shot. Unfortunately, the series dropped again last night to a 1.2 demo rating despite its lead-in actually improving a bit. Read More »

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Lifetime Renews ‘Dance Moms’ For Season 2

By | Tuesday September 27, 2011 @ 9:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lifetime has renewed its promising new docu-series Dance Moms for a second season with a 13-episode order. The series starring infamous dance instructor Abby Lee Miller will wrap its first season October 5.  Over the past four weeks, Dance MomsRead More »

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It’s Official: Oxygen Begins Casting For Second Season Of ‘The Glee Project’

By | Monday September 26, 2011 @ 9:45am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Oxygen this morning officially announced that it is proceeding with casting for a second season of reality series The Glee Project. Because Glee itself has not been renewed for a fourth season, Oxygen stopped short of announcing an official … Read More »

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USA Renews ‘Covert Affairs’, ‘Royal Pains’ And ‘Necessary Roughness’ For Full Sweep

By | Thursday September 15, 2011 @ 2:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After it just wrapped a sixth consecutive summer ratings victory, USA Network has renewed the remaining three original summer series that hadn’t gotten a pickup yet: sophomore Covert Affairs, veteran Royal Pains and freshman Necessary Roughness. All have received  16-episode orders. “USA’s original programming blew through all expectations this summer,” USA co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber said. “Every series in our unprecedented lineup was a standout.”

USA unspooled a record eight original series this summer and, with the exception of Law & Order: CI, which ended its 10-season run, the network has renewed all others including White Collar, Burn Notice, In Plain Sight (for a final season), freshman Suits and now Covert Affairs, Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness. USA’s haul of seven series renewals in one season is the largest ever for a cable network and more than the broadcast networks normally bring back too. What’s more, USA didn’t cancel a single show, also something pretty unprecedented. Read More »

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Spike Picks Up John Langley Cop Show, 3 Other Reality Series, Renews ‘Repo Games’

By | Wednesday August 10, 2011 @ 2:00pm PDT
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Spike TV has greenlighted four new reality series: Undercover Stings from Cops creator John Langley, about cops orchestrating sting operations; Big Easy Justice from Al Roker and Jennifer Lopez’s production companies, about a New Orleans bounty hunter; American Digger from the producers of Spike’s hit Auction Hunters, about a relic hunter digging up people’s properties for histotic artifacts; and World’s Worst Tenants from Zoo Prods., about a professional evictor. Additionally, Spike has ordered 20 more episodes of the SallyAnn Salsano-produced Repo Games. Sharon Levy, Spike’s EVP original series, said that the new shows are part of the network’s push to expand its core men 18-34 demo to the older men 34-49 demographic that was launched with such recent series as Auction Hunters, Bar Rescue and Repo Games. In primetime, Spike’s median age is currently 40, up from 38 last year. The median age for the network’s highest-rated unscripted original, Auction Hunters, is 41; for Bar Rescue it’s 42. “We have had success in our quest to broaden out our audience,” she said. “The new series continue that and hone our brand as a destination for dynamic characters that exist in high risk/high reward situations.” The goal is to have 52 weeks of originals on Spike every year, she added. Here are detailed descriptions of the new series, including the sizes of their orders: Read More »

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Bravo Picks Up 3 New Unscripted Series, Renews ‘Real Housewives Of OC’, 2 More

By | Tuesday August 2, 2011 @ 7:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – August 2, 2011 – After recording its best second quarter ever, Bravo Media announced it will increase its must watch original programming with three new series and three returning favorites.  The new series include Around the World in 80 Plates (working title), a culinary competition following chefs as they compete in world-renowned restaurants around the globe, Paint the Town (working title), which gives viewers an exclusive look inside the lives of six 20-something women working in New York City’s hippest art galleries and Newlyweds: The First Year (working title), a docu-series capturing six couples throughout their first year of marriage. The network will also air a special, Thicker Than Water: The Marinos, following the chaotic lives of a tight-knit, multi-generational family in New Jersey on Sunday, August 21 at 11p.m ET/PT. After recently concluding successful seasons, Bravo has renewed several of its hit series including a seventh season of The Real Housewives of Orange County, a fourth season of Top Chef Masters and a fifth season of Million Dollar Listing LA.

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Nickelodeon Renews ‘Big Time Rush’ For Third Season

By | Tuesday May 24, 2011 @ 3:11pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nickelodeon has picked up a third season of the hit live-action comedy Big Time Rush. The series, created by Scott Fellows and produced in partnership with Sony Music, chronicles the adventures and misadventures of four best friends from Minnesota who move to Los Angeles and trade in their hockey sticks … Read More »

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MTV Picks Up Two More Seasons Of ‘The Real World’

By | Wednesday March 23, 2011 @ 12:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It is not MTV’s flagship series anymore (that would be Jersey Shore), but The Real World continues to be a signature series for the cable channel and the show that started the current docu-reality craze. Now MTV announced it is … Read More »

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CBS Picks Up ‘Survivor’ For 2 More Cycles

By | Wednesday March 9, 2011 @ 12:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has renewed its flagship reality series Survivor for next season, ordering two more editions of the show, its 23rd and 24th. Additionally, Jeff Probst has signed a new deal to continue as host and an executive producer. This season, Survivor moved from its original Thursday time period to Wednesdays, helping … Read More »

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It’s Official: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Renewed For 2 More Seasons

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CBS made the announcement this morning – How I Met Your Mother has been renewed through the 2012-2013 season as part of a 2-year deal between CBS and 20th Century Fox TV. As we reported on Friday, the pact is said to be for a license fee of $3.3 … Read More »

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