I’m so far behind on entertainment news we’re only going to get halfway through it in this installment. We’ll have another installment in a day or two.
We start off this week’s entertainment news within RIP for Robin Gibbs of the Bee Gees passed away this week after a long illness. Thanks to his legacy of great music he will remain “Stayin’ Alive” in our hearts.
Went with friends this week to see Marvel Avengers in IMAX 3-D. Totally awesome if you’re a fan of the genre and not a bad action movie even if you aren’t a big comic hero fan. We saw 3-D trailers for the new Spiderman and the new sci-fi movie Prometheus which depending on who you talk to either is or is not a prequel to the Aliens series. Regardless of what is it looks very cool.
Heads up for an upcoming series on HBO called “The Newsroom” which will be written by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin. The previews look really good. Speaking of West Wing, the new HBO comedy “Veep” is better than I thought it would be. While the humor is extremely dry and it helps to be a fan of Julia Louis Dreyfus, the political plots are actually pretty interesting. Over the first four episodes she is trying to push through a new clean jobs bill. The senator who agrees to help her sponsor the bill insist that no one from the oil industry be on the commission. The oil industry insists that someone be on the commission. She pick someone that neither side liked and got them to agree to it because it made everybody mad. Pretty cool politics. In the end the vice presidents clean jobs bill went down the tubes because the president himself wanted to focus on something different. She ended up having to cast a tie-breaking vote against her own proposal to stay loyal to the president. Pretty heady politics for a half-hour comedy show.
Because I was under the weather for a while and got tied up in other projects. Our entertainment news is way behind schedule. There are going to be articles that give you “sneak peeks” at season finales that have already been shown. But if you’re like me, your DVR is 98 percent full and you’ve not yet seen some of those season finales. So I’m going to include those kinds of articles anyway. There will also be articles that are postmortem commentary on season finales. If you’ve not seen them yet you may want to skip those.
In the links below to read about…
Fox renews Fringe for its fifth and final season of 13 episodes.
At the bottom of the Fringe article see the link to TVLine’s 2012 renewal scorecard
Preview of the season finale of “Once upon a Time”
Descriptions of new CW network shows including Beauty and the Beast and Arrow
Descriptions of 8 new ABC series picks up for the fall.
Postmortem interview with producers of Fringe about season finale.
Postmortem interview with producers of Once upon a Time about season finale.
Descriptions of 7 new CBS series including Elementary… A Sherlock Holmes reboot
Overview of complete NBC fall schedule
Overview of complete Fox fall schedule
Overview of complete ABC fall schedule
Overview of complete CBS fall schedule
Overview of complete CW network fall schedule
Complete grid of all network fall shows
Postmortem interview with producers of Bones about season finale and next season
Postmortem interview with producers of Scandal about season finale and next season
“Preview” of season finale of Grimm with its star
“Preview” of season finale of Nikita with producers
Postmortem of season finale of Nikita
Not in the links below but also of interest
NBC has picked up a sitcom pilot Save Me starring Anne Heche about a woman who starts channeling God after an accident. 13 episode order
NBC is also picked up a JJ Abrams/Eric Kripke action show Revolution. It’s a post apocalyptic world where all energy suddenly disappeared
NBC has picked up a White House comedy called 1600 Penn
NBC had picked up a about a “House like” veterinarian who likes animals but hates people.
NBC has renewed Law and Order:SVU and a new drama show called “Chicago Fire” about the Chicago fire Department
Demi Lovato & Britney Spears have signed on as judges for X factor
NBC has picked up a Jimmy Fallon produced sitcom called Guys with Kids
Fox has renewed Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch but sadly canceled Alcatraz and The Finder
Elaine Pompano, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr. and Chandra Wilson have signed two-year deals to continue on Gray’s anatomy
Despite Alcatraz cancellation Parminder Nagra will not be out of work. She will play a love interest for Gus on the upcoming season of Psych
ABC has canceled Cougar Town but it has been picked up by TBS
NBC has renewed Parenthood!
NBC has renewed 30 rock, community, and Parks and Recreation for possibly shortened seasons. 30 rock will be final season
NBC has renewed Whitney and Up All Night
ABC has renewed Once upon a Time, Revenge, Gray’s Anatomy, Castle, Dancing with the Stars,, Suburbatory, The Middle, and Modern Family
ABC has renewed Happy Endings
NBC has canceled Are You There Chelsea, Awake, Best Friends Forever, and Bent
We are sad to report that CW network has canceled Ringer. Although we found the finale quite satisfying.
CW has also canceled Secret Circle. CW has renewed Nikita and Heart of Dixie
NBC has canceled Harry’s Law and we are greatly disappointed.
CW has renewed Gossip Girl for a final season of just 11 episodes
NBC picks up a new series called Do No Harm that is sort of a Jekyll and Hyde type story. Also a soap opera called Infamous that sort of a ripoff of Revenge
ABC has renewed Scandal for a second season. I thought it was pretty good.
ABC cancels GCB, Pan Am, The River, none of which I will miss however I will miss Missing which was canceled. I thought it was pretty good.
ABC renews Private Practice, Body of Proof, Don’t Trust Apartment 23, Last Man Standing and picks up a Reba McIntyre sitcom Malibu County
CBS has renewed 2 1/2 men. It has canceled A Gifted Man
CBS has renewed CSI:NY however cancels CSI: Miami, Unforgettable, Rob, and NYC 22.
CBS has renewed Rules of Engagement
SyFy Channel announced Eureka will end July 16, meanwhile Warehouse 13 and Alphas will return July 23. Lost girl moves to Fridays at 10 PM beginning July 20. Sadly Sanctuary will not be returning.
Fox Renews Fringe For ‘Exciting and Climactic’ Fifth and Final Season
TVLine’s 2012 Renewal Scorecard has been updated with the news!
Once Upon a Time Bosses Tease a ‘Severely Intense’ Finale (Featuring a Lost-Style ‘Reset’?)
Fall TV Scoop: The CW Picks Carrie Diaries, Beauty and the Beast, Arrow and 2 Others
Fall TV: ABC Picks Up Connie Britton’s Nashville, Sarah Chalke’s Parents Plus 6 Others
Post Mortem: Fringe Boss Talks ‘Quiet’ Finale, the Final Season’s ‘Huge Payoff’ and [Spoiler]’s ‘Fate’
Once Upon a Time’s Josh Dallas: ‘Crazy-Bananas’ Finale ‘Is Like a Train That Won’t Stop!’
Fall TV Scoop: CBS Picks Up Seven Series, Including Sherlock Reboot, Urie Sitcom
NBC Fall Schedule Revealed: Community Moving, Smash Delayed — Watch New Show Clips!
Fox Fall Schedule Revealed: Glee Shifts to Thursday, Touch Moves to Friday and More!
ABC Schedule Revealed: Revenge Moving to Sunday, Happy Endings and Apt. 23 to Tuesday
CBS Schedule Revealed: Two and a Half Men on the Move, Mentalist Sees New Home on Sunday
The CW’s Schedule Revealed: Supernatural and Arrow Team Up on Wednesday, Dixie to Tuesday
Fall TV Grid: What’s on When? And Versus What?
Bones Boss Answers Burning Finale Questions, Confirms Season 8 Time Jump and More!
Shonda Rhimes Weighs In on Scandal Season 1, the Finale’s Killer Reveal and Fitz’s Future
Grimm Star David Giuntoli Says Finale ‘Holds All the Answers,’ Teases Season 2
Nikita Boss Teases a Major ‘Paradigm Shift’ and the Death of a ‘Fan Favorite’ In the Season Finale
Exclusive Post Mortem: Nikita Boss Reveals Why [Spoiler] Had to Die — and What’s Next!