FX Renews Two Series

FargoTVIntertitleAt the FX Television Critics Association presentation, the network renewed two series, drama Fargo and veteran comedy, Louie. Fargo, based on the 1996 film, starred Billy Bob Thornton and averaged 1.89 million viewers in its first season.  The critically acclaimed drama also nabbed 18 Emmy nominations.  For its second season, FX says the show will be all new: the characters, cast, time period, and crime story.  Ten (10) episodes have been ordered.

Louie-titleIn addition to the renewal of Fargo, acclaimed comedy Louie will return for its fifth season in spring 2015.  The fourth season, consisting of 14 episodes, averaged a weak 610,000 viewers.  If not for the critical acclaim (and supposedly cheap production cost), I assume Louie would have ended by now.  The upcoming fifth season will consist of only seven (7) episodes, its lowest total yet.

TCA Awards 2014 Winners

Breaking_Bad_title_cardThe Television Critics Association Awards winners were announced tonight, with Breaking Bad taking home the biggest award (Program of the Year), and Emmy snub The Good Wife scoring a win in the Outstanding Achievement in Drama.

The winners are in bold.

Program of the Year
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Orange is the New Black
True Detective

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Mindy Project

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
The Americans
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
The Good Wife

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Individual Achievement in Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Outstanding New Program
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Orange is the New Black
Sleepy Hollow
True Detective

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials
American Horror Story: Coven
The Returned
True Detective

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
The Amazing Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Shark Tank
The Voice

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
CBS Sunday Morning
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
60 Minutes

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
Adventure Time
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
The Fosters
Sesame Street
Switched at Birth

Career Achievement Award
Mark Burnett
James Burrows
Valerie Harper
Jay Leno
William Shatner

Heritage Award
Saturday Night Live
South Park
Star Trek
Twin Peaks

Did any of the winners surprise you?  Sound off in the comments below!

The CW Renews “Whose Line”

poodsbkA year after its network debut, The CW has renewed Whose Line is it Anyway for a third season, which will contain 24 episodes.

The improv sketch comedy’s first season did quite well for the fifth broadcast network, averaging 2.36 million viewers.  The second season is down compared to the first (1.64 million), but with most episodes airing during the summer, in a season that is considered dead airtime for the network, this is a huge win.

Through three seasons on The CW, Whose Line is it Anyway will have amassed 60 episodes.

TNT Renews Three Dramas

TNT has renewed veterans Major Crimes, and Falling Skies, as well as freshman drama The Last Ship for additional seasons.

Major-CrimesMajor Crimes, a spinoff of long-running The Closer, is currently averaging 4.98 million viewers and 0.8 A18-49 demo through six episodes in its third season.  Compared to the season two average through six episodes, the current season is up in total viewers (vs. 4.65 million) and even in the 18-49 demographic.  Season four will consist of 15 episodes.

Falling-Skies-Logo-WideThe other veteran drama, Falling Skies, will return for a fifth, and final, season next summer.  Now in its fourth season, Falling Skies is averaging 3.04 million viewers and 0.9 A18-49 demo, which is down from its season three average by double digits (vs. 3.69 million viewers and 1.3 demo).  TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the final season.

downloadBreakout freshman drama The Last Ship has performed very well for TNT on Sunday nights.  Through four episodes, The Last Ship has averaged 4.66 million viewers and 1.1 A18-49 demo.  The Michael Bay drama premiered to 5.33 million viewers and 1.2 A18-49 demo, and has scored a 1.0 demo in its past two episodes.  TNT notes the freshman drama is the highest rated new basic cable drama among total viewers and A25-54 this season.  The second season will consist of 13 episodes, up from the 10 in its current season.

TNT’s has not announced the fates of its other dramas (Rizzoli and IslesPerception, and freshman Murder in the First).

NBC Renews “The Night Shift”, CW Announces Cancellation

imagesSix episodes through its eight episode first season, NBC has handed a second season renewal to summer drama The Night Shift.

The series, which was originally supposed to debut in the spring, has done okay behind America’s Got Talent on Tuesday nights.  The Night Shift slipped to a 1.2 demo just a few weeks back, but has recovered nicely and put up a 1.4 demo this past week.  Through those six episodes, The Night Shift has averaged a solid 6.71 million viewers.

The medical drama was renewed for a fourteen episode second season, with a return date yet to be announced (although a summer date is expected).

Artwork-for-Famous-in-12_event_mainIn addition, The CW has made a change to its summer schedule.  TMZ-backed Famous in 12 has been pulled from the schedule after only five low-rated episodes.  The series followed a family trying to become famous in twelve weeks, with the help of social media.  Famous in 12 debuted to a meager 610,000 viewers, with its most recent episode notching a mere 470,000 viewers (and an 0.2 demo).

No official replacement has yet been announced, but for at least the foreseeable future, repeats of Arrow will fill the timeslot.