Renewal news and canceled series make a comeback
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Last week, among the shows I dropped quick info bits on were "The Vampire Diaries," "Grimm" and "Ready for Love." Well, this week, I have a little more news on all of them, plus a few more odds and ends.
First, The CW officially picked up "Vampire Diaries" spin-off, "The Originals," to series. The order came just a day after the potential pilot aired as a "Diaries" episode. The show starts this fall.
Joining it in the fall will be "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast." The network renewed both last week when it announced "The Originals'" pick-up. Already renewed were "Arrow," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Supernatural." (For CW fans keeping track, that only leaves the fates of "Nikita" and "The Carrie Diaries" to be determined.)
Speaking of renewals, NBC has announced some of its own: "Grimm," "Parenthood," "Chicago Fire," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Revolution." There's no official word yet on any of the network's comedies; however, I'd say all have cause to be worried but "Parks and Recreation" (especially since "30 Rock" and "The Office" are done) and "Go On" (one of the season's top new sitcoms).
Although "Grimm" took the place of "Ready for Love" on TV, if you're a fan of the dating show, you can still see it online at nbc.com or hulu.com and on TV on Video On Demand. One episode, a two-parter, already aired that way this Tuesday, and that's how the rest of the season will play out. The finale is June 4.
Although the Internet is an easy way to burn off unaired episodes of canceled shows, networks sometimes bring them back in dead times on their schedules (e.g. Saturdays and/or summer).
ABC has already announced that's what it will do with the last few episodes of "666 Park Avenue" (return date TBD), and now it's decided to do the same with the very short-lived "Zero Hour," which got canceled after a mere three episodes. Also, NBC will revive its blink-and-you-missed-it "Do No Harm," which survived just two episodes.
"Zero Hour," a conspiracy thriller starring Anthony Edwards ("ER"), airs at 8 p.m. Saturdays, beginning with back-to-back episodes June 15 and ending with a two-hour finale on Aug. 3. The Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde medical drama "Do No Harm" will air at 10 p.m. Saturdays, beginning June 29. Previously aired episodes can be seen for free on hulu.com and the networks' websites.
Series premieres: "The Show with Vinny," 10 p.m. Thursday, MTV (the "Jersey Shore" star hosts a talk show); "Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous," 10:30 p.m. Thursday, MTV (reality show satire about a talentless teen determined to become famous); "Clipped!" 10 p.m. Friday, Animal Planet (an Arkansas dog groomer); "Newlyweds: The First Year," 10 p.m. Monday, Bravo (follows four couples); "Polygamy, USA," 9 p.m. Tuesday, National Geographic (a polygamous group in Arizona); "Model Employee," 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, VH1 (models perform undesirable hotel jobs for a shot at being the face of a Vegas resort).
Season premieres: "Big Time Rush," 8 p.m. Thursday, Nickelodeon; "Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy," 9 p.m. Wednesday, History; "Million Dollar Listing New York," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo.
Returning: "Merlin," 10 p.m. Friday, Syfy (second half of final season; marathon of first half starts at noon).
Season finales: "Wife Swap," 8 p.m. Thursday, ABC; "Parks and Recreation," 8:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC; "Brand X with Russell Brand," 11p.m. Thursday, FX; "Happy Endings," 8 p.m. Friday, ABC; "The Amazing Race," 8 p.m., and "The Mentalist," 10 p.m. Sunday, CBS; "Red Widow," 10 p.m. Sunday, ABC (probable series finale); "Hart of Dixie," 8 p.m. Tuesday, CW; "Splash," 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC; "Dukes of Melrose," 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo.
Specials: "Rihanna 777," 8 p.m. Monday, Fox (concert documentary); "Constitution USA with Peter Sagal," 9 p.m. Tuesday, PBS (four-part series exploring the Constitution's modern day relevance); "Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuk," 8 p.m. Wednesday, TCM.
Of note: Bob Newhart guest stars on "The Big Bang Theory," 8 p.m. Thursday, CBS; "Glee" celebrates Stevie Wonder, 9 p.m. today, Fox.
W.Va. alert: PBS begins airing the weekly "American Mountain Theater," a music/comedy variety show from Elkins, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday; Mothman is one of the creatures explored on William Shatner's "Weird or What?" 9 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy.
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