Several more new shows will survive for a full season
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Since I last wrote about the status of some of the new fall shows Oct. 24, we're inching a little closer to all of them finding out their fate. Five more announcements have been made in the meantime.
The first came from Fox, which announced the day after that column, that it's picked up "Dads" for a full season. The sitcom's timeslot partner, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," has already been picked up, so now Fox has locked in that 8 p.m. Tuesday hour of comedy for the season.
The other new news came last Friday from ABC. It announced full-season orders for its 9 p.m. Tuesday comedy block of "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" and an additional four-episode order for Rebel Wilson's Wednesday night sitcom "Super Fun Night."
The news wasn't as good for fellow Wednesday-night newbie "Back in the Game," which ABC announced it was canceling, despite originally ordering a few extra scripts for it. Still, the remaining seven episodes filmed will air, so at least fans can take consolation in that. (And Maggie Lawson fans can see her when USA's "Psych" airs its special musical episode in December, then returns next year for Season 8.)
Series premieres: "The Lylas," 9 p.m. Friday, WE (a pop group comprised of Bruno Mars' sisters moves to L.A. to record their debut album); "American Jungle," 10 p.m. Sunday, History (primitive clansmen hunt wild animals in Hawaiian jungles); "Thicker Than Water: The Tankards," 9 p.m. Sunday, Bravo (the "Godfather of Gospel Jazz" Ben Tankard and his blended family); "Church Rescue," 10 p.m. Monday, National Geographic (a consulting company helps faith-based organizations); "Bear Grylls: Escape From Hell," 10 p.m. Monday, Discovery (Grylls re-enacts real-life survival stories; moves to regular timeslot at 10 p.m. Wednesday); "A Crime to Remember," 10 p.m. Tuesday, ID (notorious crimes of the past); "Lost Survivors," 11 p.m. Tuesday, Travel (a survivalist couple is stranded in an undisclosed location with few supplies or clues and must get back to civilization).
Season premieres: "Guinness World Records Unleashed," 8 p.m. Thursday, TruTV; "The Devil You Know," 10:30 p.m. Thursday, ID; "Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta," 9 p.m. Friday, TLC; "Finding Bigfoot," 10 p.m. Sunday, Animal Planet; "Burning Love," 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, E!
Series finale: "Shake It Up," 9 p.m. Sunday, Disney.
Season finales: "Tamar & Vince," 9 p.m. Thursday, WE; "MasterChef Junior," 8 p.m. Friday, Fox; "America's Next Top Model," 9 p.m. Friday, CW (part one); "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," 9 p.m. Sunday, E!; "Alaskan Women Looking for Love," 10 p.m. Sunday, TLC.
Specials: "Inside the Actors Studio" with the "Arrested Development" cast and creator, 8 p.m. Thursday, Bravo; "Macklemore's Big Surprise," 10 p.m. Thursday, E! (the rapper helps renovate the home of his mother-in-law, whom he credits for saving him from drug addiction); "Great Performances: Stephen Sondheim's 'Company' with the New York Philharmonic," 9 p.m. Friday, PBS (with Neil Patrick Harris, Jon Cryer, Patti LuPone and Martha Plimpton); "Miss Universe," 9 p.m. Saturday, NBC; "2013 MTV Europe Music Awards," 7 p.m. Sunday, MTV (performances by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and The Killers); "MAD's 100th Episode Special," 8:30 p.m. Monday, Cartoon Network; "Face Off: Naked and Painted," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy (a look at the art of body painting).
JFK specials: "JFK: The Final Hours," 8 p.m. Friday, National Geographic (Bill Paxton-narrated documentary taken from firsthand accounts); "Killing Kennedy," 8 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic (TV movie based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book; starring Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin); "American Experience: JFK," 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, PBS (two-part profile); "Secrets of the Dead: JFK, One PM Central Standard Time," 10 p.m. Wednesday, PBS (George Clooney-narrated hour examining how the assassination was reported by journalists on the scene and Walter Cronkite in New York); "Nova: Cold Case JFK," 9 p.m. Wednesday, PBS (the assassination is re-examined with modern technology and contemporary scientific techniques).
TV movie: "A Country Christmas Story," 8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime (holiday drama with Dolly Parton and Brian McKnight about a young Appalachian singer and the country music legacy of African-Americans).
Of note: Adam Lambert begins his guest arc on "Glee," 9 p.m. Thursday, Fox.
W.Va. alert: PBS will air Huntington performer Mitzi Sinnott's "SNAPSHOT: a true story of love interrupted by invasion" at 8 p.m. Sunday and again at 9 p.m. Nov. 26. The one-woman play, recorded at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center earlier this year, is the story of Sinnott's search for her father, Lorenzo Batts Jr., who lived in Huntington and was the lead singer of The Explosive Dynamiks before being drafted in the Vietnam War, getting injured in combat and returning to the U.S. with severe PTSD that progressed into schizophrenia.
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