Another one of my favorite shows that was on the verge of being dropped has been renewed. Executive Producer Joel Wyman posted a tweet last night saying: “Fringe was picked up!!!! Thanks Fringedom!” This has since been verified online by Fox. So Fringe will be back for a 22-episode fourth season next year.
TNT has renewed Southland for a fourth season and picked up a new crime drama called Perception.
The network had ordered 10 more episodes of Southland, which averaged 2.9 million viewers this season, up 6% from last year.
Fringe has been one of my favorite shows since it started almost three years ago. Everyone, including myself, has been worried that it’s move to Friday would be the death of the show. Rating have been overall pretty good but not great so the fear of it being canceled has been high. After a couple weeks of holding on to ratings the past two weeks have dipped slightly.
Human Target has been moved all over the schedule this year with back-to-back episodes airing on two separate occasions. Ratings have been up and down as a result. Looking at the ratings per episode on Wikipedia, some episodes from this year were near last season’s first few.
Check out what EW found out from Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly below:
How does Fox feel about Fringe’s performance on Friday so far?
“I’m so psyched about it,” says Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. “It does go to show you the loyalty of the genre audience, when you get the right show. I’m so grateful to that audience, I’d like to shake their hands. We have a lot of passion for that show here.”
Now, this interview was just before last Friday’s second-in-row dip, but most other shows also fell that night and one rating does not a reputation make. As for Human Target ….
“We have some decisions to make about that,” Reilly says, “and Lie to Me as well. These shows are not being rejected. They’re doing a consistent and solid number. There are networks that would be happy to take those shows. We have to look at our shelf space.”
Translation: We’re going to decide about Human Target and Lie after we see our pilots for next fall. But keep in mind, Fox only programs two hours a night, so that’s a pretty crowded shelf….
Great news fantasy football lovers… or at least fans of FX’s show The League about a group of fantasy footballers. The show has officially been picked up for a third season. Check out the news release below:
FX DRAFTS THE LEAGUE FOR THIRD TIME
Network Orders 13 Episodes for Season Three
Production Will Begin In the Summer and Season Three Will Premiere in the Fall
LOS ANGELES, February 7, 2011 – FX has picked up a third season of its comedy series The League, ordering 13 episodes, announced Nick Grad, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, FX Networks.
On a first-run basis, season two of The League averaged 1.4 million total viewers and 1.1 million Adults 18-49, up +4% and +5% vs. season one, respectively. On a multi-run total basis, season two delivered 2.5 million total viewers and 2.0 million adults 18-49.
“We’re pleased to announce the third season pickup of The League, and are fired up to continue our partnership with Jackie and Jeff Schaffer and the ensemble cast,” said Grad. “We love the show, and the reaction the cast received across the country during their recent comedy tour is a sign the show is really building momentum.”
Set against the backdrop of a fantasy football league, The League is about friendship, marriage, parenting, and growing up…or refusing to grow up. It was created by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) and Jackie Marcus Schaffer (Disturbia, EuroTrip) who serve as executive producers and directors. The ensemble cast features Mark Duplass, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton and Jon Lajoie. The series is produced by FX Productions.
“We’re thrilled to be doing a third season of The League with our amazing cast and the most audacious network around,” the Schaffers. “FX is truly like the parents we wish we had growing up – every time we say something naughty they reward us.”
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from the Fox Networks Group. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 96 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series; an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other studios; and an impressive roster of acquired hit series. For more information about FX, visit our web site at www.FXnetworks.com.
Source: FX Networks
The Event returns next month to televsion after taking hiatus at the end of November. Good news comes that there will be no loose ends if it isn’t renewed. Unfortunately that won’t be the case for V on ABC if it isn’t renewed. Here’s the scoop thanks to EW:
NBC has set a return date for The Event, and has tapped an A-list cinematographer to direct one pivotal episode.
EW has exclusively learned The Event is coming back on Monday, March 7, with a two-hour presentation, followed by Harry’s Law. After that, there’s nine more Event episodes to finish out the show’s first season.
Also, Janusz Kaminski — the Oscar-winning cinematographer behind a score of Steven Spielberg classics as Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, and War of the Worlds — has been tapped to direct episode 15.
Could No. 15 be when fans finally learn what “The Event” is?
Producers said last year that the title reference will be revealed in the latter half of the first season. Also, they’ve maintained that the season finale will conclude the current storylines in a satisfying manner (a different strategy than, say, ABC’s V, which is going for a cliffhanger).
NBC’s superhero drama The Cape has had it’s episode order cut from 13 down to 10. Due to it’s poor ratings, the future doesn’t look bright for The Cape. It isn’t canceled yet but I wouldn’t hold my breath on it sticking around.
Great news for Californication fans… It’s going to be coming back again next year for a fifth season!
Hot off the record-breaking ratings for the fourth-season premiere last week, SHOWTIME is picking up a fifth season of CALIFORNICATION, it was announced today by Showtime Networks President of Entertainment David Nevins. Twelve new episodes of the hit comedy series will go into production this spring.
CALIFORNICATION’s fourth season premiere delivered its best-ever premiere with over a million total viewers for the night. The series follows the exploits of writer Hank Moody (David Duchovny in his Golden Globe® Award-winning and SAG Award-nominated role) as he works to balance his career, ex-girlfriend, daughter and hedonistic vices.
This season, Hank enlists the help of high-powered defense attorney Abby (guest star Carla Gugino) to keep him out of prison after he’s charged with bedding a then-underage Mia (guest star Madeline Zima). Fourth season guest stars include Rob Lowe, Zoe Kravitz, Stephen Tobolowsky and rocker Tommy Lee will make a cameo, as well.
CALIFORNICATION is created by Tom Kapinos and executive produced by Kapinos and Duchovny.
Fringe returns next week except this time on the dreaded Friday where shows go to die. I am truly hoping that isn’t the case. Fox has even went so far as to poke fun at that very worry with this promo video. Check it out.