CBS Joins in Renewing Freshman Series

01/14/2010 at 7:46 pm | Posted in Net/Spec | 1 Comment

CBS announced today that they were renewing two freshman shows for the 2010-2011 broadcast season:

The Good Wife

NCIS: LA

NCIS: LA was not a big shock.  They’ve already been sold into syndication, which will start running many years from now, and they were only a few episodes in.  The demos have just been massive.  It didn’t hurt to air after NCIS, which is currently the most-watched scripted program on TV.

The Good Wife was somewhat interesting.  For any other network, their demo ratings would have made it a lock for renewal.  However – for CBS – their usual 3.0 18-49 made it where they had a 50/50 shot of a second season.

Congrats to both!

TNT Renews Freshman Show

01/14/2010 at 7:27 pm | Posted in Net/Spec | 1 Comment

TNT has renewed the show Men of a Certain Age for a 10-episode second season.

TNT describes the show as “explores the unique bonds of male friendship among three men approaching mid-life. The show focuses on Joe (Ray Romano), a friendly, 40-something, slightly neurotic, recently separated father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer but instead owns and runs a party store. He has two best friends: Owen (Andre Braugher), an overstressed husband and father who is a car salesman at his dad’s dealership; and Terry (Scott Bakula), an offbeat, handsome, intelligent and still-struggling-to-make-it actor.”

So fans of the show can rest easy for awhile.  Compared to other TNT dramas, Men’s viewership wasn’t exactly superb.  However, TNT has a positive track record of giving shows a second chance to pull people in.

Also, it probably doesn’t hurt to have Ray Romano as a lead.

SHOCKER: FOX Renews Freshman Show!

01/14/2010 at 3:04 pm | Posted in Net/Spec | 2 Comments

Ok, so it’s not even remotely shocking.  At the Television Critics Association Press Tour this week, FOX announced that Glee was renewed for a second season.

Glee has been a hit with the all-powerful 18-34 & 18-49, especially with women.  Also, the soundtracks released have been selling quite well (always debuting in the top 10 their first weeks on the shelves).

Glee joins a long list of shows already been renewed for the 2010-2011 TV season:  Bones, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, & The Simpsons.

The producers are even holding national auditions to join the cast for next season.  Below is the information on where to go if you are interested:

“Building upon the show’s incredibly supportive community of GLEEks and with the hope of bringing fans even closer to the series, auditions will be open to amateur individuals as well as professionals between the ages of 16-26, and all hopefuls will be able to submit auditions online. Additional details to be announced soon, please check www.fox.com/glee for updates.

This unique casting search and process will be chronicled in a multi-part special that will air leading up to the premiere of the series’ second season in fall 2010 on FOX, and the new cast members will be revealed in the premiere episode.”

ABC Renews 3 Freshman Shows

01/14/2010 at 2:07 pm | Posted in Net/Spec | 1 Comment

This week at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, the President of ABC Entertainment Group – Stephen McPherson – announced that three of their freshman comedies on were coming back for a second season this fall.

The Middle

Cougar Town

Modern Family

Looks like ABC’s brand-new Wednesday night line-up was 50% successful (Hank and Eastwick have already been cancelled).  That’s pretty impressive!

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