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Arrivals, Returns, & Departures – 07/09/2012

July 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Hello TV Ragers, and welcome to your semi-regular update on all the pilots, renewals, and cancellations that have taken place since the last issue was published. Let’s get started with:

ARRIVALS

Devious Maids, Lifetime – This Marc Cherry created drama is based on a Mexican telenovela, and explores the complicated lives of five ambitious Beverly Hills maids, all of whom work for high profile clients. The large ensemble cast includes daytime legend Susan Lucci (in her first primetime leading role), Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz, Scrubs’ Judy Reyes, Entourage’s Dania Ramirez, Without A Trace’s Roselyn Sanchez, Melrose Place’s Grant Show, and more.

RETURNS

Dallas, TNT, Season 2 – I assumed this revival of the classic series would be successful, but I never saw it being such a big hit. The first few episodes set ratings records for TNT, and its renewal was quickly assured. This show is really managing to bridge the generation gap, as young people are tuning in, as are viewers who would have been in the 18-34 demos when the original series aired.

Duck Dynasty, A&E, Season 2 – This reality series is about the lives of Robertson family, a group of self-made multimillionaires that made their fortune creating various products used in duck hunting. These type of “backwoods elite” reality shows seem to be the new trend on cable.

Eastbound & Down, HBO, Season 4 – E&D’s renewal marks a bizarre course switch for the show, as the creators and star weren’t very subtle about declaring that season three would be the last we would see of Kenny Powers. I doubt most fans will mind in the end though.

Impractical Jokers, TruTV, Season 2 – This largely improvised series follows a group of four friends who compete against each other in various comedic challenges in order to meet required goals, all the while dealing with the reactions of the everyday people they encounter during their pranks. Like all shows of this type, the comedy is very hit and miss, but it’s made me Laugh out loud a few times.

Longmire, A&E, Season 2 – This modern western spotlights Sheriff Walt Longmire, head lawman of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Walt’s wife recently passed away, and he’s returning to work as the series begins. His daughter, deputy, and best friend Henry all offer support to Longmire as he attempts to solve a series of major crimes happening in his jurisdiction. Fighting crime isn’t Longmire’s only worry though, as he must prepare for an competitive re-election battle if he wants to keep his job.

Men At Work, TBS, Season 2 – This Breckin Meyer comedy chronicles the lives of Milo Foster (That 70’s Show’s Danny Masterson), and his three best friends Tyler (Michael Cassidy), Neal (Adam Busch), and Gibbs (James Lesure). Milo recently got dumped by his long-time girlfriend, and now turns to his pals for help in re-entering the crazy world of dating. The four friends also work together at the same magazine, hence the title. While critics have thrashed the series, audiences seem to dig it.

The Newsroom, HBO, Season 2 – After only the first episode aired, this Aaron Sorkin drama was picked up for round two. I’ve only seen the first show, but I’m still not sure how I feel about it. As an unabashed liberal, I can agree with a lot of the politics involved, but Jeff Daniels’ character seems like (to put it bluntly) kind of an a-hole. His performance in the role is good, but I find the character himself off-putting.

Rizzoli & Isles, TNT, Season 4 – Rizzoli & Isles is a procedural drama that stars Law & Order’s Angie Harmon as tough, tomboy-ish Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli, and NCIS’ Sasha Alexander as her colleague, best friend, and Chief Medical Examiner Maura Isles. As the cliche goes: together, they fight crime. That’s honestly about all I can tell you, as my knowledge of the series is very limited. More Angie Harmon is always welcome though.

Rookie Blue, ABC, Season 4 – This cop drama is a Canadian import, and one of the few scripted series to air on ABC during the summer months. The numbers have been good, so it’s no surprise that it will be back, both on ABC and it’s Canadian station Global. As a Reaper fan, it does my heart good to see that the beautiful Missy Peregrym has found further success in TV.

True Blood, HBO, Season 6 – The vampires and various night stalkers of Bon Temps, Louisiana can now rest assured that they can continue to suck blood and other various bodily fluids for another year. Although I don’t think anyone thought it would be going anywhere. Anna Paquin nude = ratings.

DEPARTURES

No shows have left us since the last AR&D was published.

And that’s all for this edition. I’ll be back tomorrow with another edition that will cover the other half of the announcements made in the last month. See you then.

Arrivals, Returns, & Departures – 06/18/2012

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Hello TV Ragers, and welcome to your semi-regular update on all the pilots, renewals, and cancellations that have taken place since the last issue was published. It’s been nearly a month since the last AR&D, and I bet some of you fine people were beginning to think I had retired them altogether. In actuality, I just took a hiatus after putting together that mammoth 9-page, 3 part upfronts week edition back in May. That thing was a beast to compile. Anyway, without any further ado, let’s get to covering some of the announcements made in the last month:

ARRIVALS

Legit, FX – This comedy stars Australian stand-up comic Jim Jeffries, who (in a long standing sitcom tradition) plays a stand-up comedian named Jim. Not content with where he is, the series revolves around Jim’s constantly failing attempts to become “legitimate” in life. His hairbrained schemes are encouraged by his best friend Steve (Dan Bakkedahl), and Steve’s brother Billy (D.J. Qualls).

RETURNS

Best Ink, Oxygen, Season 2 – This is a reality competition series revolving around the art of the tattoo. Hosted by American Idol alumnus Kimberly Caldwell, the show’s short first season performed well for Oxygen, and its renewal is not a surprise.

The Devil’s Ride, Discovery Channel, Season 2 – The Devil’s Ride is a reality series chronicling the lives of the members of San Diego motorcycle club The Laffing Devils. Membership is quite varied, as club leader Gipsy is a former Marine who served in Iraq, while newest recruit Snubz has a degree in finance and a full time corporate career.

Nurse Jackie, Showtime, Season 5 – This pitch black dramedy stars The Sopranos’ Edie Falco, a strong-willed ER nurse at an NYC hospital. She’s great at her job, and keeps the place running correctly, but at the same time she pops all kind of pills to combat the intense stress involved. That’s just the tip of the iceberg as to where the show has dared to go in its four seasons.

Rules Of Engagement, CBS, Season 7 – The only broadcast network comedy to not be renewed until after upfronts week, Rules remains a dependable clean-up batter that CBS loves to always have in its back pocket. The strategy has been the same for a number of years now: CBS picks up Rules as a mid-season replacement, tries out a bunch of new comedies, one of them fails, and Rules takes over its time slot to higher ratings. As long as the numbers remain so consistent, the show might just make it to ten seasons.

South Beach Tow, TruTV, Season 2 – The concept here is pretty self explanatory. The show follows the daily adventures of a family owned towing company located in Florida’s South Beach area. Not much else to say. Now, I don’t mean to pick on this show specifically, but I’m really starting to wonder how so many programs of this type can be on the air at once, and all find an audience. It baffles me.

DEPARTURES

Breakout Kings, A&E, Canceled After Two Seasons – Sporting the tagline It Takes A Con To Catch A Con, this action/drama featured a team of U.S. Marshals who got so frustrated with the justice system they recruited a crew of ex-criminals to help them bring down bad guys. Critical reviews were somewhat mixed, and the ratings were good but not great. Still, the show definitely had its fans.

Dog The Bounty Hunter, A&E, Canceled After Eight Seasons – While no official reason was given for the cancellation of this show, the speculation is that it had something to do with the round of death threats Dog and his family received earlier this year. That unfortunate bit of info aside, the show had an eight year run, way more than many much better shows have gotten.

John King, USA – CNN, Canceled After Two Years – CNN has been hemorrhaging ratings for years now, and this news hour was averaging some of the worst numbers of the late afternoon-early evening time period. King’s  6pm slot will be filled by a third hour of The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer, and he will remain with CNN as a campaign correspondent.

Sanctuary, Syfy, Canceled After Four Seasons – Sanctuary followed lead character Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her team as they search for super powered creatures or people, known as “Abnormals”. The team attempts to both help and study the friendlier subjects, but must also capture and contain the dangerous Abnormals within the titular sanctuary. The show has built up quite the cult fanbase (as science fiction usually does), but unfortunately that didn’t stop Syfy from dropping the axe.

And that’s all for this edition. I’ll be back tomorrow with another edition that will cover the other half of the announcements made in the last month. See you then.

 

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