News Archive: 2010-2011 Season

March 2011

❁ Renewed: Fringe (22 eps.)
❁ Renewed: Futurama (26 eps.)
❁ Axed: Lights Out
❁ Renewed: Dan Vs., R.L. Stine’s Haunting Hour and a bunch of other Hub shows
❁ Renewed: Real World (2 cycles)
❁ Renewed: Onion News Network (IFC)
❁ Renewed: SouthLAnd (TNT, 10 ep.)
❁ New Queen of Daytime: “Of the 155 markets in which Oprah is not being replaced by a newscast, more than 80, including two of the Top 5, went with Dr. Oz in the Oprah slot, more than all other talk shows combined.” | Oprah finale May 25
Paul Reiser gets 8:30 starting April 14
✪ Renewed: Community, Parks, and The Office
✪ Netflix gets original for the first time, orders 26 episodes of Kevin Spacey series
✪ Antonio “L.A.” Reid chosen as X Factor judge
✪ Renewed: Being Human (Syfy)
✪ FOX Summer Schedule: Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, SYTYCD, and reruns
✪ Renewed: Face Off (Syfy)
✪ Renewed: Last Call with Carson Daly
✪ Renewed: Joan Knows Best (We)
✪ Tompkins and Scharpling Developing Show for Comedy Central
Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition to debut Monday, May 30 at 10pm
✪ Renewed: The Bachelor / Bachelorette
Terra Nova won’t premiere in May
✪ TNT Sets Summer Premiere Dates
The Whitest Kids U’ Know Return April 15 at 10:30
✪ Renewed: Survivor (2 cycles)
✪ Sheen Fired for “Moral Turpitude”
✪ Law & Order: L.A. Returns Monday, April 11, at 10pm
✪ Renewed: How I Met Your Mother (two seasons)
✪ Elton John to host SNL April 2
Take the Money and Run sent to summer March 4
✪ Alyssa Milano to play Christian Slater’s ex-wife in Breaking In, starting with the second episode (April 13)
✪ Renewed: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys (Sundance)
✪ Ralph Macchio, others to compete on Dancing with the Stars

February 2011

✪ Renewed: Episodes and Shameless (Showtime) February 28
Gadhafi interview with Amanpour to be spread over World News, Nightline, and GMA
✪ Renewed: Bachelor Pad (ABC)
✪ Renewed: Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) February 28
NBC’s The Voice airs 9-11pm on Tuesday, April 26 and May 3; gets The Biggest Loser‘s slot starting May 10
✪ Elton John to host SNL April 2
✪ Don Johnson to play Beverly Hills hairdresser in NBC dramedy pilot
✪ David Krumholtz joins NBC’s Playboy pilot
✪ Beverly D’Angelo joins NBC sitcom pilot
20/20: Charlie Sheen bumps Detroit 1-8-7 March 1
No Ordinary Family cut to 20 episodes; ends April 5
✪ 2½ Men done for this season
✪ Renewed: Hell’s Kitchen (2 cycles)
✪ Netfix making big closed-captioning/subtitles effort
Parker-Spitzer now In the Arena without Parker
✪ Renewed: Our America (OWN)
✪ Robbie Benson cast in NBC sitcom pilot, Brave New World
✪ David Krumholtz (Numb3rs) joins NBC’s Playboy pilot
✪ Beverly D’Angelo joins NBC’s Whitney Cummings sitcom
✪ Renewed: Todd Margaret (IFC, 6 eps.) February 24
✪ Renewed: Hell’s Kitchen February 24
✪ ABC keeps Oscars through 2020 February 24
✪ X Factor audition schedule February 24
✪ Canceled: Glory Daze, TBS, February 24
✪ TV movie and miniseries Emmys merge February 24
✪ Renewed: American Dad February 23
✪ Amazon adds streaming service February 23
✪ CBS/Netflix make back catalog deal February 23
✪ ABC Family orders The Lying Game February 23
✪ Larry King refuses to fade away
✪ Kiefer Sutherland joins FOX drama pilot February 21
✪ Minnie Driver joins CBS drama pilot February 21
✪ Dave Foley joins CBS sitcom pilot February 18
✪ Tim Allen finally picks a pilot February 17
✪ ABC revives Billboard Music Awards from a 4-year coma February 17
✪ Lifetime throws Seriously Funny Kids out of primetime, to 11pm, where even fewer kids and parents will see it February 17
American Dad given two more chances February 16
2½ Men goes back into production Feb. 28 for 4 more episodes, for a total of 20 February 16
✪ James Van Der Beek to star as himself in ABC sitcom pilot February 16
✪ Dumb IBM computerbot wins Jeopardy February 16
✪ Uncle Leo from Seinfeld dies February 16
✪ Laura Prepon cast as young Chelsea Handler in NBC sitcom pilot February 15
✪ Hulu Plus adds hundreds of Criterion movies
✪ Renewed: Portlandia (IFC, 10 eps.) February 12
Nightline‘s Egypt coverage pushes Kimmel rerun to 12:30 Friday February 11
✪ Renewed: Top Gear (History)
$100 million seed money for Oprah channel is now $239 million February 11
Comedy Central orders 8 episodes of Sports Show With Norm Macdonald
✪ Renewed: Meteorite Men (Science)
✪ A look at Super Bowl 45’s demos, 111 million viewers
✪ Sean McManus becomes chairman of CBS Sports, Jeff Fager becomes chairman of CBS News, and David Rhodes brought in as president of CBS News
Outsourced novelties now being produced by Johnson Smith Co.
✪ Renewed: The League (FX)
✪ Lifetime orders Against the Wall and Exit 19
✪ Olbermann headed to Current TV; in related news, Dan Rather still on some channel named HD Net
X Factor age limit 12, winner to get $5 million contract
✪ Norm Macdonald to start hosting GSN’s High Stakes Poker February 26
Beavis and Butt-Head returning, because Mike Judge doesn’t have anything else to do
Louis Theroux specials begin airing on BBC America March 1
Law & Order: Criminal Intent and In Plain Sight to air Sundays starting May 1 on USA
✪ Hosni Mubarak interview extends Nightline to 12:30 Thursday
Chase pulled, after Minute to Win It hit 3.0 in its slot
✪ NewsCorp looking to offload MySpace; hopefully MyNetworkTV goes with it
✪ Dave Foley appears on WTF
✪ Renewed: Top Chef: Just Desserts
Daily Show and Colbert Report return to Hulu, as Viacom enters Hulu Plus
✪ NBC cuts The Cape to 10 episodes
✪ Renewed: NCIS
Friday Night Lights to air April 15 to July 8 on NBC
✪ Renewed: Animal Hoarding and Pit Bulls and Parolees
✪ REELZ gets Kennedys, will premiere April 3
✪ NBC cuts The Cape to 10 episodes
✪ CBS orders two more episodes of Rules of Engagement, likely to order more episodes of other sitcoms to cover 2½ Men hiatus
Dancing with the Stars returns March 21

January 2011

✪ OWN to start airing What Would You Do? reruns January 30
✪ Comcast/NBCU officially merged January 29
✪ Tribune wants Kennedys
2½ Men put on hiatus, but not to retool it in the hopes of making it funny
✪ Charlie Callas, talk show guest, dies
✪ ABC will try to save No Ordinary Family with Lucy Lawless
✪ ABC orders Missing for summer
✪ CW delays Friday’s episodes one week
✪ HuluPlus launch publicity helps increase Netflix’s 4Q revenue 34%
✪ Renewed: The Talk
✪ Lori Loughlin and Ryan Eggold leaving 90210 January 26
SOTU: President makes Boehner cry with ‘American Dream’ rhetoric
✪ Hannah Storm re-signs with ESPN
✪ Rusty Wallace on ESPN through 2014
Jersey Shore season 4 in Italy
✪ Oscar nominations
✪ ABC orders 13 episodes of Canadian/U.K. series Combat Hospital for summer
✪ Jack LaLanne finally kicks
✪ TNT wants more of The Closer
✪ Steelers, Packers to play poorly in Super Bowl
✪ Abrupt Departures: Olbermann | Bromstad
✪ Stations to fill Oprah void with more newscasts
Flashpoint to air 13 more on CBS before moving to ION
Wipeout to run through March
✪ Ebert to wear fake chin and beard on TV, no longer resembles Orville Redenbacher
✪ (Longer) Kimmel moving start time to midnight on January 31 and (shorter) Nightline getting 13 primetime specials
✪ Renewed: The Next Great Baker
✪ USA orders two new series: A Legal Mind and Necessary Roughness
✪ University of Texas/ESPN to make a channel out of 1 football game and 8 basketball games this Fall
✪ Cast of Amazing Race losers announced
✪ Renewed: The A-List: New York
✪ Regis to retire in the summer
✪ NBC/Comcast Merger Approved
✪ NBC Scheduling Shake-up: Parenthood staying on Tuesdays, Law & Order: L.A. on hiatus, America’s Next Great Restaurant to air Sundays, The Marriage Ref in limbo, and Harry’s Law will likely run 13 instead of 6 episodes
✪ Renewed: Sanctuary
✪ Discovery’s FitTV gets upgraded to Fit & Health on February 1
✪ Watch this week’s Episodes, Shameless, and Californication.
✪ Tim Goodman at TCA: FOX | ABC | NBC | Oprah | cable | PBS
✪ Renewed: Californication
✪ Watch Portlandia on hulu a week before it premieres on IFC
✪ Freaks of Celebrity Apprentice announced
✪ David E. Kelley basically says Harry’s Law is doomed
✪ NBC/Comcast merger could be approved January 25.
✪ Renewed: Wendy Williams
Off the Map pilot gets second chance–after Grey’s Anatomy tonight (1/13)
✪ Skeet Ulrich, Regina Hall, and Megan Boone leaving Law & Order: L.A.
✪ Showtime rejects Kennedys drama too (joining History, HBO, Epix)
✪ Watch the pre-empted Cougar Town on Hulu
✪ Obama in Tucson cuts through primetime
The Game returns with a 3.6
✪ Renewed: The Big Bang Theory for three years
Terra Nova premieres May 23 & 24
✪ Last of the Nelsons dies
✪ Cable company map
SNB Apr-May schedule
✪ Vitale on ESPN through 2015
✪ American Idol jan-feb schedule
✪ Top 25 Rated Programs of Fall
✪ Renewed: Raising Hope
✪ Top 25 Rated Programs of Fall 2010
✪ Renewed: Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Castle, The Middle, and Cougar Town
✪ Week: NBC 3.2, FOX 2.6, ABC & CBS 2.3
✪ Week: Top 25 Cable Programs
✪ The Bastard Machine is up and running.
✪ Renewed: Mad Men – season 5
✪ Renewed: The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Pretty Little Liars
✪ Suze Orman getting OWN show
✪ Canceled: The D-List
✪ Kennedys drama rejected by History
✪ Kathy Griffin to make four more Bravo stand-up specials January 5
✪ Renewed: Hardcore Pawn for a 3rd season, 13 episodes January 3
✪ Renewed: Spongebob Squarepants for a 9th season, 26 episodes January 3

December 2010

Kimmel on ABC through 2013 December 13
✪ ABC/Disney content to stream on Netflix December 8
✪ AMC orders Hell on Wheels about constructing the Transcontinental Railroad December 15
✪ Renewed: Taboo, Locked Up Abroad, and Expedition Great White, ten episodes each December 8
✪ Joel McHale on E! through 2013 December 6

November 2010

Early Show gets new cast
✪ Renewed: The Young and the Restless through 2014 November 29
✪ Renewed: Adventure Time, MAD, and Regular Show November 29
✪ Leslie Nielsen dies November 28
✪ Super Bowl half-time: Black Eyed Peas November 25
✪ Adult Swim orders NTSF: SD: SUV November 23
✪ Renewed: Singing Bee (CMT) November 21
✪ Renewed: Pair of Kings November 19
✪ FOX orders Breaking In November 19
Starz orders Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer November 18
✪ Canceled: Medium November 18
✪ VH1 orders Mob Wives November 18
2½ Men reruns on Tribune stations through 2021 November 17
✪ Canceled: Dark Blue November 16
✪ Mayim Bialik becomes a regular on Big Bang Theory November 15
✪ Comcast’s NBCU boss Steve Burke chooses Bob Greenblatt, Ted Harbert, and Pat Fili-Krushel to run NBC November 17
✪ Gaspin out at NBC November 15
✪ NBC orders 8 episodes of unscripted dating series Love in the Wild for summer November 14
✪ Renewed: Simpsons, through 2012, to episode 515 November 11
✪ Lou Dobbs signs with Fox Business Channel November 10
✪ Gene Shalit leaving Today Thursday November 9
✪ Nancy O’Dell to take Mary Hart’s seat on E.T. November 8
✪ Renewed: Days of Our Lives for two years November 8
✪ Renewed: The Walking Dead, 13 episodes
✪ ABC orders Expedition Impossible (not to be confused with Bruckheimer’s Take the Money and Run) November 4

October 2010

✪ Canceled: Big Love, after next season October 28
✪ Renewed: Eastbound & Down and Bored to Death October 27
Medium‘s season cut to 13 episodes, cancellation likely; FOX’s Ride-Along renamed The Chicago Code October 26
✪ Shepard Smith on FOX News through 2013 October 26
✪ ABC gives full-season orders No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, Better with You October 25
✪ MSNBC hires Cenk Uygur as substitute anchor October 22
✪ CBS orders full seasons of Hawaii Five-0 and Mike & Molly, and orders more episodes of Blue Bloods, Shit My Dad Says, and The Defenders October 21
✪ Netflix 3Q revenues rose 31% to $553 million October 20
✪ NBC orders full seasons of Chuck, Chase, and Outsourced October 19
✪ Tom Bosley dies October 19
✪ FOX O&O stations buy Modern Family reruns October 18
✪ ABC pushes V to January 4 and Mr. Sunshine to next year, will premiere Skating with the Stars on November 22 October 18
✪ Conan’s Universal studio to become KNBC/NBC News bureau October 17
✪ Barbara Billingsley dies October 16
✪ ABC orders winter Wipeout October 12
✪ FOX orders animation: 6 episodes of Napoleon Dynamite and 7 episodes of Allen Gregory October 11
✪ KCET in L.A. leaves PBS January 1 October 8
✪ Renewed: Sons of Anarchy season 4
✪ Kentucky Derby on NBC through 2015
✪ Renewed: Haven October 7
FOX orders full season of Raising Hope October 7
✪ Canceled: Huge (ABC Family ) October 4
✪ FOX International to debut The Walking Dead in 120 countries in early November October 3
The Cristina Show ended September 25, after 21 years on Univision
✪ Stephen J. Cannell dies October 1

September 2010

✪ Comic Greg Giraldo dies September 29
✪ Canceled: Lone Star September 28
✪ Renewed: White Collar, Psych, and Royal Pains (USA) September 28
✪ Max Weinberg won’t play TBS September 27
✪ Zucker’s legacy September 27
✪ Jeff Zucker to leave NBC after Comcast merger September 24 | Comcast chooses Steve Burke as NBCU CEO September 26 | Zucker’s Shaky Tenure September 26
✪ Documentary crew finds Himalayan mountain tigers September 25
✪ Eddie Fisher dies September 23
24/7 to cover NHL Winter Classic/Pens/Caps September 23
✪ FCC looking into shoe mascots NickToon Zevo-3 September 22
American Idol officially chooses Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez September 22
At the Paley Center coming to PBS October 1 September 22
Law & Order: Criminal Intent given one final season, on USA September 22
✪ D.C. Ent. film division moving to Burbank September 21
✪ Renewed: Big C and Weeds (Showtime) September 20
✪ ABC orders 6 episodes of midseason’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition for next season. September 19
✪ Canceled: My Boys (TBS) September 15
✪ Renewed: Hawthorne (TNT) September 14
✪ Renewed: Glades (A&E)

Credit: Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, TV By the Numbers, and Variety


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