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Royal Pains Season 2 Premiere

USA has confirmed that last summer’s breakout hit Royal Pains will return for it’s second season starting June 3rd.

This was one of my favorite new shows last year so I can’t wait to see how they follow up on the success of their first run.

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March 27, 2010 Posted by | Premiere, Renewed, Television | , , | Comments Off on Royal Pains Season 2 Premiere

Untitled Richard Castle Book 2 Coming September 2010

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ABC and Hyperion have announced that, due to the success of Heat Wave, they are planning a second collaboration to bring another Richard Castle book to print. Normally, I wouldn’t mention an announcement like this, but I think there is an important thing to point out here. Broadcast networks are facing more serious competition than ever from cable and online offerings, so I think it’s great to see them getting more creative in the kind of cross-channel partnerships they are developing. Just think, a new show that is trying to build an audience gets a surge when a bestselling book brings an injection of new viewers at the key time when the network is deciding whether or not to pick up the show for the season or renew. This is the kind of innovation that needs to be embraced more if new shows want more than two episodes to prove themselves.

Full press release at futoncritic.com

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Drama, Renewed, Television | , , , , | 2 Comments

Tosh.0 Season 2 Premieres in January

Thanks to tonight’s posts on Daniel Tosh’s Twitter feed, I can happily report that Comedy Central has picked up a 25 episode second season of Tosh.0. Regular readers know how much I love Tosh’s acid sarcasm and of course, his sweaters. The show returns on January 13th, moving to Wednesdays at 10:30/9:30c. If you haven’t seen the show, or need something to satisfy you until the premiere, head over to the Tosh.0 blog.

December 3, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Premiere, Renewed, Television | , , , | Comments Off on Tosh.0 Season 2 Premieres in January

In Treatment Season 3 Coming in 2010

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I’m in serious catch-up mode on my news feeds, and I can’t believe this gem has been sitting unread. Production is set to begin on a third season of HBO’s In Treatment, starring Gabriel Byrne as our favorite therapist. The caliber of acting and writing on this show is well worth the subscription to HBO, so I can’t wait for the show to come back next year.

Full Press Release at futoncritic.com

UPDATE – No official date yet, but the latest information is that shooting will get underway soon, with the new season set to premiere in the fall.

November 8, 2009 Posted by | Drama, Renewed, Television | , , | 1 Comment

Scrubs and Better Off Ted Are Back in December

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC is going to breathe some much-needed life into the Tuesday night lineup when Scrubs and Better Off Ted return to the schedule this December. Scrubs is set to premiere its new formula with a double-dose on December 1st, and Ted returns for a second season on December 8th.

I’m looking forward to seeing this new version of Scrubs. I think a mixing up the cast and refreshing the premise is exactly the kind of change they need to give the show a chance at gaining an audience.

I’m not really sure how well these two shows pair with V, which airs in the slot before them, but it probably doesn’t matter anyway. The only chance Scrubs and Better Off Ted have to garner any ratings is by reaching an audience as counter-programming for smash hit spinoff NCIS:Los Angeles.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Comedy, Drama, New Series, Premiere, Renewed, Scifi, Television | , , , , | Comments Off on Scrubs and Better Off Ted Are Back in December