USA kicks off the weekend with the debut of Common Law.
ABC finally renewed seven scripted series that most industry watchers expected to get a renewal months ago. Hit series Revenge, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Suburgatory, The Middle, Grey’s Anatomy and Castle. Since I don’t think anyone was worried about those shows, I’m going to keep worrying about Happy Endings and GCB.
In an ironic bit of timing, Pan Am won the Best Series trophy at the Rose D’Or awards, one of Europe’s biggest TV honors. Chances still look good that ABC will celebrate the win by canceling the series next week.
ABC also renewed three of its most popular reality series, Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor and Shark Tank
NBC handed out a few renewals of their own, ordering a seventh 13-episode season of 30 Rock that will be the critically-praised comedy’s swan song. It also ordered a fourth season of Community which, as rumored, will be a short season of 13 episodes. It also ordered a 15-episode season of Parenthood and renewed Fashion Star.
As for NBC’s series that are still waiting for a renewal, Deadline says Parks & Recreation, The Office, Up All Night and Harry’s Law could get renewed today.
Additionally, NBC ordered two more dramas, picking up the Jekyll and Hyde-ish Do No Harm, which stars Steven Pasquale as a neurosurgeon with a dangerous alter-ego. I hope it’s better than NBC’s short-lived Christian Slater drama, My Own Worst Enemy. It also ordered Infamous, a soap about a woman who infiltrates a wealthy family to solve her friend’s murder. It sounds like Revenge, She Wrote
Fox ordered an additional season of Family Guy and American Dad. The network passed on The Cleveland Show but that doesn’t mean the show is cancelled, Fox still has time to order more episodes.
On the other hand, Fox made it official that they’re canceling I Hate My Teenage Daughter and Breaking In.
Psych has found a new love interest for Gus as Parminder Nagra will appear in the seventh season as Gus’ perfect woman.
Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Things sound like they’re getting pretty explosive (not literally, with this show you have to specify) as Will catches Sami and EJ together.
The Finder (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
For the series’ finale (sigh) The Finder holds a family reunion as George Stults, brother of Finder star Geoff Stults appears as Walter‘s brother, who wants Walter to come and see their dying father. And if you’re wondering, yes those Stults genes are about as powerful as those of the Evans boys.
Nikita (CW) 8:00 PM ET
Now that he’s taken control of The Division again, Percy is getting drunk on power to the point he thinks he can call up the President and threaten to set off a nuke if his demands aren’t met. Cameron Daddoo plays the Pres., and he was the only reason I tried to keep watching Models Inc. after the storytelling went from bad to brain cell killing. As for Nikita, at this point, I probably wouldn’t mind if Jack Bauer stepped in.
Degrassi (TeenNick) 9:00 PM ET
As the Degrassi Frostival (that’s a bad pun not a typo!) nears, lockers are vandalized with homophobic slurs. Unfortunately, the only school administrator more hapless than Principal Simpson is they guy trying to give Bart Simpson an education, so the student body ends up turning vigilante.
Grimm (NBC) 9:00 PM ET
Nick‘s secret life is on the verge of being discovered thanks to a friend of Monroe who made his wesen face and found that it got stuck that way. One of the few things that has frustrated me about Grimm is trying to figure out the rules for creatures’ faces. Since Hank ends up seeing the wesen‘s face, I hope this week doesn’t leave me even more confused.
Supernatural (CW) 9:00 PM ET
As if navigating Meg‘s new stance and Castiel‘s state of mind weren’t difficult enough, Crowley‘s back in the picture. Since the Leviathans have no interest in Crowley, I’m interested in seeing what kind of scheme he has to bring himself on top without allying with the Winchesters.
Common Law (USA) 10:00 PM ET
With the TV schedule slowing down, USA is debuting it’s debuting a new drama about a pair of police detectives who are sent into couples’ therapy when their relationship falls apart, which is a premise that sounds like the USA suits looked at Hawaii Five-0 fandom and write a show specifically aimed at all the McGarrett/Danno shippers.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) 12:35 AM ET
Stephen Colbert returning to visit his… er, has the six months run out on Stephen and Jimmy being enemies, yet? Either way, it should be interesting to see how they mix that story with Stephen’s new children’s book.