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NBC Offers Up Reality Filled Summer: Treasure Hunters, America's Got Talent, & Last Comic...

April 11, 2006

by Joe Reality

NBC announced premiere dates for its bold summer 2006 alternative programming including new original series "Treasure Hunters" (Sunday, June 18) and "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday, June 21) -- plus the return of the standup comedy competition series "Last Comic Standing" (Tuesday, May 30). The announcement was made by Craig Plestis, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming and Development, NBC Entertainment.

"This summer's alternative lineup represents all the high-energy and fun-filled programming viewers crave," said Plestis. "We purposely intended to showcase these promising projects during these months to allow them to cultivate a dedicated audience."

Following are format descriptions for NBC's summer alternative series in order of premiere dates.

LAST COMIC STANDING (two-hour premiere Tuesday, May 30, 8-10 p.m. ET; regular time Tuesdays, 9-10 p.m. ET) -- The Emmy-nominated series "Last Comic Standing" serves up a new season of laughs and surprises as the innovative comedy showcase searches for the funniest people in America. Anthony Clark ("Yes, Dear") hosts the lively laughfest, which begins with a nationwide talent search for professional and aspiring comedians. Then once the selection is narrowed down to 12, the series will follow the comedians - both male and female - as they live together and compete for the ultimate prize - an exclusive talent contract with NBC and a comedy special on Bravo. "Last Comic Standing" is produced by Peter Engel Productions, Magical Elves and NBC Universal Television Studio. The executive producers are Peter Engel ("Saved By the Bell," "City Guys"), Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz (Bravo's "Project Runway" and NBC's "Treasure Hunters") and Barry Katz ("Action," "Dane Cook's Tourgasm").

TREASURE HUNTERS (special two-hour premiere Sunday, June 18, 8-10 p.m. ET following the U.S. Open; regular time period Mondays, 9-10 p.m. ET) - "Treasure Hunters" is a fast-paced adventure/mystery reality series where multi-player teams try to stay one step ahead of each other as they are mentally and physically challenged in their quest of a promised hidden treasure. The teams must avoid elimination as they travel to historically significant locations where they must decipher cryptic codes and puzzles, each with a clue leading them closer to solving the ultimate puzzle, and obtaining the coveted grand prize. Laird Macintosh ("Ultimate Playground") hosts the series, which is produced by NBC Universal Television Studio in association with Magical Elves Productions, Imagine Television and Madison Road Entertainment. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz (Bravo's "Project Runway," NBC's "Last Comic Standing") of Magical Elves Productions, along with Brian Grazer and David Nevins of Imagine Television, and Tom Mazza, Danica Krislovich and Jak Severson of Madison Road Entertainment, serve as executive producers.

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (two-hour premiere Wednesday, June 21, 8-10 p.m. ET; regular time Wednesdays, 9-10 p.m. ET; 30-minute results shows Thursdays beginning July 13, 8:30-9 p.m. ET) - Simon Cowell ("American Idol") and FremantleMedia ("American Idol") will bring the hottest performers from across the country to TV audiences in a new talent competition series that allows viewers to determine who will walk away with a $1 million cash prize. The series features a colorful array of hopeful future stars who possess widely varying levels of talent. Singers, dancers, comedic performers and unique novelty acts of all ages will have a chance to strut and perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges who will determine which acts advance to the final rounds. "America's Got Talent" is produced by Cowell's SYCO TV production company and FremantleMedia. Simon Cowell, Ken Warwick and Cecile Frot-Coutaz ("American Idol") are the executive producers. Jason Raff ("Three Wishes) is the co-executive producer.

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TBS Writes a New Script

Network picks up comedies 'My Boys,' '10 Items or Less'

April 12 2006

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'My Boys' star Jordana Spiro

After a couple years spent trying to make audiences laugh with unscripted shows, TBS is abandoning its reality-as-comedy strategy.

Gone are the likes of "The Real Gilligan's Island" and "Outback Jack." Instead, TBS will try to further establish its "very funny" brand with two scripted comedies debuting later this year. The cable network has two other projects in development.

The two shows, "My Boys" and "10 Items or Less," are both scheduled to premiere later this year. The channel is hoping the new series will blend in with its current roster of off-network comedies, which includes "Sex and the City," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Friends."

"Our audience is made up of fans of relationship-based and character-based comedies, shows where the laughs are rooted in strong character work and great storytelling," says Michael Wright, head of programming for TBS and TNT. "With the help of some very talented people, we're actively developing and producing what we know the TBS audience already likes: scripted half-hour comedies that are clever, contemporary and relatable, and that leave a smile on your face."

"My Boys" could be a potential companion for "Sex and the City." It stars Jordana Spiro ("Must Love Dogs") as a tomboyish sportswriter in search of romance -- a difficult quest, despite the fact that she's surrounded by guys at work.

The show comes from writer Betsy Thomas ("Run of the House") and executive producers Gavin Polone ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Jamie Tarses. Jim Gaffigan ("That '70s Show," "Welcome to New York"), Jamie Kaler ("The Family Stone"), Kellee Stewart ("Guess Who") and Kyle Howard ("Run of the House," "Grosse Pointe") also star.

TBS' other pickup, "10 Items or Less," is a partially improvised show about a not-entirely-successful businessman (John Lehr, "Jesse") who takes over his family's small-town grocery after his father's death. The show will also feature Brian Posehn ("Just Shoot Me," "Comedians of Comedy"), Greg Davis Jr. and Kirsten Gronfield. Lehr is also an executive producer, with Nancy Hower and Robert Hickey.

TBS is also developing scripted shows with comedian Larry Miller and writer-producer David Rosenthal ("Gilmore Girls," "Good Morning, Miami").

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CW Network Seeks Girl Band

CW is teaming with the Go-Gos' Kathy Valentine and Charlotte Caffey and the Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson on a reality show that will seek out America's next top girl band. Fine, go and mention the Bangles, which makes me think of "Eternal Flame," which makes me think of the song dedication I had the campus radio station make to that gal who dumped me senior year of college. Damn you, Entertainment News!

Reality Show Scares Up New Elvira

Bodacious scream queen Elvira (aka Cassandra Peterson, who created the character 25 years ago) will seek an heir to her goth throne in a reality project being shopped around by producer Stuart Krasnow and American Idol's FremantleMedia North America. "The cast is going to be sleeping in coffins in a pretty scary place, and part of the production will be shot in Transylvania," says Krasnow.

Posted by Matt Mitovich 04/17/2006 11:25 AM

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CBS Western 'Comanche Moon' Goes Urban

'Doom' star cast in 'Lonesome Dove' prequel

April 18 2006

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Karl Urban

LOS ANGELES -- CBS has found its young Woodrow Call, casting Karl Urban ("Doom," "The Lord of the Rings") in its "Lonesome Dove" prequel "Comanche Moon."

Urban has signed on to star opposite Steve Zahn ("Sahara"), who will play Augustus McCrae in the miniseries. Elizabeth Banks ("The 40 Year-Old Virgin"), Ryan Merriman ("Final Destination 3"), Graham Greene ("Into the West") and Wes Studi ("Streets of Laredo") have also joined the cast, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Comanche Moon," based on Larry McMurtry's novel, follows Call and McCrae (played by Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall in the 1989 CBS miniseries) as younger men who enlist with the Texas Rangers in pursuit of several outlaws. One of their targets is the Comanche chief Buffalo Hump, who will be played by Greene. Studi will play an ally of Buffalo Hump.

Merriman will play their cohort Jake Spoon, and Banks will play Maggie Tilton, a prostitute who loves Call.

McMurtry and Diana Ossana, the Oscar-winning screenwriters of "Brokeback Mountain," will adapt McMurtry's novel, which takes place in the years between the events of "Dead Man's Walk" and "Lonesome Dove."

Urban played Eomer in the second and third "Lord of the Rings" movies and starred opposite The Rock in "Doom" last year. His credits also include "The Bourne Supremacy" and a recurring part as Julius Caesar on "Xena: Warrior Princess."

"Comanche Moon" will likely air sometime next season.

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Insider Buzz on Fall's New Shows

by Michael Ausiello and Steven Battaglio

Onetime West Winger Matthew Perry stars on Aaron Sorkin's Strip.

Television's new fall lineups won't be unveiled until May, but Hollywood is already making predictions about which pilots will become full-fledged shows. Here are some projects that are generating heat.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

NBC has penciled in this drama from West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin about the backstage doings of a famous sketch-comedy show

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Shows returning....

Nip/Tuck will return in September.

Rome has begun production on its ten-episode second season with debut set for 2007.

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Shannen Doherty Disses in Reality Series

Shannen Doherty is fronting an Oxygen reality series on which viewers will hire out the Beverly Hills, 90210 diva to give the heave-ho to significant others, bad friends and mean bosses. Doherty's show is slated to launch this summer, as is The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, a 10-part series about the former catwalker's bid to yell at more young girls launch her own biz.

Posted by Matt Mitovich 04/21/2006 9:56 AM

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Renewals: Dog, Little People and More!

A&E has ordered new seasons of Dog the Bounty Hunter, Intervention (way to go, Sammy!), The First 48, Inked and Criss Angel Mindfreak, greenlit Sons of Hollywood (in which Randy Spelling hangs with his pals), and announced premiere dates for the reality shows Driving Force (July 17) and Gene Simmons' Family Jewels (Aug. 7). TLC, meanwhile, has renewed the docudrama Little People, Big World for 14 more episodes to begin airing later this year.

Posted by Matt Mitovich 04/24/2006 9:50 AM

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WE, HGTV Announce New Shows

WE has greenlit two new matrimony-themed series: Platinum Weddings, in which fantasy nuptials come true for a worthy couple, and Bride vs. Bride, a competition series pitting wedding-planning families against each other in a bid for cash and prizes. HGTV, meanwhile, has five new shows in the works, including HGTV Design Star (think "Decorator Idol"), House Movers (homes are literally transported across a street or town) and Over Your Head (home-improvement disasters are remedied). Can I get a spot on that last one? Because I'm pretty sure the kitchen faucet shouldn

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Question: Where can I get a list of season-finale dates?

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Three More NBC Series Get the Call

'Vegas,' 'Medium,' 'Jordan' all renewed for '06-'07

April 28 2006

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Jill Hennessy on 'Crossing Jordan'

LOS ANGELES -- NBC's schedule for next season is getting pretty crowded.

The network has renewed three more of its dramas -- "Medium," "Las Vegas" and "Crossing Jordan" -- for 2006-07. They join the three "Law & Order" shows and comedies "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" in earning pickups for next year.

NBC also has a sixth edition of "The Apprentice," the likely return of game show "Deal or No Deal" and a new Sunday-night NFL package in line for fall. Additionally, drama pilots "The Black Donnellys" and "Kidnapped" have already been given spots on the schedule, and the Aaron Sorkin backstage drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" is all but certain to join them.

That doesn't leave a whole lot of room for other new shows looking to make the cut this pilot season. "Crossing Jordan" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," which air on Sundays, could possibly be held until after the NFL season ends in January.

It also signals that NBC will emphasize stability to advertisers when it pitches its 2006-07 schedule to advertisers at next month's upfronts. Given the network's ratings struggles of late, that may or may not be a good thing.

"Medium," which stars Emmy winner Patricia Arquette, is drawing about 11.2 million viewers per week this season. "Crossing Jordan" and "Las Vegas" both draw about 11 million viewers, with the latter having survived a move to Fridays without taking too big a ratings hit.

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FOX Grabs Pair of Pilots for Fall

Drama 'Vanished,' comedy ''Til Death' get series orders

April 28 2006

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Brad Garrett

LOS ANGELES -- FOX, which has already renewed a number of its current shows for next season, got a further jump on its 2006-07 schedule Thursday with the pickup of two pilots.

The comedy "'Til Death," starring "Everybody Loves Raymond" alum Brad Garrett, and the drama "Vanished," about the kidnapping of a senator's wife, both received the green light for fall, the showbiz trade papers report. The two shows will join the likes of "Prison Break," "24," "House" and "The Simpsons" on FOX's schedule for next season.

The early pickups, about three weeks ahead of FOX's upfront presentation to advertisers, will allow the two shows to begin the process of hiring writers and crew and possibly starting production ahead of the normal schedule.

That could be important if FOX follows the fall premiere pattern it did last year, when it tried to establish a few shows prior to the network's coverage of the baseball playoffs and World Series in October. The strategy worked for "Prison Break" this season, which got seven episodes in before being sidelined for baseball.

"'Til Death" also stars Eddie Kaye Thomas ("American Pie") and Kat Foster as newlyweds still basking in the glow of their recent marriage. Garrett, a three-time Emmy winner for "Raymond," and Joely Fisher ("Desperate Housewives") play their neighbors, who have been married for 20-plus years and for whom the bloom is off.

"Vanished" comes from former "CSI" writer Josh Berman and exec producers Mimi Leder ("John Doe," "ER") and Paul Redford. The drama surrounds the abduction of a senator's wife, which leads to the uncovering of a wider conspiracy. Its cast includes Ming-Na ("ER," "Inconceivable"), John Allen Nelson ("24"), Chris Egan ("Empire"), John Patrick Amedori ("Stick It") and Rebecca Gayheart ("Dead Like Me").

It's the second kidnapping drama to earn a spot on the network airwaves for the fall. NBC previously ordered a drama called "Kidnapped."

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Lifetime Axes Missing from Fall Lineup

Anthony Crupi

APRIL 28, 2006 -

Lifetime

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Courtesy of: ZAP2IT, FINALE DATES AND TIMES

TV SEASON AND SERIES FINALES

Monday, May 1

9 p.m.

'Supernanny' (ABC)

Tuesday , May 2

8 p.m.

'According to Jim' (ABC)

8:30 p.m.

'Hope & Faith' (ABC)

9 p.m.

'Blow Out' (Bravo)

9:30 p.m.

'Teachers' (NBC)

10 p.m.

'Nashville Star' (USA)

'The Real Housewives of Orange County' (Bravo)

'Thief' (FX)

Wednesday, May 3

8 p.m.

'One Tree Hill' (The WB)

10 p.m.

'South Park' (Comedy Central)

Thursday, May 4

9 p.m.

'Supernatural' (The WB)

Friday, May 5

8 p.m.

'Ghost Whisperer' (CBS)

'Survivial of the Richest' (The WB)

9 p.m.

'Reba' (The WB)

Sunday, May 7

9:30 p.m.

'Hogan Knows Best' (VH1)

10 p.m.

'Crossing Jordan' (NBC)

Monday, May 8

8 p.m.

'Seventh Heaven' (The WB)

9 p.m.

'Girlfriends' (UPN)

10 p.m.

'What About Brian' (ABC)

Tuesday, May 9

8 p.m.

'Most Outrageous Moments' (NBC)

'Gilmore Girls' (The WB)

9 p.m.

'Veronica Mars' (UPN)

10:30 p.m.

'8th & Ocean' (MTV)

Wednesday, May 10

8 p.m.

'The Bedford Diaries' (The WB)

9 p.m.

'Criminal Minds' (CBS)

9:30 p.m.

'Unan1mous' (FOX)

10 p.m.

'Top Chef' (Bravo)

10:30 p.m.

'Mind of Mencia' (Comedy Central)

Thursday, May 11

8 p.m.

'Everybody Hates Chris' (UPN)

'Smallville' (The WB)

8:30 p.m.

'Love, Inc' (UPN)

8:40 p.m.

'My Name Is Earl' (NBC)

9 p.m.

'American Inventor' (ABC)

'Eve' (UPN)

9:20 p.m.

'The Office' (NBC)

9:30 p.m.

'Cuts' (UPN)

Friday, May 12

9 p.m.

'Las Vegas' (NBC)

11 p.m.

'Real Time with Bill Maher' (HBO)

Sunday, May 14

7:30 p.m.

'King of the Hill' (FOX)

8 p.m.

'Survivor: Exile Island' (CBS)

'The West Wing' (NBC)

8:30 p.m.

'Malcolm in the Middle' (FOX)

9 p.m.

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' (NBC)

'The Surreal Life' (VH1)

9:30 p.m.

'American Dad' (FOX)

10 p.m.

'Grey's Anatomy,' Part I (ABC)

'So NoTORIous' (VH1)

Monday, May 15

8 p.m.

'Prison Break' (FOX)

'One on One' (UPN)

8:30 p.m.

'How I Met Your Mother' (CBS)

'All of Us' (UPN)

9 p.m.

'Grey's Anatomy' (ABC)

'Half & Half' (UPN)

Tuesday, May 16

8 p.m.

'NCIS' (CBS)

9 p.m.

'Boston Legal' (ABC)

'The Unit' (CBS)

'Scrubs' (NBC)

'Love Monkey' (VH1)

10 p.m.

'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' (NBC)

Wednesday, May 17

8 p.m.

'The Amazing Race' (CBS)

'Bones' (FOX)

'America's Next Top Model' (UPN)

10 p.m.

'Invasion' (ABC)

'CSI: NY' (CBS)

'Law & Order' (NBC)

'My Super Sweet 16' (MTV)

Thursday, May 18

8 p.m.

'That '70s Show' (FOX)

9 p.m.

'CSI' (CBS)

'The O.C.' (FOX)

'Will & Grace' (NBC)

10 p.m.

'Commander In Chief' (ABC)

'ER' (NBC)

'Without a Trace' (CBS)

Friday, May 19

8 p.m.

'America's Funniest Home Videos' (ABC)

9 p.m.

'Close to Home' (CBS)

'Conviction' (NBC)

'The Andy Milonakis Show' (MTV2)

9:30 p.m.

'Wonder Showzen' (MTV2)

10 p.m.

'Numb3rs' (CBS)

Saturday, May 20

11p.m.

'MADtv' (ABC)

Sunday, May 21

7 p.m.

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' (ABC)

'60 Minutes' (CBS)

8 p.m.

'Cold Case' (CBS)

'The Simpsons' (FOX)

'Charmed' (The WB)

8:30 p.m.

'Family Guy' (FOX)

9 p.m.

'Desperate Housewives' (ABC)

Monday, May 22

8 p.m.

'Wife Swap' (ABC)

'The King of Queens' (CBS)

'24' (FOX)

9 p.m.

'Alias' (ABC)

'Two and a Half Men' (CBS)

9:30 p.m.

'The New Adventures of Old Christine' (CBS)

10 p.m.

'CSI: Miami' (CBS)

'Punk'd' (MTV)

'Medium' (NBC)

Tuesday, May 23

9 p.m.

'House' (FOX)

Wednesday, May 24

8 p.m.

'American Idol' (FOX)

9 p.m.

'Lost' (ABC)

'Ghost Hunters' (Sci Fi)

Sunday, June 4

9 p.m.

'The Sopranos' (HBO)

10 p.m.

'Big Love' (HBO)

Monday, June 5

8 p.m.

'Deal or No Deal' (NBC)

'Everwood' (The WB)

9 p.m.

'The Apprentice' (NBC)

Tuesday, July 4

9 p.m.

'Pepper Dennis' (The WB)

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I was wondering if The Loop has already been cancelled. I caught a few episodes and it was mildy entertaining. I find that if shows don't have a laugh track, the masses don't seem to 'get it'. Like Arrested Development, GREAT show, but no laugh track. Critics loved it, audiences didn't watch. So sad! But hey, The Office doesn't have a laugh track and it seems to be doing very well.

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I really liked Sons & daughters on ABC. they only showed like 8 Episodes . . .. . hope its not gone for good

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"Boston Legal" back on docket at ABC

May 1, 2006 03:43:22

By Nellie Andreeva

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - David E. Kelley's modestly rated comedy-drama "Boston Legal" will return for a third season, sources said.

The series, starring William Shatner, James Spader and Candice Bergen, is slated to end its sophomore season with a two-hour finale May 16.

In addition to "Boston Legal," Kelley has another project at ABC, "Life on Mars," a drama pilot based on the BBC sci-fi crime drama, which is targeted for fall 2007.

"Boston Legal," which earned Emmys for stars Spader and Shatner in its freshman season, has been a modest ratings performer for ABC in the Tuesday 10 p.m. slot.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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I really liked Sons & daughters on ABC. they only showed like 8 Episodes . . .. . hope its not gone for good

i liked that show too. it took a totally different way of the typical show. i hope it comes back too.

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VH1 orders My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding, renews Hogan Knows Best

VH1 has ordered a new reality series

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NBC Books Studio 60, Fueling Major Pilot Buzz

The upfront announcements don't start until May 15, but NBC has officially added Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip to its fall schedule, where it joins the already greenlit dramas Kidnapped and The Black Donnellys. Sorkin's good news, though, isn't necessarily bad news for Tina Fey's own Saturday Night Live-inspired NBC pilot, which is still in the running. Per the trades, other front-runners for fall berths include: ABC's October Road, Secrets of a Small Town, Six Degrees, Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, Men in Trees, In Case of Emergency, Help Me Help You, Him and Us and Let's Rob Mick Jagger; CBS' The Class, Inseparable, Shark and a medical drama starring Stanley Tucci; NBC's Heroes, Friday Night Lights, Jeff Goldblum's Raines, Community Service and 20 Good Years; and Fox's Primary, American Crime, Damages, 13 Graves and Southern Comfort.

Posted by Matt Mitovich 05/5/2006 9:43 AM

More Greenlights: HBO, A&E and Oxygen

HBO has ordered an unspecified amount of episodes of SexLife, a racy drama about three couples with intimacy issues.... A&E is adding two series to its weekend programming block: Big Spender (personal-finance guru teaches people responsible shopping habits) and Designing Blind (starring

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Fox orders two pilots; "ER" may shift nights

By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox Broadcasting Co. has jumpstarted more of its 2006-07 primetime schedule with early pickups for two drama pilots, "Primary" and "American Crime."

"Primary" stars Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt as hostage negotiators who balance their budding relationship and their job. "American Crime," featuring "Alias" veteran Victor Garber, is an ensemble about high-profile defense attorneys.

They join drama pilot "Vanished" and comedy pilot "'Til Death," in getting series orders from Fox well in advance of the broadcast networks' fall schedule unveilings, set to take place next week in New York. Buzz was building on Friday that Fox was eyeing a renewal of the domestic comedy "The War at Home" as a possible companion to "'Til Death," which stars Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher as a long-married couple.

There also was speculation that Fox was looking to resurrect the animated series "Futurama," from "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, on its Sunday lineup the same way that "Family Guy" was brought back last year. The network has an option for new episodes, which currently are being produced for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim late-night block.

Meanwhile, the chatter also was beginning to build last week that NBC is eyeing a move of its veteran drama "ER" out of the Thursday 10 p.m. slot that has been its home since the series premiered in 1994. There was speculation that the network could look to bolster its fortunes on Tuesday or Wednesday by shifting "ER" to a 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. slot and pair it with "Law & Order" or "Law & Order: SVU." NBC's new drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," which earned its formal greenlight last week, was said to be the contender for the Thursday 10 p.m. berth if "ER" moves.

At ABC, the industry's focus was centered last week on whether a move was in store for Sunday dynamos "Desperate Housewives" or "Grey's Anatomy." There was talk that "Housewives" could be headed for a Monday berth, as ABC prepares for its first fall launch without "Monday Night Football" in 36 years, and that "Grey's" could be bumped up from its current 10 p.m. slot to 9 p.m. Sunday in order to give a new show the benefit of its lead-in.

The pilot pickup picture at ABC is still hard to read, but good vibes seem to be surrounding drama "Day Break," starring Taye Diggs as a cop on the run; an untitled bank-heist drama; as well as "Drift," "Six Degrees" and the telenovela adaptation "Ugly Betty." Among comedies, the heat still seems to be on the rock star comedy "Him and Us"; an untitled project starring Donal Logue and featuring Mick Jagger; "In Case of Emergency," starring David Arquette and Greg Germann; and "Help Me Help You," featuring Ted Danson. " George Lopez" and "Freddie," two ABC comedies that had been on the bubble for renewals, are said to be looking good to return.

CBS is said to be poised to add hot midseason drama "The Unit" and midseason comedy "The New Adventures of Old Christine" to its previously announced roster of returning series, while veteran "The King of Queens" is not expected back in the fall. Among pilots, the top drama contenders at CBS are said to include "Jericho," about a small town isolated from the rest of the world after a nuclear disaster; "Shark," starring James Woods as a celebrity attorney-turned-prosecutor; and an untitled legal drama from "CSI" executive producer Carol Mendelsohn.

Over at the nascent CW, the pilot "Flirt," starring Wayne Brady, looks like the one to beat on the comedy side. Meanwhile, the WB Network's "Reba" is not expected to move to CW for a sixth season after UPN and WB fold their tents in the fall.

The show at present is wrapping up the first year of a two-year pickup struck last year between WB and "Reba" producer 20th Century Fox TV, which means its cancellation won't come cheap for CW. Sources said the decision will cost CW as much as $20 million, including compensating the studio for lost syndication revenues from the sixth-season episodes that will not be produced.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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I really liked Sons & daughters on ABC. they only showed like 8 Episodes . . .. . hope its not gone for good

Courtesy of: ABC, SONS & DAUGHTERS

The next episode has not yet been scheduled. Check back soon for more information!

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(Still no information for you miked.)

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NBC Set to OK Four More

Meanwhile the Peacock network, which already has OK'd a quartet of new shows for fall

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NBC OKs More Pilots; CBS' King Dethroned?

As predicted, NBC on Thursday picked up the dramas Raines, Friday Night Lights and Heroes, as well as the comedies 20 Good Years (starring Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow) and The Singles Table (about five people who meet at a wedding). Why the hold-up on Tina Fey's show, you ask? A source tells Variety that NBC is still hammering out its deal with headliner Alec Baldwin. The other big fall-season buzz is that The King of Queens won't return on CBS until mid-season, if ever, due to Kevin James' movie commitments.

Posted by Matt Mitovich 05/12/2006 10:06 AM

(Edit: If they are doing all these pilots they better bring Surface back...still no word. :( )

Is Deadwood... Dead?

HBO announced on Thursday that it has not opted to pick up the options on cast members of Deadwood, indicating that the series' third season, premiering June 11, will be its last. Asked for comment, Al Swearengen said, "Well, &$%, if that &%$ing *@ doesn

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Holy Moly! CW Blesses 7th With an 11th

CW execs aren't commenting, but MediaWeek reports that the UPN-WB hybrid will bring back 7th Heaven, widely presumed to be heading to television's great beyond, for an 11th season of at least 13 episodes. This season, Heaven has averaged 5.2 million viewers, making it one of WB's most popular shows.

Posted by Matt Mitovich 05/12/2006 8:20 PM

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7th Heaven Returns for 11th Season on CW

John Consoli

MAY 12, 2006 -

7th Heaven, the longest-running family drama in television history, in a surprising move, will return for its 11th season on the new CW network this fall. Mediaweek has learned that a deal has been reached to bring the show back for at least 13 episodes. CW officials refused comment.

It was announced last November by then WB entertainment president David Janollari that the show would not be renewed. While no reason was given, it was believed that it was due to cost concerns. The show was thought to be too expensive to bring back. And a big send-off party was held at the conclusion of the shooting of the last episode about a month ago.

But with the merging of the WB with UPN, and an influx of corporate cash in the new partnership of CBS and Warner Brothers, a decision was made to bring back the WB's most-watched show on the new CW.

7th Heaven this season has averaged 5.2 million viewers per show. While the show drew 1.4 million viewers less than last season, it was clearly still one of the most popular shows on the network.

Historically, 7th Heaven delivered 19 of the To0 20 all-time totals in viewers for shows on the WB, and within the 18-49 demo, it produced 17 of the Top 20 show performances of all-time.

The show's stars Stephen Collins, Catharine Hicks, Beverly Mitchell, Mackenzie Rosman, David Gallagher and George Stults are all expected to return.

The CW, like all the broadcast networks, are in the process of putting together their prime-time schedules for next season, in preparation for their upfront presentations next week. The CW is expected to officially announce where on the schedule 7th Heaven will be at its upfront session on Thursay (May 18). 7th Heaven aired in the Monday at 8 p.m. time period this season, and in all likelihood will remain in that time period next season.

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