Thursday, May 16, 2013

From LA Examiner: The CW's Fall 2013 Schedule; More 'The Originals' Photos; USA Finally Orders Comedy Series; 'Nikita's' Final Season Details...

Fall 2013 television schedules are being finalized all over the industry this week, with networks making their programming plans public to advertisers and press alike during the annual upfront presentations in New York City. This is only the first parade the networks will do with their talent, to showcase the future of their shows and tell us to get on board. The CW was the final network to make their announcements, and they made some surprising moves and created one night dedicated to the Amell boys... [MORE]

"The Originals to launch its own night of programming on The CW in Fall 2013" 

As previously reported, The CW ordered The Originals to series on April 26 2013 after the back-door pilot aired the previous night, as fourth season episode of The Vampire Diaries. While we all know that in that series, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returns to New Orleans to reclaim his city and square off against former protege Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), now we have a little bit more about the series, including the fact that it has received an 8 p.m. time slot. Typically networks allow their strong returning series to kick off the hours and nights, letting new shows gain momentum and an audience by retaining some of the lead-ins audience. The CW has always been a bit of a rebel in this arena, though, most recently launching genre series The Vampire Diaries and Arrow at the start of the night and to great success. And they are putting that same faith in The Originals... [MORE]

"USA finally gets in the comedy game, orders Sirens and Playing House"

A few years ago the USA network declared it would be getting in the half-hour comedy game. They picked up a series called Paging Dr. Freed, and then nothing ever happened. They continued to churn out "bright skies dramas," each with a hint of quirk developed into their characters, but they did not put anything less than an hour on air. Then earlier this year things changed. They acquired the syndication rights to ABC's Modern Family. Suddenly, we had to sit up and pay attention. Something would have to be paired with it, right? But would it be an original or another series they would be rerunning? Today we have the answer. USA held their annual upfront presentation and ordered two new half-hours to series: Sirens from Denis Leary and Playing House from BFFs' Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair... [MORE

"Nikita to conclude with six-episode season 4 in 2013-2014"

Though The CW renewed Nikita, starring Maggie Q, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Shane West for their 2013-2014 television line-up, it did not make it onto the fall schedule. Instead the cult espionage series will come back "later in the fall," with the conclusion of its drama in a tight, six-episode season designed to "give fans closure," per network president Mark Pedowiz... [MORE]

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