The TV Series Renewal Genie Has Spoken

by on October 3, 2012

in Entertainment

tv newsI was cleaning out my inbox and thought I’d put out some of the TV series renewal emails I received.  I think I’ve mentioned a few of them in previous entries, but not all of them.  So let’s take a look at some recent news bits on what TV shows were announced last month (September) as having been  renewed for another season.

Of note are shows like Big Brother, Boardwalk Empire, Covert Affairs, The Voice and a note about Sons of Anarchy‘s future.

List of Renewed TV Shows for 2013

  • A.N.T. Farm gets a 3rd season from Disney Channel
  • Army Wives for a 7th season on Lifetime (Catherine Bell and Kelli Williams have  contracts for the upcoming season so far.)
  • Big Brother has more mental torment for the house mice for the summer of 2013.  (That would be its 15th rendition/season)
  • Boardwalk Empire gets a 4th season on HBO (This was just announced this week)
  • Breaking Pointe on the CW (2nd)
  • Call of the Wildman will get a season 2 on Animal Planet
  • Covert Affairs on USA (4th season)
  • Episodes on Showtime (s3)
  • Franklin & Bash renewed by TNT for a 3rd season
  • Guy Code on MTV2 (3rd)
  • Haunted Collector on Syfy gets a 3rd season, becuase, well, everything is haunted, including renewals!
  • Hollywood Exes manages to get itself renewed for a 2nd season on VH1 instead of divorced from the network
  • Hotel Hell will see a 2nd season on Fox
  • I’m Having Their Baby on Oxygen for a 2nd season
  • Major Crimes renewed for a “2nd” season on TNT
  • Oh Sit! on the CW (2nd)
  • Randy to the Rescue on TLC for a 2nd season
  • Ridiculousness on MTV For a 3rd Season
  • Royal Pains on USA (5th and 6th)
  • Small Town  Security got a 2nd season from AMC (Really???  Enough folks tuned into that to warrant another season?  I guess having Breaking Bad as a lead-in worked out for it.)
  • Sons of Anarchy (No, there’s no renewal news, but if things stay on course with the ratings, fans will be getting a 6th and 7th season, as planned.)
  • Sullivan & Son for season 2 on TBS
  • Teen Wolf on MTV is headed to a 3rd season (Did you see the casting call for this show?  See my previous post)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got the nod for a 2nd season from Nickelodeon
  • The Glades gets season 4 from A&E
  • The Rachel Zoe Project gets a 5th season on Bravo
  • The Voice on NBC (4th and 5th season renewal)
  • Tosh.0, the most watched (aka highest rated) series on Comedy Central, gets its 5th season nod
  • Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell on FX will have a 2nd season
  • Treme renewed for 4th (AND FINAL) season on HBO
  • White Collar on USA (5th) Entertainment news and opinionOpinion:  If Major Crimes does well enough in this revamped mode to continue to go onward for more than this extra season ordered, I have to wonder what kind of message this sends to the industry?

Think about it.  When the lead leaves and the show is retooled a bit, and is still successful?  That can open up an entirely new realm of possibilities for other shows whose market testing might show a lead character losing their draw, but the supporting cast is not.

Everyone… keep on your toes.  It’s bad enough that lovable supporting characters pop up dead from time to time, ala, The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy just to name a few.  (I won’t count Breaking Bad.  I just expect everyone to die in every episode to eliminate my disappointment if it does happen.)  But if leads start leaving and the show continues to do well, I’d wouldn’t be surprised somewhere down the road when a lead character will actually bite it in an episode.

That would be huge.  Do you remember when Superman died? That was going to be the end of the comic title (Or so they said in the papers way back then), but the sales skyrocketed when big blue bit it and it launched other titles instead.

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