Renewals and Cancellations: Every TV Show You've Ever Loved Will Be Yanked Away From You. But Not Yet
There’s quite a bit of activity going on in the television world this morning, so let’s bang it out with some bullet points.
“Justified” has been renewed for another season. This is not a surprise. It will return in January 2014, along with the second season of “The Americans.”
FX has launched new comedy network, FXX. It will launch in September, and to help get it off the ground, “The League” and “It’s Always Sunny” have been renewed for two additional seasons and will move to the new network, which will replace Fox Soccer (sorry, one person out there who watches Fox Soccer). “Louie” may also return in May 2014 on the new comedy network, which will air all of FX’s sitcoms, plus four new ones in 2014 and six new ones in 2015.
FX has also ordered a number of “limited” series (also known as mini-series), including a 10-episode order of “Fargo,” a television series based on the film.
CBS renewed practically it’s entire lineup yesterday. For our purposes, that includes “The Good Wife” and, as we already knew, “How I Met Your Mother.” The downside to the slew of renewals is that there is only one space left (“Rules of Engagement,” which is expected to be cancelled) for new pilots, including the new Will Arnett sitcom from Greg Garcia (“Raising Hope.”)
“Happy Endings” returns tomorrow with two episodes. I hate what ABC has done with the show, but I don’t want to punish “Happy Endings” for ABC’s viewer abuse. So, please watch it. If it does well, maybe ABC renews it. Don’t put any money on that bet.
The latest in the morning-show wars is that, now NBC says it has no intention of booting Matt Lauer, and he will stay on the “Today” show for “years to come.” That, folks, is probably a lie.
Finally, the latest twist in the ongoing late-night wars is that Jay Leno had expected to leave when his contract was up in September 2014 all along. He’s just pissy because of the way NBC is handling it, and making it look like he’s being forced out. Fair enough. NBC is bad at public relations.