Breaking News: Syfy Doubles Up on Fan-Favorite Series HAVEN Ordering 26 New Episodes

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Press Release: Syfy has greenlit 26 new episodes of its hit series HAVEN, which posted growth in both Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 last year. The first 13 episodes of Season 5 are set to premiere this fall with the remaining 13 episodes scheduled to air in 2015. [Read more…]

BBC America Renews ORPHAN BLACK For a Second Season

PRESS RELEASE: BBC AMERICA has renewed highly acclaimed original series, Orphan Black, for a second season to return as part of Supernatural Saturday in 2014. The conspiracy clone thriller starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned with a 10-episode order from Temple Street Productions, ahead of its season one finale on Saturday, June 1. [Read more…]

Rant Alert: It’s Time for the CW to Put Up Or Shut Up!

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If the CW ever wants to be taken seriously as a major network, they need to stop talkin’ the talk and start walkin’ the walk. And they can start by expanding their schedule so as not to be running reruns on Wednesday of a show we watched on Monday.

With that in mind, we’d like to suggest that instead of looking at the renewal of ONE TREE HILL and LIFE UNEXPECTED as an “either/or” prospect, they greenlight both shows for next season. Because while E! Online is reporting that only one of the youth-centric shows will be coming back next season, bringing both back would go a long way toward filling some of those awkward gaps the current slate so prominently features.

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Mission Accomplished: CHUCK Renewed!

Mission Accomplished CHUCK Fans, your show has been saved. Or at least that is what EW’s Michael Ausiello, The Live Feed, Variety and TV MoJoe are all reporting until NBC makes it official at its UpFront event on May 19.

But before you head on out to your local Subway for a celebratory Five Dollar Footlong, we should probably warn you, there’s a catch. The 13-episode pickup was contingent on Warner Bros. (the studio that produces CHUCK) agreeing to make some sizable budget cuts. Cuts which may-or-may-not include at least one cast member getting the proverbial pink slip, two staff writers definitely being show the door, and less episodes for some of your favorite supporting players (Jeffster! Big Mike! Anna! Gulp!)

All of which naturally raise three big (or in keeping with the theme of this post, foot long) questions:

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What the FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Renewal Means for the Future of Television

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Score one for fans of quality television everywhere.

According to Variety, DirecTV and NBC have reached an agreement that will see FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS stick around for not just one but two more 13-episode seasons of Dillon Panther football.

Better still, the continuation of this cross-platform deal between the network and the cable provider could, if we’re lucky, serve as a blueprint for similar deals in the future. Because the undeniable facts of modern television life are these: The audience is, for a multitude of reasons, shrinking, while costs are rising and the economy is sinking. And while those factors already have contributed to the loss of such quality shows as SWINGTOWN and PUSHING DAISIES, deals such as the one which will keep FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS on the air might well become the norm and offer such currently-struggling shows as DOLLHOUSE or KINGS a new life.

A pipe dream? Perhaps. But who’d have thought FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS would make it to season four?