Before we get to the news, did you see Once Upon a Time last night? Don’t even wait for my recap, go watch it. Right now. Seriously, I’ll wait. OK, while you are doing that, I am going to fill you in on all of the network news that happened while you were partying this weekend.
1. TV Tonight! Even with the premieres of America’s Got Talent (now with 100% more Howard Stern) and The Bachelorette (even more STDs than before!), TV is dominated by shows saying goodbye until the Fall, including How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-O, Smash, Bones, Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie and Make It or Break It (series finale)
- CBS is season finale night ALL night with a one hour How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly and Hawaii Five-O.
- NBC says hello to Howard Stern as the Summer guilty pleasure, America’s Got Talent, begins its season with a two hour episode followed by the season finale of Smash.
- Fox has the season finale of Bones followed by the second to last episode of House.
- ABC has an hour and half installment of Dancing with the Stars followed by the start of the new season of The Bachelorette at 9:30.
- CW has the season finales of Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie.
- On cable, if you’re into street gang culture, check out discovery’s Outlaw Empires at 10:04 (featuring the Crips); ABC Family has the series finale of Make It or Break It at 9; and Oxygen has Part 2 of the Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas Reunion at 9.
2. CBS Moves. The Eye picked up seven new shows to series Friday and over the weekend, including Elementary (the Sherlock Holmes show with Eli Stone as the famed detective) and Partners (the Will & Grace knock off from the creators of Will & Grace); and largely un-buzzy shows such as Vegas (this is actually fairly buzzy but was without a title for a long time — its the Ralph Lamb show which will star Carrie-Anne Moss, Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis), Golden Boy, Made In Jersey, Friend Me and The Job. And while the Eye giveth, it also taketh away. Shows cancelled the last few days include: CSI: Miami, Unforgettable, A Gifted Man, Rob and NYC 22. CSI: NY and Two and a Half Men were formerly renewed (Men was no big surprise since the principal cast members reached deals a couple of weeks ago).
3. NBC Moves. The bludgeoning continued at the Peacock with Harry’s Law, Are You There Chelsea?, Best Friends Forever and Bent all getting the axe. In distressing news, Community has been moved to Fridays (together with Whitney – YUCK!). TVLine.com has NBC’s proposed new Fall Schedule which was published yesterday afternoon ahead of today’s upfronts. We’ll post Fox’s as soon as its available. Oh, it also seems that NBC picked up Dane Cook’s new comedy, Next Caller. So glad they cancelled Awake to make room for this crap. Trailers of new shows to come tomorrow.
4. CW Moves. The Worst Network has renewed Gossip Girl for a final season order of 11 episodes, Hart of Dixie for a season 2 and Nikita for a full season 3 while Ringer and The Secret Circle were made to disappear from the schedule. On the new shows front, the Least Rated Network picked up to series, The Carrie Diaries (a no brainer), Beauty and the Beast (this is the reboot of the 80′s version — interestingly, it looks like ABC passed on its B&B version so this can only help the CW version), Arrow and two lesser talked about projects: Cult and First Cut.
5. ABC Moves. ABC renewed Last Man Standing, Private Practice (for a 13 episode season), Scandal, Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 and Happy Endings while picking up new shows to series including: Nashville (YAY Connie Britton and lots of other people I am excited about); Zero Hour, Red Widow, Last Resort (which I am very excited about), 666 Park Avenue (maybe the best thing next season other than Revolution), The Neighbors, Family Tools, Malibu Country (REBA!) and How to Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life (I love me some Sarah Chalke so YAY). In some surprising and not so surprising news, ABC axed GCB (semi surprised), Missing (blech), The River (not surprised but it could have been a network version of The Walking Dead) and Pan Am (which ironically, just won the best series award at this year’s Rose d’Or, Europe’s Emmy’s). In silly show news, ABC also renewed America’s Funniest Home Videos and Wife Swap.
6. True Blood‘s Newest Trailer!!