Hell on Wheels, The Good Wife, and Community

-AMC has announced that Hell on Wheels will be returning for a fifth and final season consisting of 14 episodes. Seven new episodes will air next summer, while the final seven episodes of the series will air in the summer of 2016. http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/11/07/breaking-tv-news-amc-announces-a-fifth-and-final-season-of-hell-on-wheels/

Community has hired Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) and Keith David (Enlisted) to join the comedy full time for season 6. Brewster will play Francesca “Frankie” Dart, a consultant hired to help shape things up at the underachieving school. David will play Elroy Patashnik, a retired scientist who comes to Greendale to reinvent himself. The 13 episode sixth season is supposed to premiere exclusively on Yahoo in early 2015. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Community-Paget-Brewster-Keith-David-1088992.aspx

-CBS has bought a new drama from Justified producer Ingrid Escajeda. “In a suburban Texas country already on the verge of chaos, the cold-blooded assassination of the district attorney means the ascension of Gaby Ortiz, a formidable young prosecutor. Under assault by the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, narco cartels and rampant corruption, Gaby must resurrect the country’s crumbling law enforcement effort, with little more than her defiant will and the support of her extraordinary extended family.” http://deadline.com/2014/11/ingrid-escajeda-drama-justified-cbs-1201278016/

-Chris Elliot (How I Met Your Mother, Everybody Loves Raymond) will guest star on The Good Wife as an English professor who is brought in to help wannabe State’s Attorney Alicia prepare for her looming debate against opponent Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce). His episode will air in early 2015. http://tvline.com/2014/11/10/chris-elliott-the-good-wife-season-6-debate-election/

-Starz has ordered a follow-up series to the cult “Evil Dead” film franchise, titled Ash vs. Evil Dead. Bruce Campbell will reprise his role as Ash. The series will be about “when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons–personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.” The series is slated for 10 half-hour episodes set to debut in 2015. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/evil-dead-series-starz-ash-bruce-campbell-1201352764/

-Showtime has renewed Homeland for a fifth season as well The Affair for a second season. The Affair will consist of 10 new episodes while Homeland will consist of 12. http://www.thetvaddict.com/2014/11/10/the-business-of-show-showtime-renews-homeland-and-the-affair/

Graceland has been renewed for a third season which will consist of 13 episodes. http://www.thewrap.com/usa-network-graceland-renewed-for-season-3/

-TNT has cancelled Franklin & Bash after four seasons. http://deadline.com/2014/11/franklin-bash-cancelled-tnt-1201281566/

-ABC Family has renewed Chasing Life for a second season that will consist of 13 episodes. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/11/06/chasing-life-second-season-renewal/

-Netflix will premiere the next second installment of The Fall beginning at 12:01 am PT on January 16. http://deadline.com/2014/11/netflix-premiere-date-gillian-anderson-the-fall-season-2-video-1201283329/

-Fox is bringing back Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? to its primetime lineup. No word on a premiere date or time slot yet. But there will be “new twists” for the revival. http://tvline.com/2014/11/06/are-you-smarter-than-a-5th-grader-returning-to-fox/

-NBC is eyeing a live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s play A Few Good Men. The network is in the early stages of working out an agreement with Sorkin. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/nbc-eyes-live-staging-of-aaron-sorkins-a-few-good-men-exclusive-1201350526/

-ABC has given Forever a full season order, which will add another nine episodes to its first season. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/11/07/forever-full-season/

-ABC has effectively cancelled Selfie by not buying any more episodes of the comedy beyond its initial order of 13. It’s unclear how many of the remaining episodes will air. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/11/07/selfie-canceled/

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Fox changes dates, USA summer premiere dates, and more!

-Starting in May, you’ll be able to stream some of HBO’s older shows via an Amazon Prime subscription. You’ll be able to watch The SopranosThe Wire, and a few others including older episodes of Girls. Sex and the CityEntourage, and Curb Your Enthusiasm will NOT be airing because they are tied up in various syndication deals with other channels. http://recode.net/2014/04/23/amazon-makes-a-big-move-snags-older-hbo-shows/

-Fox has moved the Masterchef premiere a week later on May 26. They have switched around their schedule now so here is the new one: http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/fox-pushes-masterchef-premiere-by-week/

  • Bones will air a repeat on April 28
  • The Following season finale airs April 28 right after Bones
  • Last two episodes of Bones airs May 12 and May 19 and will be paired with the first two regular-slot episodes of 24: Live Another Day

-USA has set their summer premiere dates! http://www.deadline.com/2014/04/usa-network-summer-rush-satisfaction-royal-pains/

  • Royal Pains (Tuesday June 10, 9-10 pm)
  • Suits (Wednesday June 11, 9-10 pm)
  • Graceland (Wednesday June 11, 10-11 pm)
  • Covert Affairs (Tuesday June 24, 10-11 pm)
  • Rush (Thursday July 17, 9-10 pm)
  • Satisfaction (Thursday July 17, 10-11 pm)

-HBO and BBC are teaming up to J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy as a three-hour miniseries. http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/hbo-bbc-to-produce-j-k-rowlings-the-casual-vacancy-as-miniseries-1201161635/

-Andy Samberg is set to host the season finale of Saturday Night Live on May 17. The musical guest will be St. Vincent. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/23/charlize-theron-andy-samberg-snl/


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mind Games, Graceland, and more!

SERIES PREMIERES, March 27, 2014:

  • Surviving Jack (Christopher Meloni) starts at 9:30/8:30c on FOX

-ABC’s Mind Games has been cancelled due to low rating for the past five episodes. For the next two weeks the network will use the Tuesday 10pm time slot to show repeat episodes of Resurrection (which originally airs on Sunday). Then, beginning April 15, ABC will start the 3rd season of Celebrity Wife Swap during that time slot. http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/abc-mind-games-cancelled-replaced-by-celebrity-wife-swap-resurrection-repeats/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

-The cellist of Coulson’s dreams in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting a name (Audrey) and will be played by Amy Acker. She is scheduled to appear in the April 22 episode. No mention of a recurring role yet however. The second half of the first season resumes on April 1 at 8 pm on ABC. http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/03/26/agents-of-shield-recruits-amy-acker/

-Michelle Borth is apparently leaving Hawaii Five-O. She played Catherine ‘Cat’ Rollins since the first season but she will not be returning for the fifth season of the show. No word on how she is making her exit but the executive producer did the second-to-last episode would feature “some flashbacks to [Catherine’s] stint in the military”. Hawaii Five-O airs Fridays at 9/8c on CBS.  http://tvline.com/2014/03/27/hawaii-five-0-michelle-borth-leaving-catherine-season-4/

-Carmine Giovinazzo (known for his role as Danny Messer on CSI:NY) will have a recurring role on Graceland. He will play  Sid Markham, the head of the LAPD’s Gang Task Force. Jon Sklaroff (24, Life) will also have a recurring role on the show as a low-life who trade is human trafficking. Graceland is returning to USA this summer for a second season. No word on a premiere date though. http://tvline.com/2014/03/27/carmine-giovinazzo-csi-ny-cast-graceland-season-2/

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