Today has been a busy day for networks as more decisions are made regarding their fall TV fare. As you recall, the ax has already fallen on CBS’s Made in Jersey and NBC’s Animal Practice. With full seasons given to Revolution, Go On, The New Normal, Ben & Kate, The Mindy Project, plus extra scripts for 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort, things are starting to fall into place in the TV landscape.
Earlier today, the CW made it’s first move this season, picking up hit new drama Arrow for a full season. The series has done VERY well for the CW since it premiered 2 weeks ago, giving the network it’s most watched episode of anything in three years and it’s highest rated drama premiere since Nikita. It even retained a good majority of it’s viewership by it’s second week. Meanwhile, the CW has also ordered three additional scripts for new dramas Beauty and the Beast and Emily Owens, M.D.
In other network news, Fox went ahead and ordered more episodes for it’s comedies Raising Hope and New Girl, totaling seasons to 24 episodes. However, in more “important” news in the eyes of Simon Cowell and his loyal fan base, Fox has given The X Factor a third season – set to air next year. Hoping to reboot after an arguable lackluster first season, Cowell brought on Britney Spears and Demi Levato to join the panel. While ratings haven’t been anywhere near the 20 million Cowell predicted, the show has been fairly consistent, aside for ratings domination by it’s competition over on NBC – The Voice.
Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Programming at Fox released a statement earlier.
“This season, Simon and the producers of The X Factor took an already strong show and made it absolutely fantastic. The format changes are working, the contestants are unbelievably talented, and Britney and Demi – alongside Simon and L.A – have brought an incredibly fun new chemistry to the judges’ panel that our fans really love. We feel great about the show and I’m thrilled to bring it back next year for Season 3.”
Cowell went on to add that he “couldn’t be happier” about this renewal and insists that their “main commitment will always be to find great talent, and let’s not forget, we are now days away from our first live shows. The gloves are off! Expect fireworks!”
Finally, Carrie and Brody are not going ANYWHERE anytime soon. The Emmy award winning Drama has been renewed by Showtime for a third season, set to air Fall 2013. Season 2 is currently underway and if you aren’t watching … consider this a friendly reminder to catch up and catch up soon!