May Madness is upon us, ladies & gents. Picking up from yesterday’s cancellation of “Deception,” NBC has made a slew of announcements regarding their primetime fare with more announcements to come. Shall we start with the good or bad news?
The good news: NBC has renewed “Parks and Recreation” for a sixth season, scoring a 22-episode pickup. “Parks and Rec” now joins “Grimm,” “Chicago Fire,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Revolution” as renewals at NBC.
Meanwhile, the Peacock is also cleaning house, as it announces official cancellations of “Up All Night,” “1600 Penn,” “Whitney” and “Guys With Kids.” “Animal Practice,” “Deception,” and “Do No Harm” are other official cancellations from the network thus far. More news (good and bad) are expected later.
Over on the Eye Network, CBS appears to have made headway on contracts that will open the door for the renewal of Criminal Minds. All five main cast members should return for the show’s 9th season.
In what appears to be the start of cleaning house over at “American Idol,” Randy Jackson will be stepping down as judge, after spending 12 – READ THAT DAWG – seasons with the show. He is no longer “in it to win it.” Randy Jackson broke the news to E! News
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry.”
Jackson added he planned to focus on his company, Dream Merchant 21, as well as “other business ventures.” The news from the show’s only original judge remaining comes not long after recent reports that Idol might be cleaning house – even up to the top with executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe. No other confirmed changes with the reality competition has been announced.
Also, Fox has officially axed “Touch,” starring Kiefer Sutherland. The drama has been struggling to maintain an audience during the show’s second season.
Over on the CW, “Nikita” and “The Carrie Diaries” will be making a return!
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