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Fall 2015 Television Preview: ABC

We begin our look at the Fall television season by looking at ABC's offerings. Story by Sue Lukenbaugh Just as the regular television season begins to wrap up, and summer approaches television networks release their schedules for the upcoming television season. This year is no different. After a huge slew of cancellations, many surprised pick-ups were made. The trailers have been released, and I've watched them all with varying levels of excitement. Here's a full list of what's coming, and what I'm excited for. ABC said goodbye to Cristela , Forever , Manhattan Love Story , Members Only , Resurrection , Revenge , Selfie , and The Taste . None of which were surprises. The Catch – Release Date TBD From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, this thriller centers on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him befo

TV Cancellations and Renewals: The Final Verdict

Find out which of your shows will live to see the fall. By Brandon Wolfe Now that the 2014-15 TV season has come to a close, you might be wondering which of your favorite shows will be returning and which will brighten your television set no longer. Well, wonder no more. Below is a comprehensive list, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter , of which shows have gotten the axe and which get to air another day, as well as early lists of new shows coming this fall, the fates of which you’ll get to agonize over this time next year. Steel yourself and scroll down. Veteran Shows America's Funniest Home Videos : Renewed The Bachelor : Renewed Castle : Renewed Dancing With the Stars : Renewed Extreme Weight Loss : Renewed The Goldbergs : Renewed Grey's Anatomy : Renewed Last Man Standing : Renewed Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. : Renewed The Middle : Renewed Mistresses : Renewed Modern Family : Renewed Nashville : Renewed Once Upon a Time : Renewed

First Thoughts: 'The Muppets'

We pontificate on the return of an American classic to the small screen. Review by Matt Cummings The Muppets have experienced as of late what one might call an identity crisis. Filled with the glory of the 2012 movie , our hearts were nearly broken by the immense critical and financial disappointment of Muppets Most Wanted . It was as if a great sports athlete, bound for certain glory, was suddenly laid up by injury and unavailable to fulfill their destiny. But as in sports, entertainment always seems to get a second chance, and that's exactly what has happened for The Muppets. Ever since we reported on Tuesday that they would be returning to ABC Television in the Fall , our hopes for success have grown with the trailer that was released during the network's Upfront event. If you haven't see it yet, check out the extended trailer and see if your thoughts align with ours: From the getgo, it's clear that the new show has a familiar flavor: zany Muppet ch

TV Upfronts: What's Renewed and What's Canceled

Find out which of your shows will live to see the fall. By Brandon Wolfe It’s Upfronts season, that brutal time of year where the Big 5 networks toy with your emotions as they decide which of your beloved TV shows will receive a gladiatorial thumbs up or thumbs down. Below is a comprehensive list, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter , of which shows from the 2014-15 season got the axe and which get to air another day, as well as a list of new shows coming this fall, the fates of which you’ll get to agonize over this time next year. Steel yourself and scroll down. Veteran Shows America's Funniest Home Videos : Renewed The Bachelor : Renewed Castle : Renewed Dancing With the Stars : Renewed Extreme Weight Loss : Renewed The Goldbergs : Renewed Grey's Anatomy : Renewed Last Man Standing : Renewed Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. : Renewed The Middle : Renewed Mistresses : Renewed Modern Family : Renewed Nashville : Renewed Once Upon a Time : Re

Network Pilot Season Has Begun

The Big 5 deciding what they expect us to watch this fall. By Brandon Wolfe Pilot season has commenced as the networks have begun their first round of pickups. NBC has ordered the dramas The Player , Chicago Med , Blindspot and Heartbreaker to series. Also in contention are Warrior , Game of Silence , The Curse of the Fuentes Women and Love Is a Four Letter Word . The network is really pinning its rebirth hopes on drama rather than comedy, the genre upon which it built an empire in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The crop given the go-ahead today will join fellow dramas Shades of Blue , Emerald City and pointless reboot/event series Heroes: Reborn in the fall. On the comedy front, NBC has a number of prospects, including Superstore , Strange Calls , People Are Talking , a pointless small-screen reboot of Problem Child , How We Live and Cuckoo . Already ordered are Telenovela starring Eva Longoria and, yet one more pointless reboot, Coach . Fox will be adding its television adapt

Survey: Consumers Now Prefer Streaming vs Live TV

What do the survey's results mean for the future of television? Story by Matt Cummings Ours is a world driven by technology. From smart devices to web apps, technology has affected the way we live every minute of our lives. And according to a new survey, it's affecting the way people consume entertainment. According to The Deloitte Digital Democracy Survey , US consumers are now more willing to watch streaming entertainment than tune in to it via live TV. The ninth annual results were published by the consulting firm Deloitte, who sampled 2,076 US consumers from Nov. 3-19, 2014. Here is just some of the landmark data: Services such as Netflix, who now have subscribers in approximately 42% of American households, have overtaken live television as the most preferred way to watch programming. More people now stream movies (56%) and television (53%), eclipsing those who still prefer to watch live television (45%). Consumers 14-25 - dubbed the "Trailing Mil

David Ducovny Thinks Broadcast TV Needs Shorter Seasons

Here's why his recent comments are absolutely necessary in order for network television's survival. Story by Matt Cummings Network television - specifically CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, and The CW - are in a sort of renaissance. Fueled by some of the best programming we've seen since the "Must See" era of 1994-1995, shows are grittier and more realistic than ever before. Yet, some would claim the opposite, that the current formula for television is outdated and could lead to its death unless big changes are made. With pay television opting for shorter seasons (that is, between 10-13 episodes) with shows like the Amazon Original Bosch, broadcast television has been slow to catch up. Recent trends - such as the short run for Marvel's Agent Carter - suggest that someone is listening. But, has there been enough to change the entire industry? That subject has been on our minds lately, as we've discussed it several times on our podcast Inside the Buck

Agents of SHIELD Casts Blair Underwood

Read on to learn which role the Ironside actor has accepted. With Marvel's Agents of SHIELD on break until March 3rd, we'll soon see the 8-part series Agent Carter take its place. And while the show concluded with what most agree was as strong an episode as they've ever made ( read our review ), they certainly aren't looking back. The series is moving forward by not just picking up the loose papers ala Captain America: The Winter Solider , it's establishing all-new faces for its second half. According to THR, Blair Underwood will be joining the show's cast, which begins shooting new scenes this week. Underwood, who resume includes the very good ( LA Law) and the frankly awful ( Ironside ) will play Doctor Andrew Garner, who is Agent Melinda May's ex-husband. Such additions aren't new for the series, as we've enjoyed the Bobbi Morse/Lance Hunter storyline since it was introduced. Now, May's personal life comes into focus with Under

Upfronts 2014: Networks Announce Strange New Pilots

What's replacing all those sacked television shows?  We peel back the onion to find out! Story by: Matt Cummings This last week saw all five television networks announce their cancellations and renewals .  That leaves nearly 100 potential new shows in the oven, each vying for our hearts, space on our DVR's, and ultimately our time.  But first each has to appear before advertisers, whose votes will determine which are picked up and those that get sent back to the baker. As we prepared to post this, it became clear that two new trends had appeared in several new shows: first, the stranger their plot, the more apt to be considered.  And like that smelly stuff which has been thrown against the wall, the networks are hoping these will stick.  Second, many of these are rejects of previous pilots, regurgitated and repainted for your pleasure.  Neither of these sound particularly appealing Rather than share all of them, we've hand-picked a selected lot which sadly

Network Television Shows We Guarantee Are Returning Next Year (UPDATED)

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ABC Deliver Huge For Comic-Con 2013

ABC TAKES ON COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2013 Hit Series “ Once Upon a Time ” Returns for Its Third Consecutive Year Two of the Fall’s Most Anticipated New ABC Series, “ Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D ” And “ Once Upon a Time in Wonderland ,” Will Make Their Comic-Con Debuts ABC will be bringing star power to Comic-Con 2013, with its returning fan favorite “ Once Upon a Time ,” as well as two new highly anticipated series debuting this fall, “ Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D “ and “ Once Upon a Time in Wonderland .” On Friday, July 19 , Marvel Television will introduce fans to their first live action television epic with their new ABC series, “ Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D .,” featuring a panel with executive producer Joss Whedon and Marvel’s Head of Television and series executive producer Jeph Loeb. The show will also be spotlighted at the Marvel Entertainment Booth on the Convention Center floor throughout the entire weekend, with special surprises to be announced! Satu

The Lincoln Lawyer T.V. Show Coming To ABC

ABC is going back to familiar territory, adapting The Lincoln Lawyer . As first reported by TV Guide, Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is working on a drama adaptation of the 2003 novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, while the network has ordered a script from Lionsgate to convert The Lincoln Lawyer in to a drama series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Lincoln Lawyer , based on the Lionsgate feature starring Matthew McConaughey, has grossed $58 million at the domestic box office, will be written by film scribes John Romano & Michael Connelly, who penned the novels. Gary Luchessi/Lakeshore Entertainment is attached to produce through Lionsgate. Lincoln Lawyer is crime writer Connelly’s 16th novel and revolves around Los Angeles attorney Mickey Haller, the half-brother of Connelly’s famed detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, driving around the city in a Lincoln Town Car driven by a former client working off his legal fees. Please Leave A Comment- Sou

All My Children, One Life To Live Canceled

ABC announced Thursday that “ All My Children ,” which began its run in 1970 and  One Life To Live , have been canceled. The daytime staples will end in September and January, respectively. In their place, ABC will launch two new younger-skewing, lifestyle-oriented series, The Chew and The Revolution . Chew , an hour-long food series executive produced by Gordon Elliot (Paula Deen's Home Cooking), will bow in September and be hosted by Mario Batali (Iron Chef America), Clinton Kelly (What Not to Wear), Carla Hall (Top Chef), Michael Symon (Iron Chef America) and nutrition expert Daphne Oz. Revolution , a health and lifestyle series hosted by experts and guest contributors that will bow in January. JD Roth (The Biggest Loser) will executive produce with 3 Ball Productions. Fashion expert Tim Gunn, trainer Harley Pasternak and American Idol alum Kimberly Locke will host the series, which will document one woman's five-month weight-loss journey every week with a reveal every

Incredible Hulk Coming To ABC

Incredible Hulk Coming To The Small Screen As DC Comics heroine Wonder Woman , who had a TV series during the 1970s, is being prepped for a return to the small screen, Marvel and ABC are developing a TV return for the Incredible Hulk . CBS produced a memorable series featuring the jade giant that ran from 1978-82 and starred Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno . At the end of the decade, ABC followed up with three TV movies that featured incarnations of Marvel heroes Daredevil and Thor . Hulk is one of two projects that are priorities at Marvel Television, Marvel Studio’s TV division, which has been operating under the radar since Jeph Loeb took the reins at the end of June. Please Leave A Comment- Source- Heatvision

No Ordinary Family Review By: Sean Lopez

No Ordinary Family Episode 1 Review By: Sean Lopez Okay let me start off by saying ABC, you had me at “Starring Julie Benz .” Done. I’m in. What time? Though most of you know her as Rita from Dexter or possibly her short stint on Desperate Housewives last season, she will always be the hottest vampire ever to me, Darla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. So when I heard she was going to be in a show, it easily became the only must watch new show of the season. ABC's No Ordinary Family stars the aforementioned Julie Benz as well as The Commish himself, Michael Chiklis as Stephanie and Jim Powell, who along with their children, survive a plane crash on a family vacation in Brazil. What they soon discover is that not only did they survive but they have each developed their own unique superpower: Jim has super strength and near invulnerability; Stephanie has super speed; daughter Daphne has mental telepathy and son JJ has super intelligence. The Powell's already had th

Damon Lindelof Talks Lost

Damon Lindelof Talks Lost Lost has ended and there are so may questions that are still unanswered. The creators of Lost Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are going on a media black-out for awhile and have chosen not to talk about the show or the finale. You can read Lindelof’s final thoughts below: From all of us who made the show, we really hope that you don’t feel it was a waste of your time. We hope that you spent the entire night not just thinking about the finale on a story level, but that you were emotionally affected by it. There are two feelings that you feel when you watch the ending of a television show. The first is the feeling that you have of just understanding that the show is over and the second is what your response is to actually what’s happening on the screen. What I liked about the Soprano’s finale was that it changed the experience because when Chase cut to black, suddenly that feeling of “the show’s over” was replaced by “is my cable out?” – he kind of chang