Fall TV check-in: what's been canceled and what's earned a full season
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With NBC's cancellation of "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family" last week, that brings this season's new show body count up to four. (Following ABC's "Lucky 7" and CBS' "We Are Men" for those of you keeping track at home.)
Plenty of other shows are finding success, though. Six -- NBC's "The Blacklist," Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and CBS' "Mom," "The Millers" and "The Crazy Ones" -- have already been picked up for a full season, and one -- Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" -- has even been renewed for season two already.
Four others -- ABC's "Back in the Game," "Super Fun Night," "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" -- have had extra episodes ordered. This means that the network is somewhat optimistic about the shows; however, there is no guarantee that the extra episodes (two to three for each show) will actually be produced.
I didn't mind NBC's cancellation news as "Welcome to the Family" was absolutely awful and "Ironside" was completely forgettable. But there was other news announced that same day that I'm much less thrilled about: "Parks and Recreation" is essentially going on hiatus until the new year.
It will have back-to-back episodes Nov. 14 and 21, then be gone until Jan. 9, when it returns at 8:30 p.m. for its 100th episode (following "Community," which has an hour-long premiere Jan. 2). Filling the slot in its absence is a variety of not-great things, including a repeat of "The Voice" this week, an "SNL" Halloween special, a Thanksgiving football game, two episodes of "The Sing-Off" and a "The Sound of Music Live" broadcast Dec. 5.
This is literally the worst news of the fall season.
Network series premiere: "Dracula," 10 p.m. Friday, NBC (Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as the titular vampire in 19th century London, posing as an American inventor, who has plans for revenge on the descendents of those who turned him).
Series premieres: "Scrubbing In," 10 p.m. Thursday, MTV (young, hard-partying nurses move cross-country to work in two Orange County hospitals); "Styled to Rock," 8 p.m. Friday, Bravo (fashion competition with Rihanna and Pharrell Williams); "The Governor's Wife," 10 p.m. Sunday, A&E (86-year-old ex-Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards, his 35-year-old wife, her teen kids, his sexagenarian ones and a possible baby); "The Pete Holmes Show," midnight Monday, TBS (stand-up comedy, skits, news segments and guests); "Naked Vegas," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy (artists specializing in body painting); "Houston Beauty," 10 p.m. Wednesday, OWN (staff and trainees at a Texas beauty school).
Network season premieres: "The Carrie Diaries," 8 p.m. Friday, CW; "Grimm," 9 p.m. Friday, NBC.
Season premieres: "Project Runway All-Stars," 9 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime; "Secret Princes," 10 p.m. Friday, TLC; "Austin & Ally," 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Disney; "Love & Hip Hop," 8 p.m., and "Chrissy & Mr. Jones," 9 p.m. Monday, VH1; "Little People, Big World," 9 p.m. Tuesday, TLC; "Life Below Zero," 10 p.m. Tuesday, National Geographic; "Girl Code," 10 p.m., and "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life," 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, MTV.
Returning: "Scare Tactics," 8 p.m. Monday, Syfy.
Season finales: "David Tutera: Unveiled," 9 p.m. Saturday, WE; "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's," 9 p.m., and "Six Little McGhees," 10 p.m. Saturday, OWN; "I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding," 8 p.m. Sunday, Bravo; "My Big Fat Revenge," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen; "Treehouse Masters," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TLC; "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles," 9 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo.
Specials: "The iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Katy Perry," 9 p.m. Friday, CW (performing songs from and discussing her new album); "Zombie Night," 8 p.m. Saturday, Syfy (TV horror movie starring Anthony Michael Hall, Daryl Hannah and Shirley Jones); "Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited," 8 p.m. Sunday, BBC America (celebrating David Tenant, the 10th Doctor); "American Experience: War of the Worlds," 9 p.m. Tuesday, PBS.
Of note: The band Imagine Dragons appears on "Impractical Jokers," 10 p.m. Thursday, truTV; the knockout rounds begin on "The Voice," 8 p.m. Monday, NBC; "River Monsters: Unhooked" searches for the Loch Ness monster in a special enhanced episode, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Animal Planet; "The X Factor" chooses its Top 12, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fox (Tune in to see if Danese's Colton Pack and his Simon Cowell-created country boy band, Restless Road, make the cut); the chefs cater a Halloween party for "Glee's" Lea Michele on "Top Chef," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo.
W.Va. alert: The Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings from St. Marys look into mysterious creatures in Appalachia on the series "Mountain Monsters," premiering 10 p.m. Sunday on Animal Planet. (The series already aired this summer on Destination America, which like Animal Planet, is owned by Discovery).
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