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FX renews Justified, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Legit and The League

fx-network-logo-slice FX Networks announced a slew of pickups this morning, with Justified getting a fifth season pickup on FX, while It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit will all return and move to FXX, announced John Landgraf, President & General Manager, FX Networks. The critically-acclaimed drama series Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant, will continue to run on FX.  Season five begins production this fall and will air on FX in January 2014.  Season four is currently airing, with the season finale slated to air next Tuesday, April 2, at 10:00 PM ET/PT.  To date, season four is pacing to be Justified’s most-watched season ever. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League and Legit will all move to FXX. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s ninth season will air on FXX this fall, and the network has also placed an order for a tenth season that will air in the fall of 2014.  One of the most successful comedies in all of basic cable, Sunny’s eighth season ranked #2 in its basic cable time period in Men 18-49 and Men 18-34 (behind only the NFL on the NFL Network) and #2 in Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34 (behind Jersey Shore). The League’s already announced fifth season will air on FXX this fall, and the network is announcing a sixth season pickup that will air on FXX in the fall of 2014.  Last season, The League ranked #2 in its basic cable time period in M18-49, behind only the NFL on NFL Network. The new critically-acclaimed comedy Legit’s first season will end on FX Thursday, April 11 at 10:30PM ET/PT.  The show has officially been picked up for a second season, and will be moving to FXX, returning in early 2014. Legit continues to build an audience, growing by +25% from its first three episodes to its second three episodes.
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HBO sets premiere date for True Blood Season 6

true-blood-logo1-624x265 The ten-episode season of True Blood  kicks off SUNDAY, JUNE 16 at (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).  Based on the popular Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, this Emmy®-nominated hit drama series was created by Alan Ball, creator of HBO’s Emmy®-winning series “Six Feet Under.”  The show follows waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). This will be the first season of the series that creator Alan Ball in charge.
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AMC's The Killing to return June 2nd!

The-Killing2   It's the announcement all the faithful fans of the AMC series have been waiting for. It is now official, AMC announced today that The Killing will return for Season 3 with a 2 hour premiere on Sunday, June 2nd at 8pm. The new season, which stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) along with new cast members Peter Sarsgaard, Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz, is executive produced by series creator Veena Sud, and will focus on a new case, which will be resolved over the course of ten episodes, ending with a gripping two-hour finale. Season three begins one year after the close of the “Rosie Larsen” case (the focus of the series’ first two seasons) with Sarah Linden (Enos) no longer working as a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder's (Kinnaman) search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she'd left behind. “We learned so much from the first two seasons of “The Killing” and are thrilled to be bringing it back with the elements that the fans loved,” said Charlie Collier, president & general manager, AMC.  “Veena’s captivating storytelling along with the performances of Joel and Mireille, and the rest of the exemplary cast, will remind audiences of what they loved about the series and provide a season of suspenseful television.” Added David Madden, president of Fox Television Studios, “From the beginning, Veena Sud has invested ‘The Killing’ with some of the richest characters on television, testing and sometimes trampling the traditions of the television procedural – and we’re indebted to AMC for the opportunity to present a third season.  We’re particularly excited by the new moves of our returning leads, ‘Sarah’ and ‘Holder,’ brought to life so beautifully by Mireille and Joel, as well as the addition to our stellar cast of Peter Sarsgaard in his television series debut, the brilliant Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz, and a cluster of newcomers whom we hope will dazzle the audience as this new season unfolds.” Said executive producer and series creator Veena Sud, “I am grateful to AMC, Fox TV Studios and Netflix for their commitment to the show and their efforts in bringing ‘The Killing’ back to air. I’m also thrilled to be working with our incredible writing team as we continue to explore the lives of ‘Sarah’ and ‘Holder,’ who, like so many real-life detectives, grapple with the consequences to their own lives of a no-holds-barred immersion in the world of a homicide investigation.”
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Syfy renews Continuum

51w5VSMsycL__SX500_  Syfy has announced its popular time traveling police drama Continuum will return for a second season. The 13 all-new episode season will premiere in its new time period beginning Friday, June 7 at 10PM (ET/PT). During its first season, Continuum delivered 1.35 million total viewers, 644K Adults 25-54 and 537K Adults 18-49. In its time period, the series ranked #6 in Adults 25-54 and #10 in Adults 18-49 among all cable entertainment programs with at least three telecasts (based on most current data). New episodes of Continuum pick up after the gripping Season 1 finale when Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols/Criminal Minds, Alias) fought a ticking clock to prevent a cataclysmic act of terrorism. Cameron is a cop from the future who finds herself trapped in the present day, swept along when a group of fanatical terrorists escaped their planned execution in 2077 by vaulting back in time. Continuum co-stars Victor Webster (Castle, Melrose Place) as detective Carlos Fonnegra and Erik Knudsen (Jericho, Scream 4), who plays teen tech genius Alec Sadler. Executive producers of Continuum are series creator Simon Barry (The Art of War), Pat Williams (Smallville), and Tom Rowe (Tin Man). Continuum is a Showcase original series and is produced by Reunion Pictures in association with Shaw Media.
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Cougar Town renewed for Season 5

22699_015_0598_R_45478_6085_low   Looks like it's time for a celebration and you know what that means?? Bring on the wine! TBS has just announced Cougar Town has been renewed for a 13 episode fifth season. The new season of the hit series is expected to launch in 2014. Cougar Town will end its fourth season on April 9th at 1opm and has been averaging 2.8 million viewers. “Cougar Town has been everything we hoped it would be: a smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud comedy that shines a bright light on the TBS brand,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “This season, the brilliant cast and immensely creative production team on Cougar Town have crafted their best episodes yet, and we couldn’t be happier inviting them back for more.”
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NCIS casts Marina Sirtis

Marina-Sirtis-marina-sirtis-12797409-298-449   As reported by TVLine, veteran actress Marina Sirtis has been cast on the hit CBS series NCIS. Marina is most known for her performance as Deanna Troi for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Marina's character will take over as head of Mossad after the death of Ziva's father Eli David. Executive producer and show runner Gary Glasberg says "The search to replace Eli David as Mossad Director was tricky for us, but we ended up with a true find in Marina Sirtis.” Glasberg goes on to say "“I’ve always been a Star Trek fan, but Marina really owns this part. The cast loves her. She’s everything I wanted for the role and then some. We are lucky to have her.” She is scheduled to make her debut sometime in April on the series.  
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TNT releases summer premiere schedule

The-cast-of-Falling-Skies-TNT   Summer time means it's time for TNT to release the schedule for the premieres of it summer series.  The network has 5 series coming back including Falling Skies and four brand new series. Thanks to TVFanatic for this information. Thursday, June 6 8 p.m. The Hero (new competition series, hosted by Dwayne Johnson) Sunday, June 9 9 p.m. Falling Skies (two hours) Monday, June 10 9 p.m. Major Crimes 10 p.m. King & Maxewell (new series, starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn as private investigators) Tuesday, June 18 9 p.m. Rizzoli & Isles 10 p.m. Perception Wednesday, July 24 9 p.m. Franklin & Bash Tuesday, August 27 10 p.m. Cold Justice (new series, unscripted procedural that follows female investigators that look into small-town murder cases)  
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First Dexter season 8 promo!

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With the final season of Showtimes's hit series Dexter to start on June 30th, the network has come out with the first official teaser for the new season. Leave it to Showtime to put a spin on the first promo teaser for the series. It's more of an "In Memoriam" promo that lists all who have died during the first 7 seasons of the series. Take a look and see how many of them you remember!

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NBC announces Season Finale dates for several shows

nbc-logo   It's that time of the year when the networks unveil the season finale airdates for its television series. This time it's NBC's turn and make sure you write these down.

Thursday, May 2 Community

Thursday, May 9 Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, May 15 Chicago Fire

Friday, May 17 Grimm

Wednesday, May 22 Law & Order: SVU

Sunday, May 19 Celebrity Apprentice

Monday, May 27 Revolution

Thursday, June 27 Hannibal

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Terry O'Quinn joins Gang Related

terry_o_quinn_locke_from_lost   Veteran actor Terry O'Quinn whose last television role was on the cancelled ABC series 666 Park Avenue, will now join the cast of the new Brian Grazer produced series Gang Related. The snow will star Ramon Rodriguez as a gang member who infiltrates the San Francisco Police Department. First reported by Deadline,  actor Tom Berenger was originally cast to play the role, but after the first table read for the new series, he left the series and O'Quinn stepped in. The pilot episode will be directed by Allen Hughes and the writer of the episode is Chris Morgan.
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