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No Happy Endings for 'Happy Endings' Officially Done After Three Sesaons

happy-endings-abcDeadline is reporting that after three seasons, the ABC cult comedy is officially gone. Reports are that Sony Pictures TV is finally ending its attempt to have the series picked up by another network. One of the major issues that pretty much sealed the cult comedy's fate is that the cast's options are set to expire this weekend. Even before Happy Endings' cancellation has been officially announced, Sony Pictures TV was hard at work looking for another home for the series. The  did express some interest, but later decided not to pick up the series.
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FOX Announces Fall Premiere Dates For The 2013-2014 Season

fox-networkFOX has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series. The 2013-2014 season begins with the return of THE X FACTOR. Hosted by Mario Lopez, and featuring judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio, the hit music competition series will launch with a two-night season premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Sept. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Darkly amusing procedural BONES enters its ninth season on Monday, Sept. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the series premiere of the thrilling adventure fantasy SLEEPY HOLLOW (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving’s classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie, “42,” “Shame,” “American Violet”) to unravel a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers. On Sept. 17, the Tuesday night comedy block is back with two new additions – DADS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) – and new seasons of NEW GIRL (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and THE MINDY PROJECT (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Kicking off the night is DADS, the new live-action, multi-camera comedy from Emmy Award winner Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild (“Ted,” FAMILY GUY) that stars Emmy Award winner Seth Green (FAMILY GUY) and Emmy Award nominee Giovanni Ribisi (“My Name is Earl,” “Ted”) as two successful gaming entrepreneurs – and childhood best friends – whose lives get turned upside down when their pain-in-the-neck patriarchs (Martin Mull, “Two and a Half Men”) and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Peter Riegert, “The Good Wife,” “The Sopranos”) move in. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), from Emmy Award-winning writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation”) and starring Emmy Award winners Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”) and Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age,” “Homicide: Life on the Street”), is a new single-camera workplace comedy about what happens when a hotshot detective (Samberg) gets a new captain (Braugher) with a lot to prove. Will Rachel (Lea Michele) be Broadway’s next baby? Will Blaine (Darren Criss) marry Kurt (Chris Colfer)? Can the kids of New Directions win yet again at Nationals? Find out the answers to all these GLEE-related questions when a new season of the hit musical comedy launches Thursday, Sept. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following THE X FACTOR. New unscripted series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is set to debut Friday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The new culinary competition series for talented kids gives budding cooks between the ages of eight and 13 the opportunity to showcase their talent, culinary smarts and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) coach and encourage the promising hopefuls to cook like pros and teach them the tricks of the trade along the way. Sundays get re-animated beginning Sept. 29, with the season premieres of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), BOB’S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT), FAMILY GUY (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and AMERICAN DAD (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Later this fall, futuristic action drama ALMOST HUMAN premieres Monday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Executive-produced by Emmy Award winner J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”) and starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) and Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), ALMOST HUMAN is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime in a futuristic new world. Friday nights beginning on Nov. 8 are all-new when BONES moves to a new night and time (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and RAISING HOPE (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) kicks off an all-new hour of comedy, followed by the series premiere of the new sibling comedy ENLISTED (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Written and created by Kevin Biegel (“Cougar Town,” “Scrubs”) and starring Geoff Stults (“Ben and Kate,” “The Finder”), Chris Lowell (“Private Practice,” “Veronica Mars”) and Parker Young (“Suburgatory”), ENLISTED is an irreverent single-camera comedy about an older sibling who returns home to reconnect with his two brothers and lead a group of misfits on a small Florida Army base. Fall premieres of new and returning series are listed below in chronological order (all times are ET/PT): Wednesday, Sept. 11 8:00-9:00 PM                          THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part One) 9:00-10:00 PM                        MASTERCHEF (Season Finale) Thursday, Sept. 12 8:00-10:00 PM                        THE X FACTOR (Season Premiere, Part Two) Monday, Sept. 16 8:00-9:00 PM                          BONES (Season Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM                        SLEEPY HOLLOW (Series Premiere)  Tuesday, Sept. 17 8:00-8:30 PM                          DADS (Series Premiere) 8:30-9:00 PM                          BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Series Premiere) 9:00-9:30 PM                          NEW GIRL (Season Premiere) 9:30-10:00 PM                        THE MINDY PROJECT (Season Premiere) Wednesday, Sept. 18 8:00-10:00 PM                        THE X FACTOR (All-New) Thursday, Sept. 19 8:00-9:00 PM                          THE X FACTOR (All-New) 9:00-10:00 PM                        GLEE (Season Premiere)  Friday, Sept. 27 8:00-9:00 PM                          MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Series Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM                        SLEEPY HOLLOW (Encore) Sunday, Sept. 29 8:00-8:30 PM                          THE SIMPSONS (Season Premiere) 8:30-9:00 PM                          BOB’S BURGERS (Season Premiere) 9:00-9:30 PM                          FAMILY GUY (Season Premiere) 9:30-10:00 PM                        AMERICAN DAD (Season Premiere) Monday, Nov. 4 8:00-9:00 PM                          ALMOST HUMAN (Series Premiere) 9:00-10:00 PM                        SLEEPY HOLLOW (All-New) Friday, Nov. 8 8:00-9:00 PM                          BONES (Time Period Premiere) 9:00-9:30 PM                          RAISING HOPE (Season Premiere) 9:30-10:00 PM                        ENLISTED (Series Premiere)
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USA Increases Episode Order For 'Psych' Season 8

268x210xa-secret-party_268x210.jpg.pagespeed.ic.OURmw-EUv1USA Network, the #1 cable network, is giving PSYCH-Os what they want: more PSYCH episodes! Due to the extraordinary popularity of the show, the network has ordered two additional episodes for the eighth season, and, for the first time ever, fans will have the opportunity to vote for one they want to see appear on-air. The results will be announced when PSYCH makes its fifth annual return to San Diego’s Comic Con® on July 18.

Fans can start making their voices heard on Wednesday, June 26, via http://www.usanetwork.com/content/psych-episode-vote, and cast their vote for one of the following storylines:

·         TELETHON - In a classic "whodunit?” case with a PSYCH twist, Shawn and Gus investigate a murder that Shawn is convinced was committed by the beloved host of Santa Barbara's annual Children's Hospital Telethon. There's only one problem – the host was seen by hundreds of thousands of people on live television during the exact time the murder occurred elsewhere. Can Shawn steal the show, poke a hole in this rock-solid alibi, and prove the host did it? Or will Shawn fail in front of his biggest audience yet?

·         DREAM THERAPY - From acclaimed director James Roday ("Mr. Yin Presents…", "Heeeeere's Lassie"), comes a new vision in terror:  "Nightmare on State Street!”  In the episode, an exhausted Gus enters dream therapy to understand the cause of his recent night terrors. But after this, nothing is ever again what it seems... He soon realizes that in dreams, no one can hear you scream! 

·         FOOD TRUCK - When the well-known owner of a beloved Santa Barbara food truck is mysteriously murdered, Shawn and Gus, fans of delicious flavor, are determined to solve the crime as only they can. They go undercover as proprietors of the PSYCH Naptime Food Truck, and soon discover that the high-profit world of Santa Barbara's mobile food business is cutthroat, insular and a place of many secrets – many of them worth killing for.

The results of the fan vote will be announced in San Diego where PSYCH kicks off two days of activations starting on July 17 with an exclusive midnight screening of the highly anticipated “PSYCH: The Musical,” a two-hour special episode airing this winter on USA. The following day, the network will host a characteristically hilarious PSYCH panel during Comic-Con with the winning storyline revealed by the cast.

Hosted at the Reading Cinema in the Gaslamp district, the advance screening festivities will begin the afternoon of Wednesday, July 17, and will continue with a not-to-be-missed late-night party. Fans at the event will have an exclusive opportunity to download a track from the musical, made available as part of a partnership with Shazam. The event will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Psych fans can register here to attend: http://www.usanetwork.com/content/psych-the-musical.

On Thursday, July 18, the Comic-Con panel will be moderated by cult hero Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), who will be guest starring in PSYCH, once again, as Despereaux this coming season. Panelists include James Roday, Dulé Hill, Corbin Bernsen, Maggie Lawson and Timothy Omundson, along with Kirsten Nelson. Also joining the panel are creator and executive producer Steve Franks, and executive producers Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak. The panel is open to all registered Comic-Con guests.

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'Downton Abbey' adds actor Paul Giamatti to cast

MV5BOTc0MDAzMTU4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzA0NzcwNA@@._V1._SY314_CR14,0,214,314_Downton Abbey is fast becoming a show that every actor wants to be a part of. TVLine is reporting that Giamatti will play Harold Levinson, Cora's (Elizabeth McGovern) brother in the Season 4 finale, alongside Shirley MacLaine who returns as Cora's mother Martha. The character is described as a playboy and maverick. TVLine's report was confirmed by Masterpiece to the Huffington Post as well, "We're excited that Paul Giamatti will be joining us on 'Downton' to play Cora's brother Harold, the rather free-spirited uncle to Mary and Edith," Gareth Neame, managing director of Carnival Films, said in a statement. "We can't wait to see him work alongside Shirley MacLaine, who are both sure to upset the Grantham's apple cart in this year's finale.”
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Starz Picks Up Ron Moore Series 'Outlander'

Producer Ronald D. Moore attends the 2010 Syfy Upfront party at The Museum of Modern Art on March 16, 2010 in New York City.The Starz network has officially picked up the Ron Moore series Outlander for a 16 episode season. The network announced today that Moore will be adapting the drama from author Diana Gabaldon's best-selling series of books. "We are thrilled to be bringingOutlander to Starz next year," said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. "Diana has created an incredibly compelling heroine, thrust into a very complex world, not to mention, time. The books weave a fascinating tapestry of history, spirituality, love and honor, not to mention plenty of time travel, sex and warfare. With Diana's stories guiding us and Ron's mastery, we hope to bring Claire and Jamie to life for the millions of fans the world over." Ron Moore added, "“I'm very excited to have the opportunity to bring these books to life," said Moore. "Diana's created a rich and textured world filled with intriguing characters, and I believe that Starz is the perfect home for her story. I think we'll make something that the millions of fans of these books will enjoy and recognize as Outlander."  Outlander follows Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who mysteriously goes back in time to 1743. The book series has sold more than 20 million copies, with the eighth installment due in stores this fall. Ron Moore will be a busy man as he already has his show Helix being picked up straight to series from Syfy.
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NBC Announces 2013-2014 Premiere Dates

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  With the highly anticipated series debuts of The Blacklist and The Michael J. Fox Show, today NBC announced its schedule for the upcoming fall season. Take a look below and get ready for the new fall season! Monday, September 23 The Voice, 8 p.m. The Blacklist, 10 p.m. Tuesday, September 24 Chicago Fire, 10 p.m. Wednesday, September 25 Revolution, 8 p.m. Law & Order: SVU, 9 p.m. Thursday, September 26 Parks and Recreation, 8 p.m. (two episodes) The Michael J. Fox Show, 9 p.m. (two episodes) Parenthood, 10 p.m. Friday, October 25 Grimm, 9 p.m. Dracula, 10 p.m. Friday, October 27 Dateline, 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 2 Ironside, 10 p.m. Thursday, October 3 Welcome to the Family, 8:30 p.m. Sean Saves the World, 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 8 The Biggest Loser, 8 p.m.
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Oscar Nominated Actor John Hurt In 'The Strain'

johnhurtFX has cast two-time Academy Award®-nominated actor John Hurt in The Strain, the pilot based on the best-selling vampire novel trilogy from Academy Award®-Winning Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Author Chuck Hogan.  Hurt joins the previously announced Corey Stoll, Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde and Miguel Gomez. Hurt will portray Professor “Abraham Setrakian,” a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the United States after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem.  As the outbreak spreads, he may be the only one with answers – if anyone will listen. "I am incredibly happy to be reunited with John, who is one of the greatest actors in the world and one of my favorite people ever,” said del Toro.  “Chuck and I always visualized him while writing The Strain novels and he is absolutely perfect for the part!" John Hurt is a two-time Academy Award-nominee for his indelible performances in The Elephant Man and Midnight Express.  In addition to his Oscar nominations, Hurt received numerous BAFTA awards and two Golden Globe® nominations.  His numerous other feature film credits include Love and Death on Long Island, Hellboy, V for Vendetta and Alien. He also portrayed Ollivander in the Harry Potter films.  On television, he starred in BBC’s The Alan Clark Diaries, The Confession opposite Kiefer Sutherland, and played Warren Christopher in HBO’s Recount. The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City.  He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.  When Eph realizes that this isn’t some new bioterror weapon, but something much older, something outside the reach of science, he teams with Abraham to fight back.  As a plague of hungry and intelligent predators overwhelms New York, Eph, Abraham and a motley crew of everyday New Yorkers form a ragtag resistance – fighting monsters in the streets and in their homes, waging a war for the fate of humanity itself. Del Toro and Hogan will co-write the pilot script for The Strain, with del Toro attached to direct.  Award-Winning Writer and Producer Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) will be an executive producer and oversee the series with del Toro. Cuse will serve as showrunner if the pilot goes to series.  Hogan and Gary Ungar will also serve as Executive Producers.  FX Productions will produce.
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CBS Announces 2013-2014 Premiere Dates Schedule

102793_d001228b First out of the gate with its upcoming fall schedule is CBS. If you recall, CBS was number one in the ratings and things are still looking good for the network with many of its shows returning for the fall.  See the schedule below.

Wednesday, Sept. 18 8:00-9:30 PM SURVIVOR

Monday, Sept. 23 8:00-9:00 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 9:00-9:30 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS (3rd season premiere) 9:30-10:00 PM MOM (Series Debut) 10:00-11:00 PM HOSTAGES (Series Debut)

Tuesday, Sept. 24 8:00-9:00 PM NCIS 9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES 10:00-11:00 PM PERSON OF INTEREST

Wednesday, Sept. 25 9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS 10:00-11:00 PM CSI

Thursday, Sept. 26 8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY 8:30-9:00 PM THE MILLERS 9:00-9:30 PM THE CRAZY ONES 9:30-10:00 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN 10:00-11:00 PM ELEMENTARY

Friday, Sept. 27 8:00-9:00 PM UNDERCOVER BOSS 9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0 10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS

Sunday, Sept. 29 7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES 8:00-9:00 PM THE AMAZING RACE 9:00-10:00 PM THE GOOD WIFE 10:00-11:00 PM THE MENTALIST

Monday, February 24 10:00-11:00 PM INTELLIGENCE

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IFC Renews 'Portlandia' For 2 More Seasons

portlandia-1Rejoice Portlandia fans! IFC has renewed its Emmy nominated series for two more seasons. The 10 episode seasons will air in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The series was created by stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein and director Jonathan Krisel.
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HBO Announces Premiere Dates for 'Hello Ladies', 'Boardwalk Empire'. 'Eastbound & Down'

boardwalk-empire-trailerjpg-d5bfd09a3e53d458_largeBOARDWALK EMPIRE returns for its 12-episode fourth season SUNDAY, SEPT. 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m.). Set in the 1920s during Prohibition, this Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning drama series stars Steve Buscemi as “Nucky” Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City. The show was created by Terence Winter, who also serves as executive producer with Martin Scorsese, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Tim Van Patten and Howard Korder.

EASTBOUND & DOWN returns for its eight-episode fourth and final season SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 (10:00-10:30 p.m.). Starring Danny McBride and executive produced by Jody Hill, Danny McBride, Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy and Adam McKay, this comedy series tells the story of a star pitcher whose self-destructive behavior knocks him out of major league baseball, leaving him broke, delusional and desperate to regain his former glory.

HELLO LADIES begins its eight-episode season SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). The new comedy series stars Stephen Merchant as a gawky, 6’ 7” Englishman searching for the woman of his dreams in Los Angeles. Half as charming – and twice as desperate – as he thinks he is, he’s obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people, who won’t let him in. Stephen Merchant, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky executive produce.

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