Chord Overstreet Returning to ‘Glee’

Chord Overstreet

It didn’t take too long for Chord Overstreet to make his way back to New Directions.

TVLine is reporting that Chord Overstreet is finalizing a deal (which is “definitely” going to close, according to the report) to return to Glee after a very big exit from the show. Producers turned down his series regular option back in July, and Overstreet declined to continue his recurring role on the show. A change of heart seems to have struck Overstreet, who played a fan-favorite role as the Trouty-mouthed Sam Evans on Fox’s hit show. He said that the exit would help him focus on other projects, like film and a music career, but he’s now seemingly put that on the back-burner for now.

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Pickups: ABC, CW Give Back Orders for ‘Revenge’, ‘Ringer’, ‘Suburgatory’, and More

ABC's 'Suburgatory'

It’s been a busy day for the networks as a total of 5 freshman shows were given full season orders and 1 returning show got an additional script order. First, let’s begin with The CW, who gave full season orders to 3 hour-long dramas: Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, The Secret Circle, executive produced by The Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson, and Hart of Dixie, starring Rachel Bilson. Although all three are new, their performances in the ratings department have varied, with Secret Circle being The CW’s highest-rated new show, although that might be because it has The CW’s overall highest-rated show The Vampire Diaries as it’s lead-in. Secret Circle has averaged 2.4 million viewers and a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 since its premiere back in September. Ringer has been struggling in the ratings, with it’s most recent episode drawing 1.7 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49. Hart of Dixie hasn’t done so well either, as the show has averaged 1.9 million viewers and a 0.8 with adults 18-49.

Now to ABC, where they renewed two freshman shows, Revenge, airing after it’s hit-comedy Modern Family, and Suburgatory, which airs before it. Both shows have been performing well in their slots, notably Revenge, which recently beat CSI in the ratings just last night. Suburgatory also did well, nearly beating Survivor with a 3.1 rating. Happy Endings, a veteran comedy currently airing its second season, got an order of six additional scripts, with the possibility of it being ordered to produce them at a later time.

The shows have jumped a hurdle, but they still have a major one: Renewal.

Any guesses?

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Most Wanted: ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 2!

This week would’ve been a relatively boring one if it wasn’t for such a high-profile return, so let’s be grateful for that! Meanwhile, I added some things that I have been enjoying the last few weeks, and along with that certain high-profile premiere, I have many other premieres (including one that begins today!) So without further rambling, here’s the list!

1. The Walking Dead – Season Premiere

It’s back! I am a little frightful about the show’s future without creator, executive producer, director (pretty much involved with everything) Frank Darabont. Fortunately, most reviews call the shows return a solid start, and I  can’t wait!

2. Nerdist Writer’s Panel

If you ever wondered how TV shows come about (raises hand!) and how to break in the business of television writing (raises hand again!), this is the podcast for you. Ben Blacker hosts this weekly podcast that includes writers from all kinds of shows (recently, they’ve had Parks and Recreation, Justified, and Friday Night Lights writers) and their stories range from funny to gripping and interesting at the same time. Chris Hardwick is a hardworking man.

3. Last Man Standing – Series Premiere

If you’re looking for something that has a stupid, bigoted, homophobic, out-of-touch lead, this is the show for you. Tim Allen stars in what may be the worst new show of the Fall season. Care to watch?

4. The Rosie Show – Series Premiere

Rosie O’Donnell returns to television on Oprah’s OWN, and is Oprah’s lead-in. Shouldn’t there be a reversal in the scheduling?

5. Talking Dead – Series Premiere

Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick hosts his first big-time television show hosting a Watch What Happens Live-ish show recapping the show that airs before it. AMC knows it has a hit on its hands with Walking Dead and they want to bank on it as much as possible. In this case, it’s an “enjoy it while it lasts” feeling for them.

That’s a wrap! Come back next week for another sporty edition (hint!) of The Most Wanted List!

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Fox Renews ‘The Simpsons’ for 2 Additional Seasons

After tense negotiations, the voice cast agrees to a pay cut that will keep the show alive.

Fox has renewed its long-running animated comedy The Simpsons for two additional seasons. After tense negotiations regarding salary for the voice cast, Fox reached an agreement to their satisfaction, thus renewing the show for what would be it’s 24th and 25th season, a new record for a scripted series.

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No Surprise: CBS Cancels ‘How to be a Gentleman’

"How to Be a Gentleman" - CBS

1 week, 4 shows, 4 cancellations.

CBS has canceled freshman comedy How to be a Gentleman after its second airing last night, where it delivered around 7 million viewers and a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49. While those numbers may be good on NBC or ABC, the numbers are frowned upon over at CBS. Although I bid on ABC’s Charlie’s Angels to be getting the boot next, I was absolutely certain that Gentleman would be getting the boot soon. Gentleman will be moved to Saturdays, and will have its Thursday 8:30PM slot taken by veteran comedy Rules of Engagement, which will premiere it’s sixth season in its time slot beginning October 20th.

This cancellation is the first for CBS this fall season, and is the fourth overall, after NBC’s The Playboy Club, Free Agents, and The CW’s H8R. This has been a pretty grim week for TV cancellations. What’s going to happen next week? I’m sticking to Charlie’s Angels, but NBC’s Prime Suspect, or even Harry’s Law (currently in it’s second season) could get replaced.

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Surprise: The CW’s ‘H8R’ Canceled

The show was the lowest-rated show of the week throughout it’s run.

It’s 4 episodes and out for reality series H8R.

The decision comes as no surprise since the reality series hosted by Mario Lopez was the lowest-rated premiere of any new show this season with just 1.3 million viewers tuning in to the series premiere. The show had a tiny glimmer of hope when Kim Kardashian bumped up the ratings last week, but last night’s numbers proved that the show was dead on arrival, and it still had no pulse. H8R only rated a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.1 million viewers in it’s final outing.

The CW has filled in the Wednesday 8PM slot (which belonged to H8R) with the Sarah Michelle Gellar action drama, Ringer.

If you count reality series, the cancellation count so far has risen to 3, and they all took place this week. Ouch.

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Right, Once Again: NBC Cancels ‘Free Agents’

Fall TV has claimed another victim, as NBC is 2-2 in new show cancellations with the axing of freshman comedy Free Agents.

The half-hour single-camera comedy, starring Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn, has struggled in the ratings since it’s inception, launching with a weak 6 million viewers and taking a big nosedive downward, bottoming out at 3.3 million viewers and rating just a 1.0 among adults 18-49 in it’s final airing last night.

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