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

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

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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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Kevin Hart to Guest-Star on ‘Modern Family’

Kevin Hart is having an incredible year.

After he released a comedy special called Laugh at My Pain last week and had an unofficial hosting duty during this years VMAs, along with an official hosting gig at the 2011 BET Awards, he is going to show is acting chops on one of television’s biggest shows. According to Entertainment Weekly, Hart will play a new Physician neighbor to Phil Dunphy. No further details were revealed, including the airing of the episode (but I’m betting it will air sometime next year).

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Emmy Nominations: Who got Nominated and Who Didn’t?

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Before I get to the analysis, I have to say—this is the best list of Emmy nominations I have ever seen! So many people and shows that deserved to be nominated were finally recognized by the Television Academy. They mostly got it right, giving nominations to Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Mireille Enos, Michelle Forbes (The Killing), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) in the Drama categories. They should also be commended for giving nominations to Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Louis C.K. (Louie), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), the guys and gals from Modern Family (Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen, and Sofia Vergara), Chris Colfer (Glee) and Laura Linney (The Big C) in the Comedy categories.

Even though they did a great job, they could always do better, and they definitely overlooked some performers. Katey Segal was snubbed like crazy, not getting any recognition for her performance in Sons of Anarchy. Speaking of SOA, the show didn’t get nominated either, and neither did any of the actors on the show. Over on the Comedy side, I think it was a big error to nominate Melissa McCarthy for her performance in Mike & Molly. Don’t get me wrong, she definitely deserves the nomination, but just not this year. I truly thought that this would finally be the year that Patricia Heaton would return to the Emmy ballots for her incredible performance as Frankie Heck on the ABC Comedy The Middle. Another snub was the exclusion of Sean Bean in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category. I’m also disappointed that Fox’s Fringe didn’t get nominated for one single thing. The CW barely gets recognized by the academy, but it did get nominated for one thing this year: Sound Editing on Nikita. Nice. Another snub is in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, where both Joel McHale (Community) and Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation) were overlooked by the academy and instead placed Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) and Matt LeBlanc (Episodes). The biggest disappointment that I had with the nominations were that none of the guys from Parks and Recreation weren’t nominated, especially Nick Offerman! He was truly robbed of the nom by Jon Cryer.

For now, those are the surprises and snubs that I know of. If there are any more (which chances are, there are,) I will of course update the post with more of my rants. So that’s it! Emmy nominations announced! We’re now 66 days away from the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards! Make sure you watch on September 18 at 8/7c on FOX.

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Emmy Nominations

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Ok, let’s waste no yime, here are the nominees!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Walton Goggins, Justified
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andrew Braugher, Men of a Certain Age

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly’
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

If I missed anything, I’ll eventually add them. I’ll also have analysis including snubs, surprises, and more! Stay tuned. Also, thanks to TVLine.com for most of the nominations!

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EMMYS: Final Predictions! My Emmy Ballot for Tomorrow

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We’re less than 24 hours until Emmy Nominations! Of course I’ll be analyzing who got nominated and who didn’t (effectively being snubbed), and just so you’ll see how I will react for the most part on the nominations, here are my predictions for the major Drama and Comedy categories, performers included! NOTE: This will not include nominations for non-scripted categories and miniseries or television movies.

DRAMA

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

MAD MEN
THE GOOD WIFE
JUSTIFIED
BOARDWALK EMPIRE
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
GAME OF THRONES

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

JON HAMM, MAD MEN
SEAN BEAN, GAME OF THRONES
KYLE CHANDLER, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT, JUSTIFIED
STEVE BUSCEMI, BOARDWALK EMPIRE

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

JOHN SLATTERY, MAD MEN
PETER DINKLAGE, GAME OF THRONES
MICHAEL PITT, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
WALTON GOGGINS, JUSTIFIED
JOHN NOBLE, FRINGE
ALAN CUMMING, THE GOOD WIFE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

JULIANNA MARGULIES, THE GOOD WIFE
ELISABETH MOSS, MAD MEN
KYRA SEDGWICK, THE CLOSER
CONNIE BRITTON, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
KATEY SEGAL, SONS OF ANARCHY
KATHY BATES, HARRY’S LAW

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, MAD MEN
ARCHIE PANJABI, THE GOOD WIFE
CHRISTINE BARANSKI, THE GOOD WIFE
MARGO MARTINDALE, JUSTIFIED
KELLY MACDONALD, BOARDWALK EMPIRE
DEBRA WINGER, IN TREATMENT

COMEDY

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

30 ROCK
THE OFFICE
GLEE
MODERN FAMILY
PARKS AND RECREATION
LOUIE

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

STEVE CARELL, THE OFFICE
ALEC BALDWIN, 30 ROCK
JIM PARSONS, THE BIG BANG THEORY
JOEL MCHALE, COMMUNITY
LOUIS C.K., LOUIE
ROB LOWE, PARKS AND RECREATION

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

ERIC STONESTREET, MODERN FAMILY
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, MODERN FAMILY
ED O’NEILL, MODERN FAMILY
NICK OFFERMAN, PARKS AND RECREATION
CHRIS COLFER, GLEE
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

TINA FEY, 30 ROCK
EDIE FALCO, NURSE JACKIE
AMY POEHLER, PARKS AND RECREATION
PATRICIA HEATON, THE MIDDLE
MARTHA PLIMPTON, RAISING HOPE
LAURA LINNEY, THE BIG C

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

JULIE BOWEN, MODERN FAMILY
SOFIA VERGARA, MODERN FAMILY
JANE LYNCH, GLEE
BETTY WHITE, HOT IN CLEVELAND
JANE KRAKOWSKI, 30 ROCK
BUSY PHILLIPS, COUGAR TOWN

There you go! So many nominees, and I would’ve loved to include non-scripted categories, but this post would’ve been infinitively long! Just know that I’m pulling for The Daily Show and Real Time to get noms in the variety category! Make sure to wake up nice & early tomorrow for the 63rd Annual Emmy Award Nominations! Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson will announce, along with John Shaffner at 8:30AM Eastern Time (5:30AM for you people on the West Coast!). I’ll have full coverage and live reactions on twitter (follow me @JuniorTV) and right here on the blog! I’ll be up super early before the nominations to have full coverage. See you then!

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Emmys: Favorite Performers in Drama

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NOTE: As of this post, we are just one week away from the Primetime Emmy Award nominations!

As I mentioned in my last Emmy post, the Drama category has greatly improved versus seasons past, but I don’t expect a gigantic change in the performing categories. First, lets begin with the actors. For Outstaning Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Bryan Cranston is out of consideration this year, so someone new will get the Emmy this year, and god willing, it will be Kyle Chandler (DirecTV/NBC’s Friday Night Lights), but I’m also hoping that Timothy Olyphant (FX’s Justified) gets one as well for his outstanding performance as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Others likely to get nominated are Jon Hamm (AMC’s Mad Men), Michael C. Hall (Showtime’s Dexter), and a new entry, Steve Buscemi (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire). Another newcomer to the category could be Peter Krause (NBC’s Parenthood,) who critics say had a monumental season on the show, and Sean Bean (HBO’s Game of Thrones) who pleased viewers and critics alike on the most anticipated new series of 2011. One more thing: Remember this name, William H. Macy (Showtime’s Shameless), you might hear it.

For Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, there are at least two slots open for newcomers, since the guys from ABC’s Lost (Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn) are obviously out of contention. Expect a big change with this category, as John Noble (Fox’s Fringe), and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) are very likely to get nominations. Martin Short (FX’s Damages) and Andre Braugher (TNT’s Men of a Certain Age) got nominations last year, but anything can happen, and newcomers could take over in this very vulnerable category, although this is rather unlikely. Other names that I’m just going to throw around are the guys from The Good Wife, Alan Cumming and Chris Noth, who had audiences reeling during the sophomore season of CBS’ older-skewing drama. Also, Walton Goggins (Justified) and Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) could get a nomination as well.

Next: The actresses! For Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, I barely expect a change, but if I had to choose one who won’t get a nom, it would be Mariska Hargitay (NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), which is becoming a more repetitive character on the show. Who could fill in her slot? I definitely hope it’s Regina King (TNT Southland) who’s performance of Detective Lydia Adams has gotten universal praise from critics and viewers alike. Some other possible candidates are Lauren Graham (NBC’s Parenthood) and Anna Torv (Fox’s Fringe). For this category, I’m going full force with support for Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights,) and no one else. Her performance on FNL is hands down the best in all of television. Also, don’t be surprised if Emmy voters flip-flop on the leading women of AMC’s Mad Men. January Jones was nominated last year, and Elisabeth Moss could possibly have her turn this year, as they both go head-to-head for the first time this year. Kyra Sedgwick surprisingly won last in when pretty much everyone (including me) thought it would be Julianna Margulies from The Good Wife, chances are she’ll win this year. Before the next category, here’s another name you might hear: Mireille Enos (AMC’s The Killing).

Last but not least, the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, which had a pleasantly shocking winner (The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi,) but will that win hold up this year? Possibly. Competition is stiff and Panjabi’s costar Christina Baranski could steal her thunder. Margo Martindale’s incredible performance in FX’s Justified might just get her her first Emmy, and Kelly MacDonald could get a nomination; this time in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Although I don’t expect Sharon Gless from USA’s Burn Notice to get a nomination like she did last year, I do expect to see Rose Byrne get another nomination for Damages.

That was a lot of typing, but it was completely worth it! That’s a wrap of Emmy nomination analysis! Stay tuned next week as I’ll have full coverage of the 63rd Primetime Emmy nominations! I have tons of stuff in store for next week, so stick around!

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