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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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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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The Secret Circle: TV Review

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In television, there are many copycats. Look at TruTV’s Hardcore Pawn, which is the cable channels version of History’s much more popular Pawn Stars. There are some differences between the two, but the have the same setting: it’s about a pawn shop. But once in a while, you find a show made by the same people that make you wonder: why? That’s what sparked in my brain after watching the first hour of ‘The Secret Circle,’ which is basically The Vampire Diaries with witches. Ironically, and not-surprisingly, the show is executive produced by Kevin Williamson, who is also executive producer of The Vampire Diaries.

Before viewing the episode, I was hopeful that the show would be different than it’s Vampire counterpart, and since it was from Williamson, I thought that he would make many distinctions between them. Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed. The ‘Circle’ revolves around Cassie, a girl who just lost her mother from a fire caused by a male witch who is also the father, though the reason for the fire is unbeknownst to Cassie. Due to her mother’s death and her father much-longer passing shortly before her birth, she moves in with her grandmother in a little town named Chance Harbor, Washington. When she first arrives to her high school, she meets a girl named Diana, who offers to help show her around after school at a bar. She leaves and seemingly ditches her plans to meet Diana after two girls begin to lightly ambush her. When Cassie enters her car, she finds herself locked in with the engine catching fire, but gets saved by a guy named Adam, whom she also met at the bar. Fast forward from too many boring moments, and Cassie finds out that Diana, Adam, another guy named Nick, and the two obnoxious girls at the bar (named Faye and Melissa) are all witches, and so is she. Her reaction was the usual: she asks if they’re serious, calls them insane, and leaves the room. Eventually, a scene with Adam a few seconds later makes her believe that she’s a witch, but of course, she wants no part in it. That right there is the problem with this show (aside from the similarities with TVD, of course).

The show is so unbelievably predictable, I can recite the lines better than the characters themselves. Also, when the pilot was done, I felt like I was done. I didn’t really want to see more. The show is so caught up in the mystery of witchcraft that it didn’t even focus on all the characters. I hate to compare the show to TVD so much, but the latter is so much better. It has a central focus on relationships, but also has a long-term outlook on defeating the bad guy. Apart from all the negatives, the pilot was beautifully shot, and had a great and calm setting. In conclusion, ‘The Secret Circle’ looks nice, but it’s so predictable and similar to ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ it’s borderline ridiculous. B-

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Most Wanted Special Edition: The Emmys!

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10 shows either premiere or end this week on this super-packed Special Edition

Awards season is in full swing and I’ll be having full coverage of the ceremonies LIVE here on JuniorTV! With the Emmys nearing, that also means another thing: Fall TV! Make sure to look further down the list to see a few new shows (mostly from The CW) premiering this week! Because this is a Special Edition, I’ve decided to supersize this week’s list to ten! This is Emmy week here at JuniorTV and it begins with this week’s Most Wanted List! It’s all down below:

1. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

TV’s biggest night is finally here! Will ‘Modern Family’ take home the Best Comedy Emmy for the second year in-a-row? Will ‘Boardwalk Empire’ finally end Mad Men’s three-year streak for Best Drama? And who will win the hotly-contested Best Actor in a Drama category?

2. Big Brother – Season Finale

In what could be one of the show’s worst possible turnouts, Big Brother ends up with 1 Veteran (Rachel), and 2 Newbies (Porsche & Adam) in the final three. The next and final question is: Who will win it all? I’ll make predictions on Wednesday, but it’s not looking to bright for the newbies, even as they outnumber Rachel. I don’t think I’ll be fully satisfied with any winner, but I hope and pray that it’s not Adam! Tune in Wednesday to see who is crowned the winner of $500,000!

3. Ringer – Series Premiere

Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to television in The CW’s only hope for a hit show this season. Gellar plays a woman who plays her twin sister in a world completely opposite of her character. Confused? Yeah, so am I.

4. Survivor: South Pacific – Season Premiere

Last year marked ratings lows for CBS’ hit series. Could it rebound this year? We’ll see, as two former cast members return for another chance at a million dollars. I haven’t seen the show in the last few years, but I will begin to watch again, as I need some kind of quality-reality fix throughout the Fall.

5. Real Time with Bill Maher – Season Premiere

THANK GOD HE’S BACK! I need his hilarious insight on politics, especially these insanely boring Republican debates! This is a must-see show for anyone remotely interested in politics.

6. Up All Night – Series Premiere

The star-studded new comedy starring Will Arnett, Christina Applegate, and Maya Rudolph premieres on Wednesday, and with those three, I have to at least give it a chance!

7. The Vampire Diaries – Season Premiere

Will Stefan ever return to his good ways? Will Jeremy keep seeing his dead ex-girlfriends? What about Caroline and her twisted relationships with Matt and Tyler? We’ll get answers, as season 3 of The CW’s best show returns on Thursday!

8. Free Agents – Series Premiere

The other comedy on Wednesday nights for NBC, the Hank Azaria-starring ‘Free Agents’ is about two trying a new kind of relationship: co-workers with benefits. What could possibly go wrong?

9. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Season Premiere

FX’s long-running comedy is back, and I haven’t seen one episode of it. Since I’ll be tuning in seven seasons late, I’m bound not to get the jokes, but I’m willing to figure them out. This show is a modern cult classic, and early reviews are nothing but raves. Season 7 of ‘Sunny’ premieres this Wednesday on FX.

10. Parenthood – Season Premiere

Season 3 is business as usual for the busy and large family that is the Bravermans. Will this be the show’s breakout year? We’ll see. Many cast members were this close to getting some Emmy nominations.

That’s a wrap! Come back next week where we will see more Fall shows premiere and more on the Most Wanted List!

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Most Wanted: ‘Death Valley’ Kills!

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This week, we have a good amount of TV shows that are premiering and worth mentioning, as well as a great publication that I’m obsessed about. Also, a celebrity that has people mesmerized and an event that is fast-approaching to teens nationwide. Okay, let’s get to the list!

1. Death Valley – Series Premiere

This show came out of the blue, first debuting it’s trailer during the season premiere of Jersey Shore, and I’ve been all over it ever since. The extremely gory-but-funny comedy has me locked in as a viewer (at least for the premiere) and you should also give it a try. But please—I’m begging you—don’t watch Ridiculousness.

2. The Hollywood Reporter

This incredible publication is the premier destination for Hollywood Insiders and follows the industry like no other. Don’t waste time: subscribe and visit their website! Now!

3. Awkward.

This show is so fantastic, it’s already the best show overall on MTV and is one of the best new shows of the Summer. If you haven’t seen it, you must!

4. Sarah Michelle Gellar

I don’t know why people love her so much (I’ve never seen Buffy in my life) but I’m prepared to love her too. Her appearance at Comic-Con had fans reeling and made them fall in love with her even more. She seems very sweet smart as well, telling from her interview with Entertainment Weekly, which is covered by Gellar, on newsstands now.

Back to School

Can all of us teens yell a very loud and long “Boo” simultaneously? Ugh. Let’s just get this year over with.

That’s a wrap! Come back next week where we will celebrate all the new topics and events coming in September, and A LOT will happen in September on the Most Wanted List! See you then!

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The CW Schedule Welcomes New Show From Vampire Diaries Creator, CBS Reject ‘Ringer, and More!

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As the Fall schedule posts come to a close, we land on the little network that hasn’t broken out (and might not), The CW. They unveiled 4 new shows, 1 reality, and the rest are scripted. In a smart and strategic move, The CW has moved freshman drama ‘Nikita’ to Fridays for season 2, filling in the void that has been left by ‘Smallville,’ which ended its run last Friday. Replacing ‘Nikita’ on the Thursday 9 PM slot is the new Kevin Williamson series ‘The Secret Circle,’ which (as I mentioned before) has been strategically placed after another Kevin Williamson series, the highly-successful series that is ‘The Vampire Diaries’. Also, the network has picked up its first medical drama, ‘Heart of Dixie,’ by ‘Chuck’ creator Josh Schwartz and ‘Gossip Girl’ executive producer Stephanie Savage. ‘Secret Circle’ was set to be the most buzzed about new series for The CW, but declined CBS pilot ‘Ringer’ took all the buzz at this morning’s presentation. Many critics live blogging it called ‘Ringer’ their favorite new drama based on the trailer shown at the upfront, and is definitely on my list to watch for next Fall. The sole new reality series is called ‘H8R’ and is a show that tries to get celebrities to convince people that hate them. Sounds dumb, but it also sounds original; we’ll see how that goes…

As always, here’s a graph of how The CW will look this fall, with the graph provided by Entertainment Weekly.

(As always, thanks EW.com!)

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