Hello TV Ragers, and welcome to your semi-regular update on all the pilots, renewals, and cancellations that have taken place since the last issue was published. Let's get right to it with:
No new pilots again. I guess the networks are in cancel/renew mode right now.
RETURNS (Series Renewals)
The Fairly Oddparents, Nickeloden, Season 9 - The adventures of Little Timmy Turner and his wacky fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda will continue for another year to the sure delight of parents who leave their kids in front of the TV for hours so that they can attempt to get a moment's peace. All kidding aside, I saw the early seasons of the show when my little sister was still young enough to be watching kids cartoons and I thought it was one of the better Nick offerings.
Grimm, NBC, Season 2 - In a fairly unsurprising, but still welcome move, the Peacock network has picked up this fairy tale/crime series for a new season this coming Fall. The show was saddled with the Friday Night Death slot early on, but made the best of it, averaging respectable to downright good numbers on a consistent week to week basis. Early reviews of the pilot weren't the greatest, but by most accounts the show has found it's storytelling style and rhythm as the season unfolded. This show is one example of why it's actually good to be on the 4th place network. A show with Grimm's ratings would have been axed quickly on say FOX or CBS. But NBC is desperate to build their audience and will latch on to just about anything that attracts a dedicated fanbase, even a relatively small one.
iCarly, Nickelodeon, Season 6 - "iCarly is a Nickelodeon show about a teenage girl named Carly, who lives with her older brother Spencer, together with her friends Sam and Freddie they run a popular online show called iCarly while dealing with school and other issues." Sorry for the canned description, but I've never seen the show. I have been assured it's quite popular with the tween set though.
Spongebob Squarepants, Season 9 - As someone who grew up watching the original batch of Nick Toons, I never would have thought we'd get to a point where Spongebob was the elder statesmen of the lineup. I don't mean that as a knock on the show in any way though. I saw the first three or so seasons and was quite impressed by how clever the show was and just how many little jokes the writers threw in that only an older teen or adult would get. It's a testament to the show's staying power that it has now been airing new episodes for nearly 13 years. Wow, time flies.
DEPARTURES (Cancellations and End Dates)
The Rosie Show, OWN, Canceled After Five Months - In the latest chapter of the epic failure that is the Oprah Winfrey Network, the much hyped return of Rosie O'Donnell to the daily talk show realm has mercifully been put to sleep after a short run of less than six months. On paper, I don't blame Oprah for taking a chance on this experiment. She has a gigantic fanbase, and Rosie does as well to a lesser degree. That said, OWN as a whole has managed to cost its backers millions, and their most hyped show outside of Oprah's own will do nothing to stop the fiscal hemorrhaging. Honestly, I think the biggest mistake with Rosie's show was scheduling it at 7pm. It's an established fact that the two biggest audiences for talk shows are housewives and senior citizens. I intend no offense by pointing that out, but we all know it's the truth. Those groups are used to watching their talk shows in the afternoon, not at dinner time.
And that's all for this (kid friendly, yet very wordy) edition. Don't forget to keep checking future A,R,&D updates in the coming weeks. The closer we get to the April network upfronts and May sweeps, the more we'll be inundated with shows being dropped, picked up, and brought back. See you next time.
P.S. - I usually let negative comments roll off of my back, but I'd like to spotlight this one from yesterday's edition of AR&D - "What a wonderful non-report about nothing!". To that anonymous commenter, first I'd like to say that I laughed at that so kudos. Second, I've received much more positive comments about this feature than negative, so I think I'll continue what seems to be working. Third, if you weren't interested in the shows featured, I'm sorry, but I can only report on what happens, and I report on every show, I don't just pick and choose the most popular ones. And that report about "nothing" took me nearly an hour to write, so there. Enough of me being childish and thin-skinned for now. See you next time.