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:
ARRIVALS (Pilots Ordered)
Bid & Destroy, Nat Geo - "Bid & Destroy gives viewers an unprecedented look into the cutthroat, rough and demanding world of demolition, by following the crew of New Hampshire's "Danley Demo" as they bid to take on jobs throughout New England."
Epic Fail, MTV - "Epic Fail is a half-hour panel show which embraces the awkward and embarrassing moments of our viewers' lives. With re-enactments, text messages, status updates and photos all submitted by our audience, the series will share their most cringe-worthy moments."
The Heights, MTV - "The Heights is a one-hour docu-drama which follows a group of best friends living, working and playing in the gritty, diverse New York neighborhood of Washington Heights. Though fiercely proud of where they come from, the show charts the triumphs and pitfalls as the cast struggle to push past the confines of their upbringing in order to carve out bright futures for themselves."
Kendra On Top, WE - "WE tv has greenlit the new docu-soap KENDRA ON TOP showcasing former Playboy model, bestselling author and fitness guru Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett as she "gets her groove back," balancing family, work and her personal ambitions."
This Is How I Made It, MTV - "This Is How I Made It is a new series which gives Millennials first-person lessons in how to succeed, straight from today's biggest stars. Each half-hour episode will feature two celebrities discussing their recipes for success, through stories that are intertwined over the course of each episode. Throughout the show, the celebrities offer viewers direct advice on how to find success in achieving one's big dreams."
RETURNS (Series Renewals)
Smash, NBC, Season 2 - While the inital reviews were good, I don't really think anyone expected this new musical drama centered around a broadway production about Marilyn Monroe to do quite as well as it has. The genre is hardly my cup of tea, but people who dig musicals seem to be quite enjoying what NBC is serving up. Let's just all hope that this show doesn't get lost in it's own hype like Glee and continues it's currently level of quality in the fall.
DEPARTURES (Cancellations and End Dates)
Nothing to add to the TV cemetery today.
And that's all for this (reality overload) 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.