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Arrivals, Returns, & Departures - 04/11/2012

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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)

Fast and Loud, Discovery Channel - "These guys cruise for the classics. Meet self-described “petrol-sexual" motorhead Richard Rawlings and mechanical prodigy Aaron Kaufmann as they search far-flung corners of the country for forgotten and derelict classic cars to restore at their Gas Monkey Garage. Heaps of rust are transformed into gleaming road warriors and sold to the top bidder."

High School Moms, Discovery Health - "Follow the real-life drama at a Colorado high school devoted exclusively to pregnant girls and teen moms. With nursing facilities and a day care center in the building, these girls are given every opportunity to continue their education while tackling the tasks of caring for a baby. Every day brings new challenges to the school’s dedicated teachers and students, as the girls try to balance schoolwork, sonograms, diapers and dreams of a bright future."

Insect Autopsy, Science Channel - "This dissection spectacular takes anatomy to the micro-level. Our team strips back the exoskeleton to reveal how insects work—and discover the hidden blueprint behind their global domination. With more than a million named species surviving the rigors of over 400 million years of evolution, insects are the supreme innovators of the animal world. We reveal what makes bugs tick, and demonstrate how science is now using the extraordinary findings from the insect testing ground to inspire technology that is transforming our world."

This Changes Everything, Science Channel - "Every episode of This Changes Everything will look at one idea or discovery that will critically alter life as we know it: Synthetic Biology, Predictive Analytics, Habitable Planets, Nano Technology. What’s happening in these game-changing fields? What does it mean for us? SCIENCE and critically acclaimed actor James Woods take viewers on a journey to reveal these world-changing breakthroughs and their implications for the future. Woods will ask the big questions, ignite debate and reveal a stunning image of the future."

RETURNS (Series Renewals)

Deadly Women, Investigation Discovery, Season 6 - "Deadly Women fuses bone-chilling story-telling, sumptuous period drama and forensic fact in a bid to explore history's most alluring female killers. Each episode profiles four famous cases from the past; killers and their victims are brought to life by elaborate dramatized reconstructions. The program will span four centuries and seven countries to explore the makings of these deadly women."

The Devil You Know, Investigation Discovery, Season 2 - "The Devil You Know delves into the secret lives of men and women who masquerade as law-abiding citizens but, behind the charade, are hiding deadly intentions from their loved ones. As each story unfolds, family and friends give first-hand accounts of the unimaginable betrayal that left them in the dark. These harrowing personal testimonials take viewers on a twisted journey as our witnesses wrestle with the demons and devils they have come to know all too well."

Game Of Thrones, HBO, Season 3 - HBO's high concept fantasy epic based on the legendary novels of George R.R. Martin continues to be a colossal hit for the network. This renewal announcement comes after the second season has only aired two episodes. A (so far) mild critical backlash seems to be forming regarding the perhaps over indulgent amount of sex scenes included in the series, but the majority of fans don't seem to mind. I covered this story more in-depth here.

How Do They Do It?, Discovery Channel, Season 6 - "We rarely consider many of the objects that make up the modern world - elevators, carpets, helicopters, breast implants, street lights, and more. Go behind the scenes to discover how to do the things, and make the things that form the modern world."

DEPARTURES (Cancellations and End Dates)

No new names to add to the list of the fallen this time.

And that's all for this edition. Don't forget to keep checking future A,R,&D updates in the coming weeks. The closer we get to the network upfronts and May sweeps, the more we'll be inundated with shows being dropped, picked up, and brought back. See you next time.

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