With only a couple of last year’s crop of comedies likely to survive their first year (led by “The Mindy Project”), all the networks are betting big on a huge new crop of shows, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva writes.
There are lots more cancellations, like “CSI: NY,” “Vegas,” “Burn Notice” (which will get one more season before it gets burned) and “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” sprinkled all over Deadline the past few days, so if you want to see whether your show survived, head over to the mother ship.
The networks are also picking up quite a few shows, though we won’t know much of use about them until we actually see them in action a few months hence.
Just a few days ago, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva noted that limited-run series - already common in English TV - are becoming all the rage among U.S. networks creating the big dramas with multi-episode story lines that are winning awards and viewers.
Now comes news from Nellie that one of the biggest of big dramas with multi-episode story lines may be coming back as a limited-run series.
Michael Bay doesn’t just do big, loud movies (and with “Pain & Gain,” small, loud movies). He’s just gotten a go for a fairly big, loud, post-apocalyptic series called “The Last Ship,” with Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra.
A ridiculously big variation in pay parity has two key female stars of “Criminal Minds” ready to walk out for next season if they don’t get something closer to what their male co-stars have been pulling down.
Lythgoe has a bit of the old-school British rogue in him during his one-on-one at a BAFTA-sponsored event at the Digital Hollywood conference. In the photo I took above, he’s reading some fairly crazy-huge stats about the tens of millions of text messages, social-media posts and other fan interactions the show still gets even at this point in its very long existence.
I have to confess I’ve never watched the show, or much of any other reality TV programming, but I think I might just watch a show that had Lythgoe on it as a regular guest.