Fall TV sees old faces
The fall TV picture is a little less cloudy today.
The week-long series of fall-schedule announcements by the major U.S. networks in New York has ended, and now we can tell you what’s happened to those shows that, just days ago, were on the bubble.
Bottom line: It’s good news for fans of Gary Sinise, bad news for fans of David Caruso. The filmed-in-Toronto series Nikita was spared, but filmed-in-Vancouver Alcatraz and The Secret Circle were cancelled.
Vancouver’s production community shouldn’t be too upset, however. The teen-oriented superhero action series Arrow, based on the Green Arrow series of comics, has been green-lighted for production. Arrow, directed by X-Files veteran David Nutter, filmed its pilot episode in the Lower Mainland, and is expected to return when the series heads into full-time production.
A new, updated version of Beauty and the Beast, starring former Smallville player Kristin Kreuk, has also been ordered to series. It will follow the returning Vampire Diaries on Thursday nights in the fall.
Vancouver-based series Supernatural and Fringe were also renewed. Supernatural will move to Wednesdays in the fall, where it will be paired with Green Arrow. That mirrors Supernatural’s early years, when it followed the comic book-themed Smallville.
Some 21 new series will appear on the U.S. network schedules in all this fall: 12 dramas and nine comedies.
Filming locations will be decided in the next few weeks. Most new and returning series will go into production in mid-July.
Here’s a quick look at on-the-bubble series, and where they landed.
Body of Proof (not on fall schedule, but renewal confirmed)
Cougar Town (new network)
CSI: New York
Fashion Star (midseason)
Hart of Dixie
Last Man Standing
Rules of Engagement (not on fall schedule, but renewal confirmed)
Up All Night
Are You There, Chelsea?
A Gifted Man
The Secret Circle