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NBC Renews Shades Of Blue For A Second Season

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Jennifer Lopez isn’t leaving television anytime soon. Even though American Idol is signing off, her cop drama has been picked up for a second season. NBC announced Shades of Blue will return next season.

“We want to thank Jennifer, who is the hardest working woman we know, for her incredible efforts as both the star and producer of this show, as well as well as our other amazing producers and cast for all their tireless work in creating one of the most compelling dramas on television today,” NBC’s entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “We’re so excited to find out where this story will lead and have them raise the stakes even higher in what we know will be a fantastic second season.”

Despite Shades of Blue dipping to a series low with last night’s episode, the drama has given the network its first time period win (Thursday 10pm) since March 2010 in 18-49 and since March 2008 in total viewers. When DVR playback is factored in, the show averages 11.2 million viewers. Shades of Blue is one of the most time-shifted shows on television.

Do you watch Shades of Blue? Does it deserve a second season renewal? Weigh in below.

NBC Drops First Promo For Friends Reunion

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The stars of television’s greatest comedies assembled to honor James Burrows for recently directing his 1000th episode. The gang from Cheers, the Taxi crew, and members from Will & Grace and Frasier were on hand to celebrate the veteran director. NBC just dropped the first promo for the all-star tribute.

Of all the reunions, it’s the Friends one that has most people excited. Only 5/6 of the Central Perk crew were on hand. Matthew Perry was away during the taping but did appear via taped message. To be perfectly honest, he was my least favorite ‘Friend,’ so I’m all good. They should’ve brought on Gunther instead 😉

The network tapped Andy Cohen to moderate the entire thing. Perfect choice if you ask me. My silver fox crush loves all things pop culture. A Tribute To James Burrows airs on NBC on February 21. Check out the teaser for the must-see event below.

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NBC Renews Law & Order: SVU & More

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Olivia Benson and company aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. NBC just renewed Law & Order: SVU for an 18th season.

The long-running drama is now just a couple of seasons away from tying its parent show, Law & Order. That show ran for 20 seasons and aired 456 episodes. Speaking of the 400th milestone, SVU will past the 400-episode mark sometime next season.

SVU opened its 17th season with 8.3 million and a 1.8 rating and has averaged 7.2 mil/1.7 since. This isn’t the only Dick Wolf-produced show that just received a renewal. Find out which other show below.

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The eighth season of Celebrity Apprentice features a changing of the guard. With Donald Trump on the Presidential campaign train, NBC has chosen Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new host of the long-running reality show.

Not only has the host changed, but the location as well. Production is moving from New York City to Silicon Beach with the tasks more focused on innovation and technology.

While Schwarzenegger gets the final say on which celebrity goes home, he’ll have several advisers to assist him in the decision making. Warren Buffett, Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, entertainer and businesswoman Tyra Banks, Honest Company co-founder and actress Jessica Alba, and his nephew, lawyer Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger will all lend their expertise. Read below to learn all the celebrities vying for the $250,000 check for their charity.

check out entire cast after the jump

NBC Cancels Heroes Reborn

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Well, that was a short-lived revival. Next week’s season finale will now actually be a series finale. Heroes: Reborn is dunzo.

Even though it was always touted as a 13-episode limited event series, I’m absolutely sure had the ratings been much better, NBC would’ve ordered another season of Heroes: Reborn. The revival premiered in September to 6.1 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo. It’s most recent outing only drew 3.7 million and a 1.0 demo.

Will you miss Heroes: Reborn? Surprised NBC canceled the show? Sound off below.

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At this rate, Funny Or Die’s hilarious spoof “Chicago Sanitation,” might not be too far off. Every Windy City group of public servants appears to be getting a show. Why not them, right?

Creator Dick Wolf revealed at NBC’s TCA presentation that another Chicago spin-off is in the works. Chicago Law will follow in the footsteps of Chicago PD, Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. If the latest show makes it on the air, no doubt NBC will plan a crossover involving all the shows. They’d be foolish not to.

Wolf is no stranger to the legal system. After all, he’s the genius behind the Law & Order franchise. Will you watch Chicago Law? Sound off below, after reading Wolf’s plans on his new series.

read Wolf’s thoughts on the new series after the jump

NBC Announces Hairspray As Next Live Production

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You can’t stop the beat!

NBC just revealed Hairspray will be the network’s 2016 live musical event. Perfect choice if you ask me. It’s well-known and has plenty of memorable songs. I predict the ratings will fall somewhere between The Wiz and The Sound of Music. The one thing I know for sure is that it won’t bottom out like Peter Pan Live!

“People have been saying to me since The Wiz, ‘Do this show, do that show,’” NBC boss Robert Greenblatt said. “I’ve heard obscure titles and famous titles. Not everything’s going to be a big name to the whole audience. I don’t think there’s an infinite number of these that can be done. But we’re still doing it.”

Once again Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as executive producers. John Waters first released Hairspray in 1988 starring Ricki Lake and Debbie Harry. In 2002 it became a hit Broadway show. Five years later, Zadan and Meron produced the big screen musical adaptation starring Zac Efron, John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

check out some clips from the movie musical below

NBC Cancels Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris

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Guess it wasn’t the best time after all. After an eight-episode first season, NBC has pulled the plug on Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris. The network reveals the live format of the weekly variety series was a factor in their decision not to renew.

“We are extremely proud of the work Neil and the producers did on Best Time Ever,” an NBC exec told Variety. “People rewarded us for taking the risk of trying something different. It was an incredibly complicated and sophisticated form of television to put on a live show on a weekly basis. We’re proud of Neil for giving it his all and we have steely resolve to work together on something new.”

Best Time Ever premiered to 6 million total viewers and a 1.8 demo rating. It finished its run with 5 million eyeballs and a 1.4 rating.

Fans of NPH need not worry though. NBC is reportedly working on another project with the 42-year-old entertainer.

Did you watch the variety series? Will you miss it? Weigh in below.

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