While a move to Friday nights isn’t going to help The Carrie Diaries, at least the Sex and the City prequel is getting a second season. Silver lining right? I thought I was alone in enjoying the show, but after asking Homorazzi.com readers their thoughts on a Season 2 renewal, I was surprised by the resounding support. After hearing producers’ plans for next season, I’m glad The CW gave it another shot.
In Season 1, we discovered how Carrie’s (AnnaSophia Robb) love for Manolo Blahniks and cosmopolitans began. Though we met her BFFs during her high school years, none of our favorites from the HBO series appeared. But that’s all about to change come Fall. On the season finale Standford Blatch’s name was dropped as Bennet’s club-promoter roommate. Maybe a young Standford is in our future? But one thing is certain… Charlotte, Samantha or Miranda is being introduced next year. Find out who and how below.
In honor of Arrow‘s first season concluding this week, I thought I’d pit two of the show’s male stars against each other in our latest Who’d You Rather poll. Given that Colton Haynes will most likely be Stephen Amell’s sidekick next season, it was only appropriate to pit this Batman and Robin-type relationship against each other.
First up is Stephen Amell. This Canadian actor just oozes man. The 32-year-old actor guest starred on numerous shows including Queer as Folk, The Vampire Diaries, 90210 and New Girl to name a few. My favorite was his role on Showtime’s Hung where he played a male prostitute. Lots of gratuitous shirtless scenes. But by far, his biggest role to date is playing Oliver Green on Arrow. The pilot gave the network its highest ratings in years. Those titillating promo posters certainly did the trick. Amell is a recent newlywed, marrying former ANTM alum Cassandra Whitehead.
Next up is 24-year-old Colton Haynes. Haynes started out his career by modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren and JC Penney. Prior to landing his role as Roy Harper on The CW show, Colton played a werewolf twice on ABC’s The Gates and MTV’s Teen Wolf. He’s also appeared in a couple of episodes of The Hills, music videos for Leona Lewis and My Chemical Romance. Check out photos of Colton and Stephen below and cast your vote on Who’d You Rather.
Last and certainly not least, The CW was the last to present at the upfronts out of the major broadcast networks. Given it’s limited real estate, the network is only picking up five new dramas with two being saved til midseason.
With regards to existing shows, the biggest surprise is the return of America’s Next Top Model to the regular schedule. The Tyra Banks show was removed from the Spring lineup and pushed to Summer, making fans worried it was the last cycle. It’ll be paired up with The Carrie Diaries on Fridays now. What does this mean for Nikita? The Maggie Q show returns for a final season with only six episodes. The CW didn’t reveal when it would conclude its run.
Out of the new shows, The Tomorrow People and Reign look promising. The former stars Arrow‘s Stephen Amell’s cousin Robbie. The network was wise to snag up the other Amell hottie. Reign is a historical drama revolving around the young Mary, Queen of Scots. Check out all the trailers and the new schedule below.
The five major broadcast networks don’t officially announce their 2013 Fall schedules until next week at the upfronts, but that hasn’t prevented a few of them from revealing the fates of a few on-the-bubble shows. On Thursday, two shows I thought were dunzo received a lifeline. Both The Carrie Diaries and Nikita are coming back. HALLELOO. I’m hoping The New Normal also receives another chance.
From now until Monday, I’ll keep updating this list as breaking news happens. Even though some new shows have been announced, this post will focus only cancellations and renewals. I’ll chat about the new series as each network presents at the upfronts next week.
It’s that time of year when networks start announcing show renewals. While some are expected, many viewers, including myself, wonder about their favorite on-the-bubble series. Both The CW and NBC gave the official word on two and five dramas respectively. See if your favorites made it to Fall 2013.
First up is The CW. The network previously announced Supernatural, Vampire Diaries and Arrow were returning. Joining the trio on the fall schedule are Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie. Despite having dedicated fans, both shows were iffy to return due to mediocre ratings. Reportedly, both are solid digital performers- DVR and online.
In a somewhat surprising twist, the network also gave the greenlight for The Vampire Diaires spinoff. The backdoor pilot which aired this past Thursday garnered fewer numbers than a normal Diaries episode, but The Originals is a go for next season. Still waiting to hear their fate are Nikita and The Carrie Diaries. Hopefully, both earn another year as well. They’re two of my favorite on The CW.
Since there probably isn’t a chance in hell that a crossover episode between Arrow and Scandal would ever happen, this bit of casting news is the next best thing. Without a doubt, these two are among my favorites on network television. Shonda Rhines just made my day with this announcement.
The Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator revealed John Barrowman is heading to the political drama to cause a stir. He’ll appear on the May 9th episode- the penultimate one of the season. This isn’t the first time Barrowman has worked with Rhimes. The 46-year-old actor starred in a 2012 drama pilot titled Gilded that ABC passed on. Not to sound selfishly, but I’m glad. This way Rhimes can focus her energy on making Scandal even more outrageously addictive. Also, it keeps the former Torchwood star staying put on the CW show.
Speaking of which, are you loving the budding “bromance” between Barrowman and Arrow series regular Colton Haynes. The two have generated major online buzz with all their Instagram photos. From holding hands outside the Vancouver airport to Haynes lifting up Barrowman, the two seem to enjoy working with each other on the Arrow set. Check out a few photos of them together below.
If you’re an avid Nielsen Ratings follower, The CW’s decision to renew these three shows shouldn’t be shocking. The only thing remotely surprising is that the network did it this early. The upfronts where networks reveal their 2013-14 schedules are still a few months away. That said, the news is always nice to hear especially to fans and the cast and crew of each show. Another year of regular pay cheques is always a good thing.
There’s no denying Arrow is the season’s breakout hit on The CW if not on all the broadcast networks. It arrived with a bang with 4.3 million viewers and consistently brings in viewers weekly. It’s the network’s most-watched show. Meanwhile, The Vampire Diaries is tops when it comes to the target demographic of adults and women between the ages of 18-34. The supernatural series will return for a fifth season.
It’s a good thing the CW decided to end “Gossip Girl” this Fall. The show has definitely lost its luster and watercooler buzz. I was definitely going through the motions watching it the past couple seasons and was about to break up with Serena and company, had it gone for much longer. With a shortened season consisting of only ten episodes, I’m okay devoting a few more hours to see how it all ends.
If the final ten episodes are anything like the Season 5 finale, they should provide for an interesting watch. I really appreciated how the finale harkened back to the show’s first season. It seemed all the characters took a couple of step backwards. I especially loved the scene where Serena was back on the train with Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks” playing in the background, much like it did in the pilot episode.
The network recently gave us our first glimpse on what is in store for fans of the show for its swan song. The first half of the clip features a lot of footage from the show’s history, leading up to possible spoilers. Could the show’s leading ladies finally find true love. The promo seems to indicate that is a strong possibility.
Blair and Chuck seem to be on the road to a happily ever after ending. Blair is seen saying “I’m all in”, with Chuck promptly replying, “And my bet’s on us.” Serena, on her part, is seen cozying up to Barry Watson (7th Heaven) who joins the cast as entrepreneur Steven Spence. Get your first look at the final season of “Gossip Girl” below.