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In news that was expected here and in few other places Beauty And The Beast has been renewed for a second season earlier today by The CW. So far there hasn’t been any word from Shaw regarding whether they will pick up the second season for Showcase.
What so few really considered when crunching the numbers was that Beauty And The Beast is actually a Canadian show. CBS made the pilot in Toronto. When it was picked up for series CBS partnered with Take 5 Productions of Toronto to make a formal international co-production. Take 5 also brought in Whizbang Films. How exactly CBS managed to make a show that qualifies as Canadian Content is a bit of a mystery but they did put all of the puzzle pieces together to achieve just that. How do we know that Beauty And The Beast is really CanCon? The licence for Showcase doesn’t allow non-Canadian programming to be shown between the hours of 7 and 10 pm ET and Beauty And The Beast is on Thursdays at 9 pm ET.
Why does it matter that Beauty And The Beast qualifies as CanCon when considering its renewal prospects? The money. CanCon carries a premium. Shaw doesn’t have a piece of the production pie. That means what Shaw pays for the rights to each episode is ‘new money’ on the books rather than money moved from one pocket to another. What exactly Shaw is paying per episode isn’t available but if CBS was wise they charged market rate for CanCon. That has the potential to off-set the lower advertising revenue the show brings in in the US.
The other reason that has been tossed around a bit more frequently is that Beauty And The Beast is the only CBS production (in any configuration) currently on The CW, which CBS co-owns with Warner.
Also renewed today for a third season is Hart Of Dixie, the small-town medical drama starring Rachel Bilson, Wilson Bethel, Scott Porter, Jaime King, and Cress Williams as Mayor Lavon Hayes. Hart Of Dixie is available in Canada on Hamilton’s CHCH and Victoria’s CHEK, the only employee-owned station in North America, as well as Chicago’s WGN, Los Angeles’ KTLA, and New York’s WPIX if your service provider offers The CW (check the movie channels bundle). CHCH and CHEK are indie stations that used to be part of the CH network and still sometimes pick up shows together which the Canadian networks pass on, such as Hart Of Dixie and the past few years of Supernatural.
The other renewals of the day include CBS’ Two And A Half Men, sans the half-man, for an 11th season. Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer have signed on for another year but Angus T. Jones has not. Beyond that there are the NBC renewals of Revolution, Chicago Fire, Parenthood, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and Grimm for 22 episodes each.
The 2013 post-Super Bowl shows have been announced. Many probably are aware that a new episode of CBS’ Americanisation of Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, will be shown in the covetted spot in the US. Over in Canada it is a different story. Much like most years the Super Bowl and its US post-game show are on different networks in Canada.
Elementary is on Global and the Super Bowl will again be on CTV in Canada. The post-game show in Canada will be the series premiere of CTV’s new original series Motive. If it is anything like last year then Global will somewhat simulcast that episode of Elementary with repeats or somewhat regular programming up until the moment CBS begins the episode and then hard-cut whatever they were showing to Elementary.
From acclaimed Executive Producer Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist, Dexter), the shot and set in Vancouver Motive is a “whydunit” crime drama that follows spirited female homicide detective Angie Flynn on a backwards chase for clues to a killer that has already been revealed to viewers.
An unconventional way to watch a crime unfold, Motive pieces together the clues of a murder as each episode begins by revealing not only the victim, but the killer as well. It’s an intense cat-and-mouse game as the homicide team sets off to piece together clues from the crimes committed. How did they do it? How are the victim and killer connected? What’s the motive? As the mystery unfolds, winding between revealing flashbacks and present time – viewers navigate the twisted and complicated maze of each murder, solving the puzzle alongside Detective Angie Flynn and her team.
In the premiere episode, “Creeping Tom”, Detective Angie Flynn (Kristin Lehman) is introduced as a street-smart, intuitive homicide detective whose teenaged son, Manny (Cameron Bright), looks out for her as much as she takes care of him. Motive’s first victim is a well-liked, karaoke-singing, high school science teacher (Joey McIntyre, Boston Public, Dancing With The Stars) who is found murdered in his bedroom. A home invasion gone wrong seems too perfect for Detective Flynn and her partner, Detective Oscar Vega (Louis Ferreira). They follow a plausible lead to an adulterous wife and the motive of a crime of passion, but Angie’s second sense points her in the direction of one of the dead teacher’s students, a serial thief known only as “The Creeper”.
In addition to Joey MacIntyre’s guest-starring turn in the series premiere, Motive features a dynamic lineup of guest appearances throughout the season, including Molly Parker (The Firm, Dexter) and Liane Balaban (Supernatural), and acclaimed directors including David Frazee (Flashpoint) and Oscar-nominated Sturla Gunnarsson (Rare Birds, Beowulf & Grendel).
Motive stars Kristin Lehman (The Killing) as spirited Detective Angie Flynn, Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe) as her thoughtful and patient partner, Detective Oscar Vega, and Lauren Holly (NCIS) as the team’s lead medical examiner, Dr. Betty Rogers. The series also stars Roger Cross (Just Cause,Continuum, Arrow) as Staff Sergeant Boyd Bloom, Brendan Penny (The Assisstants) as the team’s eager young Detective Brian Lucas, and Cameron Bright (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) as Angie’s teenage son Manny Flynn.
Motive is produced by Foundation Features and Lark Productions in association with Bell Media. Executive producers are Daniel Cerone (Dexter, The Mentalist), Louise Clark (Corner Gas, The Real Housewives Of Vancouver), Rob Merilees (Capote, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus), Erin Haskett (Gastown Gamble, The Real Housewives Of Vancouver), Rob LaBelle (Mental), Lindsay Macadam (Battle in Seattle), and James Thorpe (Lost Girl). Showrunner is James Thorpe. Daniel Cerone wrote the pilot. The series is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal. Trish Williams and Rebecca DiPasquale are the Production Executives from Bell Media, Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.
You are not the only one thinking that this is quite similar to The Evidence which was on ABC in early 2006.
ABC’s two under-performing new dramas, 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort, are each ending after their initial 13 episode commissionings, despite previous orders for additional scripts.
Last Resort is on Thursdays at 8pm and had been so-so with an average of 7.3 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic. With episode 8 this week it dropped to 5.68 million viewers and a 1.2/4 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic. The millitary conspiracy mystery show from Shawn Ryan had a bit of an interesting if not confusing opening . A submarine receives orders through back channels to launch a nuclear attack on Pakistan and when the captain and XO think to look for themselves before they start WWIII and obliterate a country they find no signs of a war they had not been privy to while deep under the ocean surface. They find people peacefully watching Hannah Montana. They refuse to attack and end up being labelled enemy combattants by their own country and are attacked by another US submarine.
666 Park Avenue is on Sundays at 10pm and had been not-so-good with an average of 5 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This past Sunday’s episode had 3.9 million viewers and a 1.2/3 rating/share in the 18-49 demographic, loosing about half of what its lead-in Revenge has in every category. 666 Park Avenue has been up against The Mentalist on CBS, a show which is seeing about 10 million viewers and a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, and the NFL on NBC which has over 20 million viewers and about an 8.0 rating. 666 Park Avenue as about a young couple who take the job of resident managers of an historic apartment building on Park Avenue in Manhattan that has a supernatural aspect to it.
Earlier CBS had cancelled its lackluster new comedy Partners. Unlike the ABC shows which will go their full 13, Partners is off the schedule effective immediately. It is expected that Rules Of Engagement‘s 7th season will be used to fill the spot in the schedule. There is no word yet on what Citytv and Global will fill their schedules with once Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue end.
Ladies and Gentlemen, i am pleased to inform any of you who haven’t yet heard the news from CBS’ twitter feed… Unforgettable is unforgotten.
CBS had a tough schedule to work with given what they thought of their pilots and how well their shows from 2011-12 did. CBS decided to forget about Unforgettable. Fans of the show did not forget. The number crunchers and commentors over at TVBTN pointed out it was the worst performing new show on CBS. Fans pointed out that even though it was the worst of the new CBS it’s numbers were still far better than many a veteran show on any of the US broadcast networks. CBS relented and has unforgotten Unforgettable.
Season two of Unforgettable will be on in the summer of 2013 and have 13 episodes. Yes that means more than a year will have passed between the end of season 1 and the start of season two but if any show will be remembered it is Unforgettable.It is about time CBS had a summer scripted drama of its own. They used to put Flashpoint on in the summer but CBS bailed on that show and these days has repeats and Big Brother. Finally some diversity of programming. And maybe a little competition for rookie blue.
Someone over on TVBTN made a comment about Poppy Montgomery’s ass being the only good thing about the show. I composed this little homage to Poppy’s career in response and it seems fitting to include it here.
Without A Trace of Relativity Poppy’s ass is as Unforgettable as a Devil In A Blue Dress, with or without the Silk Stalkings. O how i think back to those Glory Days that were Magic Beyond Words when Poppy’s ass could be seen regularly on a Sunday afternoon committing Murder In The Hamptons, but you had to get CTV for that. So long as Poppy’s ass isn’t Going To California then The Beat of Life will carry on in her NYPD Blue jeans.
The word is out tht CBS might really be bringing Unforgettable back from an unforgettable execution. The series stars Dylan Walsh and Poppy Montgomery as former lovers who are once again working together in the homicide division of the NYPD in Queens. Poppy’s character has this condition which makes her unable to forget pretty much anything. Except who killed her sister when she was a little girl.
Unforgettable was cancelled despite something akin to 12.5 million viewers averaged per episode and a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic in the US. Nina Tassler claims it is “what went right with the new pilots” that pushed Unforgettable out the door. Considering her track record of honesty regarding Flashpoint some might be inclined to cry “BULLSHIT”, but to be fair Nina Tassler is no Dawn Ostroff. If Nina says the shows this coming September will majorly kick ass then they better. Considering one of those shows is Elementary that is already one cry of “bullshit”. That a second show is Made In Jersey is a second cry of “bullshit”. Is there a world outside of Manhattan? Hello? Remember when DuMont had programming originate in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh? I don’t as it was decades before my time but the idea that a show is actually made somewhere else sounds so inviting. At least with Unforgettable it was set in Queens instead of Manhattan.
Well, i would like to find out what happened in the woods that day. The ambiguous end to the season was about as resolving as was the beginning. IF the first season was only meant to be Carrie’s journey to understanding what most viewers picked up on in the first episode then i honestly am curious what the premise of a second season would be.
Someone was kind enough to say that the only reason Unforgettable might be coming back is because of Poppy’s ass.
Without A Trace of Relativity Poppy’s ass is as Unforgettable as a Devil In A Blue Dress, with or without the Silk Stalkings. O how i think back to those Glory Days that were Magic Beyond Words when Poppy’s ass could be seen regularly on a Sunday afternoon committing Murder In The Hamptons, but you had to get CTV for that. So long as Poppy’s ass isn’t Going To California the The Beat of Life will carry on in her NYPD Blue jeans.