News Briefs: Girl Meets World Is Already Picked Up for a Full Season

By Kaitlin Thomas

Jan 24, 2014


THEY GROW UP SO FAST

... Girl Meets World, the spin-off sequel to Boy Meets World starring Rowan Blanchard as the offspring of Cory and Topanga, has been picked up for a full season, earning an additional eight-episode order (for a total of 21) ahead of its series premiere. Unlike many people, I've yet to experience any real joy from the knowledge this show is happening, because so much is riding on it. If the series tanks, it risks tarnishing the legacy of what was a defining series for many children and teens growing up in the '90s. This early full-season order quells my fears a bit, but it's still a game of wait-and-see. And because there's still no premiere date, we may still be waiting for quite a long time. [TV Guide]


BUSINESS TIME

... It seems like Syfy has received my memo about the hunky werewolf hunks the network put Bitten up against on Monday nights at 10pm, because as of Monday, January 27, Bitten will now air at 8pm, and Lost Girl will move into the 10pm time slot. Wise move, Syfy Schedulers, because a show in its fourth season already has a loyal group of fans, where as Bitten is still trying to grow one. I approve of you deciding to listen to me. And in case anyone is wondering, Being Human will remain at 9pm. [Syfy via press release] 

... Fox has picked up Utopia, a new reality series that features 15 people moving to an undeveloped location in the U.S. for an entire year. Once there, they are tasked with building their own civilization. Based on a series currently airing in the Netherlands, the show's contestants must make themselves indispensable members of the group, or risk the possibility of being eliminated. The original series replaces those removed from the show, but it's unclear whether or not the Fox version will do the same. [Deadline]

... Everyone's all up in arms because Duck Dynasty's ratings are the lowest they've been since 2012, but news flash, that was still like, only a year ago, people. Stop flipping out, because we're barely three weeks into 2014. Anyway, after returning to only 8.5 million viewers and a 3.3 rating last week in the aftermath of a controversial kerfuffle you may have heard about, the series took another slide this week. The show only managed to pull in 6.65 million viewers and a 2.9 rating. Second news flash, those numbers are still better than those that many shows of quality pull in, so shut your trap and let me cry about Looking's atrociously low ratings in peace. [Variety]

... Grey's Anatomy fans, you can stop holding your breath (or maybe you should start, I don't know how that works) because Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo have both signed new two-year contracts! Yay! Break out the bombs inside people and the plane crashes! And get excited for more melodramatic relationships! This show is going to live forever! Okay, fine, ABC hasn't officially renewed Grey's past this season, but with Meredith and McDreamy now signed on through Season 12, it doesn't look like the series is going to flatline anytime soon. [TV Line]

... Hulu will premiere Long Story, Short, a new series about a 21-year-old gal looking for love and adventure in the city, on February 15. The city in this case is Toronto, which obviously means someone from Degrassi has to show up eventually, and Lauren Collins is totally slated to appear, but the star of the series is actually Katie Boland (Reign's Clarissa!). Boland is also the creator, writer, and producer of Long Story, Short and she's younger than I am, so congratulations on being better at adulthood, Katie! [Hulu via press release]

... Attention everyone who predicted Mike Peterson would become Deathlok on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you were right. Executive producer Jeph Loeb confirmed his first appearance will be next month. Also joining the series is Lorelei (Elene Satine), which explains why Sif (Jaimie Alexander) is crossing over; The two will be battling it out. [Deadline]

... Colin Jost has been announced as the new co-anchor of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." He'll join Cecily Strong and take over co-hosting duties from Seth Meyers on March 1. Jost joined the SNL writing staff in 2005 and has been head writer since 2012. Apparently he's also been nominated for something called an Emmy at least seven times for his work on the series. [THR]

... ABC has ordered a new drama from David O. Russell. He's that guy who did that movie that one time. You know the one. It had Jennifer Lawrence and wasn't about kids murdering each other for Donald Sutherland's delight. It's right on the tip of my tongue. Man, if only it had won more awards, or maybe if there'd been more press for it—I bet then I'd remember what it was called. Oh well, Russell's as-yet-untitled drama has been ordered straight to series, probably because people who make TV love people who make movies. It's being described as a soapy “upstairs/downstairs" kind of thing set at a country club. Gee, I hope they cast Jennifer Lawrence. [EW]

... The CW hasn't made a decision on whether or not to move forward with the semi-autobiographical pilot that Lauren Graham is working on for the network, but the project finally has a title. Based on Graham's novel Someday, Someday Maybe about an aspiring actress in New York City who's coming up on her self-imposed deadline to find success, it's going by the working title of Unfamous. Last week, at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, CW prez Mark Pedowitz said the pilot had been turned in and that it was "excellent." It's not a genre series, which is the only thing that has me worried about its fate, but the network did give both The Carrie Diaries and Hart of Dixie a chance, so let's all form a prayer circle around our Gilmore Girls DVDs and hope for the best. [TV Line]

... Transporter the Series is being transported to American TV! TNT as acquired the rights to the action series based on the film The Transporter. My new year's resolution was to not complain about TV show adaptations, and since this one is already filming its second season, I suppose there's no point anyway. The show will premiere on TNT in late 2014. [TNT via press release]

... Judith Sheindlin, a.k.a. Judge Judy, has a new courtroom series coming to TV this fall. Called Hot Bench (not a joke), it will feature a panel of three judges who'll hear each case, deliberate amongst themselves, and then deliver a ruling. I hear that Judy came up with this idea while watching American Idol, but that could just be something I just made up. [Variety]

... How I Met Your Mother doesn't often switch up its opening credits, but when it does, it's usually for a good reason and result is usually very funny. In honor of the series' 200th episode, which airs Monday, January 27 and is called "How Your Mother Met Me," there show will air a new opening featuring the Mother. It's currently exclusive to EW, so you'll have to head over there to watch it, but I promise it's pretty cool. [EW]

... NBC has given a pilot order to Rob Lowe's new sitcom project, The Pro. The single-camera comedy stars Lowe as a former tennis who's champion working at a tennis and golf club, where he reunites with his ex-doubles partner after a heated feud that kind of screwed up both of their lives. [TV Line]



CASTING NEWS

... Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki is leaving Texas for California. She's joining Jason Katims' newest series About A Boy as a possible love interest for Will (David Walton). Her character, Dr. Samantha Lake, will appear in seven episodes. [THR]

... Nick Zano will drop by Mom for two weeks as a love interest for Anna Faris's Christy. He'll first appear in the February 3 episode as David, a dude who still lives the party lifestyle, which challenges Christy's sobriety. [TV Guide]

... The Crazy Ones is staging a Mork & Mindy reunion! Pam Dawber, who co-starred with Robin Williams for four years on the show about an alien (Williams) who came down to Earth, guest-star in an upcoming episode of the CBS comedy. She'll play an author named Lily who's lucky (unlucky?) enough to catch Simon's eye. [TV Guide]


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  • JT_Kirk Jan 26, 2014

    Huh, I didn't see Mike Peterson becoming Deathlok on Agents of SHIELD, makes sense I suppose.

    I wonder why they felt Weekend Update needed the head writer as an anchor yet again, so weird. I suspect this will be a transition-year thing that is dropped in a season or so.

    I really liked The Transporter's opening scene and setup, but the actual story was not what I was looking for and while it worked, it didn't leave me satiated with the actual character. Anybody suspect the series will? I doubt it, but even the dubious Blade: The Series was semi-watchable.

    A panel of 3 judges sounds interesting but likely won't have the same draw as shows like The People's Court and the like because those are about the judge interacting with the people.

    Pam Dawber & Robin Williams? I don't normally tune into The Crazy Ones, but I'm there!

  • JayAtkinson Jan 25, 2014

    After all the speculation about who J. August Richards was going to play, the show that he was seemingly no-one from the comics, and then his frequently recurring presence, this was obviously some long, thought-out origin story. Which is awesome. But why then, after all of that build-up, ruin the climax and ultimate reveal of it outside of the show. That would be like suddenly revealing tomorrow who The Clairvoyant actually is and who he will be played by.

    Still, whatever the case, it should be awesome to see the character brought to life and be in action. Plus, I guess this is yet another way they are leading into The Winter Solider, what with Deathlok technology and bionic limbs now entering the universe.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 26, 2014

    Damn good point.

  • JayAtkinson Jan 27, 2014

    Thanks. I think I would have had a mild geek-out at the reveal in the show, had it come about by surprise and without me really knowing it was coming. Now I know the revelation and how/where it takes place. So, whilst I am still excited, there will be no such ecstatic moving to the edge of my seat.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 27, 2014

    I guess what they're trying to do is reassure waning fandom that there's still a comic book heart to the show, keep their interest in future episodes high. It unfortunately takes away from the actual active viewers' experience.

  • CaitlinRice Jan 24, 2014

    I just wanna see Feeny. I miss his sage advise and life lessons every week. :)


    It's sad that the advertisement I had to sit through was longer than the revamped HIMYM opening. But still entirely worth it!

  • LucyBarker Jan 24, 2014

    Oh my God. I just recently started watching Parks and Rec (I know, I'm lame), I'm on season 5 right now but I'm already devastated by Chris leaving soon, and I had no idea Rob Lowe has a new show in store... so I might have screeched with joy when I read this post. I'm so happy right now.

  • ludoTV Jan 24, 2014

    Sad probably but I am VERY excited about the Rob Lowe sitcom... If (and it is a very big IF) it has decent writing and a good supporting cast, it could be good...

  • Taccado Jan 24, 2014

    This is the first time I wish for a celebrity version of a reality show: Celebrity Utopia. 15 D-list celebrities would move away for a year and then they would have to prove their usefulness (or uselessness) to survive. Result: no one would survive. The show would do humanity a favour.

  • Akyriel Jan 24, 2014

    The ratings for Monday's SyFy shows are horrendous. I am interested in how they justify keeping these on the air aside from possible low costs of production or rights acquirement. I say that having yet seen BITTEN, gave up on LOST GIRL, and continue to watch BEING HUMAN, which I like.

    Very interested in seeing Pam Dawber again, despite no longer watching THE CRAZY ONES, since I last saw her in the sitcom MY SISTER SAM where Rebecca Schaefer was sadly killed by that stalker in real life. She supposedly has not been in anything since 2000.

  • digital_dice Jan 24, 2014

    Well, any time you cancel a show you have to replace it with something else. I can't imagine what Syfy would resort to if they yanked three 1 hour shows off the air at once. They would have to spend a fortune to create their own original programming to fill that space...or worse fill it with reruns of an existing show. For now, cheap imports or co-productions are the easiest way to fill that Monday slot.

    I remember My Sister Sam. What happened to Rebecca was so tragic. I think she normally didn't answer the door in person...and the one time she did she was murdered.

  • CharmedOneP391 Jan 24, 2014

    Well Lost Girl, Bitten and also Continuum are imports from Canada so the low ratings are probably somewhat vendicated because of the low costs. Being Human seems to stay pretty steady season to season...but I wonder how much life is left in the series, although season 4 has been pretty good so far

  • Bottron Jan 24, 2014

    There's already a British show called "Utopia". It's only six episodes and it kicks a lot of ass.

  • Carla-Wexler Jan 24, 2014

    LOL! They should give the contestants a task where Arby asks them where Jessica Hyde is and if they fail to answer, they get to meet Arby's gas canister!

  • iheartfrosty Jan 24, 2014

    Things that make me hopeful about GMW: Michael Jacobs doing it, original cast, filmed in front of a live audience. If Plays With Squirrels makes an appearance I'm gonna cry.

  • torque_smacky Jan 24, 2014

    Things that don't make me hopeful: the Have A Laugh Productions label. They've been behind some of Disney Channel's worst sitcoms.

    We'll see, I guess.

  • pierresund Jan 24, 2014

    well - they ('It's a Laugh', not 'Have a Laugh') have been behind EVERY original Disney Channel sitcom during the last 9 years... And Boy Meet Girl was produced by Touchstone, which in 1993, basically had had four sucessfull series (Golden Girls, Empty Nest, Blossom, and Home Improvement) and dozens of failed and today -thankfully- forgottten series.
    so I dont think the production companies leaves any reasons add to the fear of GMW sucking. The real question IMO is if Jacobs still got is mojo working.

  • azazzlenic Jan 24, 2014

    Keen for different HIMYM credits.

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