News Briefs: Castle Might Get Renewed Twice

CASKET NEWS

... ABC WILL renew Castle, eventually. And when it does, it might do so for two seasons. The holdout on the news shouldn't scare fans, as ABC hasn't renewed a darned thing yet. Expect official word no later than next Tuesday, when ABC holds its Upfront presentation in New York. [Deadline Hollywood]


BUSINESS TIME

... TNT has ordered the Howard Gordon (Homeland) project Legend to series. The drama stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) as a spy whose specialty is disguise, allowing him to become a different person for each mission he takes on. Yesterday, TNT ordered the thriller The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane as the captain of a Naval destroyer after nuclear war destroys most of the world. What's going on at TNT? Both of these series sound good. I mean, they're no Franklin & Bash, but they're a step in the right direction. [TNT via press release]

... Starz is developing a new drama with Piers Morgan called Fleet Street. The series would be about the rise of tabloid journalism in 1970s London as told through the eyes of an American journalist. Proving networks share a single brain, this is the second drama about the birth of tabloids put into development in the last two weeks. FX is working on adapting James Ellroy's novel Shakedown, about a private detective turned tabloid reporter in 1950s Los Angeles. [Starz via press release]

... Showtime's The Borgias might not get re-elected for a fourth season. If the current third season is the series' last, then hope is that the show would wrap things up with a two-hour movie. [Deadline Hollywood]

... BET has canceled the series Don't Sleep!, apparently. If anyone out there knows what Don't Sleep! is, please let the rest of us know in the comments. [The Root]


CASTING NEWS

... Colin Ferguson, Eureka's Jack Carter, is staying at Syfy and will join the cast of Haven as it enters its fourth season. Ferguson will play a character named William, a mystery man who crosses paths with FBI agent Audrey Parker. [Deadline Hollywood]

... How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris is the host with the most, and word is he'll return as emcee to the Tony Awards for a fourth consecutive year. There is nothing in the world that goes better together than Harris and the Tonys. [NY Daily News]

... Richard Madden, who plays Robb Stark on Game of Thrones, is going from handsome (supposed) king to just handsome prince. Madden has been cast as Prince Charming in Disney's upcoming live-action Cinderella film. Prince in the North! Lily James (Downton Abbey) will play Cindy, Cate Blanchett will play the wicked stepmother, and Kenneth Branagh is directing. [USA Today]


SAD NEWS

... The Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper passed away this morning at the age of 84. Cooper played Katherine Chancellor on the daytime soap for 40 years, won one Emmy, was nominated nine more times, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. [TV Line]


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Woot! So happy to hear about Castle. =)
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HATE the firefly groupies complaining all the time! Now they're crying about Castle 'maybe' getting 2 more seasons? Is a firefly's reboot a done deal? Then let actors earn a living for god's sake. GET OVER IT, FIREFLY IS OVER.
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Hooray for new shows on TNT. Falling Skies is awesome and Franklin & Bash is fun.
Fleet Week sounds good despite Piers Morgan being involved.
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Don't Sleep from BET was a late night show hosted by TJ Holmes from CNN where a panel of celebrities and community activists, politicians, experts discussed current news topics.
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I never watched Young and the Restless, but I remember my grandma watching it. She was Corbin Bernsen's mom. He released a very sweet statement this morning. RIP.
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Surprised the writer didn't mention Crane's connection to Corbin Bernsen. Also found it humorous that he felt the need to so painstakingly explain what a legend is, since that was the title of NCIS: Los Angeles' pilot on NCIS.
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Oops! I meant Cooper, not Crane.
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"Ferguson will play a character named William, a mystery man who crosses path with FBI agent Audrey Parker" As opposed to the fifty other mystery men on Haven who have crossed paths with Audrey...
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My condolences to Jeanne Cooper's family and friends.

Colin Ferguson on Haven? Yes, please! It'll be nice to see him on television, again.

I hope ABC does indeed renew Castle. I love the series!
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What? Not Fillion won't be available for the firefly reboot the next 2 years :(

(srsly, it should be the last 2 seasons, the castle-formula is getting worn)
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I am soo behind on Castle. It's a great show, hope it gets renewed but really need to catch on the last 2 seasons
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Quick trivia for everyone.... does anybody remember what totally awesome 5 season show was originally supposed to be called "Fleet Street"? No cheating!
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Boston Legal
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Good Job! :)
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I hope Castle will be renewed soon and i hope for 2 seasons. I love Castle...
Jeanne Cooper will be missed.. Loved her as Katherine Chancellor on the Y&R.. Will miss her...
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Totally excited to see Colin Ferguson on Haven! I loved Eureka and still watch old episodes on my regular shows off days.
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If they cancel The Borgias I'm gonna be PISSED! It's SO GOOD! Who doesn't love Cesare & Lucrezia?????
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I absolutely agree - The Borgias is a great show !!! My boyfriend and I love it! Quality acting, story and production !!
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Yeah it's great! I love how Cesare is more and more coming to the forefront and paving his own path.
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:) I agree. We absolutely enjoy The Borgias - it's sad that the ratings are not higher....
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Castle is really a no-brainer and it has gotten only better with age, so not renewing it would be stupid - no-brainer. Renewing it for three seasons wouldn't even be a surprise. As for Colin Ferguson on Haven that's good news too. I love Haven...
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I feel like it should be renewed because networks owe him for not renewing FIrefly.
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Enough with the Firefly already. It was good, but it's gone. They gave us a wrap-up movie and I was pretty happy with that and you don't always get that but usually just a "too bad."
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2 seasons for Castle....damn,I love Castle(show) and Nathan,but I don't think it's worth 2 seasons atm. Maybe if they cut season down to 13 episodes,they I say yes,but lately some of the episodes were so-so or meh at best.
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Well, damn, it's about time TNT added some excitement to their schedule. The Last Ship's "virus outbreak" storyline will probably get tedious after a while, though.
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when will Haven be back? and no one else should be allowed to host Tony awards, other than NPH.. actually, it should be forbidden.. people might accompany him but no other being on earth can do it better than he does:) and actually, if he hosted like ALL of the other awards (Emmys, Golden Globe, Oscars, and anything else) I so wouldn't mind:)
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Probably late summer/early fall of 2013. Same as the last three years, and going by the fact they just went into production.
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the death of Katherine Chancellor needs to receive more attention, wow.. she always felt immortal.. acting the same role for 40 years? my, oh my..
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Our Audrey, or the REAL Audrey?
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Our Audrey is the real Audrey. The other one doesn't even have a show, and was just a nice twist in the story.
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No shes not. Tim wrote FBI agent audrey parker. We all know she was never an agent AND her name is not audrey parker. There is a REAL FBI agent Audrey Parker.

So ill ask again. The real Audrey or our Audrey???
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Oh, this remind me how much I miss Eureka.
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Castle has been great this season. Two season renewal would be fantastic.
I'm excited for Sean Bean's 'Legend'.
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i feel like TNT is actually ripping off old shows ideas or they dont watch other networks shows anymore ..

Legend is more like Human Target ( but different actor)
The Last Ship is more like The Last Resort ( but sets in the future after some captain loses his shit and nuke the world )

and i am guessing here , none of these shows will survive to a second season .. likely cancelled with 6-13 episode each
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Legend sounds to me more like "The Pretender".
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Sean Bean will actually live past the first season in something? I'll believe that when I see it. (I hope he does. Really.) And if the show never makes it to a second season, well, that's pretty much par for the course for him.
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There's plenty of time for them to change it to a 1 season miniseries.
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yay Colin Ferguson and Haven together! and more NF on Castle. good news.
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Betting on NF is like betting on Microsoft...
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The Last ship sounds good and a little like LAST RESORT which I loved and given it isn't on a "BIG" network it might just get a chance to succeed.
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Loved "On the Beach" and hoping you're right.
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Both the shows on TNT sound quite good. If serious dramas, I'll likely enjoy em.
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I sort of hope if they renew Castle for two seasons then it'll come to an end, they're kind of running out of stuff to do and just doing stuff to throw in some unneeded drama, like Kate not knowing where it's heading and that DC job offer.. ugh.

loved Eureka, like Colin, like Haven. good deal.

I don't like Piers Morgan.. so I won't watch that show.

good for Richard I guess, I'd probably see the movie eventually. I think it's weird how they everything is crediting Downton Abbey as Lily James' "from" thing, she's only been on two episodes..
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Way too much on for me keep up with and never heard of Haven but with Colin Ferguson on I'm going to watch.
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It was on for a while after Eureka on Friday nights...
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I'd watch Colin Ferguson in anything, but in Haven, it's just heaven. sorry couldn't resist the bad pun.Still no word of Suits, though.
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Suits was given a 3rd season back in October, season premiere is on 16th July
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or Bunheads...
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I may watch that Cinderella movie just for Robb. I mean Richard.

Also, wonder how long Sean Bean will live in this new show...I'll watch!
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Colin Ferguson in Haven!!! That's awesome! Haven might be the best show currently running.
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Well, not really, but it is nice to have it still on...
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Sean Bean and spies with disguise, I'm gonna watch this no matter what, so I'm glad they're going for it. I hope it's more Mission Impossible and less Mission Impossible 2.

Tim, if you're going to bash Franklin & Bash, you should at least bash it frankly. HIYO!


If ABC picks up Castle for 2 seasons, I really think that needs to come with some writing staff and/or producing staff shakeups, I would hate to see them get even more complacent, the show already has gotten too lazy as it is without a guaranteed pickup.
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I don't agree that Castle has gotten lazy. The writing is still good from week to week - better sometimes, but still good.
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Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Tonys? It makes me scream like a little girl. :)
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Also Sean Bean was fantastic in the Richard Shrarpe series/movies. If I had money and connections I would bring the Sharpe series to America faster than NBC cancels a good idea.
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I loved Sharpe! And Sean Bean was amazing, as per the usual. And my love of the Sharpe series only increased when I learned a few years ago that a then-unknown-to-me Alexis Denisof was also in it.
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Ive read every book twice (25+) and it is just crying out for a good tv adaption. each book could be a season or some good writers could combine a couple into a season. Or thers a few that could be multiple seasons themselves. Dashing warrior, damsels in distress, war, history, comedy, political games and Napoleon! And thats not even mentioning treasure hunts, rescue missions and varioious other mishaps.

Bernard Cornwell would make for far better tv than George Martin. his Excalibur series is the best thing ever written.
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I got the books after I started watching the series and yes so much material to draw on! Haven't read the Excalibur series though.
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Cool- thanks for the recommendation!
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Do yourself a favor and get the excaliburn series. I was lucky enough to be able to listen to the audio books and it was so fantastic. Ive never heard such an epic tale that is crying for a serious adaptation. The books are The Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur. As much as I love GoT they make them almost Twilightish in comparison to the epic tale, the new twist on Merlin, and well just everything about it. I could go on all day.
Glad youre a Sharpe fan! I try and spread Cornwell's works to as many as possible. The man is a genius.
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I believe "pretender" is the term you're looking for rather than "supposed". Preemptive response to smartasses: pretender to the throne does not mean it is necessarily a false claim.
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Starz is also developing a pirate series, I am quite interested.

Castle is more miss than hit these days, and that may make me unpopular around here. The Mentalist too, but at least I have for fun with The Mentalist cases. When Bones,Mentalist, Castle and Criminal Minds finally wrap things up, I think tv will be better for it. And boy do I love early Criminal Minds.
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So much for Eureka somehow being able to come back. But I like Haven so that is all right.
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Eureka was pretty good but it had run its course...
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I love Jeanne Cooper so much. I'm going to miss her so much. :(
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I did not think that she would pass away. The show won't be the same without her.
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It's disappointing The Borgias probably won't be back for a 4th season but if the producers think it's what's best for the show then I'm okay with it. I'm all for shows not running past their expiration date.
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Yes, it is a little disappointing. I love The Borgias !!!!
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