News Briefs: Fox Announces Its Spring Finale Dates


... Fox has announced its finale dates for the season. And they go a little something like this:

April 17Raising Hope
May 8New Girl
May 11The Finder, Fringe
May 13American Dad!
May 14Bones
May 20The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy (one-hour finale)
May 21House (series finale)
May 22-23American Idol

[Fox via press release]

... ABC Family has announced its summer premiere dates, including those of three new series. Plan your mental vacation (who can afford a real vacation right now?) accordingly:

May 30Melissa & Joey
June 5Pretty Little Liars, Jane By Design
June 11Bunheads
June 20Baby Daddy
July 11Beverly Hills Nannies

[ABC Family via press release]

... Starz is giving viewers a sneak peek at Magic City, its new drama about a 1950s luxury hotel in Miami starring John Winchester. The network will air the premiere episode after the season finale of Spartacus on March 30, a week before its official premiere on April 6. [Starz via press release]


... MTV has agreed to no longer continue with the original edition of Teen Mom, the reality series that made it cool to pop out a kid. Season 4 will be the last we see of Maci, Catelynn, Amber, and Farrah and their spawn, who are probably already working on getting pregnant to stay in the limelight. Hope it was worth it ladies! In the meantime, I'm sure MTV is casting Teen Mom 43, so go out and have some sex, teens! [US Magazine]


... The Walking Dead is popular. Like, really popular. In fact, last night's Season 2 finale helped the show become the number-one drama series in basic-cable history in key demos (ages 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54) and was watched by 9 million people. Imagine how it will do when Season 3 introduces heartthrob vampires and werewolves! [AMC via press release]


... The juicy Desperate Housewives trial between creator Marc Cherry and fired actress Nicolette Sheridan that's been spoiling the show and eliciting gasps has come to a standstill, with the jury deadlocked on the wrongful termination suit filed by Sheridan. Both sides are looking for a retrial, but for now it looks things have landed in Cherry's favor. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Lifetime has made progress on the casting of its all-black version of Steel Magnolias. Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Jill Scott, Adepero Oduye, and Condola Rashad are on board for the made-for-TV movie about women at a beauty store who lean on each other for support. Me, I find support in a bologna-and-bacon sandwich. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Lost's Yunjin Kim (she played Sun!) is coming back to television via ABC. She'll co-star in Mistresses, a summer 2013 drama about four ladies and their oh-so-complicated love lives. Kim will play a psychiatrist dealing with the loss of a patient who she may have hopped on the couch with if you know what I'm sayin'. [TV Line]

... Brothers & Sisters' Matthew Rhys has joined FX's drama pilot The Americans opposite Keri Russell. The potential series is about a pair of Russian KGB agents (Russell and Rhys) who are married and living undercover in America during the Cold War. [Deadline Hollywood]

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