News Briefs: NBC Dumps Saving Hope to the Web

NBC IS CRAZY NEWS

... NBC has pulled Saving Hope from its schedule with two episodes left to air in the drama's first season. The slightly supernatural medical drama starring Erica Durance's gorgeousness had already been jettisoned off to Saturday nights, but now it's been banished to the internet, where its final two episodes will air. This doesn't apply to Canada, where the show has already been renewed for a second season. 'Mericans, you can watch the final two episodes once they've aired in Canada on NBC.com, or if you are a true fan, you could move to Canada and watch them sooner. You are a true fan, aren't you? [TV Line]

... NBC won't rest until The Voice is in your face 24 hours a day, and the network has taken the next step in accomplishing that torture by expanding the series' Season 3 premiere to three nights next week. Episodes will air Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for a total of four hours (if my calculations are correct) in three days. It's not just to piss you off, either. The expansion to Wednesday means that The Voice will air opposite the season premiere of Fox's The X Factor because NBC is a dick. [TV Line]

... But wait, there's more! To grab extra eyeballs for the premiere of its new comedy The New Normal, NBC is moving The New Normal up a day to Monday, following The Voice. A new episode of The New Normal will air the following night in the show's regular Tuesday slot. That means Grimm gets bumped from its Monday night tryout a week early and will return to its Friday night timeslot in late September. The late scheduling might cause problems for NBC to get the word out, but I'm sure all the viewers of NBC's Sunday Night Football will appreciate the millions of ads telling them when a comedy about a gay couple trying to have a baby will air. [HitFix]


BUSINESS TIME

... Speaking of football, former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will host TNT's The Hero, a new reality show. The premise is this wacky idea: Ten people in a house will be given tests and trials that measure their brains and brawn to see who can be the best true hero. Seriously, that's what the show is. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Bravo has renewed The Rachel Zoe Project for a second season. Let's all congratulate Rachel Zoe while we Google her to see who she is! [NBC via press release]

... This sounds kinda rad: FX is developing a drama called Downtown Dragons about Triad gangsters in New York's Chinatown. Yes, it will be all hand-to-hand martial arts. And in order to set up this preposterous situation, the story goes like this... "Rival gangsters must rely upon traditional fighting techniques to maintain their territories after the triad bosses ban all firearms in the area following a bloody shootout." [Deadline Hollywood]

... Justified showrunner Graham Yost is a busy man these days, and he just got busier. Yost is working with NBC on L.A. Woman, a drama about a female spy in the 1970s. In addition to Justified, Yost is the executive producer of FX's recently picked-up The Americans, also a period piece about spies. Hey Graham, save some TV for us! [THR]

... Awake creator and TV.com favorite Kyle Killen is back at it again, selling his latest project to ABC. Influence is a drama about two brothers who are very different. One is a bipolar genius with a background in human psychology and the other is a fast-talking ex-convict, and together they form an agency that solves clients' problems through manipulation and mind games. Congratulations, Kyle! [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... The Finder's Geoff Stults will recur on Fox's upcoming Ben & Kate. He'll play a romantic interest of Kate's starting in the Halloween episode, because he's everyone's romantic interest. [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO's Girls has added Rita Wilson to its next season. Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, will play Marnie's wife. No word on when Wilson's daughter will get a role on the show. [Hollywood.com]

... Whitney has added Tone Bell to its cast! He'll play a character who I will never see because I will die before I watch this show. [TV Line]


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when Cee Lo and Christina leave the Voice their ratings are gona fall. Also when Sharron leaves Americas Got Talent their ratings are gona fall also. wait and see!!!
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I just wanted to say that the ratings actually went up and it was their best season ever! Shakira and Usher rocked that show :)
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bring saving hope back,there is not many things i watch on tv but i looked forward to this show every week. i'm trying to catch what i can on the internet. why give people just enough to get interested and then take it away?????
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this sucks...every good show is taken off! my mom called me every week to talk about what a great show this was and shes glad they put something like this on tv! people were glued to the television...i am not watching" the voice" now.. they don't need 3 days a week and "saving hope" should have never been taken off!! it pisses me off that !
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I can't believe you cancelled such a good show. It was picked up in Canada for a second season. Why not here. One of the best shows on TV
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Sometimes it's pointless to even start watching a new show cause either it doesn't get renewed or the channel it was started on doesn't pick it back up Saving Hope is a really good show and because of The Voice they cancel it. I do watch The Voice but I rather watch Saving Hope thanks again for making another show I watch taken off TV NBC besides for a TV show who really ever watches NBC anyway just another reason to not even do that.
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NBC should at least televised the last 2 episodes of ' Saving Hope ' . Closure is very important . I am a fan of Miss Erica Durance ,been watching it on line because it is not showing in Australia .I am very disappointed with NBC'S decision. I don't really like her to disappear and be completely forgotten because she is a talented actress , I'd love to see her on a big screen.
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Tim,... Whitney was really actually pretty funny last year! Give it a shot. Its really not that bad!!
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"Influence" sounds cool - I'll be looking forward to that one. I loved "Awake" so.... :)
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Two things.



1) "Whitney" is actually a good show! As a stand-up comic, I'm not so much a fan, but when she actually sits down, goes over and over a bunch of script, and colaborates with actual writers, Whitney Cummings makes for a pretty watchable character. The supporting cast only help to build on the finely tuned and often crude comedy that make it great show.



2) I despise NBC. What the crap do they have on a Saturday night that's better than "Saving Hope?" It is a great show with a slew of great actors, and while it may not be a critical hit, it is certainly what saved me from a summer of lackluster television. NBC has the opportunity to actually do something smart by treating this show like ABC treats "Rookie Blue." Build the fan base, air it for a handful of episodes every summer, and receive a decent amount of earned respect from the viewers you've pissed off over the years. I mean, it makes more sense to do that than to eliminate the show altogether, right? Still, I guess I should be lucky in the case of "Saving Hope." Were it not for NBC, I may not have had the opportunity to see Lois Lane and Dr. Daniel Jackson on the small screen again. I just hope, with Canada's season two blessing, that I'll be able to find this show somewhere else should NBC not air said episodes online or on Hulu.



This season, I will give "Revolution" a try, but since that show WILL be canned, I'll probably end up watching NBC for "Whitney," "Up All Night," and "The Biggest Loser."
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You obviously don't watch Community or Parks and Rec. "Awake" was also amazing (but that would probably have been cancelled on any network channel).

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No...I have. They are decent shows, but not great shows. There are better quality shows on other channels, and unless I want to quit my job or never sleep, some shows won't make the cut. "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" are good, but not good enough. I also enjoyed "Awake," but it's shows like that which lead me to believe "Revolution" won't be given a decent chance.
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An informercial was aired on CTV at 9pm on Sept 6 despite being listed on the ctv on line schedule and being promoted on the ctv facebook page, so in both countries HOPE was not saved. Commerical tv = STUPIDITY.
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What are you talking about, it was a new episode on CTV at 9pm. Are you sure you had it at the right channel?
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And let's not forget Graham Yost's finest work, which occurred on "Hey Dude".
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Erica is great but needs a better show. The Hero sounds lame but the Rock can be amusing in a cheesy sort of way.
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I think I figured out why NBC pulled it. They realized they forgot to do any marketing that involved telling people WHEN THE SHOW WAS ON! From the single ad I saw for it, I thought it was coming this fall. So stupid. And they're already on the hook for season 2's money, I thought since them crazy Canadians went and reupped it.



And in other news, NBC makes sure The Voice - an extremely limited concept, is over-promoted into a very early grave.



Wow Tim, NBC stupidity is a triple-threat this newsday. Still, The New Normal is geared towards people who would watch the screechy The Voice anyway, so it should follow it.



And then FX came back with a winning pitch in Downtown Dragons! That sounds cheesawesome!
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It's so true. NBC has been making a plethora of bad decisions for a while now. One of them, IMHO, was letting Ann Curry go. There are lots of others who SHOULD have been axed, but weren't. In fact, the entire fourth hour (again, IMHO) should be canned. It's sad, because until the last couple of years, NBC was my favorite of all the broadcast channels. Now it's as bad as all the rest. I'm actually tempted to cancel my cable entirely and pay instead for NetFlix, Hulu, etc. I have an idea I probably will follow through with that plan in the very near future. (But right this moment I am still enamored with Grimm. IF they cancel THAT, well I'm outta here. Immediately. Since it seems that they always cancel every show I like it will probably happen sooner rather than later. (And I WILL keep my fingers crossed that the second season of Saving Hope will be shown on Hulu or elsewhere on the net. I'll be watching closely.)
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I have never heard of this show. Therefore I agree 100% with your post.



The networks need to find better ways to advertise to those of us in TV Land that do not actually use OTA, cable, or satellite, and who do not read magazines or watch entertainment news.
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Nice to see the James Spader look-alike still getting more work than the actual James Spader.
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Saving Hope is/was alright. I might even buy S2 on iTunes or something if/when it becomes available

I thought it was going to play out a little different when I heard about it... and it was a little on the slow side. AND... I found myself more involved with Charlie's / Shanks' story than Alex / Durance's story, which was a bummer because Erica's storyline got more screen time.

That being said, it is/was an alright show. Not as great as I thought it was going to be... but good.
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I love the show, but I'm glad you at least think it's watchable enough to possibly purchase season two.
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Rita Wilson will play Marnie's wife? As exciting as that sounds I'm pretty sure that should say mother! I do love some Rita Wilson, I'm hoping she does another guest spot on The Good Wife asap.
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Hooray! for more Kyle Killen and Graham Yost.



Boo! for more X-Factor and Whitney.
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WTH, NBC?! You do know viewers hate getting yanked around, right?
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It's the money. They think they have the right tools for a great season of viewership every fall, but when they don't see the high numbers they were expecting, they think it's smarter to invest millions more into a brand new season next year than to build up an audience base this year. If they didn't have the resources they do, they'd play it a little smarter and allow us to watch their shows with the confidence of knowing there will be a new episode the following week.



Dumb. Just dumb.
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Glad that Saving is cancelled. VERY boring. At first I hoped to just admire good-looking cast - but nope, too boring, even Daniel Gillies didn't save my hope (sorry))
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I'm not a fan or anything, but the article clearly states it's been renewed for a second season.
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It's been renewed in Canada. It's being cancelled in USA. The article clearly states that NBC isn't even airing the final episodes of the first season.
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Yes, the 2 countries are doing different things, but I wouldn't say a show getting a another season is "cancelled." Cancelled implies production is done. NBC is choosing to no longer air it.
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Well, for Americans for all intents and purposes it IS cancelled. I don't get Canadian channels even on my cable plan, so I won't be able to watch season 2 unless Hulu or another internet company decides to show it, or unless it is for sale through DVD or iTunes. Your 'argument' is invalid, sorry.
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CTV decided to air an informercial on Sept 6. Looks they deciced not to air the rest of the show also. Maybe they made a last minute decision to cancel it also?
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That's a personal semantics issue. For most us, the show is cancelled.
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Marnie's wife??!! ..not mother?
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Whoa, man.... She is one of Hollywood's most beautifully aging women. I'd happily be stranded on a desert island with her!
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I've never seen a show get taken off the air in the U.S., but get renewed in Canada before. Kind of funny in a way. Sucks to be a fan in the U.S though.
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NBC makes for a crappy source of entertainment as it is, so it doesn't quite suck to be a U.S. fan of a Canadian show. So long as there are new episodes of "Saving Grace," this U.S. fellow will do what he can to watch them. Where there's a will, there's a way.
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I think the point is there aren't many to be disappointed.
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It has happened before with "The Listener". NBC aired part of the first season, canceled it, aired the remaining episodes online, and then kicked it to the curb. In Canada, "The Listener" was renewed (it will start its fourth season in 2013).
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Another program that I loved that wasn't given a chance. Is it available for sale anywhere? I would definitely buy it.
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Well if people not even on the same continent can be fans of shows aired in the US, then US fans won't have a problem either :)
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Wait. What shows are you talking about? The only discussion I've heard so far refer to Canada, which is most definitely on the same continent as us! This being said, Dr. Who is a big hit here, even though it's a British program. so there IS a bit of back and forth with TV programs.
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"triad bosses ban all firearms in the area following a bloody shootout." - LOL
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Ha! The last line was the best, and I totally agree: death first!
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I think sometimes that NBC have got issues with me. :S "Life, Medium, Chuck." When I like some shows on NBC, then they go off air. And I guess that they are also some problems with Canadian shows. CTV renewed The Listener and Saving Hope but they cancelled by NBC. Interesting.
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I feel exactly the same way as you. NBC just sucks these days. And, it's always MY favorite shows that get axed.
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Umm...you definitely got the Girls news wrong. Rita Wilson will be playing Marnie's mom, not wife, as she has not turned lesbian this season.
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I kind of figured there was mistake.
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"Saving Hope" was the first NBC show I've watched since "Chuck" went off the air. Guess I won't be watching anything on NBC again this year. I do watch "Grimm" but on Hulu.
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I just finished the first season of "Grimm," all in a week's time thanks to Hulu. How NBC managed to keep themselves from cancelling this great show is beyond me. I mean, it's intriguing, smart, funny, well-acted, and filmed in America. According to NBC, those are all prerequisites to cancellation.
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Watch Community!
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Awesome! That means Daniel Gillies will be able 2 return to Vampire Diaries! Can't wait 2 see me some Elijah!!
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Daniel said in an interview that his filming for Saving Hope doesn't interfere with TVD since they film during different times of the year.
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Its still airing in Canada though...
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I guess hope wasn't saved then?



The Voice was good for like one season.. they just don't have the talent to back it up, and the judges don't really help either anymore. I stopped after the first episode after the auditions last season and I won't be watching this season.
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i am thinking NBC is managed by three year old toddler with a tiara up his ass ..

i hope nobody watch the voice , and it get the downfall of NBC .. God knows how much i hate this screwed-up network ..

if weren't for Community , and Revolution which looks interesting ( but it will get cancelled because its airing on NBC ) i would delete NBC from my channel list , and erase it from my memory
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