News Briefs: USA Renews Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, and Necessary Roughness

NEWS ABOUT WHAT WILL BE ON TV IN THE FUTURE

... USA Network just said, "Screw it! We're renewing everything!" Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, and Necessary Roughness will all return for 16-episode seasons. With all seven of the network's original series returning, this is reportedly the largest collection of returning shows for a cable network ever. EVER! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Snoopy Dogg Dogg, as old white people like to call him, has signed a deal to star as a father in a family sitcom. He'll work with Don Reo on the project. Reo created Brothers, so good luck with that, Snoop. [Deadline Hollywood]

... CBS has signed a put pilot agreement (meaning it will almost certainly pick up the show in question, but if it doesn't it owes someone a lot of money) for... wait for it... a procedural! The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken is teaming up with super-producer Joel Silver for a drama about an Oakland (510 reprezent!) detective who teams up with a punk-girl hacker to solve crimes. Quick! Someone clone Pauly Perrette! [Deadline Hollywood]

... FX has ordered 13 episodes of Unsupervised, an animated comedy from the writers of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The show follows two teenagers who go through life without adult supervision and has a kick-ass voice cast featuring Justing Long, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Romany Malco, and Kaitlin Olsen. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Remember Martin Lawrence? The guy who was last relevant in the mid-'90s? Well, CBS thinks he's still hot and is working on a new show with him. CBS, always on the cutting edge! [Variety]

... ABC Family is working on two more shows that you will feel guilty about watching. Strut, about a former showgirl who works with a high school drill team, and Intercept, about college hackers, are close to securing pilot orders, say these guys in this link → [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC is throwing its hat into the (three) ring with Bazirkus, a workplace drama set in a circus. I'm really looking forward to finding out who hooks up with the Bearded Lady! [Deadline Hollywood]

NEWS ABOUT WHO WILL APPEAR IN WHAT

... That dude who won The Voice is playing a certain famous blind black singer in that upcoming show about Playboy bunnies. [TV Line]

... Robert Englund, who played Freddy Kreuger in the Nightmare on Elm Street flicks, will guest-star on Hawaii Five-0. He'll play a homeless war vet because he won't even have to change or spend time in makeup or anything. [EW]

... Showtime's upcoming House of Lies is putting together a pretty sweet cast. Richard Schiff (The West Wing) has joined Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, and Ben Schwartz; Schiff will play the boss of the consulting firm that employs Cheadle and Bell's characters. [THR]

... Rebecca Romijn will guest-star on Chuck because she's the only person in the universe left who hasn't yet appeared on the show. Jeez, this show loves its guest stars!. [EW]

NEWS ABOUT LAME REALITY SHOWS GETTING RENEWED

... Oxygen has renewed Jersey Couture. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Style has renewed Tia & Tamera. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Spike TV has renewed Bar Rescue. [Spike, via press release]



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Surprising that NBC has at least once subsidiarity channel that has some brains when it comes to show renewals. Shame that the smarts didn't extend to SyFy. Covert Affairs is a great show.
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Great news on renewals for USA channel.
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Thanks Tim for putting "News Briefs: " in the title. That's awesome - you da man! :)
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NO NO CBS!!!! NO NO
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Erm, does Pauly Perrette even qualify a girl, never mind a punk? She's about 40, and all her tats are fake!
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Well it is Chuck's last season. Give it a break, its better they get in all the awesome guest stars before it ends.
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The USA powers that be must have just given a blanket renewal for all their shows if they would be so crazy as to renew Necessary Roughness. Love the other shows, but this one is way below the calibre of the rest, and the female lead is just awful ; that's about the nicest thing one could even say about that horrible show. What were they thinking??! There must be at least 50 shows a ton better than NR. Oh, well, guess they just don't care...
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Really, people are watching Necessary Roughness? I guess I shouldn't assume other people don't watch the same shows I don't watch. I like Covert Affairs, though.



Also, Unsupervised sounds like it could be awesome. I think I read it's also being animated by the Archer production team, so... cool!
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I notice a recurring theme with regards to the source of informatioin used for your "NEWS ABOUT WHAT WILL BE ON TV IN THE FUTURE". Be honest now Tim, did you copy & paste??? :D



Anyway, love Covert Affairs, glad it's been renewed. Also love Burn Notice, Suits, White Collar and In Plain Sight (shame it will be the last). Necessery Roughness is OK. Never watched Royal Pains, I'll maybe have to give it a chance.
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good news about Covert Affairs, it's a nice show. Unfortunately the awesome IMHO show In Plain Sight both got renewed for another season and was announced to be axed after that :(
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great for royal pains and covert affairs, llove it

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Doesn't "a punk-girl hacker to solve crimes" sound a bit like the Stieg Larsson trilogy?
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"Punk-girl hacker"... where have I heard that before? It's not the spin-off plagiarism that annoys me so much on tv, but it's the fact that someone has been paid thousands of dollars to come up with something that they couldn't even be bothered to be original about.
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Yay, for Covert Afffairs. And it still has what, 3-6 episodes left to air from season 2? I really enjoy watching Piper Perabo in her role, she is perfect for it.



And for some reason that show Strut seems intriguing. I can't really put my finger on it, but based on only a short one-sentence description, there is something about that show. The only problem is that it is on ABC Family, which might take away a little bit of the quality it might be given on e.g. HBO or Showtime.
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Love that USA Network is renewing those shows, love em!
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Congrats to Royal Pains, Necessary Roughness, and Covert Affairs for the renewal.
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