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... Grab the tissues and the bourbon because I've got some sad news: FX's Justified, which just kicked off its fifth season last night, will probably end in 2015, after Season 6. This is upsetting, because Justified has consistently been one of the best series on TV—it's even better than its flashier network brother Sons of Anarchy. I'll be sad to see it go, but the good news is that this news has nothing to do with ratings (which, unfortunately, were down for last night's premiere) and everything to do with the story. And having a definite end in sight might actually be for the best. Look what it did for Breaking Bad

The biggest question I have right now isn't what we're going to do after Justified ends, but what FX will do? SOA is assumed to be parking its bikes for good later this year with Season 7, which means the network will soon be down two signature series. Let's hope the network's younger series, and those still in development right now, will be able to live up to Justified's legacy. It probably won't happen, because Raylan and Boyd have set the bar pretty high, but there's always hope. [Variety and Deadline]


BUSINESS TIME

... Forgive me, because I somehow missed this for yesterday's news briefs, but Teen Wolf premiered to record ratings on Monday night. "Anchors," which wasted no time effing with fans minds, drew 2.43 million viewers. Now, I'm not saying this was a direct result of Price's awesome photo recaps, but it totally was. Well, that and the three shirtless hunks who appeared in the episode; they probably helped, too. [Deadline]

... Speaking of ratings and good looking men, CBS's Josh Holloway-starring Intelligence, which Tim pretty much said was a stinker, at least as of the pilot, brought in 16.6 million viewers on its special preview night. But, and of course there's a but, the demo numbers are pretty terrible. Intelligence only scored a 2.4 rating among the all-important 18-49 crowd. This can probably be attributed to the fact the premiere followed NCIS, which brings in a ton of viewers, but skews older than most shows. Intelligence will move to Mondays on January 13, and I've heard some rumblings that it changes directions significantly in future episodes, so there might be hope for Sawyer yet. [EW]

... The Charisma Carpenter-hosted series Surviving Evil has been renewed for a second season by Investigation Discovery. The true-crime series features real-life stories of men and women who fought off their attackers and lived. The 10-episode season is expected to debut later in 2014. [TV Guide]

... In addition to adding a black female cast member on MondaySaturday Night Live is also diversifying its writing staff by adding not one, but two black women to its roster of scribes. LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones were both discovered during the series' recent talent search and will join the staff on Monday. This is a step in the right direction, but just like with Sasheer Zamata joining the cast, these women are now going to face some extra-trough scrutiny, though probably to a lesser extent than Zama because they're more behind-the-scenes. I wish them all the best of luck! [THR]

... TBS has renewed its new late-night series The Pete Holmes Show for Season 2. The show enjoyed a seven-week stint in 2013, and will now return for 13 more weeks beginning February 24. It airs Mondays through Thursdays at midnight, immediately following Conan. In case you don't know who Pete Holmes is, he's a comedian, and he's also the guy who voices that baby in the E*trade commercials. Wait, that probably wasn't very helpful either. Oh well, guess you'll have to check him out on TBS when the show returns. [TBS via press release]

... The winter premiere of Pretty Little Liars was the most tweeted-about season premiere in the history of television, amassing 1.3 million tweets by nearly 700,000 people. This is unsurprising, given that the ABC Family show is known for its social media presence and that the summer finale brought in 1.9 million tweets. But, guys, we really need to sort out our priorities. Let's focus those tweets on something more important, like say, discussing teenage werewolves and their friends, or how much we miss Aaron Paul. #KaitlinCares [ABC Family via press release]

... Oh look, news about Aaron Paul! In a recent in-depth interview with Details, the Breaking Bad star expressed a desire to be involved with Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off centering on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman. But no matter what comes of the spin-off or Paul's involvement in it, the interview is definitely worth a read for his fans. [Details]

...  Qantas and Twentieth Century Fox Television have partnered up to fly the cast and crew of Modern Family to Australia to film an episode of the series. Zzzzzzzzz. [Fox via press release]

... CBS has reached an agreement with Amazon to stream Extant, its new Halle Berry-fronted series about an astronaut who returns home to Earth and tries to reconnect with her family, exclusively through Amazon Prime Instant Video. The episodes, which premiere on CBS in June, will be available just four days after they're broadcast. This comes in the wake of the network's successful video-on-demand partnership with last summer's Under the Dome. [CBS via press release]

... I'm not sure how many of you will be interested in this, but I'm not here to judge your viewing habits, just to act as a messenger. So: If you are a fan of Disney Junior and the shows its airing, you should know that the channel has ordered new seasons of its animated series Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins (which is actually a nickname for—wait, nope, I promised Tim I wouldn't tell anyone that story), and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. [Disney via press release]

... Marry Me, the new comedy from Happy Endings creator David Caspe about a recently engaged couple, has been given the greenlight for a pilot at NBC. The single-camera project has been compared by at least one person to the successful '90s comedy Mad About You, which reminds me: I really liked Mad About You. [Deadline]

... Instead of announcing new series separately from the renewals and return dates for old series, Hulu decided the best course of action was to just toss everything into one press release and hope our brains could pick through all the words to find the worthwhile information. It took me a few hours, but I think I've got it. First up, Hulu has ordered Deadbeat, a supernatural comedy starring Tyler Labine (Animal Practice, Reaper) as a medium who goes to great lengths to help ghosts settle their unfinished business. Hulu has also ordered The Next Step, a reality-style teen drama following a group of dancers as they attempt to win a regional championship. Then there's The Hotwives of Orlando; it's a new parody series starring Casey Wilson, Angela Kinsey, Kristen Schaal, Tymberlee Hill, Danielle Schneider, and Andrea Savage and it follows the lives of six women living in Florida who fight over everything. It doesn't have a premiere date yet, but plenty of other shows do, so in an effort to make this as easy as possible, get out your calendars and mark down these premiere dates:

The Bridge (OG, not American Style): January 14, 2014

Deadbeat: April 9, 2014

Moone Boy Season 2: April 24, 2014

The Next Step: May 2014, official premiere date TBD

East Los High Season 2: Summer 2014, official return date TBD

Rev. Season 3: Summer 2014, official return date TBD

The Awesomes: Summer 2014, official return date TBD

Quick Draw Season 2: Fall 2014, official return date TBD

Behind the Mask Season 2: Unknown (helpful!)

[Hulu via press release]


CASTING NEWS

... Drea de Matteo, who plays Wendy on Sons of Anarchy, has been upped to a series regular for the seventh and final season, set to air next fall. Tim has kindly offered to let me handle the reviews solo in order to avoid Wendy and her problems all together, but I don't know if that's really fair. No Tara, all Wendy? I'd rather go five rounds with Gemma. [TV Line]

... Michiel Huisman (Nashville), who took over the role of Daario Naharis in Season 4 of Games of Thrones, has been upped to a series regular for Season 5 even though HBO has yet to renew the series for a fifth season. [Deadline]

... Brandon Routh (PartnersChuck) will appear in at least two episodes of the new Fox comedy Enlisted, which premieres this Friday, January 10 at 9:30pm. He'll play Sgt. Brandon Stone, a soldier who's just returned home from overseas and who's a rival for Chris Lowell's character. [TV Line]

... Zoe Saldana will play the lead role in NBC's Rosemary's Baby miniseries. Negative points to HitFix for using the word "impregnates" in its headline. Excuse me while I go throw up in the corner. [HitFix]


THAT POLAR VORTEX THING SUDDENLY MAKES A LOT MORE SENSE

... Please enjoy this photo of Alexander Skarsgård naked in the snow on a toilet. [Instagram]


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AIRED ON 6/26/2016

Season 6 : Episode 10

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Eh, everything has to end some time. Better to have Justified go out while still strong than to pull a Dexter. If it's story-based though, I really hope they don't have Raylan retire or die or some shit like that, Boyd Crowder needs to die just because he's been out on a limb too long and it'd make good drama, but Raylan needs to live on in the imaginations of the viewers.

SNL really needs to have actors do more of the writing, get them invested in the skits, rather than just have "old white guy hires more tokens" behavior behind the scenes. Hopefully they actually use the ideas of the talented folks and cut the untalented folks, but from the behind-the-scenes details I've heard of the SNL writers room it's unlikely.

YET ANOTHER Modern Family trip with a dozen people on vacation? Good lord. Better have Gloria in tiny bikinis to punch up that sagging, unbelievable plot.

Oh, I so need to hear that Doc McStuffins joke play out Kaitlin!

No more godawful sitcoms about engaged couples, jesus christ, nobody wants to see this, it's always cloying and grating no matter how jokey because there's that "getting closer to the date!" and "will they break up?" shit to suffer through. On the other hand, NBC so bye bye. "Marry Me" has only one chance of being watched, if it's a sitcom about Maeby Funke spewing her catchphrase.
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I will write a dozen angry emails if Justified pulls a Dexter. I loved Dexter so much in the beginning, and for it to go down the shitter like it did was just unbelievable. Should have followed the books, Jeff Lindsay gave Dexter the ending the show should have had in the last book.
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I really really liked Mad About You too, hope the new Marry Me will be just as likable.

hahahaha... that Alexander Skarsgard picture! Niceee.
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O come on. I think thats too early to end Justified. Plus ever season has been good. There was no big let down. I think it can go to at least 7 or even 8. They an come up with good stories, they always do.
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NNOOO!!!!!! DON'T LEAVE ME RAYLAN GIVENS!!! WAAAHHH!!!! Call me the wahmbulance, STAT!
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I'm watching Desperate Housewives now for the first time and Drea showed up and I can't help but see her as Wendy and it's really confusing because now I'm expecting SoA storylines to randomly appear in Desperate Housewives.
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you neglected to mention, like other articles have, that Justified has yet to be renewed for a 6th season yet. but yeah read that in an ET mag in a waiting room along with a fun write up from behind the scenes. the only thing I can think of that makes this easier is that we already have to wait a year between seasons.

that hulu housewives parody has a great looking (literally) cast.
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It is still unknown if there will be fifth season of "Haven"? ;<
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but but it's my favorite show of them all! :<
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I already miss Justified. :( It's a master class on amazingly written dialogue. It's one of my top 5 shows but nobody has better dialogue scenes. Even the weaker actors that pop up are saved by great one-liners and conversations.

BUT I see an endgame needing to happen. Sure, it could go on for years relatively fine (plots have never seemed to be the main thrust of the show over character interaction) but working toward an ending before an unexpected cancellation is a good move.

BB, SoA, now Justified. Not that cable still doesn't have good shows (need to check out Rectify and The Americans) but in a couple years, I'll need to find some new GOOD TV addictions
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Honestly, I'm a huge fan of shows stopping before they go bad (*gives Supernatural the side-eye*), so hearing about Justified's end isn't the worst thing ever. Plus, with Justified being so well-written, I'm actually looking forward to seeing how the writers are going to go about ending the whole sha-bang.

My only concern:
I hope they bring in more Tim, Rachel, and Art before the series' end. I love the crap out of Raylan's fellow deputies.
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really... could of done without the picture at the bottom... you have now scarred me.
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Grow up.
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While I like that a black female comedian and writers are getting a shot I still feel like SNL completely missed the point. They don't diversify in their casting past just black women. We have a rainbow of different types of people that could be on SNL but are overlooked. Just because people cried "black woman" doesn't mean that they should only address that one. What about Asian, Hispanic, Indian, Native American.... The list can go on and in their history some of these groups haven't been represented at all. And it's not like they aren't out there.

I feel like all they heard was we need a black woman so they got one and in seasons to come the lack of diversity is still going to be a issue.
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Teen Wolf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ending in season 6 is better than becoming a mess like most of the shows in their later years.
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There are few shows I can think of that I think definitely should and/or could go past 6 seasons. Most shows lose a shit ton of quality by then. But I think Justified could go longer mostly because there's still a good proceduraly format to the show -- and those can go on forever -- and because Justified's biggest strength has always been its characters and dialogue, not necessarily the plots (which seem to the hardest aspect for 5+ season-shows to write).

Bah. Oh well.
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It will be sad to say goodbye to Justified mainly because it is such a great show - good writing, great characters, great actors... But 6 seasons is a pretty good run from something that came out of a short novella (which was the series premiere if i recall this right). And I guess Tim Olyphant may want to throw his hat in rings outside of the crazy harlan county... He was hilarious as a long haired skater dude in The Mindy Project...
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"... Marry Me"
Sure, why not!
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While I HATE the idea of not having Justified to watch, I would hate to have it hang on and have the quality suffer. Plus this kind of makes sense, it must come down to Raylan vs Boyd in the end, and come full circle. So Boyd as next seasons big bad would be amazing.
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So upsetting about Justified. (Deep down I know its probably for the best, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.) My Januaries will certainly be much darker without Raylan, Boyd, Tim, and their sparkling dialogue to brighten up my evening. Also, Timothy Olyphant is a damn fine man.

Thank you, so very much for that picture of Alexander Skarsgard. Could've done with that on Monday, but I'll take what I can get!
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The Hotwives of Orlando sounds hilarious.
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Casey Wilson is perfect casting too.
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Sad news about Justified. Yes it MAY be for the best but it doesn't mean I have to like it. With its superb consistency in quality and hands-down best dialogue on TV it could have gone on forever with little risk of outstaying its welcome. Oh well, gather ye rosebuds and all that.

So Modern Family's flying QANTAS eh? It used to be seen as one of the safest airlines in the world (Dustin Hoffman certainly liked it in Rain Man) but incidents in recent years have put an end to that. I'm not saying that we want the entire cast and crew of Modern Family to perish in a horrific crash or get stuck on the Lost island, I would never do that. Instead what I'm saying is, I can't remember.
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Good news for Ole' petey, the show was very funny (but unfortunately short at just 25 minutes). Hey TBS would it kill you to bump it up to an hour?
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Season 6 seems like a good place to stop.
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NO! NO! NO! NO! (this is regarding Justified, btw) NO! NO! NO!

Has it really been five years already?
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1st, I gotta say ":(" about Justified...It's gonna be missed in ways even Latin lacks the words to properly describe, but at least it's eventually gonna end on it's own terms. That at least says alot in a language I can understand.

2nd: Note to Tim: the Alexander Skarsgård naked in the snow on a toilet pic needs more David Duchovny. Can something be done about that Sir?
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You're unlikely to see Duchovny photo bombs on Kaitlin news days.
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True, but I like to think somewhere deep down, Ms. Kait as well can feel the gaze of the Duch, just off frame to the right, trying to burst through for an eyeful
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Well if she's trying to be more like Tim...
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6 seasons is a good run for Justified. Granted they could pick up Raylan and transfer him to any other city and as long as somehow Boyd shows up there it could still be gold. But It had a beginning and it has an end and I agree that it could bring out its best stuff.

However, SOA hasn't been good in a few seasons. Pretty much when Sutter blinked in killing off Clay. The mess of this past season kind of showed that SOA is long passed its sell by date. The Americans is by and far a better show and they aren't even on season 2 yet. The Bridge for all of its promise and lack luster finish is a better show. Hell, Archer is a better show. I have no doubt that by this time next year FX will have plenty lined up to replace the very easily replaceable SOA. And something to fill in the space for the irreplaceable Justified. If they are smart, and they are they will sign Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins to an extended contract. They would be a great buddy cop duo. They would be great at anything really.
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David Giuntoli should guest star on Enlisted as Brandon Routh's brother. They both look alike.
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Hmm. Deadbeat?

I think you misspelled 'Reaper Season 3'. ;D
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"This is a step in the right direction, but just like with Sasheer Zamata joining the cast, these women are now going to face some extra-trough scrutiny, though probably to a lesser extent than Zama because they're more behind-the-scenes."

Is this meant to imply SNL's audience is racist or something? o_O And black or not, if the writing isn't funny, it isn't funny. And I won't have any compunctions about calling it out.
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I don't think they meant it to come off like the audience is racist.... More like there was such a big uproar about adding a black woman to the cast that if she doesn't actually bring something to the table it makes it seem like the issue was unfounded n Kennan's "they're just not ready" statement holds true. She has a lot to prove since the only reason she's on the show is because people got upset.
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It seems like less of a big deal to me now that I know she's not the first black woman to star on the show. I don't actually think the show will be that much better with her in it, purely because I don't think anything can reverse the dip in quality that's befallen the show in recent years. Though I'm sure it'll be a nice stepping stone for her.
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I totally agree! But good luck to her!
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