3 Unsurprising Renewals & 1 That Throws (But Delights) Us

A&E’s Longmire Saddles Up for Second Season
by Kimberly Roots 

Sheriff Walt has a long, dusty, crime-solving road ahead of him, because A&E has renewed Longmire for a second season.

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TNT Realizes It’s Struck Black Gold, Renews Dallas for Season 2
by Vlada Gelman 

TNT has renewed Dallas, its oil-centric drama, for a second season. Thus far, the slick continuation — which stars original cast members Patrick Duffy, Larry Hagman and Linda Gray, as well as Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe as their offspring — has been averaging 6.9 million viewers each week of its inaugural season.

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Rizzoli & Isles Rewarded With Season 4 Pickup
by Kimberly Roots

Boston bad guys, you’ve been warned: TNT’s lady cop/medical examiner duo Rizzoli & Isles will be back to solve more gruesome murders next year.

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We understand these pick-ups because the ratings on all three shows have been just what their networks wanted. (FWIW: We find RIZZOLI stultifyingly boring in spite of (because of?) its forced banter, our judgment’s still out on DALLAS because nobody here wants to review it, and to us LONGMIRE’s  just generally meh.)

But we loves this next, surprising pick-up. Because, you know, P-o-p-p-y M-o-n-t-g-o-m-e-r-y !!!:

‘Unforgettable’ Will Return To CBS With 13-Episode Order For Summer 2013
by Nellie Andreeva 

EXCLUSIVE: Unforgettable lives! CBS has picked up the procedural starring Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh, which was cancelled in May after one season, with a 13-episode order targeted for next summer…

The axing of Unforgettable was surprising and one of the closest calls this upfront season. In its first season, Unforgettable averaged 12.1 million viewers and a 2.5/7 among adults 18-49 and was the most-watched series on any network to get the hook.

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Speaking of big names, why do the writers at TVLine.Com have these amazingly fake-sounding names like “Kimberly Roots” and “Vlada Gelman,” while Deadline.Com, which is a sister site of TVLC, has that solid, earthy, authentic-sounding “Nellie Andreeva?”

Oh, wait…

Teen Writing Students on Kickstarter

Teen Writing Students Featured on Kickstarter
by Maryann Yin 

The authors and editors behind Canteen Magazine work with under-served Harlem 7th-graders to promote a love of reading, writing and photography. At the end of each academic year, the volunteers produced a printed book compilation called canTeens. This year, they lack the funds to create the 2012 edition of “canTeens” which is why they have turned to Kickstarter in the hopes of raising $5,000. Above, we’ve embedded a video about the project–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project:

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS/PARENTHOOD Genius Gets Some Big Bucks

We like this guy. Great writer-producer. Terrible hair. Inspiring yet comfortable to be around.

Jason Katims Inks New Deal With Universal TV, Hires Michelle Lee As Development Exec
by Nellie Andreeva 

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Katims, the Emmy-winning writer-executive producer behind Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, has extended his relationship with the studio behind both series, Universal Television, in a new overall deal. Under the two-year pact, Katims will continue as executive producer on NBC’s Parenthood, in addition to developing new projects…

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munchman Sees LOUIE

And the difference between being true to your vision and trapping yourself in self-indulgence is…?

Season 3, Episode 1. Right.

You’re good, Louis. But not as good as you think.

Sorry, man.

(Oh, yeah, lose some weight.)

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munchman Sees ANGER MANAGEMENT

The Pilot:

Charlie Sheen on downers? Not pretty, kids. Downright ugh.

Episode 2:

Less reverence, more assholery. Much better.

Conclusion:

Goddamn laugh track pissed me off so much I tried to kick the TV screen in. My roommate tackled me and sat on my chest till I stopped swinging. Who knew she was so strong?

Now that’s goddamn anger goddamn management!

munchman