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The Middle renewed for season 8 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeThe Middlediscuss
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"THE MIDDLE (Season 8)

Two-time Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact. Frankie works as a dental assistant, and her unflappable husband, Mike, is manager at the local quarry and her sardonic partner in the daily grind that is raising their average – yes, most definitely average – family.

"The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.

"The Middle" was created and is executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heiline. The series is from Warner Bros. Television."

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD renewed for season 4 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeAgents of SHIELDdiscuss
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"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returns for a game-changing fourth season. In the aftermath of their journey to another planet, Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of the team are more driven than ever to put an end to Gideon Malick (guest star Powers Boothe) and the Hydra organization. Little do they know that they are up against the deadliest threat they've ever faced – an extremely powerful Inhuman who was transported back from Maveth in the body of their worst enemy, Grant Ward (Brett Dalton).

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie and Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell.

Produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb."

How to get away with murder renewed for season 3 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeHow To Get Away With Murderdiscuss
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After taking Professor Annalise Keating's (Viola Davis) class at Middleton University and successfully landing coveted positions working at her law firm, the Keating 5 were pushed to their limits as their values, convictions, dreams and even truths about themselves were revealed to be as dark as the law and justice system they're trying to learn.

"How to Get Away with Murder" stars Emmy-winner Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Nate Lahey, Alfred Enoch as Wes Gibbins, Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, Karla Souza as Laurel Castillo, Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino and Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom."

Grey's Anatomy renewed for season 13 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeGreys Anatomydiscuss
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"GREY'S ANATOMY (Season 13)

ABC's hit drama "Grey's Anatomy" has been a television staple for over a decade, and the series is set to return this fall for its 13th season. Created and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers ("Scandal," "How to Get Away with Murder," "The Catch"), the show follows Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial. Faced with life-or-death decisions on a daily basis, they seek comfort from one another, and at times more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.

"Grey's Anatomy" stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards, Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce, Jason George as Ben Warren, Martin Henderson as Nathan Riggs and Giacomo Gianniotti as Andrew DeLuca."

Black-ish renewed for season 3 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeBlack-ishdiscuss
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"black-ish (Season 3)

Andre "Dre" Johnson and his physician wife, Rainbow, are living the American dream: great careers, four beautiful kids and a home in an upper middle class neighborhood. With a little help from Pops and Ruby, Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future. Loosely based on show-creator Kenya Barris' life, the series tackles a wide array of timely social issues with humor and humanity.

"black-ish" stars Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby and Jeff Meacham as Josh.

"black-ish" was created by Kenya Barris and is executive produced by Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins. The series is produced by ABC Studios."

The Bachelor renewed for season 21 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeThe Bachelordiscuss
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"THE BACHELOR (Season 21)

ABC's "The Bachelor," a pop-culture sensation, will celebrate its 21st season with more fireworks, surprises and drama than ever. Just as Ben Higgins, one of the most popular Bachelors ever, will end his journey to find love with a proposal, the series has encouraged millions of viewers for over a decade to find their own fairytale romances while the original hit primetime romance reality series continues to offer unpredictable, sexy, emotional, over-the-top fun. The newly relaxed format rules guarantee more "OMG," jaw-dropping moments. Bachelor Nation has made this romantic rollercoaster ride one of television's top social-media and water-cooler shows, as one lucky man and 25 lucky women have the unique opportunity to find true love.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor" is a production of Next Entertainment, in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner, Peter Scalettar and Nicole Woods serve as executive producers."

Fresh of the Boat renewed for season 3 by ABC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeFresh off the Boatdiscuss
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Set in the mid-'90s, 12-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang) and his family are adjusting to their new lives in suburban Orlando – new schools, new friends, new neighbors, new traditions – yet still remaining true to their family values and their continual pursuit of the American Dream.

"Fresh Off the Boat" stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, Ian Chen as Evan and Chelsey Crisp as Honey.

"Fresh Off the Boat" is executive produced by Nahnatchka Khan, Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television."

Into the Badlands renewed by AMC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeInto the Badlandsdiscuss
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Acclaimed Martial Arts Drama Renewed For 10-Episode Second Season To Premiere in 2017

"Badlands" Delivered Third Highest-Rated First Season In U.S. Cable History

AMC Global will Premiere Season Two Within Minutes of U.S. Broadcast

NEW YORK, NY – March 8, 2016 – AMC announced today that it has renewed the acclaimed martial arts drama "Into the Badlands" for a 10-episode second season, premiering on AMC in 2017. The show delivered the third highest-rated first season in U.S. cable TV history and scored with critics and fans for its immersive world and the artistry of its elaborate fight sequences.

In the U.S., Nielsen live+7 ratings, the show's first season averaged 5.6 million viewers per episode, including 3.5 million adults 25-54 and 3.4 million adults 18-49.

"With its deep dive into authentic martial arts, the visually stunning 'Into the Badlands' proved to be unlike anything else on television," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "Co-creators and showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, along with a talented team of producers, cast and crew, brought us an artfully crafted series. We're eager to return to the world of barons and blades and spend even more time with these compelling and evolving characters across an expanded second season."

"We can't imagine any other network bold enough to embrace a show like this," said Gough and Millar. "We are incredibly grateful to Charlie, Joel and the entire AMC team for taking this leap of faith with us and we look forward to continuing the journey into the Badlands!"

Simultaneous to its U.S. launch, AMC Global will premiere season two of "Into the Badlands" within minutes of the U.S. broadcast. AMC Global premiered season one in 125 countries simultaneous to the AMC U.S. premiere, and the series achieved record-breaking performance in key markets.

From AMC Studios, "Into the Badlands" was created by showrunners/executive producers/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and executive produced by Oscar(R)-nominated producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, director David Dobkin, fight director Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu."

Baskets renewed for season 2 by FX
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeBasketsdiscuss
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FX Renews Baskets for a Second Season to Debut in Early 2017

Comedy Starring Zach Galifianakis Off to a Strong Start With The Most-Watched Basic Cable Primetime Comedy Series Premiere Since 2014

LOS ANGELES, February 23, 2016 – FX has renewed the new comedy Baskets starring Zach Galifianakis for a second season, it was announced today by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. Baskets, co-created by Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, delivered the most-watched basic cable primetime comedy series premiere since 2014. The second season of Baskets will debut in early 2017.

"Baskets is bold, brilliant and incredibly funny and we could not be happier with the reception it's received in its breakout first season," Schrier said. "Baskets brings together three of the most innovative comedic minds working today – Zach, Louis and Jonathan – and we thank them, the rest of the creative team and the entire cast for everything they've done for the series."

In Baskets, Chip Baskets (Galifianakis) wants to follow his dream of being a French clown - however, reality keeps interfering. Saddled with financial difficulties and facing an impenetrable language barrier, he moves back home to Bakersfield with high hopes. There, he is forced to confront his past while working as a rodeo clown and competing with his siblings for his mother's (Louie Anderson) approval and affection. The series also stars Martha Kelly as Chip's insurance claims adjuster.

Baskets was co-created by Executive Producers Jonathan Krisel (Emmy® Award-nominated writer and director, Portlandia, Saturday Night Live, Man Seeking Woman), Louis C.K. (Emmy Award-winner, Louie) and Zach Galifianakis (Emmy Award-winner, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis). M. Blair Breard, Dave Becky, Marc Gurvitz and Andrea Pett-Joseph are also Executive Producers. The series is produced by FX Productions.

Baskets topped every basic cable primetime comedy series premiere in 2015 and 2016-to-date among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers. On a Live+7 basis, through its first three episodes, Baskets remains cable's most-watched new scripted comedy series of 2016 in Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers, averaging 944,000 Adults 18-49 and 1.5 million Total Viewers.

Baskets returns with an all-new episode this Thursday, February 25 at 10 PM e/p on FX: "DJ Twins" – All the free bottled water in the world can't soften the sting of rejection during an evening with the family. Written by Jonathan Krisel; Directed by Jonathan Krisel."

Grimm renewed for season 6 by NBC
2016-04-07 by thepoperopeGrimmdiscuss
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Popular Portland-Based Drama Continues to Introduce Compelling New Characters
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - April, 2016 - The war on Wesen rages on! NBC's Friday night drama series "Grimm" has been renewed for a sixth season.

The announcement was made by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

"We absolutely love what our producers and cast have accomplished over the past five seasons," Salke said. "They have created a whole new world of creatures and have a truly devoted fan base. We can't wait to see what comes next."

As the nefarious forces of Black Claw take hold of Portland, Nick (David Giuntoli) must take a stand to protect his city and those closest to him, especially his child with Adalind (Claire Coffee). It will take the full force of Nick and his allies to find a way to bring the Wesen uprising to a halt.

Now that Capt. Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) is poised to make his move to power, his allegiance to Nick will be tested and he will consider drastic measures to ensure his place of authority.

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