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Notes from the podcast 5.13.11

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2011 at 2:46 am

Fired up the podcast again, with the tv upfronts being the focus of the first show back.

http://patrickryanlewis.podomatic.com

Enjoy, and here are the notes from the show:

Artists featured: Thompson Square, Sanai, Dogstar, U2, Van Halen, Cake, Bowling For Soup

ABC
WHAT’S IN:

Charlie’s Angels

A modern take on the 1970s series starring Annie Ilonzeh (Melrose Place), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy) as Charlie’s (Robert Wagner) new Angels. The Miami-set drama, from Sony Pictures Television, is written by Smallville duo Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and produced by Nancy Juvonen (Whip It), Leonard Goldberg (the Charlie’s Angels features) and Drew Barrymore, who appeared in the big-screen reboot. Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries) directed the pilot. The project scored strong buzz throughout pilot season, with the benefit of its built-in franchise name.

Last Man Standing

The project centers on the former Home Improvement star, who is fighting for his manhood in a world increasingly dominated by women. Nancy Travis (So I Married an Axe Murderer) co-stars in the multicamera comedy from 20th Television. Jack Burditt (30 Rock) penned the pilot, with Marty Adelstein (Prison Break), Becky Clements and Shawn Levy (Date Night) on board as producers. Insiders believe the mutlicam Allen vehicle, which has had “lock” status for weeks, will launch a second ABC comedy block, likely on Tuesdays (Improvement’s old stomping ground). While it’s not Friends money, Allen didn’t come cheap, with two sources with knowledge of his deal suggesting he’ll be paid $220,000 per episode with a 7.5 percent backend (off adjusted gross).

Pan Am

From Sony, the sexy soap set in the 1960s focuses on stewardesses and pilots, some of whom live double lives as spies. Christina Ricci stars in her first series regular role in the drama written and produced by Jack Orman (ER). Also producing are Sid Ganis, Nancy Hult Ganis and Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), who helmed the pilot. Though there has been buzz about casting troubles and potential retooling, say insiders, both its Mad Men-esque world and the names attached were a selling point.

Apartment 23

The a single-camera comedy from 20th TV centers on a Midwestern girl (Dreama Walker, The Good Wife) whose big-city dreams are dashed after her first week in New York, where she finds herself living with her worst nightmare (Krysten Ritter, Breaking Bad). James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) co-stars as himself in his first series comedy role. Nahnatchka Khan (American Dad) and Dave Hemingson (Traffic Light) penned the pilot and will produce along with Jeffrey Morton (Traffic Light). Jason Winer (Modern Family) helmed the pilot. The project has been considered a lock for some time, with several insiders giving Van Der Beek’s performance high marks. Another noted its status as one of 20th’s highest testing comedy pilots in years.

Good Christian Belles (formerly Good Christian Bitches)

The soap revolves around a former high school “mean girl” (Leslie Bibb, Popular) who returns home to Dallas after her marriage ends in scandal. The series, from ABC Studios, also stars Kristin Chenoweth (Glee) and Annie Potts (Designing Women). Robert Harling (Laws of Attraction), who penned the pilot, produces alongside Darren Star (Sex and the City) and Aaron Kaplan. Alan Poul (Six Feet Under) directed the pilot. The series is based on the book by Kim Gatlin. A lock from the beginning, the show, dubbed “Desperate Housewives in Dallas,” could be paired with Housewives, which currently occupies the Sunday block alongside (now-canceled) Brothers and Sisters.

Revenge

The Count of Monte Cristo-inspired soap from Mike Kelley (Swingtown), centers on a woman (Emily VanCamp, Brothers and Sisters) who moves to the Hamptons. The ABC Studios pilot, which was directed by Phillip Noyce, counts Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey as executive producers. The project gained momentum internally in recent weeks, insiders tell THR.

Once Upon a Time

A fantasy drama that revolves around a woman (Jennifer Morrison, How I Met Your Mother) who, after a boy who claims to be her son shows up, is drawn into a town where fairy tales might be real. Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love) co-stars as Snow White in a cast that also includes Robert Carlyle (Stargate Universe) and Josh Dallas (Thor) as Prince Charming. Lost’s Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz penned the pilot and will produce alongside Steve Pearlman (V) and Mark Mylod (Shameless), who directed the pilot from ABC’s sister studio. Working in its favor: the built-in names and marketing/merchandising potential of its characters.

Scandal (formerly Damage Control)

The drama revolves around the life and work of a professional fixer (Kerry Washington) and her staff. Lost’s Henry Ian Cusick co-stars as her right-hand man and Tony Goldwyn plays the president. It is based on the career of crisis management consultant Judy Smith, who serves alongside producers including Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) and Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy). From ABC Studios, the pilot was directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin). Though buzz surrounding the project cooled some in the recent days, Rhimes is a very valuable producer for the network and her voice has connected with its viewers.

The River

A stylized project that follows a crew through the Amazon in search of a missing adventurer. Eloise Mumford (Lone Star) stars in the ABC Studios drama written by Michael Green (Kings) and Michael R. Perry (Persons Unknown). Executive producers include Oren Peli and Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (United States of Tara), Zack Estrin (No Ordinary Family) and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity). Jaume Collet-Serra directed the pilot, which was shot in Puero Rico. There was buzz in recent weeks about the high quality of the show’s footage.

Work It

The cross-dressing comedy from Warner Bros. TV and Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen (Friends), revolves around two out-of-work car salesmen (Amaury Nolasco, Ben Koldyke) who dress as women in order to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps. Beth McCarthy Miller directed the pilot. The multicam laugher has gained buzz in recent weeks.

Suburgatory

The project stars Jane Levy as a New Yorker who moves to a cookie-cutter community and discovers that the suburbs is more frightening than any horror movie she’s seen. Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order), Alan Tudyk (Firefly) and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) co-star. The single-camera comedy from Warner Bros. TV was written by Emily Kapnek (Hung, Parks and Recreation), with the pilot directed by Mike Fresco (Raising Hope, Better Off Ted). The laugher has garnered good buzz for weeks, and Lee hasn’t been shy in development meetings with Madison Avenue buyers about his desire to add comedy.

Man Up

The single-camera comedy from ABC Studios and Chris Moynihan (Coupling) is a look at what it takes to survive as a modern man, as told through the eyes of three best friends and the women in their lives.

WHAT’S DEAD:

Georgetown

From Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl) and Warner Bros. TV, the project starred James Wolk (Lone Star) in a relationship drama revolving around young Washington power brokers. One source said the soap series would seem a better fit for the previous ABC regime, which lined its schedule with series glossy, female series like Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. If the current development season is any indication, Lee is set to infuse the ABC schedule with high-concept fare.

Grace

A dysfunctional family drama set in the world of professional dance starring Eric Roberts (Crash) as a hotshot choreographer looking to reclaim his place at the top. Fame’s Debbie Allen co-starred in the series from ABC Studios. Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy) penned the pilot and will produce alongside Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing With the Stars) and Flody Suarez (8 Simple Rules). Leslie Glatter (The Chicago Code) helmed the pilot. It was carried along despite weak buzz because of its potential to be paired with juggernaut Dancing with the Stars, multiple sources told THR.

Hallelujah

Despite the equity Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has at ABC, his music-infused drama failed to excite Lee and his team. The show, from the net’s sister studio, revolved around a stranger who brings justice to a Tennessee town with episodes infused with gospel choirs. Donal Logue (Terriers) and Jesse L. Martin were among the show’s stars.

Identity

The police procedural revolveed around an elite unit formed to fight identity-related crime. Angela Bassett (ER) and Orlando Jones (The Replacements) starred in the series from ABC Studios. John Glenn penned the pilot and produced alongside Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) and Deb Spera (Criminal Minds). Gary Fleder (Life Unexpected) directed the pilot.

Partners

The ABC Studios police drama from Ed Bernero (Criminal Minds) revolved around two female detectives who are secretly sisters. “It was dead before it shot,” sniped one insider.

Poe

A supernatural police procedural in which Edgar Allan Poe (Chris Egan, Kings) investigated mysterious crimes in 1840s Boston. From Warner Bros. TV, the pilot was written by Chris Hollier (Kyle XY) and was produced by Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes). Alex Graves (The West Wing) directed the pilot. While insiders said it was a favorite of Lee’s, one suggested it was essentially “Castle set in the 1800s.”

Lost and Found

The multicamera comedy from Warner Bros. TV and Jeff and Jackie Filgo starred Jordana Spiro as a narcissistic New Yorker who has her life turned upside-down when her conservative son she gave up for adoption shows up.

Other People’s Kids

The multicamera comedy from ABC Studios and executive producer Peter Traugott (Samantha Who?) starred Jesse Bradford as a carefree 32-year-old who falls in love with an older woman (Bonnie Somerville) with two kids.

Bad Mom

The single-camera comedy from ABC Studios centered on a mother of two (Jenna Elfman, Accidentally on Purpose) who must raise her kids on her own after her mother (Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under) decides she wants her life back. Tom Everett Scott (Southland) co-starred in the comedy from writer Sharon Horgan (Free Agents) and executive producers Aaron Kaplan, Gabrielle Allan (Scrubs) and Jennifer Crittenden (The New Adventures of Old Christine). Chris Koch (Modern Family, Traffic Light) directed the pilot.

My Freakin’ Family

A single-camera comedy from ABC Studios, the project was a look at how two young parents’ lives change after they have a baby and struggle to deal with four grandparents with different cultural backgrounds. Peter Traugott (Samantha Who?) executive produced.

ABC Renewed: Body of Proof, Castle, Cougar Town, Grey’s Anatomy, Happy Endings, Modern Family, Private Practice, Shark Tank, The Bachelor, The Middle

ABC Canceled/Ending: Brothers and Sisters, Detroit 187, Mr. Sunshine, My Generation, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map, Skating With the Stars, Supernanny, The Whole Truth, V

ABC Likely to Be Renewed: 20/20, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Dancing With the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

ABC On the Bubble/In Limbo: Better With You, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Primetime, Secret Millionaire, Wife Swap

NBC

WHAT’S IN:

Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

NBC adds another femme-skewing comedy, which centers on a group of twentysomethings living and working together, headed by a very outspoken young woman (Laura Prepon, That ’70s Show). The multicamera comedy from Warner Bros. TV was inspired by Chelsea Handler’s life, and is based on her best-selling book. Handler is on board as an executive producer and will appear in the series as the older sister. Julie Larson (The Drew Carey Show) and Dottie Zicklin penned the pilot and will serve as exec producers alongside Tom Werner (The Life and Times of Tim), Tom Brunelle (After Lately), Mike Clements (The Life and Times of Tim), Rick Messina and Richard Baker. Gail Mancuso (Rules of Engagement) directed the pilot. Like Whitney, NBC brass hopes Vodka will draw a younger, female audience. Adding more leverage: Handler is already part of the NBCUniversal family through her E! shows, and has the potential to trot out her cast on her nightly talk show.
With the pickup, Prepon joins fellow That ’70s Show co-stars Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men) and Wilmer Valderrama (Awake) on the 2011-12 schedule.

Free Agents

The single-cam comedy centers on two quirky co-workers who fall in love. The series is based on a U.K. format, rebooted by UMS and exec producer/director Todd Holland and executive producer/writer John Enbom, among others. Hank Azaria, who sources say garnered high marks from NBC brass, co-stars.

Bent

The UMS comedy stars Amanda Peet as a recently divorced type-A mom who tries hard not to fall for the sexy surfer-dude contractor (David Walton, Perfect Couples) that she hires to redo her kitchen. Arrested Development’s Jeffrey Tambor co-stars in the single-camera laugher from wrier Tad Quill (Perfect Couples) that was directed by Craig Zisk (United States of Tara). Multiple sources suggest the laugher could get a midseason slot.

BFF (aka Best Friends Forever, formerly the untitled Parham/St. Clair)

From UMS and Jessica St. Clair, the single-camera comedy centered on a woman and her live-in boyfriend who wind up taking in her distraught and pushy best girlfriend after a divorce. The project failed to garner attention this development season, say sources.

The Playboy Club

The drama revolves around working-class bunnies (Amber Heard, Jenna Dewan) and the men who love them (Eddie Cibrian) in the 1960s, where crooners, mob bosses, politicians and Chicago’s elite play. The drama, a 20th TV and Imagine production, counts Chad Hodge (Runaway) and Brian Grazer (Lie to Me, Friday Night Lights) among its executive producers. The pilot was directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones). Working in its favor: name recognition — and a vast empire of products, print and reality series to remind viewers about the show.

Awake (formerly REM)

Lone Star creator Kyle Killen delivers another dual life drama, this time a procedural hybrid starring Jason Isaacs (Brotherhood) as a police detective who can’t let go of any aspect of his fractured family after a car crash. Cherry Jones and Wilmer Valderrama co-star in the drama from 20th TV. Howard Gordon (24) executive produces with the pilot directed by David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse). The project, from 20th TV, is said to be both smart and compelling, though fears about its complexity have been raised.

Grimm

The dark cop drama with fantasy elements is set in a world in which Brothers Grimm fairy tales exist. David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) & Jim Kouf (Ghost Whisperer) are writers and executive producers on the series, from UMS and Hazy Mills Productions. Marc Buckland (My Name is Earl) directed the pilot. It was one of two fantastical police dramas (17th Precinct was the other) the network was considering this development season.

Whitney

The multicamera comedy, from Universal Media Studios, is based on the stand-up comedy of Whitney Cummings and revolves around the ups and downs of a young couple in a committed relationship. Cummings penned the pilot and will executive produce with Betsy Thomas (My Boys), Scott Stuber (Your Highness), Quan Phung and Barry Katz (Good Luck Chuck). Andy Ackerman (Perfect Couples) directed the pilot. The series garned strong buzz in recent weeks, with network interest in femme-skewing comedies.

Up All Night (formerly Alpha Mom)

Another single-cam comedy that takes an irreverent look at parenthood through the point of view of an acerbic working mother (Christina Applegate) who never thought she’d be a mom, along with her stay-at-home husband (Will Arnett) and opinionated parents. Maya Rudolph co-stars in the UMS project. Spivey wrote the pilot and will executive produce along with Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock). The combo of talent on and off camera was a major selling point.

Smash

The musical drama, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg, revolves around a cross-section of characters (Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee) who work to put on a Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe. Theresa Rebeck penned the pilot with Spielberg, Justin Flavey, Darryl Frank, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on board as executive producers. Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman will contribute original songs. Smash, which many have dubbed Glee for adults, hails from UMS and DreamWorks TV. The project was said to be a sure thing all along. Working in its favor: Spielberg’s engagement, a high-profile cast and the early involvement of NBC boss Bob Greenblatt, who developed the show while still at Showtime.

Prime Suspect

The adaptation of the British miniseries stars Maria Bello as a female detective who has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct dominated by men. The reboot counts Alex Cunningham, Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), Sarah Aubrey and Julie Medel Johnson as executive producers. Greenblatt was a big fan of both the long-gestating reboot concept and Bello, sources tell THR.

WHAT’S RETURNING:

Chuck

The Warner Bros. TV spy dramedy has been a perennial bubble show, with fans successfully mounting a campaign to save the show for a third and fourth season. It seems they’ve done it again, with the poorly rated fan favorite among younger male — and thus advertiser beloved — viewers. Sources say it will return for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes.

Parenthood

The drama from UMS and Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), recently wrapped its second season in the Tuesday at 10 p.m. slot, where it performed modestly against strong competition from CBS’ The Good Wife with 6.7 million viewers, on average, tuning in. The show has garnered critical praise, through the size — and thus cost — of its ensemble cast, which includes Peter Krause and Lauren Graham, has been a concern internally, sources tell THR. The renewal was expected.

Harry’s Law

The midseason legal drama starring Kathy Bates will be back for a second season. The project, from David E. Kelley and Warner Bros. TV, has averaged 11.6 million viewers in its 13-episode run, a hit by the fourth-place net’s current standards. Kelley’s other project, pilot Wonder Woman, is unlikely to get picked up, multiple sources tell THR.

WHAT’S OUT:

Outsourced

After critical pans and early accusations of racism, the workplace comedy starring Ben Rappaport muddled along on a night otherwise knoqn for critically adored comedies (see Community, 30 Rock) on NBC.

The Event

The freshman serial premiered strong to early buzz and hefty promotion, only to free fall in the months to follow. The Jason Ritter series has lacked buzz and viewers since its return from its three-month hiatus.

Law & Order: Los Angeles (LOLA)

From Dick Wolf and Universal Media Studios, the freshman drama didn’t resonate with viewers after its creative hiatus that increased screen time for Alfred Molina and Terrence Howard. Around this time last year, NBC called it quits on the franchise’s original.

Wonder Woman

Despite having the most buzz of any pilot this season, the David E. Kelley reboot failed to score a pickup. The news comes after lackluster buzz and a network screening that went poorly, multiple sources tell THR. The drama, produced by Warner Bros. TV, is a reinvention of the iconic DC comic in which Wonder Woman (Adrianne Palicki) is a vigilante crime-fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive trying to balance all the elements of her extraordinary life. Joining Palicki is Elizabeth Hurley, Tracie Thoms and Cary Elwes. Jeff Reiner (The Event) directed the pilot. In recent weeks, sources had suggested that the network would renew Kelley’s first season drama, Harry’s Law, instead.
Thoms, who would have played Wonder Woman/Diana Prince’s best friend Etta, voiced her disappoinment on Twitter, saying, “I am very sad that NBC passed on Wonder Woman. But that just goes to show you: There is no such thing as a “sure thing” in this biz.”

A Mann’s World

The ensemble drama, from Warner Bros. TV and Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City), centered on a celebrity hair stylist (Don Johnson) as he navigates the complexities of LA salon and family life. Early on, Greenblatt is believed to have had concerns about the project, which co-starred Ellen Barkin, says sources.

17th Precinct

The ensemble police drama was set in a town where magic and supernatural elements rule over science, and had been deemed a mini-Battlestar Galactica reunion show. From Ron Moore and Sony, the cast featured Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer and James Callis. In the battle for fantastical dramas this development season, pilot Grimm won out.

Reconstruction

The drama, which centers around a Civil War soldier (Martin Henderson, Off the Map) who crosses the country and settles in a complicated town where he is welcomed as its savior — whether he likes it or not– would have been a shift for NBC. Josh Brand (Northern Exposure) wrote the pilot, which was executive produced by Aaron Kaplan (Terra Nova) and Peter Horton (Lone Star), who directed as well. Though the project had a fan Greenblatt, says sources, there had been questions about how to position and market a Civil War series on a net better known for series like The Biggest Loser and The Office.

Metro (formerly S.I.L.A.)

The Jimmy Smits drama is set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics in sprawling modern-day Los Angeles. Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) wrote, executive produced and directed the pilot, from 20th TV. Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope also were on board as executive producers. In an increasingly crowded landscape, many had questioned whether a pilot one source called “too smart” could cut through.

Brave New World

From Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Sony Pictures Television, the single-camera workplace comedy followed a group of characters (Nick Braun, Ed Begley Jr., Will Greenberg) at a theme park that specialized in re-creations of 1637 New England. NBC passing was expected.

Lovelives

The multicamera comedy from 20th Television and Chris Sheridan revolved around two couples and their challenges in love and infidelity. Passing on the project, which lacked industry chatter, is hardly surprising.

Help Wanted

The workplace comedy revolved around a relationship-challenged woman (Sarah Paulson) who, with the help of her co-workers, guided people through unexpected career transitions. The Warner Bros. TV multicamera comedy was from Kari Lizer.

I Hate That I Love You

The single-camera comedy from Jhoni Marchinko and 20th Television was based on a straight couple who introduced two of its lesbian friends to each other. Buzz was said to be cold for weeks.

My Life as an Experiment

From Sony Pictures Television, the single-camera comedy starring Adam Campbell and Donald Sutherland revolved around a magazine wrier who immersed himself and his family in unusual situations for his stories. From Cathy Yuspa & Josh Goldsmith, the comedy was based on the book by A.J. Jacobs and counted Jack Black as an executive producer.

NBC Likely to Be Renewed: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Saturday Night Live, The Voice

NBC On the Bubble/In Limbo: Dateline NBC, Minute to Win It, The Apprentice

Fox

WHAT’S IN:

Alcatraz, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods. and Warner Bros. TV. The crime drama revolving around Alcatraz and the team investigating the mysterious reappearance of its 1960s inhabitants in the present stars Lost’s Jorge Garcia. The drama gained early buzz and a fan in Fox’s Peter Rice, according to sources, though some questioned whether the net had room for another mystery drama with Abrams’ Fringe already on the schedule.



The Finder, a Bones spinoff from sister studio 20th TV. The drama, which centers on a military-trained “finder” (Geoff Stults) who helps locate lost items or persons in the Florida Keys, recently rolled out to solid ratings as a back-door pilot. The project won high marks internally, particularly by those who wanted to find a way to continue the recently renewed Bones franchise once the long-running — and thus pricey — original ends.


The New Girl, a Zooey Deschanel comedy from 20th, will appear on Fox’s fall schedule. The single-camera series, which is believed to be a Kevin Reilly favorite, centers on a quirky female teacher who becomes roommates with three guys: a man-child, a player and a cynic.

I Hate My Teenage Daughter, a Jaime Pressly/Katie Finneran comedy from Warner Bros., is a go. The multicamera laugher centers on two women who have daughters like the girls who once picked on them in high school.

WHAT’S OUT:

Pilot Locke & Key, a thriller about a family in crisis as they move into a haunted house, is dead. Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl starred. There was talk about a limited event, but that too is unlikely given the cost. A second source says it will be shopped elsewhere.

Pilot Weekends at Bellevue, starring Lauren Ambrose, is said to be dead. In recent days, there had been talk about Fox brass looking at the series, set in a psych unit at Bellevue hospital, as a potential complement — and eventual successor — to the recently renewed House.



Pilot Iceland, a romantic comedy from Sony, is said to be dead. The Zach Gilford starrer had been low on buzz — positive or negative — in recent weeks.

Pilot Outnumbered, a British family comedy adaptation starring Cheech Marin and Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz, is dead. The single-camera comedy was from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment.

Pilot Council of Dads, a single-camera comedy about a group of men united by death, is also out. A pickup for the Kyle Bornheimer vehicle from Sony was not expected.

Pilot Tagged, a hybrid comedy starring Gary Cole as an emotionally absent father from Sony, is also dead.

WHAT COULD BE RETOOLED:

Exit Strategy, a dark spy thriller with Ethan Hawke and director Antoine Fuqua, will likely be retooled. A potential wrench in Fox’s plans: Fuqua is slated to begin filming the Tupac biopic this summer.

Little in Common, a Rob Corddry single-camera comedy from Warner Bros. TV, has the potential to be retooled for a pickup later.

Family Album, another single-camera comedy starring Glee’s Mike O’Malley and Rachael Harris, might be retooled as well.

WHAT’S DEAD:

Freshman comedy Breaking In, starring Christian Slater, is believed to be dead. This marks Slater’s third first-year series in a row to get the ax — NBC’s My Own Worst Enemy in 2008-09 and ABC’s The Forgotten in 2009-10.

Shawn Ryan’s freshman police drama The Chicago Code with Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals and Matt Lauria is done. This is The Shield creator’s second cancellation this season; the first came with FX’s Terriers, which was not renewed for a second season. The showrunner reacted on Twitter, “Fox suits loved the show, but have a business to run.”

Freshman buddy comedy Traffic Light, based on an Israeli format, has also been canceled, sources say.
Sophomore drama Human Target, starring Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley has been canceled, sources say.





Lie to Me, the Tim Roth drama now in its third season, is also dead, according to a source.

CBS

WHAT’S IN:

Person of Interest

Stars Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) as a presumed dead former CIA agent who teams with a mysterious billionaire (Michael Emerson, Lost) to prevent violent crimes in New York. Taraji P. Henson (Boston Legal) co-stars in the Warner Bros. TV drama from scribe Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight), who produces alongside J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk (Fringe), Ben Brafman (The 4400), Margot Lulick (Kings) and Greg Plageman (Chase). Dave Semel (No Ordinary Family), who directs. This is Abrams’ second series pick-up this week, with Alcatraz getting a series order at Fox on Tuesday.

Two Broke Girls

Revolves around two 22-year-old women (Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) who tackle life in New York as they try to make their dreams come true. The multicamera comedy from Warner Bros. Television is written by Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) with stand-up comic Whitney Cummings on board as a producer. James Burrows directed the pilot. Cummings’ comedy pilot for NBC also was picked up to series on Tuesday. This marks Cummings’ second project to get a green-light for next season; her self-titled comedy will appear on NBC’s schedule this fall. King’s hairdresser drama A Mann’s World didn’t get the go-ahead at NBC.

CBS Renewed: How I Met Your Mother, NCIS, Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a
Half Men, Undercover Boss, Rules of Engagement

CBS Canceled/Ending: Chaos, Live to Dance, Medium

CBS Likely to Be Renewed: 60 Minutes, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, Mike & Molly, The Good Wife, The Mentalist
CBS On the Bubble/In Limbo: 48 Hours Mystery, $#*! My Dad Says, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, I Get That A Lot, Mad Love, , The Defenders