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May 16 2007

Variety reports that 'How I Met Your Mother' is renewed. Alyson Hannigan's sitcom will go to a third season. In related Whedonverse alum news, Variety also says that Supernatural and Smallville got picked up as well. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, Veronica Mars "won't be coming back".

Tomorrow, we'll see the full line ups for The CW and for CBS.
Good news from some, bad news from other.

I'm definetely happy for the renewal of HIMYM (yesterday's Season Finale was Legen -- wait for it... hahah).

It'll be sad to see Veronica Mars, go away though. It still had so much promise.
I don't follow the actual ratings, so I'm assuming One Tree Hill gets better numbers than Veronica Mars? It must, because even a weak season of Veronica Mars is better than One Tree Hill which is just painful to me.

But, I'm very happy for Alyson. And happy about Supernatural and Smallville. :) Both shows have employed Whedon vets, so obviously, they have good taste in actors/actresses.
CBS's presentation is indeed tomorrow, but CW announces on Thursday morning.
A 3rd season of HIMYM = Awesome! :D
Awesome news! I'm totally stoked about Supernatural too (I mean, that show is SERIOUSLY overloaded with pretty). I'm bummed about Veronica Mars though. One Tree Hill over VM? For real? Gah! The tastes of viewers these days.
HIMYM and Supernatural makes me happy. I didn't hold out much hope for Jericho, but I was really hoping the fast forward to Veronica being in the FBI angle would sell. Damn!
Jericho :( :( :(
Good news - at least, to me - from the upfronts: Bryan Fuller's (Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Heroes) one hour show Pushing Daisies has been picked up by ABC and scheduled for Wednesday nights at 8:00p.m.

I'm really looking forward to this. And its protagonist runs a pie shop..., which I can only say is very... Gonerian of him...

*ducks*
A third season of Supernatural! That makes me very happy.
Bryan Fuller's (Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Heroes) one hour show Pushing Daisies has been picked up by ABC and scheduled for Wednesday nights at 8:00p.m.

This is just plain cool news. I heart Wonderfalls more than most things.

Sucks about VM though. If true.
I am really looking forward to Pushing Daisies, too-I've been hoping for it since I first heard about it-being a big fan of both Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me.I like the premise, and the actors.

I was (wrongly) convinced that VM would sneak through, but no luck there. Sigh.
I really hope they are wrong and VM will get picked up even if in its new proposed FBI setting. Supernatural being picked up is wonderful. I love that show. And for the really weird news - the vampire who is a detective show "Moonlight" is supposedly a go over at CBS. Why didn't they just pick up Season 6 of Angel when I asked them too?
It seems funny that Lifetime has a TV show about a crime-fighting vampire, now CBS may add one, which will tee off fans of "Jericho" to no end. I am sure once the CW will come to its senses, when 90 percent of its viewers suddenly leave, they'll at least bring VM back one more time in her new FBI surroundings...but also get involved in what's happening in Neptune.
According to the press release (which I found over on the futon critic), VM is "drifting towards cancellation." What in the holy heck does *that* mean? And, will it still be adrift by Thursday when they do their upfronts? *sigh*

[ edited by ctofine on 2007-05-16 04:15 ]
Awwwwww crap. Does this mean tonight is the last VM episode? Ever? In the history of time?
Glad about HIMYM! That and The Office are the only sitcoms I actually make a point to watch. Earl kind of lost me this year.

My sympathies to all you Veronica Mars fans.
I'm really looking forward to this. And its protagonist runs a pie shop..., which I can only say is very... Gonerian of him...


QG, was that a gynecological Whedonverse joke? If so....(winds up to pitch rotten tomatoes.) If not, my bad. I need to come over to .org and see what crazy Goners jokes are going 'round.
ctofine:
According to the press release (which I found over on the futon critic), VM is "drifting towards cancellation." What in the holy heck does *that* mean?

I'd say it basically means the suits have decided to kill it, but they're trying to avoid actually saying it out loud as long as possible.
Awwwwww crap. Does this mean tonight is the last VM episode? Ever? In the history of time?
Well, there are still two episodes to be aired next Tuesday in a 2-hour finale thingy. No telling how the last hour will fare as a send-off for the show, though, if that should be the case, as Rob Thomas apparently wrote it as a season finale, rather than a possible series finale.
Trying to figure out how something like How I Met Your Mother gets picked back up and Veronica Mars gets canned hurts my head...
I'm quite happy about HIMYM. I really love this sitcom and it's the only one I watch. It's so genuine.

Also excited about Pushing Daisies. I've watched Wonderfalls more than any other show ever. Bryan Fuller and Lee Pace? I'm there.

Also happy about Supernatural. I've only seen a couple of episodes of this show, but I've enjoyed them. I need to pick up the DVDs so I can watch it straight through.
Sad to hear about Veronica Mars, if true. This has been a rocky season, and not always a particularly good one, but these past few episodes it seemed to have regained its footing for the most part, becoming a solid show. Not one as great as the first two seasons, but it's been very entertaining again.
greentara: "QG, was that a gynecological Whedonverse joke? If so....(winds up to pitch rotten tomatoes.) If not, my bad. I need to come over to .org and see what crazy Goners jokes are going 'round."


greentara, it's a whole pie-Goners Movie Fan Forum thing, and the Gonerian thing - well, it's a name I use for Gonerses-prefans - among which I count myself - that gets everybody screeching and hollerin' at me, which could be easily remedied if people would just remember their Grade School Behavior 101 and not encourage me with their objections. It just makes me do it more.

I'm just drawn that way...

And in re: Veronica Mars - that was a long downhill ride, and it didn't hadna oughta needta have happened that way. If true.

Ah, crap, it's Chinatown, Jake...
F****** typical. I wish I was in the US so I could say I would never watch a CW show ever again.
Kristin from eOnline reported the lineup for the CW fall schedule was leaked to Variety, but that Veronica Mars was still up in the air. It's entirely possible that this Hollywood Reporter simply drew his/her own conclusions from that list.

Don't count Veronica out yet. Rumor is the CW freakin' loved the "Veronica in the FBI" pilot.
I too am glad that HIMYM got picked back up. Other than snarky stuff like "Married With Children," I haven't watched sitcoms in years, but this one has grown on me.
Very happy to see HIMYM renewed; Aly is doing some of the best work of her career on this show, showing us a character substantially different from Willow or Michelle, but no less fun or charming. I think her TV hubby (Jason Segel) helps a lot too: Lily and Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. Awesome (with their son, Totally, and their daughter, Freakin'!).

As for Veronica Mars....in a better world, Rob Thomas could just call the cast together whenever the hell he felt like it, and film a six-hour mystery mini-series (like PRIME SUSPECT, only with Kristen Bell instead of Helen Mirren); the networks would broadcast it as a special event (which it would be), and they'd all make a mint on the DVDs. Unfortunately, we do not live in that world.
Shame about Veronica though as the ratings came out from these last standalones things looked pretty grim. I'm relieved to hear about Supernatural which has an incredibly tough time slot but has held its own. Unfortunately the head of the CW apparently doesn't "get" genre shows and prefers reality TV. This didn't bode well since their reality shows have done pretty well for them.
I do wonder where they take HIMYM now. Lily and Marshall are married, so that issue is resolved. Ted and Robin are no more, removing that source of tension yet setting the stage for Ted to meet "mom." But that really changes the calculus, you know, because even though we know that Ted and Robin do not end up together, how does the show use them separately now- the obvious answer is to have them both date, while the other watches (siince we know they still care for each other), but that is, as I said, obvious. And what to do with Barney? I feel new main characters coming in next year....
Things get stranger on the VM front, although not as negative as earlier thought...sounds like the network can drag out our anticipation and pain almost indefinitely, and that there will NOT be an announcement one way or the other tomorrow (! ? !!!):
http://www.eonline.com/gossip/kristin/index.jsp


As Veronica herself would say, now that she's a Battlestar fan: FRAK.

EW.com is reporting that Kristen Bell will be doing voice-overs as the Gossip Girl herself on the CW drama coming next season from The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. And you've heard the rumors that VM show runner Rob Thomas was invited to produce Hugh Jackman's Viva Laughlin! Also, the CW can supposedly pick up Veronica Mars as late as June 15, but it will not be announcing a pickup at its upfront tomorrow.

1:52 p.m. Update: You gotta love modern technology! I'm inside Carnegie liveblogging the CBS presentation and just corresponded via email with Rob Thomas about VM.

He tells me:

"We could still be a midseason replacement. We've known for a couple of weeks that they were thinking of us in terms of midseason. We don't know when we'll hear something definite.

"I've known Kristen did the disembodied-voice work on Gossip Girl for quite some time. Totally cool with me.

"I was approached by Viva Laughlin, but I really want to concentrate on either Veronica Mars or future development."

Ausiello bloggeth:

http://www.tvguide.com/news-views/columnists/ask-ausiello/

Veronica Mars Update: "Nothing Definitive"
Veronica Mars is still clinging to life.

Despite reports this morning that the show has been canceled, Rob Thomas just assured me via e-mail that there's "nothing definitive." That jives with what I told you in Ask Ausiello: It's possible CW head Dawn Ostroff is delaying a final verdict on VM until after Thursday's upfront.

One encouraging sign: Sources say Rob has passed on CBS' offer to come aboard its new musical mystery drama Viva Laughlin! as an executive producer. (Rob declined to comment on anything Viva-related.)

Anyone wanna guess what the first question out of my mouth will be at tomorrow's CW press conference? C'mon, give it a shot.

(For more upfront coverage, check out TVGuide.com's First Look: Hottest Fall TV blog.)

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