Several broadcast networks squeezed in programming announcements Friday afternoon ahead of the upfronts, including series pickups as well as series renewals and cancellations. This matieral has been culled from various articles posted by our friends at Deadline.com.
Among the headlines, NBC made a late announcement that it has canceled the Kathy Bates drama series “Harry’s Law” after two seasons on the air, Deadline.com reports. The news followed word from NBC that it is also canceling the comedies “Are You There, Chelsea,” “BFF” and “Bent,” along with the low-rated drama “Awake,” as Deadline reported separately.
ABC made its own headlines with the news that it is canceling the controversial freshman drama “GCB,” while it has decided to give a second season to the Shonda Rhimes drama “Scandal.” The network stopped short of announcing a decision on “Private Practice,” which is expected to be renewed, Deadline reports.
Meanwhile, ABC picked up five new series from ABC Studios: “Nashville,” “The Neighbors,” “Family Tools” (also known as “Red Man Van”), “Red Widow” (formerly “Penoza”) and “Zero Hour.” Still undecided is the fate of “Americana,” though Deadline reports that it’s not looking good.
The story reports that ABC also picked up pilots “666 Park Ave,” “How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life” and “Last Resort.”
The Reba McEntire comedy pilot “Malibu Country” remains alive, the story notes, with its fate still to be determined, while the rest of ABC’s pilots appear to be dead.
CW announced another go-round for “Gossip Girl,” which will be the show’s final season, Deadline reports. CW also ordered a third season of “Nikita” and a second season for “Hart of Dixie.” Earlier, CW announced last week that it is bringing back “Vampire Diaries,” “Supernatural” and “90210.”
On the negative side of the ledger at the CW, "As expected, low-rated freshmen ‘Ringer’ [starring Sarah Michelle Gellar] and ‘The Secret Circle’ are not coming back," Deadline reports.
Also among today’s announcements, CW has picked up five new drama series, including the “Sex and the City” prequel “The Carrie Diaries,” Deadline reports. The network also picked up the Green Arrow series “Arrow,” a remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” the mystery series “Cult” and the medical drama “First Cut.”