This is turning out to be quite an active Monday when it comes to renewals and pickups. “Homeland” received a season 3, “Arrow” a full 22 episodes, and “Shark Tank” saw its order upped to 24 episodes thanks to some fantastic ratings on Friday night. Now, we are turning our attention to a trio of other shows that are all currently receiving some great news.
First, let’s start with the announcement that The CW freshman series “Emily Owens, M.D.” and “Beauty and the Beast” are each receiving three more scripts. For the time being, that pushes their official orders to potentially 16 episodes rather than the standard thirteen. While this is not a full-season commitment, it is a nice gesture that the network has some confidence in each show, even though neither scored a rating that was particularly earth-shattering last week. The latter has “The Vampire Diaries” as a lead-in, and it should help it recover from a pretty sharp week 2 drop-off. Remember, though: these are only scripts, so there is no guarantee they will be made into episodes just yet.
In making this move, The CW is also making us wonder about one other thing: where is “Cult” going to enter the picture here? We already know that “The Carrie Diaries” will replace “Gossip Girl” at midseason, and the Matt Davis series is still waiting for a timeslot. We still think that it would be the perfect fit following “The Vampire Diaries” considering Davis’ history with the show, but only time will tell. One major factor here could be the ratings for “Nikita,” which premiered last week to a pretty miserable 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
As for our other news, Fox has extended the run of “Raising Hope” to a full 24 episodes. Even though the show is not a ratings titan, it does perform decently on Tuesday night against pretty heavy competition, and has a loyal following. (Update: “New Girl” has also seen its order extended to 24 episodes.)
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