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TCA News: The future of GREY’S ANATOMY is secure says ABC

Patrick Dempsey in GREY'S ANATOMY | ©ABC/Bob D'Amico

While GREY’S ANATOMY continues to be a strong player on Thursday nights on ABC, it’s future looks bright this season and beyond according to ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee. “GREY’S came roaring back and it’s creatively still at the top of its form,” says Lee. “[Creator] Shondra [Rhimes] has a vision like no one else. She knows what she’s doing and where she’s going. We’ve heard her vision, not just for the end of the this season, but for beyond and it’s really, really strong. I’m feeling very good about the show.” (additional reporting by A.C. Ferrante) LET YOUR …Read On »

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TCA News: ABC talks about the success of ONCE UPON A TIME

Jamie Dornan, Lana Parrilla, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

One of the biggest surprises of the fall season has been ABC’s fairy tale series ONCE UPON A TIME – a show that was very ambitious, but started with an uncertainty as to whether fans would stick with its rich mythology week after week. The series has proven to be a phenomenal success and at ABC’s TCA press conference today, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says its success rests on the quality of the show, the marketing push and delaying its premiere to October so it wouldn’t get lost in the clutter of the other fall shows. “In terms …Read On »

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TCA News: ABC says COUGAR TOWN will return for Season 3 as early as March

Busy Philipps, Josh Hopkins, Courteney Cox, Brian Van Holt, Ian Gomez, Christa Miller and Dan Byrd in COUGAR TOWN - Season 3 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

The ABC series comedy series COUGAR TOWN starring Courteney Cox may feel as if it’s been eternally benched this entire year, yet at today’s ABC TCA press session, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee says that they already have a plan of where it will land on its schedule. “We have an idea where it is, but not quite ready to announce it,” says Lee, though he does confirm it is tentatively scheduled for March. “We didn’t have a place early on for it and when it comes back we hope it will do extremely well,” says Lee. “COUGAR is …Read On »

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TCA News: With movie ELIXER, ABC Family brings more musical programming to the net

ABC Family President Michael Riley | ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

As ABC Family continues to have success with various series in different genres like SWITCHED AT BIRTH, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and MELISSA AND JOEY, the next phase of development for President Michael Riley is bringing more musical programming to the net. “Music is a direction we want to weave more into our programming,” says Riley at today’s TCA press event. First up is a made-for-TV musical called ELIXER starring Chelsea Kane and Jane Seymour about a mother who takes a youth potion and decides to crash her estranged daughter’s wedding to save her from marrying the wrong man. “We started …Read On »

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TCA News: ABC Family thrilled with the success of THE LYING GAME

Alexandra Chando plays twins in THE LYING GAME | ©2011 ABC Family/Colleen Hayes

While THE LYING GAME performed well during the first half of Season 1 last summer, ABC Family President Michael Riley says the slight changes made to the second half of the season and a time slot shift this month has rewarded the net with another super hit. “We knew we had something special last summer,” Riley says at today’s TCA ABC Family press conference. “We had had five shows that we put into production. That was double the number of new shows we’ve had ant any given moment. We knew as a cable network, we didn’t want to launch everything …Read On »

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TCA News: CHLOE KING made-for-TV movie in development at ABC Family

Skyler Samuels in THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING - Season 1 - "Heartbreaker"| ©2011 ABC Family/Eric McCandless

Even though THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING didn’t get renewed for a second season on ABC Family, there is potentially good news on the horizon. At today’s TCA press session, ABC Family President Michael Riley says they are currently developing a made-for-TV movie continuing the adventures of the characters from the genre series about a girl who discovers she has cat-like super powers. “That was a great example of a great show where we loved the writing and for us it was about making some decisions and we had to choose what was resonating stronger with the audience,” says …Read On »

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TCA News: BONES creator says it will likely return for Season 8

Emily Descanel and David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 7 - "The Memories in The Shallow Grave" | ©2011 Fox/Beth Dubber

If you’re wondering whether BONES will return for an eighth season, creator Hart Hanson confirmed today that he’s confident the show has more life in it. “Hell yeah,” says Hanson via Skype at Fox’s TCA press tour today while talking about his the BONES spin-off THE FINDER. “I’m very confident we will come to an agreement and have an eighth season of BONES. We’re excited about it and have story ideas. Putting Booth and Brenann together, raising a child, as far as we’re concerned, reinvigorated our series. I wouldn’t want to figure out who to do another year of them …Read On »

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TCA News: The future of TERRA NOVA is still uncertain according to Fox

Stephen Lang and Jason O'Mara in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "Resistance" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Despite strong ratings, Fox is still not committing to a second season of TERRA NOVA yet. At today’s Fox TCA session, Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says with a smile “we’ve done a good job avoiding some of these big decisions until after these sessions.” That said, Reilly admits that once again they have a high class problem with so many strong hits, and not enough real estate. Another factor, though not mentioned, is that the net is probably waiting until their midseason dramas TOUCH and ALCATRAZ air to see how they fare before pulling the trigger on anything else. “It …Read On »

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TCA News: Fox wants to keep Ryan Seacrest on AMERICAN IDOL

Ryan Seacrest in AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 | ©2011 Fox/Tony Duran

After watching THE X FACTOR host Steve Jones struggle throughout the first season, it became quite clear that Ryan Seacrest is a natural when it comes to handling contestants, overruns and political correctness on AMERICAN IDOL. This was not lost on Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly who says that job “is much harder than meets the idea.” “Everyone has come to value the idea of a Ryan Seacrest,” says Reilly. “It’s a very hard job to do.” The question is, how much is he worth? If Fox has it’s way, they definitely want to keep him in the IDOL fold, …Read On »

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TCA News: Fox officially cancels ALLEN GREGORY and explains why

The characters of ALLEN GREGORY - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox

In this day and age, TV shows aren’t cancelled anymore, they’re just quietly taken off the air with hopes no one will notice. In the case of Fox’s new animated series ALLEN GREGORY (co-created and voiced by Jonah Hill), Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly confirmed today at the FOX TCA press session that the show is indeed cancelled and won’t be back. “We will not be making any more ALLEN GREGORYs,” says Reilly. “We had a great experience with Jonah. We’re in business with him. He has a live action comedy with us. We tried it, but creative content is …Read On »

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