Caffeine – February 5th Edition

Caffeine – February 5th Edition

Happy Sunday! We’ve got renewals, premiere dates, more pilots . . . tons of news this week. Let’s go!

Renewed: Luck; Sons of Anarchy (through season 6); The Secret Life of the American Teenager; The Exes; Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication.

NBC has some scheduling updates: Awake will finally premiere on March 1, taking over The Firm‘s timeslot. The Firm is moving to Saturdays starting next week, which means it is all but cancelled.

And FOX scheduling: Breaking In and I Hate My Teenage Daughter come back on March 6; after February 21, Glee is taking a hiatus until April 10. The Alcatraz season finale will be on March 26 (airing at 8 instead of 9 its last few weeks), and House and Fringe will be back with all originals through the end of the season starting on April 2 and March 23, respectively.

At CBS, NYC 22 will premiere on April 15.

Army Wives will be back on March 4.

ABC Family has picked up Baby Daddy to series. Among its stars is Tahj Mowry, the adorable kid from Smart Guy, and while it’s not clear if he’s actually the Baby Daddy in question, this news still makes me feel old.

USA Network has given a six-episode series order to a political family drama from Greg Berlanti.

We don’t usually go into much about producers and directors of individual episodes, but this is worth pointing out: Gary Fleder is producing one of the Beauty and the Beast pilots and directing the other. I’m sure that won’t get confusing for anyone at all.

The Munsters reboot will not be called The Munsters.

Pilot pickups:
ABC: An Ellen DeGeneres comedy starring Portia De Rossi, as well as a Reba McEntire comedy and one about identity theft; a Judy Greer comedy and Natalie Portman-produced drama; four more dramas.
CBS: A comedy from Louis C.K.
The CW: Three more dramas.
FOX: A Mindy Kaling comedy and more; more comedies.
NBC: A White House family comedy; a post-apocalyptic thriller
Nickolodeon: Bad Fairy; a John Wells prison drama.

In development:
FX: A comedy about a rock band in therapy from Dave Grohl
HBO: A political thriller set in the LA underworld

The Big C has made Gabourey Sidibe a regular. And Tyler Blackburn will become a regular on Pretty Little Liars.

Guest stars!
Falling Skies: Terry O’Quinn
The Finder: Annette O’Toole, John Ashton
Franklin & Bash: Chris Klein
Last Man Standing: Robert Forster, Mike Rowe, Frankie Muniz
Once Upon a Time: Barbara Hershey
Raising Hope: Nancy Grace, Vivica A. Fox
Two and a Half Men: Patton Oswalt

Returns:
Supernatural: Rachel Miner

Casting:
Anger Management: Selma Blair, Shawnee Smith
Arrow: Stephen Amell
Beautiful People: Ernie Hudson, David Conrand, Tovah Feldshuh
Ben Fox Is My Manny: Maggie Jones
The Big C: Susan Sarandon
Boardwalk Empire: Bobby Cannavale
Chelsea General: Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan
Downton Abbey: Shirley MacLaine
House of Cards: Kate Mara, Kristen Connolly
How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life: Sarah Chalke
Last Resort: Andre Braugher, Daniel Lissing
Masters of Sex: Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan
Revenge: Veronica Cartwright
Untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti pilot: JoAnna Garcia Swisher
Untitled Kevin Williamson pilot: Kevin Bacon
Untitled Nick Stoller pilot: Michael Angarano
Untitled Sarah Silverman pilot: Tig Notaro, Ken Leung

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Kate Linnea Welsh is a New Hampshire-based writer and taxonomist. (No, that doesn't involve dead animals.) In addition to her weekly column, "Caffeine", she recaps Castle and Bunheads for The Televixen. She's on staff at Vampire-Diaries.net and writes about other TV shows, books, and more at her blog. She'd love to talk to you on Twitter: @katelinnea