Caffeine – March 18th Edition

Caffeine – March 18th Edition

Happy Sunday! The pilot casting seems to be calming down slightly, but we have plenty of premiere and finale dates and show renewals and cancellations to make up for it!

Premiere Dates:

May 30: Melissa & Joey
June 5: Rizzoli & Isles, Franklin & Bash
June 7: Saving Hope
June 13: Dallas
June 17: Falling Skies
July 1: Weeds, Episodes
July 9: The Closer, Perception
July 15: Leverage
August 13: Major Crimes
September 30: Homeland, Dexter
(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Finale Dates:

March 20: The River
April 4: Happy Endings
May 1: Last Man Standing
May 6: GCB
May 7: Castle
May 13: Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives (two-hour series finale)
May 15: Cougar Town (one-hour), Private Practice
May 16: Suburgatory
May 17: Missing, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy
May 23: The Middle, Modern Family, Apt. 23, Revenge
August 13: The Closer (series finale)
(Sources: 1, 2)

HBO had previously renewed Luck for a second season, but now they’ve cancelled it after the third horse death while filming.

Renewed: Grimm, Austin & Ally, a whole bunch of CBS shows including Blue Bloods, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, CSI, 2 Broke Girls, and Mike and Molly.

FOX is pushing the rest of the unaired episodes of I Hate My Teenage Daughter, which I had forgotten was still on at all, to summer.

The History Channel has officially ordered its first scripted series. About Vikings. From the people who brought us The Tudors. It’s going to be terrible and I will watch every moment.

More development news:
Nickelodeon (for Nick at Nite) ordered comedy pilot Wendell & Vinnie starring Jerry Trainor, and also picked up Marvin, Marvin.
A series based on William Wallace? Yes, please!
I am similarly excited about evil genius tech CEOs.
Adaptations in development: Gregg Hurwitz’s Tim Rackley book series and Knifeman.
The Hallmark Channel is developing its first scripted shows.
ABC is already thinking about a pandemic for next year.

HBO has passed on Da Brick.

Guest stars!
Army Wives: Susan Lucci
Boss: T.I.
Burn Notice: Anthony Ruivivar
Common Law: Khandi Alexander
Fairly Legal: Connor Trinneer
Glee: Thomas Calabro
Happily Divorced: Ralph Macchio
New Girl: Katrina Bowden
Partners: Molly Shannon
Rizzoli & Isles: Sharon Lawrence
The Selection: Andrew Elvis Miller
Supernatural: Felicia Day
White Collar: Raymond Cruz

Returns:
CSI: Enrique Murciano
Mad Men: Alison Brie
Smash: Nick Jonas
Suits: Eric Close

Casting:
1600 Penn: Jenna Elfman
The Americans: Matthew Rhys
Anger Management: Katlin Mastandrea, Derek Richardson
Applebaum: Jay Mohr, Miguel Ferrer
The Asset: Hamish Linklater
Awesometown: Ben Rappaport, Dennis Miller
Baby Big Shot: Erin Cummings, Pablo Schreiber
Bad Girls: Tracee Ellis Ross
Banshee: Antony Starr, Demetrius Grosse, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen
Beauty and the Beast (CW edition): Max Brown, Brian White
The Big C: Tammy Blanchard
Boardwalk Empire: Arron Shiver, Meg Steedle
Burn Notice: John C. McGinley
The Carrie Diaries: Chloe Bridges
Chicago Fire: Merle Dandridge, Teri Reeves
Counter Culture: Kerri Kenney
County: Michael Imperioli
Cult: Matt Davis
Devious Maids: Grant Show, Mariana Klaveno, Tom Irwin
First Cut: Necar Zadegan
Go On: Laura Benanti
Golden Boy: Bonnie Somerville, Holt McCallany
House of Cards: Sakina Jaffrey
Hurt People: William Petersen
El Jefe: Mercedes Ruehl, Jessica Camacho, Will Greenberg
Joey Dakota: Scott Wolf
L.A. Noir: Jon Bernthal, Alexa Davalos
Let It Go: Kat Foster, Joel David Moore
Midnight Sun: Alexia Fast, Oz Zehavi, Lucia Walters
Mistresses: Yunjin Kim, Erik Stocklin, Cameron Bender
Nashville: Charles Esten
NCIS: Gaius Charles
The New Normal: Jayson Blair
Notorious: Katherine LaNasa, Neil Jackson, Tate Donovan
Penoza: Suleka Mathew, Jaime Ray Newman, Sterling Beaumon, Jacob Salvati, Erin Moriarty
Political Animals: Sebastian Stan
Prodigy Bully: Thomas Vaethroeder
Rebounding: Andrea Savage
Revolution: Andrea Roth, JD Pardo, Zak Orth
Royal Pains: Donal Logue
Scruples: Chad Michael Murray, Gary Cole, Mimi Rogers, Gilles Marini
The Selection: William Moseley
Shelter: Elizabeth Henstridge
Spartacus: Todd Lasance, Simon Merrells
Table for Three: Scott Bakula
Widow Detective: John Corbett
Untitled Hilary Winston pilot: Joanna Kerns, Freddie Prinze Jr.
Untitled Jimmy Fallon pilot: Tempestt Bledsoe, Courtney Henggeler
Untitled Kevin Williamson pilot: Billy Brown
Untitled Louis CK pilot: Patti Murin
Untitled Mandy Moore pilot: Stockard Channing, Kurt Fuller
Untitled Mindy Kaling pilot: Anna Camp
Untitled teen spy drama: Louise Lombard, Rick Schroder

(Photo courtesy of TNT.)

About Kate

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