Caffeine – December 23rd Edition

We have a surprising amount of TV news for you this week, given that it’s practically a holiday week. (Let’s hope next week will be lighter!) Happy holidays!

The penultimate episode of season three of Haven was pulled because it dealt with violence at a school and was scheduled to air on the day of the Newtown shooting. Rather than skipping it and just airing the finale, they pulled that too, and the episodes will air back to back on January 17. I’m happy about this both because I hate seeing things (especially serialized things) out of order and because this gives me time to catch up on recaps before the finale. I will, I swear!

Premiere dates:
March 3: Vikings

ABC is pulling 666 Park Ave from the schedule for the time being, and new episodes of Happy Endings and Apt 23 will air in its place on January 6th. It sounds like they’re going to air the rest of 666 Park over the summer.

This has not yet been confirmed, but it looks like How I Met Your Mother is getting a ninth season.

The Walking Dead has been renewed for season four, but showrunner Glen Mazzara is stepping down.

Also renewed: Psych, The League, See Dad Run.

Cancelled: Leverage (the series finale will air on Christmas Day), The L.A. Complex (again, in the U.S. this time).

USA did not pick up Over/Under, but they’re airing the pilot on January 4.

Next season’s episodes of Game of Thrones will be a little longer.

Pilot orders:
Amazon has ordered six pilots.
FX: Animated comedy Chosen
Showtime: A Vatican drama directed by Ridley Scott

In development:
ABC has a family comedy from Ben Stiller and a Michael Ian Black comedy.
CBS TV Studios has a Twilight Zone reboot from Bryan Singer.
The CW has a Robin Hood drama.
E! has a drama about a soap opera filming in a small town and an art gallery drama.
FOX has a Greg Daniels tennis comedy and a Natasha Lyonne comedy.
FremantleMedia has a Joan of Arc drama.
HBO has an adaptation of Broadway show Stick Fly.
NBC has a Sean Hayes sitcom.
Starz has drama Turf about the history of hip-hop.

Guest stars!
Arrow: James Callis
Baby Daddy: Grace Phipps, Lacey Chabert
Castle: Lachlan Buchanan
The Client List: Trevor Donovan
Cougar Town: Tippi Hedren
Elementary: Terry Kinney
The Following: David Zayas
Go On: Bradley Whitford
Modern Family: David Faustino
Nashville: Ming-Na
The New Normal: Mark Consuelos, John Stamos
Once Upon a Time: Rose McGowan
Parks and Recreation: Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman
Raising Hope: Emily Rutherford, Brian Doyle-Murray
Touch: Ron Rifkin

Glee: Ashley Fink

90210: Robbie Jones
Beauty and the Beast: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Brendan Hines
Bones: Brian Klugman
Chicago Fire: Shane McRae
Do No Harm: Toni Trucks
The Gates: Kathleen Rose Perkins, Diana Maria Riva, Josh Grisetti, Justin Chon
Hot Mess: Jake Sandvig
Justified: Sam Anderson
Legends: Steve Harris
The Saint: Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy, James Remar, Enrique Murciano, Thomas Kretschmann, Beatrice Rosen, Yani Gellman, Greg Grunberg, Michael Ornstein, Sonalii Castillo, Sammi Hanratty, Oliver Bell, Kirsty Mitchell, Jason Brooks
S.H.I.E.L.D.: Chloe Bennet
Southland: Anthony Ruivivar, Annie Monroe
Super Fun Night: Kevin Bishop
True Blood: Arliss Howard
Untitled Elmore Leonard pilot: Stephen Root, Amanda Schull, Manolo Cardona
Untitled Michael J. Fox show: Wendell Pierce

(Image courtesy of TNT.)

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