Caffeine – December 9th Edition

Here’s another late edition of TV news for the week, due to yet more travel. Sorry about that; things should be back on schedule from here on out. Thanks for reading!

Premiere and return dates!
January 4: Merlin
January 14: Continuum, Being Human, Lost Girl
January 30: The Americans
February 4: Rules of Engagement
February 5: Body of Proof
February 14: Zero Hour
February 19: Cult
February 26: Golden Boy
March 3: Red Widow
March 12: Vegas
March 31: Call the Midwife
April 3: Suburgatory, How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
May 1: Family Tools

Finale dates!
February 22: CSI: NY

PBS will air the Call the Midwife holiday special on December 30.

MuchMusic has not renewed The L.A. Complex, which almost certainly means that it’s done at the CW as well, as I think they had episodes rated so low as to be uncountable. This is very sad, as that show was actually really good.

NBC has upped the episode order for this season of Law & Order: SVU to 24.

ABC has ordered sci fi drama Weird Desk to series for summer 2013.

Scandal star Tony Goldwyn will direct an episode later this season.

Bravo has ordered its first scripted pilots, The Joneses and Rita.

The BBC is adapting J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy. Wheee!

No network attached yet, but a drama about 1920s-30s Berlin and the rise of the Nazis? Sign me up.

HBO has greenlit comedy pilot Silicon Valley.

In development:
ABC has a comedy about a “lovable dreamer,” which, what? Okay. Also: a female rookie cop comedy, a Latino family drama from Salma Hayek, and another (fourth?) cop comedy.
AMC has a Midwestern militia drama.
E! has a supernatural romantic drama.
HBO has a mining town drama from Shawn Ryan.
NBC has a new version of Ironside.
Starz has a futuristic detective drama.
TNT has a Jamie Foxx buddy crime drama.
USA has a WWII sci fi show.

ABC has passed on Kings of Van Nuys.

Up All Night has a new showrunner.

Guest stars!
Castle: Gina Torres
Community: Jason Alexander
Giant Baby: Gilles Marini
Law & Order: SVU: Denis O’Hare
The Mindy Project: B.J. Novak
Nashville: David Clayton Rogers
NCIS: Brighton Sharbino
New Girl: Brooklyn Decker
Once Upon a Time: Gregory Itzin
Package Deal: Pamela Anderson

Modern Family: Elizabeth Banks

Bates Motel: Jere Burns
Chicago Fire: Treat Williams
Deception: S. Epatha Merkerson
Getting On: Joel Johnstone
Giant Baby: Michael Richards
Glee: Oliver Kieran-Jones
Go On: Piper Perabo
Grey’s Anatomy: Justin Bruening
Legends: Sean Bean
The Mindy Project: Mary Grill
The Newsroom: Joel Johnstone
The Saint: Adam Rayner
Trophy Wife: Ryan Lee

(Image courtesy of Syfy.)

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