Caffeine – September 23rd Edition

Happy Emmy Day! I’ll be liveblogging tonight right here at, starting with the red carpet at 6/5c. But first, we have tons of news . . .

Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication will return on January 13. The final season of Flashpoint will premiere in the U.S. on October 16.

Treme has been renewed for a shortened fourth and final season.

Royal Pains is going to air a special December TV movie about Evan and Paige’s wedding. Wheee!

Also renewed: Army Wives.

ABC is reviving Super Fun Night and recasting two of the leads. They’re using the word “funcomfortable,” so I hate it already.

In development:
ABC has an immigrant family comedy, a Ron Moore adaptation of A Knight’s Tale (this does not SEEM to be a joke), comedy Party Girls, a steampunk drama, actor comedy Please Knock from Ben Stiller, The Notorious Mollie Flowers from same, mom comedy Middle Age Rage, a David Shore legal drama, an adaptation of British comedy Pulling, a Josh Friedman family drama, a beauty empire family soap, and comedy Fat, Forty and Fired.
ABC Family bought two comedies and a terminal illness drama, to fill your quota of emotional whiplash.
CBS has comedies Friends With Better Lives and Wake Up Call, a north/south legal drama, scifi procedural Intelligence, a cancer research drama, and a Jim Gaffigan comedy.
The CW has a high school alien drama, a modern Alice in Wonderland procedural, and supernatural drama Embrace.
FOX has a modern political drama based on Hamlet. Intriguing. Also: a comedy about a man wanting to settle down, a Zooey Deschanel sister comedy, a live (!) family comedy, a comedy about men moving in with their adult sons, a Chelsea Handler family comedy (um?), a superhero police drama, an FBI drama, a playdate comedy, a startup comedy, and a CIA family adventure series.
FX has a murder/cover-up thriller and a vampire drama from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse.
HBO has a Guillermo del Toro series about a 1950s housewife solving crimes and Criminal Justice pilot starring James Gandolfini.
NBC has a drama from Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams, an adaptation of comic Midnight, Mass., a military comedy, a comedy from Ellen DeGeneres, a workplace comedy about an assistant, a comedy from Bill Lawrence and Ali Wentworth, and spy drama M.I.C.E.
USA Network has an Elmore Leonard drama.

Trisha Rae Stahl has been promoted to recurring on Glee. And Don Stark has been promoted to series regular on Bounce.

Guest stars!
1600 Penn: Missi Pyle
Banshee: Anastasia Griffith
The Big Bang Theory: Ken Lerner
Body of Proof: Tim DeKay
Castle: Ed Quinn
Community: James Brolin
CSI: Bryan Callen
CSI: NY: Kathleen York, Niko Nicotera, Tara Summers, Jake Thomas
Grey’s Anatomy: Adina Porter
Happily Divorced: Florence Henderson
Happy Endings: Christopher McDonald, Julie Hagerty
HIMYM: Joe Lo Truglio
Hot in Cleveland: Eddie Cibrian
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Sean Combs
Law & Order: SVU: Tom Sizemore, Hamish Linklater, Alex Karpovsky
Men at Work: Ben McKenzie
Mistresses: JoBeth Williams
Modern Family: Matthew Broderick
NCIS: Brad Beyer
NCIS: LA: Rachel Ticotin
New Girl: Carla Gugino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner
The New Normal: Leisha Hailey, Constance Zimmer, John Benjamin Hickey
Nikita: Isaiah Mustafa
The Office: Stephen Colbert
Psych: Anthony Michael Hall
Revolution: Mark Pellegrino, Todd Stashwick, Colin Ford
Scandal: Tom Amandes
Supernatural: Mike Farrell
The Vampire Diaries: Gabby Douglas
Whitney: Dean Norris

Community: Giancarlo Esposito
The Good Wife: Carrie Preston
Royal Pains: Jill Flint

90210: Natalie Morales
Animal Practice: Annie Potts
Arrested Development: Isla Fisher, Terry Crews
Arrow: Jeffrey Nordling, Tahmoh Penikett
Banshee: Harrison Thomas
Bates Motel: Nicola Peltz, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke
The Big Bang Theory: Margo Harshman
The Bridge: Diane Kruger
Cinnamon Girl: Allie MacDonald, Alexis Knapp, Brooke Anne Smith, Jade Bartlett, Sebastian Piggott
Friend Me: Amanda Lund
The Goodwin Games: Adam Rodriguez
Grey’s Anatomy: Andrew Leeds
Happy Endings: Matthew Del Negro, Kulap Vilaysack
Homeland: F. Murray Abraham
The Khouris: Rizwan Manji
Magic City: Sherilyn Fenn, James Caan, Esai Morales, Jamie Harris
The Neighbors: Stacy Keach
Orange Is the New Black: Laura Prepon, Yael Stone
Orphan Black: Tatiana Maslany
Paging Dr. Freed: Leslie Grossman, Annie Potts, Dorian Missick
Peaky Blinders: Annabelle Wallis
Private Practice: Charlie Hofheimer
Shameless: Jake McDorman
Smash: Nikki Blonsky
Socio: Maddie Hasson, Kylie Bunbury
Supernatural: Amanda Tapping
Vegas: Jonathan Banks
Witches of East End: Rachel Boston, Jenna Dewan, Patrick Heusinger
Zero Hour: Grace Gummer, Amy Irving, Ken Leung
Untitled AMC legal drama: Aunjanue Ellis

(Photo courtesy of Showtime.)

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