Television

In her first starring role on television since the end of ABC's "Desperate Housewives," NBC announced today that it has given a 13 episode series order to "Telenovela," a comedy that follows all the crazy antics from behind the scenes of a popular Spanish telenovela which will star Eva Longoria as Ana Maria, the diva-ish star of Latin America's most beloved telenovela, who strives to stay on top in a world where the drama on-camera is nothing compared to the drama off-camera. The actress will also serve as an executive producer on the Universal Television and Unbelievable Entertainment produced comedy.
E! has given an early season two pickup to its first original scripted series, "The Royals," starring Elizabeth Hurley and Vincent Regan as Queen Helena and King Simon, it was announcced today during the NBC Cable portion of the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena. The series, which is set to premiere on the network on Sunday, March 15, will also add Universal Cable Productions as co-producing partner alongside Lionsgate Television Group.
On Saturday, March 14, Hallmark Channel will premiere "Portrait of Love" starring Bree Williamson ("One Life to Live"), Jason Dohring ("Veronica Mars," "Moonlight"), Corbin Bernsen ("Psych," "The Young and the Restless") and Ella Thomas ("Bones," "All My Children").
Actor Dylan Neal (ex-Dylan Shaw, "The Bold and the Beautiful") will star in the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries original movie "Gourmet Detective," based on the series of books by Peter King. Neal, who co-wrote the script along with his wife Becky Southwell, will also serve as an executive producer. The movie is set to premiere sometime this spring and is the first of three planned for the cable network.
During the CBS and Showtime portion of the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour event in Pasadena, CBS announced that it has picked up second seasons of freshman dramas "Madam Secretary," "NCIS: New Orleans" and "Scorpion."
Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" is getting ready to host another classic soap opera reunion when it brings together the cast of ABC's iconic primetime drama, "Dynasty," with guests Pamela Sue Martin, John James, Al Corley and Gordon Thomson joining hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare on Monday, January 26.
As it gets ready to launch new seasons of "Melissa & Joey" and "Baby Daddy," ABC Family recently announced that it has greenlit two new comedy pilots, "Kevin from Work" and "Tough Cookie," as part of its comedy expansion, following the second season renewal of "Young & Hungry" in September. Both pilots will go into production later this month, according to Karey Burke, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, ABC Family.
The CW announced today during its portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena that it has given an early renewal to "Arrow," "Jane the Virgin," "Reign," "Supernatural," "The 100," "The Flash," "The Originals" and "The Vampire Diaries," all of which appeared on the network's fall 2014 schedule, for the 2015-2016 television season.
On the Monday, January 12 episode of NBCUniversal's "The Meredith Vieira Show," host Meredith Vieira will announce that the daytime talk show will be airing a full week of live shows during the week of January 19.
"All My Children" alum and frequent "Good Morning America" and "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent, Cameron Mathison, has signed on to star alongside Alison Sweeney ("Days of our Lives," "The Biggest Loser") in a new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series of movies beginning with "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder" (working title), which will premiere on the network in the spring.
Currently in production on its second season, Hallmark Channel announced last night during its Winter TCA Press Tour event that "General Hospital's" Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco Jones) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia Jones) will join the cast as regulars in its original series "When Calls the Heart," set in a 19th century mining town and starring Lori Loughlin ("Full House," "Summerland"), Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing.
The series premiere of FOX's "Empire" on Wednesday night attracted 9.9 million viewers and a 3.8/10 in Adults 18-49, reports TVbytheNumbers, based on rush nationals ordered by the network. "Empire" now ties ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" for the highest rated series premiere of the season in the key sales demo.

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on Thursday, January 8, 2015 @ 7:34 PM
There won't be a second season for MTV's "Happyland," which followed a group of teenagers working at a popular Disneyesque theme park as they prepare to segue into adulthood. The network has quietly canceled the half-hour series after a poorly rated first season, which began in September.
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