Another week, another victim on “Harper’s Island.” As usual, we won’t spoil the person’s identity for those who haven’t watched the episode yet, but, man, you should’ve seen the look on their face right before they got what was coming to them. And if you didn’t see it…well, it’s a little late now. (You’ll have to watch the episode to understand why that’s funny.)
Let’s head on over to the interview, shall we…?
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TV.com reports that ABC Family has elected not to renew “Kyle XY” for a fourth season, but did pick up “Lincoln Heights” and “Greek” for additional seasons.
The news of Kyle XY’s cancellation first hit the Web via a report from EW.com’s Michael Ausiello, who believes that Kyle’s slumping ratings may have done it in. The show, ABC Family’s first original program, was one of the main reasons ABC Family has turned itself into a promising off-shoot of Disney and ABC. But now with other ABC Family shows–such as The Secret Life of the American Teenager–raising the bar, it appears that Kyle XY is the odd-man out.
I didn’t watch “Kyle XY,” but this has to be heartbreaking news to fans of the show. “Greek” makes for good summer viewing, so I’m happy to see it was picked up for another season.
In other news, TNT renewed “Leverage” for a 15-episode second season.
The early-December debut of Leverage drew an impressive 5.6 million viewers, and over its first nine episodes has averaged 3.2 million viewers.
“Leverage” has been sailing along, though it is pretty unbelievable at times. It has a sense of humor and doesn’t really take itself too seriously (except when it takes itself too seriously). The characters are diverse and strong, and though the humor can be a little “shticky” at times, it’s a pretty funny show.
“Friday Night Lights” fans have to be wondering how the ratings have been since the show debuted on NBC. Well, the show averaged 4.17 million viewers over its first three episodes, which is down from 5.61 million last season. Michael Ausiello says that the show “will be back provided all (or most) of the 4.6 million people that tuned in for last Friday’s season premiere … stick around for the entire season. And they’d be fools not to.”
Hopefully, “Friday Night Lights” can stay above the 4.0 million level so that NBC is getting enough out of the show to continue to co-own the rights with DirecTV.
I’ve indicated on several occasions that I’m a big fan of the ABC Family Channel, which went through many permutations before finally coming up with a format that has been providing some really solid family-safe series for the past few years. While I can’t claim that I’ve followed “Lincoln Heights” as closely as some of the other shows on the network, I hate to miss out on any opportunity to give ABC Family’s programming some love, so I just wanted to mention that the series’ third-season premiere is available for viewing over on Fancast.com.
“Lincoln Heights” follows the lives of the Sutton family, led by Eddie (Russell Hornsby), an ambitious police officer who moved his wife and three kids to the inner-city neighborhood where he was raised, with hopes of cleaning it up and making a difference. The cast includes Hornsby, Nicki Micheaux, Erica Hubbard, Mishon Ratliff, Rhyon Brown, Robert Adamson and Michael Reilly Burke, and the show has been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards and NAMIC Awards since its premiere on ABC Family in 2007.
If, God forbid, you miss catching the premiere on Fancast, fear not: it will make its format network premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 8 PM. But if you’ve got the time, then why not take advantage of the opportunity to start the season early?
In the meantime, enjoy this preview of the series…