What’s Cancelled … What’s Coming Back?

I don’t watch much network television. CSI, Criminal Minds, that’s about it. This past season CSI had CSI: Cyber which was excellent. This coming season they’ll be switching up between regular Vegas CSI and the CSI: Cyber.

Here’s an up-to-date list of some of what the cable networks have cancelled and renewed so you can start marathon watching what’s on your DVR and begin making room.

AMC
Hell on Wheels: Season 4 to debut Aug. 2
The Killing: Season 4 to debut Aug. 1 on Netflix (all six episodes)
Mad Men: Part 2 of Season 7/finale season to debut summer 2015
TURN: Season 1 finale aired June 8; Season 2 renewal could go either way.
The Walking Dead: Season 4 finale aired March 30; Renewed for Season 5

BBC America
Copper: Cancelled.
Doctor Who: Season 8, now starring Peter Capaldi, to debut August 2014
Orphan Black: Season 2 debuted April 19; Season 3 renewal a safe bet
Ripper Street: Renewed for Season 3 The last I heared Ripper Street may be on a new network. 

FX/FXX
American Horror Story: Renewed for Season 4 – AHS: Freak Show
The Americans: Season 2 finale aired May 21; already renewed for Season 3
Anger Management: The 90-episode Season 2 premiered Jan. 17, 2013
Archer: Season 5 finale aired April 21; renewed for Season 6 and Season 7
The Bridge: Season 2 to debut July 9
Chozen: Officially cancelled
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Renewed for Season 10 (FXX); already renewed for Seasons 11 and 12
Justified: Season 6 will be show’s last
The League: Renewed for Season 6 (FXX)
Legit: Season 2 finale aired May 14 (FXX); Officially cancelled
Louie: Season 4 debuted May 5
Married: Season 1 to debut July 17 (FX)
Sons of Anarchy: Renewed for Season 7
The Strain: Season 1 to debut July 13
Tyrant: Season 1 to debut June 24
Wilfred: Fourth and final season to debut June 25 (FXX)
You’re the Worst: Season 1 to debut July 17 (FX)

PBS
Call the Midwife:
 Season 3 finale aired May 18
Downton Abbey: Renewed for Season 5
Mr. Selfridge: Season 2 finale aired May 18
Sherlock: Season 3 finale aired Feb. 2; Season 4 a sure thing

TNT
Dallas: Season 3b premieres Aug. 18
Falling SkiesSeason 4 to debut June 22
Franklin & Bash: Season 4 to debut Aug. 20
King & Maxwell: Officially cancelled.
The Last Ship: Season 1 to debut June 22
Legends: Season 1 to debut Aug. 20
Major Crimes: Season 3 to debut June 9
Mob City: Officially cancelled
Monday Mornings: Officially cancelled
Perception: Season 3 debuted June 17
Rizzoli & Isles: Season 5 debuted June 17
Southland: Officially cancelled

USA NETWORK
Burn Notice: Series finale aired Sept. 12, 2013
Covert Affairs: Season 5 to debut June 24
Graceland: Season 2 debuted June 11
Necessary Roughness: Officially cancelled.
Playing House: Season 2 could go either way.
Psych: Series finale aired March 26
Royal Pains: Season debuted June 10
Sirens: Season 1 finale aired May 1; Renewed for Season 2
SuitsSeason 4 to debut June 11
White Collar: Renewed for shortened sixth and final season.

WGN America
Salem
Renewed for Season 2

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Ripper Street Is the all New Series from BBC America

Ripper Street | BBC America.

Det. Insp. Edmund Reid finds a murder victim. © Tiger Aspect. Credit Jonathan Hession.

Det. Insp. Edmund Reid finds a murder victim. © Tiger Aspect. Credit Jonathan Hession.

Ripper Street is an all new series from our friends at BBC America. The first episode premieres Saturday, January 19 at 9/8C. Click the link above and you’ll be transported to Ripper Street for all kinds of fun.

You can take the Jack the Ripper Tour, watch the trailer of the new series, get details about the production, meet the characters and so much more.

If you liked Copper, you should enjoy Ripper Street. It’s gritty! It’s sexy! It’s raw. It’s Good!

I’ve always been interested in Jack the Ripper. It’s one of the oldest unsolved crimes in the world. Further down the page (you have to click the link) you’ll find 9 Totally Bizarre Unsolved Crimes (courtesy of Buzzfeed). You have to check those out, too.

So click the link, explore the new Ripper Street page and all it has to offer and get ready to watch the all new series from BBC America. If you don’t quite get hooked on in after viewing the pilot, hang in there, the second episode is much better and I guarantee you’ll be hooked on the series after seeing the first two episodes.

Oh, and don’t forget to set your DVR.

2012-13 DVR Hits Tipping Point

Almost 46 percent of all households now own a DVR, up 4% from last year. We now watch less “live” TV, but more programming, thanks to DVRs (digital video recorders).

Younger viewers have been setting their own schedules via streaming, ondemand, delayed and what they have on their DVR, but new and returning shows “are adding significant audiences as nearly 46 percent of U.S. households now have a DVR (up from 42 percent last season)” according to The Hollywood Reporter 10.19.12.

From a February 29, 2012 Nielsen Wire article some old school and new school statistics dating back to 1960:

Then (1960): 7% of households received cable.
Then (1990): 56% received cable and 66% owned a VCR.
Then (2006): 89% of TV content is viewed live.

  • DVR usage accounts for 1.6% of our TV time.

Today:

  • 98% of homes own a TV and most have some kind of device hooked up to their television.
  • 85% of TV content is viewed live.
  • DVR usage accounts for 8% of our TV time.

With the increase of DVRs in viewer’s homes, episodes and series are now “scored” in a new way. For example, the second episode of NBC’s Revolution jumped more than 50% to a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49 with three days of delayed viewing (according to The Hollywood Reporter 10.19.12).

If you look at Nielsen, who has been providing timely information on media and consumer trends on TV since 1950 (radio since 1930) their “source” states: Live viewing and DVR playback on the Same Day, defined as 3am-3am. Ratings are the percentage of TV homes in the U.S. tuned into television.

But the whole point of having a DVR is to watch a show when it’s convenient for you. Copper on BBC America comes on at 9pm CST on Sunday I’m fast asleep by then. Since it’s on DVR I’m not that much in a hurry to watch it, but because I really enjoy the show and love Tom Weston-Jones, I sit down on Monday night and watch it.

DISH’s new “Hopper” aka the commercial-killer was the talk of the cable show in Boston in late May this year. While the Hopper’s automatic ad-skipping is limited to recorded broadcast TV for now, cable networks and distributors said it was a worrisome development.

Sunday’s Copper was La Tempête in a Bottle

Tom Weston-Jones stars as Detective Kevin Corcoran on BBC America’s “Copper” Sundays, 10pm ET

Driving home in the rain last night, my mood lightened some when I realized I had a new episode of Copper waiting for me on my HD DVR. It was episode 5, which means we’re at the midpoint. I can tell from the comments on the website (bbcamerica.com/copper) that people are hoping it gets picked up for a second season (I’m definitely in that group).

I’m amazed by some of the comments of viewers that they can’t hear it or that it’s filmed too dark. I can think of only a handful of reasons why those television viewers are having problems. 1) they are watching it on an old television set; 2) they are watching it on a new television set without additional speakers; 3) they have the right set-up and always have surround sound on and do not know how to turn it off and/or adjust it.

For those who leave comments that it’s filmed too dark – come on people – read your television manual. Learn how to operate one of the most expensive pieces of equipment that you own (next to your car). There are different (automatic) settings you can experiment with.

Try it – please – but don’t comment about it on the website of a television show likes it’s their friggin’ fault! Now, on to important matters.

I love, love, love shows that make you feel like you’re not being … denied (for lack of a better word). FX’s Justified made me feel like that. Watching Copper, when the first commercial came, about 14 minutes into the TV Hour, I was overjoyed knowing I had at least 45 more minutes (including commercials).

In my first post about Copper I made an error when I said it was WRITTEN by Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. Those two gentlemen are executive producers. I apologize. While I was tuttuling around the site this morning I found this little nugget of information: Copper’s series premiere delivered BBC America’s highest-rated telecast ever in Live +7 Day on Sunday, August 19. From what I understand about television numbers lingo, that’s nothing to be ashamed about.

If you still need a little shove, here it is:

“Copper” is more precious than Gold

Tom Weston-Jones and Kevin Ryan are “Coppers”

If you don’t have your TV set to BBC America on Sunday at 9pm, then you need to re-adjust either your schedule or at the least, set your DVR.

Copper is certainly for “adults only” but so is this blog. There’s sex and violence and swearing and drinking, corruption, intrigue, mystery and a fantastic story line. Plenty of historical information, beautiful sets and the men – especially Tom Weston-Jones are oh-la-la!

Copper is written by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson and Emmy Award winner Tom Fontana. It’s a gripping crime drama, set in 1864 New York.

There’s 10 episodes in the first season and you can catch the previous episode at 8pm CT and the new episode at 9pm CT.

Here’s a link to Copper‘s blog for complete (and delightful) recaps of each episode:

http://www.bbcamerica.com/copper/blog/