TV News Wrap Up: ‘Revolution’ Canceled, ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ Renewed & More

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This Week in TV:

NBC cancels Revolution; ABC renews Jimmy Kimmel Live through January 2017; Starz renews Da Vinci’s Demons for season 3; ABC renews The Goldbergs for season 2, but cancels Suburgatory and Super Fun Night; Billy Eichner (Parks and Recreation) lands a comedy pilot at the USA Network; and CW Seed announces six new shows to premiere this summer, including LA Rangers and mini-episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

After debuting as one of NBC’s new big hit shows just two years ago, post-apocalyptic drama Revolution was canceled by the network this week.

Tracy Spiridakos Billy Burke and Elizabeth Mitchell in Revolution TV News Wrap Up: Revolution Canceled, Da Vincis Demons Renewed & More

With a hefty production budget, an expansive cast and J.J. Abrams behind the scenes as executive producer, Revolution was supposed to be one of NBC’s flagship dramas. Early season 1 ratings certainly indicated the series was headed in that direction, but viewership dropped off significantly in season 2 after the show moved to its current Wednesday 8pm timeslot. The final nail in the coffin may have actually come this week, when NBC picked up two new series from Revolution production house Warner Bros. TV, including the highly-anticipated Constantine, which could have been viewed as a replacement.

Revolution will finish its 22-episode season 2 in the next two weeks, starting with “Memorial Day” on Wednesday @8pm on NBC.

Source: Deadline

While CBS and NBC spent time searching for new late night hosts this past year, ABC decided not to shake things up, signing Jimmy Kimmel to a two-year contract extension earlier this week.

Jimmy Kimmel 2017 contract TV News Wrap Up: Revolution Canceled, Da Vincis Demons Renewed & More

The deal ensures that Kimmel and his hit show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, will remain at the network through January 2017. Although Kimmel trailed Jay Leno in the ratings in the key 18-49 demo last year, he did bring in more viewers than David Letterman and saw a 28 percent increase in viewership in his first full season in the 11:35 timeslot. Of course, with new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon bursting out of the gates to an impressive ratings start, we’ll have to see how Kimmel Live fares as it faces new competition in the coming year.

Watch Jimmy Kimmel Live weeknights @11:35pm on ABC.

Source: THR

Another show receiving some good news this week was historical fantasy drama Da Vinci’s Demons, which was renewed for a 10-episode season 3 by Starz.

Da Vincis Demons Season 2 TV News Wrap Up: Revolution Canceled, Da Vincis Demons Renewed & More

Along with the renewal, Starz announced that series creator, writer and producer David S. Goyer, will be handing the showrunning duties to Emmy-nominated writer John Shiban (The X-Files, Breaking Bad) for season 3. Goyer will stay on in a limited role as executive producer, while Shiban will also serve as one of the series’ exec producers.

Said Goyer of the series and of new hire:

“I’m very proud of this modern take on the endlessly fascinating Leonardo da Vinci – everyone from the writers, directors, cast and all the crew have been invaluable and will continue to be for what we have ahead. I’ve been a fan of John’s work for some time and I’m excited to add his voice to the mix.”

Tune in to Starz as Da Vinci’s Demons season 2 continues Saturday, May 17th with “The Enemies of Man.” Season 3 will premiere in 2015.

Source: Starz

Over at ABC this week, The Goldbergs joined the group of lucky programs in being renewed for season 2, while Suburgatory and Super Fun Night were not as fortunate and were axed after seasons 3 and 1, respectively.

goldbergs premiere abc TV News Wrap Up: Revolution Canceled, Da Vincis Demons Renewed & More

After a strong premiere showing, The Goldbergs remained as one of the network’s top-performing comedies throughout its freshman season, making the renewal decision a rather easy one for ABC. Now that the series has a following, it may even move to a better timeslot – from Tuesday @9pm to Wednesday @8:30pm – according to Deadline.

Meanwhile, Suburgatory saw ratings fizzle after a fairly well-received first two seasons, and Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night failed to find a big enough audience in its first season. Both shows now join Trophy Wife, The Neighbors and Mixology in ABC’s comedy discard pile this year.

Tune in to ABC for the season 1 finale of The Goldbergs on Tuesday, May 13 @9pm and the series finale of Suburgatory on Wednesday, May 14 @8:30pm.

Source: Deadline

Emmy-nominated Billy on the Street host and Parks and Recreation season 6 guest star Billy Eichner landed a comedy pilot at USA this week called Difficult People, which he will co-star in with longtime collaborator Julie Klausner (Mulaney).

Billy Eicher Parks and Rec TV News Wrap Up: Revolution Canceled, Da Vincis Demons Renewed & More

In the show – which is being executive produced by Parks and Rec star Amy Poehler  – co-creators Eichner and Klausner will star as frustrated New York comedians who hate everyone, except for each other. Klausner, who has served as a writer for Eichner’s comedy game show on Fuse TV, will pen the pilot episode, which will be directed by Andrew Fleming (Arrested Development).

As big fans of Eichner’s Billy on the Street and his always-angry, yet sophisticated Craig character, Poehler and the other Parks and Rec producers are currently considering promoting him to series regular for season 7. However, since the series will be coming to a close soon, Eichner shouldn’t have any conflicting commitments to worry about if Difficult People gets the green light at USA.

We’ll let you know if the USA Network moves forward with Difficult People after its pilot presentation.

Source: THR

Earlier this week, CW Seed, the digital studio of The CW, unveiled its summer slate of original programming, which will include short webisodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and a new comedy called LA Rangers.

LA Eangers CW Seeed TV News Wrap Up: Revolution Canceled, Da Vincis Demons Renewed & More

Along with Whose Line and LA Rangers, CW Seed also announced original series The Kelly Cutrone Project, The Real Backpackers, Veronica Mars spinoff Play it Again, Dick and an untitled comedy from Alloy Entertainment. Below are the official descriptions for CW Seed’s upcoming shows.

L.A. Rangers:

Stars Wilson Bethel (‘Hart of Dixie’) and his partner, director Dugan O’Neal, as two naïve, borderline delusional, wannabe filmmakers working as park rangers in LA’s Griffith Park. Each episode follows them as they are pulled from their regular, boring lives, into the epic movie-versions of their dreams. From western to sci-fi, anime to action, the cinematic possibilities are as endless, limited by the scope of their own creativity…and the constraints of public servitude. Park hours: sun-up to sundown. ‘L.A. Rangers’ was written and produced by Bethel and O’Neal.

Whose Line Is It Minis:

Special mini-episodes of the hit improv comedy on the CW Network. Starring Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles, and hosted by Aisha Tyler, ‘Whose Line Is It Minis’ packs 30 minutes of funny into two-minute webisodes, including exclusive bloopers and outtakes.

Play it Again, Dick:

Stars Ryan Hansen as himself, as he begs, cajoles, and pleads with his former ‘Veronica Mars’ castmates and friends to help him get his character, Dick Casablancas, his own spin-off show. ‘Play it again, Dick’ is co-written and executive produced by Rob Thomas, the creator and executive producer of ‘Veronica Mars,’ and will include guest appearances by some of Hansen’s fellow ‘Veronica Mars’ stars.

The Kelly Cutrone Project:

A fast-paced, one-of-its-kind digital talk show about everything from fashion, to pop culture, to things your mother never wanted to tell you, hosted by public relations maven, New York Times-bestselling author and ‘America’s Next Top Model’ judge Kelly Cutrone. ‘The Kelly Cutrone Project’ is hosted and executive produced by Kelly Cutrone, with executive producers Liz Gateley and Tony DiSanto, in association with DiGa Productions.

The Real Backpackers:

Corresponding with the ‘Backpackers’ series premiere on-air, CW Seed’s ‘The Real Backpackers’ will be led by guide Annie Unnold, who will travel to the same locations as her fictional ‘Backpackers’ counterparts, going behind the scenes and beyond the set to find the best real-life places to eat, drink and party – first in Europe and then in Canada.

Untitled comedy:

Things get complicated for two best friends and roommates when one of them starts dating the other’s recently single mom. The series is written by Richard Keith & Erin Cardillo. Executive Producers are Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein, and Tripp Reed.

Look for all six shows to premiere on The CW’s digital platform, CW Seed, this summer.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I really tried to get into Revolution during season 1 but stopped watching after 5 or 6 episodes. The writing was meh and the show is very forgettable. I didn’t miss it at all after I stopped watching.

    • I’m the same. I stopped around the time they decided to give steam engines a go…years after the initial event. Like they wouldn’t do it straight away? Many other plot holes that made me not watch also.

    • you got to be kidding me! Revolution is the Best! Nothing is going to take it’s place. All the new shows planing to take it’s place suck!
      Nothing is gonna make me ever want to watch NBC again and I will never watch their Voice either..thats all crap!

      • +1

        Revolution was one of the very best series on television … ever! It had an innovative concept and a great cast. It’s a pity that we won’t ever get to see the character arcs reach conclusion, or see what happens with the nano AI.

        This is just another stupid decision from a retarded network that has had it’s head up it’s ass for over a decade now. If it weren’t for Revolution, they could remove NBC from my cable lineup and all I’d say is, “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.”

        • The concept was interesting on paper, but the execution was lacking. They jumped from one thing to another and after they gave away how the power went out it was just a treadmill of people fighting for control over what exactly? The better story would have been what happened right after the blackout since it just seems like everyone went Old West Road Warrior and adapted over time.

    • The Revolution writers failed to realize that post-apocalyptic dystopian stories need either zombies, Terminators or Mad Max.

      It was getting weird anyways… but it did look like they were going the way of the Matrix, if they gave it a Season 3, I think Neo would have appeared by the end of it.

    • Exactly my feelings. My g/f and I tried to pick it up as a new show we were interested in…we watched the first half-season 10 episode run and never looked back after that. The show was terrible. Writing was terrible, acting was terrible, aside from Giancarlo Esposito and Billy Burke. To me, it became a very boring story to follow. Then the promotion with Led Zeppelin…I love me some Led Zep but it seemed like a reach for more viewership. Became completely uninterested with the last few episodes, and it was painful to even try to finish the last 3 of the 10. After, I continually checked up on the show to see what people though about it, if they agreed with me that it was as terrible as I thought, and to see if it had been cancelled yet. Today that hope comes true, thank the Gods. No more crappy shows for me.

      • Terrible acting? Definetely revolution is two complicated for you to understand and follow. I am sure you are only capable of understanding realities. The ratings were low because of the time slot, 7pm? it is for adults, not for children

    • Revolution was a show about corruption in government and it takes a bit of patience and logical thinking to see its amazing message. The only show in the history of TV that so bluntly focused on blind government support.
      It also showed that a few people if united, can make a difference. All other shows are empty of such strong emotional messages that are in a way based on our realities.
      I am very disappointed at NBC for not to stand up for their principles of freedom and instead of promoting this show, they got frightened of its message and axed it.
      This reminds me of Star Trek experience, where a huge following was noticed after the show got cancelled. That also was a revolutionary show.
      NBC, bring it back. HBO, Showtime, take the show and you will see millions of increased viewership.

  2. Damn, i would have like Neighbors and Revolution to get another season. Neighbors is just a really great show, funny as hell, especially that Indian episode… Rev s01 hurt the show i think… S02 was getting real good… Too bad…

    • I honestly think moving it to Wednesday nights playing at the same time as Arrow hurt it the most.

      • Arrow? Ha your kidding right?

        • what about it would i be kidding about?

          • That folks actually watch it… .07 ratings in the target demo… Hell Agents of Shield is like a 1.9 and a much better show even though it’s kinda sucky…

            • All im saying is that, as a fan of both Arrow and Revolution, for them to move Revolution to Wednesday nights, to compete with Arrow, was kind of a mistake at the time because their was still a lot of questions if Revolution was gonna last anyway and Arrow had pretty much already solidified itself to be around for a while. I think it might have had more a chance if it stayed playing on Monday nights with The Voice as a lead in.

              Also, comparing AoS and Arrow with either of those is stupid in my opinion, because for one, AoS is only in season 1 while the others are in Season 2, and they air on different nights. I will admit that the last few episodes of Revolution have been really drawn out and a bit boring, And Arrow has been the total opposite, along with Agents of Shield. So there are multiple reasons why Revolution got canceled. It is still a shame to see it go.

            • Apples and oranges aren’t the same either!

              You’re comparing a Network show to a cable show bro.
              And I’m still trying to stop laughing at the concept that there are people who think AoS is better!

              I got no problem with anybody disliking Arrow, but AoS better?
              Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!

      • it should have been a 10 pm show i was suprised to see it on early 8pm est.
        and while i liked it there were some bad writing jets sitting for years flying
        just after repower old steam and few engines possably but not complicated equipment
        like jets and choppers but it should have gotten 1 more season

  3. Just got finished watching Da Vinci’s Demons two minutes ago and was just wondering if it was gonna get picked up for a third season. Really glad it did.

    Starz really pissed me off getting rid of Boss and Magic City. I have no problem with a show not coming back as long they get to finish the story. Boss and Magic City should have been given one more season to finish it off.

    This will probably be the last season for this show but atleast they should be able to close out it properly.

  4. P&R is just like Dexter. The 1st & 3rd seasons were ok, the 2nd & 4th were good and then they went down hill there on. Both should have been canned 5th season onwards but dragged out for quantity over (bottom of the barrel)quality.

    Just glad Community **IS 100% quality over quantity (i.e shorter series later on for quality).

  5. This is a bummer. Between this, Almost human, Believe, & Crisis I’m losing a nice chunk of shows me and my wife actually watch together.

  6. Disappointed about Revolution going, it’s a great show and now we’ll never know the answers to some of the questions raised along the way, like whether or not Munroe will reform his Republic or what Aaron will do with the nanotech next.

    I’d comment about the day it aired but here, it’s different anyway. Season 1 aired on Sunday nights and season 2 was on Saturdays with no competition (second half of season 2 had to compete with True Detective on saturdays for the latter half of that show but that was all).

  7. I watched the first episode of Revolution,and didn’t bother with it again.Glad I didn’t now.Not that it’s a bad show or anything,but nothings worse than getting invested in a show only to have it yanked off the air before anything substantial is resolved(don’t know if the mystery of why the lights were off or not,but just saying).

    Also,I’m sooooo glad to see The Goldbergs get picked up.I usually don’t watch sitcoms anymore,but with Modern Family,while still good for a laugh,it’s too formulaic,predictable,and paint-by-numbers comedy.As a child of the 80’s,The Goldbergs is just a delight for me to watch every single week.

    I’m sad to see Mixology go.I initially thought the concept was pretty dull,but after watching the first episode,I found it to be pretty damn funny.

    ABC has no clue on what their identity is when it comes to comedies these days.They keep throwing things at the wall,mostly quirky humor,and hoping that it will stick,but not really giving it much of a chance to shine.I have a feeling that whatever the newest batch of sitcoms to come out,they will face the same fate.

  8. Revolution would be a good fit on the syfy channel, if the channel execs weren’t so cheap. The show was going in a great direction, in my opinion. Shame it was canceled.

  9. Revolution took a little bit to get up and going, but once it did it was extremely watchable… once it got into the more syfy/mysterious elements. Monroe’s character arch is simply the best and very entertaining to watch. I will miss his character. The dream episode was freaking awesome. Rachel going all “Juliet” with a screwdriver is one of the better moments that has occurred on NBC in the last couple years. Thank goodness Grimm got renewed. :)

  10. Another show canned because it can’t compete with Agents of SHIELD.

  11. Revolution is available on Netflix, if anyone wants to explore that option. I watched a few minutes of Da Vinci’s Demons, and could not get into it.

  12. I watched a few episodes of Da Vinci’s Demons but could’t get into it either! Also that guy who plays Craig on Parks & Rec is so annoying! I ‘d like to punch him in the face! :)

  13. I’m really bummed about Neighbors and Community. Really smart comedies going to the grave…

    I do watch Revolution every week and I like it. However, it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so I understand it getting canned.

  14. Please no, don’t cancel Revolution. Loved it and now we won’t know the ending.

  15. I am not even going to bother to finish the rest of Revolution since
    they are cancelling it and I am done watching any new TV shows with
    most of the new one’s I watched are being cancelled.

  16. What is wrong with you people? Revolution was one of the BEST shows you had! You are crazy for cancelling! I will make it point NOT to watch NBC!

    • Revolution is great, but it was for smart people, which definetely nbc executives are not, they continúe with those stupid realities

  17. revolution is a great show.big mistake cancelling!

  18. I watched it, I liked it “OK” but was waiting for it to wrap up already, only reason I kept watching. I guess I will never know what direction the writers were going, to me it looked like they ran out of ideas and lost their way. Was going too syfi IMHO with the nano and tech stuff.

  19. I’m glad revolution got cancelled. Kripke can suck it now! He left Supernatural for that s***!!

  20. Just finished watching the last several episodes.
    I’m torn. There was actually some clever writing (gobs of twists and turns — you who were bored must not have been paying attention!), and engaging characters, even if the blood/killing themes were too overt.
    Have others noted the trend in J.J. Abrams shows (Alias, Lost, The Event, Revolution, etc.). He starts out with a huge, awesome bang with strong dramatic elements and enticing characters. And then increasingly things go in a bizarre sci-fi direction. Eventually that takes over and his shows become increasingly aimless and less satisfying. They all end poorly or are unable to finish.
    This one, with the Nanos taking over in the season 2 finale seemed to be setting up a Zombie-Apocalypse type story-line in Idaho for season 3. With that storyline decision, perhaps NBC was wise for pulling the plug.
    Abrams is great at starting shows and pulling off action packed 2-hour movies. However, I don’t think he has the ability to sustain a show for years and finish well.

    • Oh, one more thing. As others have mentioned: It was a horrific decision by NBC to put this show on at 8pm (7 mtn/central). What were they thinking? Likely, Revolution was the most violent show on television – showing when grade school kids are awake? Apparently NBC has completely done away with “Family Time”. I watched every episode, but not a single one during its timeslot. I’m sure the time placement was a ratings killer. Clearly a 10:00 pm show. Completely inept time placement.

      • I absolutely loved the show, the characters & the content. I am so disappointef & disgusted at the decision not to renew the show! I was totally engrossed in its entirety. I worked all week & my only true enjoyment was looking forward to watching this show specifically. The Shame & disappointmemt…truely hope cable at least picks it up…..