This Week in TV:
Netflix announces seasons 5-8 of Dexter will be available to stream in January; Comedy Central renews three shows, including Key and Peele; ABC axes Back in the Game; and The Price Is Right welcomes back Bob Barker for a special appearance to celebrate his 90th birthday.
After releasing seasons 1-4 of Showtime's landmark drama Dexter on Halloween, Netflix announced this week that the rest of the series will be available for instant streaming on January 1, 2014.
While the Dexter finale that aired this past September was generally poorly received (read our review), the series as a whole garnered widespread acclaim during most of its run on Showtime, and Netflix was understandably excited to acquire the award-winning show so soon after its conclusion.
Said Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos:
“We’re thrilled to have ‘Dexter,’ one of Showtime’s highest-rated shows on Netflix, and so quickly after it completed its record-breaking run. This is one of the great serialized dramas of the past decade and we know our members will enjoy discovering or reliving the twisted world of Dexter Morgan anywhere and anytime they want.”
With two full months before the release of the show's last four seasons (5-8), viewers who've just introduced themselves to the serial killer drama should have plenty of time to binge watch their way through the first four and get caught up.
Check out seasons 1-4 of Dexter on Netflix now and see the rest of the series when it comes to the streaming service on January 1, 2014.
Source: CBS Corporation
Earlier this week, Comedy Central announced season renewals for popular sketch show Key and Peele, animated series Brickleberry and webseries-inspired show Drunk History.
Unsurprisingly, Key and Peele - which is number one among cable shows in its timeslot with men aged 18-34 - was given a season 4, while Brickleberry and Drunk History earned renewals for seasons 3 and 2, respectively, due to their consistently solid viewership numbers.
Perhaps the most notable renewal is Key and Peele, which has not only survived, but thrived on the comedy network. The duo of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele - who star in and co-executive produce the show - has certainly created a smart, distinctive brand of sketch comedy, which has even drawn comparisons to Chappelle's Show.
While there are no premiere dates for these new seasons yet, we look forward to more hilarious episodes from each of the three renewed shows.
ABC made some decisions on several of its new fall sitcoms this week and choose to cancel little league comedy Back in the Game.
Despite canceling the sitcom, the network will air the remainder of the 13-episode first (and now final) season that it originally ordered. Of course, now that some audiences will be aware that the series is ending this season, viewership numbers will likely continue to decline over the course of the final seven episodes.
After a underwhelming premiere (read our review), the show failed to find solid footing in its target demographic and couldn't hold its lead-in audience from The Middle, so its cancellation is far from a shock.
Still, if you are enjoying Back in the Game, tune in while you can as its first and final season continues on Wednesday, November 13 @8:30pm on ABC.
Source: The Wrap
CBS delighted fans of The Price Is Right this week with the announcement that legendary host Bob Barker will return for a special appearance to celebrate his 90th birthday on December 12th.
Barker's upcoming pre-taped appearance marks his second since his departure as host in 2007 and will be part of a week-long tribute to the man who was the face of America's favorite game show for 45 years.
Said executive producer Mike Richards of Barker's upcoming appearance:
"We've had Bob on just one other time since Drew Carey took over the show. It was when Bob's book, 'Priceless Memories,' came out and it was a priceless moment for fans. I was looking for the perfect reason to bring Bob back again and this TV legend turning 90 is the perfect reason."
To honor Barker, the show is planning on featuring pet adoptions each day from Dec. 9-13. Barker, who is a well-known animal rights activist, has championed pet adoptions for years and will be placing a puppy up for adoption himself during his return appearance.
Tune in to The Price Is Right on December 12, 2013 to see Barker back on his old stage.
Source: TV Guide