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TV's Upfront Week: Let us guide you through the madness

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Nathanfillion_lPopWatchers, we are entering one of television’s most insane, news-filled weeks — that’s right, folks, it’s time for Upfronts! Get ready for the five broadcast networks to put their fall TV cards on the table, as they present their 2009-2010 schedules in NYC. Dreams are bound to be realized — and crushed — as shows either get the greenlight…or don’t.

As always, EW’s got you covered. But here’s a surprise: Most of our Upfronts news won’t live on PopWatch. So we wanted to give you a little primer about where you can find all the juice. Leading up to the official reveals, you can rely on EW scoopmaster Michael Ausiello — via his Ausiello Files blog — to break tidbits about the networks’ plans. Last weekend, for instance, Ausiello reported on the fate of several bubble shows: CBS’ Cold Case will return, as will ABC’s Better Off Ted, Castle (that’s why Nathan Fillion’s shining face is smiling at you right now), and Scrubs, while ABC’s The Unusuals and Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles have been officially canceled. CBS’ Without a Trace is “unlikely” to return. He also revealed that NBC renewed Chuck…with a few strings attached and Fox’s Bones got two more seasons.

Ausiello is also Tweeting all of his scoop and constantly updating his handy dandy Fall TV cheat sheet, which outlines the status of every show on broadcast television. 

As for the actual schedules and news from the network presentations, you can find newshound Lynette Rice blogging about that daily on EW’s Hollywood Insider blog. Fox presents today, ABC tomorrow, CBS on Wednesday, and The CW on Thursday. NBC already did its major presentation but is expected to reveal its full schedule tomorrow. EW’s esteemed TV critic Ken Tucker will also be making snap judgments on all the networks’ new series, based on the clips shown at the presentations. Look for that daily coverage on his Watching TV blog.

One final tip: We recommend keeping an eye on the Twitter feeds for your favorite shows’ stars. Nathan Fillion seems pretty elated about Castle‘spick-up: “I can’t remember the last time I had a second season ofANYTHING,” he Tweets. “I don’t know if I remember what to do. Step one:go to Canada. Relax.” More riveting news from Fillion to come, for sure! (Step two involved seeing Star Trek again.)

PopWatchers, what show’s fate are you still nervous about? Which network’s schedule do you think is shaping up the best? What new show are you most excited for?

More TV news from EW:
Fall TV Cheat Sheet: What’s in? What’s out?
The Ausiello Files
It’s official: NBC renews ‘Chuck’ (but there’s a catch)
Bubble show updates: ‘Cold Case’ renewed, ‘Sarah Connor’ axed, and more
‘Grey’s’ exclusive: Katherine Heigl reenters Emmy race!

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