What shows like ''Parks and Recreation,'' ''Brothers & Sisters,'' and ''House'' have planned for next season. Plus, the 10 buzziest new shows
Big Changes for Your Favorite Shows
Parks and Recreation
NBC brass said the decision to bench the Amy Poehler satire until midseason was their ”toughest” call, but necessary to help launch Outsourced. For fans looking forward to Parks newcomer Rob Lowe settling in, exec producer Michael Schur says, ”The episodes we’ve already shot for season 3 have turned out great.”
Although the once-indestructible drama has been euthanized, NBC is in talks with series creator Tim Kring about producing a two-hour wrap-up movie to give fans closure. ”Financially, it might be impossible to do,” cautions Greg Grunberg, who’s moved on to NBC’s Love Bites. ”I hope we can work it out. Tim has a great story in mind.”
Brothers & Sisters
ABC renewed the drama for a fifth season, but at a reduced 18-episode order — signaling the end may be near for the Walkers. Producers are still moving ahead with plans to flashforward one year, following the tragic events of last week’s finale.
For its 10th season, the CW Superman saga will stay put on Fridays. Despite rumors, Allison Mack (Chloe) will return — but not for long. ”Out of respect for my amazingly loyal fans,” she says, ”I’m coming back for several episodes to tie up Chloe’s legacy properly.”
The Fox drama will be minus Thirteen for a few months this fall as Olivia Wilde goes off to shoot the sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens. ”She’ll be back in the beginning of the season,” says exec producer Katie Jacobs, ”and then she will [be gone] for a period of time.”
Two and a Half Men
With Charlie Sheen’s 11th-hour deal to continue on Men, CBS’ Monday anchor will return for an eighth season.
The 10 Buzziest New Shows
The broadcast networks just rolled out their schedules for next season. Here are the highlights.
1. No Ordinary Family (ABC)
The Shield‘s Michael Chiklis headlines this drama from Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters) about a family of superheroes.
2. Mr. Sunshine (ABC)
A comedy starring former Friend Matthew Perry as a 40-year-old stadium manager in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Added perk: Allison Janney costars as his boss.
3. Running Wilde (Fox)
Arrested Development‘s Will Arnett and Felicity’s Keri Russell (they had us there) play childhood sweethearts who get a second chance at love. The catch? She grew up. Him? Not so much.
4. Ride-Along (Fox)
A Chicago-set cop drama from a guy who knows a thing or two about urban warfare: Shield creator Shawn Ryan.
5. Undercovers (NBC)
J.J. Abrams returns to the spy genre with this Hart to Hart-esque dramedy about married ex-CIA agents who get sucked back into the game.
6. Love Bites (NBC)
A romantic anthology from Sex and the City scribe Cindy Chupack starring Ugly Betty‘s Becki Newton and My Boys‘ Jordana Spiro.
7. Terra Nova (Fox)
Steven Spielberg + time travel + dinosaurs = yes, please!
8. Mike and Molly (CBS)
Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory) looks to add to his sitcom empire with a comedy about a couple (My Name Is Earl‘s Billy Gardell and Gilmore Girls‘ Melissa McCarthy) who meet at a weight-loss support group.
9. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
Alex O’Loughlin succeeds Jack Lord as Det. Steve McGarrett in this remake of the iconic ’70s cop drama. Lost‘s Daniel Dae Kim costars.
10. Nikita (The CW)
Maggie Q headlines this update of the ’90s action franchise.