Deal Report: Jan. 11, 2011
EW was on hand at the annual Television Critics Association press tour last week to catch all the latest announcements from the major broadcast and cable nets. Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest news — from returning favorites to intriguing new series that got the green light.
? On Jan. 10, ABC announced early renewals for six shows on their lineup: Cougar Town, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Private Practice, Castle, and The Middle. Desperate Housewives was not included, though it’s expected to return. No word yet on Brothers & Sisters or V.
? ABC Family announced on Jan. 10 that it’s renewing Pretty Little Liars for a second season and The Secret Life of the American Teenager for season 4.
? HBO revealed that its much-anticipated fantasy series Game of Thrones will debut on April 17.
? Laurieann Gibson (Making the Band), the dance guru behind Lady Gaga‘s tour and music videos, will star in an E! series tentatively titled The Dance Scene, produced by Ryan Seacrest. The show features Gibson mentoring young choreographers.
? A&E ordered the first spin-off of its documentary series Intervention. Called Relapse, the show follows ”sober coaches” working with addicts struggling to stay on the wagon.
? Those who caught TLC’s buzz-making Extreme Couponing special last month can rejoice. The format has been picked up for a 12-episode series. Each half hour profiles ”super couponers.”
? TLC said that it will air a one-hour special starring former National Association of Evangelicals leader Ted Haggard. The program will chronicle his attempts to launch a new ministry in Colorado Springs, the same town he left in 2007 after his drug use and relationship with a male prostitute were uncovered.