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FOX Cancels ‘Utopia’, NBC pulls ‘A to Z’ and ‘Bad Judge’

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The “T.V show ax” just keeps chopping.

FOX has pulled the plug on it’s reality TV show Utopia just a month after reducing the episode count.

Shrinking the episode count didn’t help matters as the series drew in less than a 0.5 rating with barely 1.5 million viewers.

Utopia was a reality series about a group of strangers group together in an isolated camp for a year.

The decision goes into effect immediately. Starting Nov. 7 Masterchef Junior reruns will take it’s place. 

 

NBC cancelled two shows from its schedule earlier this week.

The network announced that it will not produce any more episodes of the two Thursday comedies, Bad Judge and A to Z. It will however,  air all episodes from the initial orders– 13- episodes in total. Five episodes each have aired so far.

Bad Judge has shot 10 episodes to date, while A to Z has shot 11, so they’ll be continuing production until the end of their “season.” Good news for fans, they’ll actually get some closure.

The comedies started off with good ratings, but dropped significantly after facing competition from ABC’s Scandal an other comedies in the same time block.

Recently, Bad Judge scored a 0.9 rating with 4 million views, while A to Z pulled in a 0.7 with 2.6 million. Both fell under the deadly 1.0 rating and didn’t go back up.  I guess they still have time to prove themselves, since NBC is sort of giving them a second-chance.. or at least an extended run. I doubt this will make NBC change it’s mind though. It’s surprising their being this “giving” but I’m assuming it’s because they have nothing better to replace the show with for now. Plus, they’d probably lose more money trying to the pull the plug completely.

Bad Judge centered on a party loving judge. A to Z was a romantic comedy about a couple. Very broad, I know but I feel like the reason these comedies don’t work is because they are so cliche. There is nothing new and exciting about them. Why should I watch a show about some middle-aged woman stuck in her 20’s that can’t get it together? Or another romance comedy, when I deal with my own romantic timeline and also invest in dramas where I can ship my favorites, but the story doesn’t only revolve around their love.

The Blacklist will take over the time slot on February 5th.

UPDATE: Producer Rashida Jones tweeted out that A to Z isn’t officially cancelled. We now have to look up the word cancelled in the dictionary. Oh wait…. The announcement was followed by this statement from NBC.

“[The] show is not officially canceled. For the time being, NBC has decided not to order any more episodes after its original 13-episode order. We always have the option of changing that later on.”

So like I said in my earlier post, it’s a second chance but not really. Let’s be honest, who is going to invest more time in a show that’s hanging on by a string?

Jones even started a petition on Twitter with the hashtag #saveatoz.

So if you love the show, go share your excitement and petition. I’ll be tuning into to Scandal. No hard feeling…

 

The next show to watch out for is Mulaney. If anyone is getting the ax, it’s the FOX show. It has dipped drastically in ratings, hitting a low of 0.7 this week. Seriously though, ratings are plummeting, reviews are bad. It’s only a matter of time.

Other shows I’m concerned about include Jane the Virgin and The 100. Both CW shows aren’t getting the best ratings, which kind of upsets me because I kind of really like Jane the Virgin. We’ll have to wait and see. What shows do you want off the air? Let us know and vote in our poll!

 

Photo Credit: NBC/A to Z


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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WATCH: Mel and Jack Talk Starting a Family in ‘Virgin River’ Season 3 Trailer

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There’s plenty of baby talk going around in the Virgin River Season 3 trailer! 

Netflix dropped the trailer for the upcoming drama on Friday, June 11 and it doesn’t waste any time answering the question on everyone’s mind: does Jack survive?

It’s quite an obvious answer considering there is no show without Jack, but if it’s been keeping you up at night, the good news is that he does. 

Of course, that doesn’t put the question of who shot him to rest. (And we have some theories you can check out right here!)

As he recovers, he’s blessed to have Nurse Mel by his side.

With their romance finally heating up, the nosy locals in town begin asking questions about their future — is marriage in the cards? And what about babies?

5 Biggest Moments from ‘Virgin River’ Season 2

Mel’s history will definitely come into play, especially as it was always her dream to have a child. But Jack is a new father to twins (at least we think they’re his) with his ex Charmaine. 

Luckily, Charmaine is no longer hung up on him as she’s found a new man who is there for her and the kids! 

 
Check out the trailer below:
 


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Check Out the ‘Christmas in July’ Lineup on Hallmark

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Check Out the 'Christmas in July' Lineup on Hallmark

No one does Christmas better than Hallmark… even in July.

The network is here to give you a little dose of holiday cheer during the summer months with its annual Christmas in July lineup.

The jolly fun kicks off on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries from June 25 all the way through July 8. 

If that’s not enough, you can indulge in more of your holiday favorites on the Hallmark Channel from July 8 to July 31. 

There’s even a brand-new Christmas movie premiering on July 9 titled Crashing Through the Snow starring Amy Acker and Kristian Bruun star as Maggie and Jeff, who are ex-spouses but friends first.

So, decorate those palm trees, grab a nice cold drink, and check out the Christmas in July lineup below:

2020 Movie Marathon (July 10-11)

Hallmark will air popular Christmas movies from last year, including the premiere of “Crashing Through the Snow” on July 10 at 9 p.m.

Soap Sunday (July 18)

Hallmark will air holiday films featuring fan-favorite soap stars throughout the day and into the night, including Cameron Mathison, Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn, Alison Sweeney, Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster.

Countdown to Christmas Greatest Hits (July 24-25)

Hallmark will air some of its greatest Christmas films of the past. “Crown for Christmas,” starring Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones, will air on July 24 at 7 p.m.; “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” starring Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler and Warren Christie, will air on July 24 at 9 p.m.; “Christmas Under Wraps,” starring Candace Cameron Bure and David O’Donnell, will air on July 25 at 7 p.m.; and “The Nine Lives of Christmas” with Brandon Routh and Kimberley Sustad will air on July 25 at 10 p.m.

Blake Shelton Night (June 28)

  • Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 6 p.m. ET
  • Time for You to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET 
  • Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET

Holiday Jam Session (July 2)

Hallmark will air a series of films that have key musical moments: “Our Christmas Love Song,” starring Alicia Witt and Brendan Hines, will air at 6 p.m.; “The Christmas Bow,” starring Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady, will air at 8 p.m.; and “Christmas at Graceland,” with Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown, will air at 10 p.m.

Salute to Christmas (July 3)

A trio of projects celebrating those who serve the U.S. will air, featuring “The Christmas Doctor” (starring Holly Robinson Peete and Adrian Holmes) at 6 p.m.; “USS Christmas” (starring Jen Lilley and Trevor Donovan) at 8 p.m.; and “Deliver by Christmas” (starring Alvina August and Eion Bailey) at 10 p.m.

Family on the 4th! (July 4)

To celebrate family, Hallmark will air “A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas,” starring Rachael Lee Cook and Benjamin Ayres, at 6 p.m.; “Holly & Ivy,” starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan and Marisol Nichols, at 8 p.m.; and “The Christmas Ring,” starring Nazneen Contractor and  David Alpay, at 10 p.m.


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WATCH: ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Trailer Gives First Look Into the Scandalous Lives of Manhattan’s Elite

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Hey Upper East Siders,

The long-awaited Gossip Girl reboot has finally dropped its first trailer.

Nine years after its original run in 2007-2012, Gossip Girl is back and ready to ruin the lives of the next generation of New York’s elite.

This time, she’s upgraded technology and can wreak havoc beyond her blog and outdated flip phone’s contact list.

Through the use of an anonymous Instagram account, she threatens to unveil a huge secret among the ruling rich kids at the private school Constance Billard.

With a cast full of up-and-comers including Jordan Alexander’s portrayal of the queen bee, Julian Calloway, and Whitney Peak as the new girl, Zoya Lott, the show seems to do a great job of diversifying its characters.

There are a few familiar faces including Elizabeth Lail (You) and Laura Benanti (Younger), and the recognizable voice-over of Kristen Bell as the ominous Gossip Girl.

In this short two-minute trailer, it’s clear that the show will be full of drama, and according to the official logline, “The prestige series will address just how much social media–and the landscape of New York City itself– has changed in the intervening years.”

Don’t forget to tune in, as the series will officially stream episodes on HBO Max weekly starting July 8.

XOXO,

Gossip Girl


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