Here is a quick roundup of the latest TV news; Letterman stays with CBS until 2015, ‘Lucky 7’ isn’t for ABC, Berry to star in CBS drama, ‘Simpsons’ renewed by Fox & ‘The Blacklist’ gets full season order.
David Letterman Extends CBS Deal Through 2015
CBS has extended its deal with David Letterman through 2015 to host “Late Show with David Letterman,” ensuring the veteran talk-show host will continue to hold forth while a new generation of late-night hosts make their way on NBC and ABC.
“There is only one Dave, and we are extremely proud that he continues to call CBS ‘home,’” said CBS Corp. prexy/CEO Leslie Moonves, as the deal between the network, Letterman and Worldwide Pants was announced.
ABC Cancels Struggling ‘Lucky 7′ After Just Two Weeks
ABC has axed its under-performing lotto-winner drama “Lucky 7″ after just two weeks on the air, making it the first cancelation of the new television season. The show, which premiered to a 1.3 demo rating and 4.4 million viewers overall during premiere week, sunk to a 0.7 and 2.6 million in its second outing earlier this week. The 1.3 was the lowest for any new series this fall until Thursday night, when NBC’s “Welcome to the Family” opened to a 1.2. The Alphabet will replace “Lucky 7″ with repeats of the previous week’s episode of hot Thursday drama “Scandal,” which kicked off its third season last night with series highs.
Halle Berry To Star in CBS Drama Series ‘Extant’
Halle Berry will take her first major TV series role in “Extant,” the serialized drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios that CBS greenlit in August. In addition, Berry and producing partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, have entered into a two-year, first look production deal with CBS Television Studios.
In “Extant,” Berry will play an astronaut returning from a year-long solo space mission who tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.
‘The Simpsons’ Renewed for Season 26 by Fox
“The Simpsons” has received another record-setting renewal from Fox.
The network has ordered a 26th season of the venerable toon series, it was announced this afternoon. Renewal continues “The Simpsons” streak as the longest-running American sitcom and animated program. “For more than a quarter of a century, ‘The Simpsons’ has captured the hearts and minds of fans in a way that transcends ages, languages and cultures,” said Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly. “This ground-breaking series is not only the longest-running scripted show in television history, it’s one of the greatest sitcoms of our time, and I’m looking forward to yet another landmark season.”
‘The Blacklist’ Picked Up for Full 22-Episode Season by NBC
NBC is giving a full-season commitment to freshman drama “The Blacklist,” ordering an additional nine episodes of the James Spader starrer to round out its first season order to 22 segs.
Strengthened by its lead-in “The Voice,” “The Blacklist” has drawn strong ratings during its first two weeks on the Peacock’s Monday night lineup. Drama averages 12 million total viewers and has retained an above-average percentage of its premiere aud.
“The many layers of Red Reddington and his mysterious reasons for getting into bed with the FBI seem to be fascinating to fans of this show,” said NBC Entertainment prexy Jennifer Salke. “With great talent like James Spader and Megan Boone on board, as well our stellar executive producers and the whole cast and crew, we believe this outstanding series will continue to make NBC a big destination on Monday nights.”