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Old February 25 2014, 11:56 PM   #2896
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What's your basis for putting Star-Crossed in the "highly likely to be cancelled" category when it's only been on the air two weeks? Did it perform that badly in the ratings?
Yeah, very bad ratings for its first two episodes. It's tough to turn a start like that around. It's probably dead on arrival.
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Old February 26 2014, 12:21 AM   #2897
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Don't expect Tomorrow People to see a second season. It's on the bubble now. It is scheduled to move to Mondays in March. When it doesn't perform, I feel they will give it the axe.

Monday is the CW ghetto. They can't get anything going on that night.
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Old February 26 2014, 12:30 AM   #2898
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I agree. Between the move to Monday, the impending premiere of The 100 in the better timeslot, and the slate of SFF pilots the CW has lined up for next season, The Tomorrow People will probably end up cancelled. It's currently a toss-up, though, just based on its ratings to date.
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Old February 26 2014, 12:45 AM   #2899
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Hallmark has picked up The Good Witch, starring Catherine Bell, as a weekly series. It's heretofore been a series of telemovies. Deadline's report is here.
That's good news. I enjoyed the TV movies. I hope they can get the cast onboard. Chris Potter is committed to Heartland right now.
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Old February 26 2014, 03:15 AM   #2900
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By my current count the 2013/2014 season (including summer 2014) will have 43 live action one-hour SFF shows produced for US and/or Canadian television. That's a new high and 10 more than the previous high last season. 10 years ago a season would yield somewhere between the mid-teens to the low 20s such shows, and 20 years ago a season would yield about half a dozen to a dozen such shows.
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Old February 26 2014, 03:30 AM   #2901
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^Could you list those 43? Because that seems like a surprisingly high number. Are these all confirmed shows, or some that are just in the pilot stage?
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Old February 26 2014, 03:58 AM   #2902
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Those are shows that have aired this season or that will air in the rest of the season and through the summer. It doesn't include pilots or anything in development for the 2014/2015 season. Actually it's 46. I had missed three in my earlier count.

Here's the list in order of the season airing in the 2013/2014 season and summer 2014 (again these are just the live action one-hour shows produced for North American outlets - if you include UK shows and half-hour shows the number is even greater):

9th season

Supernatural (CW)

7th season

True Blood (HBO, final season)

5th season

The Listener (CTV, air date TBA)
The Vampire Diaries (CW)
Warehouse 13 (Syfy, final season)

4th season

Being Human (Syfy, final season)
Falling Skies (TNT)
Game of Thrones ( HBO)
Haven (Syfy)
Lost Girl (Syfy/Showcase)
The Walking Dead (AMC)

3rd season

American Horror Story (FX)
Continuum (Syfy/Showcase)
Grimm (NBC)
Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Person of Interest (CBS)
Teen Wolf (MTV, season 4 likely starts this summer)

2nd season

Arrow (CW)
Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz)
Defiance (Syfy)
Hemlock Grove (Netflix, release date TBA)
Orphan Black (BBC America)
Revolution (NBC)
Under the Dome (CBS)

1st season

The 100 (CW)
Agents of SHIELD (ABC)
Almost Human (Fox)
Believe (NBC)
Bitten (Syfy/Space)
Dracula (NBC)
From Dusk till Dawn: The Series (El Rey)
Helix (Syfy)
Intelligence (CBS)
The Last Ship (TNT)
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC)
The Originals (CW)
Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
Ravenswood (ABC Family, cancelled)
Resurrection (ABC)
Salem (WGN)
Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
Star-Crossed (CW)
The Strain (FX)
The Tomorrow People (CW)
Witches of East End (Lifetime)
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Old February 26 2014, 05:18 AM   #2903
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Wow... I never imagined there'd be a time when I'd be interested in only about a third of the genre shows on the air in a given season. But then I never imagined there'd be over 40 of them at once(-ish). Of course, a few of those are on channels I don't get.

Of course, only a bit over a third of those shows are science fiction rather than fantasy:

Falling Skies
Continuum
Person of Interest
Arrow
Beauty and the Beast
Defiance (albeit with some mystical elements)
Orphan Black
Revolution
The 100
Agents of SHIELD (borderline)
Almost Human
Helix
Intelligence
The Last Ship
Star-Crossed
The Tomorrow People (borderline)

And maybe Believe -- the description on Wikipedia doesn't make clear whether it'll lean more toward fantasy or SF.
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Old February 26 2014, 10:45 AM   #2904
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Arrow has elements of Science Fiction?
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Old February 26 2014, 11:18 AM   #2905
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Old February 26 2014, 08:09 PM   #2906
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What's your basis for putting Star-Crossed in the "highly likely to be cancelled" category when it's only been on the air two weeks? Did it perform that badly in the ratings?
Yeah, very bad ratings for its first two episodes. It's tough to turn a start like that around. It's probably dead on arrival.
Plus it was very telling that CW sacrificed Star Crossed to the Olympics but held out The 100 until March. They are clearly higher on the one over the other. That being said I'm still holding out some hope that there's room for both The 100 and Tomorrow People on their schedule for next year
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Old February 27 2014, 02:19 AM   #2908
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Syfy has bought the rights to Metal Hurlant Chronicles, a half-hour Franco-Belgian anthology show based on Metal Hurlant (Heavy Metal in the US). It will premiere on Syfy in April. Here's the trailer:

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Old February 27 2014, 02:56 AM   #2909
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I saw that news a day or two ago. This makes me happy, I've been curious about the show since I first heard about it a year or two ago. My interest is mainly due to the cast, I've never read the comics, and only made it about 15 or 20 minutes into the movie before I turned it off.
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Old February 27 2014, 04:44 AM   #2910
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Deadline reports that Jonathan Rhys-Davies has joined the cast of Hieroglyph:

John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings franchise) has been cast as a regular in Fox‘s 13-episode series Hieroglyph, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined, it follows Ambrose, a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Rhys-Davies, repped by Jeff Golenberg Management and Louisa Spring Management, will play Vocifer, Ambrose’s one-time mentor who was a dashing thief back in his day.
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