[04/10/03 - 12:00 AM]
FOX Renews 'Malcolm,' Finalizes Sweeps Plans
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- FOX has renewed its Emmy award winning series "Malcolm in the Middle" for a fifth season.

"'Malcolm in the Middle' is the benchmark by which all family comedies are judged," FOX Entertainment president Gail Berman told reporters. "The series continues to grow creatively, just as Lois and Hal's family is growing with a baby on the way. We look forward to seeing what [creator and executive producer] Linwood [Boomer] and company have in store for them, and us, next season."

To date this season, "Malcolm" is the number one series in its time slot in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic. In addition, the series continues to win its time period among adults 18-34, men 18-49, men 18-34, men 25-54, women 18-34 and teens. More importantly, the comedy has posted gains in its time period comparable to last year in adults 18-49 (+9%) and adults 18-34 (+26%).

FOX also finalized its May sweeps plans yesterday, announcing firm dates for its season finales, movies and specials set to air during the period (April 24 - May 21):

Sundays: "Oliver Beene" and "The Pitts" will wrap their freshman seasons on May 11 with the episodes "Girly Dad" and "Ticket to Riot" respectively. Back-to-back original episodes will mark the season finales to "King of the Hill," "The Simpsons" and "Malcolm in the Middle" on May 18. "Futurama," as previously announced, will not air during the period however has fresh installments set for June.

Mondays: "Boston Public" and the new reality series "Mr. Personality" will both air throughout the period with "Public" closing its third season on May 12 and "Personality's" two-hour finale on May 19.

Tuesdays: "24" and "American Idol" will run uninterrupted for all of sweeps with part one of "Idol's" finale and the "guaranteed-to-shock" close to season two of "24" on May 20.

Wednesdays: As no doubt expected a heavy dose of "American Idol" is set for May sweeps with expanded one-hour results shows on April 30 (8-9 p.m.) and May 14 (8:30-9:30 p.m.) leading up to the two-hour season finale on May 21. "Wanda at Large" wraps its inaugural season on April 30 while "That '70s Show" and "The Bernie Mac Show" finish up their season runs on May 14 (the latter at a special time, 9:30/8:30c). "Cedric the Entertainer Presents," which had been set to return briefly during the period, will instead hold off until June with new episodes.

Thursdays: FOX has a new two-hour Michael Jackson special set for April 24 entitled "Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies." The singer narrates a never-before-seen personal archive of footage from his career. "The Pulse" and other to-be-announced specials will fill the night for the remainder of the period.

Fridays: "Fastlane" and "John Doe" will wrap their freshman seasons on April 25, the first Friday of the period. Movies will take over for the rest of sweeps with "Big Momma's House" on May 2, "The Matrix" on May 9 and "Me, Myself and Irene" on May 16.

Saturdays: "Cops" and "America's Most Wanted" will continue to run fresh installments throughout the period including "Wanted's" "750th Capture Special Edition" on April 26. "Mad TV" will also close its season with new episodes each Saturday. Mandy Moore and Godsmack guest April 26, Missy Elliott appears May 3, Tom Arnold is the guest of honor May 10, and Nicole Sullivan spices up the series' season finale May 17, along with the cast of "Jackass."

  [april 2003]  

· 24 (FOX)

[10/08/15 - 11:05 AM]
"David Tutera's CELEBrations" Season Three Premieres Friday, October 30 at 10PM ET/PT on WE tv
Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Kim Coles, Ian Ziering, Cynthia Bailey, Big Ang Raiola and Reza Farahan are among those featured in the new season.

[10/08/15 - 11:00 AM]
"Tyrant" Returning For Third Season on FX
The 10-episode third season will air in 2016.

[10/08/15 - 11:00 AM]
AMC Renews "Halt and Catch Fire" for Third Season
Co-creators and writers Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers have been upped to showrunners for the 10-episode third season, which will return to AMC next summer.

[10/08/15 - 10:37 AM]
Jimmy Fallon Generates His Biggest Margin to Date vs. Colbert, Taking the Week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in 18-49 by a 41% Advantage
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of September 28-October 2.

[10/08/15 - 09:48 AM]
"The Operatives" Is Back Saving the World's Most Precious Wildlife and Eco-Systems in an All-New Season Premiering on Pivot on October 18 at 10 P.M.
With 10, all new, hour-long episodes, Pete Bethune and his hand-picked team of military elite travel to the furthest parts of the world to expose those suspected of endangering our wildlife and environment in an effort to bring them to justice.

[10/08/15 - 09:43 AM]
HBO NOW Arrives Today on the Roku Platform
Roku customers can purchase a subscription directly within the HBO NOW channel on their Roku device, which will also enable them to access the service at HBONOW.com and on other HBO NOW enabled devices.

[10/08/15 - 09:32 AM]
Syfy Launches All-New Virtual Reality Experience for Award-Winning "The Expanse" VR App
The app immerses viewers into the vast world of "The Expanse," giving them the opportunity to enter into locations from the show and experience them in virtual reality.

[10/08/15 - 09:32 AM]
Game 1 of 2015 WNBA Finals Sees Viewership Increase from 2014
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, October 4.

[10/08/15 - 09:14 AM]
Video: Extended Trailer for TNT's "The Librarians" Season 2, Premiering Sunday, Nov. 1
Check out the latest tease for the show's sophomore run.

[10/08/15 - 08:44 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Continues Its Reign for FOX
Plus: The CW sees year-to-year growth with the return of "Arrow" and "Supernatural."

[10/08/15 - 08:34 AM]
The Long Anticipated Third Season of David Cross' "Todd Margaret" Returns to IFC on Thursday, January 7, 2016
Jack McBrayer, Will Arnett, Blake Harrison, Sharon Horgan, Amber Tamblyn and Russ Tamblyn are among those featured in the new season.

[10/08/15 - 08:31 AM]
"Chicago P.D." Wins at 10 Among ABC, CBS and NBC in 18-49 and All Other Key Demos
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 7.

[10/08/15 - 08:28 AM]
"black-ish" Is the Night's Only Program to Post Week-to-Week Growth
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 7.

[10/08/15 - 08:22 AM]
HBO Latin America to Launch New Streaming Service for Latin America and the Caribbean
The company plans to start deploying the service in markets throughout the region, beginning with a launch in Colombia by the end of the year.

[10/08/15 - 08:01 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Rings in the Holidays with "The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas," Featuring Originals and Beloved Christmas Classics Round-the-Clock Beginning October 31
Said lineup includes "Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery," "The Christmas Note," "Magic Stocking" and "Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through The Snow."