or


[05/08/03 - 12:00 AM]
'Boomtown,' 'A.U.S.A.' See Chances of Renewal Rise
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) - NBC's critically acclaimed drama "Boomtown" saw its renewal chances increase yesterday as producers of the series announced actress-singer Vanessa Williams has signed a deal to star in 10 episodes of the series should it return for a second season. And in a real surprise, the Peacock's once thought dead midseason comedy "A.U.S.A." could also return for a second season.

The return of the latter is contingent on if producers of the Scott Foley-led comedy can convince Heather Locklear to sign on to the series. With the demise of the actress' own pilot, "Once Around the Park," NBC approached Locklear about the possibility of joining "A.U.S.A." According to various sources, should the producers of the show secure Locklear's services, the comedy would get a second season renewal. It is unclear however if it would return in the fall or midseason however.

As for "Boomtown," the addition of Williams raises the Peabody Award winning drama's chances to return next season. Speculative schedules making the rounds yesterday had the drama returning to its Sunday, 10:00/9:00c slot or moving to Fridays at 9:00/8:00c. The move to Fridays would likely come if NBC goes with one of its new dramas ("Homeland Security," "The Lyon's Den," "Las Vegas") or a relocated "The West Wing" in the Sunday, 10:00/9:00c slot, all of which are considered strong contenders for the period.

Other news and notes about the Peacock's schedule:

-- Mondays and Saturdays will reportedly remain intact with "Fear Factor," "Third Watch" and "Crossing Jordan" on Mondays and a mix of movies and "Law & Order" repeats on Saturdays.

-- Tuesdays see Whoopi Goldberg's comedy kicking off the night, followed by the untitled Tracy Morgan project. "Frasier" would remain at 9:00/8:00c followed by newcomer "Happy Family" and Tuesday mainstay "Dateline NBC."

-- Wednesdays have either Alicia Silverstone's dramedy "Miss Match" leading off at 8:00/7:00c or a block of new comedies "Stuck in the Middle With You" and "Come to Papa." The 9:00/8:00c slot remains contingent on what happens with "The West Wing." Should the drama move to Sundays, Rob Lowe's "The Lyon's Den" is expected to take over the period. "Law & Order" will remain at 10:00/9:00c.

-- Thursdays see everything but "Good Morning, Miami" remaining intact. BBC import "Coupling" would take over the 9:30/8:30c slot.

-- Fridays have "Miss Match" kicking off the night should NBC go with back-to-back comedies to open the Wednesday, 8:00/7:00c hour. "Boomtown" or "Las Vegas" would then follow with "Law & Order: S.V.U." remaining at 10:00/9:00c. No mention was made of "Ed" returning to Friday nights.

-- Sundays see "Dateline NBC," "American Dreams" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" staying put with one of the previously mentioned quintet of "Homeland Security," "The Lyon's Den," "Las Vegas," "Boomtown" or "The West Wing" closing out the night.

NBC announces its fall schedule on Monday.





  [may 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· AMERICAN DREAMS (NBC)
· AUSA (NBC)
· BOOMTOWN (NBC)
· COME TO PAPA (NBC)
· COUPLING (NBC)
· CROSSING JORDAN (NBC)
· DATELINE NBC (NBC)
· ED (NBC)
· FEAR FACTOR (MTV)
· FRASIER (NBC)
· GOOD MORNING, MIAMI (NBC)
· HAPPY FAMILY (NBC)
· HOMELAND SECURITY (NBC)
· LAS VEGAS (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (USA)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· LYON'S DEN, THE (NBC)
· MISS MATCH (NBC)
· ONCE AROUND THE PARK (NBC)
· STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU (NBC)
· THIRD WATCH (NBC)
· TRACY MORGAN SHOW, THE (NBC)
· WEST WING, THE (NBC)
· WHOOPI (NBC)





[12/13/19 - 11:44 AM]
A Call of the Wildcats, "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Special" Debuts on ABC Owned TV Stations Beginning Saturday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Dec. 20, on Disney+
The special takes viewers to the "High School Musical" set during filming in 2005, including archived video from the "Zac Cam" behind the scenes as filmed by Zac Efron with Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman, Alyson Reed and Olesya Rulin.

[12/13/19 - 10:06 AM]
Jennifer Hudson Returns to "Voice" Stage Along with Black Eyed Peas, Luke Combs, Lady Antebellum, Dua Lipa and Season 16 Winner Maelyn to Perform on Live "Voice" Finale Airing Tuesday, Dec. 17
The season finale will also feature special musical collaborations with the Top 4 finalists, which will be announced soon.

[12/13/19 - 10:03 AM]
Hulu's "Little Fires Everywhere" Premieres March 18th
Based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller, "Little Fires Everywhere" follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

[12/13/19 - 09:22 AM]
"Delicious Miss Brown" Returns with Brand-New Menu of Southern Dishes, Family Traditions and Sea Island Culture
The series returns to Food Network on Sunday, January 5.

[12/13/19 - 09:00 AM]
TBS' "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" Visits Hong Kong
"There was a huge march the day we left of hundreds of thousands of people - I'm sure it was in celebration of us being there and not people being excited we were leaving," said Bee.

[12/13/19 - 08:22 AM]
MTV Studios and Quibi Tap Keke Palmer to Host "Singled Out"
"I am thrilled to be hosting 'Singled Out'" said Keke Palmer. "To be able to reimagine this show for my generation and on a new platform is so exciting. Can't wait for you guys to see what we have in store!"

[12/13/19 - 08:15 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Thursday Night Football" Holds Onto Top Spot for FOX
The network leads the evening in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[12/13/19 - 08:01 AM]
Video: "Dracula" - Teaser - Netflix
Claes Bang stars as Dracula in this brand-new series inspired by Bram Stoker's classic novel.

[12/12/19 - 11:15 PM]
Video: "The Gift" - Trailer - Netflix
A painter in Istanbul embarks on a personal journey as she unearths universal secrets about an Anatolian archaeological site and its link to her past.

[12/12/19 - 03:15 PM]
Amazon Studios Orders Fourth Season of the Award-Winning Comedy "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
"We were thrilled to hear that for the fourth time, we do not have to pack up and vacate the premises," said Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.

[12/12/19 - 02:11 PM]
"Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts" Explores a Colorful Post-Apocalypse with a Cast Including Karen Fukuhara, Sterling K. Brown, John Hodgman, GZA, and More!
The animated series premieres Tuesday, January 14 on Netflix.

[12/12/19 - 01:50 PM]
Lifetime's New Documentary Film Series "Hopelessly in Love" Explores Iconic and Tragic Celebrity Unions in Pop Culture History as a Three-Week Event This January
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Andre Rison; Faith Evans and Notorious B.I.G.; and Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead are the featured topics.

[12/12/19 - 01:01 PM]
IFC's "Brockmire" Swings for the Fences in Its Fourth and Final Season Premiering in March 2020
Returning for the series' final season are Amanda Peet, Tyrel Jackson Williams and Katie Finneran.

[12/12/19 - 12:55 PM]
HBO Documentary Films Acquires David France's "Welcome to Chechnya" Ahead of Its World Premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival
This searing documentary shadows a group of brave activists risking their lives to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ persecution in the repressive and closed Russian republic of Chechnya.

[12/12/19 - 12:38 PM]
Revenge Action Film "Sweet Girl" Adds Cast
In the Netflix film, a devastated husband (Jason Momoa) vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife's death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter (Isabela Merced).