Thursday’s “CBS renews 18 shows, Luck runs out, more Portlandia and Servalan returns” news


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  • Top Gear admits to staging scene
  • BBC confirms pay TV download service plans [subscription required]
  • Netflix and LoveFilm to be investigated as part of pay-TV probe


  • CBS renews (deep breath) NCIS, Person of Interest, 2 Broke Girls, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds, CSI, The Mentalist, How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory but not (yet) CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Rules of Engagement, A Gifted Man, Unforgettable, Rob and Two and A Half Men
  • Portlandia gets a third season
  • Luck cancelled after horse deaths
  • FNL‘s Gaius Charles to recur on NCIS
  • NYPD Blue‘s Sharon Lawrence to guest on Rizzoli & Isles [minor spoilers]
  • ScrubsJohn C McGinley to guest on Burn Notice [minor spoilers]
  • Ulrich Thomsen joins Alan Ball’s Banshee
  • Tuesday ratings: New Girl and Cougar Town hit series low

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  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.