They’re Back! Showtime Renews Its Sunday Night Lineup

By: Jethro Nededog / January 29, 2013

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How does a network figure out how many pilots it can green light for next season? Well, first they have firm up their inventory. That’s what’s going down for several TV networks as several renewal announcements are being given out on Tuesday.

CBS is holding on to its entire daytime lineup. In addition to The Young and the Restless, expect another season of The Bold and the Beautiful, the ladies of The Talk and game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal. [TVGuide.com]

CBS’ cable sister network, Showtime, was also making a clean sweep of renewals for its Sunday night lineup. Shameless gets a Season 4; House of Lies moves on to Season 3; and Californication will move on to its seventh season. All three series debuted on Jan. 13 to their biggest audiences ever and are averaging double-digit percentage increases over their previous seasons. [Showtime]

True Blood’s Alan Ball made the right decision when he decided to step down from his post as the showrunner for the hit vampire series in order to focus on his other projects, including Cinemax’s Banshee. The series, which stars Antony Starr as an ex-fugitive passing as a small town sheriff, has been renewed for a second season airing in 2014. The current 10-episode season airs Fridays at 10PM. [Cinemax]

BBC America/BBC One has renewed Ripper, its dark series about the aftermath of the “Jack the Ripper” murders set in 1889. It stars Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg. Season 2 will consist of eight episodes to premiere in 2014. [BBC America]

Ratings: The Following is gaining a following. The new FOX thriller starring Kevin Bacon is the only new drama this season to improve its numbers in Week 2. It also ranked No. 1 for Monday evening among the ad-coveted 18-49 audience. Bones, which led in to the new show, also saw an increase in its audience with 9.2 million viewers tuning in. NBC came in at No. 2 for the evening with The Biggest Loser and its new drama, Deception. [TVGuide.com]

Warner Bros. TV and The CW are excited to announce that last week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries took the top spot for social media activity. According to the announcement, “The Vampire Diaries fans threw a #TVDparty throughout social media last week, generating nearly 865,000 social interactions across Twitter, Facebook, GetGlue and Viggle according to Trendrr.TV, taking a bite out of former list topper American Idol and besting iconic hits such as The Simpsons, Family Guy and Glee.” [Warner Bros. TV]

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