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In television news nearly as shocking as The Walking Dead receiving a fifth season pick-up, ITV has announced Season 5 is a go for Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey Season 4 Promo Pic

The British sensation is currently airing Season 4 in The UK and will premiere those new episodes on PBS on January 5 at 9/8c.

Season 5, meanwhile, will air overseas in the fall of 2014 and not until early 2015 on American airwaves.

Still... tea and crumpets for all! This is exciting news.

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Forget Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.

Actual superheroes are coming to a small screen near you in 2015.

Netflix and Marvel have announced a partnership that will result in at least four live-action dramas over the next few years, featuring such famous comic book characters as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron First and Luke Cage.

Moreover, these shows will all lead into a special mini series event based on The Defenders.

Marvel Peeps

"This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel's brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty," said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment.

"This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what's sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure."

As long as they don't hire Ben Affleck to play Daredevil, we're so very in.

Which upcoming title has you most excited?

 

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Don't be scared, FX viewers, but 13 new episodes of American Horror Story are headed your way in the fall of 2014.

The network made the easy call today to renew this Ryan Murphy-created drama for at least one more season, as American Horror Story: Coven continues to scare up the highest ratings in the history of this unique franchise.

American Horror Story: Coven Cast

Said FX President Landgraf in a statement:

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Lifetime may bill itself as "television for women," but it robbed men of one of life's greatest treasures last week: Jennifer Love Hewitt's cleavage.

Yes, the network canceled The Client List after two seasons.

Jennifer Love Hewitt on Lifetime

Ratings for the drama fell a bit - from 2.7 million for the Season 2 premiere to 2 million for the Season 2 finale - but insiders actually saw the series got the axe due to demands made by Hewitt.

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We always knew Katherine Pierce was a bad mutha.

But an actual bad mother? Of Nadia the Traveler? Who was abandoned in 1492 and got herself turned into a vampire just to track down her globe-trotting parent and save her from Silas a few centuries later?

Not sure any viewer saw that one coming.

Yes, The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 5 dropped two bombshells when it came to everyone's favorite plot device, Katherine:

  1. Nadia is her daughter.
  2. Katherine simply can't die.

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CBS viewers have already met the Mother.

Are they ready to learn all about the Father?

According to Deadline sources, network executives have begun negotiations with How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas to spin their beloved sitcom off after it wraps up Season 9 in May.

The new series would be titled How I Met Your Father and it would center on a new group of friends, one of whom is a woman telling her kids all about how she fell for their dad.

Neil Patrick Harris as Barney

These new characters would be introduced on the HIMYM finale and the new show would also use McLaren’s Pub as a hang-out.

Spinoffs, of course, are all the rage these days. There's The Originals and Ravenswood and there's already plans in the works for a Walking Dead spinoff. We may also see NCIS: New Orleans and The CW is considering a Supernatural spinoff.

Would you watch How I Met Your Father?

 

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It's pretty much the biggest show in TV history, so this is pretty much the most obvious news in TV history:

The Walking Dead has been picked up for a fifth season.

Rick Grimes Picture

AMC announced the renewal this afternoon, acknowledging the popularity of The Walking Dead Season 4 (it ranks number-one in ALL of television among 18-49-year olds) in a humorous press release.

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The New Directions will belt out their final song in May 2015.

At a television event inside the Paley Center in Los Angeles last night, Glee creator Ryan Murphy confirmed that the series will come to an end after its upcoming sixth season.

He also explained that he and fellow producers will need to write a new conclusion following the tragic death of Cory Monteith in July.

"I always knew how it would end," Murphy said of the final season and how it was meant to be "designed around Rachel and Finn."

"I knew what the last shot was – [Monteith] was in it. I knew what the last line was – she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now."

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The Blacklist has received a green light for more episodes.

Following just two installments - and an average of 12 million viewers per week - the NBC drama has been renewed a full first season of 22 episodes.

The Blacklist Poster

Said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke of the James Spader-anchored drama:

“The many layers of Red Reddington and his mysterious reasons for getting into bed with the FBI seem to be fascinating to fans of this show. With great talent like James Spader and Megan Boone on board, as well our stellar executive producers and the whole cast and crew, we believe this outstanding series will continue to make NBC a big destination on Monday nights.”

Among other TV pick-ups and renewals this week:

  • Lucky 7 has been canceled.
  • The Simpsons has been picked up for Season 26.
  • Sleepy Hollow has been renewed for Season 2.

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Halle Berry is headed to your living room. Calm down, though, fellas.

The Academy Award winner has been tapped to headline Extant, a CBS drama produced by Steven Spielberg that skipped the pilot process and was ordered straight to series by the network in August.

It will focus on Berry as an astronaut who returns from a year-long solo mission in space and learns that her experiences there will play a key role in the future of mankind. Hmmm... sounds interesting. And very attractive.

Halle Berry for CBS

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