12 Monkeys Renewed for Season 2

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12 Monkeys, much like the virus the series tells us will eventually wipe out humanity, apparently can’t be stopped.

The pre-and-post-apocalyptic thriller will be back for a second season, Syfy announced Thursday.

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But when Cole and Cassie continue their tromp through time, it will be under the direction of new showrunners. Executive producers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, who wrote the Monkeys pilot, will step up to fill the post left vacant by Season 1 showrunner EP Natalie Chaidez, who’ll be busy prepping Syfy’s upcoming Hunters.

Season 2 is slated to air sometime in 2016. 12 Monkeys‘ first season continues this Friday at 9/8c. 

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It’s Official: Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls and Mom Renewed at CBS

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After about 24 hours of social media-fed rumors, fans of CBS comedies can now officially rejoice: Mom, Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls all will be back for another season, the network confirmed Thursday.

The Anna Faris-Allison Janney comedy was renewed for Season 3, the Billy Gardell-Melissa McCarthy sitcom will return for its sixth go-around, and Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs will keep slinging hash for a fifth season.

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The news leaked out Wednesday via Twitter and Instagram posts from people connected with both series (though the Instagram post was later removed).

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Television: Past, Present, & Future! Part 3: To The Future & Beyond!

Television is going to be changing in the future. Already in stores are televisions that have 3D capabilities. You can watch 3D movies and television shows now in your own home. Even some television networks like ESPN and The Discovery Channel have 3D programming formats. The movie industry started this trend. This trend will continue not only in television shows but everywhere.

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Another feature is enhancing your viewing of television shows. One television show on the SYFY Channel called 12 Monkeys has that if you buy Philip’s color-changing hue lights, the lighting of the room will change to match the scenes of the show. In order to use the hue lights, you have to download the Syfy Sync app.

Another trend is that television shows will be getting shorter episode seasons from the main broadcasting networks. The main broadcasting networks which include: ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX and NBC, normally have their shows only air 22-25 episodes per season. Cable channels which include: SYFY, TNT, USA, ABC Family, etc., have their shows air 10-13 episodes per season. The main broadcasting networks are now following what the cable channels are doing. I personally like more episodes for the character and story lines but I can understand if the companies need to cut production costs and save some money.

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Another trend for the future of television is to use old material, either from books, movies or old television shows and change them to make them more current to today’s society. For example, Disney is bringing back Duck Tales for 2017 with some new characters. Also Chicago Med, which is a spinoff of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, is in the works. I wish that there are more original concepts for shows instead of using the same old material from previous shows or movies. There should be more creative minds to come up with better and interesting storylines.

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Also another trend is that streaming services like Amazon Prime and Netflix have all episodes for the season available to the public for viewing all at once. For example, Marvel’s Daredevil which is on Netflix is premiering all of its episodes on April 10.

Television has come along way since it’s debut. With new technology and better formats, television has changed to reflect the world we live in today. Hopefully these trends will continue in the future and beyond!

Television: Past, Present & Future! Part 2: Looking in The Present

Today, television has changed in appearance and its programs. Other than being a big piece of furniture, now televisions have a flat screen and can be hung up on the wall as an accent piece. tv-transition

Programming has also changed. Your favorite television programs can be downloaded from the internet to your computer, cell phones, tablets and other digital media devices. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are on-demand streaming media services that many people use today to watch movies and television shows.

There are more networks and programs to watch now then in the past few decades. Some of the networks who previously had informative shows are now showing scripted programming, For example, The E! television channel which strictly deals entertainment news and reality television shows is going to air its first scripted television show called “The Royals.” “The Royals” is about a fictional British royal family that deals with issues in their public and personal life.

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Many networks are bringing back old programs to watch. “Heroes,” which is a science fiction television drama, is about ordinary people who discover their superhuman abilities. “Heroes,” which aired from 2006-2010, is coming back this year. It was just announced that NBC is bringing back “Law & Order” with some of the original cast members. Some networks are remaking old TV shows by either changing the main storylines or setting the show in present day. For example, “Hawaii Five-0” has a women now portraying a man.old and new hawaii five-0There is a collaboration between the cast members on a television program and the audience using social networking sites. Social media has a strong presence today. “Pretty Little Liars” and “Switched at Birth” are two shows on ABC Family that allow the viewers to tweet along as they are watching. “The Today Show” has their orange room that connects the fans of the show to the news anchors.

A new trend today is binge-watching. Binge-watching is watching two to six episodes of your favorite television show in one sitting. For example, in order to get caught up to the 50th anniversary episode of “Doctor Who,” I watched from the beginning with the First Doctor. It took me a year to do this by binge-watching.

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Another trend today is that many creators of television shows are using old source material from books and movies. “Sleepy Hollow” the television series is based off of a short story called “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” “12 Monkeys,” a sci-fi television series, is also a movie which starred Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis.

All of these trends in television today are different than they were in the past. I wonder what the future will hold.

Television: Past, Present & Future! Part 1: Exploring The Past

Television has changed drastically over the years. What started as the center of family entertainment has become something else. Television started as an idea of adding a visual component to radio. Television was invented in 1927 by Philo Farnsworth and Vladimir Zworykin. They developed a circuit that transformed a visual image into an electronic signal, which becomes the picture on the screen. This idea was introduced at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Television shows, at first, were only on four networks-NBC, CBS, ABC and Dumont (which eventually became the FOX Network.) Family life revolved around the television set. Everyone watched television shows together. Even some of the radio programs wanted to transition into the television industry, such as The Lone Ranger and Guiding Light. Family morals or values were of high priority then and most of the shows were of families, such as Bonanza, I Love Lucy, Leave It To Beaver, and Davy Crockett. Different programs affected society in the 1960s. Viewers were able to watch coverage of the JFK assignation, the Civil Rights Movement and even the Apollo 11 moon landing. Men were obsessed with sports programs as well as women were addicted to their soap operas. Some programs of the 1960s were The Andy Griffith Show, Gilligan’s Island, Star Trek, Jeopardy and the Wide World of Sports. Star-Trek

The popular family show, The Wonderful World of Disney, debuted. All shows back then were in black and white. It wasn’t until 1966 that programs were shown in color. The major networks didn’t have to worry about competition until the 1970s, when cable entered the industry. HBO and Showtime were some of the first pay cable channels. Still staying with the family issues, some popular programs during this time were All in the Family, The Brady Bunch, MASH , and Saturday Night Live. The 1980s introduced the CNN network. Millions of people were glued to the TV watching the world. The royal wedding was the most viewed event at that time. Everyone was interested in answering the question “Who Shot JR” on the primetime program Dallas. The 1990s cable expanded and more networks were born which were The History Channel, Sci-Fi, The UPN and The WB. The famous Seinfeld show brought the idea of being single was a good thing. Other shows at this time were Home Improvement, Ellen, and Friends. There were programs that satisfied everyone’s interests. Viewers were amazed as then as to what they actually saw on the television screen.