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Upfront TV: More “Grimm” | Bland “Missing” Debut | Goodbye “Daughter,” “Rosie” | A&E “Barters”

Published on March 19, 2012
  • NBC has renewed “Grimm” for a second season, and with a full 22-episode order, reports Deadline Hollywood. This is the first announcement by NBC of a renewal for the Fall 2012 season. “Grimm” is a supernatural thriller, with David Giuntoli as a homicide detective who is a “Grimm,” with an innate talent for fighting the supernatural. Deadline Hollywood called “Grimm” a “low-key addition to the schedule on Friday” which took off in ratings, once it was run uninterrupted. 
  • A tepid debut for ABC’s “Missing” with Ashley Judd last Thursday, reports Media Life. The drama averaged a 2.0 with adults 18-49,third in the 8 p.m. slot behind “American Idol” on Fox, and “Community” and “30 Rock” on NBC. Still, with 10.6 million total viewers, it drew ABC's best audience in the timeslot in more than a year. But it was down slightly from the 2.1 that “Charlie’s Angels” drew in the slot a year ago, and that show lasted just three episodes.
  • Also from Media Life, Fox has pulled the plug on “I Hate My Teenage Daughter,” the freshman series that runs on Tuesdays. The show averaged just 1.4 among adults 18-49, despite a 2.8 debut last November. It had “X Factor” as a lead-in, and Fox had plans to plug it in after “American Idol” onWednesdays, but instead, will continue to air two hours of “Idol” on Wednesdays, and air the last episodes of “Daughter” this summer.
  • A&E has commenced production on the new unscripted series “Barter Kings,” featuring teams of entrepreneurs pursuing items they want by trading other items that they currently own. Cash is never exchanged and value is subjective, “but these barterers know the current market well and they will trade multiple times over to get to the object of their desire,” said the network in a release. A&E has ordered 13 half-hour episodes scheduled to premiere this summer. “Barter Kings” follows the thriving subculture of cashless trading and the chain of events as entrepreneurs aim to get what they want by trading what they don’t need. These traders have started out with an Elvis album and ended up with a speedboat, started with a boa constrictor and ended up with gold bullion, all by carrying out strings of trades for items of greater inherent value.
  • The Rosie Show” swan song is set for March 30, 7 p.m. ET/PT, on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The show debuted on October 11, with about 1.5 million viewers, but shrank over time to just over 200,000. The buzz is that Oprah Winfrey made a miscalculation in attempting to replace herself (and her life-affirming persona) with the pugnacious O’Donnell.