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We've reached that time of year when TV shows are wrapping up. Season finales of American Idol and Dancing with the Stars are crowning winners. Scripted shows are tying up loose ends, or leaving some storylines hanging off cliffs till the fall. And, networks are discarding low-rated shows to make room for promising new ones.
So what's out, and what's in? Fans of NBC's Chuck will be delighted to hear that their bumbling spy has held on for one more season (though just one more -- it will sign off for good after a 13-episode run next season). ABC's Brothers & Sisters (pictured), however, won't be returning -- despite rumors that they might be granted a shorter season instead of cancellation. Neither will NBC's Outsourced (which failed to attract viewers despite its choice time slot in the network's Thursday night comedy block) or the CW's Smallville (though fans of the show have known for some time that this would be the series' final season). Click here for TV Squad's full list of canceled shows.
Some of these series will be missed, to be sure. But in the world of network TV, it's out with the old, in with the new! Here's what's on deck:
NBC is premiering six new shows in the fall, with six more new ones coming midseason. It's launching two sitcoms on Wednesday night: Up All Night (8 p.m. ET), which stars Christina Applegate and Will Arnett (pictured) as new parents, and Free Agents (8:30 p.m. ET), which stars Hank Azaria as a recent divorced guy who finds love at the office.
The network's prized, post-Office time slot is going to the relationship comedy, Whitney (Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. ET), starring comedian Whitney Cummings. And apparently NBC decided to scratch its three-hour comedy block, because after Whitney, it is debuting a crime drama, Prime Suspect, starring Maria Bello.
NBC's other new crime drama comes with a fantastical twist. Grimm, which will air on Fridays at 9 p.m. ET, focuses on a detective whose beat includes characters from Grimm's fairy tales. Click here to see video previews of NBC's new shows.
Fox's biggest new show is, of course, Simon Cowell's new and uber-publicized The X Factor (Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET). But that network's also making news with Steven Spielberg's sci-fi drama Terra Nova (Mondays, 8 p.m. ET), which is set in prehistoric times. Two comedies that also sound promising are New Girl (Tuesdays, 9 p.m. ET), starring Zooey Deschanel and I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. ET), starring Jaime Pressly and Katie Finneran. Fox has decided to hold its other big new show, the J.J. Abrams drama Alcatraz, for midseason. Click here to see Fox's fall schedule.
ABC will release its fall schedule on Tuesday, but we already know that the network has gone on a new-show buying spree. Among its most notable acquisitions are a Charlie's Angels reboot; a comedic drama, Good Christian Belles, from the executive producer of Sex and the City; and a new drama from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes called Scandal. Click here for more details.
CBS will debut its fall schedule on Wednesday. Lost fans are eagerly awaiting crime drama Person of Interest, which stars Michael Emerson (a.k.a. The island's Benjamin Linus). It's also picked up a yet-to-be-titled medical drama with a supernatural element that stars Patrick Wilson. For more details, click here.
Stay tuned for more cancellations -- and new show announcements.