By Susan Haley Associate Editor
Oregon has great news to share in its TV production schedule! According to recent reports, the networks have renewed all three of the TV shows that have made the state home in recent years.
TNT has announced its decision to renew The Librarians for a second season. The Librarians premiered in December as the most-watched new cable series of 2014 and is produced by Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, which also brought the series Leverage to Oregon for several successful seasons.
Based on the popular movie franchise, The Librarians television series centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting the unknowing world from a secret, magical reality. The series stars Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen, the Librarian, with Rebecca Romijn as his guardian, and Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Kim as the newest generation of Librarians. John Larroquette returns as caretaker Jenkins.
IFC also announced that the series Portlandia will be back for two additional seasons. Portlandia is produced by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video and is currently airing on IFC in its fifth season. The show stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen and includes guest roles that bring some of the best comedy casting to the Pacific Northwest. Shot in Portland, the show includes some of the odder aspects of the NW lifestyle that has obviously hit a popular chord.
“We are so excited to get to do more Portlandia with IFC,” said Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in a joint statement. “Getting to work with Jon (Krisel, the series’ co-creator and director) and our talented writers and crew, it really is our favorite thing in the world. Also, we get to spend more time in Portland!”
The renewal is for 10 half-hour episodes in both seasons six and seven. Season five can be seen on IFC at 10pm on Thursdays.
In the first week of February, NBC announced that Grimm is being picked up for season five. The show, shot on stages and on location in Portland and the metro area, has been doing well in its Friday night timeslot, with season four garnering over 7.2 million viewers all-told.
Grimm was one of five dramas NBC renewed for the 2015-16 season. The show stars David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee. Executive producers include Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf and Norberto Barba.
These shows represent hundreds of jobs for Oregonians—both crew and talent who work hard to help make these shows a success, not to mention the continued work for vendors and support industries that service Oregon’s film and television industry. Oregon is thrilled to have all of these shows back!