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It will be lights out for several TV shows

Steven LevitanDuring the week of May 12, the networks will unveil their lineups for the 2014-2015 season. Some of the new shows will fill slots already opened up by the cancelation or end of programs such as “How I Met Your Mother,” “Ironside,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” and “Nikita.”

Right now, there are about 30 network shows that are on the bubble. The programs ranges from the very expensive “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC to the long-running “Law & Order: SVU” on NBC.

Here’s a look at a few of the programs awaiting their fate and what I think will happen.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC): The series started with a bang, quickly cooled but bounced back. Thumbs up.
“Beauty and the Beast” (CW): Not beastly enough to stay. Thumbs down.
“Community” (NBC): Schools out. Thumbs down.
“The Crazy Ones” (CBS): Will be back but with big changes. Thumbs up.
“Dads” (FOX): Relatively speaking, it’s over. Thumbs down.
“Dracula” (NBC): Not enough bite. Thumbs down.
“The Goldbergs” (ABC): Will return but possibly as mid-season show. Thumbs up.
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC): Thought it was canceled two years ago. Thumbs down.
“Hart of Dixie” (CW): Show’s ready for cardiac arrest. Thumbs down.
“Intelligence” (CBS): Dumb show. Thumbs down.
“Last Man Standing” (ABC): Should be put out of our misery but will survive. Thumbs up.
“Law & Order: SVU” (NBC): Will get one more year out of force of habit. Thumbs up.
“The Mentalist” (CBS): Don’t need to be a mentalist to see this coming. Thumbs down.
“The Middle” (ABC): Tough call but should survive one more year. Thumbs up.
“Modern Family” (ABC): Too prestigious to kill. Thumbs up.
“Nashville” (ABC): It got an extra year to find an audience. Never did. Thumbs down.
“The Neighbors” (ABC): If there’s any justice in this world, these neighbors will move out. Thumbs down.
“Parenthood” (NBC): Will continue to survive under the radar. Thumbs up.
“Revolution” (NBC): Returns mid-season for a few episodes to wrap up mystery. Thumbs up and down.
“Suburgatory” (ABC): Moving vans are on the way. Thumbs down.
“Super Fun Night” (ABC): Have you missed it? Thumbs down.

Yay or Nay: ‘Star Wars: Episode VII?’

In blockbuster entertainment news today, Disney is buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion and plans to release a new “Star Wars” film in 2015.

From Disney’s announcement:

This gives Disney infinite inspiration and opportunities to continue the epic Star Wars saga. Fans can expect a new feature film, Star Wars Episode 7, in theaters worldwide in 2015. George Lucas will serve as creative consultant on the film and Kathleen Kennedy, the filmmaker George handpicked to lead Star WarsIndiana Jones and the rest of Lucasfilm into the future will be the executive producer (she’s also joining Disney as president of Lucasfilm). With this many characters to develop and stories to tell, Disney plans to release a new Star Wars feature film every two or three years for the foreseeable future.

This news has triggered a variety of reactions. From the “Star Wars” diehards who think anything past the original trilogy is blasphemous to the Disney junkies who think “Star Wars” could use that magical Disney touch. And, of course, plenty of funny. Here’s a HuffPo gallery of comical tweets.

We welcome your reaction in the comments, while Mike and Kathy debate whether this news is exciting or disheartening for “Star Wars” lovers.

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