TV News: Mad Men, Fringe, NBC

AMC has delayed the premiere of the third season of “Mad Men” by two months says Variety. The Emmy-winning drama usually kicks off in July but the network has pushed that bow back to sometime in August. Filming on the third season kicks off today in Los Angeles.

Fox has renewed its J.J. Abrams-produced sci-fi tinged procedural “Fringe” for a full 22-episode second season says Sci-Fi Wire. It’s been previously reported that in a cost-cutting measure, the show is being relocated from New York to Canada for filming. “Fringe” remains the top new drama among adults 18-49 this season and pulls in a regular audience of just under ten million each week. Meanwhile the first shot of Leonard Nimoy as William Bell on the set has emerged over at EW.

Though its schedule won’t be announced for another two weeks, NBC has issued a press release revealing the new shows it will be premiering this Fall and confirming the fate of some already existing series. As expected, a decision on “Chuck” has not yet been made. More surprising is that the fate of the original “Law & Order” is also still undetermined. New shows “Southland” and “Parks and Recreation” will be back, though “Life” will not be renewed for a third season.

As usual I’ll be doing a full breakdown of NBC’s slate when their official schedule is revealed closer to the rest of the other network upfronts on the week of May 18th.