As the networks rev up toward their upfront presentations next week, lots of cancellations and renewals came swooping in over the last two days. There will probably be even more later today. So far, here’s how things have been shaping up.
ABC made some big waves yesterday by cancelling Last Man Standing after six seasons. I’m not that surprised by the cancellation, but I am surprised by the timing. ABC still has a LOT of their half hours on the bubble, and I thought Last Man Standing would be one of the last to hear its verdict. Instead, we’re waiting on Dr Ken, The Real O’Neals, Imaginary Mary, and a few other “probably cancelled shows” instead. One show we don’t have to wait on is Modern Family, which got picked up for a 9th AND 10th season. I suppose that long wait we had was so that ABC could do a multi-season renewal, which makes sense. ABC still has a ton of bubble shows though, including Once Upon A Time, the rest of its sitcom lineup, and Agents Of Shield. I expect we hear more from ABC today as to which shows have made the cut.
FOX has started to make some big decisions, and will continue to drop the hammer today and tomorrow. FOX already slashed Sleepy Hollow after four seasons and Rosewood after two. Then it decided to give some good news to Gotham and The Last Man On Earth, both which were picked up for their fourth seasons. In the coming days, I expect we’ll find out the fate of bubble shows Brooklyn Nine Nine, The New Girl, 24 Legacy, The Exorcist, and Shots Fired, among others. FOX also ordered two new comedies, and officially gave a title (and a series order) to it’s new Marvel drama The Gifted.
NBC started making some tough choices in its bubble series. Unfortunately for Timeless, there just weren’t enough spots, and it got cancelled after one season. NBC instead voted to stick with Taken for a second season, and Blindspot for a third season. It also officially picked up three of the Chicago dramas: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and CHicago Med. No official word on Chicago Justice, but my guess is, they’re cutting back to three Chicago series for now. Most of their lineup has been decided, but we’re still waiting on word for The Blacklist and its spinoff and midseason comedy entries Trial and Error and Good News.
A lot of people on the interwebz were saying that The CW had five pilots, and they loved all of them. The problem here was that The CW had already renewed most of its lineup, and there was no possible way they could renew both The Originals and I Zombie. Right? Well, The CW managed to renew both shows, and order four pilots. Keeping in mind that their lineup from last year already lost The Vampire Diaries, Reign, No Tomorrow, and Frequency, and they’re actually even from last year. They left two pilots to die, Insatiable (starring Alyssa Milano) and Searchers (from producer Greg Berlanti). They ordered Black Lightning, Dynasty, Valor, and Life Sentence to series.
CBS didn’t actually renew or cancel anything on the bubble in the last few days. We’re still waiting on word for 2 Broke Girls, Elementary, and Code Black, among others.
So far, no huge surprises. I’m somewhat surprised NBC renewed Taken, but just somewhat.