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This is the time of year when the TV networks try to generate buzz for their new Fall programs. Shows have be canceled to make way for the new pilots. Some shows are still on the bubble, and this week the new Fall Schedules will be announced.
For the uninitiated: Fox and NBC announce on Monday, ABC announces Tuesday, CBS will announce Wednesday followed by CW Thursday.
So let’s talk about the shows and break down what we know so far. Last Fall when we looked at all the new shows we were excited for shows like MacGyver, Lethal Weapon, Conviction, Timeless, and This Is Us. Get your tissues ready because This Is Us has already been renewed for two additional seasons on NBC!
ABC is keeping the Shonda Rhimes machine going renewing fan favorites Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Once Upon a Time are also back, but rumors are this is Jennifer Morrison’s last go as Emma Swan.
Shows that didn’t make it out of the gate or past their first season were: Haley Atwell’s Conviction, which I was sad about, Notorious which we lost mid-season, and one of the many time travel shows, Time After Time, which I just couldn’t get past episode one.
One new limited series we already know about is Marvel’s Inhumans which Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been exploring, but this show will follow the adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
Fox also has a new Marvel show about people with powers but they aren’t Xmen, and it’s not related to the ABC show. The Gifted is about two parents who discover that their kids possess mutant powers. The current government is hostile towards mutants so the family must go on the run where they find other mutants and fight to survive. The show has a great cast in True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Angel’s Amy Acker. I’ll be interested to see how this one plays out.
Fox renewed The Exorcist, Gotham, Lucifer, and Lethal Weapon but it looks like Scream Queens won’t make it. I quit watching and I’m not sure if Lea Michelle’s character died, but seeing as how she’s been cast in a show for ABC I’m guessing the show has run its course.
Fox lost long running fan favorites in Bones and Sleepy Hollow, but also single season blips like Making History and Pitch.
NBC pulled one of the oddest events by releasing their cancellation list last week that included Time travel drama Timeless. Two days later, they revived it and moved it to the renewed list. I know I quit watching because there just too many other shows to watch.
They also renewed the Kristen Bell/Ted Danson show The Good Place. But Emerald City and Powerless met the chopping block. They have a summer filler that I’m intrigued by, Midnight, Texas. It’s a supernatural show that may fill the gap of canceled Grimm. I’ll be interested to see this show play out.
NBC is also bringing back a Must See TV favorite in Will & Grace. Speculation is that it will be for more than 10 episodes!
— Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) May 5, 2017
And a new take on Fame or Smash or Glee or other musical high school, NBC brings us RISE. Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother fills the role in this book to TV show. Also in the show Moana herself, Auli’i Cravalho.
CBS renewed the MacGyver reboot and bread and butter The Big Bang Theory has at least another two seasons. They are trying a spin off however, called Young Sheldon that will be narrated by Jim Parsons and follows Sheldon Cooper at age 9. We know a bit about how Sheldon grew up in Texas being a misfit who is the exact opposite of his churchgoing mother. This show stars Iain Armitage as young Sheldon and Zoe Perry as his mother Mary. Fun fact, Zoe is actually Laurie Metcalf’s daughter, Laurie who plays Sheldon’s mom on The Big Bang Theory.
The CW is basically the DC/Greg Berlantti network. They’ve renewed Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Flash and Supergirl. and now they get to add Black Lightning to the lineup. Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce, vigilante Black Lightning, who returns to the fight to protect his daughter.
Other renewals for the CW include The 100, Jane the Virgin, Riverdale and Supernatural. But CW is rebooting another show that we never saw it coming OR after the 2012 TNT reboot of Dallas should have, of course, known was coming! Yes, CW has decided to bring back Dynasty. It’s a modern reboot following the Carringtons and the Colbys.
What’s next? Are we rebooting MASH for Afghanistan? And we’ll reboot TAXI but call it Uber?
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