This post will be updated as more information comes in. And it is coming in fast and furiously, guys.
As I’ve mentioned a few times around here, the networks’ upfronts are next week.
What the hell are upfronts? Glad you asked. Upfronts are the events in which networks present their new schedules and introduce their new shows to advertisers in the hopes that they will buy commercial airtime “up front” or several months before the shows will air. It’s the biggest dog and pony show in the business.
Ahead of next week’s presentations, the networks have been making their renewal and cancellation announcements, as well as letting us know which new shows will be making it onto their schedules.
So let’s take a look at what we know so far:
Fox has picked up two comedies so far, Ghosted and LA > Vegas, and two dramas, The Gifted and The Resident. From Fox:
“Ghosted has been described as The X-Files as a comedy. The single-cam follows a cynical skeptic played by Craig Robinson and a genius ‘true believer’ in the paranormal played by Adam Scott who are recruited by The Bureau Underground to look into the rampant ‘unexplained’ activity in Los Angeles, all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.”
“Starring Dylan McDermott, LA>Vegas is an ensemble single-camera workplace comedy about a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world, set on the Friday night flight from LAX to Vegas and the returning flight on Sunday, who all share the same goal: to come back a winner in the casino of life.”
The Resident “centers on a tough, brilliant senior resident who guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine.”
“The Gifted focuses on a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.”
Meanwhile, Fox has just renewed Gotham, and Last Man on Earth (as well as Empire, Star, Lethal Weapon, and their Sunday night animated series) and cancelled Rosewood, Sleepy Hollow and Pitch. Fox will hold their upfronts on Monday, May 15th.
UPDATE 4: Fox has ordered a 911 drama from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk which will star the fabulous Angela Bassett.
UPDATE 6: Fox has renewed The Exorcist.
UPDATE 7: Fox renewed New Girl for a seventh and final season.
UPDATE 8: Fox has cancelled Scream Queens. They have not cancelled 24: Legacy or Prison Break, but they haven’t ordered more episodes either, noting that they are open to returning to them in the future.
The CW only cancelled two shows this season, No Tomorrow and Frequency. And they just renewed iZombie and The Originals. So I’m not sure where they are going to put all these new shows they just ordered: Dynasty, Valor, Black Lightning and Life Sentence. We’ll have to wait until their upfronts on Thursday, May 18th to figure out how the hell they are going to make this schedule work. From The CW:
“Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce. He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter, Jennifer, hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning. Cress Williams, Nefessa Williams, China Anne McClain and Christine Adams star.”
“Life Sentence centers on a young woman diagnosed with terminal cancer. When she finds out that she’s not dying after all, she has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to ‘live like she was dying.’”
“In Valor, the boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.”
Dynasty “follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington, and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal, a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class.”
And over at NBC, so far they have picked up Rise, For God and Country and AP: Bio, a show we talked about a couple of days ago. From NBC:
“Rise was inspired by the story of groundbreaking high school drama teacher Lou Volpe as chronicled in the book Drama High. In the hourlong project, when dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli sheds his own self-doubt and takes over the school’s lackluster theater department, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students but the entire working-class town.”
For God & Country The Brave is described as a heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes. While D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts wield the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., Adam Dalton (Mike Vogel) and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.”
“A.P. Bio is about a philosophy scholar who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher, but he makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, he decides instead to use the kids to his own benefit.”
To make room for these new shows, NBC just cancelled Timeless, which is a damn shame as it was a charming little show. They also just renewed The Blacklist, Taken, Blindspot, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. NBC also just announced that they will be doing a live Jesus Christ Superstar for Easter 2018. Their upfronts will be held on Monday, May 15.
UPDATE: NBC has renewed Great News for a second season, which is something of a surprise as the ratings aren’t particularly strong. However, it might bode well for Fey and Carlock’s pilot at NBC, The Sackett Sisters.
NBC also has ordered drama Good Girls. From NBC:
“Good Girls, produced by Universal Television, follows what happens when three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet and decide it’s time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think.”
UPDATE 4: NBC has ordered drama Reverie. From NBC:
Reverie is “a grounded thriller that follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when she’s brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live your dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.”
As for CBS, they haven’t announced any series orders except for Young Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory prequel. They have cancelled (essentially) Doubt, Pure Genius, Training Day, and has renewed a whole slew of series: The Big Bang Theory, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Bull, Criminal Minds, Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man with a Plan, Kevin Can Wait, all of the NCISes, Mom, Scorpion, and Superior Donuts. We will have to wait for their upfronts on Wednesday, May 17th to learn more, I guess.
UPDATE 5: CBS announced they have ordered 6 new series: 9JKL; Me, Myself and I; Wisdom of the Crowd; S.W.A.T.; Seal Team and Instinct. From CBS:
“Instinct stars Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative who has since built a ‘normal’ life as a gifted professor and writer is pulled back into his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer on the loose, and is based on a soon-to-be-published James Patterson book.”
“Seal Team, tells the story of the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them.”
“S.W.A.T. follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. sergeant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. The series is inspired by the film of the same name.”
“Wisdom of the Crowd, from CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television, follows a visionary tech innovator (Jeremy Piven) creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionize crime solving in the process. The series is based on the Israeli format of the same name.”
“9JKL from writers and executive producers Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein is a family comedy inspired by a time in Feuerstein’s adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his doting parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby’s apartment, 9L, and his attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well-meaning family.”
“Me, Myself & I is a single-camera comedy examining one man’s life over a 50-year span. The show will focus on three distinct periods in his life — as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042.”
UPDATE 6: CBS has ordered By the Book, a comedy that was previously titled Living Biblically. From CBS:
“By the Book centers on a modern day man at a crossroads in his life who decides to live according to the Bible.”
And over at ABC, they are being pretty tight-lipped, too. They have not announced which of their pilots they’ve given an order to yet. The only thing we do know is that they are bringing back American Idol and are close to bringing back Roseanne. The only series they’ve renewed are The Middle, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, and they have just renewed Modern Family for two seasons. They also just let slip that Scandal’s next season will be its last (but it’s not quite official). They just cancelled Last Man Standing, which was pretty shocking. And Conviction, Time After Time and Notorious are all goners. We’ll have to wait until their upfronts on Tuesday, May 16th for more.
UPDATE 2: ABC has been busy this morning. They have finally announced their new series: The Mayor, Gospel of Kevin, Crossing, For the People, an untitled Zach Braff comedy and Good Doctor. From ABC:
“The Mayor, executive produced by Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), revolves around an outspoken, idealistic rapper (Search Party’s Brandon Michael Hall) who runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected, surprising everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall.”
“For the People hails from Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers and has been called the legal version of veteran Grey’s Anatomy. Set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka ‘The Mother Court,’ the legal drama follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution — as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.”
“The Gospel of Kevin is a light drama about Kevin (Parenthood’s Jason Ritter), a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.”
“The Crossing stars Steve Zahn and revolves around refugees from a war-torn country who start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country they’re from is America and the war they are fleeing is 150 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center.”
(Zach Braff comedy) “Based on the podcast StartUp, the sitcom follows Alex Schuman (Braff), a brilliant radio journalist, husband and father of two who is about to do something crazy—quit his job and start his own company. He quickly discovers it’s going to be a lot harder than he thought.”
ABC has also renewed a whole mess of shows: black-ish, Designated Survivor, and American Housewife, Once Upon a Time, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars and Shark Tank.
UPDATE 6: ABC has ordered Deception and Splitting Up Together. From ABC:
“Splitting Up Together, based on the Danish series created by Mette Heeno, centers on a couple (Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce.”
“Deception revolves around superstar magician Cameron Black who turns to the FBI after his career is ruined by scandal. He becomes the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception.”
UPDATE 9: Quantico has been renewed.
Alright, I’m going to go lie down now, bye.