You’re going to need this, because the TV news I’m about to share is grim:
tuco is a happy boy leading his girls through the pasture
(jillharvey0 : tiktok) pic.twitter.com/uB55bHraf2
— theworldofdog (@theworldofdog) May 11, 2022
Alright, cue up “The Rains of Castamere.”
Yesterday was a bleak day for a number of network TV shows. Ahead of next week’s Upfront events, where the networks will announce their fall schedules, CBS, NBC, and The CW began clearing their lineups to make room for new programs.
NBC announced that they are canceling the Ted Danson-led sitcom Mr. Mayor after two seasons. They also canceled Kenan after two seasons, so I suppose it’s good that Kenan Thompson kept his day job over at SNL.
NBC also canceled their heist drama, The Endgame, after one season.
CBS canceled B Positive after two seasons. This cancelation was something of a surprise, as many had thought B Positive‘s chances were improved when CBS canceled United States of Al yesterday.
How We Roll, the Pete Holmes bowling comedy, was canceled after one season.
Also canceled after only one season was Good Sam, the medical drama. It was CBS’ lowest-rated scripted series of the season, and the cancelation was not unexpected.
Finally, the reboot of Magnum P.I. was canceled after four seasons.
Thank you to all of you for supporting @MagnumPICBS through 4 seasons. We never would have gotten this far without you. The @MagnumWriters created fun and compelling stories week after week and it’s been an honor being a part of this cast and crew. Aloha! ❤️
— Tim Kang (@Tim__Kang) May 12, 2022
And then there are The CW cancelations. For years, The CW had almost uniformly renewed all of their series, no matter how abysmal their ratings. Those days are over.
The reboot of Charmed was canceled after four seasons.
Roswell, New Mexico was canceled after four seasons. The fourth season will air as planned, beginning next month.
The reboot of The 4400 has been canceled after one season.
The Dynasty reimagining has been canceled after six seasons.
In The Dark has been canceled after four seasons. The fourth season will air in June.
Naomi has been canceled after two seasons. It’s the third DC series to be canceled at The CW this season, along with Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow.
And finally, Legacies has been canceled after four seasons.
and somehow riverdale is still not cancelledpic.twitter.com/pwSZYQDGRt
— jazz in a jane austen novel. (@handeswife) May 12, 2022
What’s behind all of these cuts at The CW is a little complicated. The CW was jointly owned by Warner Bros. and CBS Studios, and the network served to launch series that the studios could then sell for syndication or streaming. The network wasn’t the point: shows were renewed based on their value to the studios, not the network. Now, apparently, Nexstar, which owns most of The CW affiliates around the country, is in talks to purchase the network, and it looks like they are shedding a lot of dead weight ahead of that sale. While Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount will own minority shares in this new deal, the days of not worrying about actual ratings is probably behind us. As for what The CW will look like under new ownership, that’s anyone’s guess at this point.
It wasn’t all bad news! Some — a few — shows have been renewed!
UPDATE: ABC has just announced a bunch of renewals:
Big Sky; The Wonder Years; A Million Little Things; The Conners, and Home Economics have all been renewed. Additionally, The Bachelor; America’s Funniest Home Videos; Celebrity Wheel of Fortune; Shark Tank; and American Idol have also been renewed. Oh! and Jensen Ackles is joining the cast of Big Sky as a regular, so that’s good.
Over at The CW, they renewed All American: Homecoming.
As for new series:
The Winchesters, the Supernatural prequel series, has been ordered to series at The CW. Walker: Independence, the Walker origin story has also been picked up, along with Gotham Knights, in which Bruce Wayne’s rebellious adopted son forges an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies.
What is interesting about the Gotham Knights pick-up is that I’ve been hearing unofficially that one of Warner Bros. Discovery’s plans is to build their own DC universe, to rival Marvel’s. This has been part of the explanation for why they’ve canceled so many DC shows on The CW, to clear the decks for a reimagining of the entire franchise. Except — the order of Gotham Knights seems to undermine this plan, unless it’s some sort of building block.
At CBS, East New York, a crime drama set in Brooklyn, has been ordered to series. Also ordered: Fire Country, a firefighting drama, and So Help Me Todd, an hour-long drama which follows a private detective who works for his lawyer mother.
UPDATE: CBS has also just ordered the True Lies reboot to series.
Pilots that are not moving forward include NBC’s Hungry, a comedy about a group of friends in a food-issues support group. Also not ordered to series is the reboot of Early Edition at CBS. CBS also passed on every comedy pilot: The Hug Machine; Rust Belt News; Sober Companion; and Unplanned in Akron.
Is this the beginning of the death of the half-hour comedy? The business model for making comedies has shifted, making it less profitable for studios to invest in sitcoms. Additionally, hour-long dramas are considered more attractive for streamers for binging purposes. All that said, comedies like Abbott Elementary continue to prove that the appetite for half-hour comedies exists, so I expect that the business models themselves will adapt over time.
AS for what shows haven’t learned their fates as of yet:
- 9-1-1: Lone Star
On ABC: The Conners (which is reportedly very close to being renewed) Home Economics The Wonder Years A Million Little Things Big Sky
Pary to the TV Gods, because this has been a bloody season.
All Other TV News
The only other TV news that matters is that Kendall Jenner has no idea how to cut a cucumber.
I am screaming 💀 #thekardashians
Obsessed with Kendall Jenner trying to prove she’s not an out of touch spoiled rich girl by insisting on making her own snack and almost dislocating her shoulder trying to slice a cucumber.
— Brodie Lancaster (@brodielancaster) May 12, 2022
kendall jenner cutting a cucumber is the most "it's a banana, michael, what could it cost, ten dollars?" thing i've seen a rich person do in a long time pic.twitter.com/cAPlSdrGfa
— marissa (taylor's version) (@MarissaSaysWhat) May 12, 2022
the way kendall jenner proved she has never cut a cucumber in her entire life and was just trying to be relatable to the cameras will never not be funny, hey chef 🙋, can you come cut this cucumber for my 26 year old daughter 😭 pic.twitter.com/wNW84ZUag0
— qinnitan (@qinnitan) May 12, 2022
Y’all, Kendall Jenner knows it’s tragic:
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) May 12, 2022
Please keep her in your thoughts at this difficult time.
- Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens has been renewed for season three on Comedy Central.
- Somebody Feed Phil has been renewed for a sixth season on Netflix.
- Nine Perfect Strangers is thisclose to being renewed for a second season on Hulu.
- 9 Months has been canceled by Facebook Watch after three seasons.
- Totally Killer, a horror-comedy film starring Olivia Holt, Kiernan Shipka, Julie Bowen, and Randall Park, is in the works at Prime Video.
- A TV series based on Reality Bites is in the works at Peacock.
- Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits Music Festival will all stream on Hulu this summer.
- Real Girlfriends in Paris; Southern Charm: Leva Land; and XSCAPE/SWV have been greenlit at Bravo.
- Unprisoned, a comedy starring Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo, is coming to Hulu.
- Alan Wake, a series based on the video game, is being developed at AMC.
- A documentary about 7M Films, a management company that represents social media stars and is accused of being cult-like, is in the works at HBO Max.
- The Way Home, a family drama series, has been greenlit at Hallmark.
- The Culpos, a reality series following the Culpo sisters, is in production at Discovery+.
- British police dramedy No Offence and Israeli comedy Matchmaker are being adapted for U.S. markets.
- A TV series about Frida Kahlo is in the works.
- Gigante, a documentary about Sabado Gigante, has been ordered by Disney’s Onyx Collective.
- YouTube has announced a slate of new programs for children. More information here.
- John Cho is joining The Afterparty on Apple TV+.
- Taraji P. Henson will star in Queenie on BET.
- Archie Panjabi is going to co-star in Hijack on Apple TV+.
- Jensen Ackles will guest star on Big Sky on ABC.
- Nicholas Braun will guest star on The Simpsons as Cousin Greg.
- Renata Notni and Miguel Bernardeau will star in Zorro on Prime Video.
- Sendhil Ramamurthy, Johnny Simmons, Rachel Hilson, Demitrius Grosse, and Rahnuma Panthaky have been cast in an untitled ABC pilot.
- Ignacio Diaz-Silverio, Martin Martinez, Carlos Santos, Johnny Rey Diaz, Henri Esteve, Jonathan Medina, Nigel Siwabessy, Christina Vidal, Efrain Villa, and Stakiah Washington have joined the cast of Primo on Freevee.
- Jesse Spencer will guest star on FBI: International on CBS.
- Paula Abdul, Leslie Jordan, and Yvette Nicole Brown have joined as judges on The American Rescue Dog Show on ABC.
- Maria Taylor will host NBC’s Football Night in America.
- Judy Woodruff is stepping down from PBS NewsHour. Amna Nawaz and Geoff Bennett are set to replace her.
Mark Your Calendar
- The Orville: New Horizons premieres on Hulu on June 2.
- Luck will debut on Apple TV+ on August 5.
- A Message From Brianna is now streaming on BET+.
- My Little Pony: Make Your Mark will premiere on Netflix on May 26.
- Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special will premiere on Netflix on May 30.
- Boo, Bitch will premiere on Netflix on July 8.
- They/Them will debut on Peacock on August 5.
- Trevor: The Musical will premiere on Disney+ on June 24.
- Carpool Karaoke: The Series returns on Apple TV+ on May 27.
- Family Reboot will debut on Disney+ on June 15.
- Celebrity Escape Room will air on Red Nose Day on NBC on May 26.
- Hotel Portofino will premiere on PBS on June 19.
- Bargain Block returns on HGTV on June 8.
- Beachside Brawl premieres on Food Network and Discovery+ on June 19.
- Lucy’s School; The Snoopy Show; You’re The Greatest, Charlie Brown; You’re In Love, Charlie Brown; and He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown will all debut on Apple TV+ on August 5. Duck & Goose premieres on July 8; Best Foot Forward, and Just Don’t Fall on July 22; Amber Brown on July 29; Surfside Girls on August 19; Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show returns on June 24.
- Here’s your entire NFL schedule for the 2022 season.
Fred Ward, Actor who starred in Tremors, The Right Stuff, True Detective, and many, many others
Bruce MacVittie, Character actor who had roles in Barney Miller, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Law & Order, and others
Firestarter: Zac Efron stars in this possibly unnecessary remake of the Stephen King classic. Premiere. Peacock
The Lincoln Lawyer: Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, and Becki Newton star in David E. Kelley’s series adaptation of the novel and 2011 Matthew McConaughey film. Series premiere. Netflix
Children Ruin Everything: A young couple struggles to hold on to their identities while raising small children in this new comedy from one of the Schitt’s Creek writers. Premiere. Roku
Sneakerella: Cinderella but with sneakers. Premiere. Disney+
Bling Empire: Season two. Netflix
Couples Therapy: Third season premiere. 7 p.m., Showtime
Saturday Night Live: Selena Gomez & Post Malone10:30 p.m., NBC
The Matrix Resurrections: Listen, this is a controversial sequel to be sure. I for one genuinely loved it. I thought it was funny, self-examining and did something important: it took the typical male superhero narrative and made it … more, bigger, lovelier. That said, I understand why some fans felt it was unnecessary and totally get why straight guys in particular might be angry about it. Oh well! Sorry! 7 p.m., HBO
The Time Traveler’s Wife: Rose Leslie and Theo James star in Steven Moffat’s adaptation of the best-selling novel. Series premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
2022 Billboard Music Awards: Sean “Diddy” Combs hosts this year. 7 p.m., NBC
The Equalizer: McCall’s determination to catch Quinn becomes an obsession in the season finale. 7 p.m., CBS
The Rookie: Season finale. But hold up: the listing says that Pete Davidson is guest-starring? That Pete Davidson? For real though? According to IMDB: yep. 9 p.m., ABC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Millie Bobby Brown, Maury Povich, Snail Mail
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Billy Crystal, Regina Spektor
- Jimmy Kimmel Live!: (Friday): Jerrod Carmichael, James Hong, the Black Keys
- Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): TBA
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|FOX||Friday Night Smackdown||Local|
|ABC||Finding Dory||Judge Steve Harvey
|CBS||Top Gun||Bob (Hearts) Abishola
|CW||Whose Line Is It Anyway?
|Would I Lie to You?
|Masters of Illusion
|Masters of Illusion
|FOX||The Masked Singer
|Saturday Night Live
|Saturday Night Live
(Selena Gomez & Post Malone)
|ABC||America’s Funniest Home Videos
|CBS||60 Minutes||The Equalizer
|NCIS: Los Angeles
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?
|Would I Lie to You?
|The Great North
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