Fall Schedule Update, Part 2: Black Friday or Good Friday for Most Shows
*I did an update on Thursday night, but I probably should’ve waited one more night. Friday had a lot of news of cancellations, pick-ups, and renewals. ABC made all of their decisions (after waiting a long time to even make a single renewal), NBC pulled the plug on quite a few shows and CBS picked-up some pilots. Let’s take a look at what happened.*
Officially Picked-Up: Back in the Game, Betrayal, The Goldbergs, Killer Women, Lucky 7, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mind Games, Mixology, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Resurrection, Super Fun Night, Trophy Wife
Officially Renewed: Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Last Man Standing, The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, The Neighbors, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Scandal, Suburgatory
Officially Cancelled: Body of Proof, Family Tools, Happy Endings, How to Live with Your Parents, Malibu Country, Red Widow
Still TBA: America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, Shark Tank, Splash, The Taste
*ABC finally made some decisions and they all happened on Friday night. There was no surprise with their announced renewals. Everything that was expected to come back was announced. The Neighbors was the only iffy one. But the executives at ABC have talked about how much they like that show, the reviews have greatly improved from the pilot, and the ratings have been a decent bridge between The Middle & Modern Family.
The cancellations weren’t a big surprise either. Happy Endings is one of my favorite shows and I was hoping for another season, but the ratings didn’t justify it so I can’t blame ABC was cancelling it. Early reports say that the producers are shopping it to cable networks. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. How to Live You Parents kind of surprised me. It’s been doing decently after Modern Family but I think they wanted to stick with a longer running show and Suburgatory took its spot. ABC hasn’t said anything about their reality offerings yet. Dancing with the Stars has been slipping in the ratings so maybe they’re trying to reconfigure the lineup by only doing it once a year.
ABC picked up a lot more pilots than I expected them too. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a done deal that was just waiting for the paperwork to be finalized. They have a lot more comedies than I expected them too. They just renewed 5 returning comedies and now they’ve picked up 5 more. That makes 10 comedies for the network. They must be planning something because that’s a lot of comedy shows for one network. The dramas (outside of Agents) sound less promising. None of the descriptions sound that interesting to me but I’m willing to hold off judgment until I see some clips and promos from the upfronts next week.*
Officially Picked-Up: Chicago P.D., Ironside, The Night Shift, Undateable, Welcome to the Family
Officially Renewed: Community
Officially Cancelled: Go On, The New Normal, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Smash
Still TBA: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, The Biggest Loser, The Celebrity Apprentice, Hannibal
*Even though NBC announced a bulk of their new series on Thursday, they still picked up four more shows, including the remake of Ironside with Blair Underwood and the spin-off of Chicago Fire. The Night Shift is another drama pilot that they picked up. They also picked up two new comedy pilots. That makes 6 new comedies that NBC is going to launch next year. There’s also been reports that other pilots: The Untitled Craig Robinson Project & Brenda Forever are still in contention but will probably undergo reshoots before NBC makes a final decision. Networks are really looking for new comedy hits this fall.
NBC only made one renewal yesterday. Community will be back for a fifth season. This wasn’t a huge surprise since the show is very close to syndication status. The show is a former shadow of itself but I’m hopeful it can turn itself around next season.
Some cancellations were also announced yesterday. The axe dropped on new comedies Go On & The New Normal. Both of them did well after they followed The Voice, but without that lead-in in the winter the shows did terrible. It’s not a big surprise. Neither was the news on Smash, which had a horrible season premiere and was then shipped off to the Saturday night graveyard. Rock Center with Brian Williams received bad news also. That was a little bit of a surprise since it could used to fill a hole in the schedule anywhere and was probably cheap to produce.
NBC is still holding off on the news for their reality offerings. Nothing to report on Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, The Biggest Loser or The Celebrity Apprentice yet. Hannibal is still TBA, but creator Bryan Fuller has told reporters that NBC is going to hold off on a decision for a few more weeks.*
Officially Picked-Up: The Crazy Ones, Hostages, Intelligence, The Millers, Mom, We Are Men
Officially Cancelled: CSI: NY, Golden Boy, Rules of Engagement, Vegas
*CBS finally announced some pilot pick-ups. Two new dramas: Hostages and Intelligence. I was a little surprised by Intelligence since I didn’t see that on anybody’s radar. But the description sounds very CBS-friendly. One bit of surprising news: CBS passed on the most talked-about pilots of the year, Beverly Hills Cop. Producers are reportedly shopping it around to other broadcast networks and cable networks. I would be surprised it that didn’t find a home. CBS also picked up four comedies: two single-camera and two multi-camera. Chuck Lorre’s Mom was a no-brainer and Greg Garcia’s The Millers with Will Arnett seemed like a sure-thing too. It’ll be interesting to see where CBS places the two single-camera shows. Will they be used to expand the Thursday night block or be added to the Monday lineup? Or maybe a new night all together?
CBS also dropped the axe on the four bubble shows. CSI: NY, Golden Boy, Rules of Engagement and Vegas were given their walking papers. This wasn’t a huge surprise to anyone. I think there was a tiny possibility of CSI: NY coming back if Criminal Minds didn’t get renewed. The same for Rules of Engagement if Two and a Half Men didn’t work out their contracts. Unfortunately for those shows, the deals were worked out and their chances disappeared.*
Coming up next: NBC will announce their fall lineup tomorrow in a press release before their upfront presentation on Monday. Look for that tomorrow!