Upfronts: Odd Cancellations & Interesting Pick-Ups

The 2017-2018 TV season is coming to a close and that means all the networks, cable channels, streaming services are putting their wares out to show what’s to come…

This means that we have also learned what shows are returning and what shows are not returning.

I think the most shocking return was Agents of SHIELD, which will be back for a truncated 6th season. This was an interesting announcement because everyone was saying the 5th season would be the last and also because Infinity War changed everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this show is tethered to the movies.

Outside of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s cancellation, was the cancellation of the fan-favorite Lucifer. Fans started #SaveLucifer campaign on Twitter and as Tom Ellis, aka Lucifer himself, stated, “Power to the People.” The show is in talks to move to another home.
Honestly, if Constantine can show up on the CW and find a home on DC’s Legend’s of Tomorrow after being canceled on NBC’s Constantine…than it looks good for everyone’s favorite fallen angel.

Other surprises:

The return of Midnight, Texas, but it is to air Friday nights at 9 pm on NBC.

The 100 and iZombie were renewed over at the CW and they picked up five pilots among them:

  • Charmed – After the tragic death of their mother, three sisters in a college town are stunned to discover they are witches.  Soon this powerful threesome must stand together to fight the everyday and supernatural battles that all modern witches must face: from vanquishing powerful demons to toppling the patriarchy.
  • Roswell, New Mexico – After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.
  • In the Dark – A flawed and irreverent blind woman is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.
  • Legacies – Continuing the tradition of “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals,” the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. Will these young witches, vampires, and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be?

The CW renewed all of their DC assets, as well as Riverdale, Supernatural, Jane the Virgin and Dynasty. That is a lot of TV.

Besides the cancelation of Lucifer, FOX made a lot of other interesting changes for their fall schedule. The Gifted made it to the Fall line-up, but The Orville and Gotham are mid-season replacements. Also, the 5th season of Gotham will be its last. But, it will be the season where we see Bruce become the Dark Knight.

Outlander was picked up for two additional seasons, hurrah for me! But, they canceled Ash vs. the Evil Dead. I will miss their set-ups at Comic-Con.

Westworld was renewed for a 3rd season.

Amazon renewed The Tick and Jack Ryan, mind you…the latter has not even aired one episode of season 1.

Netflix renewed Lost in Space, Travelers and Jessica Jones.

Hulu renewed The Runaways.

EPIX grabbed the 10 episode prequel to Batman that centers on Alfred Pennyworth. It is being created by the dynamic duo behind Gotham. It is a standalone story exploring Alfred’s life as a former British SAS soldier who forms a secret company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne.

As news rolls in, I will update.

The CW: TCAs and the Shows You Love to Watch

As we are in the throes of winter, it can only mean one thing…the TCAs are happening. This time of year it can spell doom and gloom for some shows that premiered in the Fall. Case in point, Dynasty has been banished to a Friday night-time slot. Fridays are a horrible time slot, but some shows have thrived.  Will this be the case for Dynasty?

The following is from the CW TCA Press Release:

January 7, 2018 (Pasadena, CA) – The CW Network today announced dates for the series premiers of the heartfelt new comedy Life Sentence, as well as the return of  iZombie, The 100, and the final season of The  Originals.

Following is The CW’s complete mid-season premiere schedule. All times ET/PT:

MONDAY, JANUARY 15

  • 8:00-9:00 pm SUPERGIRL (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 pm Valor (New Episode)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16

  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM BLACK LIGHTNING (Series Premiere)

Black Lightning: Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe-haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero in his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left the superhero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne
McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns – to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil
Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Girlfriends”), and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17

  • 8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM DYNASTY (New Episode)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18

  • 8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM ARROW (New Episode)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19

  • 8:00-9:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN (New Episode)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26

  • 8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM IZOMBIE (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7

  • 8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM LIFE SENTENCE (Series Premiere)

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

  • 8:00-9:00 PM DYNASTY
  • 9:00-10:00 PM THE ORIGINALS (Season Premiere)

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM THE 100 (Season Premiere)

Now, we wait patiently to hear what shows will be renewed for the 2018-2019 TV Season.

What shows do you think are on the bubble?

 

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