FX has pulled the plug on “The Bastard Executioner” after a low-rated first season.
Show creator Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) took to the trade papers to announce the cancellation himself in special ads.
See it below.
FX has pulled the plug on “The Bastard Executioner” after a low-rated first season.
Show creator Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) took to the trade papers to announce the cancellation himself in special ads.
See it below.
ABC has handed out its schedule for midseason. I’ll make it short. Everything below pretty much speaks for itself.
First off, the list.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 3
8:00-9:00 p.m. “Galavant” (Season 2 Premiere)
MONDAY, JANUARY 4
8:00-10:00 p.m. “The Bachelor” (Season 20 Premiere)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Agent Carter” (Season 2 Premiere, 2 hours, regular time period 9-10 p.m.)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6
10:00 p.m. “American Crime” (Season 2 Premiere)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7
8:00-10:00 p.m. “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” (Series Premiere, 2 hours)
10:00 p.m. “Beyond the Tank” (Season Premiere)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2
8:00 p.m. “The Muppets” (New Episodes)
8:30 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (New Episodes)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11
8:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (New Episodes)
9:00 p.m. “Scandal” (New Episodes)
10:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder” (New Episodes)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
8:30 p.m. “The Real O’Neals” (Sneak Preview)
9:30 p.m. “The Real O’Neals” (Sneak Preview)
THURSDAY, MARCH 3
9:00 p.m. “The Family” (Sneak Preview)
SUNDAY, MARCH 6
8:00 p.m. “Once Upon a Time” (New Episodes)
9:00 p.m. “The Family” (Time Period Premiere)
10:00 p.m. “Quantico” (New Episodes)
TUESDAY, MARCH 8
8:00 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (New Time Period)
8:30 p.m. “The Real O’Neals” (Time Period Premiere)
9:00 p.m. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (Series Return, New Episodes)
10:00 p.m. “Of Kings & Prophets” (Series Premiere)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9
10:00 p.m. “American Crime” (Season Finale)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16
10:00 p.m. “Nashville” (Series Return, New Episodes)
THURSDAY, MARCH 17
10:00 p.m. “How to Get Away with Murder” (Season Finale)
THURSDAY, MARCH 24
10:00 p.m. “The Catch” (Series Premiere)
And below are the descriptions.
BEYOND THE TANK
Watch as the Sharks roll up their sleeves to help their entrepreneurs make the tough decisions that hopefully lead to success, growth and profits on “Beyond the Tank,” the companion series from the producers of the Emmy-winning reality series “Shark Tank.” Each episode of “Beyond the Tank” features captivating and surprising outcomes, and examines the highs and lows after the Sharks strike a deal with the entrepreneurs on “Shark Tank.”
As the Sharks travel across America to mentor the entrepreneurs, assess the businesses and provide their industry expertise — to make a profit — audiences will realize the challenges and spirited negotiations are never over. What lies in the aftermath of their investment? Did a promising deal turn sour, or did it lead to millions of dollars in sales?
The Sharks are: Billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA-champion Dallas Mavericks; real-estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary.
Mark Burnett, Leslie Garvin, and Clay Newbill are the executive producers of “Beyond the Tank.” Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of “Shark Tank,” which is based on the Japanese “Dragons’ Den” format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by United Artists Media Group in association with Sony Pictures Television.
The return of last season’s breakout comedy extravaganza “Galavant” reunites screenwriter/executive producer Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Tangled,” “Cars”) with the award-winning musical team of composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and lyricist Glenn Slater (“The Little Mermaid,” “Tangled”). Having discovered the dark side of Madalena, our dashing hero’s adventures continue as he embarks on an unlikely bromance with King Richard and fights to rekindle the romance with his true love, Isabella. “Galavant” will premiere on SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) with two 30-minute episodes, back-to-back on the ABC Television Network. The ten episode series will run each Sunday night for five-consecutive weeks.
“Galavant” stars Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as Madalena, Karen David as Isabella and Luke Youngblood as Sid.
Executive producers are Dan Fogelman, Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, Chris Koch, Kat Likkel and John Hoberg. Abbey C Studios Ltd. produces “Galavant” for ABC Studios.
MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” returns for a second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the titular role of the unstoppable agent for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Dedicated to the fight against new Atomic Age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home – and perhaps even a new love – she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, Enver Gjokaj as Chief Daniel Sousa, Wynn Everett as Whitney Frost, Reggie Austin as Jason Wilkes and Chad Michael Murray as Chief Jack Thompson.
Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb are executive producers. “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
MY DIET IS BETTER THAN YOURS
Hosted by Shaun T, creator of the workout sensation “Insanity,” the new reality series “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” features celebrity trainers coaching average Americans to lose weight and get in shape. Each trainer brings his/her own individually designed and wildly diverse diet and exercise plan to their contestant, and works with them to change their lives and prove that “My Diet Is Better Than Yours.” In the end, one team will reign victorious. “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” is produced by Kinetic Content and Milojo Productions.
OF KINGS & PROPHETS
An epic biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of the battle-weary King Saul, the resentful prophet Samuel and the resourceful young shepherd David — all on a collision course with destiny that will change the world.
One thousand years before Christ, the first king of the Israelites, Saul, struggles to unify the 12 Israelite tribes and defend his fledgling nation against savage enemy attacks. The prophet Samuel relays a message from God to King Saul that he must destroy one of Israel’s ancient enemies. But when Saul defies that message, Samuel prophesies that the Lord will tear the kingdom of Israel from him and choose another in his place. In time, Saul comes to realize that his greatest threat will not come from his enemies, but from the shepherd, David.
“Of Kings & Prophets” stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, Olly Rix as David, Mohammad Bakri as Samuel, Simone Kessell as Queen Ahinoam, Nathaniel Parker as King Achish, Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan, James Floyd as Ishbaal, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, Jeanine Mason as Merav, David Walmsley as Joab.
“Of Kings & Prophets” was developed by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage. The executive producers are Chris Brancato, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Reza Aslan, Mahyad Tousi. “Of Kings & Prophets” is produced by ABC Studios.
Ben Higgins, the handsome software salesman who was sent home by Kaitlyn Bristowe last season on “The Bachelorette,” confessed to Kaitlyn that he thought he was “unlovable.” Even so, he saw a “great life” with her, only to have his hopes dashed and his heart broken when he was left without a rose. Now, Ben is ready to open himself up again to love, but he still has the lingering fear of being unlovable. He will attempt to put his heartbreak behind him and overcome that fear as he searches for his one true love and, maybe more importantly, a woman who loves him back.
Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor” is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner, Peter Scalettar and Nicole Woods are the executive producers.
Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos) is LA’s top private investigator — and the one woman you don’t want to mess with. But when her fiancé (Peter Krause) cons her out of millions and disappears, Alice goes on a private mission for payback. No matter where it leads or the secrets she must keep along the way, Alice will stop at nothing to catch her man. From the producers of “Scandal,” “Greys Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Catch” is a one-hour drama starring Mireille Enos, Peter Krause, Alimi Ballard, Jay Hayden, Jacky Ido, Rose Rollins, Elvy Yost and Sonya Walger. It is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Allan Heinberg and Julie Anne Robinson.
This thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
“The Family” stars Joan Allen as Claire, Alison Pill as Willa, Margot Bingham as Det. Nina Meyer, Zach Gilford as Danny, Liam James as Adam, Floriana Lima as Bridey, Madeleine Arthur as Young Willa, Rarmian Newton as Young Danny, Rupert Graves as John and Andrew McCarthy as Hank.
“The Family” was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. “The Family” is produced by ABC Studios.
THE REAL O’NEALS
A seemingly perfect family’s life takes an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.
“The Real O’Neals” stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matthew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.
“The Real O’Neals” teleplay was written by Casey Johnson & David Windsor and Josh Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia, based on a story by Josh Sternin & Jennifer Ventimilia. Executive Producers of the series are Casey Johnson, David Windsor, Stacy Traub, Dan Savage, Brian Pines, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Dan McDermott and Todd Holland.
To be honest, yesterday was not really a day people seemed to care about the cancellation of a TV show. The terror attacks in Paris were, and still are, shocking the world to the core, and there are really no words to describe the atrocity of those cowardly attacks against innocent human beings.
So here it is, a day late, but maybe still news to some.
ABC has canceled its failing drama “Wicked City”.
The show will only produce 8 of its initially ordered episodes. When they will air exactly has yet to be determined.
Murder is still in style next summer.
TNT has announced that it has ordered a third season of its crime drama “Murder in the First”.
Created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, the show stars Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson.
“Murder in the First” was on the bubble after word came out that TNT was looking for a different approach in their dramas. But the cast options were about to run out, so the cable network had to make a decision now, and chose to stick with it.
FOX is shifting things around come January.
The network has just released its schedule for midseason, and the news could be better for one of its dramas.
“Sleepy Hollow”, which currently has its home Thursday nights at 9 PM, will move to Fridays, while “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” heads back to Tuesdays.
“New Girl” returns for its fifth season on January 5, while fans of veteran drama “Bones” and comedy “Last Man Standing” are left wondering when their shows return, as their dates have yet to be determined.
Anyway, here’s what we know now, including the confirmed premiere dates of the highly anticipated return of “The X-Files”, as well as the launch dates of other new shows:
FOX WINTER 2016 RECAP
(Times for All-New Episodes are ET/PT Except as Noted)
Sunday, Jan. 3:
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS (Winter Return)
8:30-9:00 PM COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE (Series Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY (Winter Return)
9:30-10:00 PM BORDERTOWN (Series Premiere)
Monday, Jan. 4
8:00-10:00 PM SUPERHUMAN (Two-Hour Special)
Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 5:
8:00-8:30 PM NEW GIRL (Season Premiere)
8:30-9:00 PM GRANDFATHERED (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-9:30 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (Time Period Premiere)
9:30-10:00 PM THE GRINDER (Time Period Premiere)
Wednesday, Jan. 6:
8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part One)
Thursdays, beginning Jan. 7:
8:00-10:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Season Premiere, Part Two)
Friday, Jan. 8:
8:00-10:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (Winter Return/Special Two-Hour Episode)
Sundays, beginning Jan. 10:
7:30-8:00 PM BOB’S BURGERS (Winter Return)
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM COOPER BARRETT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM BORDERTOWN
Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 13:
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICAN IDOL (Time Period Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SECOND CHANCE (Series Premiere)
Fridays, beginning Jan. 15:
8:00-9:00 PM MASTERCHEF JUNIOR
9:00-10:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN (Season Premiere)
Sunday, Jan. 24
10:00-11:00 PM ET/ THE X-FILES (Season Premiere, Part One) (7:00-8:00 PM PT)
Mondays, beginning Jan. 25
8:00-9:00 PM THE X-FILES (Season Premiere, Part Two)
9:00-10:00 PM LUCIFER (Series Premiere)
Sunday, Jan. 31
7:00-10:00 ET Live/ GREASE: LIVE (PT tape-delayed)
Fridays, beginning Feb. 5
8:00-9:00 PM SLEEPY HOLLOW (Time Period / Spring Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM HELL’S KITCHEN
Mondays, beginning Feb. 29
8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM: RISE OF THE VILLAINS (Spring Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM LUCIFER
Wednesdays, beginning March 2
8:00-9:00 PM ROSEWOOD (Spring Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM SECOND CHANCE
Wednesdays, beginning March 30
8:00-9:00 PM ROSEWOOD
9:00-10:00 PM EMPIRE (Spring Premiere)
FX is keeping the horrors coming.
The cable network has just announced that it has officially renewed its anthology series “American Horror Story” for a sixth season.
The biggest question of course: Where will it be set?
Here’s an idea that, after so many years, might now make for an especially gruesome time:
American Horror Story: Reality.
I shudder to think what kind of real-world horrors that would bring…
And the good news keep coming.
NBC, shortly after handing out a season two renewal for its freshman drama “Blindspot”, has also ordered an additional season for its Dick Wolf dramas “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” NBC chairman Mark Greenblatt announced the renewals on a special press event surrounding the two shows, together with soon-to-be-arriving “Chicago Med”.
“Fire” will return for a fifth season next year, while “P.D.” will enter its fourth season. NBC
“Chicago Med”, meanwhile, premieres November 17.
Well, talk about a vote of confidence.
After extending the first-season run by one episode last week and bringing the total to 23, NBC has now gone full steam ahead and handed out a very early season two renewal for its freshman drama “Blindspot”.
“We are over the moon with the success of ‘Blindspot,’ and want to thank our producers and amazing cast for creating one of the most riveting shows on television. Jaimie [Alexander] and Sullivan [Stapleton] have done an amazing job of ratcheting up the tension each week in trying to unravel the mystery of Jane’s tattoos,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in a statement. “We literally can’t wait to see what the second season will bring.”
Netflix has announced that it has picked up A&E refugee “Longmire”, which debuted this summer on the streaming service, for a fifth season.
Netflix announced the renewal via the show’s official Facebook page.
AMC announced today that, to little surprise for anyone, that it has renewed its zombie drama “The Walking Dead” for a seventh season, which will debut next year.
Thank goodness someone had a Magic 8-Ball with them in our many long internal meetings about these renewals. When, on the third shake, ‘without a doubt’ filled the murky blue screen, we knew we had to proceed with new seasons of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Talking Dead,'” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “All joking aside, we are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged. We are grateful for and continually impressed by the talent, effort and excellence on continuous display by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Hardwick and the many people with whom we partner to make these unique shows possible. The result: More Walking and Talking. Hooray.”
In addition, “Talking Dead”, the regular talk following the airings of “The Walking Dead”, has also been renewed.
And another one that had to wait up to now.
Starz has given the green light for a second season of its half-hour series “Ash vs. Evil Dead”, days ahead of its season 1 debut on Halloween.
“One season isn’t enough to satisfy the fans’ two decade-long appetite for more Ash,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said. “The early fan and press support, along with the international broadcaster demand for more story have made it clear that the adventures of Ash Williams can’t end with Season 1.”
In the last two days, more shows got their verdicts about their lifespan on the respective networks.
CBS has officially ordered a full season of its sitcom “Life In Pieces”, with CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller saying, “’Life In Pieces’, with one of the best ensemble casts on television, is telling terrific stories in a very unique way, and we’re excited to tell many more of them this season.”
Over at FOX, comedy “Grandfathered” nabbed a full-season pickup as well. “’Grandfathered’ had the Herculean task of self-starting on what is an incredibly competitive Tuesday night, and the series has proven itself up to the challenge,” said FOX Entertainment President David Madden. “Since the very beginning, we knew this show would be that rare commodity – a genuinely original family comedy. The remarkable John Stamos, Josh Peck, Paget Brewster and the entire cast have sparkling chemistry, and the show’s creative team has delivered fantastic scripts that keep these great characters moving. We know fans are going to love the surprises in store for the rest of the season.”
And TVLine reports that ABC has ordered three additional episodes for “The Muppets”, which brings the current season total to 16.
After handing out a second-season renewal to its comedy “The Brink”, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black, in July, HBO has reversed its decision today.
“The Brink” will no longer return for a second season.
Why, you ask? Well, here’s HBO’s official statement regarding the matter:
“After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give “The Brink” the attention it deserves for a second season. We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best.”
I don’t have much time to do casting news at the moment, but let’s do one of those again for a change.
The Hollywood Reporter reports today that Jessica Camacho has been upped to a series regular on FOX supernatural drama “Sleepy Hollow”.
Camacho made her debut earlier in the season as Sophie Foster, a woman who is looking for artifacts and has ties to the late Sheriff Corbin (Clancy Brown).
The regular cast went through quite the change already. At the beginning of the third season, lead Tom Mison was the only male regular, surrounded by no less than four ladies – Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood, Nikki Reed and Shannyn Sossamon. The last episode debuted two additional males to Balance things out: Zach Appelman and Lance Goss. And now, another woman with Camacho, which puts the girls cleary into the majority again.
“Sleepy Hollow” fans should definitely check out “Bones” on Thursday at 8 PM, since that episode will be the first part of a special Halloween two-part crossover between the two shows.
And it’s the other way around for Rob Lowe’s latest TV effort.
FOX has announced today that it has ordered a full season of “The Grinder”.
The half-hour Comedy starring Lowe and Fred Savage, will be around for the usual 22 episodes.
“’The Grinder’ is the perfect combination of razor-sharp wit and relatable family dynamics — two hallmarks of successful comedies,” said FOX Entertainment President Daivd Madden. “The critics have embraced this original, fresh and funny show, and the talented cast – led by Rob Lowe and Fred Savage – has done such an incredible job infusing it with biting humor and heartfelt moments. We are so excited about the storylines that these fantastic producers have planned for the rest of the season.”
NBC keeps cutting its losses.
The network has reduced the order of its struggling freshman comedy “Truth Be Told” from 13 to 10 episodes.
The move comes after the latest episode didn’t manage to draw in more than a 0.6 demo Rating.
FX is filing for divorce from “Married”.
Per a tweet from creator Andrew Gurland (see below), the cable network has opted not to pickup the Nat Faxon/Judy Greer comedy for a third season.
Wesley Snipes will soon be looking for a new job.
NBC has reduced the order of its freshman drama “The Player” from the initial 13 episodes to 9 episodes, the Hollywood Reporter reports today. No one is expecting the show to go anywhere beyond that, anymore.
The show will be off the schedule by the middle of November.
ABC Family is filling up its midseason roaster, which will be launched under the new name Freeform (still trying to wrap my head around that name).
After setting the premiere dates for “Pretty Little Liars” and new series “Shadowhunters” earlier this year, the cable network has set the dates for a bunch of other returning and new shows.
Here’s the list.
Tuesday, January 12th 8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT – Winter premiere of “Pretty Little Liars”
Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00–10:00 PM ET/PT – Series premiere of “Shadowhunters”
Monday, January 18th 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT – Winter premiere of “The Fosters”
Monday, January 18th 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT – Series premiere of “Recovery Road”
Wednesday, February 3rd 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT – Winter premiere of “Young & Hungry”
Wednesday, February 3rd 8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT – Winter premiere of “Baby Daddy”
CBS extended the limit of episodes for the first season of “Limitless”.
The freshman drama, based on the feature film by the same name starring Bradley Cooper, has been handed the coveted back nine order, bringing the first season total to 22 episodes.
Meanwhile, the network has ordered six additional scripts for another freshman entry, “Code Black”.