NBC has announced today that it has ordered a second season of its 1960s crime drama “Acquarius”. And don’t think its because of the ratings on TV.
NBC touted that it’s mainly the digital views that made the difference in the renewal decision. NBC had made the entire season available online a day after the premiere episode aired. And it seems to have paid off.
“With its riveting drama and innovative release strategy, Aquarius has excited the critics, hooked millions of viewers and energized our summer,” NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “It’s no secret that the way people watch television is evolving, so we took a unique approach to how we delivered Aquarius and it’s driven some record numbers for NBC Digital and helped us reach viewers who might have otherwise overlooked a great summer drama.”
“Aquarius” stars David Duchovny, Emma Dumont, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony and Claire Holt.
Amazon is putting a lot of faith in “Transparent”.
The streaming service has renewed its acclaimed comedy series starring Jeffrey Tambor for a third season, it has announced. The renewal comes just as season 2 is going into production. Talk about “early renewal”.
“Transparent” creator/director Jill Soloway, meanwhile, has scored an overall deal with Amazon Studios to exclusively develop TV projects for Amazon Prime.
“Jill is truly a creative force and I’m thrilled that we will be collaborating with her additional projects in the future and on a third season of “Transparent”,” said Vice President of Amazon Studios, Roy Price.
“I am so thrilled that I get to share more of the Pfeffermans’ story with the world,” said Solloway. “We are all so in love with watching them change and grow. I am blown away by the creative freedom Amazon gives me and I can’t wait to reveal where this journey is going to take us.”
“Transparent” centers on Maura (Tambor), who has spent her life as Mort—the Pfefferman family patriarch. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone else’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (Judith Light), and their children—meandering Ali (Gaby Hoffmann), record producer Josh (Jay Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Amy Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they figure out who they won’t become.
USA is betting big on “Mr. Robot”.
The cable network has renewed its upcoming hacker drama for a second season hours before its series premiere tonight.
The decision for the early renewal comes after 2.7 Million people had checked out the pilot which was put up online on May 27.
“We knew from the moment we read Sam Esmail’s provocative script, and witnessed the brilliant performances of Rami Malek and Christian Slater, that “Mr. Robot” is a stand-out series that is unlike anything currently on television,” said USA Network President Chris McCumber in a statement. “The overwhelmingly positive fan reactions to the pilot and the broad sampling of it, reaffirms our confidence in the series, and we’re excited to see where this timely drama will take us for season two.”
“Sam Esmail has captured and distilled our ongoing cultural conversation about identity, privacy, value and self-worth,” said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “We are all talking about the central themes of “Mr. Robot” – Sam has just done it in a completely original and uniquely compelling way.”
Lizzie Borden just got the axe.
Lifetime has decided not to bring back “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” for a second season, TVLine reports.
The drama starring Christina Ricci was spun off Lifetime’s original movie “Lizzie Borden Took An Axe” for eight episodes, which were labeled a “limited series”. Turns out that “limited” was indeed the keyword.
And here’s some bad news for the fans of the man who likes his people for dinner – literally.
NBC has officially canceled “Hannibal” today The show is currently airing its third (and therefore final) season.
Here’s the network’s statement:
“We have been tremendously proud of ‘Hannibal’ over its three seasons. Bryan and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television — broadcast or cable. We thank Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made ‘Hannibal’ an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”
“Hannibal” creator Bryan Fuller had this to say of his show’s demise:
“NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers. Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. HANNIBAL is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”
The show had opened to lower ratings, and since the third season has been held for summer, rumors of it being the last season had been emerging. Now it’s official.
Penny can stay dreadful a little longer.
Showtime has renewed its stylish horror drama “Penny Dreadful” for a third season.
The show starring Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett, among others, will return with nine new episodes in 2016. The new season will again be shot in Dublin, Ireland.
“John Logan’s brilliant writing and this amazingly talented ensemble continue to draw a passionate, global fan base into the meticulously crafted world of ‘Penny Dreadful’,” said Showtime Inc. President David Nevins in a statement. “Together with our wonderful partners at Sky Atlantic, we’re excited to see what new haunts John and his team have in store for season three.”
A&E is staying in business with the Bates’, but won’t go back to the Returned.
The cable channel has announced today that it has renewed its “Psycho” prequel series “Bates Motel” for two more years, bringing it back for seasons four and five, and through 2017.
“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates,” said A&E & Lifetime Exec Vice President and General Managar Rob Sharenow. “We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”
Meanwhile, the verdict wasn’t as flattering for freshman mystery drama “The Returned”. A%E has opted not to bring it back for another season.
Starz has announced today that it has not had enough “Power”.
The cable network ordered a third season of 10 episodes today, after the season two premiere drew record ratings on June 6.
“I am thrilled to learn that season three of Power has been officially ordered by Starz,” said showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh. “It is an honor to work with Chris Albrecht, Carmi Zlotnik, Ken Segna and the whole Starz team. Their support has been steadfast from the beginning, and I look forward to a bright future together.”
“Power is a project I have been passionate about since day one,” said exec producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. “I am glad the audience loves the show as much as we do, and we are just getting started.”
Daniel Cerone, showrunner of canceled NBC drama “Constantine”, has sent out a message via his Twitter account that efforts to safe the show, in the end, didn’t pan out.
But read for yourself:
I promised I’d share news when I had it — sadly, that news is not good. The cast and writers of Constantine are being released from their contracts. The studio tried to find a new home for the show, for which we’re forever grateful, but those efforts didn’t pan out. I’m sorry, I wasn’t provided any information on the attempts to sell the show elsewhere. All I can report is that the show is over.
Many ingredients went into this TV series. From the dedicated cast that breathed these characters to life, led by Matt Ryan as the comic-made-flesh embodiment of John Constantine, to the exceptionality talented crew that put unreal images on screen, to the original Hellblazer writers and artists who gifted us a universe.
As a general principle, writers don’t choose a writing career to achieve stardom. Whatever demons or insecurities drove them to find freedom of expression through written words generally keeps writers comfortably obscure behind their words. Nor do people choose writing as a means to financial freedom. I’d venture to guess that most who set out to write professionally never receive a paycheck for their hopeful scribbles or key strokes.
In fact, nobody I know ever chose a writing career — it chose them. You write because that’s what you do. Like breathing, it just happens and you have to do it and you just hope that someday somebody out there notices what you’re trying to say.
If that’s the dream of writers, than the writers of Constantine lived the dream, because we’re leaving behind wild and passionate fans who believe in and were moved by what we tried to do. To leave such a significant, dedicated and active fan base on the table — that’s the real sadness. You all deserve many years of the series we set out to make, and we’re disappointed that we couldn’t deliver that to you. The good news is that Constantine will live on for years in many more forms. But our time as caretakers has ended.
Thank you for letting us in.