More decisions about the fate of cable shows have come in.
Freeform has officially canceled its summer drama “Guilt” after one season. As for “Dead of Summer”, no decision has been made as of yet.
Earlier this week, FX has renewed its acclaimed Ryan Murphy anthology series “American Crime Story” for a third season, this before production on the sophomore run has even begun.
Season two will focus on Hurricane Katrina and the tragical and criminal events surrounding the natural disaster that hit Louisiana in 2005, while the third season has the 1997 murder of fashion icon Gianni Versace at its center.
CBS is doing some summer cleaning.
The network has officially canceled “American Gothic” and “BrainDead” after their respective freshman runs during the summer.
This currently leaves the previously renewed “Zoo” as the only scripted series for CBS next summer.
CBS is handing out votes of confidence to three freshman series.
The network has ordered the back nine episodes for “Bull”, “MacGyver” and “Kevin Can Wait”, which brings them all to 22 episodes for their first seasons.
Additionally, Hulu has announced that it has picked up satire “Difficult People” for a third season of 10 episodes, which are set to premiere sometime next year.
Some good news for fans of several series.
AMC has ordered an eighth season of “The Walking Dead”, a week ahead of its season seven premiere.
The episode number will remain the same – 16 episodes for next season, all followed by the traditional “Talking Dead” after-show talk.
Meanwhile, Amazon has picked up its drama “Bosch” for a fourth season, also ahead of the premiere of the next, third, season.
“We are excited to announce the fourth season renewal of Amazon Prime Video’s longest running original drama series,”Roy Price, president of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Prime members have loved following Detective Harry Bosch as he navigates difficult situations in his professional and personal lives, and we’re excited to let them know that even more is coming.”
And earlier, MTV, ahead of the two-hour Halloween special airing tomorrow night, has renewed “Scream” for a third season. The episode count, however, has been reduced to six.
Riggs and Murtaugh will stay on duty for a while.
FOX has officially ordered a full season of its freshman cop drama “Lethal Weapon”. The show, based on four feature films starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover (now Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans), has been give an order for five additional episodes, four instalments shy of the traditional back-nine order. This brings the first season total to 18 episodes.
“‘Lethal Weapon’ delivers an explosive and wildly entertaining core relationship between two cops, with dynamic performances by Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford, surrounded by cinematic action, endearing humor and true heart,” said FOX president David Madden. “Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz have done a tremendous job on this show, which has proven to be a self-starter and solid companion for ‘Empire’. We are thrilled to add these episodes to ‘Lethal Weapon’s first season.”
On the other hand, TNT’s summer crime series “Murder in the First” is on the other end of that spectrum. The cable channel has opted not to pick up a fourth season of the Steven Bochco drama starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson, this after a third season ended with just over 1 million viewers for its finale, which is about a third of the viewers the show had when it launched two years ago.
There’s no end to stitching in sight.
Freeform has just ordered a third season of its sci-fi procedural “Stitchers”. No word yet on how many episodes or an airdate, but there will be more, mainly because the show’s fans were vocal about getting more.
“‘Stitchers’ passionate fanbase has been vocal about wanting to see more of this show, and we listened,” said Karey Burke, executive vice president of programming and development at Freeform in a statement. “’Stitchers‘ has proven itself a consistently strong performer, and we’re proud of the fact that it celebrates #smartgirls everywhere.”
The Roanoake Nightmare won’t be the last thing to steal people’s good-night sleep.
FX has announced today that it has picked up Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuck’s “American Horror Story” for a seventh season.
“Ryan, Brad and their team of remarkable writers have done an amazing job of keeping “American Horror Story” endlessly inventive, shocking and entertaining and we are honored to move ahead with them on the seventh installment,” said FX CEO John Landgraf. “The sustained success through six installments only proves how intensely the series resonates with fans. AHS confronts our deepest fears with unmatched suspense and style. Each new installment is a cultural event, hotly anticipated for its theme, imagery, cast and twists. We thank the creators and their team, the cast and everyone who has continued to make “AHS” such an extraordinary series.”
Meanwhile, Netflix has set the premiere date for its next entry in the Marvel universe. “Iron Fist” will premiere on March 17, 2017, at 12:01 AM PT in all Netflix territories.
13 one-hour episodes will be launched. And Netflix has issued a nice first-look image with the announcement.
Looks like David Duchovny might be available for some more “X-Files”.
NBC has officially canceled its Charles Manson series “Aquarius” after two seasons, several sources report today.
It should come as no big surprise, though, since NBC has moved the drama from Thursdays to Saturday nights in August, surely a sign that didn’t bode well for a continuation. And now, the fate of “Aquarius” has been sealed.