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.
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.
ABC has handed out some votes of confidence to new series.
Drama “Designated Survivor”, starring Kiefer Sutherland, has received an order for the back nine episodes, bringing the show’s first season total to the usual 22 episodes.
Same goes for freshman comedy “Speechless”, which also received a back-nine order.
Christmas seems to be coming early for the folks over at “Chicago Med”.
NBC has ordered five additional episodes of the medical drama, which is the latest spinoff in the “Chicago Fire/Chicago P.D.” universe.
This brings the show’s season one total to 18 episodes. It’s not quite the full season, but still great news for the show’s fans.
And yesterday, HBO has picked up its drama “The Leftovers” for a third and final season.
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome back Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta and the extraordinary talent behind “The Leftovers” for its third and final season,” said HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo. “This show has proven to be one of the most distinctive HBO series and we are extremely proud of its unrivaled originality, which has resulted in such a passionate following by our HBO viewers. We admire and fully support Damon’s artistic vision and respect his decision to bring the show to its conclusion next season.”
“I have never, ever experienced the level of creative support and trust that I have received from HBO during the last two seasons of “The Leftovers”,” says Damon Lindelof. “Tom, myself and our incredible team of writers and producers put tremendous care into designing those seasons as novels unto themselves… with beginnings, middles and ends. As we finished our most recent season, it became clear to us that the series as a whole was following the same model… and with our beginning and middle complete, the most exciting thing for us as storytellers would be to bring “The Leftovers” to a definitive end. And by ‘definitive,’ we mean ‘wildly ambiguous but hopefully mega-emotional,’ as all things related to this show are destined to be.
On behalf of our incredible crew and superb cast, we are all tremendously grateful that HBO is giving us an opportunity to conclude the show on our own terms… an opportunity like this one rarely comes along, and we have every intention of living up to it. One more thing. We are blessed by the unwavering support of our fans and the incredibly powerful voice of the critical community. We feel absolutely privileged to heat up one last helping of leftovers.”
The girl of steel will keep flying for a while.
CBS has announced that it has officially picked up “Supergirl” for a full season.
The order is for seven additional episodes, which brings the season one total of episodes to 20 – two episodes shy of the usual back-nine order and 22 episodes. But given the fact that “Supergirl” started a bit later than many other shows, it’s not a bad sign in itself.
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.
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.”
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”.
In a rather surprising turn of events, ABC’s freshman sitcom “Dr. Ken” has scored a full season.
ABC ordered the back nine episodes of the comedy which airs on Fridays, even though reviews and some fan reactions have not been very positive.
“Dr. Ken” joins dramas “Quantico”, “Blindspot” and “Rosewood” in the circle of full-season order from the current season.
FOX is handing out the proverbial vote of confidence to one of its freshman dramas.
Police drama “Rosewood”, starring Morris Chestnut and Jaina Lee Ortiz, has been given the order for the back nine episodes, bringing the show’s first season total to 22 episodes.
“Rosewood” is the third freshman series in the current season to get a back-nine order, after NBC ordered a full season of “Blindspot” recently, and ABC upped the order for “Quantico” to 19 episodes, but still called it a “full season”.
ABC has handed out the vote of confidence to a freshman drama and a sophomore comedy.
New entry “Quantico” has been handed the back-nine order for its first season, bringing the show’s total to 22 episodes for its first year.
Meanwhile, comedy “Fresh Off The Boat” has launched last season with a first season of 13 episodes, and was renewed for the same amount back in May. ABC has now expanded the second season to 22 episodes as well.
And here you have it, right before the weekend. Your first back nine order for the still fresh 2015-2016 season.
And the honours go to “Blindspot”.
NBC has ordered the back nine episodes of its high-octane freshman action drama starring Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton, bringing the hit show’s total to 22 episodes.