The major networks continued to slash and restructure their lineups this week. ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC all announced new shows, as well as confirmed a few cancellations. While some shows will be forgotten as quickly as they were created (Game of Silence) others have been treading water for a few seasons now, and will finally be put to rest.
FOX renewed “Sleepy Hollow” for a fourth season, although many fans are still upset with the show for killing off a popular character this year. The network also confirmed a new reality cooking show called “My Kitchen Rules,” which has celebrity duos squaring off against one another. Confirmed guests for the first season include Lance Bass, R&B Recording Artists Brandy and Ray J, Andrew Dice Clay, Naomi Judd and Reality TV Star Brandi Glanville.
FOX also confirmed that the network has given a script order for a “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff called “Mayans MC,” which will air on the FX network. This will join FOX’s other new shows, including “APB,,” which is another Chicago based show that will be joining the network. This new series will follow corruption and challenges of the Chicago Police Department. There will also be a new series based on “The Exorcist” franchise, that new show will star Geena Davis.
There will also be a series based on “Lethal Weapon,” so fans of the franchise should keep an eye out for more information from FOX over the next few weeks. FOX’s other new shows include “Pitch,” which follows the first woman to play Major League Baseball. That show will join “Making History” and “The Mick.”
The highlight of “Making History” is that Leighton Meester will star in the time-travel comedy and Phil Lord (“The Last Man on Earth”) will be a writer-producer of the show. As for “The Mick,” Kaitlin Olson of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fame will play the title character. The show centers on a degenerate who inherits her sister’s fortune, but also has to take care of her three terrible children.
CBS will be bringing a new “MacGyver” series to the network, and CBS confirmed a new series called “Training Day.” The network will release more information on those two series over the next few weeks. Renewed this week by CBS was the comedy “Life in Pieces,” which will be getting a second season next year.
NBC ordered “Timeless” to series, from Eric Kripke (“Revolution,” “Supernatural”), Shawn Ryan (“The Shield”) and the producers of “The Blacklist.”
The action-adventure series follows a mysterious criminal that steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, with the intent on destroying America as we know it. In the series American’s only hope is an unexpected team (a scientist, soldier and history professor) who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events.
While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. The network asks, “Can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late?”
The cast includes Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Visnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit. Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan serves as writers and executive producers. John Davis, John Fox, Marney Hochman and director Neil Marshall also executive produce. “Timeless” is produced by Davis Entertainment, Kripke Enterprises and MiddKid Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Another new show NBC detailed this week was “Marlon,” which is loosely inspired by the real life of star Marlon Wayans (“In Living Color,” “Scary Movie”). The family comedy centers on a loving (but immature) father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife.
NBC describes the show stating, “While his misguided fatherly advice, unstoppable larger-than-life personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom might get in the way sometimes, for Marlon family really always does come first — even if he’s the biggest kid of all.”
The cast includes Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Notlim Taylor, Amir O’Neil, Bresha Webb and Diallo Riddle. Christopher Moynihan serves as writer and executive producer. Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Michael Rotenberg and director Andy Ackerman (pilot) also executive produce. “Marlon” is produced by Universal Television, Wayans Brothers Entertainment, Bicycle Path Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.
One of NBC’s more interesting new series is called “Midnight Texas,” and it comes from author Charlaine Harris (“True Blood”). NBC describes the new series saying, “Welcome to a place where being normal is really quite strange.” The series comes from Niels Arden Oplev, the director of “Mr. Robot,” and as we mentioned before, is based on the hit book series from author Charlaine Harris.
The series is a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family.
The cast includes François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, Peter Mensah, Yul Vazquez and Sean Bridgers.
Monica Owusu-Breen serves as writer and executive producer. David Janollari and director Niels Arden Oplev also executive produce. “Midnight, Texas” is produced by Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment.
NBC also confirmed that it will bring the Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia Dramedy “This Is Us” to series in 2017. Also added to the NBC schedule this week was “Powerless” and “Trial and Error.”
In the new series “Powerless,” the comedy takes place within the DC Comics universe. Vanessa Hudgens (“Grease Live,” “High School Musical”) plays Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes.
It’s when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right … even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers. The cast includes Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk.
Ben Queen serves as writer and executive producer. Director Michael Patrick Jann (pilot) also executive produces. “Powerless” is produced by Warner Bros. Television and based on the characters from DC Comics.
As for “Trial and Error,” that series is a fish-out-of-water comedy. The story follows New York lawyer Josh Segal as he heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case.
He is off to defend an eccentric poetry professor (John Lithgow, “3rd Rock From the Sun”) accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Settling into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop and meeting his quirky team of local misfits, Josh suspects that winning his first big case will not be easy, especially when his client is always making himself look guilty. The cast includes John Lithgow, Nicholas D’Agosto, Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Krysta Rodriguez.
Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller serve as writers and executive producers. Jeffrey Blitz directs. “Trial & Error” is produced by Barge Productions and Good Session Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
If you’re a fan of Adult Swim, the network announced its new lineup of specials and new series that will be premiering in 2017.
ABC did renew “Last Man Standing,” and there is a new Minnie Driver comedy called ‘Speechless’ that will premiere in 2017.
A few more cancellations were confirmed today as well, but not as many as on Thursday. NBC cancelled “Crowded” after just one season on the network. NBC also cancelled the live-comedy “Undateable,” and the new drama “Heartbeat“. Also getting the axe at NBC this week was Eva Longoria’s “Telenovela” and “Game of Silence“.
It was also confirmed this week that ABC’s “Marvel’s Most Wanted” will not be moving forward on the network, not too surprising since ABC did just cancel “Agent Carter”. Freeform also had a rare miss this year with “Recovery Road,” that series will be cancelled as well with just one season on the network.
For the full-list of shows that were cancelled on Thursday, and a few that ABC had announced earlier in the week, you can find that information here.