Bloodbath and New hope: Fall ’16 takes shape

It’s May, so it’s time for the networks to begin to give us a glimpse of their plans for the 2016-2017 TV season. Obviously, not everything is known, but we now have several renewals, cancellations and pickups to discuss.


The above mentioned bloodbath? That happened at ABC and they cancelled Nashville after 4 fairly successful seasons, Castle after 8 seasons and firing the co-lead of the series (Stana Katic) “to save money”, and Marvel’s Agent Carter after 2 beloved but little watched seasons.

They also cancelled The Muppets after a midseason retool didn’t increase the ratings and midseason drama The Family. And, Galavant has ended it’s beautiful, too pure and good for this world run as well. Really, that second season for more that we could have hoped for to begin with.

But there was also some great renewal news. Midseason sitcom, the delightful The Real O’Neals, got a second season as did new Shondaland series The Catch and the critically lauded anthology series American Crime.

On the new show front, look for Time After Time, a new drama from Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries) about H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma) and Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman) being transported to modern day New York. A Romeo & Juliet series titled Still Star-Crossed,  Conviction a new political drama starring Hayley Atwell, and new shows from Allison Tollman (Fargo) and Katy Mixon (Mike & Molly). The Mixon show (as yet untitled) sounds terrible:

Mixon stars as Katie, a “confident, unapologetic, plump wife and mother of three, [who] raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Conn., filled with ‘perfect’ mommies and their ‘perfect’ offspring.  She lets us in on her deepest, most unfiltered thoughts through voiceover as the she lives her life as the second fattest housewife in Westport.” Additional cast members include Diedrich Bader, Johnny Sequoyah, Daniel DiMaggio, Julia Butters, Carly Hughes and Ali Wong. —


Update 5/12 1830: Marvel’s Most Wanted, the proposed Agents of SHIELD spin off starring Adrienne Palicki and Nick Blood is officially dead (again). But, series orders have been given for new legal drama Notorious starring Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata, and Jenna Elfman fronted comedy Imaginary Mary which sounds like Drop Dead Fred the series.

Update 5/13 1104: Last Man Standing is back (again. Season 6?!) as is Dr. Ken (whaa?) and ABC has now given a series order to Speechless a Minnie Driver sitcom from Scott Silvestri (Friends)


The Tiffany network started the day by cancelling CSI: Cyber, trying to get a The Good Wife spin off up and running on their All Access streaming platform, and cancelling Supergirl from their airwaves and sending it to the more accepting (budgetarily) world of The CW.

They also picked up a new Kevin James starrer called Kevin can wait which, I think we all can, right?

Update 5/13 1104: Series orders have been given to a MacGyver reboot starring Lucas Till (Havok from the X-Men series), Man with a Plan a sitcom starring Matt LeBlanc, The Great Indoors returns Joel MacHale to our screens, Training Day casts Bill Paxton in an update of the Denzel Washington film, Bull is a procedural drama based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw (!!) starring Michael Weatherly, and a procedural/medical show from Jason Katims (Parenthood) tentatively title Pure Genius.

Update 5/14 1033: When I first read about CBS’ new lawyer show Doubt in its original incarnation last year (then starring KaDee Strickland and Teddy Sears) I was underwhelmed. But, in it’s just picked up iteration with Laverne Cox, Dulé Hill, Dreama Walker and Elliott Gould I am more than intrigued. Hm? What’s that? Oh, Katherine Heigl is the top billed star?! Oh. Well maybe not then… (Although also maybe…)


Did NBC move their corporate HQ to Chicago? They have just added a 4th arm to their Chicago themed series, Chicago Justice. And, Trial & Error a “murder trial comedy” starring John Lithgow and Nicholas D’Agosto (Gotham) joins their now empty comedy schedule

They are also getting into the comic TV game with Powerless, a superhero show about the people who clean up after superheores starring Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, and Alan Tudyk.

Update 5/12 1830: This is us is a new dramedy about intertwining lives and “curious” connections. The Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia fronted series already sounds tiresome.

Update 5/13 1333: NBC has just given a pick up to Midnight, Texas a supernatural drama based on a Charlaine Harris book series (see True Blood and run). They also axed Undateable (what? That all live season didn’t work?), Telenovela, and Crowded, and Heartbeat which I have never in my life even heard of!

Update 5/13 1342: 2 more pickups: Marlon is a loosely autobiographical sitcom starring Marlon Wayans, and Great News is a Tina Fey (!) produced show starring Andrea Martin (!!) set in a news room.

Update 5/13 2104: Something called Game of Silence is now no longer a thing. Whatever it was to begin with we will never know.

Update 5/14 0938: Official series order has been given to The Blacklist: Redemption the Famke Janssen starring spin-off of The Blacklist. Thursdays episode of the parent show served as a backdoor pilot for the new series and also set up Ryan Eggold’s departure from the original show to the new one.

Update 5/14 1403: Debra Messing will be hanging up her hunter green turtleneck as The Mysteries of Laura has been let go.

Update 5/15 1359 The Carmichael Show has been renewed for a 3rd season. As they have so little in the way of successful comedies, I don’t get why they waited so long to make this one official.


The GrinderGrandfathered have been cancelled, which wipes out FOX’s comedy block. I expect more shows (*cough*Second Chance*cough*) to be cancelled in the next week.

Update 5/13 1333: Against all odds, Sleepy Hollow has been renewed after killing off their female lead last season in a high profile storyline.

Update 5/13 2104: With little fanfare, Second Chance won’t be getting one (last time, promise) and they’ve also cancelled something called Bordertown which is a show that might as well have been on NBC with how much I know of it

The CW

As I mentioned before, Supergirl will air its second season on the network it should have started on, as well as moving their production to Vancouver (Rumor has it that that production was done in LA at Calista Flockhart’s insistence, so I don’t know what this move means for the character of Cat Grant).

“Limited series” Containment has been shown the door, to the surprise of no one.

And, in addition to Supergirl The CW is also adding a reimagining of the film FrequencyNo Tomorrow about 2 people checking off their bucket lists as an apocylypse looms, and Riverdale a teen drama set in the Archie comics universe starring Luke Perry that I cannot wait for.

Update 5/13 2142: Some cable news: Freeform has cancelled Recovery Road, Syfy has picked up Krypton which is like Gotham for Superman (it follows Kal-El’s Grandfather), and FX/FXX has picked up 2 Marvel shows set in the X-Men universe; Legion follows Professor Xavier’s mentally ill continuity snarl of a son David Haller/Legion, and Hellfire is a 70s period drama about the fabulously camp and anachronistic supervillains (mostly) in the Hellfire Club.

More updates as they come with upfronts coming in the next week, there should be a lot of news.


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