ABC has released their fall schedule and made only a few changes compared to this year’s schedule.
There were some complex and intense negotiations going on between ABC and 20th Century TV. In play were 2 pilots and the return of ‘Last Man Standing’ for a 4th season. Well, the deal is done and ABC has ordered ‘Cristela’ and ‘Fresh off the Boat’ to series. ‘Last Man Standing’ by getting a 4th season will be more attractive for sale in to syndication.
Meanwhile, NBC has canceled ‘Dracula’ and the fate of ‘Parenthood’ is still up in the air. I believe that out of all the shows that were on the 2013-2014 schedule, the only one to not be either renewed or canceled for next season is ‘Parenthood’.
CBS has ordered several pilots to series. They are: ‘NCIS New Orleans’, ‘Madam Secretary’, ‘Stalker’, ‘Battle Creek’, ‘Scorpion’, ‘The McCarthys’, and Matthew Perry’s remake of ‘The Odd Couple’.
‘How I Met Your Dad’ which was reportedly picked up last night (I even posted a link to that effect) has apparently not actually been picked up. I still have a theory about that one but it might be pointless to share it at this time.
Back over at NBC, ‘One Big Happy’ has been ordered to midseason. The Gay-Straight relationship comedy stars Elisha Cuthbert and Nick Zano. It comes from Ellen Degeneres.
At ABC ‘Nashville’ is looking good for a third season but there is some negotations over the number of episodes. Back at NBC, the fate of ‘Parenthood’ may depend on the willingness of the cast and producers to agree to a cut in pay.
No surprise given that it is the Friday before Upfront week but we have more renewals and cancelations to pass along.
‘Hannibal’ was picked up for season 3 by NBC. The network also renewed midseason comedy ‘About a Boy’. On the cancelation side they axed ‘Revolution’ after two seasons. Freshmen series ‘Believe’ and ‘Crisis’ were also axed along with midseason comedy ‘Growing Up Fisher’.
Meanwhile, ‘The Bachelor’, ‘Shark Tank’ and ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ all got renewals. ABC also ordered a 19th cycle of ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
The network also opted to move forward with the pilot for ‘Secrets & Lies’.
As for Third season comedy ‘Last Man Standing’ that is part of tense negotiations between ABC and 20th TV.
When I wrote my TV post last night, I linked to articles concerning some ABC drama renewals.
They also made some decisions on the comedy side. The Middle got a sixth season. So did Modern Family. Last Man Standing is also expected to be back for a season 4. While The Goldbergs was renewed for a second season.
The news wasn’t so good for Trophy Wife and Mixology which were both canceled by the network.
Those comedies that were renewed will be joining returning dramas: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, ‘Castle’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘Resurrection’, ‘Revenge’, and ‘Scandal’ on next season’s schedule.
I did pretty well with this last night, so thought I’d take another crack at it. Here are some links to stories from the world of television.
First, and the one that interests me the most, ‘Welcome Back Kotter – The Complete Series’ is coming to DVD in late august! It will be released by Shout! Factory.
In other Shout! Factory news, The studio is working on a series set for ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’. I’ll buy them both!
Credit to TVShowsOnDVD.com.