Pickups, renewals take place before upfront week.
As has been the case the last few years, the major networks are clearing the deadwood and making last-minute renewals on many shows the week before upfront presentations take place in New York.
From the looks of things, Fox is likely to overhaul its lineup: five shows so far have gotten the ax: Rosewood, Sleepy Hollow, Making History, and the awful APB and Son Of Zorn, the latter two headed for the T Dog Media TV Hall Of Shame – if they’re not there already.
Another (Pitch), was canceled last week.
To the surprise of many, ABC canceled Last Man Standing Wednesday after six seasons in the air- this despite decent ratings on Friday night. Also dropped by ABC was The Real O’Neals and Dr. Ken after two seasons. The cancellation of Ken and Standing may signal ABC is exiting the multi-cam sitcom business for good.
The fourth place network also pulled the plug on American Crime (three seasons), Secrets and Lies (two), The Catch and Imaginary Mary (one season each.) Still no word on the fates of Quantico, Fresh Off the Boat, Match Game, and veterans 20/20 and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Earlier in the week, The CW canceled Frequency and No Tomorrow – two shows whom haven’t been on the air since January. NBC also pulled the plug on Emerald City and Timeless and is expected to drop Powerless (also a Hall Of Shame shoo-in.) Also, Grimm was “retired”.
As far as last-minute renewals, there were plenty of those with ABC’s two-year pickup of Modern Family and NBC’s two-year renewal of The Blacklist the biggest.
NBC also picked up Tina Fey’s comedy Great News for a thirteen-episode second season.
Bubble shows also receiving votes of confidence are ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Black-ish, Designated Survivor, NBC’s Blindspot; and The CW’s Riverdale and iZombie.
More renewals and cancellations are to be announced Friday. Stay with T Dog Media for the latest on the renewals and cancellations and follow yours truly on Twitter @tdogmedia for the latest updates.
(Spotted Ratings.com contributed to this report.)