We’re only a month away from the initial airing week when the networks will unveil their fall schedules, but a significant portion of the networks’ lineups for next season remain murky. Yet to know their fate, it’s not just mediocre performers and other shows that have found themselves in the bubble for one reason or another, but also highly-rated series whose renewals are subject to complex negotiations. with an unaffiliated studio, such as ABC. The Goldbergs (Sony TV) and The Conners (Werner Entertainment), CBS’ FBI deductible and The equalizer (Universal TV) as well as Fox’s 9-1-1 deductible and the resident (20th TV), or even with the network’s own studio and/or top talent, as is the case with NBC Law and order and Law and order: organized crime and CBS’ Blue blood.
While these shows are expected to continue, renewals for a host of bubble shows will depend on the strength of the broadcast networks’ 2022 pilot crop, as they will compete with them for a place in the program.
Zoom in on scripted broadcast series that have not yet been renewed or canceled, with an analysis of their current status and prospects. Next, Deadline’s Pilot Panic roundup of pilot buzz, which launches later this month.
ABC, which sees veteran comedy blackish, has so far renewed its strongest dramas, Shondaland’s Grey’s Anatomy and Post 19valiant The recruit as well as a hot newcomer Abbott Elementary School. Deals are being worked on for veteran family comedies The Goldbergs and The Conners return, with sophomore drama big sky. Two more half hours, first year The good years and second Domestical economy, also seem promising to continue.
Drama A million little things, now in its fourth season, is a true bubble show, with odds of 50-50. The series, which has garnered praise for its depiction of complex issues such as mental health, was asked by ABC not to wrap up its storyline in the season 4 finale, I hear, which could be a positive sign. for his future. As Dan Fogelman did with It’s us, AMLT creator DJ Nash had launched the series with a preconceived ending, so a possible cancellation would deprive the set drama of a proper ending.
freshman drama queens not likely to come back.
CBS renewed the NCIS franchise, Expert: Vegascomedies Young Sheldon, The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abisholaflash Ghosts as well as the drama CRUSH, as a veteran bull is ends its run this season.
There are several non-bubble shows that have yet to be picked up, most notably, CBS’ best scripted series, FBI. The flagship, along with the other two FBI dramas, Most Wanted and Internationalare currently in renewal negotiations with main studio Universal Television, along with two other CBS dramas that Universal TV is co-producing, The equalizer and Magnum IP. I hear the conversation is complicated, but sources expect deals to be struck for all five shows to return.
Blue blood has been a strong Friday night anchor for CBS and is set to remain so with a Season 13 renewal contingent on star and executive producer Tom Selleck striking a new deal, which is on hold, I hear.
For a second consecutive year, comedies produced by Chuck Lorre B-positiveand and United States of Al are on the bubble. Last year, both were finally renewed. This time, it is a question of only one of the two joining Lorre’s team. Young Sheldon on the 2022-23 calendar.
CBS has had one of the strongest freshman classes in quite some time, with three terrific new additions already renewed for Season 2, Ghosts, NCIS; Hawaii and FBI: international. Among the other two freshmen, the drama Good Sam it doesn’t look good. Comedy How do we ride just launched a few weeks ago, so the jury is still out. So far, the sitcom has performed quite well with lead retention in the ballpark of B Positive and United States of Al.
Fox has renewed its animated slate as well as freshman drama The cleaning lady. Like CBS, the network has yet to pick up its highest-rated scripted series, 9-1-1 and fallout 9-1-1: Lone Star. The duo, as well as the medical drama the resident, which was also a strong performer, is in renewal negotiations with 20th Television. All should continue but the talks are complex.
On the comedy side, call me kat should give it another try as the network is said to be happy with the creative direction of the show under the new Season 2 showrunner and her writing team. I hear Fox’s horns are also very good at freshman comedy Swivel, which looks good for renewal subject to cutting the Season 2 budget, boosted by a strong performance on Hulu. It’s early to make a definitive call for the midseason comedy Welcome to Flatch but he appears to be playing too young for Fox, with his lowest lineal ratings of any series on the network this season.
Fox has already canceled the comedy-drama The big jumpwith a freshman classmate our kind of people heavily on the bubble. There were positive signs early on as the soapy drama worked well on Tubi but OKOPChances of renewal have recently diminished, largely due to its high cost.
NBC, which says goodbye to its flagship series It’s usrenewed its first year standout La Brea and veteran The blacklistand has the Chicago franchise, Law and Order: SVU and New Amsterdam returning next season as part of three-year renewals. (Next season will be a medical drama New Amsterdamis the last.)
Law and order: organized crime and revived Law and order are NBC’s highest-rated scripted series that have not yet been renewed. Both are expected to return.
Side comedy, first year American carfrom Hypermarket creator Justin Spitzer, is considered a slam-dunk for a pickup, with sophomore Young Rock, executive produced by and starring Dwayne Johnson, which also looks good. There are positive signs for Mr. Mayor, based on his pedigree, coming from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and his streaming performances, with feelers on a potential Season 3 writers room. Kenan and freshman Great crew are heavily on the bubble, although the former arguably involves the top two players on Saturday Night Liveexecutive producer Lorne Michael and longest serving cast member Kenan Thompson.
NBC recently canceled a freshman drama Ordinary Joewith other freshman dramas the end of the game, doesn’t look good.
For the first time in years, the CW finds itself with about half of its series on the bubble. The network recently renewed its most successful, All American, The Flash, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Superman & Lois and Walker. That’s just over half the number of series the CW has renewed in January-February over the past two years (12 and 13, respectively).
The impending change of ownership is clearly a factor in The CW’s renewal strategy this year. The massive renewal of almost the entire roster we’ve seen in recent years works for the two studios that supply the CW, Warner Bros. TV and CBS Studios, and their parent companies which co-own the network. The CW’s new majority owner is expected to have a say in the remaining renewals, the acquisition of Warner Bros. last Friday further complicating decisions. Even if the CW is not bought by the former, the network is not expected to renew shows en masse, which will lead to difficult calls.
Lower-rated streaks like freshmen are seen as the most vulnerable The 4400 as well as Dynastywhose previous renewals had been driven by the money the series generates for CBS Studios through the show’s Netflix deal. Charm and Legacy‘ the odds are probably a bit better, with Legacy‘ is tied to one of the CW’s iconic series, The Vampire Diariesgiving him a slight advantage.
Then there are the three remaining DC series, veteran Legends of tomorrow, batman and freshman Noemiewhich will be under consideration alongside the DC pilot Gotham Knights. It is said that about half of the four projects will arrive next season. batman and Gotham Knights take place in a similar universe, so it’s possible that one of them will be chosen for next season. It will be a difficult decision to make Legends of tomorrow, which is aging, currently in its seventh season, after going through a series of cast changes. CW President Mark Pedowitz is known for bidding farewell to the network’s long-running series. A final season would therefore be a logical solution, but given the uncertainty surrounding CW ownership, final decisions may not be up to the network.
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