The latest last-minute programming moves
May 13, 2016
The networks continued to make last-minute cancellations and renewals as their upfront presentations near.
In the latest round Friday afternoon, a couple of veteran shows received pickups, while many first-year programs were axed.
Here’s the latest network-by-network look at programming moves being made:
The network has, as expected, renewed the Friday comedy “Last Man Standing.” It posts low but steady ratings.
The network is going to new a lot of new shows to replace the many series it canceled on Thursday, and it extended a series order to Minnie Driver’s comedy “Speechless.” It’s the fourth new comedy ABC has ordered.
The network has picked up comedies from Joe McHale and Matt LeBlanc. No decision has been made on LeBlanc’s former “Friends” co-star Matthew Perry’s show, “The Odd Couple,” but wouldn’t that be a great marketing plan to put them on the same night.
The network has picked up “Bull,” a drama starring exiting “NCIS” star Michael Weatherly, and Jason Katims’ drama “Pure Genius,” as well as reboots of “MacGyver” and “Training Day.”
The network has renewed the low-rated drama “Sleepy Hollow” for a fourth season. Though it’s seen big declines in the past two years, the show does very well overseas.
It was decision day on a bunch of new shows for this season. The network canceled four of them: “Telenovela,” “Crowded,” “Heartbeat” and “Game of Silence.”
It also nixed “Undateable,” a comedy in its third season that had aired all of its episodes live. However, it also moved to Fridays, where it drew low numbers.
The network also ordered the drama “Midnight, Texas” and two comedies, “Great News” and “Marlon.”
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