‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’, ‘The Catch’ Canceled. ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘The Exorcist’ Renewed.
As we come to the end of the first week of renewal/cancellation craziness, I just wanted to round up on a few shows that slipped through the cracks during the week.
2 Broke Girls has just become 2 Canceled Girls, after CBS pulls the plug on the comedy series after 6 seasons. Whilst it had being down a little in the ratings, the show was still holding it’s own, however, the problem appears to be that CBS doesn’t own the show, it’s made by Warner Bros TV. That means it was getting prohibitively expensive for CBS to make, given they weren’t seeing a strong enough return. I alway find this situation slightly odd, given they are all part of the same parent company, but welcome to the wonderfully weird world of television finance!
Over on NBC, The Blacklist: Redemption was not renewed for a 2nd season. The spin off, which saw Ryan Eggold’s Tom Keen join Famke Janssen’s ‘Scotty’ at private military organisation ‘Grey Matters’, never really managed to get the traction of it’s parent show, so this was widely expected. Eggold is now set to return as a series regular to The Blacklist.
The Catch was cancelled after 2 seasons by ABC. There was some surprise when the network decided to give the show a 2nd season last year, as it’s ratings had failed to set the world alight even in it’s 1st season. Had it not had the weight of production mega-brand ShondaLand behind it, and some reasonable international sales, it would have been off air months ago.
On a more positive note, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was picked up for a 5th season by Fox. The comedy about the fictional 99th Precinct of Brooklyn’s NYPD, is not only Golden Globe-winning, but season 4 got some of it’s best reviews yet, so the renewal was expected.
And finally, sticking with Fox, they have picked up The Exorcist for a 2nd season. Based on William Peter Blatty’s bestselling novel, and the 1973 classic film, it’s ratings have been modest, but steady. The psychological thriller/horror is well liked internally at the network, however, it may undergo some retooling, and get a new showrunner before shooting the new season.
Dave has over 20 years experience in the digital industry, and is founder and editor of Geektown. Obviously a huge geek himself, he can often be found in front of the latest tv show or movie, on various video games, or with his head in a comic book.