‘Elementary’ Renewed. ‘The Great Indoors’ Cancelled. ‘By the Book’ & Berlanti’s ‘Deception’ Ordered To Series.
It’s Sunday, but there’s no rest in the US tv renewal/cancellation juggernaut. Today we have 1 cancellation, 1 renewal, and 2 brand new show pick-ups.
Getting the bad news out of the way first, Joel McHale’s comedy ‘The Great Indoors‘ has been cancelled after only 1 season. The show saw McHale star as Jack, a renowned adventure reporter for an outdoor magazine, who must adapt to the times when he becomes the desk-bound boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the publication. It was the only freshman comedy series not to get an early renewal from US network CBS, so this had been somewhat expected. The series aired on ITV2 in the UK.
On to some better news, ‘Elementary‘ has been picked up for Season 6 by CBS. Whilst it’s not doing all that well in it’s linear ratings, the show sells very well to on demand services like Hulu, and also well in international markets. It’s 100% owned by CBS, meaning all that extra money goes straight into the network’s pocket, making it worth keeping around. Elementary airs on Sky Living in the UK.
Over on the new show side, CBS gave a season order to ‘By the Book‘ (previously know as ‘Living Biblically’), from Big Bang’s Johnny Galecki’s Alcide Bava Productions, and 2 Broke Girls writer Patrick Walsh. Based on the A.J. Jacobs’ bestselling non-fiction book ‘The Year of Living Biblically’, the show stars Jay R. Ferguson (The Real O’Neals, Mad Men) as Chip, a modern-day man at a crossroads in his life who decides to live according to the Bible. Lindsey Kraft (Grace and Frankie), Ian Gomez (Supergirl’s Snapper Carr), and Tony Rock (Everybody Hates Chris) also star.
Moving over to ABC, they have picked up ‘Deception‘ from Berlanti Productions. Written by Chris Fedak (Chuck, Legends of Tomorrow), the show stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black, a superstar magician whose career is ruined by a scandal. Rather than take to doing card tricks on the street, Black approaches the FBI to offer his services in deception, influence, and illusion. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he helps the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals, while staging the biggest illusions of his career. There’s a little taste of the show in the video below.
Obviously it’s too early to see UK tv air dates for the new shows, but keep your eyes on the site, and we’ll update you when we know more.
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.