Post-Upfronts Round Up – The Renewals, Cancellations & Pickups From The Last 7 Days In US TV
As we come to the end of the craziness that is US Upfronts, we wanted to do a final roundup with some of the news which may have passed you by over the last 7 days. There were a few more cancellations which slipped out after the Friday night massacre, and some interesting little bits of news which popped up in the Upfront presentations, which we’ll cover here.
Firstly, a couple of cancellations and renewals which you might not have spotted. Starz crime drama ‘Power‘ was renewed for a 6th and final season, however, it would seem they are talking about a spin-off being underway. “Season 6 brings us to the end of what we know is just the first chapter of the ‘Power’ story. However, as one chapter comes to an end, another will begin,” commented Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz. “Courtney Kemp and 50 Cent have created a world rich with complex and dynamic characters and there are a number of stories we plan to tell as we continue to explore and expand the ‘Power’ universe.”
Over on Amazon, they quietly cancelled wonderfully bonkers superhero show ‘The Tick‘ after 2 Seasons. Creator Ben Edlund made the announcement via Twitter saying “I’m sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV I’m not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series.” He went on to add “Meanwhile thank u from my heart’s bottom to all the fans who’ve shared their love with us and the show. Thank you sweet #LunaTicks and #LunaTickArmy for your militant affection 🙂 We want to find a place to make more. That is the mission now and we are on it.”
Over at the CBS Upfront, they announced the upcoming Star Trek Jean-Luc Picard series officially had a title and released an image of Sir Patrick Stewart on the drama and the logo (see above). The series will be called… ‘Star Trek: Picard‘… Which is pretty much what everyone has already been calling it… Amazon also announced they had landed the international distribution rights to the series (including the UK), upsetting Netflix subscribers everywhere outside of the US.
There were also a few renewals & cancellations which landed after our traditional ‘After The TV Bloodbath‘ post, one of which was Lauren Cohan’s show ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ which was cancelled. Whilst it never aired in the UK, that does mean Cohan may now have time to head back to ‘The Walking Dead’ so we can find out what happened with Maggie. TWD showrunner Angela Kang had previously commented she and Lauren had been “been texting about some things” regarding Maggie’s return in Season 10, but it did depend on her availability. That is now less of an issue, but there is the subject of money to sort out, which was the reason Cohan left in the first place. They are also already shooting Season 10, so if she does appear, it would probably be in the second half of the season in a limited capacity.
Over on CW’s Arrowverse, they announced their scheduling for the shows in the “Fall” season. We had thought that ‘Batwoman’ might be held until after ‘Arrow’ had completed its final season run, but that is not the case. They are pairing up ‘Batwoman’ with ‘Supergirl’ on Sunday nights, with ‘The Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ airing together on Tuesdays, and ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ being held for mid-season (i.e. early 2020). This set up appears to have something to do with this year’s mega-crossover event, ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’. For the first time, the crossover will span 5 nights, across all 5 shows, and span the mid-season/Christmas break. The first three episodes with air before the break, with the last two airing when the shows return in early 2020. It is likely the shows will still air on individual nights on Sky One in the UK, assuming Sky pickup ‘Batwoman’, which has yet to be confirmed.
You can still check out all the renewals and cancellations here to see if your favourite show will be back. We will, of course, be updating the site with more news as we get it.
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.