Channel Surfing?

The big news over the weekend was (of course) which shows the networks were dropping and what new shows they were picking up. We have the breakdown by networks, below. But the big news was that NBC picked up “Brooklyn Nine Nine” after the series was dropped by FOX. See the story in NBC, below.

CBS: CBS cancelled JUDD HIRSCH and JERMAINE FOWLER’s sitcom, “Superior Donuts,” after two seasons.
–CBS also cancelled “Kevin Can Wait” after two seasons. The show starred KEVIN JAMES and LEAH REMINI, and had been retooled between seasons one and two, bringing Remini on board, who co-starred with Kevin on “King of Queens,” but it apparently wasn’t enough to save the show.

CBS also just picked up five more pilots to series. They are:
–“The Code,” about a group of Marines who are also lawyers who are trained to be prosecutors, defense lawyers, investigators –and of course, Marines. MIRA SORVINO and DAVE ANNABLE were going to star, but have been replaced after The Wrap reports an insider on the show said the pair “were not a good fit for the show.” The new cast includes ANNA WOOD, ATO ESSANDOH, PHILLIPA SOO and RAFFI BARSOUMIAN.

–“Magnum P.I.,” a remake of the TOM SELLECK series about an ex-Navy SEAL who returns home to Hawaii to become a private investigator. Stars JAY HERNANDEZ, PERDITA WEEKS, ZACHARY KNIGHTON and STEPHEN HILL.
–“Fam,” which stars NINA DOBREV as a woman whose dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger train wreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father. TONE BELL, ODESSA ADLON, BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL, SHERYL LEE RALPH co-star.

–“God Friended Me,” about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God on social media. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. Stars BRANDON MICHEAL HALL, VIOLETT BEANE, SURAJ SHARMA, JAVICIA LESLIE and JOE MORTON.
–“The Red Line,” about what happens to three “vastly different families” after a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor. Stars NOAH WYLE, EMAYATZY CORINEALDI, ALIYAH ROYALE, NOEL FISHER, MICHAEL PATRICK THORNTON, VINNY CHHIBBER, HOWARD CHARLES and ELIZABETH LAIDLAW.

ABC: See ya: ABC has cancelled “Inhumans,” “Deception,” “The Crossing,” and “Kevin Probably Saves the World” after their first seasons.

–ABC also cancelled “Alex, Inc,” after its first season, “Designated Survivor” after its second and “Quantico” after its third. “Quantico” starred PRIYANKA CHOPRA as a U.S. intelligence agent and was averaging 2.3 million total viewers. “Designated Survivor” starred KIEFER SUTHERLAND as a man who became president after a catastrophic bombing killed the majority of the country’s leaders. The FBI was still searching for who was really to blame for the bombing in the second season. The show was averaging close to 4 million total viewers. “Alex, Inc,” starred ZACH BRAFF as a man who quits his job to start his own company. It was averaging 3.5 million viewers.

–ABC picked up the comedy, “Single Parents,” about a group of single parents attempting to raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series has a large ensemble cast, including TARAN KILLAM, LEIGHTON MEESTER, KIMRIE LEWIS, JAKE CHOI, MARLOW BARKLEY, TYLER WLADIS, DEVIN TREY CAMPBELL, GRACE HAZELETT, SADIE HAZELETT and BRAD GARRETT.

ABC picked up the pilots for the dramas “Grand Hotel,” “Whiskey Cavalier,” and “The Fix.”
–“Grand Hotel” is about the last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach. It stars DEMIAN BECHIR, ROSELYN SANCHEZ, DENYSE TONTZ and BRYAN CRAIG as the Mendoza family, who own and run the hotel.

–“Whiskey Cavalier” is about a “tough but tender FBI super-agent” whose code name is “Whiskey Cavalier,” and played by SCOTT FOLEY. He’s assigned to work with a CIA agent played by LAUREN COHAN whose code name is “Fiery Tribune” as they attempt to save the world –and each other.

–“The Fix” stars ROBIN TUNNEY as an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder and then leaves LA for a quieter life in Washington. Then, eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, she’s lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice.

–ABC renewed “Splitting Up Together” for a second season. The show is about a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce, since they still live in the same house, alternating weeks, with one living upstairs and doing the parenting while the other lives downstairs in the guest apartment. It stars JENNA FISCHER, OLIVER HUDSON, BOBBY LEE, DIANE FARR, LINDSAY PRICE, OLIVIA KEVILLE, VAN CROSBY and SANDER THOMAS.

–ABC also renewed “How to Get Away With Murder” starring Emmy winner VIOLA DAVIS for a fifth season. The network also renewed comedies “American Housewife,” “Black-ish,” and “Fresh Off the Boat.”

NBC: Good news for “Brooklyn Nine Nine” fans –NBC has picked up the series for a 13-episode sixth season after it was cancelled by FOX earlier this week. Deadline reports the show’s fans helped save it –along with some of the more famous ones, including LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, GUILLERMO del TORO, SETH MEYERS and MARK HAMILL. “SNL” vet ANDY SAMBERG stars on the show, along with TERRY CREWS, MELISSA FUMERO, JOE LO TRUGLIO, STEPHANIE BEATRIZ, CHELSEA PERETTI, JOEL McKINNON MILLER and DIRK BLOCKER.

–See ya: NBC has cancelled the military drama, “The Brave,” after its first season. The show averaged 4.6 million viewers and ended with Demetrius Grosse’s character, Preach, in a coma. That show, which aired Jan 29, will now serve as the series’ finale.

–NBC also cancelled the action thriller, “Taken,” after its second season. It was averaging 2.8 million viewers, amd was NBC’s lowest-rated drama. The show, which was based on the LIAM NEESON movie, starred JENNIFER BEALS, CHRISTINA HART, JESSICA CAMACHO and ADAM GOLDBERG as an elite team of covert operatives who conduct dangerous rescue missions across the globe.

–And NBC has cancelled the series “Great News” after two seasons. The show, starred BRIGA HEELAN as a news producer who finds herself with her mother, played by ANDREA MARTIN, as her new intern, was averaging 3.4 million viewers.

–Fox has renewed “Gotham” for a fifth and final season, which will reportedly focus on Bruce Wayne’s transformation into the Caped Crusader.

–Fox has picked up “Lethal Weapon” for a third season but as we’ve reported, without CLANE CRAWFORD’s character, Martin Riggs, who’d had incidents of “bad behavior” on the set of the show. Instead, Fox says former “American Pie” star SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT will be playing a new partner for Roger Murtaugh (DAMON WAYANS).

See ya: FOX has cancelled “The Exorcist” after two seasons. The series starred ALFONSO HERRERA, BEN DANIEL and KURT EGYIAWANJOHN CHO appeared in the second season as a man running a group home in which a child was targeted by a powerful demon. Variety says the series was Fox’s lowest-rated program this year, averaging 1.32 million total viewers.

–FOX has also cancelled “Lucifer” after three seasons. The show starred TOM ELLIS as the fallen angel and the Lord of Hell, who worked with the LAPD to take down Earth’s criminals. TRICIA HELFER co-starred on the series.
But FOX renewed SETH MacFARLANE’s “Family Guy” for a 16th season which also marks the 20th anniversary of the series. The show has been averaging 2.55 million live viewers and 10.6 million over the seven-days following the broadcast.

CW: The CW network has picked up five dramas for the 2018-19 season, including reboots of “Charmed” and “Roswell, New Mexico.” “Charmed” already was on the WB Network and CW from 1998 to 2008, but the network allegedly has a “new take” on it.
–“In the Dark,” is about a blind woman who is the only witness to a murder and sets out to solve the case, with the help of her service dog.

–“All American,” is the story of a high school football player from South Los Angeles who is recruited to play for a school in Beverly Hills.
–“Legacies,” is a supernatural show about young students at a school for witches, vampires, and werewolves.

–“Roswell, New Mexico,” is about a woman who discovers that her teenage crush who became a police officer is an alien. And then they discover there’s a government cover-up that points to a larger alien presence on Earth.
–In addition, “iZombie” has been renewed for a fifth season at the CW as well. It stars ROSE McIVER as an undead medical examiner who is able to help the Seattle police department solve homicides by eating the brains of the deceased and seeing visions of the moments before their deaths.


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