Caffeine – TV News – December 3rd

Our first December TV news installment brings us a bunch of renewals and a few cancellations, but let’s start by checking out when some winter shows are starting.

Premiere dates:

December 22nd: The Last Post
February 26th: Living Biblically
March 8th: The Oath
March 11th: Instinct

Renewed:

Stranger Things, Mindhunter, SMILF, Zac and Mia

Picked up for full seasons:

Man with a Plan, Superior Donuts

Cancelled:

Wisdom of the Crowd, Haters Back Off

Other headlines:

Andrew Kreisberg has been fired from his CW shows because of sexual misconduct allegations.

Not a surprise by any means, but Meghan Markle is officially leaving Suits.

Starz will preview the Counterpart pilot after the Outlander season finale on December 10th.

Fox has ordered six more episodes of Ghosted, and Paul Lieberstein is replacing Kevin Etten as showrunner.

CBS has ordered eight more episodes of Elementary and two each of S.W.A.T. and Kevin Can Wait.

Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have left American Gods.

Lennie James is moving from The Walking Dead to become a regular on Fear the Walking Dead.

House of Cards has extended its hiatus but is planning to resume production soon.

Matthew Orton will write the potential second season of The Night Manager.

Ordered to series:

BBC: A series of Dickens adaptations from Tom Hardy and Stephen Knight
Blackpills: Dark comedy Bonding
CBS: Action-adventure series Blood & Treasure
CBS All Access: Dark fairy tale thriller Tell Me a Story from Kevin Williamson
Netflix: UK coming-of-age comedy drama Sex Education, a Riverdale spinoff about Sabrina the Teenage Witch (for two seasons)
Yellow Bird: Nordic fantasy drama Hidden

Acquired:

Hulu: Scandinavian thrillers Below the Surface and Midnight Sun, British drama Trust Me
Netflix: Chinese detective drama Day and Night

Pilot orders:

YouTube Red: Dark comedy Widow

In development:

BBC: An adaptation of Andrea Levy’s historical novel The Long Song
CBS: A sisters comedy from Corrine Kingsbury, legal sitcom Class Action
The CW: A crime drama about a blind witness from Corrine Kingsbury
eOne: An adaptation of Ruth Ware thriller The Lying Game
Fox: Culture clash comedy Re-Training Day, father-son dramedy The Bad Decisions Playlist
FX: Crime drama Heist 88 starring Courtney B. Vance
Kudos: Female firefighter drama Through the Fire
NBC: A drama about female San Francisco police officer Karen Lynch, tornado drama American Disaster, a family comedy from Alex Brightman and Jeffrey Seller, pastor/DOJ agent drama Spirit of the Law, comics adaptation Bad Medicine
OBB Pictures: An adaptation of gambling memoir The Smart Money
Sony Pictures Television: UFO drama Rendlesham
Starz: Opioid epidemic drama P-Town
USA Network: A limited series about Ronald Reagan produced by his daughter

Pilot directors:

History of Them: Pam Fryman

Leaving their shows:

Legion: Said Taghmaoui

Guest stars:

Door No.1: Snoop Dogg
The Flash: Wrestler Goldberg
MacGyver: Garrett Morris
Supernatural: Danneel Ackles

Returns:

Roseanne: Johnny Galecki
UnREAL: Breeda Wool

Casting:

Cobra Kai: Diora Baird
Daredevil: Wilson Bethel
Door No.1: Steve Little, Ravi Patel, Kyle Bornheimer, Missi Pyle, Mircea Monroe, Sarah Baker, Johnny Pemberton, John Gemberling, Lucas Neff, Sheaun McKinney, Barry Rothbart
Dynasty: Nicollette Sheridan
Fear the Walking Dead: Maggie Grace
The Flash: Kendrick Sampson
Game of Thrones: Danielle Galligan
GLOW: Wyatt Nash
The Handmaid’s Tale: Sydney Sweeney
History of Them: Ana Villafanne
Homecoming: Bobby Cannavale
Lodge 49: Jocelyn Towne, Hayden Szeto
Making Friends: Georgia King
One Day She’ll Darken: Arlen Escarpeta
Quantico: Amber Skye Noyes
Umbrella Academy: Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher
Yellowstone: Josh Lucas
You: John Stamos
Untitled Fred Armisen/Maya Rudolph Amazon comedy: Catherine Keener

(Image courtesy of the BBC.)

About Kate

Kate Linnea Welsh is a New Hampshire-based writer and taxonomist. (No, that doesn't involve dead animals.) She keeps us up to date on TV news in her weekly column "Caffeine." She writes about other TV shows, books, and more at her blog and her site Read the Screen. She'd love to talk to you on Twitter: @katelinnea