Caffeine – TV News – February 4th Edition

Let’s start this game day TV news update with a PSA: tonight’s post-Super Bowl This Is Us is running a little long and really who knows when it will start, so you might want to add even more of a buffer to your DVR than they’re giving it in the listings. Now on to the rest of the week’s news . . .

Premiere dates:

March 16th: On My Block
March 23rd: Alexa & Katie
March 28th: Suits

August 31st: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

Renewed:

Suits, Happy!, Fuller House, Suburra, The Chi

Canceled:

Dice, Shut Eye

Other headlines:

We pretty much knew this already, but it’s now official that Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams are leaving Suits at the end of season seven. The season finale will air April 25th.

I haven’t seen confirmation of this from Netflix, but Neil Patrick Harris says A Series of Unfortunate Events will end with season three.

Tracee Ellis Ross will direct an episode of black-ish.

Jesse Alexander is the new American Gods showrunner.

Ayanna Floyd Davis is taking over as showrunner of The Chi.

Ilene Chaiken has stepped down from showrunner duties at Empire to focus on development. Brett Moheney has taken over there.

Comedy pilot Singularity is not going forward at FX.

Pilot/first episode directors:

Abby’s: Pamela Fryman
F.B.I.: Niels Arden Oplev
Friends-in-Law: Pamela Fryman
Manifest: David Frankel
Most Likely To: Pamela Fryman
Safe Harbor: Michael Offer
Staties: Rob Bowman
Watchmen: Nicole Kassell
Untitled Bad Boys spinoff: Anton Cropper

Ordered to series:

Bravo: Two seasons of a scripted crime anthology series based on the L.A. Times’ Dirty John articles/podcast
Channel 4: Geopolitics drama Chimerica based on Lucy Kirkwood’s book and directed by William Oldroyd
DC’s upcoming digital service: Superman prequel Metropolis
HBO: J.J. Abrams sci-fi fantasy drama Demimonde
NBC: Julian Fellowes historical drama The Gilded Age
Netflix: Family sitcom The Prince of Peoria

Pilot orders:

ABC: Comedy Single Parents from J.J. Philbin and Liz Meriwether, step-parenting comedy Steps, soapy drama Grand Hotel from Eva Longoria, ranch tourism comedy Three Rivers, a comedy about growing up with a father with mental illness
CBS: A comedy about an up-and-coming pop star, Ava DuVernay/Greg Berlanti racial drama Red Line, a contemporary reboot of L.A. Confidential, military legal drama The Code, Department of Justice drama Main Justice
The CW: A Roswell reboot with an immigration element, blind witness crime drama In the Dark, sci-fi comedic crime drama It’s the End of the World As We Know It, mortician family dramedy Playing Dead, high school football drama Spencer, Carl Hiaasen crime drama Skinny Dip
Fox: An FBI drama from Ilene Chaiken, comedy Daddy Issues from Erin Foster and Liz Meriwether, workplace comedy Dan the Weatherman, a wrongful conviction legal drama from Danny Strong, Dennis Lehane crime drama Gone Baby Gone
NBC: A comedy about a woman trying to have it all from Aseem Batra and Amy Poehler

In development:

Blumhouse TV: Middle East political drama/love story You Bury Me
Dramacorp-Pampas Studios: An adaptation of Swedish spy thriller series Hamilton
E!: A family drama series inspired by radio personality Yesi Ortiz
Fabrik Entertainment: A medical drama inspired by Dr. Oliver Sacks
Fremantle Media: Dystopian drama Kelvin’s Book from Michael Haneke
Kudos: Wuthering Heights drama Ill Will
Sagafilm: Political tragicomedy series The Minister
Tomorrow Studios: A series based on thriller The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Leaving their shows:

NCIS: New Orleans: Shalita Grant

Promoted to series regular:

The Guest Book: Eddie Steeples
Suits: Dule Hill

Guest stars:

Grey’s Anatomy: Candis Cayne
Will & Grace: Robert Klein

Returns:

The Guest Book: Carly Jibson
House of Cards: Constance Zimmer
Law & Order: SVU: Sam Waterston, Ernest Waddell

Casting:

Guess Who Died: Beth Lacke, Adrian Martinez
Here and Now: Stephanie Arcila, Erin Carufel
House of Cards: Diane Lane, Greg Kinnear
Liza on Demand: Kimiko Glenn, Travis Coles
Messiah: John Ortiz, Mehdi Dehbi, Tomer Sisley
NCIS: Los Angeles: Tembi Locke
Nightflyers: Phillip Rhys
Once Upon a Time: Jeff Pierre
The Perfectionists: Sofia Carson
Suits: Katherine Heigl
Superior Donuts: Shamikah Christina Martinez
Untitled Bad Boys spinoff: Ernie Hudson

(Image courtesy of NBC.)

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