Caffeine – TV News – April 22nd Edition

Good TV news for those in need of some comfort viewing these days: a ton of old favorite shows got renewed! But first . . .

Premiere dates:

May 4th: Dear White People
May 10th: Safe

June 14th: Strange Angel
June 29th: GLOW

August 22nd: Mr. Mercedes
August 24th: The Innocents


Grey’s Anatomy, Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, MacGyver, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, This Close


Seven Seconds, Ash vs. Evil Dead

Other headlines:

NBC has effectively cancelled Taken; it will finish on Saturday nights over the summer. And CBS has pulled Living Biblically indefinitely.

Season three of NatGeo’s Genius will be about Mary Shelley.

Beth Schwartz has been promoted to sole showrunner at Arrow and Phil Klemmer at Legends of Tomorrow.

There’s nothing official yet, but it sounds like Homeland is ending with season eight.

Netflix has acquired German historical hospital drama Charite for the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia.

Ordered to series:

ABC: A 1990s-set The Goldbergs spinoff starring AJ Michalka
Amazon/Cattleya: Cocaine trade drama ZeroZeroZero starring Gabriel Byrne, Andrea Riseborough, Dane Dehaan, Harold Torres
Amazon Studios: Gillian Flynn drama remake Utopia
BET: Tech dramedy The Archer Connection, thriller Games Divas Play
Cinemax: Crime drama Jett starring Carla Gugino
Federation Entertainment: Israeli mystery drama The Grave
Hulu: Middle school adult-themed comedy PEN15
NatGeo: Ebola drama The Hot Zone
Netflix: Vampire drama V-Wars starring Ian Somerhalder, college horror drama series The Order, DJ comedy Turn Up Charlie starring Idris Elba
OWN: Will Packer family saga Ambitions
Paramount Network: Comedy reboot First Wives Club
Syfy: 1980s counterculture graphic novel adaptation Deadly Class

Pilot orders:

Comedy Central: Rapper comedy Awkwafina, church-league basketball coach comedy Robbie, best friend comedy Kevin vs. Josh
Pop: Marriage of convenience comedy Arranged from Aline Brosh McKenna and Sono Patel

In development:

Amazon: William Gibson sci-fi drama The Peripheral, graphic novel adaptations East of West and Transhuman
CBS All Access: Limited series 8 Fights – The Life of Muhammad Ali
Hillbilly: Cult novel adaptation The Rapture
Instinct Productions: Rothschild dynasty drama Five Arrows from Julian Fellowes
NatGeo: Secret Service drama The White House Detail, Syrian war drama Ten Borders
Netflix: A Julian Fellowes series about the invention of soccer
Paramount TV: A crime drama series based on article “Remembering the Murder You Didn’t Commit”
Showtime: An adaptation of James Corden comedy The Wrong Mans starring Ben Schwartz

Guest stars:

The Big Bang Theory: Mark Hamill, Kathy Bates, Teller
Law & Order: SVU: Fionnula Flanagan, Hal Linden, Anne Archer, Joe Piscopo
Stranger Things: Cary Elwes, Jake Busey


The Big Bang Theory: Laurie Metcalf, Courtney Henggelar, Wil Wheaton, Brian Posehn, John Ross Bowie
Grey’s Anatomy: Geena Davis
Roseanne: James Pickens Jr.


Mayans MC: Gino Vento
Mrs. Wilson: Iain Glen, Keeley Hawes
Murphy Brown: Tyne Daly
Ray Donovan: Domenick Lombardozzi, Lola Glaudini
The Spy: Noah Emmerich

(Image courtesy of ABC.)

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