Caffeine – TV News – December 20th Edition

It’s almost the end of the year, so the networks are doing some housekeeping in this week’s TV news and announcing a bunch of renewals and cancellations. But first, a few premiere dates.

Premiere dates:
January 22nd: Childrens Hospital
January 23rd: Beowulf
January 28th: You, Me and the Apocalypse
February 18th: Vikings
February 26th: Fuller House
March 4th: House of Cards
March 9th: Underground
April 1: Banshee

Renewed: Call the Midwife, East Los High, The Librarians, Major Crimes, Saving Hope, The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, Hand of God

Cancelled: Public Morals, Legends, Agent X, The Awesomes

Mike and Molly‘s upcoming season will be its last.

The fourth season of Vikings has been upped to 20 episodes.

Cinemax has reportedly ordered a script for a season three premiere of The Knick.

Javier Grillo-Marxuach will write the script for the Xena reboot.

Jean-Marc Vallee will direct all episodes of Big Little Lies.

Ordered to series:
ABC: Kiefer Sutherland political thriller Designated Survivor
Amazon: Newsroom drama Good Girls Revolt, Highston, One Mississippi, Z: The Beginning of Everything, Patriot
Channel 4: Comedy soap opera The Windsors
HBO: Andrew Jackson miniseries American Lion starring Sean Penn
MTV: Three female-driven comedies

Pilot orders:
Amazon: Margaret Cho pot comedy Highland

In development:
ABC: Patricia Heaton comedy Kill Jill
ABC Signature: Dating series Popular
Amazon: A limited series about The Grateful Dead, action drama Bulletproof
CBC: An adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel Essex County
EuropaCorp: A series based on French thriller The Crimson Rivers
Fox: Comedy 2 Black Dudes, a modern Latino Romeo and Juliet, New Orleans paranormal drama Apparition
Insurrection Media: YA adaptation Mila 2.0
NBC: A sports news program comedy from Dan Patrick and Happy Madison
Universal TV: A Riddick companion series with Vin Diesel

Promoted to series regular:
The Mindy Project: Fortune Feimster

Guest stars!
Black Mirror: Mackenzie Davis, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Damon Wayans Jr.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Matt Nable
The Flash: Adam Stafford
The Fosters: Corbin Bleu
The Grinder: Maya Rudolph
Nicki: Whoopi Goldberg
Young and Hungry: Josh Casaubon

The Fosters: Garrett Clayton, Ashley Argota

2 Broke Girls: Ed Quinn
Arrow: Megalyn Echikunwoke
Bad Couple: Morgan Krantz, Noel Wells, Lucas Hazlett, Olivia Norman, Lucas Kavner
Bates Motel: Jaime Ray Newman
Blindspot: Aaron Abrams
Grandfathered: Michael Trucco, Regina Hall
Imaginary Friend: Kalia Prescott
The Last Tycoon: Kelsey Grammer, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark O’Brien, Enzo Cilenti
Nicki: Ariana Neal, Selita Ebanks, Wesley Jonathan, McCarrie McCausland
Once Upon a Time: Teri Reeves
Outlander: Richard Rankin
Victoria: Tom Hughes
Untitled Lee Daniels music drama: Nicholas Gonzalez

(Image courtesy of Esquire.)

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