Caffeine – TV News – May 12th Edition

It’s one of the busiest TV news weeks of the year, as the networks prepare to announce their fall schedules. Let’s see how things are shaping up!

Premiere dates:

June 18th: Ambitions
June 30th: The Rook

July 10th: Florida Girls

August 7th: BH90210
August 25th: Power

September 12th: This Close


ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (for two seasons), Station 19, How to Get Away With Murder, The Rookie, American Housewife, Bless This Mess, Single Parents, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Schooled
CBS: SEAL Team, S.W.A.T., Madam Secretary, Bull, Hawaii Five=0, MacGyver, Man with a Plan
FOX: The Orville
FX: What We Do in the Shadows
NBC: Blindspot (for a final season)
Showtime: Billions


ABC: For the People, The Kids Are Alright, The Fix, Splitting Up Together, Speechless
Audience Network: You Me Her (after the upcoming fifth season)
CBS: Murphy Brown, Life in Pieces, Fam, Happy Together
FOX: The Passage, The Cool Kids, Lethal Weapon, Star, Proven Innocent
NBC: I Feel Bad
Starz: Power (after the upcoming season 6)
TBS: Angie Tribeca

Other headlines:

Netflix has ordered Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt interactive comedy special.

Steven Spielberg and Amblin TV have pulled out of Bull because of the sexual harassment allegations against Michael Weatherly.

Krista Vernoff is taking over as Station 19 showrunner.

Milena Govich is joining FBI as a co-EP/director.

Ordered to series:

ABC: Cobie Smulders P.I. series Stumptown, legal drama For Life, family comedy United We Fall, Allison Tolman thriller Emergence, romantic comedy The Baker and the Beauty
Adult Swim: Absurdist suburbia comedy Three Busy Debras
Brat: 1990s boarding school series Crown Lake from Sara Shepard
CBS: FBI spinoff FBI: Most Wanted, psychological mystery Evil, legal drama All Rise, romantic comedy Bob Hearts Abishola, sibling comedy Broke, medical school comedy Carol’s Second Act, widower comedy The Unicorn, Edie Falco NYPD drama Tommy
The CW: Lesbian superhero series Batwoman, Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, a new version of Nancy Drew
FOX: Cop drama Deputy, A.I. thriller neXt, family crime drama Prodigal Son, an untitled fertility doctor family drama, genius family comedy Outmatched, Kim Catrall soapy drama Filthy Rich
NBC: Jimmy Smits legal drama Bluff City Law, Kal Penn immigration comedy Sunnyside, cancer diagnosis drama Council of Dads, musical drama Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Kenan Thompson family comedy The Kenan Show, church choir comedy Perfect Harmony, detective drama Lincoln, family comedy Indebted
Netflix: Comedy Black Excellence starring Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones

Acquired for the U.S.:

FX: The BBC’s new adaptation of A Christmas Carol

In development:

Annapurna: College admissions scandal limited series Accepted
Starz: Alexa Martin NFL romance series Intercepted
Working Title TV: An adaptation of Inua Ellams’ play Black T-Shirt Collection

Not moving forward:

ABC: New York Undercover
CBS: Under the Bridge, The Republic of Sarah
The CW: Jane the Novela
Freeform: Breckman Rodeo
TNT: Beast Mode, Constance

Pilots being reworked:

ABC: NYPD Blue, Heart of Life
The CW: The Lost Boys

Still in contention:

The CW: Glamorous

Leaving their shows:

Mixed-ish: Anders Holm
Riverdale: Ashleigh Murray (to join Katy Keene)
Stumptown: Mark Webber

Promoted to series regular:

Grey’s Anatomy: Chris Carmack, Jake Borelli, Greg Germann
MacGyver: Levy Tran
Warrior: Dustin Nguyen

Guest stars:

This Close: Marcia Cross, Austin Nichols, Margaret Cho, Millicent Simmonds


Atypical: Eric McCormack
Away: Hilary Swank
The Eddy: Damien Chazelle
Interrogation: Vinessa Antoine
Looking for Alaska: Rachel Matthews, Henry Zaga
Manhunt: Lone Wolf: Jack Huston, Cameron Britton
Nancy Drew: Scott Wolf (replacing Freddie Prinze Jr.)
Pandora: Priscilla Quintana, Oliver Dench, Raechelle Banno, John Harlan Kim, Ben Radcliffe, Banita Sandhu, Martin Bobb-Semple, Noah Huntley
Perry Mason: John Lithgow
Saints & Sinners: Roger Guenveur Smith
Warrior: Chen Tang, Celine Buckens, Miranda Raison, Maria Elena Laas

(Image courtesy of Starz.)

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