Caffeine – TV News – May 15th Edition

Brace yourself for the biggest TV news week of the year, with a slew of renewals, cancellations, new show pickups, and more.

Premiere dates:

June 16th: Players, The Old Man
June 23rd: The Bear
June 26th: Westworld

July 8th: Boo, Bitch
July 12th: What We Do in the Shadows
July 20th: Virgin River
July 21st: American Horror Stories

August 3rd: Reservation Dogs
August 12th: Never Have I Ever
August 30th: The Patient


ABC: Big Sky, The Conners, Home Economics, A Million LIttle Things, The Wonder Years
Amazon: Upload
CBS: FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, FBI: International (for two seasons each)
Comedy Central: Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens
The CW: All American: Homecoming
NBC: Law & Order, Law & Order: Organized Crime, American Auto, Grand Crew, Young Rock
Starz: Shining Vale


Amazon: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (after the upcoming third and fourth seasons)
CBS: United States of Al, B Positive, Magnum P.I., Good Sam, How We Roll
The CW: Charmed, Dynasty, Naomi, 4400, In the Dark, Roswell, New Mexico, Legacies
Fox: Pivoting, Our Kind of People
Hulu: Dollface
NBC: Mr. Mayor, The Endgame, Kenan

Other headlines:

Syfy has uncanceled SurrealEstate, which will return for a second season next year.

Kat Coiro will direct the first two episodes of The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Elizabeth Klaviter will showrun So Help Me Todd.

Liz Friedman has been promoted to co-showrunner of The Good Doctor.

Tia Napolitano will showrun Fire Country.

Ordered to series:

ABC: Spinoff The Rookie: Feds starring Niecy Nash-Betts, Hilary Swank newspaper drama Alaska, obituary writer comedy Not Dead Yet
Amazon: A modern Zorro reboot starring Miguel Bernardeau and Renata Notni
BBC One: Aberdeen crime drama Granite Harbour
CBS: Cop drama East New York, prison firefighting program drama Fire Country, family P.I./legal drama So Help Me Todd, spy drama reboot True Lies
The CW: DC show Gotham Knights, Walker prequel Walker: Independence, Supernatural spinoff The Winchesters
Hallmark Channel: Time travel family drama The Way Home
Hulu/Onyx: Father/daughter comedy Unprisoned starring Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo
NBC: George Lopez family comedy Lopez Vs. Lopez
Peacock: A Borat-like mystery series from Jason Woliner, an adaptation of Tom Ryan’s YA thriller Keep This to Yourself, crime thriller Leopard Skin

In development:

Amazon: A Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan spinoff focused on Doug Chavez
AMC: Video game series adaptation Alan Wake
BET Studios: Historical series Queenie from and starring Taraji P. Henson
Fremantle: U.S. versions of British police dramedy No Offence and Israeli comedy The Matchmaker from Sarah Condon
FX: An adaptation of Dervla McTiernan’s thriller The Murder Rule, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go
HBO: A limited series based on Toni Morrison’s Sula
HBO Max: Celebrity gossip drama Anon Pls based on DeuxMoi’s book
Infinite Entertainment: A series based on artist Simon Stålenhag’s work Endymion from Måns Mårlind
Peacock: A new series reimagining of Reality Bites
Skydance/Concord: A limited series version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella from Jennifer Lopez
Wheelhouse Entertainment: Grateful Dead true crime podcast scripted series adaptation Dead and Gone
Vertigo Films: Trump golf course drama You’ve Been Trumped

Not moving forward:

ABC: L.A. Law sequel, comedy Josep
CBS: Early Edition, Sober Companion, Unplanned in Akron, Rust Belt News, The Hug Machine
Hulu: Alternate history Hillary Clinton drama Rodham (though it’s now being shopped elsewhere with Dakota Fanning and Claire Danes attached)
NBC: Food issues comedy Hungry

Promoted to series regular:

Big Sky: Jensen Ackles, Jamie-Lynn Sigler
La Brea: Tonantzin Carmelo, Michelle Vergara Moore

Guest stars:

American Born Chinese: Stephanie Hsu
FBI: International: Nicole Forester


Accused: Abigail Breslin, Aisha Dee
The Afterparty: Ken Jeong, John Cho
BMF: Mo’Nique
The Boys spinoff: London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, Shelley Conn, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sean Patrick Thomas, Marco Pigossi
Bridgerton: Hannah Dodd (replacing Ruby Stokes)
The Crowded Room: Jason Isaacs, Lior Raz
Hijack: Archie Panjabi
Kindred: Sheria Irving, Sophina Brown
Manhunt: Hamish Linklater, Lili Taylor, Brandon Flynn, Betty Gabriel, Will Harrison, Damian O’Hare, Patton Oswalt
Mrs. American Pie: Leslie Bibb
Mrs. Davis: Jake McDorman
The New Look: Maisie Williams
One of Us Is Lying: Joe Witkowski, Doralynn Mui
Palomino: Sean Teale
Reservation Dogs: Tamara Podemski
Surfside Girls: Christine Lin
Tulsa King: Martin Starr, Garrett Hedlund
Twisted Metal: Stephanie Beatriz
Westworld: Ariana DeBose
Will Trent: Sonja Sohn
Untitled ABC therapist drama: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Johnny Simmons, Rachel Hilson, Demitrius Grosse, Rahnuma Panthaky
Untitled Freevee Shea Serrano family comedy: Ignacio Diaz-Silverio, Martin Martinez, Carlos Santos, Johnny Rey Diaz, Henri Esteve, Jonathan Medina, Nigel Siwabessy, Christina Vidal, Efrain Villa, Stakiah Washington

(Image courtesy of Netflix.)

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