Ahead of several series spring premieres next week, ABC has announced a slew of renewals. Quantico has been a break out hit for the alphabet and is the first freshman series to confirm a second season. It is followed by Shondaland’s Thursday night lineup (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder), the Wednesday night comedies (The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Black-ish, The Middle), as well as Fresh Off The Boat, and next week’s returning series Once Upon A Time and Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD.
Not receiving immediate renewal are Castle, Nashville, The Muppets, Agent Carter, and Galavant. Castle has a strong fanbase though not necessarily strong numbers and is currently in talks with star Nathan Fillion regarding a new deal. Carter and Galavant air as “bridge shows” during the Winter break from series with longer series, but have not gained the traction the network would like and Carter star Haley Atwell has signed on for ABC pilot Conviction. With a new president of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey, he may have a different plan of attack for next winter.
Non-ABC renewals include a season two for FX comedy Baskets and NBC’s Superstore, as well as a season 3 for Pop’s Schitt’s Creek starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara ahead of it’s season two premiere.
Be sure to take a look at our coverage of this pilot season’s casting announcements and check below for your weekly recap of the networks’ pilot orders.
Our weekly recap of the latest developments for this year’s pilot season:
Studio: AMC Studios / Scott Free / Emjag Productions / Entertainment 360
Status: SERIES ORDER
Execs: Dave Kajganich (W/EP), Alexandra Milchan (EP), Guymon Casady (EP), Scott Lambert (EP), Ridley Scott (EP), David W. Zucker (EP)
Logline: Adaptation of Dan Simmons’ book. Futuristic drama.
THE BLACK 22S
Studio: Kung Fu Monkey Productions
Status: Script Order
Execs: Paul Guyot (W/EP), David Oyelowo (EP), Bharat Nalluri (D/EP), Jennifer Court (EP), John Rogers (EP)
Logline: Drama set during Prohibition and tells the true story of a brilliant African-American detective and one of America’s first all-black police squads in St. Louis, Missouri.
Studio: EuropaCorp TV USA
Status: PUT PILOT COMMITMENT
Execs: Luc Besson (W/EP), Bill Wheeler (W/EP), Matthew Gross (EP), Edouard de Vesinne (EP), Thomas Anargyros (EP)
Logline: Centers on an aritificial intelligence that escapes from a laboratory and begins carrying out its own mysterious agenda, prompting the AI’s creator to assemble a team of specialists to deal with the situation.
THE FIRST WIVES CLUB
Studio: Paramount Television
Status: PILOT ORDER
Execs: Jenny Bicks (W/EP)
Logline: Remake of the 1996 movie. Will take place in modern day San Francisco. The story revolves aroudn three women – friends and classmates in the 90s – who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they discover that they are all at a romantic crossroads, they band together to tackle divorce, relationships, and life’s other annoying challenges.
UNT. KYLE RICHARDS PILOT
Studio: Warner Horizon Television / John Wells Productions
Status: PILOT ORDER
Execs: John Wells (EP), John Riggi (W/EP), Kyle Richards (CoEP)
Logline: Set in the 70s, centers on Bonnie Nolan, a 40-year-old woman with a beautiful home and two beautiful daughters to go with it. Finding herself alone after her marriage fails, Bonnie is an enigma of the times: a single woman with no means to support herself or her children. The project is inspired by actress-turned-reality star richards’ real life upbringing, and her mother’s struggle to raise her family and claim her own brand of independence in a world not ready to give it.
Emily J | Staff Writer