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Seven more episodes ordered for the new drama.
CBS today extended the first season of S.W.A.T., ordering seven additional episodes to bring its total up to 20 - good enough to be considered a full season. The move makes S.W.A.T. the network's second rookie drama of the 2017-2018 season to get a full season top-up.
Shemar Moore stars in the Los Angeles-based series, which follows a former Marine tasked with running a specialized tactical unit that acts as the city's last stop in law enforcement. Raised on the streets, he is torn between his loyalty to his roots and his allegiance to his new brothers in blue as he works to bridge the divide between his two worlds.
Premiering earlier this month as a late entry to the fall lineup, S.W.A.T. is off to a decent start through three episodes. While not a ratings standout, it has kept up with its competition in the 10:00pm time slot on Thursday nights.
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The new drama did not receive any extra episodes.
NBC released its mid-season schedule today and it's not good news for The Brave. The freshman military drama is nowhere to be found in the line-up, meaning the network did not order any additional episodes for the show's first season.
The hour-long series premiered in September and through eight episodes has been a decent performer in the 10:00pm time slot on Monday nights, though it regularly gets beaten by a substantial margin by The Good Doctor, which brings in roughly double the viewers, both overall and in the key adults 18-49 demographic.
The Brave takes place in the world of America's elite undercover military operations. In D.C., a team of analysts utilize highly-advanced surveillance technology from their headquarters, while out in the field a Special Ops squad of expertly-trained undercover specialists risk it all as they execute dangerous missions behind enemy lines in the name of freedom and saving the lives of innocent people.
What today's news means for now is that Season 1 of The Bravewill end after its initial order of 13 episodes is up, with a final decision on a second season to come at a later date. As history goes, however, Season 2 does not appear likely at this point.
Taking The Brave's time slot in the New Year will be new crime drama Good Girls, which premieres on February 26.
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The new drama only receives a small top up.
ABC has reportedly ordered three additional episodes for the first season of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. The freshman drama premiered last month and is six episodes into its run.
Jason Ritter stars as the titular character, Kevin Finn, who is a self-absorbed man down on his luck and on a perilous path to despair. When he heads back home to stay with his twin sister and niece, an unlikely celestial being appears to him and tasks him with a mission to save the world, giving Kevin a new purpose in life.
While reviews have leaned to the positive side, the show has struggled to find an audience on Tuesday nights at 10:00pm. Episodes regularly fall behind its time slot competition, drawing fewer overall viewers and averaging below a 0.8 in the adults 18-49 demographic.
While the three-episode pickup does extend the show's season, the small number raises questions about the show's future. On one hand, the total number of episodes falls short of a full season order - something typically required for a show to return for another season. But on the other hand, ABC's top new drama The Good Doctor, only received five extra episodes for its first season and is considered a shoo-in for a renewal.
For now it appears the network is taking a wait-and-see approach to Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, with its future likely-dependent on how it performs for the remainder of the season.
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The veteran drama will continue in 2018.
Showtime announced today that Shameless has been renewed for a ninth season. The pickup follows the drama's Season 8 premiere this past Sunday, which once again delivered impressive numbers with 1.86 million viewers (Live+same day). On top of that, the episode was actually its second-best rated premiere in its near-seven-year history.
The cable network's longest-running series, Shamelesscontinues to be creatively strong and draw solid, consistent viewership. The show also attracts a young-skewing audience, which is another big plus for such a long-running series.
William H. Macy stars in Shameless as a deadbeat alcoholic father of six children. He survives by relying on unlawful schemes while leaving his kids to fend for themselves.
Look for Season 9 of Shameless to premiere in late 2018.
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The comedy will now air 20 sophomore episodes.
It is being reported that Fox has ordered an additional seven episodes for Season 2 of The Mick. The good news comes as the comedy continues to be a solid performer for the network, with ratings through its first four weeks this fall staying on par with the back half of its freshman run.
This is The Mick's first season on the regular fall schedule after starting out as a mid-season entry earlier this year with its premiere episode falling on New Years Day. The show jumped out of the gate, putting up strong numbers that resulted in four episodes being added to its first season - something not commonly done for mid-season shows. Today's top-up, though, gives The Mick its longest season yet at 20 episodes.
The Mick stars It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Kaitlin Olson in her first leading role on network television. She plays Mickey - an overbearing hustler from Rhode Island who is unexpectedly given guardianship of her estranged sister's three high-maintenance children.
New episodes are currently airing on Tuesday nights at 9:00pm.
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The comedic sci-fi adventure will return next season.
Fox announced today that The Orville will be returning for a second season. Created by Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, the hour-long space dramedy premiered in early September and is off to a strong start for the network through seven episodes.
The show got a nice push for its premiere, with its first two episodes airing in a special Sunday slot following heavily-viewed NFL games. Its subsequent move to its regular Thursday night time slot saw an inevitable drop in viewership, but it has remained a solid performer, with its last two episodes experiencing week-over-week ratings growth after hitting a season-low three weeks ago.
Taking inspiration from Star Trek, The Orville takes place 400 years in the future, when Earth is just a small part of an advanced and mostly-peaceful Planetary Union. The U.S.S. Orville is a mid-level exploratory vessel with a human and alien crew led by rookie officer Ed Mercer, who is played by MacFarlane. Determined to prove his worth despite his First Officer being his ex-wife, Ed leads his crew as they face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar workplace problems.
The show has six episodes remaining in its 13-episode first season, with a new episode airing tonight. As for Season 2, no details are known on episode count but look for a return in the fall.
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The network is shuffling its Monday lineup after a slow start.
Scheduling changes are afoot at CBS today, and the resulting casualty is Me, Myself & I. Effective immediately, the network is shuffling its low-rated Monday night comedy block after just one week without powerhouse The Big Bang Theory, which is now airing on Thursdays.
While the network's entire Monday lineup drew lackluster ratings this week, Me, Myself & I is the only show being removed from the schedule. The move comes after the freshman comedy's sixth episode, leaving seven of its 13 total episodes left unaired for now, with question marks around when they will see the light of day.
Me, Myself & I premiered in early September to fairly decent reviews but never seemed to generate much buzz among viewers. Starring Saturday Night Live alum Bobby Moynihan, the half-hour series follows a man through three pivotal periods in his life - as a 14-year-old in 1991, as a present-day middle-aged man at 40, and in his elder years in 2042.
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The decision comes after allegations against Kevin Spacey.
Netflix announced today that House of Cards will be coming to an end after its upcoming sixth season. The news comes in the wake of recent claims against star Kevin Spacey, who is being accused of a 1986 incident of unwanted sexual advances against then-14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp.
The veteran political drama premiered in 2013 as the streaming service's first-ever original series, and has since gone on to garner a wealth of critical acclaim and accolades for its strong performances and engrossing storytelling. The series put Netflix on the map as a serious player in the television space, paving the way for countless other streaming shows that would follow.
Season 6 of House of Cards just recently began production for an expected premiere in mid-2018, with a 13-episode run that will conclude the series.
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The comic-based drama will continue in 2018.
AMC announced today that Preacher has been renewed for a third season. The comic book-adapted drama has continued to be a solid performer for the cable network, with its recently-concluded sophomore run garnering continued praise for its focused storylines and mix of fun and chaotic violence.
Based on DC Comics' Vertigo comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher follows a conflicted, small-town Texas preacher who is accidentally possessed by a supernatural entity that causes him to develop a highly unconventional power allowing him to command others to do as he says. Joined by his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vagabond, he sets out on a journey to literally find God.
AMC has ordered another 13 episodes of Preacher for Season 3, matching its second-season count. Look for a return in mid-2018.
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The drama will be moving to New York next year.
Showtime announced today that Ray Donovan has been picked up for a sixth season. The veteran drama has remained a solid performer for the cable network, drawing continued critical acclaim and ranking as one of its top dramas with an average of almost 5 million weekly viewers across its various delivery platforms.
The series stars Liev Schreiber as the titular character who does the dirty work for some of Los Angeles' most-powerful figures. As their go-to guy, he makes the problems of the city's elite celebrities, athletes, and businessmen disappear.
For Season 6, though, a change in scenery is on the horizon. Ray will be making a move from LA to New York City after the events from this current season force him to rebuild his life.
Showtime has ordered another 12 episodes for Season 6 - on par with all previous seasons. Look for a premiere in mid-2018. For now, catch the fifth-season finale this Sunday, October 29.
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    • CBS announced this evening that freshman thriller Salvation has been renewed for a second season. The good news comes after a 13-episode summer run that, while only garnering so-so ratings, did dra…
    • CBS today extended its initial order for SEAL Team, picking up nine additional episodes of the freshman military drama. The move makes SEAL Team the first new drama of the fall season to get a full…
    • ABC announced today that five additional episodes have been ordered for the first season of The Good Doctor. The top-up brings the medical drama's episode count to 18 and makes it the first new dra…
    • TNT announced today that Major Crimes will be coming to an end after its upcoming sixth season. The spin-off series will be concluding a successful run of over 100 episodes as one of the cable netw…
    • It is being reported that Spike has cancelled The Mist after just one season. The science fiction thriller ran for 10 episodes over the course of the summer with its finale airing in late August. A…
    • Just two days after a strong first showing, CBS has handed out a full-season order to Young Sheldon. The new Big Bang Theory spin-off debuted Monday with a "preview" episode that netted an impressi…
    • It is being reported that Freeform has canceled Stitchers after three seasons. The science fiction crime drama, which concluded its most-recent run last month,was one of the cable network's older s…
    • History announced today that Vikings has been renewed for a sixth season. The pickup comes as no surprise, as the veteran drama remains one of the cable network's strongest originals. In its fo…
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    • HBO confirmed today that Veep will be coming to an end after its already-announced seventh season. The news of the long-running comedy's planned conclusion had been speculated in recent months afte…
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    • Word is out this afternoon that Dark Matter has been cancelled at Syfy after three seasons. Series co-creator Joseph Mallozzi confirmed the news in a post this afternoon on his personal blog, expre…
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    • HBO announced today that Veep has been renewed for a seventh season. The good news comes one month ahead of the veteran comedy's sixth-season finale on June 25, which wraps its first season under n…
    • Word is out this evening that Chicago Justice has been cancelled after its first season. The mid-season legal drama premiered in March as the fourth and most-recent entry in the hit Chicago franchi…
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    • It was announced today that Fox has renewed New Girl for a seventh and final season. The Zooey Deschanel-led comedy has had a successful run for the network, first as a breakout hit in 2011 and the…
    • It's better late than never for Elementary. It is being reported that CBS has renewed the veteran drama for a sixth season. There had been speculation the network might be ending the series after i…
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    • In a surprise reversal of decision, NBC has decided to renew Timeless for a second season. The move comes just three days after the network originally cancelled the series to the dismay of the show…
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