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Ken Weatherwax, best known for playing Pugsley on the 1964 series The Addams Family has died, he was 59. According to his family, he suffered a heart attack at his home in California. There will be a private funeral for family only and then another public funeral for his fans. After the beloved series was canceled in 1966, Weatherwax went on to voice the same Pugsley character in the 1970s series and and even played Pugsley Sr. in a TV movie. Although he eventually transitioned to work behind the camera as a grip and set builder, he still made appearances at fan conventions.
Three episodes ahead of its first-season finale, NBC has pulled Powerless from its schedule effective immediately. The freshman comedy premiered earlier this year as a mid-season entry but through nine episodes has failed to attract a sizeable audience in its Thursday night time slot.
Set in the universe of DC Comics, Powerless follows a group of employees at Wayne Security in Charm City, which is home to a number of superheroes and villains - as well as citizens who are fed up of dealing with the collateral damage of their constant fighting.
It is not clear at this time if the unaired episodes of Powerless will make it to air.
It was announced this morning that Freeform has renewed Shadowhunters for a third season. The early pickup comes midway through the fantasy drama's sophomore run, with the good news being delivered - as it was last year - via a Facebook Live Chat with the members of the cast.
Based on Cassandra Clare's best-selling book series The Mortal Instruments, the series follows a young girl who learns that she comes from a long line of human-angel hybrids known as Shadowhunters. After her mother is kidnapped, she becomes immersed in the world of demon hunting as she begins a journey of self-discovery in a new world filled with faeries, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves.
Shadowhunters continues to draw decent viewership in Season 2, after originally launching as the cable network's top-rated scripted original last year. The show's strong social media presence has helped it maintain a devoted core of fans who log millions of engagements across social media platforms.
Look for Season 3 of Shadowhunters in 2018. In the meantime, the second half of Season 2 kicks off on June 5.
Fox announced today that another limited run of The X-Files has been ordered to continue the event series revival from 2016. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be back as agents Mulder and Scully, with creator and executive producer Chris Carter returning as well.
The cult favorite sci-fi series was revived early last year after a 13-year absence. After a short, but successful run, fans were left unsure of its future after there was no mention of the show when the network announced its schedule for 2016-2017. At the time though, Fox executives stated that the door was being left open for an eventual return.
Now after a one-year break, Fox has ordered 10 new episodes of The X-Files for the 2017-2018 broadcast season. Production is slated to begin this summer, with a possible premiere early next year.
Syfy announced today that The Magicians has been renewed for a third season. The news comes one week ahead of the fantasy's drama's sophomore finale, which will cap another successful season that saw ratings growth across a number of key demographics compared to its freshman run.
Adapted from the Lev Grossman novel trilogy of the same name, The Magicians follows a graduate student who enrolls at a magical college only to discover that the fantasy world from popular children's books is actually based in truth and poses a danger to his world.
The cable network has ordered another 13 episodes of The Magicians for Season 3, matching the counts from its first two seasons. Look for Season 3 to premiere in early 2018.
USA Network announced today that Colony has been renewed for a third season. The good news comes ahead of this week's Season 2 finale, which will cap another successful run that saw the show rank as cable's most-watched scripted series on Thursday nights.
Set in the near future where Los Angeles becomes occupied by outside intruders, Colony follows a former FBI agent and his wife as they risk everything to protect their family and bring liberty back to the city's people.
The cable network has ordered another 13 episodes of Colony for Season 3, matching the show's Season 2 count. There will some changes behind the scenes for next season, as production will be moving from California to Vancouver, Canada. Look for Season 3 in 2018.
Reports are out that ABC has pulled new series Time After Time from its schedule after just five episodes. The move does not come as much of a surprise after a slow start to the time travel drama, which has finished last against its Sunday night competition in each of its airings.
Based on the novel and movie of the same name, the series followed famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells and his time travelling adventures to modern day Manhattan in search of the murderous Jack the Ripper.
Today's cancellation sees Time After Time become the second show of the season to be pulled early in its run. CBS drama Doubt was yanked last month after just two episodes. Taking over its 9:00pm time slot for now will be episodes of Match Game beginning this Sunday, April 2.
It is being reported that AMC has renewed Humans for a third season. The good news comes one week after the sci-fi drama aired its sophomore season finale in the U.S., capping another eight-episode run that drew continued critical praise despite a marked drop in its viewership.
Co-produced by AMC in the states and Channel 4 in Britain, Humans takes place in a world where highly intelligent consumer-level androids, aka synths, are commonplace in society. They are so similar to their live counterparts that the technology is drastically transforming people's lives - in both good ways and bad.
Eight new episodes have been ordered for Season 3 of Humans, with production beginning this fall for an expected premiere in 2018.
It is being reported that Fox has made some scheduling changes to Lucifer, and will be moving the final four episodes of its current sophomore season to be part of Season 3. The result of that decision will see Season 2's tally drop from 22 episodes down to 18.
It's not all bad news though, as the four episodes being shifted to next season are said to be mostly standalone in nature and will not play a big part in the ongoing storyline. The five remaining episodes in Season 2 begin airing on May 1, with the season finale scheduled for May 29.
CBS announced today that Madam Secretary has been renewed for a fourth season. The political drama, which stars Téa Leoni as the Secretary of State, has seen its ratings dwindle this season as part of the network's Sunday night lineup.
The news comes one day after the show's executive producer, David Grae, signed a two-year overall deal with the network that will see him continue his work on Madam Secretary as well as develop new projects for the studio.
Look for Season 4 of Madam Secretary this fall.
CBS announced today that Scorpion has been renewed for a fourth season. The action drama, which follows a group of geniuses helping to solve high-priority crimes, has remained a reliable performer on Monday nights. While the show's ratings saw a dip this season that coincided with a move to the 10:00pm time slot, it still is drawing consistent and respectable numbers.
Look for Season 4 of Scorpion this fall.
CBS announced today that Blue Bloods has been renewed for an eighth season. The long-running Tom Selleck police drama, which recently aired its 150th episode, has been a Friday night staple on the network where it continues to garner consistently-healthy ratings.
Look for Season 8 of Blue Bloods this fall.
CBS announced today that MacGyver has been renewed for Season 2. The update of the classic action-adventure series joins Bull as the only two fall freshman dramas the network has decided to bring back for another season.
MacGyver has been a bit of a surprise success for the network. Expectations for the show going into its fall premiere were decidedly low after an early panning by critics, but its numbers have told a different story, improving its time slot vs. the previous year in both total viewers and the adults 18-49 demographic.
Look for Season 2 of MacGyver this fall.
CBS announced today that Hawaii Five-0 has been renewed for an eighth season. The long-running cop drama continues to be a reliable performer on Friday nights, where it has been airing for the past four years. This current season's ratings, in fact, have been outperforming its numbers from last season.
Look for Season 8 of Hawaii Five-0 this fall as part of the network's 2017-2018 lineup.
CBS announced today that Man With A Plan has been renewed for a second season. The freshman comedy, which premiered last fall, stars Matt LeBlanc in his first return to network television since his career-making turn as Joey Tribbiani on Friends and its subsequent spin-off Joey. The series is off to a solid start in its debut run, where it has established itself as a reliable performer on Monday nights.
Man With A Plan stars LeBlanc as a married man with three young children. His work as a contractor has seen his wife taking on most of the child-rearing responsibilities, but when she decides to go back to work, Adam has to adjust to his new role as a stay-at-home dad.
Look for Season 2 to premiere as part of the network's 2017-2018 lineup this fall.
CBS announced today that Mom has been renewed for a fifth season. The Chuck Lorre-created series remains one of the network's top comedies, recognized for its proclivity to weave serious topics like death and addiction into its comedic storytelling.
Mom's impressive run will reach the 100-episode milestone during Season 5, which will return this fall as part of the network's 2017-2018 lineup.
CBS announced today that The Big Bang Theory has been renewed for two additional seasons, which will take it to at least Season 12. Currently television's highest-rated comedy, the long-running series has been a consistent top performer for the network through its 200-plus episodes on the air.
Since its premiere in 2007, The Big Bang Theory has been winning over audiences and garnering critical acclaim like few other comedies ever have. More viewers have been tuning into the show since 2010 than any other comedy on TV, and it consistently leads the ratings among many key demographics.
The show's current 10th season has six episodes remaining before it concludes for the summer. Look for Season 11 to premiere in late September.
Syfy announced today that The Expanse has been renewed for a third season. The space opera is currently midway through its sophomore run, where it continues to draw a consistent audience and favorable reviews from critics.
Based on the novel series of the same name by Daniel Abraham, The Expanse takes place two hundred years in the future, with mankind having colonized the solar system. A hardened detective and a rogue ship's crew work together in a race across the solar system to expose a conspiracy that threatens the survival of humanity.
The cable network has ordered another 13 episodes for Season 3 of The Expanse for a premiere in 2018.
Syfy announced today that an end has been set for 12 Monkeys. The cable network has picked up the time travel drama for what will be its fourth and final season.
The renewal comes ahead of the show's season 3 premiere, which was confirmed today to be scheduled for May 19. In a first for the series, the entire 10-episode third season will air over the span of just three days. Four back-to-back episodes will start things off on May 19 beginning at 8:00pm. Then on May 20 and 21, three episodes will air between 8:00pm and 11:00pm on each night.
As for Season 4, another 10 episodes have been ordered to conclude the series. No time frame has been set for a return, though 2018 would appear likely at this point.
CBS has made a scheduling change to its Thursday night lineup, moving Training Day to Saturday nights when it returns from its current month-long break. The freshman drama has struggled to find a sizable audience since its February premiere, reaching under 5 million viewers per episode and garnering below-expected ratings in the adults 18-49 demographic.
Inspired by the 2001 crime thriller of the same name, Training Day stars the late Bill Paxton as a boundary-pushing veteran detective of the LAPD who is partnered with a younger, by-the-books officer who is actually undercover as part of an operation to spy on his new partner regarding his questionable methods.
The show was just four episodes into its run when Bill Paxton died unexpectedly due to complications from a recent surgery. The actor had already completed his work on the series, and will appear in its final seven episodes beginning on Saturday, April 8. While the show's long-term future is technically up in the air at this point, it is unlikely to continue past its first season.
Moving into Training Day's time slot starting March 30 will be the premiere of The Amazing Race's 29th season.
Fox announced today that Lethal Weapon has been renewed for a second season. The good news comes as the buddy cop series is winding down its freshman run - one that fared quite well for a movie-adapted entry.
Television shows based on films quite often have a tough time making the transition to the small screen, with recent attempts at adapting such theatrical hits as Rush Hour, Limitless and Minority Report ultimately failing. Lethal Weapon has bucked that trend though, with a strong showing out of the gate that has developed into a solid presence for Fox on Wednesday nights.
Based on the movie franchise of the same name, Lethal Weapon follows iconic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh as they team up to fight crime in the city of Los Angeles. Riggs is an ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective who moves to California for a fresh start with the LAPD. His somewhat-reckless style of police work clashes with his new partner Murtaugh, whose technique is more reserved. Murtaugh, though, starts to take to Riggs' style as it starts to breathe new life into his daily grind.
The CW announced today that The 100 has been renewed for a fifth season. The veteran mid-season drama has been enjoying a lengthy run on the network, where it continues to draw consistent viewership after what is now 50 total episodes.
Set in a future where the Earth was previously-decimated by nuclear Armageddon, The 100 follows a group of young survivors who are sent back to Earth in a desperate measure to keep the human race alive.
The show is currently mid-way through its fourth season, with new episodes returning next week. Look for Season 5 in early 2018.
The CW announced today that Riverdale has been renewed for a second season in 2017-2018. The freshman drama, which premiered as a midseason entry in January, features re-imagined characters from Archie Comics in a noir-style murder mystery.
Executive-produced by Greg Berlanti, Riverdale follows Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead in their sophomore year of high school as they deal not only with issues in each of their personal lives, but also with the aftermath of the death of one of their classmates.
Coming six weeks into the show's run, today's early pickup is The CW's first renewal for a new series so far this season. The move reflects the network's confidence in the direction of the show, which has garnered positive reviews from critics despite only decent ratings performance. Delayed and digital viewing, however, has shown more positive signs, with Riverdale becoming one of the network's most-streamed series.
History announced today that its new original series Six has been renewed for a second season. The freshman drama, which is inspired by true events, premiered last month for an eight-episode run that will conclude on March 8.
Through its first four weeks on the air, the series has delivered strong ratings for the cable network with an average of 2.9 million total viewers (Live+3). Its solid performance gives History another formidable original series to join the successful Vikings, which is going into its fifth season.
Six takes place in the high stakes world of the elite Navy Special Operations unit known as SEAL Team Six. Its members are tasked with the covert mission of eliminating a Taliban leader in Afghanistan, but the mission goes awry when they discover that a U.S. citizen is working with the terrorists.
History has ordered 10 new episodes for Season 2, up slightly from the eight airing in Season 1. Production is expected to begin this summer.
Fox handed out its first freshman renewal of the season today, announcing that The Mick has been picked up for Season 2. The good news comes nine episodes into the new comedy's run and a month after the network extended its first season by four episodes.
The Mick stars Kaitlin Olson, best known her supporting role on FXX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, in her first leading role on network television. In the show Olson plays Mickey, an overbearing hustler from Rhode Island who is unexpectedly given guardianship of her estranged sister's three high-maintenance children.
The series has been a solid addition to Fox's lineup this year, where it reaches an average of 8 million viewers over its multiple delivery platforms. New episodes are currently airing on Tuesday nights at 8:30pm following New Girl. Eight episodes remain in the show's first season, including a new episode tonight.
There is no word at this time whether Fox intends to move The Mick to its regular fall lineup for 2017-2018 or keep it as a mid-season entry.