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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.
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 new showrunner Dave Mandel.
The veteran Julia Louis-Dreyfus series continues to be a strong performer for the cable network, maintaining healthy viewership numbers and garnering critical acclaim including an Emmy Award win last year for best comedy series.
Look for Season 7 of Veep in 2018.
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 franchise, but soft ratings on Sunday nights did not make a compelling case for a pickup.
The fourth entry in the franchise, Chicago Justice could have been a case of one too many shows under the same umbrella. Its viewership, while not terrible, was the lowest among its franchise-mates. The remaining three entries - Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med - were all recently renewed for 2017-2018 and will be returning for Season 6, Season 5, and Season 3 respectively
NBC announced today that Trial & Error has been renewed for a second season. The comedy premiered this past March, where it garnered generally positive reviews and fared reasonably well ratings-wise as a mid-season performer.
Shot in a mockumentary style, the half-hour series follows an eager New York City lawyer sent to a small Southern town for his first big case. After settling into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop, it soon becomes apparent that winning his first big case will not be as easy as he thought, especially when his client has a way of making himself look guilty.
The network has ordered 10 new episodes for Season 2 of Trial & Error, down slightly from the 13 it aired in Season 1. With the main court case its first season all wrapped up, a brand new case will be forthcoming in its sophomore run, which will return in the midseason of 2017-2018.
There is some good news to announce for Quantico fans this evening, as ABC has renewed the drama for a third season. The show was sitting firmly on the bubble as of late due to its ratings taking a hit during its sophomore run.
Season 3 will come with a couple of changes in the form of a new showrunner as well a lowered episode count. Creator Josh Safran will be stepping away from the series going forward, with a replacement at the helm to be named at a later date. He will reportedly still be available as a consultant.
As for the number of episodes, ABC has ordered 13 for 2017-2018, down from the 22 the show received in Seasons 1 and 2.
Quantico came onto the scene in 2015 with successful debut run and quickly became the #1 broadcast series on Sunday nights among adults 18-49. Its buzz quieted down somewhat by the end of its first season, but its numbers still warranted a sophomore pickup. Season 2 saw its viewership slip further, and a move from Sundays to Mondays did little to change its fortunes. Still, the series will be back for at least one more season with a likely premiere in the fall.
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 then as a reliable utility player during its later years, where it still managed to rank as Fox's highest-rated live-action comedy.
Knowing the end was certainly happening sooner than later, showrunners smartly wrapped up Season 6 in a way that could serve as a series ender if need be. But with today's pickup for 2017-2018, the show now has eight last episodes to properly conclude the series.
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 it was left out of renewal talks back in March.
While its ratings have dipped in recent years, Elementary has been an overall reliable entry in the network's Sunday night lineup. The fact that it is wholly owned by CBS likely helped secure its pickup for the 2017-2018 season, as it is said to continue to do well financially.
It is being reported that after six seasons and exactly 100 episodes, Freeform has cancelled Baby Daddy. The news comes just two weeks ahead of the comedy's current season ender, which will now act as its series finale. The move may not have been completely unexpected, as word is the May 22 episode was written in a way that could conclude either the season or the entire series.
The veteran comedy was a top performer for the network over the course of its run, ranking as cable television's #1 series in its time slot among key demographics. The show also recently took home a People's Choice Award for favorite cable TV comedy.
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's fans who were left with a season-ending cliffhanger back in February.
Co-creator Eric Kripke spread the good news on Twitter this morning, writing:
"The #TimeTeam went back 3 days, and changed history. @nbc picked us up for 10 episodes. Seriously. Airs next summer. #TimelessRenewed".
He followed that up minutes later with an update:
"Correction. Info moving fast. We're airing sometime in 2018, not sure when. But we're airing! #ResuscitateTimeless"
Timeless premiered last fall as part of NBC's fall line-up with a lot of momentum behind it. Created by two veteran producers, the series was given a high profile time slot airing after The Voice on Monday nights with heavy promotion, and received high critical praise from early reviews. While its premiere episode got off to a solid start, ratings slipped in subsequent weeks leaving only a limited audience who kept tuning in.
That audience, it turns out, was quite vocal when it was announced that the show would not be returning for a second season. So much so that the series was at the top of USA Today's "Save Our Shows" poll. That reaction seems to have swayed the powers that be to change their minds, resulting in today's pickup.
It is being reported that CBS has cancelled 2 Broke Girls after six seasons. Word is the comedy was in contention for a pickup until as late as this afternoon, though negotiations between the network and production company Warner Bros. ultimately broke down.
The diner-based comedy started out as an unlikely breakout hit for CBS when it premiered in 2011, earning the distinction of being the #1 new comedy of the season in both viewers and key demographics. Its dominant ratings eventually tapered off during the later years of its run, though the show maintained a fairly decent-sized audience.
2 Broke Girls aired its now-series finale on April 17, capping a total run of 138 episodes.
AMC announced today that The Son has been renewed for a second season. The western drama premiered last month as a Saturday night entry for the cable network, where it has averaged a respectable 2.3 million viewers when factoring in delayed viewing.
AMC has ordered another 10 episodes for Season 2 of the series, matching its freshman count, for an expected return in mid-2018.
Based on the 2013 Phillipp Meyer novel of the same name, The Son is a multi-generational saga that follows the McCullough family through two concurrent time periods. The first takes place in 1849, where a young Eli McCullough is kidnapped and indoctrinated into a tribe of Comanches. The other is set 60 years later, where Eli is now the grown, charismatic patriarch of the McCullough clan. Eli applies his brutal Comanche worldviews in his dealings while struggling to maintain his family's cattle empire during the turbulent Bandit Wars of South Texas.
It is being reported that The Exorcist has been renewed by Fox for a second season. The novel-based drama premiered last September with a 10-episode run, which is shorter than the typical length of fall series. While a little soft in the ratings, the series found a consistent audience on Friday nights.
Based on the 1971 novel of the same name, The Exorcist follows two very different priests - Father Tomas Ortega, who is the new face of the Catholic Church, and Father Marcus Brennan, a modern-day Templar Knight raised by the Vatican since childhood. Caught in the middle is the Rance family, who are members of Father Tomas' parish. With a demonic presence in their house appearing to grow stronger each day, they appeal to Father Tomas for help, which sets the naïve priest on a collision course with Father Marcus.
Fox announced today that Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been renewed for a fifth season. The half-hour series, which stars Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg, continues to be a reliable comedy for the network, garnering steady viewership and its share of critical praise, with multiple award wins including two Golden Globes.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows the offbeat group of detectives and staff at the 99th precinct of the NYPD. The eclectic squad is led by Jake Peralta, a talented but immature detective whose carefree style clashes with his stern, by-the-books captain.
Look for Season 5 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine this fall.
While many saw this coming, it is now official: NBC has cancelled The Blacklist: Redemption after one season. The freshman drama premiered earlier this year as a spin-off of The Blacklist, but struggled to find a substantial audience over the course of its eight-episode run.
Spin-offs of successful shows are common, with networks attempting to appeal to the existing audience of an already-popular series. But perhaps the timing for a Blacklist spin-off was a little late, as the once-breakout hit has seen its viewership dip considerably in its later years. With Redemption likely not attracting many new viewers to the franchise, its success would have necessitated a large number of Blacklist viewers to tune into the new entry.
ABC has renewed Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a fifth season. The veteran drama had been seen as being on the bubble for another pickup after ratings in its most-recent season really starting to dwindle. Propping up its weak overnight performance, though, is said to be its strong DVR viewership, international audience, and tie-in with other franchises within the Marvel universe.
Fox has cancelled Son of Zorn after just one season. The comedy premiered as part of the network's fall lineup last September with a unique format for prime time, mixing live-action and comedy together. The series was a decent performer on Sunday nights but word is the show was difficult to produce, making it harder to justify a second season.
Son of Zorn followed an embattled warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean where everything and everybody is animated. He decides to travel to Orange County, California with hopes of winning back his live-action ex-wife and his teenage son.
Fox announced today that Batman prequel Gotham has been renewed for a fourth season. The DC Comics-based drama, which follows the beginnings of the infamous city and all of its villains and vigilantes, has been one of the network's top series in recent years.
The Monday night staple has continued to be a solid performer in the 8:00pm time slot, delivering an average of over 5 million viewers and a healthy rating among the key adults 18-49 demographic. Look for Season 4 to return this fall as part of Fox's 2017-2018 lineup.
The CW announced late today that The Originals will be returning for a fifth season. The veteran drama, which got its start as a spin-off of the recently-concluded The Vampire Diaries, will be returning for the 2017-2018 television season.
While never the breakout hit that its predecessor once was, The Originals has been able to draw a consistent level of viewership over the course of its run. Its move to Fridays a year ago managed to improve the network's performance for that night of the week.
The series follows Klaus from The Vampire Diaries and his clan, who are part of the original vampire family in New Orleans. One thousand years after they pledged to always remain together, family bonds are starting to break. With the passing of time, tensions have risen and tragedy has taken its toll, with the hunger for power corrupting its members.
ABC announced late today that Modern Family has been renewed for two more seasons, extending the comedy's run through at least Season 10. The good news comes on the heels of new contracts being signed with all 10 adult regulars on the show, which was key to it returning.
The veteran series has been one of the network's strongest performers over the course of its run, and while its current ratings are not quite at the level of its heyday, it remains a formidable entry in ABC's prime time lineup.
With today's renewal, at least 22 episodes have been ordered for each of Modern Family's next two seasons in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
NBC announced today that Chicago Fire has been renewed for a sixth season. The long-running original entry in the Chicago franchise was picked up today for the 2017-2018 season along with spin-offs Chicago Fire and Chicago Med. The franchise's most-recent entry, Chicago Justice, is still awaiting a decision on its fate.
Chicago Fire follows the courageous men and women at Firehouse 51, home to noble firefighters and paramedics who look fear in the eye and forge headfirst into dangerous situations in order to help those in need. After 113 episodes, the series still draws consistently-strong ratings for the peacock network.
NBC announced today that Chicago PD has been renewed for a fifth season. The veteran spin-off joins franchise-mates Chicago Fire and Chicago Med in being picked up for the 2017-2018 television season. Chicago Justice, the most-recent entry in the franchise, is still awaiting a decision on its fate.
The first spin-off of hit Chicago Fire, Chicago PD involves stories of the uniformed police patrol and intelligence unit that pursues the perpetrators of The Windy City's major street offenses. The series continues to be a reliable performer for the network year in and year out, and in 2018 will reach the impressive 100-episode milestone.
NBC announced today that Chicago Med has been renewed for a third season. The sophomore spin-off joins franchise-mates Chicago Fire and Chicago PD in being picked up for the 2017-2018 television season. Chicago Justice, the most-recent franchise entry, is still awaiting a decision on its fate.
Chicago Med has continued to draw solid numbers for the network after its move to Thursday nights, though ratings have dipped to new lows in the second-half of the season.
Following in the footsteps of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, Chicago Med follows the brave team of doctors and nurses that work at a hectic hospital in the Windy City. On a daily basis they tackle unique new cases while dealing with the drama of personal relationships.
Word is out this afternoon that ABC has cancelled Last Man Standing after six seasons on the air. The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as the veteran comedy has been an overall consistent performer for the network on Friday nights.
On the air since 2011, Last Man Standing was another successful TV venture for comedian Tim Allen. The show was Allen's first return to the small screen since 90s hit Home Improvement, and while it didn't quite have the longevity of his past series, its 130-episode run was impressive by today's standards.
It is being reported that NBC has cancelled Timeless after its first season. This is sad news for fans of the show, as its final episode in February left with a cliffhanger that will now go unanswered.
The action drama premiered last fall as part of the network's fall line-up with a lot of momentum behind it. The show was created by two veteran producers, had a high profile time slot airing after The Voice on Monday nights, was heavily promoted, and received high critical praise from early reviews. While its premiere episode got off to a solid start, ratings slipped in subsequent weeks leaving only a limited audience who kept tuning in.
Signs the show was in trouble started to become apparent early on. When NBC added additional episodes to the show's freshman run, only three were ordered. Co-creator Eric Kripke also cautioned fans on his Twitter page, writing that its live viewer ratings likely needed to improve to warrant another season.
Timeless followed a team of time travelers who were chasing down a mysterious criminal intent on changing the past in order to destroy America. The team worked to keep up with the dangerous fugitive to stop his path of destruction, while being careful not to let their actions adversely affect the past.
It is being reported that an endgame has been worked out for Scandal to conclude with its recently-ordered seventh season. While ABC hasn't yet commented on the matter, the network is expected to make an official announcement at their upfront presentation next week.
The veteran Shondaland political thriller has continued to be a solid performer deep into its run, with viewership numbers in key demographics making it one of broadcast television's top dramas. While most long-running series eventually end due to falling ratings, the decision to conclude Scandal is said to be creatively-driven, with creator Shonda Rhimes ultimately making the call.
It is being reported tonight that Fox has decided to cancel Sleepy Hollow. The news comes just over a month after the mystery drama aired its Season 4 finale. Considered to be on the bubble for a couple of years now, the network's move to end the show does not come as much of a surprise.
Sleepy Hollow premiered back in 2013 and was a strong addition to Fox's prime time lineup for its initial 13-episode run. Unfortunately it could not keep up that level of momentum during Season 2, though it maintained a respectable level of viewership that easily earned it another pickup. Things were not looking as good by the end Season 3, but despite being the network's lowest-rated drama it was brought back once again. The recently-concluded Season 4 saw the show's lowest ratings numbers yet, which sealed its fate.