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.
Fox announced today that Lucifer has been renewed for a third season. The comics-based drama has continued to be a reliable performer in its sophomore season, which returns from hiatus for the back-half of its run on May 1.
The series follows Lucifer Morningstar, who has retired to Los Angeles from his duties as The Devil to indulge in a more carefree lifestyle. That is, until, he finds a new purpose in life and starts working alongside a homicide detective to solve crime and dispense justice.
Lucifer premiered early last year as a mid-season entry, quickly exceeding expectations to become Fox's 2nd-highest rated new series of the season. Its strong showing prompted the network to shift the show to its regular fall lineup for season 2, where it then performed well enough to earn a full season of 22 episodes. Season 3 looks to continue that trend, with another order of 22 episodes for the 2017-2018 season.
ABC announced today that Scandal has been renewed for a seventh season. The veteran Shonda Rhimes political thriller continues to be a strong performer deep into its run, with viewership numbers in key demographics making it one of the network's top shows. Word is the core cast will all be returning for the 2017-2018 season.
While Scandal's current season premiered later than usual due to star Kerry Washington's pregnancy, it hasn't missed a beat. The show not only premiered with its largest audience in a year, it also helped ABC win every Thursday since January in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic.
Scandal joins other the Shondaland dramas picked up today that air as part of ABC's TGIT lineup, including Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder.
TNT wants more of The Librarians. Two days after wrapping up its third-season finale, it was announced today that the movie-based series has been renewed for a fourth season.
The adventure drama premiered on the cable network in 2014 as an expansion of its hit movie franchise, following an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library whose members dedicate their lives to protecting the world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around.
The Librarians has been a solid performer over the course of its run, ranking as one of TNT's top-rated and most-watched series. The show is also among the top 20 basic cable dramas in the adults 18-49 demographic.
Look for Season 4 of The Librarians later this year.
Amazon announced today that Sneaky Pete has been renewed for a second season. The good news comes just days after the drama released its full first season on the streaming service, where a strong start helped it earn today's early pickup. Word is the show had Amazon's second-most streamed opening day of any of its other original scripted series, with The Man in the High Castle holding top honors there.
Sneaky Pete originally debuted its pilot episode back in August of 2015 to gauge audience reception, as Amazon does with many of its original series. Positive feedback resulted in a full season order a month later, but production was eventually pushed back due to the departure of co-creator and showrunner David Shore.
The story of Sneaky Pete follows a con man who is on the run from a dangerous gangster. Recently released from jail, he assumes the identity of his prison cellmate in order to stay hidden from his past.
NBC announced today that its fall breakout This Is Us has received an early order for two additional seasons. The double renewal, which sees it through to at least Season 3, comes on the heels of last week's strong performance that saw the critically-acclaimed drama reach series-high ratings.
This Is Us came at the perfect time for the peacock network, which was searching for its next bona fide hit. Premiering last September, it didn't take long for the show to make its mark. Its first episode was not only the highest-rated premiere of the 2016-2017 season, but actually now ranks as NBC's most-viewed series premiere ever when factoring in its various delivery platforms.
Showing confidence that This Is Us can be a flagship series for years to come, NBC opted to double up on the show's first renewal. A minimum of 18 episodes have been ordered for each for the upcoming seasons, which matches the current season's total.
TNT announced today that Major Crimes has been renewed for a sixth season. The good news comes in the midst of the veteran crime procedural's fifth season, which resumes February 22 with its remaining eight episodes.
Major Crimes got its start back in 2012 as a spin-off of The Closer. In four-plus years on the air, the series has done an impressive job as its successor, drawing consistently-strong viewership that ranks it as one of the most-watched shows on cable TV among total viewers as well in key demographics.
TNT has ordered 13 new episodes for Season 6 of The Closer. That matches its original order for the fifth and current season, though Season 5 was eventually topped up to 21.
It is being reported that Aftermath has been cancelled after its first season. The Canadian-produced sci-fi drama ran for 13 episodes late last year but failed to find a sizeable audience on either side of the border.
Star James Tupper was first to break the news, posting to his Twitter account that the series will not be returning for Season 2. Tupper and co-star Anne Heche played a couple battling for the survival of their family when civilization as they know it comes to an apocalyptic end.
FX announced today that American Horror Story has been renewed for Seasons 8 and 9. The two-season pickup comes just three months after the series was renewed for a seventh season and two months following its sixth-season finale, ensuring fans of the show have at least three new cycles to look forward to over the coming years.
The horror anthology series from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk has continued to captivate audiences with each new installment, garnering some of the cable network's top ratings year after year. The franchise as a whole has also received its share of critical acclaim, with a total of 15 Emmy Awards to its name.
If American Horror Story keeps to its pace of airing one season each year, expect Seasons 7, 8, and 9 to arrive in 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively.
The CW announced today that Supergirl has been renewed for a third season. The action drama will return this fall for what will be its second season on the network. After airing its first season on CBS in 2015, the show was moved to The CW for Season 2, which was seen as a better fit since it was already home to three other superhero series set in the same DC Comics universe.
Along with Supergirl, The CW also renewed its four other returning fall dramas today. Picked up for the 2017-2018 season are The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supernatural. As for the network's freshman dramas, No Tomorrow and Frequency were absent from today's list of renewed shows. They likely will not be returning for a second season, but we won't know for sure until May.
The CW announced today that DC's Legends of Tomorrow has been renewed for a third season. The action drama premiered early last year as an ensemble series featuring characters spun-off from Arrow and The Flash, which take place in the same shared universe. While its first season premiered as a mid-season entry, the show was moved to the network's regular fall lineup in Season 2.
Along with Legends of Tomorrow, The CW also renewed its four other returning fall dramas today. Picked up for the 2017-2018 season are The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Supernatural. As for the network's freshman dramas, No Tomorrow and Frequency were absent from today's list of renewed shows. They likely will not be returning for a second season, but we won't know for sure until May.
The CW announced today that The Flash has been renewed for a 4th season. The action drama has continued to be one of the network's strongest-performing series, with its ratings consistently topping fellow superhero-based entries Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.
Along with The Flash, The CW also renewed its four other returning fall dramas today. Picked up for the 2017-2018 season are Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supernatural. As for the network's freshman entries, No Tomorrow and Frequency were absent from today's list of renewed shows. They likely will not be returning for a second season, but we won't know for sure until May.
The CW announced today that Arrow has been renewed for a 6th season. The veteran action drama is the network's longest-running superhero-based series, with its success paving the way for spin-offs like The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.
With Supergirl recently joining the fold in its move from CBS, The CW now has four series set in the same DC Comics universe, giving them the ability to have characters appear across multiple shows in occasional crossover episodes.
Along with Arrow, The CW also renewed its four other returning fall dramas today. Picked up for the 2017-2018 season are The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Supernatural. As for the network's freshman entries, No Tomorrow and Frequency were absent from today's list of renewed shows. They likely will not be returning for a second season, but we won't know for sure until May.
The CW announced today that Supernatural has been renewed for a 13th season. By far the long-running drama on the network, Supernatural continues to be a consistent performer for the network after 250 episodes and over a decade on the air. The series boasts a dedicated fan base that has helped keep its ratings solid and steady year after year.
Along with Supernatural, The CW also renewed its four other returning fall dramas today. Picked up for 2017-2018 are Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. As for the network's freshman entries, No Tomorrow and Frequency were absent from today's list of renewed shows. They likely will not be returning for a second season, but we won't know for sure until May.
It was announced today that Shooter has been renewed by USA Network for a second season. The sniper drama is currently five episodes into its run, which finally premiered last month after suffering from multiple delays.
The series had originally been slated for a mid-July premiere but was initially pushed two weeks after the tragic real-life shootings in Dallas, Texas. But after more attacks occurred, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and France, the cable network scrapped Shooter's summer release plans altogether, opting to focus instead on a premiere in the fall.
Now that the Ryan Phillippe-starring drama if finally underway it has managed to put up solid numbers on Tuesday nights, averaging 2.6 million viewers in Live+7 viewing. That ranks it as the network's #1 new series in 2016, making the Season 2 pickup a no-brainer.
Based on the novel Point of Impact and the 2007 film of the same name, Shooter follows the life of Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman trained in counter intelligence who is now living in exile. After learning of a plot to kill the president, the highly-decorated sniper re-emerges for duty, only to learn he has been double-crossed in an operation that has ties to his past.
It's official: Shameless has been renewed for an eighth season on Showtime. Word of the pickup unofficially leaked last week when show star Emmy Rossum closed a deal to return to the show, and today the cable network has confirmed the news.
The acclaimed drama aired its Season 7 finale last night, capping another successful 12-episode run that ranks has its top-rated season to-date. Currently Showtime's longest-running series, Shameless continues to be creatively strong and draw solid, consistent viewership. It's average of 5.8 million weekly viewers puts is just behind Homeland has the network's most-watched series overall.
Production on Season 8 of Shameless will begin in the spring with another 12 episodes that should return either later in 2017 or very early in 2018.
WGN America confirmed today that Salem will be ending after its current third season. The supernatural drama premiered its now-final season early last month and has so far aired five of its planned 10 episodes.
The series premiered in 2014 as the cable network's first original scripted drama. It followed the story behind the 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts -an infamous part of history shrouded in darkness and mystery.
Fans of Salem will be relieved to hear that its creators were given enough advanced notice of the show ending to allow them to bring the story to a satisfying conclusion. Look for the series finale to air in early 2017.