The TV verdicts just keep on coming in ahead of next week’s upfront presentations.
NBC has renewed “The Blacklist” for a twenty-two episode fifth season. The James Spader-led series has averaged a 1.0 and 5.3 million viewers in its fourth season as it hurtles towards its climax with a Mr. Kaplan and Red face-off inevitable. The spin-off series ‘Redemption’ isn’t expected to return.
NBC has also renewed Tina Fey-produced freshman comedy “Great News” for a second season of thirteen episodes.
ABC has renewed “The Goldbergs” for two more years – granting it a fifth and sixth season. The series is averaging a 1.8 rating and 6.1 million viewers in its fourth season and is one of ABC’s top-rated scripted shows.
FOX meanwhile has officially cancelled the last few on the bubble series – comedies “Son of Zorn” and “Making History” and drama “APB” are all dead with the cause for all three being a lack of both critical appreciation and ratings.
Finally, in more of a sideways move, the second season of “The Shannara Chronicles” is jumping from MTV to freshly re-branded The Paramount Network (previously known as Spike).
The ten-episode second season of the fantasy series, based on the novels by Terry Brooks, will air this Fall. The move comes amid restructuring at MTV and Spike’s owners Viacom with MTV shedding its scripted fare in favour of reality TV.