It has been a big day for various TV drama series either scoring renewals or full season pick-ups.
First up, CBS has renewed its two major Summer event series “Under the Dome” and “Extant”. The recent second season of ‘Dome’ pulled in an average of 9.4 million total viewers and a 2.2 rating per episode, down considerably from the first season (13.1 million viewers/3.3 rating) but still a big performer during the season.
Meanwhile the Halle Berry-led “Extant” has averaged 8.6 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating for its initial season. While both shows are returning, the network’s Southern legal soap “Reckless” isn’t so lucky and has been axed after pulling in an average of just 4 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating.
Next up, ABC has given full-season commitments to two of its new Fall shows – the mystery thriller “How to Get Away With Murder” and the comedy “Black-ish”. ‘Murder’ will score a fifteen-episode run which is the largest number of episodes Viola Davis’ schedule allows for. “Black-ish” will score a more standard twenty-two episode run.
Meanwhile, Amazon Studios has renewed its transgender-themed freshman comedy “Transparent” for a second season to air in 2015. The Jeffrey Tambor-led project has not only scored critical acclaim but has reportedly “smashed Prime Instant Video records,” has ranked as the No. 1 series since its premiere, and is the most binge-watched TV series on Prime Instant Video ever – nearly 80% of all viewers binging on two or more episodes in the same day.
Finally, AMC has confirmed that it’s ditching its unscripted shows in favor of its scripted dramas. While “Talking Dead” talkshow and Kevin Smith’s “Comic Book Men” will continue, all its other unscripted programming in production or development is being discontinued.
This includes the recently renewed “Game Of Arms” which will shut down production on its second season effective immediately. Producers will have the option of seeking another home for their unscripted projects with AMC’s cooperation.