Network Renewals 2018: What’s Safe, What’s In Danger & What’s On The Bubble
We are on the cusp of the annual flurry of broadcast renewals and cancellations. CBS just kicked off the proceedings today with the first multiple renewals so far this season — for freshman dramas SEAL Team and
Here is a look at the broadcast scripted series whose fate has not been determined yet, along with assessment of their chances.
The assessment is done somewhat in a vacuum as some of the renewal decisions will depend on the strength of the networks’ pilots and a number of them will come down to a network’s ability to make a deal with an outside studio. You can stay up to date with the status of current TV series with Deadline’s Series Renewal Status Scorecard.
ABC has only renewed one series so far this season, breakout new drama The Good Doctor, which joins comedies Modern Family and The Goldbergs, both in the middle of two-season renewals. There are several series that are considered shoo-ins — Shondaland dramas Grey’s Anatomy, which locked in its star Ellen Pompeo with a new deal, and How to Get Away with Murder, as well as comedies Black-ish and American Housewife.
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All are produced by ABC’s in-house studio, ABC Studios. Grey’s Anatomy spinoff, Station 19, just launched on Thursday, with NBC pitting its own firefighter drama Chicago Fire against the premiere in an act of scheduling gamesmanship. Station 19 was hurt but, unless it falls apart in the next few weeks, the new drama is likely to get a renewal due to its pedigree. It also is owned by ABC and, as an extension of Grey’s, it no doubt has solid international sales.
The future is grimmer for the other new Shondaland addition, legal drama For the People, which got off to a rough ratings start in ABC’s challenging Tuesday 10 PM slot that may be difficult to overcome. ABC’s third new drama series introduced in the past couple of weeks is Deception.
The Warner Bros. TV-produced show has done just enough to put itself in renewal contention, and it could be helped by the fact that it is a procedural, a genre that ABC has little of on its schedule. Additionally, ABC’s recent dealmaking has given the network as much as half of outside series’ back ends, which gives the network financial interest in keeping them on the air. Deception is believed to be part of that new business template.
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