Fox Renews ‘9-1-1’ and ‘The Resident’ for Season 3

In the midst of all the chaos happening at Fox, the newly merged network has renewed two TV shows for their third seasons: “9-1-1” and “The Resident,” with new episodes of each airing tonight.

“9-1-1” — Fox’s number one drama series, averaging 15.4 million total viewers — follows the high-pressure experiences of first responders.

“‘9-1-1’ redefined what a procedural series can be, consistently delivering edge-of-your-seat emergencies, mixed with emotional story arcs and incredible performances from one of the most powerful teams of actors on television,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment at Fox Entertainment. “Kudos to Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Tim Minear and their entire crew, as well as the amazing cast anchored by Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt for raising the bar week after week.”

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“The Resident” follows Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry), a senior resident at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital, where he is embroiled in the bureaucratic practices of the hospital industry.

“Amy Holden Jones, Todd Harthan and the team behind ‘The Resident’ continue to showcase their brilliant storytelling, revealing both the triumphs and tragedy within the medical world. Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp and Bruce Greenwood, along with the stellar cast, have developed rich and compelling characters through their heartfelt performance,” Thorn said. “We want to thank our producing partners, 20th Century Fox Television, who have steered these two extraordinary series. Both ‘9-1-1’ and ‘The Resident’ have many, many more stories to tell and we can’t wait to deliver them to fans next season.”

Tonight’s new episode of “9-1-1” titled “Chimney Begins” stars Kenneth Choi as Chimney, revisiting his arrival at Station 118, and how he became a firefighter and paramedic. It airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

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At 8 p.m. ET/PT tonight, the new episode of “The Resident” called “Emergency Contact” guest stars Miles Gaston Villanueva as Alec, who teams up with Dr. Hawkins to help a young gymnast experiencing mysterious symptoms. Jenna Dewan also guest stars as Julian Booth, whose death left unanswered questions to do with corrupt medical device company Quovadis.

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‘The Conners’ Renewed for Season 2 by ABC

Looks like the Conner family can continue to make themselves at home at ABC, as the broadcast network has renewed its highly-rated “Roseanne” spinoff series, “The Conners,” for a second season.

The cast for Season 2 includes series regulars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy and Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy. Additional cast members will be announced at a later date.

Ending on Jan 22, the 11-episode first season of the “The Conners” ranks as the No. 1 new comedy of the 2018-19 season in both total viewers, with an average of 9.5 million, and the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 2.2 rating average, according to the “most current” data from Nielsen.

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The “Roseanne” spinoff follows the Conner family — sans Roseanne, as she was fired by ABC last spring and the original revival series was canceled — as they grapple with parenthood, divorce, dating, aging and financial pressures in working-class America. “Through it all – the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails,” per ABC.

“We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conners family,” Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president, said Friday. “This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves.”

Guest stars on Season 1 included Matthew Broderick, Juliette Lewis, Katey Sagal, Mary Steenburgen, Justin Long, Jay R. Ferguson and Sarah Chalke, among others. Additionally, some fan favorites from the original run of “Roseanne” reprised their roles for the spinoff’s freshman season, including Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Natalie West as Crystal Anderson and James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell.

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“The Conners” hails from Werner Entertainment and is executive produced by Tom Werner. Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez also executive produce.

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ Renewed for Sixth and Final Season on Pop

“Schitt’s Creek” has been renewed for a sixth and final season, which will air here next year on Pop TV and on the CBC in Canada. Season 6 is currently in pre-production and will begin shooting in a few weeks.

Co-creators — and son-and-dad — Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy wrote the following letter explaining their decision:

To Our Dear Fans,

We are very excited to announce that “Schitt’s Creek” is coming back for a sixth season on CBC and Pop in 2020! We also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that we have decided season six will be our last. We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning. It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow. We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have.

We are all so excited to begin shooting these last fourteen episodes and can’t thank you enough for the overwhelming love and generosity you’ve shown us. We hope you continue to enjoy the rest of our fifth season as we prepare to shoot our sixth!

Best Wishes and Warmest Regards,

Dan and Eugene Levy

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In addition to the Levys, their network bosses wanted to gush over the small sitcom that could.

“Dan and Eugene have created a brilliant and irreverent series that has struck a powerful chord with audiences in Canada and around the world, fuelled by stellar writing, sharp humour, an outstanding cast and a wardrobe for the ages,” said Sally Catto, general Manager, programming, CBC. “The show’s reversal of fortune storyline has been mined not just for comedy but to share an empowering message about acceptance and authenticity. We couldn’t be more proud to have commissioned this original comedy and respect the team’s creative decision to wrap up the series at a time that feels right for them. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew on their achievement and contribution to Canadian comedy legacy.”

“‘Schitt’s Creek’ is that rare zeitgeist show that creates incredible fandom, catalyzes culture, and receives best-of-television critical praise for its intelligence, character development, laughter and heart,” said Brad Schwartz, president of Pop. “‘Schitt’s Creek’ has given all of us a joyous gift that, in my opinion, places the show among the very best. Everyone at Pop could not be more proud than to have been associated with what Dan Levy and Eugene Levy created alongside this amazing cast and crew.  While we will miss this gem with all our heart, we are thrilled that the show will end its run exactly as the show’s creators intended.”

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In addition to the Levys, “Schitt’s Creek” also stars Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Noah Reid, Dustin Milligan, Sarah Levy, and Karen Robinson.

“Schitt’s Creek” is produced by Not A Real Company Productions Inc. Executive producers are Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, David West Read, and Ben Feigin.

The comedy series is produced in association with CBC and Pop TV and distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

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‘American Gods’ Gets Season 3 Renewal – and a New Showrunner

“American Gods” has been renewed for a third season at Starz, with Charles “Chic” Eglee named as the new showrunner.

The second season, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, debuted this past Sunday.

“Audiences continue to worship at the altar of ‘American Gods’ and we are excited to be able to announce to all the true believers that there is more of this fantastical series to come,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “With Chic at the helm, the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the undeniable talent of this dedicated cast and crew, we know that the show will continue to deliver on the vision and promise laid out in the novel.”

Eglee has previously worked on series including “Hemlock Grove,” “The Walking Dead,” “Dexter” and “The Shield.”

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The renewal comes after “American Gods” underwent numerous changes both in front of and behind the scenes, which resulted in extensive delays in getting season 2 to the airwaves. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller, who originally adapted Gaiman’s 2001 novel for Starz, left the series after the first season, with Jesse Alexander taking their place.

But then last fall, it was reported that Alexander was no longer working on the show. At the time, Starz and the show’s studio Fremantle declined to comment on Alexander’s status.

During a conversation about the production troubles last month, Gaiman told TheWrap that Alexander was brought in simply to be a bridge to make sure the season was finished. He added that, despite all the troubles, he was confident about a third season.

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Along with the showrunner shakeup, “American Gods” saw casting changes going into its sophomore year, with Gillian Anderson (who played Media) replaced by Kahyun Kim (who plays New Media), and the additions of Dean Winters as Mr. Town and Devery Jacobs as Sam Black Crow. Kristin Chenoweth, who played the god Easter in the first season, also departed the series.

“I’m thrilled ‘American Gods’ has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee,” said Gaiman, who serves as an executive producer, in a statement. “Chic is the best partner-in-crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the American Gods torch on to glory. Thank you to Fremantle, Starz and Amazon for having faith in the series, to Bryan, Michael and Jesse for bringing it this far, to all the cast and crew, and most of all to the viewers. It’s their love of the characters that took us to this point, and will take us on to the next chapter.”

“American Gods” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Starz

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