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“Has [insert name of broadcast TV show currently in limbo here] been canceled or renewed?”
That’s the question on many viewers’ minds as upfronts week comes to a close. While Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and The CW have all announced their 2019-20 programming schedules, some of those slates have holes in them — meaning the statuses of half a dozen shows on broadcast TV are still up in the air.
And look, we can accept the fact that not every series will be saved like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” famously was last season — and not every show should be. But come on, networks — minus ABC, Fox and The CW, who have already axed or renewed everything they’re going to — fans need to hear one way or another whether their favorite programs will be returning this fall, especially for ones that have a crazy-devoted fanbase.
Below are the six shows we’re still awaiting decisions on.
Note: The ratings are based on the “most current” data from Nielsen, which includes a week of delayed viewing for episodes old enough to tally.
18-49 rating: 0.3
Official description: From Michael Schur (“The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None”) and Josh Malmuth (“New Girl,” “Superstore”) comes a hilarious new comedy about the best neighborhood bar in San Diego — home to low prices, good company and, of course, Abby (Natalie Morales, “BoJack Horseman,” “Girls,” “Parks and Recreation”). This unlicensed, makeshift establishment in Abby’s backyard is the perfect gathering place for locals to find camaraderie and sanctuary. To maintain the perfect bar ecosystem, all patrons must abide by a specific set of rules. This includes no cell phones (not even to look something up), understanding that earning a seat at the bar takes time to rise through the hierarchy, and knowing that losing a challenge may have some unpleasant and unpalatable drink-related repercussions.
Stars: Natalie Morales, Nelson Franklin, Neil Flynn, Jessica Chaffin, Kimia Behpoornia, and Leonard Ouzts
Series: “The Village”
18-49 rating: 0.5
Official description: Welcome to the Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything — even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.
Stars: Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien
Series: “The Enemy Within”
18-49 rating: 0.6
Official description: In this character-based psychological thriller, Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as one of the most notorious traitors in recent American history serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one.
Stars: Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey, Kelli Garner, Cassandra Freeman and Noah Mills
Series: “A.P. Bio”
18-49 rating: 1.0
Official description: When disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. As he comes crashing in to Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids for his own benefit. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt) struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin.
Stars: Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Jean Villepique, Tom Bennett, Paula Pell, Charlie McCrackin, Jacob McCarthy, Aparna Brielle, Nick Peine, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Eddie Leavy, Jacob Houston, Sari Arambulo, Tucker Albrizzi and Spence Moore II
Series: “The Code”
18-49 rating: 0.7
Official description: “The Code” is a drama about the military’s brightest minds, who tackle the toughest legal challenges facing the U.S. Marine Corps. As prosecutors, defense lawyers, and investigators, these Marines work together to serve their country with integrity while often putting aside their personal ideals for the sake of justice. Operating out of Judge Advocate General Headquarters in Quantico, Captain John “Abe” Abraham is a driven prosecutor for whom becoming a Marine is a longstanding family tradition and a responsibility he treats with devotion and passion. His colleague and friend, Captain Maya Dobbins, is the fearless lead defense attorney who is never hesitant to go up against one of her own, but is also a team player if it means finding the truth. Major Trey Ferry is Abe’s eloquent and wise superior officer working for the prosecution who pursues suspects with ferocity. Commanding officer Colonel Glenn Turnbull, one of the highest-ranking female officers in the Judge Advocate Corps, demands excellence of herself and her staff, while inspiring intense loyalty. Assisting the team is Lt. Harper Li, a highly capable lawyer who is eager to take on bigger cases, and tech-savvy, efficient Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi, the Marine equivalent of a paralegal. These active duty Marines are attorneys who have chosen to serve their country in pursuit of military justice at home and abroad.
Stars: Luke Mitchell, Anna Wood, Ato Essandoh, Phillipa Soo, Dana Delany and Raffi Barsoumian
18-49 rating: 0.3
Official description: “Ransom” follows crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont and his elite Crisis Resolution team who work to balance the demands of their personal lives with their careers as negotiators who handle high-pressure kidnappings and hostage situations. Eric uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases but must live with the emotional weight of recently taking out his arch enemy. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence, even when confronted by some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. While Eric’s considerable powers of manipulation make him the best at what he does professionally, they often complicate his relationships with family, friends and colleagues. His team consists of psych-profiler Oliver Yates, ex-cop Zara Hallam and the newest member of the team, Cynthia Walker.
Stars: Luke Roberts, Nazneen Contractor, Brandon Jay McLaren and Karen LeBlanc
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CBS has addressed the decision to renew “Bull” for a fourth season, despite the network having to pay a settlement to Eliza Dushku after she complained about star Michael Weatherly’s behavior.
“He owned that mistake,” CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl said Wednesday during the network’s upfront press briefing. “He was apologetic at the time.” Kahl also noted Weatherly’s long relationship with the network — he starred on “NCIS” from 2003-2016 — as being a factor in their decision.
“There was never any complaint about him before and there hasn’t been anything after,” Kahl continued.
Last year, it was revealed that CBS agreed to pay Dushku a $9.5 million settlement following her complaint that she was written off the drama after she confronted series star Weatherly about multiple instances of inappropriate behavior. Kahl said they found out about the settlement when the New York Times reported it in November.
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Dushku, who was tapped to a play major role with the possibility of becoming a full-time cast member, was soon written off the show after she confronted Weatherly over comments she said made her uncomfortable, according to the report. According to Dushku, Weatherly made comments about her appearance in front of the crew. She also said he made a rape joke and a comment about a threesome.
“We wanted to go back and reassess what happened,” Kahl continued. “He [Weatherly] has indicted to us that he’s willing to take any kind of coaching or whatever training that we deem necessary for him to create a positive environment on the set.” Last week, Kahl announced new human resources procedures for CBS TV Studios productions, including a confidential third-part reporting system and new on-set HR reps for all of its shows.
A few hours after CBS renewed “Bull” for a fourth season, Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin TV dropped out as a producer for the show, though the company would not specify the exact reason. Spielberg and Amblin TV co-heads Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey served as executive producers on “Bull” for its first three seasons.
“We are perfectly comfortable producing the show,” Kahl said.
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Offers have been made for host Ryan Seacrest and judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan to return to the FremantleMedia North America-produced series, an individual with knowledge of the renewal tells TheWrap. While there is no word yet on if any or all of them will be back for the show’s third season, the insider tells us ABC is hoping for the team’s return.
The second season of the “Idol” revival, which premiered at midseason, is currently averaging a 1.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 8.9 million viewers, while Monday nights put up a 1.5 rating and 8.3 million viewers, according to the “most current” data from Nielsen, which includes a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.
That Sunday night state makes “American Idol” the second-highest rated unscripted series on ABC behind “The Bachelor.”
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On the drama/comedy side, ABC has renewed the following series for next season: “A Million Little Things,” “American Housewife,” “black-ish,” “Bless This Mess,” “The Conners,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Good Doctor,” “Grey’s Anatomy” (for Seasons 16 and 17), “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Modern Family” (for an 11th and final season), “The Rookie,” “Schooled,” “Single Parents” and “Station 19.”
The network canceled “For the People,” “The Fix,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “Splitting Up Together,” “Speechless,” “Take Two” and “Whiskey Cavalier.”
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