TV news roundup for Week 19 of 2019

Welcome to the weekly TV news round-up, where we go into the latest TV news regarding renewals, cancellations, and pick-ups. This week we have a shorter roundup, so have a quick read.

Renewed

American premium channel Showtime has renewed drama series Billions. The series stars Paul Giamatti (Jungle Cruise) as Charles “Chuck” Rhoades, Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and later on Attorney General of New York. It also stars Damian Lewis (Homeland) as Robert “Bobby” Axelrod.

Check out our upcoming roundup for Season 2019 – 2020 for the full list of renewed American broadcast TV series.

Picked up

Netflix Original Series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was cancelled after four seasons in 2018. However, now an original movie has been announced for 2020. But there is a twist. The new movie will be interactive, just like Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and Bear Grylls series You vs. Wild.

Check out our upcoming roundup for Season 2019 – 2020 for the full list of picked up American broadcast TV series.

Cancelled

American cable channel TBS has cancelled police comedy series Angie Tribeca. The series ran for four seasons between 2016 and 2019, airing 40 episodes in total. Created by Nancy and Steve Carrell (Welcome to Marwen) and starred Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) as an LAPD detective.

American premium channel Starz has announced that the upcoming sixth season of New York City crime drama Power will be its last. The series about a drug dealer trying to go legit by becoming a nightclub owner will start its conclusion on Sunday, 25 August. This does not mean the end, though. Co-creator Courtney Kemp has already announced one or more spin-offs are in the works.

Check out our upcoming roundup for Season 2019 – 2020 for the full list of cancelled American broadcast TV series.

Other developments

The BBC and FX have announced the cast for a three-part adaption of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, which is to air coming December. The Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) written series stars Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3) as Ebenezer Scrooge, Andy Serkis (Black Panther) as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Rutger Hauer (Kingdom Hearts III) as the Ghost of Christmas Future, Stephen Graham (Line of Duty) is Jacob Marley, Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) is Bob Cratchit, Vinette Robinson (The A Word) is Mary Cratchit, and relative newcomer Lenny Rush is Little Tim.

Going with a release slate of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Fox’s animated comedy series Bob’s Burgers will make the jump to the big screen on July 17, 2020. That is all we currently know.

With the upfronts, the schedule presentations of US broadcast networks, around the corner, more and more news about renewals, pick ups and cancellations is coming out. We will tell you all about it in our TV News Round-Up Special! What we can tell you now is that the proposed Jane the Virgin anthology spin-off Jane the Novella will not be picked up by The CW.

Trailers

CBS has released a promo for the seventh and final season of Sherlock Holmes series Elementary, which starts on Thursday, May 23.

Netflix has released a trailer for She’s Gotta Have It Season 2. Nine new episodes are released on Friday, May 24.

Also released on Netflix on Friday, May 24 is High Seas or Alta Mar, a Spanish Original Series.

HBO released a trailer for the second season of Big Little Lies. The premiere is on Sunday, June 9.

American cable channel FX has released a trailer for the fourth season of Baskets. The comedy series stars Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) and the new episodes premiere starting Thursday, June 13.

Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN has released a trailer for new series Ambitions, which starts on Tuesday, June 18.

TBS has released another trailer for comedy series The Detour. The fourth season starts Tuesday, June 18.

American premium channel Showtime has released a trailer for miniseries The Loudest Voice, starring Russel Crowe (The Nice Guys) as Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The drama starts on Sunday, June 30.

HBO has released a teaser trailer for their much anticipated DC comics adaption of Watchmen. The new series will start this Autumn.

That’s it for this week, but join us next time when we round-up the TV news of that week.