TV news roundup for Week 8 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 the official fate of the remaining Marvel/Netflix series, new Netflix series, renewals, cancellations, and trailers!

Renewed

Netflix renewed horror series The Haunting of Hill House. Well, we say renewed, but the series will now be an anthology series called The Haunting and Season 2 will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. The new story will adapt Henry James’ 1898 gothic horror novella The Turn of the Screw. The novella was previously adapted as a Broadway play in 1950 and as a movie called The Innocents in 1961. It is said the new season will be released in 2020. A release around Christmas could be possible as the holiday plays a role in the novella. The story will be about a governess to two children who become convinced the grounds of the titular manor are haunted.

US broadcast network CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory prequel/spin-off Young Sheldon a two season renewal. Giving the sitcom a renewal for Season 3 and 4 is not surprising. The series does well in the ratings, parent show The Big Bang Theory is ending this season, and a potential second spin-off is not going to be ready for next season.

Cancelled

We all expected it, but it is now official. Netflix has cancelled Marvel’s The Punisher after two seasons and Marvel’s Jessica Jones after three seasons. Netflix seems to want to get it all behind them in one go, as Jessica Jones Season 3 has not even been released yet, nor has a release date. There apparently will be a cool off period of two years for all these series (including Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders) before Marvel can revive them on another platform. And that could be possible, going with Marvel TV’s chief Jeph Loeb in this letter to fans.

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Also, rapper Eminem, known for his title song for “Venommmmm,” is not pleased with the cancellation of The Punisher.

Netflix also cancelled comedy Friends From College. The series starring Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Keegan-Michael Key (The Predator), Annie Parisse (Person of Interest), Nat Faxon (Disenchanted), Fred Savage (Once Upon A Deadpool), Jae Suh Park (The Big Short) and Billy Eichner (American Horror Story) ran for two seasons.

Amazon Prime Video have released a trailer for the fourth season of The Man in the High Castle. With it they also confirmed that the Philip K. Dick adaption will end with Season 4. The final episodes will be released this Autumn.

Syfy has cancelled their TV adaption of George R.R. Martin’s sci-fi story Nightflyers. Syfy aired the first and now only season daily past December. Recently Netflix has released it internationally.

Picked up

Netflix has ordered a ten-episode first season of Medical Police, from the creative team behind dark comedy Childrens Hospital. Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel will star, while Rob Corddry Krister Johnson, Jonathan Stern and David Wain will be writers and executive producers.

Netflix also ordered a first season of Hollywood from Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), which will be “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown.”

Other developments

Netflix will release the second half of Season 5 of comedy Arrested Development on Friday, March 15.

Mike Colter (Marvel’s Luke Cage) has been cast as the lead for CBS’s pilot Evil, a supernatural drama from Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife). While it was a long shot anyway, this probably means that any potential revival of Luke Cage at another outlet than Netflix is not on the cards. Actors often have to be kept available for a certain amount of time between seasons, even after cancellations. It is still possible Luke Cage could be revived later. After all, there is a two year cooling period before Marvel can bring the series to another outlet anyway. But do not hold your breath.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that videogame developer Ubisoft and Atlas Entertainment (Wonder Woman, 12 Monkeys) are teaming up to create a TV series based on the Indian Ocean set open world pirate videogame Skull & Bones. The videogame itself has not yet been released, but is expected this year for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Not much is yet known about the plot of the TV series, but it is said they series will have a female lead. Amanda Segel (Person of Interest) will write the pilot and executive produce, as will Andy Horwitz (American Hustle) and Richard Suckle (Wonder Woman).

CBS has ordered a comedy pilot starring Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin) as the son of a wealthy who suddenly get cut off from his father’s fortune. He and his wife then have to move in with his estranged sister. Camil is also executive producer, as are Jennie Snyder Urman (creator Jane the Virgin) and Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace, Modern Family) who will write the pilot.

Syfy’s adaption of IDW’s comic Wynonna Earp has run into budget trouble in its fourth season. IDW Entertainment is producing and funding the series itself and now has need of new funds. Syfy and IDW both say they are committed to the series, but this is something we will keep our eye on.

Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Fades) has joined Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. The sequel series to the Victorian original will move the horror to 1938 Los Angeles.

Trailers

HBO released a trailer for the seventh and final season of award-winning political comedy Veep. The final episodes start Sunday, March 31.

A trailer for hitman/actor comedy series Barry was also released by HBO. This series also starts Sunday, March 31.

US cable channel Freeform has released a trailer for Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger Season 2. The new season starts Thursday, April 4 with two episodes.

Netflix released a cast announcement trailer for Season 2 of Altered Carbon. No release date is yet known, but the new season will have eight episodes. An anime spin-off is also in the works.

Netflix also released a trailer for The Order. Season 1 will launch on Thursday, March 7.

Furthermore, Netflix released a trailer for their newest series starring Ricky Gervais called After Life. Season 1 is released on Friday, March 8.

CBS All Access has released a first proper trailer of the fourth iteration of The Twilight Zone, which will start on Monday, April 1.

The BBC has released a teaser trailer for their adaption of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy of fantasy novels. Apart from “coming soon” we do not know when the first series adapting the first novel, Northern Lights or The Golden Compass as it is known in some other parts of the world, will premiere.

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