TV news roundup for Week 17 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 host of renewals, a new Star Trek series, and many trailers!


American streaming service CBS All Access has renewed legal drama and The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight for a fourth season.

CBS All Access also renewed the third revival of The Twilight Zone, hosted by Jordan Peele (Us). Something the second revival, hosted by Forest Whitaker (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), did not manage in 2003. The original The Twilight Zone ran for five seasons between 1959 and 1964, with the first revival running for three seasons between 1985 and 1989.

A host of renewals at broadcast network The CW, as they have renewed their remaining drama series that were not ending this season. They are sci-fi series The 100 for a seventh season, sci-fi reboot Roswell, New Mexico for a second season, sports drama All American for a second season, and comedic drama In the Dark which is also renewed for a second season.

HBO’s sister channel Cinemax has renewed martial arts series Warrior for a second season just three episodes in! The series is based on a concept originally created by material arts icon Bruce Lee, and has his daughter Shannon Lee on board behind the scenes.

American premium channel Showtime has renewed its 1980s Wall Street comedy Black Monday, starring Don Cheadle (Avengers: Endgame), for a second season.

Netflix has renewed Los Angeles set teen drama On My Block for a third season.


American cable channel TBS has cancelled survival comedy series Wrecked after three seasons. The series ran for a total of 30 episodes.

Netflix has cancelled its zombie comedy series Santa Clarita Diet, starring Drew Barrymore (Charlie’s Angels) and Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood), after three seasons and on a cliffhanger. Olyphant was already expecting a potential cancellation saying to TVLine, “Every time I turn around they’re cancelling a show over there.”

Picked up

We already knew an animated Star Trek series for a younger audience was in development for Nickelodeon, but this week the kids channel has officially ordered it! The 3D animated series comes from Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters) and will be about a group of teens who find a derelict starship which they will use to go on adventures. Meanwhile on streaming service CBS All Access another animated series is being worked on called Star Trek: Lower Decks, coming from Rick and Morty‘s Mike McMahan.

Other developments

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Game Of Thrones writer and executive producer Bryan Cogman has revealed that his potential Game Of Thrones successor series, of five and of which Jane Goldman’s is greenlit, has not been picked up by HBO. The end of the projects is also the end of his further involvement with everything Game Of Thrones, he says.

Bad news for thriller series Blindspot, as NBC has pulled it from the important May Sweeps schedule. The May Sweeps are one of multiple periods of the year where Nielson, the organisation that collects ratings data, not solely relies on their setup boxes for ratings but also send out paper diaries for their panel to accurately register what they are watching. This should give a more accurate indication of how many people in what demographics are watching what.

Stolen Picture, the production company of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz), are developing a TV adaption of Ben Aaronovitch novel series the Peter Grant series aka Rivers of London, according to Deadline. No broadcaster is currently known. The urban fantasy series follows young Metropolitan Police officer Peter Grant in modern day London, who after an encounter with a ghost is recruited into a small branch of the Met that deals with the supernatural. The series is told via novels, novellas and graphic novels. A chronological order by the author of these publications is published here. This is also not the first time an attempt at adapting the series to TV was made, as was reported in 2013 by Den of Geek when Feel Films and the BBC wanted to develop a seven-part series.


Netflix has released a trailer for What/If…  a thriller series starring Renée Zellweger. It will be on the service on Friday, May 24.

Streaming service Amazon Prime Video has released a trailer for the third season of Sneaky Pete. It is released on Friday, May 10.

American cable channel TBS’s comedy series The Detour has received a teaser for its fourth season, which starts on Tuesday, June 18.

Batman prequel TV series Gotham may have aired its final episode on Fox this week, but Bruno Heller has another Batman prequel ready to go over at Epix in Pennyworth. The Teen Titans Go! To the Movies joke turned reality will start on Sunday, July 28.

American streaming service Hulu has released another trailer for their upcoming World War II series Catch-22, based on Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel, which starts on Friday, May 17.

US only streaming service DC Universe has released a longer teaser for James Wan’s (Aquaman) series Swamp Thing, which starts on Friday, May 31.

Netflix has released a proper trailer for their saved Vertigo comics adaption Lucifer Season 4. Still no word on how those two episodes produced with Season 3 for Season 4 will fit in, but the new season will be released on Wednesday, May 8.

Netflix also released a trailer for the third and final season of romantic comedy series Easy, which will be on the service Friday, May 10.

New Netflix Original Series The Society got a trailer for its first season. The teen sci-fi drama will also be released on Friday, May 10.

Also released on Friday, May 10 is Brazilian political drama and Netflix Original Series O Mecanismo or The Mechanism’s second season.

German Netflix Original Series Dark has received an announcement video for its second season, with us on Friday, June 21.

HBO has released a trailer for their upcoming Deadwood: The Movie, which will pick up the three season western series that ended in 2006. The TV movie airs on Friday, May 31.

Supernatural Hulu series Light as a Feather got a teaser for its second season, to premiere on Friday, July 26.

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

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