TV news roundup for Week 9 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 renewals, trailers, and no cancellations! Not even from Netflix!


NINE-NINE! Yes, NBC must be pleased they saved police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine from Fox’s cancellation, as they have renewed the series for a seventh season!

Sky and Cinemax co-production Strike Back has been renewed for an eight and final season. The military action series final season is considered the seventh by American premium cable channel Cinemax, but this is because Sky produced the first series, starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), on their own.

US broadcasting network NBC has renewed Law & Order universe creator Dick Wolf’s Chicago trifecta of emergency services dramas. Chicago Fire will get an eight season, Chicago P.D. will get a seventh season, and Chicago Med will receive a fifth season.

American streaming service CBS All Access has renewed sci-fi series Star Trek: Discovery for a third season. This does not come as a huge surprise as the franchise has been expanding on the back of Discovery’s first season success. Also, executive producer Michelle Paradise (The Originals) has been promoted to showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman.

Picked up

US broadcasting network Fox has ordered a six-episode event series revival of Beverly Hills, 90210 simply called 90210, like the 2009-2012 series. It will be the sixth series in the franchise, which also includes two series called Melrose Place and Models Inc. The original cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling are set to return. Luke Perry, however, has become a question mark. He already might have been tied up with his work on Riverdale, but news has come out that he also suffered a major stroke on Wednesday.

American cable channel Syfy has ordered the comic book adaption Resident Alien to series. The sci-fi series will star Alan Tudyk (Doom Patrol) as a crash-landed alien who will replace an American town’s medical practitioner and go undercover in human society. The comic was written by Peter Hogan (2000 AD), with art by Steve Parkhouse (Doctor Who), and published by Dark Horse Comics.

Other developments

WarnerMedia is developing its own streaming service and Variety now reports that one of the first original series on it will be a The Gremlins animated series. The proposed series would be a prequel to the Joe Dante live action movies and star Mr Wing, played by Keye Luke in the movies, as a young man going on adventures with cuddly Mogwai Gizmo.

US premium cable channel Showtime has cast Nathan Lane (The Lion King) to co-star in Penny Dreadful: City of Angels as a police veteran Lewis Michener. The 1938 Los Angeles set horror sequel series already has Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) set to star as a demon called Magda.

A serious accident has happened on the set of Bad Boys TV spin-off L.A.’s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II) and Jessica Alba (Mechanic: Resurrection). Executive producers and showrunners Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis were seriously injured when an on-set car stunt went horribly wrong and ended up in the video village (where production is monitored) where Sonnier and Margolis were at that moment. After being rushed to hospital Margolis was quickly let go, but for Sonnier it was much more serious, resulting in one of his legs needing to be amputated below the knee. How this could have happened is now subject of investigation.


Amazon Prime Video has released a trailer for the second season of superhero comedy series The Tick, to premiere Friday, April 5.

An “In production” promo was released by Netflix for their first Dutch Original Series. Ares, and eight-part psychological horror will be set in Amsterdam (which Dutch show is not?) and feature a secret student fraternity. Expect it somewhere in 2019.

Also coming to Netflix is their French Original Series Osmosis. This sci-fi series is set in near-future Paris where a dating app is launched that collects data from the brain. It will be released on Friday, March 29.

Netflix released a trailer for the second half of Season 5 of comedy series Arrested Development, which will be released on Friday, March 15.

Also released by Netflix was a trailer for sci-fi mystery series The OA Season 2, pardon, Part II. It will be released on Friday, March 22.

Netflix also released a trailer for Idris Elba (Luther) starring dramatic comedy Turn Up Charlie, about a DJ. It will be on Netflix Friday, March 15.

And another trailer from Netflix in a new one for David Fincher and Tim Miller’s experimental sci-fi anthology series Love Death + Robots, which will premiere Friday, March 15.

HBO has released a video of what to expect from them in 2019. It features footage from, among others, Game of Thrones, Watchmen, Barry, the Deadwood TV movie, miniseries Chernobyl, and their co-production with the BBC of His Dark Materials.

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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