May is the month of the annual TV’s Upfronts. All the networks decide which TV shows are renewed, which TV series are cancelled and also which new TV shows they want to air. Here, there is a list of all the new TV pilots that fortunately have made it.
The Disney network has ordered Hayley Atwell’s Conviction (after Agent Carter’s cancellation, Hayley Atwell will continue to work for ABC), Kiefer Sutherland’s Designated Survivor, Notorious, Shonda Rhimes’ Still Star-Crossed, Time After Time and comedies: American Housewife, Downward Dog, Imaginary Mary and Speechless.
CBS surprisingly didn’t order Nancy Drew’s reboot Drew, but added Bull, Doubt, MacGyver (the redo of the 1980s ABC TV #Series), Pure Genius and Training Day. The network also ordered four comedies: The Great Indoors, Kevin Can Wait, Man with a Plan.
Fox decided to give it a go to the much-hyped 24: Legacy Jack Bauer-less, APB: A Tech Billionaire, The Exorcist (The ‘70s film adaptation), Lethal Weapon, Pitch, Shots Fired and Lee Daniel’s (co-creator of Empire) Star. The network will air also the comedies: Making History: Three friends, The Mick, Son of Zorn.
The CW has four new shows that are added to its schedule. Supergirl is one of them, as for its move from CBS to The CW. The other three are really different, but look promising. The most prominent one is Riverdale. The TV #Show is the adaption of the famous and beloved Archie Comics’. Riverdale seems to be a dark take on it. Frequency and the hour-long dramedy No Tomorrow will air this fall.
NBC has ordered a series of interesting new shows, and three new spin-offs from famous franchises. Chicago Justice, The Blacklist: Redemption and Taken are all derived from a famous pre-existent TV show/movie. Midnight Texas, Emerald City, Powerless, Timeless, This is Us, The Good Place, Tina Fey’s Great News, Marlon and Trial & Error.
So many new TV shows will air into the next season. Some of them seem to be promising, some of them are clearly doomed. Usually a third of a season’s new TV shows survive. Don’t fall in love with an interesting new TV series. Read first its ratings’ results and then get attached to it. This season is so much focused on spin-offs, great producers’ TV shows (as Berlanti, Wolf and Rhimes’ new TV series) and Time-Travelling based stories. We just have to wait and… watch! #Television