Canceled or Renewed: The Fate of Every TV Show In 2018 (So Far)
CBS, ABC, Fox, SyFy and NBC have released previews of their new shows, and more networks will be following suit this week.
After that TV cancellation bloodbath shook us last week, we\'re finally getting some signs of life as networks showcase their new shows to advertisers at Upfront presentations in New York City, which means a whole lot of new trailers.
NBC, SyFy, Fox and ABC have all released first looks at their new shows, some of which are promising (oh hey, NBC\'s "New Amsterdam") and others will likely flop (we\'re worried about you "Proven Innocent").
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We\'re leaving out trailers for returning shows, like Tim Allen\'s "Last Man Standing," which has been revived on Fox after being dumped by ABC last year, to focus on the newbies and judge them accordingly.
The Gist: The premise for this might sound familiar to those who watched the original "Charmed" back in 1998-2006, as the series once again revolves around a trio of young women who discover they come from a line of witches. Sisters Marisol and Mel\'s lives are rocked when their mother dies under mysterious circumstances, only to later learn they also have a long-lost sibling they never knew about. Will the "power of three" be as strong the second time around? Time will tell.
Stars: Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffrey, Madeleine Mantock and Rupert Evans
The Gist: Crenshaw High school football player Spencer James is recruited to play for Beverly Hills, throwing him in a culture clash between south side Los Angeles and the ritzy "90210." Throw some scheming teenagers jealous over Spencer\'s talent and luck with the ladies, and you\'ve got the making of an interesting CW soap.
Stars: Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan and Cody Christian
The Gist: Finally, an original comedy! The new CBS sitcom concentrates on a 30-something couple (played by Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West) who learn to reconnect to their youth when a hot, young pop star moves in with them. We feel like this is what life would be like if Justin Bieber moved in with us.
Stars: Damon Wayans Jr., Amber Stevens West, Felix Mallard
The Gist: In this modern take on the series that made Tom Selleck famous, Jay Hernandez ("Suicide Squad") is Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL, who becomes a private investigator in Hawaii. After one of their friends gets killed, Magnum must team up with this trusted crew of friends slash co-workers and go rogue. Expect nice cars, gorgeous houses, and one sexy Latino actor (CBS
Stars: Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton
The Gist: This comedy is about a family lead by Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer), who is thrown for a loop when a white family from the Midwest moves into their all-black neighborhood. What\'s a little awkward, however, is that Max Greenfield replaced Josh Lawon as Dave Johnson, the father of the family next door, and he doesn\'t appear at all in the trailer.
Stars: Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, Tichina Arnold
The Gist: In a revival of the 1988 sitcom, Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) decides to return to the world of social media, fake news, and modern politics. This show looks absolutely hilarious and we\'re glad it\'s getting the modern treatment. To be honest, seeing Candice Bergen mock Trump is going to be a reason to watch in itself.
Stars: Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Jake McDorman
The Gist: This new show focusing on the inner-workings of the New York office of the FBI is from Dick Wolf (AKA the mastermind behind the "Chicago" and "Law & Order" franchises). That in itself would be a reason to tune in. The drama concentrates on two FBI agents -- played by Missy Peregrym and Zeeko Zaki-- cracking cases of terrorism, crime, and counterintelligence.
Stars: Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto, Connie Nielson
The Gist: "God Friended Me" reminds us of a "Bruce Almighty" movie with the heart of "This Is Us." This uplifting drama follows a young atheist (Brandon Michael Hall) whose life is turned upside down when "God" friends him on Facebook. Unknowingly, he becomes involved in changing people\'s lives and learns the importance of faith, while at the same time discovering who "friended" him in the first place.
Stars: Brandon Michael Hall, Violett Beane, Suraj Sharma, Javicia Leslie and Joe Morton.
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The Gist: When first watching the trailer, you might ask yourself, "Wait, is this just like \'Lost,\' but in reverse?\' Well, that\'s exactly how producers are describing this new drama, in which a routine airline flight took off and landed safely in 2013, after experiencing some turbulence. However, when the passengers land, they discover that five years have past by in the world and they were presumed to all of been dead. Now, they are given a second chance at life and the opportunity to start over. We\'re not sure how this show will go, but we\'re down to give it a chance, because the premise is chilling.
Stars: Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, J.R. Ramirez
The Gist: This single-camera comedy series, produced by Amy Poehler and writer Aseem Batra, follows an average mother (and wife, and friend, and daughter) through the moments in life that make her (and women, in general) "feel bad." Embracing the motherhood identity, raising a teenager and cheating on her husband (in her sleep) are just a few of the topics we\'ll see tackled on this comedy. Given Poehler\'s track record ("SNL," "Parks and Recreation," "Wet Hot American Summer"), we\'re down to at least give this show a shot.
NBC already has "Chicago Med," but of course the network that gave us "ER" wants another. As much as hate to fall for another hospital drama, we\'re kind of on board as this show follows a new medical director in America\'s oldest hospital trying to change the culture of putting billing ahead of healthcare. And since it airs after "This Is Us" this fall, consider us locked in for at least the premiere.
The Gist: This not your average coming-of-age story. Based on the comic book series of the same name, "Deadly Class" is produced by "Avengers: Infinity War" directors the Russo brothers (in other words,
) and follows a teen boy who becomes enrolled in a secret high school where the students are trained to become assassins. Taking a page from "Stranger Things" successful playbook, this series also takes place in the \'80s.
Stars: Benjamin Wadsmorth, Lana Condor, Luke Tennie
Premieres: Not going to be released until 2019 (but doesn\'t it look so good?)
The Gist: Described by George R.R. Martin (the writer who\'s book the show is based on) as "\'Psycho\' in space," this horror sci-fi television show focuses on a crew of space explorers on a mission to find a spaceship. SyFy fans are still upset over the cancellation of the "The Expanse," so this will either calm their anger or, if it sucks, probably make it worse. On the other hand, it\'s hard to imagine any series from the mind of Martin (the guy behind "Game of Thrones," you may have heard of it) not being good.
Trailers for midseason shows "Abby\'s," "The Village" and "The Enemy Within" have yet to be released to the public.
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The Gist: This comedy follows a man\'s life after he finds out his wife was having an affair with his barber and how he learns to live as a long-distance, single father in Chicago. The comedy is inspired by Lil Rel Howery\'s ("Get Out") real life, and seems fairly entertaining.
The Gist: This multicam comedy, which helms from "It\'s Always Sunny in Philadelphia\'s" Charlie Day, looks like something your parents are going to really enjoy. The show concentrates on three men (Martin Mull, David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan) who rule a retirement home and gain a female newcomer (Vicki Lawrence). The sitcom is described as "high school with 70-somethings" and actually looks pretty funny.
Stars: Martin Mull, David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, Vicki Lawrence
The Gist: This dramatic thriller, which is based on the best-selling trilogy of the same name, follows a secret government medical facility that is experimenting with a dangerous vampire-like virus that could either save or eradicate the human race. The show focuses on a former government operative (who you\'ll recognize from "Saved by the Bell") trying to protect a child wanted for testing. We are getting some major "Stranger Things" meets "Twilight" and "X-Files" vibes with this one, which could be really cool, or perhaps just feel like a lazy ripoff at this point.
The Gist: This drama concentrates on a law firm that is dedicated to exonerating clients that were wrongfully accused of crimes. What makes this legal drama even more unique is the lead lawyer was found guilty of a murder as a teen, when in fact she was innocent and was released years later. Among the show\'s producers is "Empire" co-creator Danny Strong, who also has a very strong track record with television hits, but we\'re concerned this may end up in the gutter as another forgotten TV legal drama.
Stars: Rachelle Lefevre, Vincent Kartheisier, Russell Hornsby
"Last-Man Standing" is coming to FOX as well, after being cancelled by ABC in 2017.
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The Gist: Set in the world of "Pretty Little Liars," this teen drama follows Alison and Mona moving from Rosewood to Beacon Heights, where three friends -- or "Perfectionists" -- get tangled up in the aftermath of a murder and their hidden secrets (
Stars: Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish reprise their roles as Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal, also stars Sofia Carson, Jacques Colimon, and Sydney Park
The Gist: Set in the 1970s, this comedy centers on the Clearys -- a crazy Irish-Catholic family of 10 -- and their life outside Los Angeles. The parents raise the family of all boys during the "tense" and "divisive" time in America. The household is thrown for a loop when the eldest son comes home and says he wants to quit the seminary. Told from the point of view of the middle child, the series is based off the childhood of writer and executive producer Tim Doyle ("Last Man Standing").
The Gist: A legal drama that focuses on a former prosecutor Maya Travis (Robin Tunney) who moves to Oregon after losing the biggest case of her career. However, eight years later she is forced to return back to Los Angeles after the killer murder again. We\'re not sure we need another legal drama, but the fact that this one is executive produced by Marcia Clark might motivate us to at least give the show a shot.
Stars: Robin Tunney, Adewale-Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Merrin Dungey
The Gist: This action comedy follows two agents -- one working for the FBI and the other the CIA -- who must work together to lead a team of spies to save the world. With two established TV stars we loved watching on "Scandal" and "The Walking Dead," we have to give this show a shot.
Stars: Lauren Cohan, Scott Foley, Ana Ortiz
The Gist: This new show from executive producer Eva Longoria looks
. The family drama looks like a "Jane The Virgin" meets "Gossip Girl" hybrid and we are totally here for it. The drama focuses on the last family owned hotel in Miami, and the glamorous individuals who run it. The trailer for this drama based on a Spanish series promises lots of drama centered around scandal, luxury and sex.
The Gist: This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents who learn to lean on each other to raise their kids and survive life. The show has an all-star cast of TV stars you already love, and the trailer is absolutely hilarious.
Stars: Leighton Meester, Taran Killiam, Brad Garrett
The Gist: This show seems like it\'s ABC\'s answer to "This Is Us." The dramedy focuses on characters that grow closer together after one friend in the group afterunexpectedly commits suicide. This wake-up call gives them a reason to finally start living life to the fullest, and we assume will make us all cry in the process.
Stars: James Roday, David Giuntoli, Romancy Malco, and Ron Livingston
The Gist: Nathan Fillion is back on ABC, this time as a forty-something man who moves from a small town to Los Angeles to become LAPD\'s oldest rookie cop. The show, which is based on a true story, seems like it contains heart, humor and action, much like his previous ABC show, "Castle." Obviously, we\'re in.
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