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Fall 2017: Cancelled, Renewed and Newcomers



It’s the time of year when the networks begin a major flurry of activity for the viewing season ahead, announcing new shows, renewing existing ones and cancelling the ones they see as either under performing or having reached the natural end of their screen time.

Here we will keep you updated with news of the cancelled, renewed and the shows that we will be seeing for the first time during the 2017-2018 season.


Powerless – Cancelled

Emerald City (ABC’s Wizard of Oz won’t be back)
Last Man Standing (ABC – finishing after six seasons)
Dr Ken (ABC)
American Crime (ABC)
Imaginary Mary (ABC)
Real O’Neals (ABC)
The Catch (ABC)
Downward Dog (ABC)

Powerless (NBC)
The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC)
Chicago Justice (NBC)

Rosewood (Fox – cancelled after two seasons)
Sleepy Hollow (Fox – cancelled after four seasons)

2 Broke Girls (CBS)
The Odd Couple (CBS)
The Great Indoors (CBS)
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS)

Baby Daddy (Freeform)


The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Kevin Can Wait (CBS)
Scorpion (CBS)
Superior Donuts (CBS)
NCIS New Orleans (CBS)
NCIS Los Angeles (CBS)
Madam Secretary (CBS)
Life in Pieces (CBS)
Man With A Plan (CBS)
Code Black (CBS)
Undercover Boss (CBS)
Survivor (CBS)
Bull (CBS)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Mom (CBS)
MacGyver (CBS)
Blue Bloods (CBS)
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
Elementary (CBS)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Code Black

Taken (NBC)
The Voice (NBC)
Superstore (NBC)
The Good Place (NBC)
Chicago Fire (NBC)
Chicago P.D. (NBC)
Chicago Med (NBC)
The Blacklist (NBC)
Law and Order: SVU (NBC)
This Is Us (NBC)
Great News (NBC)
Blindspot (NBC)
Little Big Shots (NBC)
Shades of Blue (NBC)
Trial and Error (NBC – Given that NBC rushed the series through in double bill episodes we were surprised at a renewal)
Timeless (NBC – Initially announced as cancelled then given a reprieve)


Timeless – managed to get a second season reprieve after initially being announced as cancelled.

Modern Family (ABC – ABC have committed to two more seasons)
Shark Tank (ABC)
The Bachelor (ABC)
The Bachelorette (ABC)
20/20 (ABC)
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC)
To Tell The Truth (ABC)
Dancing With The Stars (ABC)
Fresh Off The Boat (ABC)
Speechless (ABC)
Quantico (ABC – looked like it was going to be cancelled but gained a reprieve)
The Middle (ABC)
The Goldbergs (ABC)
American Housewife (ABC)
Designated Survivor (ABC)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Scandal (ABC)
Once Upon A Time (ABC)

Gotham (Fox)
The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
The Exorcist (Fox)
New Girl (Fox – for it’s final season)
The X-Files (Fox)
Lucifer (Fox)
Lethal Weapon (Fox)
The Mick (Fox)
Empire (Fox)
Star (Fox)
Hell’s Kitchen (Fox)
Bob’s Burgers (Fox)
The Simpsons (Fox)
Family Guy (Fox)

iZombie (The CW)
The Originals (The CW)
Supergirl (The CW)
The Flash (The CW)
D.C. Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
Riverdale (The CW)
Supernatural (The CW)
Arrow (The CW)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
Jane the Virgin (The CW)

Bloodline (Netflix – final season to premiere 26 May)
13 Reasons Why (Netflix – renewed for season 2)

The Strain (FX – Fourth and final season premieres 16 July)

The Son (AMC)

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America)

Seal Team CBS 2017

Seal Team at CBS

Young Sheldon (CBS)
Me, Myself and I (CBS)
Seal Team (CBS)
Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS)
Instinct (CBS)
By The Book (CBS)

American Idol (ABC – Like NBC’s Will and Grace, this is a revival rather than a newcomer really)
Roseanne (ABC – as above, another revival, will air 2018)
Marvel’s Inhumans (ABC)
The Good Doctor (ABC)
The Mayor (ABC)
The Gospel of Kevin (ABC)
Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)
The Crossing (ABC)
For The People (ABC)
Alex, Inc (ABC)
Splitting Up Together (ABC)
The Bachelor Winter Games (ABC)
Dancing With The Stars Junior (ABC)

The Brave (NBC – formerly known as For God and Country)
Will and Grace (NBC – is a revival of a much loved classic a renewal or a newcomer?)
Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC)
Rise (NBC)
Good Girls (NBC)
Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC)
Reverie (NBC)
A.P. Bio (NBC)
Champions (NBC)
The Awesome Show (NBC)
Genius Junior (NBC)
The Handmade Project (NBC)

Ghosted (Fox)
The Orville (Fox)
The Gifted (Fox)
LA to Vegas (Fox)
The Resident (Fox)
9-1-1 (Fox)

Valor (The CW)
Dynasty (The CW)
Life Sentence (The CW)
Black Lightning (The CW)

Room 104 (HBO – Anthology series premieres 28 July)

Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

Trust (FX)




Kick-Ass TV Heroines: Xena – Warrior Princess




Xena Warrior Princess

What was not to love about Xena? As Lucy Lawless says: “Xena is a bad-ass, kick-ass, pre-Mycenaean girl.” Evildoers, clearly, must stand down, but not only bad guys (and girls) have Xena-phobia. Even heroes quake when she swings her broadsword.

Originally created as a syndicated complement to Kevin Sorbo’s Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena pretty much kicked Herc to the curb. It was like when the Bionic Woman made us lose interest in the Six Million Dollar Man–only more so.

Unlike Lindsay Wagner’s early half-woman, half-machine, Xena wasn’t prone to frailty. Nor did she need robot parts. In fact, the Warrior Princess never lost. If she’s down, it’s not for long.

Plus, she was in touch with the dark side: This big-boned bruiser had definite moments of blood lust, as well as lust of some other varieties. Garbed in a leather miniskirt and armed with her trademark razor-edged, boomerang-action chakram, we watched Xena single-leggedly kick down entire platoons of Roman soldiers.

Sure, there were murmurings about Xena and her softer female sidekick, Gabrielle (actress Renée O’Connor). So what if they liked to conserve bathwater by doubling up? And what’s wrong with close friends frenching once in a while?

Then again, maybe it was true–and there’s anything wrong with that.

Actress: Lucy Lawless
Show: Xena: Warrior Princess
Character: Xena

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Classic TV Revisited: McMillan And Wife




McMillan And Wife

Starring Rock Hudson and Susan Saint James, McMillan and Wife was a super cute crime-solving saga from the 1970s made for the NBC’s Mystery Movie series.

Who were they?
Hubby was the debonair San Francisco police commissioner Stewart McMillan.

And wifey?
Sally was a foxy, rather scatterbrained dame with a knack for finding corpses.

Worked down the morgue did she?
Hardly. Sally’s finds were usually in some glitzy mansion which the couple were frequenting for a weekend cocktail party. She also had a habit of getting her life threatened or being kidnapped.

Who was in it?
Tragic Hollywood star Rock Hudson no less. He took on Stewart McMillan in his first TV role, after years as a matinee idol with movies such as Giant.

Fans of the lantern-jawed star were dismayed when he went public about having Aids. He had long kept his homosexuality secret. He carried on working in ’80s glam drama Dynasty, but make-up could not disguise the deterioration of this once-statuesque man. He died in 1985, aged 59.

What about Sally?
That role fell to raven-locked Susan Saint James. The Ali MacGraw lookalike was previously in shows such as Alias Smith And Jones and The Name of the Game.

Other characters
A vital ingredient to McMillan And Wife was sharp-tongued housekeeper Mildred, played by Nancy Walker. Somebody needed to keep the place tidy while they gallivanted about solving crime.

Famous guest stars?
Kim Basinger

The couple’s conception?
Like Hart To Hart, the idea was borrowed from Dashiell Hammett’s Thin Man books of the ’30s.

Gritty crime drama?
Hardly. These were cosy whodunnit cases, where the brutality of murder was never portrayed. The show was more about the interplay between McMillan and Sally.

Had viewers arrested?
Certainly in the US. It was the fifth highest-rated show in 1972 and 1973.

Fate of the golden couple?
Susan Saint James quit in 1976 over a contractual dispute. Nancy Walker also packed away her duster as housekeeper Mildred.

The dame’s exit was a fatal blow?
Certainly for the character of Sally – she was killed off in a plane crash. But Rock soldiered on with new assistant Sgt Steve DiMaggio (Richard Gilliland). The show became McMillan.

A winner?
Audiences dwindled and the plug was pulled.

Distinguishing features?
Cosy pillow talk, cocktail parties, Rock Hudson, pyjamas and numerous corpses.

Do say
Let’s go to bed. Turn the light out, darling.

Don’t say
Must you eat toast in bed, darling. Apologies, but I’ve got terrible flatulence. Separate bedrooms.

Not to be confused with
My Wife Next Door, Harold Macmillan, The Merry Wives Of Windsor and Mr And Mrs.

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Classic TV Revisited: The Royal




The Royal

The Royal was an ITV drama commission and was inspired by its sister programme Heartbeat.

The lowdown: This nostalgic family drama is set in the swinging 1960s and centres on the staff of a cottage hospital in Yorkshire. Newly qualified doctor David Cheriton (Julian Ovenden) is determined to make a difference to the world and arrives at St Aidan’s Royal Free Hospital in Elinsby full of big ideas. But he clashes with the hospital’s secretary TJ Middleditch (Ian Carmichael) who is determined to run things his way. Then there is the Matron (Wendy Craig) who rules her nurses with a rod of iron and tries in vain to stop them being distracted by the handsome arrival.

Memorable moments: Watch out for former Heartbeat favourite Bill Maynard who crosses dramas and continents as Claude Jeremiah Greengrass. Greengrass has returned from a Caribbean holiday with a mystery illness but that doesn’t stop him trying to earn a fast buck. It doesn’t take long before Claude attracts Matron’s ire.

Trivia: The Royal is a family affair for real life husband and wife Robert Daws (Ormerod) and Amy Robbins (Weatherill). No fewer than seven members of their clan have appeared in the series including their daughters and stepson.

Michelle Hardwick, who played receptionist Lizzie, says her favourite moment in the whole series didn’t come on screen but in the actors’ green room. She says: “I was sitting in there with Wendy Craig and Honor Blackman and we were having a lovely conversation. I sat back and thought ‘Wow, this is great, I can’t wait to tell my gran’.”

A modern day set version called The Royal Today aired 7 January – 14 March 2008.

First broadcast: 2003

Starred: Wendy Craig, Ian Carmichael, Michael Starke, Robert Daws and Julian Ovenden

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