The first week of 2018 came with a plethora of TV-related news. From a few renewals and cancelations to tons of show premiere and return dates. To the first look at Black Lightning’s Thunder. And news on a Shondaland crossover, Prison Break season 6 as well as Netflix’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch series. With Leverage and Arctic Air as this week’s weekly highlights. This is Week in Retrospect: January 1 to 7.

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Weekly renewals and cancellations

Despite this past week being the first week of the new year, TV networks were not shy about announcing which shows they are keeping and which they are axing. And it mostly was thanks to the TCA winter press tour which brought out network bigwigs and made them answer about the futures of all our favorite shows. So without further ado, here are the shows that got renewed and canceled during last week.

First up, let’s look at the shows that weren’t as fortunate. For example, ABC’s The Mayor is as good as canceled after the network pulled the show from its Tuesday schedule, with 4 episodes left unaired. And Freeform decided to forgo another season for The Fosters, meaning that the show will end with five seasons under its belt. However, if you are a fan of The Fosters, don’t panic yet. Because along with the cancellation, Freeform also announced that there will be a The Fosters spin-off series. Which will be introduced via 3-episode The Fosters event in the summer and will center on Callie and Mariana.

Continuing on with the good news, late last week CBS revealed that they are giving a second season to their The Big Bang Theory’s prequel Young Sheldon. Netflix made public that they are giving a sophomore season for their show She’s Gotta Have It. Showtime decided to extend The Circus for another season. Hulu is giving Future Man an additional season. While FX quietly renewed Fargo for season 4.

When are shows premiering and returning?

Additionally to renewals and cancelations, the TCA press tours are also famous for networks announcing the return dates for their shows during them. And the 2018 winter presser was no different. Because several of the biggest networks finally told us when exactly will their shows be back on our TV screens. For example, The CW not only revealed that the first episode of The Originals final season is premiering on Friday, April 20. But the green network also announced the rest of their mid-season lineup. The 100 will be back on Tuesday, April 24, iZombie will kick off their fourth season on Monday, February 26 and the network’s new series Life Sentence will premiere on Wednesday, March 7.

Similarly, ABC divulged that the third season of Quantico will launch on Thursday, April 26. As well as released the premiere dates for all of their new mid-season shows. Deception will begin its freshman run on Sunday, March 11. On the following Tuesday, March 13, For the People will finally see the light of day. Then on Thursday, March 22 the much-talked-about Grey’s Anatomy spin-off (still untitled) will air its two-hour premiere. Splitting Up Together is premiering on Tuesday, March 27, followed by the first episode of Alex, Inc. on Wednesday, March 28. And finally, on Monday, April 2, ABC will debut their sci-fi series The Crossing.

Showtime also dropped the mid-season return dates for some of their series. The network’s show Billions will begin its third season on Sunday, March 25. I’m Dying Up Here will be back with season two on Sunday, May 6. While Showtime’s Affair will commence season 4 on Sunday, June 17. Meanwhile, FX made know that the farewell run of The Americans is starting on Wednesday, March 28. With Atlanta (whose name will be changed to Atlanta Robbin’ Season) returning on Thursday, March 1 and Trust launching its first season on Sunday, March 25.

Finally, Fox revealed that they will kick-off New Girl season 7 aka the show’s send-off season on Thursday, April 10. And Netflix made know that the David Letterman talk show titled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman will be premiering on Friday, January 12. Pretty good for the first week of the year, right?

First Look at Black Lightning’s Thunder

Black Lightning is one of the most anticipated new shows of 2018. And with good reason. The CW’s Black Lightning promises action, heart, family, and superheroes. But, although we have already seen Cress Williams as Black Lightning both in pictures and in promo videos, this past week we finally got a first look at Black Lightning’s Thunder (picture below). Aka Jefferson Pierce’s daughter Anissa.

And just like her superhero dad, Anissa (played by Nafessa Williams) is getting a bad-ass costume and looking really good. Now all that is left for us to do is wait for Tuesday, January 16 when Black Lightning premieres, so we can see Thunder in action. What do you think about this first look at Black Lightning’s Thunder? Sound off in the comments below!

Prison Break season 6 is official

In December Dominic Purcell, one of the stars of Prison Break, posted a photo on Instagram, indicating that the show might be getting a sixth season. It sent waves of excitement throughout the Prison Break fan community. And, although at the time the show’s executives backpedaled by saying that it’s all still just a speculation. Now, we have the confirmation that Prison Break season 6 is indeed happening. Since Fox’s president Michael Thorn confirmed it during Fox’s portion of the TCA winter press tour. And, although the sixth season of Prison Break will be a new version of the show, it also will have the same cast. Which really is what matters and what makes Prison Break the show that it is. So, are you excited that Prison Break is coming back?

Netflix finds its Sabrina the Teenage Witch

At the start of December, we already reported that Netflix has ordered two whole 10-episode seasons of TV series about Sabrina the Teenage Witch. And now we finally have a face to put to the character, because Kiernan Shipka has been cast as Sabrina Spellman. The yet untitled Netflix show will be based on Archie Comics’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Therefore this irritation of the series will have a much darker tone than the ABC sitcom. But, nevertheless, it still seems like an exciting project, and I can’t wait to see how it translates to the TV screen.

Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder crossover is officially happening

And we will end this Week in Retrospect with some Shondaland news. Because last week the woman herself Shonda Rhimes revealed that a Scandal and How To Get Away with Murder crossover is indeed happening.

In the reveal picture the creator of both shows teased an excerpt from the Shondaland crossover script of dialogue between Scandal’s Olivia Pope and HTGAWM’s Annalise Keating. This #TGIT crossover couldn’t have better timing, what with this season being Scandal’s last. But if we know one thing about Scandal, it is that Olivia Pope won’t go out without a bang. And this long-rumored and fan-expected crossover definitely fits that criteria.

Weekly TV highlight

Lastly, for this Week in Retrospect’s weekly TV highlight, I have two shows. One of which is TNT’s Leverage. While the other being CBC’s Arctic Air.

I discovered Leverage by accident while scrolling through Tumblr. But after watching the first few episodes I realized that I really like this quirky show. Yes, it can be at times weird or unrealistic. But it is still extremely fun to watch and enjoy. On top of that, since the show has five seasons (the last one ended in 2012) it makes it the perfect binge-worthy show. Not too short so you finish it too quickly. But also not too long so it gets boring. I’d say if you like heist or spy movies, give Leverage a try. It basically is a small-scale Ocean’s Eleven episode after episode.

While Arctic Air has been on my radar for a while now. But unfortunately, I only just got around to watching it. If you have read my blog for a while now, you will have noticed that I really love Canadian TV shows. And Arctic Air is just another example of my love affair with Canadian TV. Set in Yellowknife, the only city of Canadian Northwest Territories the show follows a family-run airline servicing this rough area. And Arctic Air has not only action but also a lot of character-driven stories. As well as a setting that you hardly ever find on TV shows. And despite the show enjoying only 3 seasons on the air, it still is a series worth watching. So give it a go. And then come back to tvshowpilot.com and let me know how you liked it!