May notoriously is a crazy month when it comes to TV shows. Because May is the month of TV upfronts, which means all the biggest TV networks are making the hard decisions on which shows to pick up and keep and which to cut and then present their fall slates to the media and advertisers. And this also means that May usually turns out to be quite bloody in terms of canceled TV shows. Unfortunately, May 2018 wasn’t an exception, because a lot of shows got axed. Yet a lot got also renewed, too. And there also were other exciting TV-related news floating around like the Marvel’s Luke Cage season 2 trailer and other tidbits. So let’s look at all the biggest things that happened this past month in TV world.
As I already mentioned, May wasn’t kind to many shows, yet many also got renewed. You can see the full list of renewed and canceled TV shows on our TV show renewal cheat sheet. But just to be sure that you don’t miss the news of if your favorite show will go on for another season or not, I will list all the shows that got renewed or canceled this May below as well. Let’s start with the bad news, the canceled series.
After that massive renewal drop in April, only a few The CW series were left up in the air. And unfortunately for the two of them, Life Sentence and Valor, they got axed. Fox also did a major cut with axing such series as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mick, The Exorcist, Last Man on Earth, LA to Vegas and most shockingly also Lucifer. With also reportedly having no plans for Ghosted season 2. But luckily for Brooklyn Nine-Nine a few days later NBC picked up the show for a sixth season.
Speaking of NBC, the network also thinned out their ranks by sadly canceling The Brave, as well as Taken, Great News and Rise. SyFy canceled The Expanse, but much like Brooklyn Nine-Nine the sci-fi series found a new home with Amazon. ABC gave the ax to Alex, Inc., Quantico, Designated Survivor, The Crossing, Deception, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, The Chew and also, of course, to Marvel’s Inhumans and Ten Days in the Valley, which truthfully were expected to be canceled for a long time.
Then CBS decided to put a stop to Scorpion, 9JKL, Superior Donuts, Code Black and Kevin Can Wait. SundanceTV canceled Hap and Leonard. And finally, TNT is ending The Last Ship after the upcoming fifth season of the series.
When it comes to good news and renewed shows the month began by HBO announcing that they are renewing Westworld. And during the course of May, various networks and streaming services renewed many more shows.
CBS renewed The Good Fight, Instinct, Life in Pieces, Criminal Minds and Elementary. Fox gave Empire, Lethal Weapon, The Resident, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Star more seasons and renewed Gotham for one last (fifth) season. ABC greenlit American Idol for their sophomore season. As well as renewed Speechless, American Housewife, How to Get Away With Murder, Splitting Up Together, Station 19, Fresh Off the Boat, For the People and even Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a shorter sixth season airing next summer.
NBC renewed Good Girls, A.P. Bio, Law & Order: SUV, Blindspot, The Black List, World of Dance and the Chicago trifecta Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. The CW gave The 100 a sixth season and iZombie a fifth one which will be the series last. Freeform picked up their freshman drama Siren for a sophomore season & SyFy renewed Krypton for season 2.
And finally, Santa Clarita Diet and Lost in Space were renewed by Netflix. Hulu is continuing The Handmaid’s Tale. Amazon gave The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel a third season even ahead of its second one has premiered. Starz renewed Outlander for two more seasons (season 5 and 6). Adult Swim renewed Rick and Morty for 70 more episodes! And FX and TBS picked up Baskets and The Detour respectively for another season.
Marvel’s Luke Cage season 2 trailer is here
Finally, the much-anticipated trailer for Marvel’s Luke Cage season 2 is here. And it provides us with 2 minutes of explosive action, hilarious dialogue and Luke once again trying to save Harlem from its latest villain.
You want to test me? You know where to find me. pic.twitter.com/UjdXgASmiM
— Luke Cage (@LukeCage) May 7, 2018
The Marvel’s Luke Cage season 2 trailer starts with Luke declaring that if somebody wants to test him, they know where to find him. And seemingly progresses in just that. People coming at him and Luke taking them down. But there is one foe that even Luke can’t defeat. Bushmaster. Which sends Luke and those around him on a quest to take the baddie down.
This trailer is the perfect thing to watch it you need something to hold you over until Marvel’s Luke Cage season 2 premieres. And luckily we have a less than a month to go because Luke Cage will officially be back on June 22.
Lethal Weapon cast shakeup
For a while now various media outlets have been reporting problems on the Lethal Weapon set. Which almost resulted in the show not getting picked up for a third season. And although we strongly believe that there are two sides of every story and do not know what is and isn’t true when it comes to the rumors about one of the show’s leads Clayne Crawford. It seems like the show’s network Fox has made up its mind about Crawford because as of next season Lethal Weapon will have a new co-lead.
That’s right, Fox announced that Crawford will be replaced by none other than Seann William Scott. Who you probably best know from his role in the American Pie movies. And will be staring opposite Lethal Weapon’s other lead Damon Wayans. Luckily the series season 2 finale plot lends itself to this change quite nicely. Since during the final hour of Lethal Weapon season 2 Crawford’s Martin Riggs was shot. So it looks like we are looking at quite different Lethal Weapon season 3. Good different or bad different? Time will only tell.
12 Monkeys season 4 event announced
We knew that the end was near for SyFy’s 12 Monkeys since the news that the series has been renewed for a fourth and final season broke in March of last year. But now finally we know how that will look like. As well as have the first look at 12 Monkeys season 2 in the form of a few short teaser trailers (one of them is below).
— 12 Monkeys (@12MonkeysSYFY) May 21, 2018
As you can tell by the short clip, the 12 Monkeys finale event, which will consist of 11 episodes, will unfold over the course of 4 weeks starting Friday, June 15. With three episodes airing the first three weeks and culminating in a two-hour series finale on Friday, July 6.
I have to say, the last 11 episodes of 12 Monkeys look action-packed and spectacular. So if you are a fan of the show, definitely don’t forget to tune in. You won’t be disappointed!
Arrowverse crossover news
Finally, I will conclude this TSP monthly with a bit of Arrovwese news, because we already have a scoop on what we can expect to see in the annual Arrowverse crossover.
And the news is really big. Because during The CW’s Upfronts event Stephen Amell, the star of Arrow, revealed that during the crossover event the Arrowverse will be joined by none other than Batwoman. Which means that the Arrowverse will finally be also expanding to Gotham. And, although we have to wait until December to see it all unfold, I’d say the promise of Batwoman and Gotham is more than enough to hold us over until then wouldn’t you say?
So there you have it, the biggest news that broke this month. Which piece of news was the most surprising to you? And what are you most excited about? Luke Cage season 2? 12 Monkeys finale event? Or Batwoman joining Arrowverse? Leave a comment below and until June!