Week in retrospect: The Defenders poster, NBC & Fox fall lineups and more

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From NBC and Fox announcing the dates for their fall shows, new The Defenders poster, two canceled shows and a new character on Shameless. To Pretty Little Liars penultimate episode, and the third episodes of Stitchers and Wynonna Earp. This is Week in retrospect: June 19 to 25.

NBC’s fall premiere dates announced

If on previous Week in Retrospect posts we learned the premiere dates for The CW as well as CBS fall shows, then now it’s time to learn when all your favorite NBC shows will air come fall. NBC’s fall line-up will start on Monday, September 25 with the series premiere of The Brave. The next day, September 26, we will be able to reunite with our favorite This Is Us characters as well as meet new ones from Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. And Wednesday, September 27 will see the new season premieres for Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D..

Then Thursday, September 28 will be a big day since on this day shows like Superstore, The Good Place, and Chicago Fire will return as well as on this date the first episode of the Will & Grace renewal will air. After that, The Blacklist will return on Friday, October 27 with Blindspot kicking off their third season on Friday, October 27.

Fox fall premieres revealed as well

But NBC was not the only major TV network that decided to make the premiere dates for their fall shows known this past week. Fox, too, announced their fall dates and many of them go head to head with the NBC premieres.

Fox will start their fall line-up with a two-day, two-part premiere of their new comedy series The Orville on Sunday, September 10 and Sunday, September 17. Then on Tuesday, September 26 Lethal Weapon will be back for season 2, as will be Fox’s comedies The Mick and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. September 27 is the day for Empire and Star season premieres. Then on Thursday, September 28 Gotham will air their new season, while on Friday The Exorcist will be back for more.

Sunday, October 1 is the day for comedies, as on this day Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy and The Last Man on Earth will kick off their new seasons as well as Fox’s new series Ghosted will launch its freshman run. And lastly, on Monday, October 2 Lucifer and The Gifted will have their season premieres.

New Marvel’s The Defenders poster

Although we still have to wait until August 18 to see the Marvel’s superheroes team up for an epic 8-episode event, Marvel gave us another glimpse at The Defenders with the new poster (article’s title picture). The new The Defenders poster features all four of the main characters, Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand looking not too pleased to be standing together. Which confirms that there will be some epic tension between all four characters.

Netflix cancels Girlboss

Nasty Gal no more. This past week we learned that Netflix had decided not to move forward with season 2 of Girlboss. The TV series, which was based on the biography of Sophia Amoruso, the founder of an online store called Nasty Gal, premiered its 13-episode first season on April 21. And the reviews of it were less than favorable. Add that to the big budget and not so big audience and you have yourself a canceled show.

ABC cancels Downward Dog

Another cancellation came from ABC this week, who canceled their comedy titled Downward Dog. This TV series follows a dog named Martin, as he lives his life under the care of his owner Nan. I have to admit that this is one of the quirkiest comedies on TV right now, however, it has enjoyed steady ratings all season long. So, who knows, maybe we will be hearing Marin’s philosophical thoughts on another platform if the show’s creators will manage to find a new home for the show.

Shameless season 8 adds a new character

It’s time Gossip Girl meets Shameless because Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr has been cast for a recurring role on Shameless season 8. She will be playing Nessa, one of the tenants in Fiona’s new building, who the elder Gallagher will develop a tight friendship with. Shameless season 8 just got more interesting with this new addition to the cast.

Important TV moments

Game over, Pretty Little Liars

Yes, only the two-episode series finale is left before Pretty Little Liars as we know it is over. So no wonder Pretty Little Liars season 7 episode 19 had so much going on. From learning who killed Charlotte to Detective Tanner almost charging the liars with Dunhill’s murder to Mary Drake taking the blame for it and seeing A.D. riding off into the sunset. It was almost hard to follow the rapidly changing events of this episode.

Pretty Little Liars season 7

But probably the biggest surprise of them all was that once Mary Drake told Tanner that she was responsible for Dunhill’s murder, A.D. announced that the game is officially over. And it wasn’t even the last episode. I have to say, I liked this unexpected twist. And it also makes it possible for the writers to use the Pretty Little Liars two-hour series finale to end the show properly and tie all loose ends into one pretty bow. Can’t wait to see, how exactly they do that!

Dolls is back on Wynonna Earp

The third episode of Wynonna Earp also brought us quite a few surprises, however, the biggest thing probably was Dolls being back in Purgatory. We have waited for almost three full episodes to really see Dolls back in Purgatory (I don’t count episode 1). And finally, just as the monster that Wynonna was fighting on this episode, episode 3 of season 2 granted us this wish. Additionally, the promo of the next episode also promises more screen-time for Dolls. So, hopefully, all will be right again in Purgatory because Dolls will be back.

You can catch my full review of Wynonna Earp season 2 episode 3 here.

The oxytocin levels were high on Stitchers

On a drama like Stitchers, no romance can really last without complications for more than a few episodes, right? And that was what happened on Stitchers season 3 episode 3 as well. Linus discovered that the reason for Kirsten’s weird eye-sight during stitches was her oxytocin levels. Which meant that Kirsten and Cameron have to lay off the lovey-dovey stuff for a while, so Kirsten can navigate stitches better. Which kind of set up the theme going forward, since we will most likely continue to see Kirsten and Cameron fighting their attraction all through Stitchers season 3.

Additionally, Cameron was adjusting to his new job as the boss of the Stitch lab. And Camille was adjusting to her new relationship. It was a great episode for Stitchers, and hopefully, the show will keep up its streak of great episodes.

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