This week was big for show renewals, additional episode orders and first looks. Because we got three renewed series. Six shows got extra episodes. We got to see the first look at Robin in Titans. As well as a new Black Lightning trailer and some Sabrina the Teenage Witch news. This is Week in Retrospect: November 27 to December 3.
TV News items
Three renewals and two cancellations
The past week was not kind to two shows, that got axed by their respective networks. However, for three other shows, the future looks bright, because they got renewed for another season. Which show’s am I talking about?
Bad news first. On last Friday Netflix came out with an announcement that they are canceling YouTuber Colleen Ballinger’s comedy series Haters Back Off!. The show enjoyed a two season and 16-episode run. Additionally, although the official announcement hasn’t come yet, CBS’s Wisdom of the Crowd is as good as dead. Because early last week the network recalled the nine additional episode order for the show after the show’s star Jeremy Piven was accused of sexual assault. So it looks like once the initial 13 episodes of Wisdom of the Crowd air, there won’t be any more.
On the flip side, this past week Netflix and Showtime gave a gift to their viewers by renewing three shows altogether. Netflix decided to greenlit Stranger Things season 3, which to be real probably was a no-brainer, as well as MINDHUNTER season 2. And to top it all off, Showtime announced that they are giving their freshman show SMILF another season. So you can expect to see more of these shows come fall 2018.
Six shows get more episodes
Speaking of seeing more of certain TV shows, last week was generous when it comes to shows getting more episode orders. Because six different shows from two different networks got more episodes for their current seasons. First up, CBS. The eye network not only ordered more episodes for the now-airing seasons of their newbie-show S.W.A.T. and more seasoned Kevin Can Wait. But the big-wig network also gave a full-season order to Superior Donuts and Man With a Plan. As well as added 7 episodes to the upcoming Elementary season order. I’d say it was a pretty good week to be a fan of CBS shows.
Meanwhile, Fox gave a 6 more episode order to their freshman show Ghosted. Landing the show’s first season at 16 episodes in total. Pretty awesome, right?
First look at Robin in Titans
On last week’s Week in Retrospect, I told you about all the actors that had been cast in the DC’s new digital service’s first show Titans. As well as which characters they are going to be playing. Well, in this week’s article I can share the first glimpse at one of these characters. That’s right we have the first look at Robin in Titans (article’s title picture). Played by Brenton Thwaites, Titans incarnation of Robin will be the character by the name of Dick Grayson, who will take it upon himself to assemble a new team of superheroes. I have to say, the character looks great. Which makes me even more excited to see how the rest of the team looks like in costume. Seems like Titans is shaping up to be a pretty exciting action-adventure show!
The CW’s Black Lightning gets two teasers and an origins trailer
Only a little over a month is left until the January 16th premiere of The CW’s newest superhero show Black Lighting. So it is appropriate that we finally got some more video footage of this show. And lucky for us, it was now only two short teasers. But also a longer trailer, detailing the origins of the character (video below).
The 40-second trailer shows us a glimpse at the action that we will get to see on the show. While the voiceover details how Jefferson Pierce decided to come out of his nine-year superhero retirement to helm the role of Black Lightning once again. In a real, The CW superhero-show fashion Black Lighting looks action-packed and really cool. Yet it also has an intriguing darker Arrowesque tone to it, which makes me that more excited to see the pilot episode of the show on Tuesday, January 16.
Netflix orders two seasons of Sabrina
For a while now it was rumored that The CW is looking to develop a new adaptation on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Because after their success with Riverdale, the network seemed to want to expand on their comic book-based properties. But it looks like the new version of Sabrina (based on the Archie Comics’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) won’t be airing on The CW. Rather, the show has landed at Netflix. And given that the streaming service ordered two 10-episode seasons right off the bat, it seems like Netflix really believes in this project. How will this new, darker Sabrina series look like? We will just have to wait and see. But I think it will be really good. Especially since Riverdale’s showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is writing the pilot, and Lee Toland Krieger has signed up to direct the first episode.