ABC has ordered four more episodes of A Million Little Things (coming soon to Ten), bringing its season total to 17 episodes.
Ordering more episodes shows a little promise for the show rather than it simply being cancelled, which could very well happen at the end of the first season.
I’ve often wondered, how hard is it to simply order more episodes? Due to the episode count are the shows still being filned and in post production while completed eps are going to air? I imagine it’s not as simple as resuming filming with all of the same cast and crew when a network suddenly decides to go ahead with further episodes depending on whether it’s doing well in the ratings etc.
I don’t have any inside knowledge but I would imagine it’s all laid out in the contracts. Production dates/deadlines that have to be met by both sides, cast/crew obligations beyond the initial order of episodes etc. Any decision by the network will not be a sudden one.
Production on many shows (particularly sitcoms but also these network dramas) only runs 4-8 weeks ahead of broadcast. And the way they take breaks also makes it easy to pick something back up after Christmas if they’ve filmed 13 episodes and the network decides they want more.
Yes, generally that’s how it happens. In America, if a series has a full season of 20-26 episodes they usually film for 7-8 months of the year. A new show will generally start with 10-13 episodes so at this time of year they’d be close to finishing production so when they get the extension, they just continue, as required.
As announced on this evening’s upfronts, the remake of Murphy Brown will be shown on Ten next year.
Halloween celebrated on US Breakfast television.
Funnily enough both shows had an 80’s theme.
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Cate Blanchett will star in new FX series Mrs America. She will also be an executive producer of the show.
Earlier this week FOX announced the premiere dates for its winter line-up, after the conclusion of its Thursday night NFL telecasts. The line-up includes second season premiere of The Orville and the final season premiere of Gotham.
December 30: The Orville
January 1: The Gifted, Lethal Weapon
January 2: Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, The Masked Singer (new)
January 3: Gotham, The Orville (regular timeslot)
January 14: The Resident (mid season premiere), The Passage (new)
January 27: Rent (live musical event)
February 15: Proven Innocent (new)
March 3: Bob’s Burgers (time period premiere), The Simpsons, Family Guy (time period premiere), Cosmos
The starting date of season 2 of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back suggests Seven will show it here in the first quarter of 2019. The Passage and Proven Innocent are also coming to Seven next year.
Family Guy moving to 8.30 directly following The Simpsons is new.
HBO has renewed The Divorce for a third season which will have six episodes.
ABC has ordered a full season of The Rookie starring Nathan Fillion (Castle). The police drama will have 20 episodes for the first season.
The network promo airing on Ten and WIN suggests both it and The Connors will start airing by the end of the year.
Interesting, they really should air the rest of the revival season of Roseanne in a late night slot, to finish it off so the storyline for most people would make sense.
Margot Robbie and Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) will be executive producers on Hulu’s new 10-part drama Dollface.
TNT has axed Good Behavior, starring Michelle Dockery, after two seasons. The drama was available in Australia on Stan.
The CW has ordered full seasons for Charmed reboot, Legacies and All American. Charmed (currently shown in Australia on 10 Peach) gets 9 more episodes for a 22-episode first season, while Legacies and All American each gets three more episodes, making a 16-episode season.
Andie MacDowell will guest star in a new Hulu limited series inspired by Four Weddings and A Funeral.
EDIT 5/12: NBC has renewed A Good Place for a fourth season.