These days, one of the safest bets for attracting TV or movie audiences is to rely on existing brand or franchise and try to revitalize it. When it's successful—like the recent Star Wars films or Fox's X-Files revival—it brings in both diehard fans and a fresh audience.
Not too long ago, summer TV offered audiences the chance for a much-needed breather. As broadcast networks mostly phoned in their June-to-August programming, viewers could watch a few cable series, catch up on the shows they missed the previous season and give TV a bit of a break before the new season began in September.
It's been rumored for years and now coming to pass: Neil Gaiman's beloved fantasy novel American Gods has a network ready to develop a long-rumored TV adaptation.
NBC has renewed the Dick Wolf series, Chicago Fire, and its freshman spinoff drama, Chicago P.D., for the 2014-15 broadcast TV season. The network also ordered a fourth season of its supernatural Friday night strip, Grimm.
The wait is over for NBC’s killer new drama Hannibal, as the Peacock on Thursday announced it has renewed the show for a second season.
Since ER flatlined in 2009, NBC’s Thursday night lineup has been the Drunk Uncle of prime time television.
The ax continues to fall at NBC, which over the last several hours has severed ties with three of the four freshman comedies that were still in contention for a slot on the 2013-14 schedule.
Parting is such sweet sorrow, but NBC is taking the sting out of series finale of The Office by tacking an extra 15 minutes onto the one-hour running time.