This Week in Sci Fi TV: The Man in the High Castle Gets Renewed, and Five More Things to Know

By | January 7, 2017

1. Amazon’s  Castle Will Return for a Third Season

Renewal Announcement: Coming as no surprise, Amazon announced this week that their alternate history science fiction series will be returning for a third season. That show, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel of the same name, was the streaming service’s most-watched original series ever in its first year and then topped those numbers when it return for its second season this last December. The renewal was pretty much expected, and this one will likely stick around at least four or five seasons, if not more, to give it a binge-worthy count of episodes.

The renewal announcement also brought news that Eric Overmyer will be coming aboard as showrunner for the upcoming season. Frank Spotnitz, who had developed the show for Amazon, bowed out from those duties this past year, allegedly due to creative differences. The other executive producers tied to the show collectively acted as showrunners during the second season, but Overmyer, who previously created the well-regarded Bosh for Amazon, will take over that responsibility going forward. The first two seasons of The Man in the High Castle are available for streaming on Amazon, and the third season will bow likely in late 2017.

2.  and Have Decent Debuts for Freeform

Ratings Results of Interest: On Monday, Freeform’s Shadowhunters returned for its second season and posted a 0.38 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 1.2 million total viewers. That ratings score is about even with its first season average and is at a decent level for Freeform these days. Shadowhunters also made it into the Nielsen Daily Social Media Top 5 for the night as that show continues to demonstrate “stickiness” in the social networks (it was the most social new TV show in its first season according to ListenFirst Media). On the same night, new series Beyond had its two-episode debut and pulled a 0.29 rating with 1.1 million total viewers. Those are still decent numbers for Freeform, and if the show can hold in that range while also registering on the social nets, it could stick around for a second season.

3. The CW is Working on a Reboot of 

Sci Fi TV Development: The fifth place network continues to invest in genre properties and it is digging into the vault of the former WB (which previously merged with UPN to become The CW) to resurrect the supernatural series Charmed. That show, about three sisters who are witches, aired for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. What little we know about the proposed new series so far is that it will be set in the 1970’s (the original was in the present) and will be connected to the the parent show. Jane the Virgin showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman will executive produce the reboot and The CW will likely be looking to add it to the 2017-18 schedule.

Meanwhile, M. Night Shyamalan’s reboot of Tales from the Crypt for TNT has stalled due to rights entanglements and budgetary issues. At this point, the show is on indefinite hold and may not move forward if it cannot overcome its behind-the-scenes hurdles.

4. Colony Returns for Its Second Season Next Week

Preview for the Week Starting January 9th: Mid-season has already kicked off this week with the premieres of Beyond and Emerald City as well as the returns of ShadowhuntersGrimm and more (you can see the full January calendar here), and next week brings back more genre shows with new episodes. USA’s alien occupation series Colony returns for its second season on Thursday, January 12th at 10 PM EST. And the first season of the new Netflix entry A Series of Unfortunate Events will be available for streaming on Friday, January 13th. Plus, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The CW’s Vampire Diaries will be returning from their winter breaks. You can keep up with the listings for all the sci fi and fantasy TV shows here.

5. Obi-Wan Kenobi Will Make a Return on Star Wars: Rebels

Star Wars: Rebels has its mid-season return tomorrow (January 7th) and the trailer for the second half of its third year reveals that Obi-Wan Kenobi will be showing up along with some other familiar faces.

6. Robert Kirkman Expects  to Go at Least Twelve Seasons

Sci Fi TV News: The Walking Dead TV series is currently in its seventh season, and even though its ratings have been down of late, it is still the most-watched scripted series on television. And Robert Kirkman, creator of the comic book and the television series, recently indicated that he expects the show show to go on for at least five more years.

There are quite a number of DC comic book shows currently on television with Gothamand Lucifer on FOX and The FlashArrow and the rest on The CW, but DC President Geoff Johns hinted in a recent tweet that another is on the way:

More  @CW_TheFlash @CW_Arrow @Gotham @TheCW_Legends @LuciferonFOX @TheCWSupergirl and many more! One which will be announced soon…

Syfy’s Superman prequel series Krypton has already been announced, so that’s likely not what Johns is referring to. I’m guessing we can expect to hear an official announcement in the next few weeks.

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