1. TNT Renews #TheLibrarians for a Fourth Season
Coming as no surprise, TNT announced this week that its sci fi / fantasy series The Librarians will be coming back for a fourth season. That show just wrapped up is third year this past Sunday and performed about even with its second season as far as its linear viewing, which is actually quite an accomplishment in the current ratings-challenged environment. It also has also seen decent delayed-viewing gains and it has a loyal and active fanbase which keeps it trending on the social nets. I have been predicting since last November that the show would get renewed by TNT because of its ratings performance and because it had made it to the cable third year threshold. And expect this one to stick around through at least a fifth season if not more.
2. Syfy Quietly Cancels #Aftermath
There has been no official announcement, but apparently Syfy’s supernatural apocalypse series Aftermath has been cancelled. That is based on the tweet below from series star James Tupper indicating that there will not be a second season and also what appears to be a farewell tweet from the show’s official account.
This comes as somewhat of a surprise because Aftermath‘s linear viewing numbers were right in line with Van Helsing, which was renewed this past Fall. Plus, Aftermath comes as part of a partnership with the Canadian Space Channel which makes it less expensive for Syfy. Perhaps its viewership numbers were not that good up north, but I don’t believe that that the Space Channel made the final call as Tupper responded to one person’s question on why the show was cancelled with “ask Syfy why”. Aftermath will be only the third Syfy entry from the past four years or more that has not received a second season renewal, the others being Olympus (2015) and Hunters (2016), both of which barely registered in the ratings.
3. #TheMagicians Casts a Spell on the Ratings with Its Season 2 Return
On Wednesday, Syfy’s fantasy series The Magicians returned for its second season and pulled a 0.52 rating based on the overnights for the 18-49 demographic with 1.3 million total viewers. That tops the show’s first season premiere which pulled a 0.40 rating and those are the highest numbers that Syfy has seen in at least two years if not longer. Consider that show to be pretty much a lock for a third season renewal and expect it to help boost the ratings for The Expanse when that one returns next Wednesdat in the 10 PM EST hour.
In other ratings news, NBC’s Timeless and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. both remained low this week with the former pulling a 0.9 score with 3.5 million total viewers and the latter having a 0.6 rating with two million total viewers. Timeless is firmly on the bubble at this point and I continue to believe that AoS is in its final season.
4. Ridley Scott’s The Passage Gets Ordered to Pilot by FOX
Pilot season has begun and the networks have started placing pilot orders for shows that they will be considering for the 2017-18 season. Among the first picked up is the post-apocalyptic vampire drama The Passage based on Justin Cronin’s fantasy book trilogy (which is not to be confused with the other post-apocalyptic vampire shows currently on television such as FX’s The Strain and Syfy’s Van Helsing). Ridley Scott is attached to this one as executive producer.
FOX has also ordered a pilot for the paranormal comedy Ghosted which is created by Craig Robinson (The Office) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation). They will also star in the series. That network has also ordered a pilot for the previously announced X-Men series which still does not have an official title.
5. Freeform’s #CloakandDagger Gets an Official Synopsis
Freeform has already ordered a pilot for the Marvel comic book based series Cloak and Dagger and is moving closer to getting the cameras rolling on that one. Here is the official synopsis:
Described as a superhero love story, ‘Cloak and Dagger’ is based on the titular comic book duo (also known as Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson) who have appeared in Marvel Comics classics, including Spiderman and X-Men stories.The live-action interracial romance follows the duo, two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.
Freeform has also released the character descriptions which you can read here.
6. #TheExpanse, #The100, and #Powerless Have Their Bows Next Week
The long-awaited return of Syfy’s well-regarded space-based series The Expanse is almost here. That show has its double-episode second season debut next Wednesday at 10 PM EST (you can see a sneak peek above). One hour earlier over on The CW, that network’s fan-favorite post-apocalyptic series The 100 returns for its fourth season. And on Thursday, NBC’s superhero comedy Powerless will have its bow at 8:30 PM EST. You can keep up with the weekly listings of sci fi and fantasy TV shows here.
7. #Legion Debuts on FX in Two Weeks
FX’s X-Men spin-off (tangental?) series Legion has its bow on February 8th at 10 PM EST. This one has been getting some pretty decent buzz leading up to its debut and you can get a glimpse of what to expect with the trailer. Also, Adult Swim has indicated that the revival season of Samurai Jack will have its bow on March 11th. Keep up with the schedule of all the mid-season sci fi and fantasy shows here.
8. News Bites: Patrick Warburton Would Have Done the New Tick Series, and More
Amazon is rebooting Ben Edlund’s The Tick, which will be debuting on the streaming service later this year (the pilot is available for viewing here). Patrick Warburton, who played the character in the short-lived FOX series from 2000, indicated that he would have reprised his role if asked, but said that Amazon wanted to go in a completely different direction than the previous series.
Matt Nix has indicated that the Sentinels will play a part in his upcoming X-Men series and he has also said that the show “contains some characters that fans will be excited about”, though he didn’t name any of those just yet.
Whoopi Goldberg has stated that she would like to make an appearance on Doctor Who, as a guest star, though, not as the next Doctor. Goldberg is well-known to sci fi fans for her performance as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role that she lobbied to get after that show’s first season.