What a week! As American networks prepare to present their autumn schedules came the news of which shows had been renewed and which had been cancelled. It was a bloodbath.
– Among those who have been taken out to the wood shed are Smash, Whitney, Vegas, Go On, Touch, Rules of Engagement, CSI: New York, The New Normal and Happy Endings. It was a bad day for comedy in particular, with NBC axing five of its sitcoms in one fell swoop. But it wasn’t all bad news – cult favourite, Community, survived the day and has been commissioned for a fifth season.
– Fox also announced that after the cancellation of Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch, they are very keen to keep him on the network and plans are now being made to resurrect the groundbreaking 24 in a limited run of twelve episodes. Executive producers David Fury and Howard Gordon are both onboard, though how a shortened season will affect the iconic real-time aspect of the show is still unclear.
– In other renewal news, SyFy announced that its ambitious science fiction series, Defiance, will be returning for a second series of thirteen episodes, expected to air sometime in 2014 with Mark Stern, President of Original Content for SyFy saying “We can’t wait to see where they take us in the second series”. The multi-platform show from Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape) runs in tandem with an MMO, allowing viewers to further explore the story world and influence events on the show and has quickly become the network’s most watched programme.
– A photo of the hotly anticipated new show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, has been released, offering our first glimpse of the cast. With Clark Gregg reprising his role as Agent Coulson from the Marvel films, it also stars Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge and Chloe Bennet as the newly assembled team tasked with the small job of protecting the world. With Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen executive producing, this is sure to be good.
– And finally, TNT has released a trailer for its upcoming adaptation of the Robert Littell novel, Legends. The series stars Sean Bean as FBI Agent Martin Odum, who specialises in deep cover operations and takes on a different persona for every job. When his real identity is questioned however, he begins to wonder who he really is. Co-starring Ali Larter (Heroes), Rob Mayes (The Client List) and Tina Majorino (True Blood) and from executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland), expect Legends on our screens sometime next year.