Friday, October 17, 2014

State of the Union: Fall 2014

We're now four weeks into the new television season, and networks are starting to make decisions on the futures of some new shows. Click through below to see where the newbies stand.

Additionally, CBS has pulled the plug on comedy The Millers after airing just four episodes of its second season. Shows being canceled so early in their runs that are not new series is relatively unheard of, especially since The Millers was pulled just one day after a lower-rated freshman show got an order for more scripts. (Updated December 1 - Fate of all Fall 2014 shows now known)

ABC

Full Season Ordered: Black-ish*, Cristela, Forever, How to Get Away with Murder*

Canceled: Manhattan Love Story, Selfie

Canceled Before Airing: Members Only

* The full season order for How to Get Away with Murder amounts to only 2 additional episodes, for a 15-episode season (as stipulated in Viola Davis's contract). Black-ish will have 23 episodes for its first season.

CBS

Full Season Ordered: Madam Secretary, The McCarthys*, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Stalker

* The McCarthys received an order for 2 additional episodes, bringing its first season to 15 episodes.

The CW

Full Season Ordered: The Flash*, Jane the Virgin

* The Flash's first season will contain 23 episodes.

Fox

Full Season Ordered: Gotham

Canceled: Red Band Society

Canceled Before Airing: Hieroglyph

Episode Order Trimmed: Mulaney*

*Mulaney had an unusual 16-episode order. This was trimmed by 3 episodes, and production has now ceased following production on the thirteenth episode.

Fox has also canceled Utopia. It was pulled from Tuesdays and moved to Fridays, and it has now been removed from Fridays as well.

NBC

Full Season Ordered: The Mysteries of Laura, Marry Me*

Canceled: A to Z, Bad Judge*

Canceled Before Airing: Emerald City, Mission Control

Moving Networks: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt*

* A to Z and Bad Judge will both complete filming and airing their 13-episode seasons but will have no additional episodes produced. Marry Me has an order for 5 additional episodes, bringing its first season to a total of 18 episodes. Kimmy Schmidt was supposed to debut at midseason, but it will now air exclusively on Netflix; in addition, Netflix has already ordered a second season of 13 episodes for the Tina Fey-created comedy.

Unless otherwise indicated, all full season orders are for 9 additional episodes, bringing the season total to 22 episodes. The ordering of additional scripts does not necessarily mean that the show will be picked up for a full season (many shows have recently received script orders without episode orders: 666 Park Avenue, Last Resort, etc). It means that the network wants to see the creative direction the show will take beyond the original episode order (as well as a way to extend options).

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