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Thursday, May 11, 2017

RENEWAL ALERT: The Goldbergs, The Blacklist, Great News

Although I think there is more news coming tonight, we have three renewals that have been handed out today.

ABC renewed The Goldbergs not just for next season, but also for 2018-19, which will take the show through its sixth season. The family comedy took over the anchor 8pm slot on Wednesdays this year and it has done well though it has slipped some in late spring (not that unusual, especially for an 8pm show). It has proven capable of leading off a night after two years being nurtured behind The Middle.

The Blacklist was also renewed for a full 22 episode fifth season by NBC. Once the hottest new show, it has seen its linear ratings drop significantly over the years, but it remains an established NBC show and does well in DVR and streaming. The 22 episode pickup makes it seem likely it will make the fall schedule, perhaps on Friday? Although not official, it appears that spinoff The Blacklist: Redemption will be cancelled.

The biggest surprise was the renewal of comedy Great News for a second season. This is obviously due to the people it comes from: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield, and Robert Carlock, all NBC vets. NBC is going to give this show a second chance despite very low ratings airing out of The Voice on Tuesdays. It's poor showing seemed to help Trial & Error's renewal chances but now that this has gotten a renewal, Trial & Error could be in jeopardy.

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