Fox already has made decisions on all of its animated comedies, canceling Bless the Harts and renewing the other shows — veterans The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers as well as freshman The Great North.
The network has not made any renewal decision on the live-action side besides setting end date for veteran sitcom Last Man Standing. Pending are pickups for Fox’s two top-rated scripted series, 9-1-1 and spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star. Also certain to get renewed is freshman comedy series Call Me Kat, starring Mayim Bialik.
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While technically a bubble show, The Resident continues to be a solid performer, drawing Fox’s largest scripted series audience behind the 9-1-1 franchise and is fully expected to be renewed for a fifth season, I hear. Negotiations for the medical drama and the 9-1-1 shows with studio 20th Television are ongoing.
Meanwhile, sophomore Prodigal Son is a true bubble show, which could go either way. It was the last Fox drama to get a renewal last year, which didn’t come until after the upfronts, and it may come down to the wire again for the serial killer show. It is liked creatively at the network, and there is a will to try and find a path to bring the series back, with various scenarios explored, I hear. Prodigal Son has an unusual — and very challenging — production schedule stemming from the casting of Michael Sheen, which has been an obstacle. But the show has been able to work around it for two seasons while attracting big names for season-long arcs, most recently Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Fox added two new drama series this season, NeXt and Filthy Rich, both of which were canceled. The network this time is expected to pick up four new drama series for next season (It already has ordered three, The Big Leap, Our Kind Of People and The Cleaning Lady), which complicates Prodigal Son‘s path to renewal. But the loss of Thursday Night Football could potentially opens up additional real estate should the network and studio Warner Bros. TV manage to reach an agreement.
Things do not look promising for The Moodys. After an initial run as a holiday event series, Fox brought it back as an ongoing family comedy. The half-hour starring Denis Leary has struggled to get traction, ranking among the lowest rated Fox series.
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