By Mario Wario, DRWHO42, and Alyssa
Please note: all times listed below are Eastern.
Using The Purge movie formula, the TV world witnessed the mass cancellation of The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Quantico, Lucifer, and Taken. Likewise, for The Exorcist, Great News, Alex, Inc, The Last Man on Earth, Scorpion, and The Mick. Even more are meeting the same fate as we speak, yet this annual bloodbath is nothing new in this industry, as each network usually meets with their advertisers during this time of the year. That being said, these shows could possibly return if another network/platform pick any of them up. For instance, Alcon Entertainment is looking for a new home for The Expanse and the same for the producers of Taken.
Yet not everything was dire last week: for example, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was revived by NBC after Fox cancelled it, while Fox revived Last Man Standing from the dead. Elementary was renewed for a seventh season and The Blacklist returns for a sixth.
As for the rest of this week, it is finale overload with a few premieres sprinkled in. Beginning tonight, the two-hour season finale of Timeless will air on NBC (and don’t forget to watch it live at 9pm, as well as using these hashtags on social media: #RenewTimeless, #Timeless, and #Clockblockers). Meanwhile, HBO will be airing the fifth season finale of Silicon Valley at 10:15pm, yet this will not be the final goodbye – a sixth season has been ordered by the cable network!
On Monday, Lucifer will be saying goodbye to its fans at 8pm on Fox. So, unless a new network/platform picks it up soon, this will be it for the series due to it being cancelled last week.
On Tuesday, New Girl wraps up for good with the one-hour series finale at 9pm on Fox.
The very next day, fans of The Blacklist can catch the fifth season finale at 8pm on NBC. Another fandom can catch the second season finale of Riverdale at 8pm, too, on The CW. Battlebots will begin its rule on the Science Channel at 9pm, yet Designated Survivor will air for one final time on ABC at 10pm. Of course, another network could save it as it was cancelled last week by ABC.
On Thursday, the DCTV universe sees Gotham (Fox) and Arrow (The CW) wrapping up their current seasons at their usual times, so do check out the listing below to know more. Staying with The CW, the undying Supernatural series will wrap up its thirteenth season at 8pm. Don’t worry, another season has been ordered for this fall.
On Friday, the season finale of NBC’s Blindspot will air at 8pm and the same for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD at 9:01pm but on ABC. (For Agents of SHIELD, don’t forget to use #RenewAgentsofSHIELD on social media, just keep your posts spoiler free.) Speaking of ABC, Once Upon a Time closes the book on its tale for good with the series finale airing at 8pm.
Not everything is ending though. For instance, the complete fourth season of Inspector Gadget premieres on Netflix in the morning, while the film Cargo has Martin Freeman dealing with zombies so do check them out.
Finishing the week, Saturday will see Fahrenheit 451 airing at 8pm on HBO. Then later that night, fans can catch the forty-third season finale of Saturday Night Live at 11:30pm, with Tina Fey and Nicki Minaj being the guests for this one.
As you can see, the finales are here with a vengeance and the cancellation/renewal news has just begun, so stay tuned to see if your favorite television series is coming back for another run. It is a crazy time with the increased TV related news and the FoCC forum is a great place to keep the TV chat going (clicking here). Also, do check out our picks (below this paragraph) to see what else we are watching, and to see the main listing as well. As always, happy viewing everyone!
New: [Nothing new]
On-going: Colony, The Rain, Into the Badlands, The 100, Fear the Walking Dead, Legion, Timeless, Killing Eve, Rellik, Agents of SHIELD, The Crossing, Krypton, Jessica Jones, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Fresh of the Boat, Black-ish, Gotham, Big Bang Theory, For the People, and Netflixing.
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Trollhunters, Elementary, Voltron, The Magicians, Supernatural, iZombie, Lost in Space (finished but will re-watch)
Mario Wario’s picks:
On-going: Westworld, Into the Badlands, Fear the Walking Dead, The Expanse, Legion, Krypton, Timeless, I, Zombie, Agents of Shield, Gotham, Silicon Valley, the CW/DC shows and Dragon Ball Super.
Binge / Stack: Altered Carbon.
Alyssa’s DVR is bursting with new shows:
New, Binging & Watching Live: Colony, Cameron’s Sci-Fi, Fear the Walking Dead, Handmaid’s Tale, Expanse, Lost in Space, Krypton, Timeless, Magicians, Deception, Good Girls, Survivor, First Civilizations and Genius: Picasso.
Catching up: Badlands, Hard Sun, Santa Clarita Diet, Sneaky Pete, Runaways, Atlanta, The Tick and Star Trek Discovery.
Editor’s note: Nerd/geek interest are highlighted in PINK. Also, we are noting certain season finales for series which have been cancelled as “Series Finales*”. We are waiting (and hoping in most cases) for news from the TV network upfront presentations scheduled for this week to see if the series will be picked up by another network/platform.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
PBS Little Women: Part One [Original Mini – Series Premiere]
Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help of their mother, Marmee, and while their father is away at war, the girls navigate what it means to be a young woman: from sibling rivalry and first love, to loss and marriage. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this three-part adaptation from the award-winning creator of Call the Midwife Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Upstairs Downstairs) will be directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen, My Mad Fat Diary). For more information, click here.
NBC Timeless: The General / Chinatown [Two-hour 2nd Season Finale – Special Time]
PBS Unforgotten: Episode 6 [1st Season Finale]
HBO Westworld: The Riddle of the Sphinx [New 75-minute Episode]
FOX Bob’s Burgers: Mo Mommy Mo Problems [New Episode – Special Time]
HBO Silicon Valley: Fifty-One Percent [5th Season Finale – Special Time]
HBO Barry: Chapter Eight: Know Your Truth [1st Season Finale – Special Time]
Monday, May 14, 2018
FOX Lucifer: A Devil of My Word [Series Finale*]
FOX Resident: Total Eclipse of the Heart [1st Season Finale]
CBS Superior Donuts: Donut Day Afternoon [2nd Season Finale]
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
ABC Black-ish: Dream Home [4th Season Finale]
PBS First Civilizations: Trade [1st Season Finale]
CBS NCIS: New Orleans: Checkmate, Part I & II [Two-hour 4th Season Finale – Special Time]
FOX New Girl: The Curse of the Pirate Bride/Engram Pattersky [One-hour Series Finale – Special Time]
SCIENCE Unearthed [4th Season Premiere]
NBC Rise: Opening Night [Series Finale]
FREEFORM Shadowhunters: Erchomai [3rd Season Spring Finale – Special Time]
NBC Chicago Med: The Tipping Point [3rd Season Finale]
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
NBC Blacklist: Sutton Ross [5th Season Finale]
ABC Goldbergs: Let’s Val Kilmer this Car [5th Season Finale]
THE CW Riverdale: Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World [2nd Season Finale]
ABC Alex, Inc.: The Rube Goldberg Contraption [Series Finale]
SCIENCE Battlebots [3rd Season Premiere on this channel]
ABC Modern Family: Clash of Swords [9th Season Finale]
CBS Seal Team: The Cost of Doing Business [1st Season Finale]
ABC American Housewife: The Spring Gala [2nd Season Finale]
ABC Designated Survivor: Run [Series Finale*]
Thursday, May 17, 2018
FOX Gotham: A Dark Knight: No Man’s Land [4th Season Finale]
ABC Grey’s Anatomy: All of Me [14th Season Finale]
THE CW Supernatural: Let the Good Times Roll [13th Season Finale]
NBC American Ninja Warrior: All-Stars Specials [Two-hour Special Presentation]
THE CW Arrow: Life Sentence [6th Season Finale]
ABC Station 19: Not Your Hero [1st Season Finale]
CBS Life in Pieces: Video Piercing Model Hangover / Sixteen Spanish Car Leak [One-hour 3rd Season Finale – Special Time]
CBS S.W.A.T.: Hoax [1st Season Finale]
Friday, May 18, 2018
NETFLIX 13 Reasons Why [Complete 2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Inspector Gadget [Complete 4th Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Cargo [Feature Film Special Presentation]
Amid a terrifying pandemic, a father searches the wilds of Australia for someone willing to protect and care for his infant daughter. It stars Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit). For more information, click here.
NETFLIX Catching Feelings [Feature Film Special Presentation]
Amid growing tensions in their marriage, a Johannesburg professor and his journalist wife find their lives upended by a famous, hard-partying author. For more information, click here.
AMAZON You are Wanted [Complete 2nd Season Premiere]
NBC Blindspot: In Memory [3rd Season Finale]
ABC Once Upon a Time: Leaving Storybrooke [Series Finale]
CBS Hawaii Five-0: Waiho Wale Kahiko (Ancients Exposed) [8th Season Finale]
ABC Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: The End [5th Season Finale]
CINEMAX Rellik: Radium Came [1st Season Finale]
COMEDY Taskmaster: Episode 108 [1st Season Finale]
Saturday, May 19, 2018
NBC NHL Playoffs: Washington Capitals @ Tampa Bay Lightning [If Necessary; Eastern Conference Finale-Game 5]
CBS Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle [Two-Hour Special Presentation | Please note: other networks will be airing this event live as well, so check your local listings.]
HBO Fahrenheit 451 [Original Telefilm]
NBC Saturday Night Live: Tina Fey/Nicki Minaj [43rd Season Finale]