Traditional networks and streaming services have begun renewing their biggest and most buzzed about new shows
In the coming weeks and months, TV networks will begin engaging in the yearly spring tradition of assembling their new schedules for the 2017-2018. This period marks a crucial moment for new series as they attempt to prove there's enough fan demand to return for a second season. While some of the season's biggest hits like This is Us and Atlanta already received early pick ups, networks have recently handed out a handful of renewals to some of the more buzzed about shows. For your convenience, we've decided to do a quick roundup of some big shows you can expect a second season from.
As strange as it is to believe, the dark, sexy adaptation of the beloved Archie comics has been a surprise critical hit for The CW. While its ratings have been solid, if unexceptional, the buzz its received from younger audiences has been enough to convince the network to give Archie and the gang a few more dark adventures. The renewal came after just 7 episodes had aired to the public.
The Good Fight
CBS has decided to similarly give a second season to its spinoff to The Good Wife, currently only available on it's new paid streaming site CBS All-Access. Despite a strong performance from a special broadcast premiere on the traditional broadcast network, CBS seems committed to keeping the buzzy show exclusively online as it looks to compete against Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu in the subscription streaming game.
The trippy FX series that has earned some of the strongest rave reviews of the season similarly earned a commitment from the network for another round of episode. Led by Noah Hawley, starring Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens and Parks and Rec's Aubrey Plaza and featuring strong ties to Marvel's X-Men universe, has managed to live up to its potential through six episodes. The show is expected to return in early 2018 after it wraps up its first season on March 29th.
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Lest you think Netflix intends to spare audiences the "misery" held in the 9 books in the Snicket series waiting to be adapted, earlier this week Netflix confirmed the Neil Patrick Harris-led show would be coming back for a second season. Though no episode count was confirmed, it's not unreasonable to expect the show to adapt books 5-8 over eight episodes just as it did with season books 1-4 in season one.