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The world’s most downloaded TV series – Game Of Thrones (2011-current) – is nearing its end. At the recent Television Critics’ Association press tour, it was confirmed that the fantasy series will end in two year’s time with season 8, although there’s already talk of a spinoff series. Game Of Thrones’ Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) could get his own spin-off.
And it’s not the only major show coming to an end. In what seems like a new TV trend, popular shows The Vampire Diaries (2009- current), Black Sails (2014- current), Teen Wolf (2011- current) and Rogue (2013- current) have all announced that their upcoming seasons will be their last. Meanwhile, buzz is that NBC’s decision to move low-rated serial killer drama Aquarius (2015- current) to Saturday nights for the second time means it’s unlikely to get a season 3.
Horror comedy Scream Queens’ (2015-current) already starstudded season 2 cast has added Jerry O’Connell (Robert in Mistresses, 2013-current) and Laura Bell Bundy (Hart Of Dixie’s Shelby from 2012 to 2015) for guest roles, while Chicago Fire (2012-current) has booked Scott Elrod, aka Joe on Y&R (1973-current) and Dr William Thorpe on Grey’s Anatomy (2005-current) in 2016. Scott will play Severide’s hardpartying celeb pal Travis Brenner in multiple episodes of season 5. Scott Elrod is joining Chicago Fire.
Netflix has renewed quite a few of their series, including Daredevil (2015- current), Bloodline (2015- current), Flaked (2016- current), BoJack Horseman (2014current), Beat Bugs (2016current), Lady Dynamite (2016- current), Chelsea (2016- current) and awardwinning doccie Making A Murderer (2015- current).
There are plenty other shows getting renewed, like action series The Last Ship (2014-current) for season 4 and Animal Kingdom (2016-current) for season 2, cage-fighting drama Kingdom (2014-current) for a third season, sci-fi show 12 Monkeys (2015-current) for season 3, The Powerpuff Girls reboot (2016-current) for season 2 and British period drama Poldark (2015-current) for season 3. On the sitcom side, we’ll see more of Angie Tribeca (2016-current), Ballers (2015-current) and The Girlfriend Experience (2016-current).
’80s legal hit LA Law (1986-1994) is getting a reboot. While info is scarce at this early stage, we know that original producer Steven Bochco and writer Bill Finkelstein have pitched a modern-day reboot to FOX. Original cast members like Blair Underwood and Jimmy Smits could appear in the new series.
Reality shows are relying more and more on star power to pull in ratings. America’s Got Talent (2006-2016) is bringing back popular judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, plus host Nick Cannon, for season 12, while The Voice US’s (2011-current) upcoming 11th season will see big-name singers Bette Midler, Joan Jett and Charlie Puth serve as guest mentors helping out the new-look judging panel of Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys.
Major traditional TV networks are gearing up to take on streaming giant Netflix. CBS’s new streaming platform CBS All Access (which launches in the US in January 2017) will exclusively broadcast The Good Wife’s (2009-
Supergirl (2015-current) has a new broadcaster, a new filming location and a bigger cast for the upcoming second season, but we’re going to be seeing a lot less of Calista Flockhart’s character’s Cat Grant. LA-based Calista wasn’t available to relocate to the show’s new home in Vancouver, Canada but will still appear as a guest cast member in as many episodes as her schedule will allow, including
the season 2 premiere.
If you think that Bates Motel (2013- current) casting Rihanna as Marion Crane for its fifth and final season seems weird, turns out the singer is a fan of the show. Producers also warn not to expect an exact recreation of the infamous shower stabbing from Psycho (1960). Rihanna will be in Bates Motel’s final season.