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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.

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