This Week in TV:
FX gives its animated spy comedy series Archer two more seasons; The Flash adds Patrick Sabongui (300) as its police captain; FOX renews The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and New Girl for additional seasons; and HBO decides not to order David Milch's The Money to series.
FX has renewed Archer for seasons 6 and 7 (13 episodes each), a move that will keep the hit animated comedy on the air through 2016 and on its way toward cable and broadcast syndication.
After watching the season 5 premiere, many - including our own Kofi Outlaw - weren't sure that Archer's Vice revamp was the right direction for an already successful series to go in. However, with the show's ratings currently ranked second among basic cable comedies in the coveted 18-49 and 18-34 age demographics, it appears a major change-up may have been what the series needed.
With the series on track for one of its highest-rated seasons, the early renewals don't come as a surprise, but what remains unclear is if the show will continue with its Vice storyline, or if it will revert back to its ISIS-centered beginnings. Considering the show has seemed to maintain its signature humor - while continuing its fan-favorite running gags - so far this season, it's very possible Archer could stick with its Vice revamp.
Archer Vice will continue its 13-episode run on Monday, March 10th, 2014 with "Archer Vice: Smugglers' Blues" @10pm on FX.
The Flash pilot is already in production, but it continues to add cast members, as Patrick Sabongui (300) joined the project this week as Central City Police Captain David Singh.
Sabongui is currently listed as a guest star for the pilot, but his role would almost certainly expand to recurring status if the show is ordered to series. Known for bit parts and minor roles in films such as 300, Sucker Punch, Cabin in the Woods and This Means War, Sabongui has slowly worked his way up the Hollywood ladder, and if The CW's Flash series is as successful as we think it might be, this could be the actor/stuntman's biggest break yet.
Sabongui joins a cast that includes Grant Gustin (Glee) as Barry Allen (a.k.a. The Flash); Michelle Harrison (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Barry's mom, Nora; Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) as Barry's surrogate father, Detective West; Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies) as expert bioengineer Caitlin Snow (a.k.a. Killer Frost); Candice Patton (The Game) as Barry's love interest, Iris West; and Tom Cavanagh (Ed) as rock star physicist Harrison Wells.
As soon as we hear of The CW's decision to order The Flash to series or not, we'll be sure to pass along the news.
The three hit sitcoms - which together, make up a large part of FOX's Tuesday comedy block - have continued to perform well in the past year, with the Golden Globe-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine being perhaps the biggest pleasant surprise for the network.
Here's what FOX entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly and COO Joe Earley had to say about the renewals:
"These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera. All four [including 'The Following'] are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, and we’re really happy to bring them back to our Fox fans for another season.”
While most of the network's veteran comedies are slated to return for new seasons, Friday night sitcom Raising Hope's future remains up in the air for now.
All-new episodes of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine continue to air every Tuesday @9 and 9:30 pm, respectively, while The Mindy Project is scheduled to return to FOX's Tuesday lineup on April 1st, 2014.
Despite having a long and successful history with TV creator/writer David Milch (Deadwood, Luck), HBO has decided to pass on his latest pilot, The Money.
After receiving a pilot order from the network last summer, The Money cast Brendan Gleeson (In Burges) in the lead role as American mogul and patriarch James Castman. The drama - which was written by Milch - would have centered on Castman and his goal to expand his media empire and control his family at all costs. The pilot also starred Nathan Lane, Patrick Kennedy, Dominique McElligott, Laila Robins, Billy Magnussnen and Morgan Spector, with Ray Liotta, John Carroll Lynch, Rosemary Harris and Mamie Gummer playing recurring roles.
It's unclear why HBO elected not to push forward with The Money, but considering three of Milch's five pilots with the network (Deadwood, John From Cincinnati and Luck) have gone to series, the move is somewhat unexpected.