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Fox’s ‘Rosewood’ and ‘Lucifer’ Renewed for Season Two

Fox has issued second season renewals to freshman dramas “Rosewood” and “Lucifer,” with an unconfirmed number of new episodes for 2016-17. They join the network’s already renewed “Empire,” “Gotham,” “Bones,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Last Man on Earth.” Animated “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers” will also be back, as will the expected the pick-up of sitcom “New Girl.” On the bubble on Fox, at present, are sitcoms “The Grinder,” “Grandfathered,” “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” and animated “Bordertown,” which were all introduced this season; and dramas “Sleepy Hollow,” “Second Chance” and the revival of “The X-Files.”

“We knew we had something special with Lucifer, from the engaging performances of Tom, Lauren and the rest of the charismatic cast, to Len Wiseman’s visually stunning look of the show and the amazing storytelling savvy of the Bruckheimer team,”
said David Madden, President of Entertainment at Fox. “With Rosewood, creator Todd Harthan has put a fresh, playful spin on the procedural format, infusing it with wit and warmth, while Morris, Jaina and the show’s gifted supporting cast have turned in fantastic performances. We look forward to two stand-out sophomore seasons from both series.”

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  1. I’m more surprised about Rosewood than I am Lucifer. Lucifer has done about what is expected honestly. I enjoy both shows. Clever writing from both.

    From the list of dramas not renewed, X Files is the only one that may be given a limited order in the future. Second Chance (which I also liked) and Sleepy Hollow (which I also watch, as you can tell, I watch too much) are goners.

    • You’re not watching too much if you’re enjoying it.

      I used to be and I wish I were enjoying more shows today.

      I wouldn’t be sure about Sleepy Hollow. Given the amounts already spent, it would “make sense” (in an executive covering their behinds way) to continue the charade and get to syndication.

      After all, this is the Year of the Flop Renewals in Hollywood.

      Of course, Sleepy hollow will never sell for more than a few thousands per episode, but since that will never be reported by the compliant media…

  2. Is FOX trying to implode on purpose?

    What is the meaning of all those flops being renewed?

    What is there to gain except a little bit of PR that will fool most journalists and thus will get people to say how great FOX is doing?

    Don’t they want to be successful at some point in the future?

    • Well you can’t just cancel everything. That would be real suicide. None of these renewals are major surprises. The network needs to be strategic though about how they schedule things next year. Give the highest quality pilots the best lead ins (NFL and Empire) and try to counter program the rest to get the best live + same day numbers. Even if Fox had 10 incredibly creative pilots, they would still be better off leaving some of these existing low rated shows around. You can’t fix it all at once. I would be willing to bet that time shifted audiences (live +3 day, live + 7 day, streaming, and On Demand) are playing a BIG factor into Fox’s renewals. I saw an article last fall that discussed how Fox’s Sunday shows all have very strong numbers yet when the DVR, online, and on demand numbers are factored in. It’s quite possibly become the main reason some of these shows (Bob’s Burgers in particular) are still on the air.

      Now if I was an advertiser, I would have a hard time paying for anything DVR-related because nobody’s watching ads on a DVR (or at least I don’t). On Demand and streaming though are different. Viewers have to watch the ads on those platforms and frankly that’s to the networks’ benefit as more people choose streaming options like Hulu and cut the expensive cable/DVR cord.

      • Totally agree with you on On Demand.

        It’s like watching TV before DVRs as far as the commercials are concerned.

        On FOX being suicidal if they got rid of their flops, it’s precisely that policy of endlessly renewing flops that has killed their ratings.

        What positive is there to bring New Girl back?

        None.

        Could you do even worse?

        Perhaps. Probably if Newman and co. pick the shows and keeps ordering from the flop-makers they usually do business with.

        However, they could stop doing what they know fails.

        And getting rid of all the dead wood would be a great start.

        It may also get people interested in watching FOX again as it would get lots of press.

        They need to try more new shows, and instead they try fewer.

        It makes it impossible for them to have a chance to succeed.

        It’s like a batter not going to bat.

        • I’m all for Fox taking some chances and putting a healthy amount of new shows on the air, but you can’t just start completely over. For starters, they don’t have the promotional platform for said new shows and they simply can’t get competitive on every night right away. Keeping the animated shows and some lower rated veteran comedies for now makes sense for the nights they can’t win anyway. They put arguably their best and most high profile new product on Tuesdays last fall and they got slaughtered. Better off a night of returning lower rated material until you fix nights that you can win or get competitive on like Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.

          You and I will simply need to agree to disagree that some shows (like the Sunday comedies) are still viable thanks to multiple platforms. 🙂

          • Thanks for the thought-provoking response. 🙂

            To start with the positive, the one I would agree with is The Simpsons, because it used to be a big hit and still has a lot of positive goodwill with the public, so new episodes (as long as they’re not horrid) do build up the syndication package value (I don’t think so about Family Guy because it never was a hit).

            My main point is that the reason they don’t have a promotional platform (and I agree they don’t!) is that they made so many bad shows and renewed so many flops over the years.

            5 years of ‘Til death is at least 4 (or maybe 8) comedies they didn’t try.

            6 years of Flop Girl is up to 10 new shows they didn’t try.

            I agree to a point that they can’t get competitive right away, but they’re already not competitive.

            What is there to lose by now renewing my girlfriend Flop Girl? The whopping 2 million viewers?

            The networks have lost the ability to get their shows sampled, but it is not something that happened to them. It’s something they did to themselves.

            They can undo the damage and they could start now, but they don’t. Mostly because they’re owned by absentee owners that reward failure and renewing failed shows. The executives don’t have a clue what to do (they don’t teach that in B School) except they understand that pretending what befalls them is caused by the internet etc… works in getting them to keep a high-paying job they’re entirely unqualified for.

            The media helps them too as they act like flops like Mad Men or Mr. Robot are, somehow, cultural milestones even though nobody watches them, which helps convince the absentee owners that success is impossible.

            About Tuesdays: I’m sure FOX thought it was their “best” shows, but my point is they didn’t have a single good new show.

            So yes, if they insist of continuing ordering from failed producers who don’t know what good film-making is (Sm Esmail I’m talking about you!!) they may as well renew Flop Girl for 15 seasons right now, but they don’t have to. They choose to.