As we await their fall schedule announcements, ABC and NBC are starting to make some decisions about what shows are returning and what is not. At ABC, the big announcement is that Manifest Season 3 has been given the green light, while at NBC we’ll get to see a second season of For Life.
Not coming back to ABC is freshman show The Baker and the Beauty. The series joins ABC’s previously canceled series Bless This Mess, Emergence, Kids Say the Darndest Things, Schooled and Single Parents.
This season Manifest has averaged a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” Nielsens, with the show’s Jan. 6 season premiere growing to a 3.7 in 18-49 and 13.4 million viewers with digital and linear delayed viewing recorded to date.
From executive producers Jeff Rake, Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine and Len Goldstein, the series stars Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis, J.R. Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur and Matt Long.
In Manifest, the crew and passengers of Flight 828 disembarked to find the world had aged five-and-a-half years and their friends, families and colleagues had given up hope of ever seeing them again. The passengers’ dreams of a second chance at life evaporate as they encounter the imminent danger surrounding them, both tangible and unexplained.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson executive produces For Life, a fictional serialized legal and family drama. The series, inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., is about prisoner Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock), who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. The show also stars Joy Bryant, Tyla Harris, and Indira Varma.
The series is from Hank Steinberg, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson via G-Unit Film & Television, Doug Robinson and Alison Greenspan of Doug Robinson Productions and Isaac Wright Jr. For Life is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television Inc. and ABC Studios.
NBC’s sister site SYFY has also announced new original projects for its late-night adult animation block “TZGZ,” including a new original animated series and three original pilots. Airing on SYFY every Saturday at midnight-ish, TZGZ is a 90-minute block of adult comedic, animated, genre-based programming of varying lengths.
Devil May Care, TZGZ’s second-internally developed pilot greenlit to series, has earned a seven-episode series pickup. For the series, the Devil (Alan Tudyk, SYFY’s Resident Alien) hires a social media coordinator (Asif Ali, BoJack Horseman) to rebrand Hell as the ultimate place to live, and the two form the most unlikely of friendships. Recurring roles are played by Fred Tatasciore, Pamela Adlon and Stephanie Beatriz.
Created and executive produced by Douglas Goldstein (Robot Chicken), this 15-minute series is developed and executive produced by Amanda Miller at PSYOP in partnership with Titmouse, the Emmy-award winning independent animation production company. Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski and Ben Kalina from Titmouse are also executive producers.
From ShadowMachine (Final Space, BoJack Horseman), Chronicles of Frank follows an overzealous squirrel that kidnaps an exterminator from the Bronx, transporting him to a magical realm where he must conquer the forces of evil and maybe win back his girlfriend. Ordered for a 15-minute pilot, Chronicles of Frank is created and executive produced by Chris Osbrink (Trip Tank, Campus Law), with ShadowMachine executive producers Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley.
In a galaxy far, far away there’s an epic war of the worlds where countless alien species will fight to the death – and The Black Hole is about the crappy dive bar where they drink. Picked up for a 15-minute pilot, The Black Hole from Starburns Industries (Rick and Morty, Moral Orel) is written and executive produced by Dino Stamatopoulos (Moral Orel) and Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty). Paul Young (Key & Peele), James A Fino (Rick and Morty), Duke Johnson (Anomalisa) and Nick Weidenfeld (President of Programming, Viceland) also executive produce.
Heavy is the belly that wears the suit in The Pole, a twisted, edgy comedy about the struggle for power on the North Pole. From Yeti Farm Creative (Hotel Transylvania, Pete the Cat), The Pole has been ordered for a 15-minute pilot. The series is created and executive produced by Matthew Bass (Future Man) and Theodore Bressman (Future Man, Jungleland). Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan) also executive produces, as well as Frank Saperstein and Jay Surridge from Yeti Farm Creative.