Considering how big FOX’s Empire surprisingly expanded over the first season, the hip-hop drama’s Season 2 swell is anything but unexpected. FOX has officially confirmed that Empire Season 2 will expand its run of episodes from the first year, also adding a new musical voice to the soundtrack behind the scenes.
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Amid the myriad of FOX’s pickups and surprising cancellations, the network has also taken its 2015 Upfront presentation to file out Mulder and Scully’s TV return. Not only will The X-Files formally return in January 2016, but so too has the network put the truth out there with its full future lineup.
Now that Upfronts 2015 have entered the scheduling phase, we thought most of the major renewals, cancellations and pickups had delivered their biggest surprises. Not so apparently, as FOX has decided to put American Idol out to pasture after 15 seasons, ending the reality singing competition for good next year.
The series orders and cancellations from Upfronts 2015 keep rolling in, and it didn’t take a Pre-Cog to see this one coming. FOX has given the official greenlight to its Minority Report sequel series, picking up a decade after the events of the original Steven Spielberg sci-fi film with Tom Cruise.
In the words of Chris Traeger, it has literally not been that long since we last saw Rob Lowe on television. After returning to bid farewell to Parks and Recreation in the series finale, Lowe is heading right back to TV with his very own sitcom for Fox. The network has officially given a full series order to The Grinder, the new series from the writers of Yes Man and Jack Black’s new indie comedy The D Train.
Upfront season has already given us a few pickups, but so too must cancellations follow. FOX’s The Mindy Project has become the first high-profile casualty of the season, canceled after three full seasons, but with a twist: Hulu may already have stepped in to revive the acclaimed comedy.
FOX’s The Last Man on Earth literally went into orbit for its first season finale, but Lord, Miller and Will Forte have come back to Earth a bit for Season 2. The post-apocalyptic comedy has added a writer of The Interview for Season 2, taking over direct showrunning duties for The Last Man on Earth.
Ladies, gentlemen and Batman fans of all types, our long national nightmare has come to an end now that Gotham has officially come to a Season 1 close. Bullets flew, Riddlers riddled and bats fluttered, so find out if "All Happy Families Are Alike" with our spoilery review of Gotham's first season finale!
Fans of The Simpsons had something of a scare recently with rumors that FOX had only greenlit seven episodes of the coming 27th season. They’ll never stop The Simpsons, as you know, making FOX’s now-official order of Seasons 27 and 28 all-but old news.
FOX breakout Sleepy Hollow went through something of a rough patch in Season 2, just barely eking out a third season renewal under a new showrunner. Now, so called “Sleepyhead” fans have yet another reason to lose their heads, as Orlando Jones will reportedly leave the series before Season 3.