Sci Fi TV News Briefs: NBC Will Hold Manifest Until Mid-Season, FOX Has No Sci Fi in Fall, and More

By | May 13, 2019

Sci Fi TV News Briefs: Quick hits keeping you updated on sci fi and fantasy television news.

NBC Fall Schedule: The Peacock Network has released its schedule for Fall 2019-20 ahead of its Upfront presentation to the advertisers with currently only one genre entry included. Fantasy comedy The Good Place returns for its fourth season and will air in the Thursday 9:30 PM timeslot. Lost plane drama Manifest has been renewed for a second season, but it will not make it to the schedule until Mid-Season. Since that is a more heavily serialized show, the network wants to air it with as few breaks as possible. Apart from that, there are no other genre entries scheduled for Fall for NBC, with Midnight, Texas having been cancelled and no genre pilots picked up.

FOX Fall Schedule: FOX has released its Fall 2019-20 schedule prior to its presentation to the sponsors, and it has only four nights of scripted programming with no sci fi or fantasy entries. The network will air NFL Football on Thursdays and Wrestling on Fridays which means less room on the schedule for scripted shows. The Orville was renewed for a third year and is set for a Mid-Season premiere, and new AI drama neXT will hit at the middle of the year as well. The network cancelled The Gifted and The Passage from this past season and Gotham wrapped up after its fifth year.

Whiskey Cavalier Cancelled: Over the weekend, ABC announced the cancellation of its non-genre procedural Whiskey Cavalier which stars Laura Cohen. Fans are fighting to save the show and Warner Bros. TV will be shopping it to other venues. If it does not get picked up, that could pave the way for Cohen to return to The Walking Dead on a full time basis.

ABC Picks Up Emergence: NBC passed on the the conspiracy drama Emergence, but ABC has stepped in and given a series order for the show. It comes from Kevin (Probably) Saves the World creators/executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters and is produced by ABC Studios. Hollywood Reporter gives the following description of the show:

A character-driven genre thriller that centers around a sheriff who takes in a young child that she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all.

ABC will announce its Fall schedule at some point today or tomorrow.

This is Upfront week when the networks are announcing their schedules for the Fall 2019-20 season. Be sure to stay tuned to this site and r/SciFiTV for breaking news throughout the week.

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