It’s that time of year for some of our favorite past-times: March Madness, spring training, NFL draft, and show renewal time. So far, this is what we know.
The CW has picked up freshman show Riverdale for a second season. The moody, murder-mystery take featuring Archie Comics characters’ renewal comes after only six episodes into the first season. To make this sweeter, the announcement comes one week after it was revealed that Netflix would air the CW show’s entire season starting a week after the finale.
Described as a mix between Twin Peaks and Gossip Girl, Riverdale has received mixed reviews from critics, ranging from “confusing” to “addictive.” The series follows the adventures of Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead, offering plenty of mystery and drama both in and out of school. Added to the show are bits of humor expected from the original comics. While the show is not considered canon, there are enough moments peppered into the show to tickle the fan’s taste buds.
The show was created by Archie Comics’ chief creative officer, Robert Aguirre-Sacasa. It stars K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Luke Perry, Marisol Nichols, and Madchen Amick.
Expanding into a thirteen episode third season is the space-based Syfy channel series The Expanse. The show has received an overwhelming positive response from both viewers and critics with its complex characters, political intrigue, attention to scientific authenticity, and amazing visual effects.
The series is set 200 years in the future and follows Captain James Holden and the crew of the spaceship Rocinate as they navigate the conflicts among the populations of Earth, Mars, and the asteroid belt. The solar system is constantly in turmoil and no one has all the information about the true forces that might threaten them all.
The first season of the show debuted in 2015 with ten episodes. The authors of The Expanse series, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (collaborating under the pen name James S.A. Corey), are very involved with the show’s production, which helps keep the complexity of the show in line with the books.
The Expanse stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams. Naren Shankar executive produces with Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby who also serve as showrunners.
Even though the seventh season of Once Upon A Time has not officially been announced, four of the cast members are in negotiations to continue living in Storybrooke. OUAT bosses Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have previously stated they do not see season six as the end, but possibly hitting a reset button, which gives them an opportunity to expand the shows stories.
Original series stars of the ABC fantasy-drama Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Lana Parrilla (Regina Mills), and Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold), along with season two addition, Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook), are in negotiations. There is no word on Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), Jared Gilmore (Henry Mills), and Emilie de Ravin (Belle); however, it doesn’t mean they will not return.
The OUAT bosses have recruted Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead) and Alison Fernandez (Jane the Virgin) to play pivotal roles for the season six finale. According to TV Line, if the show is renewed, they would return as series regulars.
Listed below are other SciFi4Me favorites returning next year:
- Arrow (The CW)
- The Flash (The CW)
- Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
- Supergirl (The CW)
- Supernatural (The CW)
- Lucifer (FOX)
- 12 Monkeys (Syfy) – through fourth and final season in 2018
- A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
- American Horror Story (FX) – through Season 9
- Channel Zero (Syfy) – through Season 4
- Daredevil (Netflix)
- Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
- The Last Ship (TNT)
- Legion (FX)
- The Man in the High Castle (Amazon)
- The OA (Netflix)
- Outlander (Starz) – through Season 4
- Stranger Things (Netflix)
- Westworld (HBO)
- Z Nation (Syfy)