SATURDAY PM UPDATE: Forty-one hours before Fox takes its 2022-23 slate to advertisers in New York, the network still doesn’t have its flagship drama series, 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star and the resident, locked for next season. This is a throwback to an 11th hour two and a half men the renewals we had years ago that also closed hours before the initial CBS presentation.
From what I’m hearing the situation isn’t as dire in this case, it seems the network has focused its attention on the tough decisions and bubble show renewals, and those that weren’t obvious ended up taking longer down the home stretch. Renewal negotiations are more complicated now than Fox and 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star and the resident 20th Television studio are no longer part of the same company following Disney’s acquisition of the studio. Deal finances are changing, with myriad factors to consider, including Fox’s upcoming deal with Hulu. “I liked it better when we were vertically integrated,” laments a person close to the situation.
All signs point to a successful resolution by the time Fox introduces its lineup on Monday. The humorous bubbles of the network call me kat and Welcome to Flatch are believed to have reached renewal agreements, which will likely be announced with 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star and the residentis back.
PREVIOUS FRIDAY 9 PM: Fox, one of two broadcast networks presenting the first day of upfronts on Monday, was the latest to make cancellation decisions this week, ending the freshman comedy Swivel and drama our kind of people Friday night. No announcements have yet been made on Fox’s other two bubble shows, the comedies call me kat and Welcome to Flatch. I hear both are being renewed, the latter after a strong Season 2 pitch, including a plan for cast additions, as well as creative deals from Lionsgate TV.
Surprisingly, Fox has yet to announce official renewals for some of its strongest series, the dramas 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star and the resident. I hear all three are still in negotiations with 20th Television, along with the studio’s contingent of Fox animated veterans, The simpsons, family guy and Bob’s Burgers.
Talks are ongoing but expected to end, sources said. The anime series are on a different timeline, so their renewal may come after the first few moments.
Fox has yet to pick any new series for next season off the bat. (The network previously ordered dramas Monarch and Accused which are on deck for the fall.) As Deadline previously reported, John Eisendrath’s missing person procedural drama Alert should receive an order directly in series. Steve Yockey’s meteorological comedy Cindy Snow also continues to look likely for a direct mass-order as part of a lower-cost production model, but the pickup may not come until initials.