The Kominsky Method, Ellen’s Game of Games renewed; Channel Zero canceled

Kominsky Method

We have a serious dose of renewal of cancellation news today revolving a wide array of shows, but let’s start with The Kominsky Method.

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Following some wins at the Golden Globes earlier this month, Netflix has renewed the Chuck Lorre series for an eight-episode second season. This is an episode order that works well for series stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, and we certainly also wonder how this will work for Nancy Travis given her status as a major part of Last Man Standing. We do think there’s a way that she can easily manage both, given the lighter work schedules that come at times with comedies.

We assume that, so long as this show continues to get awards recognition, Netflix will want to keep it around as long as humanly possible. That tends to be what happens with many of their series.

Good news for Ellen’s Game of Games

It should not come as a shock that the NBC game show is coming back for a third season. It remains a considerable ratings winner for the network and it’s a perfect midseason entry for them. It’s a good extension of her daytime TV brand and the network, at least so far, is doing a good job of limiting the episode order and not over-saturating the show. With a product like this, sometimes it can be a little bit easy to throw a ton of them out there at once to the point where viewers get tired of it.

Bad news for Channel Zero

We can’t say that this is a surprise, but it’s still a disappointment for those who love innovative horror / sci-fi programming. After four seasons, Syfy is moving on from the franchise, which barely averaged a 0.1 rating for its fourth season. We do think this is the sort of show, with its separate stories and anthology format, that could always come back down the line, but we’re not overly optimistic about it for now. Four or five seasons tends to be the peak for a lot of shows as this network, which has a tendency to move on from series before things get a little bit too expensive for them.

It’s still a shame, given that Syfy should really be doing what they can in order to be a pioneer in unique genre storytelling that other networks would be a little too afraid to touch.

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