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TV Renewals, Cancellations, Orders: COVERT AFFAIRS, HOTWIVES, MARCO POLO [Updated]

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Covert Affairs, The Hotwives of Orlando, Marco Polo, and other TV shows have all made recent TV show news by being renewed for an additional season, cancelled, or had additional episode orders. These shows air on USA, Hulu, and Netflix.

Covert Affairs (USA)

USA has opted not to renew the globe-trotting spy drama for a sixth season.

All others — Suits, Royal Pains and Graceland — have been picked up, making Covert Affairs the only casualty among USA’s established series, joining freshman drama Rush, which was axed in early October when the network renewed fellow rookie Satisfaction.

As is the case with older series, its production costs have gone up over the years. In addition to rising talent fees, the series also went bigger on locations, from the clunky green screen shots in the first couple seasons to filming around the world in recent years.

Covert Affairs has posted significant gains in shifted viewing — Season 5’s average of 990,000 adults 18-49 in Live+7 represents a +136% jump over Live+Same Day, 1.3 in adults 25-54 (+141%), and 3.3 million total viewers (+117%). But in Live+Same Day, Covert Affairs ranked dead last in live viewing among all original USA drama series this year in 18-49 with 445,000 viewers, behind Suits (976,000), Royal Pains (663,000), Graceland (552,000), Satisfaction (517,000) and even cancelled Rush (509,000). Covert Affairs also finished last (No. 6) in 18-34, No. 5 in 25-54, and a little better, No. 3, in total viewers.

USA has been finding it hard to monetize the Covert Affairs demo audience that watches days after the original broadcast. Additionally, even with the big DVR bumps, Covert Affairs still ranked No. 4 (out of six USA dramas) among 18-49 and 25-54 in L+7, No. 5 in 18-34 and No.3 in total viewers.

Dish Nation (Fox)

Fox Television Stations has renewed Twentieth TV-distributed Dish Nation for two years, through the 2016-2017 season.

Averaging 1.42 million daily viewers this season, Dish Nation has grown +10% over same period a year ago.

Kevin From Work (ABC Family)

Tough Cookie (ABC Family)

ABC Family is making a push into single-camera comedy with two pilot orders, to half-hour Kevin From Work, from Barbie Adler, Aaron Kaplan and McG, which has cast Canadian actor Noah Reid (Backpackers) and Paige Spara as the leads; and to family and friends-themed Tough Cookie

The Hotwives of Orlando (Hulu)

Hulu has renewed its original series The Hotwives of Orlando, with the setting for the spoof comedy shifting to Las Vegas with a new cast. Season 2 is set to return later this year.

Hand Of God (Netflix)

Red Oaks (Netflix)

The Cosmopolitans (Netflix)

The After (Netflix)

Amazon’s previous pilot season, in which five comedy and drama pilots were released in August, resulted in the pickup to series of drama Hand Of God, written by Ben Watkins and directed by Marc Forster, and Steven Soderbergh’s coming-of-age comedy Red Oaks. Additionally, Amazon ordered additional scripts from Whit Stillman’s comedy The Cosmopolitans. Amazon just scrapped the series order to one of the two dramas that were picked up in the first pilot season of 2014, Chris Carter’s The After.

Marco Polo (Netflix)

Netflix has renewed [Marco Polo], from the Weinstein Co. and Electus, for a 10-episode second season.

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Source: Deadline

 

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