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ROSEANNE Spin-off THE CONNORS Picked up; TIMELESS Cancelled; MTV Studios Brings MTV Shows to SVOD, & More

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Roseanne Spin-off Green-lit, Timeless Cancelled, MTV shows to SVOD, and More TV News

The Connors (ABC)

The Roseanne spin-off TV series, entitled The Connors, has been officially green-lit by ABC and is moving forward. The spin-off will be preceding without the presence of Roseanne Barr. Roseanne Barr had her television show revival cancelled after a racist tweet went viral and received widespread condemnation.

ABC, all of the cast, and the crew were upset about the cancellation (especially those that had made plans based on their Roseanne salary). That is when rumors of a spin-off began. Those rumors became real talks, then real negotiations, and now those negotiations have been successfully completed.  The series, tentatively called The Connors, has received an ABC series order and a 10-episode first season commitment.

The Connors‘ plot synopsis: “After a sudden turn of events, the Connors are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.”

Portraying these characters will be John Goodman (“Dan”), Laurie Metcalf (“Jackie”), Sara Gilbert (“Darlene”), Lecy Goranson (“Becky”) and Michael Fishman (“D.J.”). All five actors had this to say about The Connors TV series:

We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience. We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.

No premiere date has been set yet. The Connors is set to premiere on Tuesdays between at 8 p.m.

Dear White People (Netflix)

Dear White People has been renewed for a third season on Netflix.

This show stars: Giancarlo Esposito, Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson, and Marque Richardson.

Ozark (Netflix)

Ozark has been renewed for a third season on Netflix.

This show stars: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Esai Morales, Trevor Long, and Janet McTeer.

Ozark: Season 2’s plot synopsis: “In the anticipated second season, the Byrde family continues to navigate the troubled money-laundering and drug cartel waters. With Del (Esai Morales) out, the crime syndicate sends its ruthless attorney Helen Pierce (McTeer) to town to shake things up just as the Byrdes finally are settling in. Marty and Wendy struggle to balance their family interests amid the escalating dangers presented by their partnerships with the power-hungry Snells, the cartel and their new deputy, Ruth Langmore (Garner), whose father Cade (Trevor Long) has been released from prison. The stakes are even higher than before — and the Byrdes soon realize they have to go all in before they can get out.”

MTV Creates MTV Studios. Daria & Jodie, Made, Aeon Flux, The Real World, The Valley, and Straight Up Ghosted Shopped to other Networks.

MTV is going to start transporting some its new and signature TV shows off of MTV airwaves through the creation of MTV Studios. The TV shows in question are: Daria & Jodie, Made, Aeon Flux, The Real World, The Valley, and Straight Up Ghosted.

MTV’s ratings and growth:

MTV is currently the fastest growing network on TV, with viewership in prime time up 21% year-over-year. Additionally, MTV attracted 2.9 billion streams in 2018, up +83% YoY, and has amassed more than 350 million social followers globally.

Why MTV is moving some of its original TV shows to SVOD:

Because the younger side of MTV’s traditional target demo of persons 12-34, the 12- to 17-year-olds, do most of their viewing online, MTV plans to reach them there. (Anything for) the younger set of the demo is going to be more on the SVOD partners. Anything in the 20 plus is going to be more for our traditional cable platform,” McCarthy said. “Things that are in the animation space, things that are in pure music longform, things that are in the teen and high school space — those are the things that we’re going to be looking more in the SVOD space. The traditional amplified and louder versions of unscripted reality, we’re going to continue to focus on that in cable.”

Daria & Jodie, The Real World and Aeon Flux all are being pitched to streaming platforms like Hulu, Netflix and Apple.

More on the MTV TV shows that will be moved to streaming services:

“DARIA & JODIE” (wt)
The iconic animated franchise is reinvented through the eyes of heroine Daria Morgendorffer and one of her closest friends Jodie Landon. These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.
Writer: Grace Edwards (Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Loosely Exactly Nicole, Inside Amy Schumer)
Production Company: MTV Studios

This cult anime classic is back for a live action remake, as the badass heroine assassin Aeon Flux teams up with a group of biohacking rebels in the not too distant dystopian future to battle a brutally repressive regime and save humanity.
Executive Producers: Jeff Davis (“Teen Wolf,” “Criminal Minds”) and Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead,” “Fear of the Walking Dead”)
Production Company: MTV Studios

The show that invented modern reality television returns to its roots. This reconnection to innocence for the trailblazing series strips away the polarization and cold anonymity of social media, the din of the 24-hour news cycle, and the facades of the instafamous culture to find out what happens “when seven strangers are picked to live in a house…stop being polite and start getting real.”
Production Company: MTV Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions

The groundbreaking, Emmy-winning life makeover series returns. In a world of 2D Instagram transformations, MADE pairs talented young underdogs with experts for face to face coaching for total life, real life reinventions.
Production Company: MTV Studios

In the spirit of “The Hills” and “The City,” this new show follows a group of attractive 20 somethings in a classic coming of age docu-series featuring first loves, relationships and life decisions – with a twist. This group of young people is living in “The Valley” of Nogales, Arizona, a town along the border of the United States and Mexico. This is the real life story of friends who are growing up on the edge of two countries, two cities as they share one Valley, their youth and common bond.
Production Company: MTV Studios

While social media has connected the world more than ever, it has also undercut our ability to deeply connect and communicate. Today, critical relationship-ending conversations and confrontations have faded into digital dialogue or worse “ghosting.” This series explores real stories of real people who vanished by blocking them, and unlocks the reality and uncomfortable truth to satisfy the ultimate question–why did you leave me?
Production Company: MTV Studios

The Terror (AMC)

The Terror has been renewed for a second season on AMC. Season Two of The Terror will be ten episodes long.

The Terror: Season 2’s plot synopsis: “The next iteration, based on an idea by Borenstein, will be set during World War II and center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific.”

Timeless (NBC)

The Terror has been cancelled for a second time by NBC. There is currently talk of a wrap-up TV movie.

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