As we approach next week's upfronts where the broadcast networks will unveil their schedules for the 2013-14 season, the renewal and cancellation notices are flying left and right. Two more renewals of genre shows were just announced and neither is a big surprise as Syfy ordered a second (thirteen episode) season of Defiance and ABC announced they will bring back Once Upon A Time for a third season.
ABC announced the third season renewal of fantasy series Once Upon A Time as well as the pickup of the spin-off series Once Upon A Time in Wonderland. The original series actually saw a notable slide in its numbers during the second half of the current season, but then the broadcast networks in general have suffered on Sunday nights this year (against some series competition from cable with shows like The Bible, The Vikings, and The Walking Dead). No word yet on whether it is a full season renewal of twenty two episodes, but if so then that is actually a vote of confidence for the show as typically a third season pickup indicates that the network has essentially rubberstamped a fourth season as they try to get it to that 88 episode count that the syndication market wants to see. And I am guessing that they will almost certainly pair up the spin-off with the original on Sunday nights to give the network a two hour fantasy block of programming for the evening.
At this point, the only Fall series were are still waiting to hear about is Hannibal. We should know the status of that one tomorrow evening as NBC will likely release their schedule then to precede their upfront
presentation on Monday morning. I will pass that along on the Cancellation Watch Twitter Site as soon as any news is available.
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