4 TV Shows Already Renewed for Fall 2015
We’re barely halfway through the 2014-2015 primetime television season, but many networks are already ramping up their efforts to make 2015-2016 a success. Over the past several weeks, well over a dozen TV series have been renewed for next season. Network executives take many factors into consideration when they decide whether to bring a series back: Ratings, critical attention, accolades and fan following. Here are four series that have showed strength in all those areas, and were rewarded with another chance to thrill television audiences this fall.
1. The Walking Dead (AMC)
It came as a surprise to approximately no one when AMC announced it would bring back The Walking Dead for a sixth season before its fifth had even premiered. The smash-hit zombie apocalypse series, which has steadily gained viewers since it first aired in 2010, had 17.3 million people tune in to its season five premiere in October 2014. Those numbers are especially impressive, given the show’s horror theme and the fact that it airs on a basic cable network. While AMC hasn’t officially set a start date for the sixth season, it’s safe to say that whoever lives through the rest of this year will show up back on your screen some time this fall.
2. Jane the Virgin (The CW)
This freshman comedy is having a great first run. It won the AFI Television Program of the Year. Then, last Sunday, the series’ star, Gina Rodriguez, won a Golden Globe for her performance as Jane, a young woman who becomes pregnant despite the fact that she’s — you guessed it — a virgin. On a whole, The CW’s Jane the Virgin has been a hit with both viewers and critics, earning a strong following of fans and praise for its clever, loving send-up of telenovelas and an ensemble of memorable characters. So it’s definitely not shocking that, along with eight other series on the teen-focused network, it will see another season. What was interesting was how early The CW committed to renewal — nearly five months before it airs its first season finale.
3. Madam Secretary (CBS)
Another rookie show that’s having a stand-out year has already gotten a green light for a second season. Madam Secretary, the political drama starring Tea Leoni as a former CIA analyst-turned-U.S. Secretary of State, has been a huge hit with CBS viewers. It routinely pulls in over 10 million viewers on a weekly basis, and received two People’s Choice Award nominations. There’s no doubt CBS considered those facts when they chose to renew the series, though they also cited the show’s strong cast, compelling plot and dedicated showrunner Barbara Hall, as reasons for giving it another chance this September.
4. The Fosters (ABC Family)
This series has been a huge success for ABC Family, despite what some feel is controversial subject matter. The Fosters, starring Teri Polo and Sherri Saum, focuses on an interracial lesbian couple raising a family of biological, foster, and adopted children. The series has earned critical acclaim for its realistic, heartfelt portrayal of a same sex family. It also recently won a GLAAD Media Award for Best Drama Series. It does well with its target demographic, ranking number one amongst scripted TV dramas for 12- to 34-year-olds. The Fosters’ third season will premiere sometime this fall.