This season has already brought us several great new TV series and there’s still plenty more to come. But audiences don’t necessarily have to wait until later in the year to find out which of these new titles will be returning. These freshman comedies and dramas have all performed well enough to earn an early second season renewal from their respective networks. Below, check out 16 new TV shows that will definitely be back with more episodes.
HBO is coming back to Westworld. As expected, the network recently renewed its ambitious, high-budget drama for a second season. The show has been earning strong reviews and lots of buzz since its October debut, so it’s no surprise that the cabler would want to keep it around. As of now, it’s unclear when exactly the next batch of episodes will be ready to air. HBO programming president Casey Bloys suggested that the 10-episode Season 2 will premiere sometime in 2018.
It should come as no surprise that FX’s new comedy, created by and starring Donald Glover, has been greenlit for a sophomore season. Since its debut in September, the semi-autobiographical series has earned widespread critical acclaim, scoring a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show has also been a solid ratings performer for the network, recognized as the most-watched basic cable primetime comedy premiere in over three years in the key 18 to 49 demographic. Given its early success, it’s clear why FX issued a renewal after only a few episodes.
3. Better Things
Another entry from FX’s Tuesday night comedy block has also earned an early renewal. The comedy, starring Pamela Adlon as a single working mom of three daughters, has garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews. Though it hasn’t earned as strong of ratings as Atlanta, it’s proven to be particularly popular among female audiences, ranking as the second most watched cable comedy premiere of the year among women ages 18 to 34. With decent ratings and high praise from critics, Better Things has proven to be a great new addition to FX’s original comedy lineup.
4. High Maintenance
Having made the jump from the web to the small-screen, the pot themed comedy will continue its life on HBO. The premium cable network has issued a second season order for the series, after its strong debut in late September. The six episode freshman season of the comedy followed a nameless drug dealer called The Guy (Ben Sinclair) as he delivers his product to clients around New York City. It remains unclear whether the sophomore season will be longer than its first or stick to the six episode format.
5. The Good Place
This NBC comedy, starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, has proven to be a new favorite in its rookie season. It earned a high 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes and though the show performed modestly in live ratings, it made up for it with strong DVR viewership. Case in point? Taking into account both its live and delayed viewership, the comedy earned a combined average of 6.1 million viewers each week — marking a significant improvement from the same Thursday night time slot last season.
With this in mind, it’s easy to see why NBC opted to give the series (which ended on a pretty major cliffhanger in Season 1) a 13-episode second season.
The Issa Rae starrer will return for a sophomore season next year. Since its debut last fall, the acclaimed comedy has proven to be a strong performer for HBO, earning both a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and solid ratings. The network has bumped up its episode order for Season 2, extending the show’s sophomore run from eight episodes to 10. The longer second season will kick off this summer.
7. This is Us
NBC’s ensemble family drama has been one of the biggest breakout hits of the year. The show, starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Sterling K. Brown, earned 72 million total viewers in its first 10 episodes (aka everything up to the midseason finale) on all platforms. That number has likely gone up significantly, as the show has since aired eight more episodes in the second half of the season.
Given its wide audience, This is Us was a no-brainer for renewal, with NBC preemptively greenlighting two more 18-episode seasons.
Sarah Jessica Parker’s return to HBO will continue into 2017. The network has just issued a renewal for the actress’s new comedy drama, Divorce. Like its solidly rated freshman season, Season 2 will consist of a total of 10 episodes. The sophomore run will air next year, although a premiere date remains unspecified.
9. Sneaky Pete
This Amazon original was renewed for a second season less than a week after its January launch — and for good reason. According to Deadline, the Bryan Cranston-produced drama was its second most streamed original scripted series on an opening day, behind only The Man in the High Castle.
It wasn’t only popular among Amazon users. The show was also well-received by critics, with Season 1 earning the all-too-rare score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
There was a lot of buzz leading up to FX’s new X-Men series and thankfully, it has managed to live up to the hype. The show’s freshman season, created by Fargo’s Noah Hawley, earned a widely positive response from critics and audiences alike. In addition to scoring a 90% score on Rotten Tomatoes, Legion averages 1.68 million viewers among adults 18–49, making it the second most popular new cable series in that key demographic.
With solid ratings and strong reviews, it’s no surprise the comic book property is set to return for a second season in 2018.
11. The Good Fight
This Good Wife spinoff is the first original scripted series to be launched on CBS All Access and it seems safe to count it as a success. The show drew overwhelmingly positive reviews in its February debut, scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Its ratings are less clear, as CBS All Access is following the practices of other streaming services and keeping its viewership data under wraps.
Despite that, the network has suggested that there’s been a good subscriber response to the show, leading to its renewal. “We’re only a few episodes into the first season and the reaction from CBS All Access subscribers and critics alike has been phenomenal,” Marc DeBevoise, president and chief operating officer of CBS Interactive, said, per Deadline.
Season 2 will likely premiere in early 2018.
NBC’s adaptation of the hit movie franchise has been renewed for a second season. The 10-episode first season hasn’t been a huge ratings juggernaut, averaging a solid 1.0 rating and 5.1 million viewers in its Monday night time slot. According to Variety though, the show has been popular internationally and isn’t overly costly to produce. Those factors helped seal its renewal.
Season 2 will reportedly be longer, consisting of 16 episodes, and will also operate under a new show runner.
The CW’s Archie Comic-inspired series has earned an early Season 2 pickup. The drama is earning averaging 1.2 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in its freshman season so far. That makes it the network’s second most successful non-superhero show, behind Supernatural. This is the eighth CW series so far to score another season for the 2017-18 TV season.
The Tom Hardy-led series, Taboo, will be back for Season 2. FX issued an official renewal, following the drama’s solid performance in viewership during its freshman run. The show — created by Peaky Blinders‘ Steven Knight and co-written by Hardy and his dad, Chips Hardy — has earned a loyal fanbase and proved popular with younger audiences since its January premiere. The team reportedly envisions the series as a three-season story, as Deadline reports.
In case it wasn’t already obvious by their lineup, FX has a lot of confidence in Ryan Murphy. Aside from currently airing three of the producer’s anthology series (and recently ordering a fourth one), the channel chose to preemptively renew his latest title, Feud, for a second season. Not only was the renewal announced before Feud’s first season even premiered, but the subject of Season 2 has already been chosen: the royal estrangement of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Luckily, it seems the early renewal was warranted, as Feud has been performing pretty well so far. It garnered a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and also earned the highest-rated new series premiere on FX since last year’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (which is also produced by Murphy).
16. Santa Clarita Diet
Netflix’s zombie comedy, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, will also be back. Though ratings for the series have not been released, the show received mostly positive reviews in its debut, earning a 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. The solid critical response, along with the online buzz that the series garnered, likely led Netflix to keep it off the chopping block for now.
Season 2 will kick off production in the summer of 2017, before becoming available for streaming sometime in 2018.
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