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Welcome to Punch Drunk TV, where your intrepid hosts Jack Conway and Aaron Pruner navigate the often tumultuous Peak TV landscape -- one drink at a time.

May 18, 2018

We're now at that weird time between show seasons. With Summer shows around the corner and most shows coming to an end, what sorta batshit crazy things are we going to be watching over the next month? That is the question.

In the meantime, The Network UpFronts are done and it seems that the Red Wedding has come to Fox. The network almost killed all of their comedies. But at least Stiffler is coming to "Lethal Weapon" ... right?

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:

  • Clayne Crawford has been replaced by Seann William Scott for Season 3 of "Lethal Weapon." It's unclear what will happen to Riggs in the story, but Scott will come in as a new unruly cop character for Damon Wayans' Murtaugh to team up with.
  • Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon will return as Cord and Tish to cover the Royal Wedding on HBO. It's titled "The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish!" and will premiere May 19 at 7:30 pm.
  • Jordan Peele will executive produce a new 10-episode nazi-hunting series for Amazon called "The Hunt." Set in the 1970s, the series "starts from a vaguely real-world premise—former Nazis living undercover in New York—and quickly gets TV-show-over-the-top with it, suggesting that the “hundreds” of secret Germans are plotting the rise of a “Fourth Reich” in the heart of the Big Apple."
  • According to Entertainment Weekly, "Arrested Development's" 16-episode fifth season will be split into two halves, with one premiering May 29 and the other coming by the end of the year.
  • Netflix is getting in on the horror anthology trend with a new series, "Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight." According to Variety, Del Toro will serve as executive producer on the series, and reportedly wants to write and direct select “equally sophisticated and horrific” episodes himself; the rest will come from writers and filmmakers personally selected by the director.
  • "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been renewed for a sixth season.  According to AV Club, "the show will return for a 13-episode run next summer, most likely giving viewers a nice gap between the May release of Avengers 4 and the show’s season premiere. This way, half of the cast can still be obliterated and then resurrected without undercutting whatever the movie does to pull it off—which we’re all guessing involves time travel, right?"
  • Batwoman will make her debut in CW's next Superhero crossover event. This will be the first time any of the "Arrow"-related shows will be making a direct connection to the Batman universe.
  • According to The Hollywood Reporter, Epix has just ordered 10 episodes of "Pennyworth," a show dedicated to Batman’s butler Alfred when he first began working for Bruce Wayne’s father. The show will emphasize Alfred’s past as a former British SAS officer living in 1960s London, so it will be as far removed from the classic Batman mythology as possible.
  • DC Universe announced a new 13-episode live action series for the streaming service based on "Doom Patrol." A press release from Warner Bros. says "Doom Patrol" will be about a team of super-powered people who have all been scarred and traumatized by various tragedies until someone known as The Chief comes along and enlists them in a mission to investigate 'the weirdest phenomena in existence.'"

NOTEWORTHY CANCELLATIONS:
Syfy has canceled "The Expanse."
CBS: "Kevin Can Wait," "Scorpion," "Superior Donuts"
NBC: "Great News," "Rise," "Taken"
ABC: "Alex, Inc.," "The Crossing," "Deception," "Designated Survivor," "Quantico," "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World," "Marvel's Inhumans"
FOX: "The Exorcist," "Lucifer," "The X-Files" (but there'll be more "Prison Break," apparently?)

ABC also passed on "The Greatest American Hero" reboot. The CW canceled their "Supernatural" spinoff series "The Wayward Sisters." "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was saved from cancellation by NBC, and Fox has resurrected Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" after canceling practically all its comedies because "The Roseanne Effect" and ... football? 

AARON'S LOSER: "Patrick Melrose"
JACK'S LOSERS: "Safe"
AARON'S FENCERS: "Evil Genius" and "I'm Dying Up Here"
JACK'S FENCERS: "All Night," "Evil Genius," "Patrick Melrose"
AARON'S WINNERS: "Dear White People," "Westworld," "Barry" and "Killing Eve"
JACK'S WINNERS: "Barry," "Westworld," "The Handmaid’s Tale," "Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife" and Little Women"

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