Sleepy Hollow season 4

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Sleepy Hollow, Timeless, and Last Man Standing have been cancelled
  • Scandal is coming to an end after its seventh season
  • Amazon and Hulu make some fascinating additions to their rosters
  • The LEGO Movie’s Unikitty has officially received an animated spin-off show
  • And more!

Sleepy Hollow

Deadline reports that Fox has cancelled Sleepy Hollow after four seasons following the show’s second year in a row on the bubble. The series attempted to adapt by making some changes over the course of its run – including, notably, losing its leading lady Nicole Beharie after season 3 – but the show couldn’t stay afloat in the ratings thanks to its Friday night time slot. Pour one out for Ichabod Crane.

Timeless

The Shield creator Shawn Ryan can’t seem to catch a break these days. In the past few years, he’s experienced the cancellation of Terriers, The Chicago Code, and Mad Dogs, and now he can add the NBC time-travel show Timeless to that list. The writing may have been on the wall for this one when the network didn’t give it a full season pick-up, but the financially-driven cancellation apparently came out of nowhere for its creators:

Last Man Standing

Did you know Tim Allen had a popular TV show on ABC? No, not Home Improvement: it was called Last Man Standing, and it ran for a staggering six seasons before ABC pulled the plug. THR brings the news and cites the fact that if the series were to move into a seventh season, it would likely become a lot more expensive to produce because the cast could renegotiate their deals. Apparently, it wasn’t performing well enough to be worth more money.

ABC's "Scandal" - Season Three

TVLine reports that Kerry Washington’s mega-popular series Scandal (which is brilliantly parodied in Netflix’s Dear White People) will come to an end after its seventh season. But unlike all of the other projects we’ve mentioned thus far, the decision to bring this one to an end reportedly came from creator Shonda Rhimes, not the network itself. In the long run, adhering to a creator’s intent has to be better for the creativity of a series, so while Scandal fans may be heartbroken to know they only have one more season left, I’m sure they’d prefer that to the show droning on indefinitely and potentially losing quality along the way.

Crash and Burn book

But enough about endings. Let’s talk about new life. Hulu has given a pilot order to Crash and Burn, a thriller from Aaron Zelman (Resurrection, Silicon Valley, Bloodline) based on a best-selling book that follows “three troubled suburban boys through an averted school shooting in the mid-1990s” and “explores the complex world of teen boys and the men they’ll ultimately become.” No casting is in place yet, but we’ll keep you posted about this one.

izombie

The CW has announced that iZombie will return for a fourth season and The Originals for its fifth season. Deadline reports that the former was expected, but the latter only came about after some discussion. After all, the spin-off’s parent series, The Vampire Diaries, is coming to an end. Meanwhile, the network has also ordered a new version of Dynasty and a military drama called Valor.

Unikitty TV show

The long-rumored Unikitty! animated spin-off of The LEGO Movie is now officially happening at Cartoon Network. Actress Tara Strong (My Little Pony) will take over voicing the character from Alison Brie, and we have the first synopsis:

As ruler of the kingdom, Unikitty has busy days full of royal responsibilities. Unikitty is most interested in making sure everyone is happy and ridding the kingdom of negativity, but don’t misunderstand her optimism – she is one kitty not to be crossed. While she may be full of boundless energy and creativity, Unikitty is a force to be reckoned with if anyone gets in the way of spreading her positive vibes, especially if anyone makes her little brother and best friend, Puppycorn, sad. Also living in the castle are Dr. Fox, the resident scientist, and Unikitty’s trusty bodyguard, Hawkodile. Through it all, Unikitty and her friends make sure that every day is the happiest and most creative ever.

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