Looking ahead: Ryan Murphy's new FX show 'Feuds'; TV networks prep for new fall season
Yesterday, FX ordered a new series from TV producer/magician Ryan Murphy. Feuds will be an eight-episode mini-series that tells the story behind legendary rivalries. Bring it.
From the press release:
Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, the eight-episode first season revolves around Joan Crawford and Bette Davis' legendary rift they had on 1962 feature film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The rivalry between the two stars was paramount to the movie's popularity at the time. (The movie scored five Oscar nominations, including one for Davis.)
American Horror Story alum Jessica Lange will reteam with Murphy and star as Crawford, while Susan Sarandon will play Davis. The pilot is based in part on the script Best Actress by Jaffe Cohen and Michael Zam, which Murphy purchased.
Murphy is on a hot streak, and we're the winners. He's behind FX's recent hit American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson, and Fox's Scream Queens, and a little show named Glee. No word on when Feuds will air, but we can only hope sometime this year.
And speaking of upcoming TV, the five big networks (ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox and NBC) are prepping their fall lineup for advertisers. TV upfronts begin May 16, and thankfully Entertainment Weekly did the heavy lifting for us, providing a handy series list.
So as we not-so patiently wait for the second coming of Joan and Bette, let's go over what we already know is coming back, what we're still holding out hope for, and what's completely dead.
America's Funniest Home Videos: Wait, how is this show still on?
The Bachelor: Duh.
Black-ish: Anthony Anderson's sitcom family still captures our hearts each week, providing smart takes on American black culture.
Dancing With the Stars: Sure.
Fresh Off the Boat: All hail Constance Wu, queen of one-liners.
The Goldbergs: This 80s-era sitcom still keeps us chuckling.
Grey's Anatomy: We can't quit you, Meredith Grey. But we're nervous for what season 13 might bring our heroine.
How to Get Away with Murder: Emmy-winning Viola Davis. Nuff said.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: ABC still loves super heroes.
The Middle: Sure.
Modern Family: After finally going home empty at this year's Emmys, people are still watching this sitcom. It's gotten a little better this season, but no where near its outstanding first couple seasons.
Once Upon a Time: We're surprised this fairytale drama has kept viewers tuning in after five seasons, but we love characters we already know and love.
Quantico: We gave up on this after the midseason break, but we like keeping Priyanka Chopra on TV.
Scandal: No stopping this Shonda-train.
Shark Tank: Duh.
The Family: It's disappointingly trying so hard to bring Shonda Rhimes-level intrigue, but at least we have Joan Allen bringing it each week.
Agent Carter: Marvel's spinoff isn't as much of a hit, but it still deserves a third season.
Castle: How does this show go on now?
The Catch: We're still waiting to see if this new Shonda Rhimes show will catch on. Our money says it's not going to.
Dr. Ken: Probably not coming back. Ken Jeong deserves something better, and maybe should stick to movies?
The Muppets: Another Muppet reinvention, another cancellation, we expect.
Galavant: If ABC promoted this show better, you'd actually know just how exciting, fresh and GOOD this musical comedy is.
American Crime: The second season was one of the best shows on TV this year. Make sure you check out this anthology series on streaming providers or On Demand.
Last Man Standing: Tim Allen will always be on TV. We think that's in the Bible.
Nashville: We're still watching, with one eyebrow raised, but after this last trainwreck of an episode, this show might not deserve another season.
The Real O'Neals: If this doesn't work, please find something for Martha Plimpton immediately.
Blood and Oil; Wicked City; King and Prophets
2 Broke Girls: Maybe if this show wasn't on CBS we'd have kept up with it.
The Amazing Race: Sure.
The Big Bang Theory: When you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.
Blue Bloods: You can always count on a Friday-night CBS cop drama.
CSI: Cyber: Another day, another CSI episode.
Elementary: Jonny Lee Miller's and Lucy Liu's chemistry is fantastic.
Hawaii Five-0: Seven seasons. CBS sure knows how to make 'em.
Madam Secretary: We wish this show was just a little more exciting.
Mom: The best sitcom on CBS. Allison Janney and Anna Faris have so much heart and humor.
NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans: Of course.
Scorpion: Remember Katharine McPhee, the pop star? Not really. She's actually pretty great here.
Undercover Boss: Sure, why not?
CSI: Cyber: Honestly we don't even remember this show existing.
Supergirl: The most buzzed about new show should have gotten an early pickup.
Criminal Minds: This show will live on forever, whether or not it's renewed for a 12th season.
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders: Gary Sinese deserves better.
Limitless: Even a Bradley Cooper cameo couldn't secure this show's fate.
The Odd Couple: To be honest, Matthew Perry isn't aging well, and needs a break.
Code Black: Marcia Gay Harden deserves better.
Rush Hour: Our Tampa boy, Justin Hires, deserves another season!
Life in Pieces: We wanted this family sitcom to be funnier.
Angel From Hell; Mike & Molly; The Good Wife; Person of Interest
The 100: If you're not watching, you should be. We promise.
Arrow: We <3 superheroes.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow: This has been the CW's weakest superhero show, yet, but they're giving it another go to see if this team catches on.
iZombie: We promise we'll catch up with this show over the summer.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Rachel Bloom is our favorite new TV star.
The Flash: We <3 speedy superheroes.
Jane the Virgin: Gina Rodriguez and Co. followed up a fantastic first season with an extremely fun second season. Let's keep it going.
Reign: A sexy take on history lives for a third season.
Supernatural: Sam and Dean, forever on TV, and in our hearts.
The Originals: Vampires, werewolves, witches, oh my, how are they still finding new stories to tell?
The Vampire Diaries: In the middle of this seventh season, Ian Somerhalder casually mentioned the show's demise. We hope not.
Containment: This just started, so time will tell how well this new Julie Plec (TVD) project does.
Beauty and the Beast
Bones: 12 seasons?!
Empire: The Lyons didn't live up the first season's intrigue, so here's hoping producers can give us something to get excited about.
Gotham: This Batman prequel series lives on for a third season.
Lucifer: Really surprised on this one.
Rosewood: Morris Chestnut should always be on TV, even if the show isn't that great..
Scream Queens: Jamie Lee Curtis and most of the cast return for completely new story set in a hospital.
Bob's Burgers: Duh.
Family Guy: Duh.
The Simpsons: Duh.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Remember that time it won a Golden Globe? Andre Braugher is still the best thing about this cop comedy.
The Last Man on Earth: Will Forte shaved the hair off half his face, eyebrows and all. Now that's commitment.
New Girl: Megan Fox replaced Zooey Deschanel for a few episodes this season, but it just wasn't the same.
Hell's Kitchen: Gordon Ramsay gets a 16th season. Wow.
MasterChef Junior: Nothing is better than watching chef kids on TV as you eat your blue box macaroni and cheese.
Superhuman: We have to be honest, we had to look this one up. It's a Kal Penn reality competition show. Sure?
Sleepy Hollow: Yikes. Fans were not happy with the latest twist, so should it even come back?
Bordertown: If one Fox animated comedy had to go, it'd be this.
Grandfathered: Oh, John Stamos. We'll trade this for more of you on Netflix's Fuller House.
The Grinder: Fred Savage and Rob Lowe are better together and this show needs to come back.
Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life: What a long title for a blah show about millennials.
Second Chance: The joke writes itself with that title.
American Idol; Minority Report
The Blacklist: No stopping James Spader.
Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D.: Chicago sure has a lot going on.
Grimm: Even though we stopped watching by season 3, you gotta give it props that the fairytale drama is back for a sixth season.
Law & Order: SVU: The show that will never die.
The Voice: No matter how you feel about Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, the real reason we're watching is the bromance between Blake and Adam.
Superstore: America Ferrera and Ben Feldman are delightful in this new comedy.
Heartbeat: Melissa George deserves better, but we'll take it.
American Ninja Warrior: Can we give this kid a show?
Little Big Shots: See above.
Blindspot: Glad NBC found its groove in thillers.
Shades of Blue: Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta gave us a fun take on a typical cop show.
Hollywood Game Night: Jane Lynch may not be returning in CBS's Angel From Hell, but at least NBC has her here.
Telenovela: Eva Longoria tried her best here, but somehow this comedy fell flat.
Game of Silence: NBC did its part promoting the show, but we're not sure it needs to go beyond this season.
The Carmichael Show: Stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael deserves all the TV spotlight.
The Mysteries of Laura: The mystery will always be why people are watching this show. The enchanting Debra Messing probably has something to do with it.
Crowded: Lol millennials moving in with their parents. But first, lemme take a selfie.
Strong: This very new reality competition series is nothing new.
Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon: Sure. Let's keep Nick Cannon working. He's got #dembabies.
Undateable: Chris D'Elia has done a great job keeping this show afloat. It's now live, and better than ever.
Heroes Reborn; The Player; You, Me and the Apocalypse; Truth Be Told
What shows surprise you on this list? Tweet me @bevolk.