Upfronts 2015/16: NBC

NBC has ordered seven new dramas for 2015/16, including series starring Jennifer Lopez and Wesley Snipes.

NBC

NBC

Blindspot, Heroes Reborn, Heartbreaker, The Player, Chicago Med, Shades of Blue, and Game of Silence have all been added to the Peacock network’s forthcoming schedule, as well as sniper miniseries The Reaper.

Returning dramas include The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, The Mysteries of Laura, and The Night Shift.

However, Constantine, Allegiance, and State of Affairs have been cancelled.

No decision has yet been made on the futures of AD The Bible Continues, and American Odyssey.

Season three of Hannibal is set to premiere on June 4.

Blindspot (season one)

A vast international plot explodes when a beautiful Jane Doe, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. But there’s one tattoo that is impossible to miss: the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller, emblazoned across her back. They quickly realise that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, leading them closer to the truth about her identity and the mysteries to be revealed. The cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach, and Ashley Johnson.

Produced by Warner Bros Television and Berlanti Productions, writer Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Mark Pellington executive produce.

Blindspot

Blindspot

Chicago Med (season one)

The latest installment of the compelling “Chicago” franchise takes viewers inside the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. The cast includes Oliver Platt, S Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss, and Yaya Dacosta.

Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas serve as writers and executive producers. Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski and Joe Chappelle also executive produce. Chicago Med is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films.

Chicago Med

Chicago Med

Game of Silence (season one)

A successful Atlanta attorney’s (David Lyons) long-lost childhood friends unexpectedly reappear after 25 years. When a dark secret they thought they had buried resurfaces, the brotherhood bands together to right the wrongs of their shared past – a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and quench their thirst for revenge. The cast includes Michael Raymond-James, Larenz Tate, Bre Blair, Conor O’Farrell, Deidrie Henry, Demetrius Grosse, and Claire Van Der Boom.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television and Carol Mendelsohn Productions, writer David Hudgins executive produces with Carol Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, and Niels Arden Oplev.

Game of Silence

Game of Silence

Heartbreaker (season one)

Based on the real life and achievements of Dr Kathy Magliato, this medical drama follows Dr Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), an outspoken world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon and one of the few women in her field. She revels in a racy personal life, manages the daily demands of skeptical faculty and dutiful interns, and pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights. The cast includes Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, DL Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J Louis Mills, and Joshua Leonard.

From Universal Television, writer Jill Gordon executive produces with Amy Brenneman, Brad Silberling, and Robbie Duncan McNeill.

Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker

Heroes Reborn (limited event series)

The hit series returns with a fresh crop of inspiring heroes who take on the ultimate struggle between those with extraordinary abilities and those with nefarious motives to hunt and harness their powers. The cast includes Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Masi Oka, Judith Shekoni, Robbie Kay, Henry Zebrowski, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Danika Yarosh, Toru Uchikado, Eve Harlow, and Gatlin Green.

From Universal Television, Imperative Entertainment, and Tailwind Productions, creator and writer Tim Kring executive produces with Peter Elkoff, and James Middleton.

Heroes Reborn

The Player (season one)

A Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organisation of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. The cast includes Wesley Snipes, Charity Wakefield, and Damon Gupton.

Writer John Rogers executive produces with John Davis, John Fox, and Bharat Nalluri for Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, and Kung Fu Monkey.

The Player

The Player

Shades of Blue (season one)

Jennifer Lopez stars as sexy New York detective (and single mother) Harlee Santos, who fell in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide the best life for her honest and talented daughter. When she’s trapped by the FBI, however, and forced to inform on her own “brothers,” she’ll have to walk the fine line between love, loyalty, honor and betrayal, and try to keep it together for her daughter’s future. The cast also includes Ray Liotta, Warren Kole, Dayo Okeniyi, Drea De Matteo, Hampton Fluker, Vincent Laresca, and Sarah Jeffery.

Writers Jack Orman and Adi Hasak executive produce with Jennifer Lopez, Barry Levinson, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Ryan Seacrest, and Nina Wass  for Universal Television, Nuyorican Productions, EGTV, and Ryan Seacrest Productions.

The Reaper (miniseries)

Based on the memoir The Reaper by Nicholas Irving, this event miniseries recounts the 100-day Afghanistan deployment of Sgt Nicholas Irving, nicknamed The Reaper. The first African-American sniper, Irving tallied 33 official kills during this single deployment, a record that still stands today.

Writers Tom Donnelly and Josh Oppenheimer executive produce with Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company.

Upfronts 2015/16: Fox

Fox has ordered five new dramas for 2015/16, including the small screen adaptation of movie Minority Report – and the return of The X-Files.

Fox

Fox

Rosewood, Lucifer, and The Frankenstein Code will also line-up on the network during the year.

Returning dramas include Bones, Sleepy Hollow, Empire, and Gotham.

Gracepoint, Red Band Society, Backstrom, and The Following have all been cancelled, while Glee wrapped up its six season run in March this year.

Minority Report (season one)

Based on the international blockbuster film by executive producer Steven Spielberg and the first of his films to be adapted for television, this drama follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. The cast includes Meagan Good, Stark Sands, Wilmer Valderrama, Daniel London, Laura Regan, Li Jun Li, and Zhane Hal.

From 20th Century Fox Television, Paramount Television, and Amblin Television, it is executive produced by writer Max Borenstein, Kevin Falls, Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Mark Mylod.

Minority Report

Minority Report

Rosewood (season one)

The story of Dr Beaumont Rosewood Jr (Morris Chestnut), the most brilliant private pathologist in Miami. Using his wildly sophisticated autopsy lab, he performs for-hire autopsies to uncover clues that the Miami PD can’t see. The cast also includes Jaina Lee Ortiz, Gabrielle Dennis, and Anna Konkle.

From 20th Century Fox Television and Temple Hill, writer Todd Harthan executive produces with Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, and Richard Shepard.

Rosewood

Rosewood

The X-Files (limited event series)

Thirteen years after the original series run, the next chapter of The X-Files will be a six-episode event series, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Production is set to begin in summer 2015.

From 20th Century Fox Television, and Ten Thirteen Productions, creator Chris Carter executive produces with Glen Morgan.

The X-Files

The X-Files

The Frankenstein Code (season one)

A modern re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s classic novel about a man brought back to life by two scientists playing god. Seventy-five-year-old Jimmy Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall) was forced to resign as LA County Sheriff for corrupt conduct more than a decade ago. Now, 15 years later, he is killed when he stumbles upon a robbery at the home of FBI Agent Duval Pritchard (Tim DeKay), one of his three children. But he is brought back to life by billionaire tech-genius twins Mary Goodwin (Dilshad Vadsaria) and her brother Otto (Adhir Kalyan), founders of the social networking empire, Lookinglass. Resurrected as a younger version of himself, with physical abilities he never dreamed, a re-animated Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky) is given a second chance at life.

From 20th Century Fox Television, Teakwood Lane Productions, and Kara Productions, writer Rand Ravich executive produces with Howard Gordon, Michael Cuesta, and co-executive producer Hugh Fitzpatrick.

The Frankenstein Code

The Frankenstein Code

Lucifer (season one)

Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) has abandoned his throne and retired to LA, where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub. The cast also includes Lesley-Ann Brandt, Lauren German, and DB Woodside.

From Warner Bros Television, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and Aggressive Mediocrity, writer Tom Kapinos executive produces with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Len Wiseman, Ildy Modrovich, and Joe Henderson.

Lucifer

Lucifer

Upfronts 2015/16: CBS

Supergirl will lead the charge for new dramas on CBS in 2015/16.

It is one of five new hour-long series heading to the network, alongside Code Black, Limitless, Rush Hour, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

The network’s returning dramas include NCIS: New Orleans, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, and Scorpion.

Battle Creek and Stalker have been cancelled, while CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will end its 15-season run with a two-hour finale on September 27.

Code Black (season one)

Based on the documentary by Ryan McGarry about life in one of the busiest, most notorious ER departments in the US. It stars Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Kannokada, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Harry M Ford, Luis Guzman, Raza Jaffrey, and William Allen Young.

Michael Seitzman, Marti Noxon, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton, Ryan McGarry, and David Semel are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

Code Black

Code Black

Limitless (season one)

Based on the film, it follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Bradley Cooper.

Craig Sweeny, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, and Tom Forman are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with K/O Paper Products and Relativity Television.

Limitless

Limitless

Supergirl (season one)

An action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. The cast includes Chyler Leigh, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, and David Harewood.

Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter, and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros Television.

Supergirl

Supergirl

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (season one)

A spin-off from the original series, it stars Gary Sinise in a drama about the specialised International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad. The cast includes Daniel Henney, and Tyler James Williams.Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Nick Pepper are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Rush Hour (season one)

A reimagining of the feature film franchise, this is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick LAPD detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together. It stars Jon Foo, Justin Hires,  Wendie Malick, and Aimee Garcia.

Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Jeff Ingold, Jon Turteltaub, Arthur Sarkissian, and Brett Ratner are executive producers for Warner Bros Television.

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

Upfronts 2015/16: The CW

The CW renewed ten dramas for 2015/16, adding new series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Containment to its schedule next year.

Comedy-drama Jane the Virgin, The Flash, iZombie, Arrow, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals will all return after receiving new season orders.

Period drama Reign will also be back, with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Containment due to launch in midseason, and The 100 and Beauty and the Beast returning in 2016.

Jane the Virgin (season two)

Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) has always lived by the rules, but when she was accidentally artificially inseminated her life became as dramatic and outrageous as the telenovelas she grew up watching. It stars Ivonne Coll, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier, Yael Grobglas, Jaime Camill, and Andrea Navedo.

It is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros Television, in association with Electus, with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Ben Silverman, Gary Pearl, and Jorge Granier.

Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin

The Flash (season two)

Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen, who lives a normal life as a CSI in the Central City Police Department until he is hit by a dark matter lightning storm that gives him super-speed. It also stars Candice Patton, Jesse L Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, and Tom Cavanaugh.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, The Flash is from by Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, David Nutter, and Sarah Schechter.

The Flash

The Flash

iZombie (season two)

This zom-dram-rom-com follows Liv Moore (Rose McIver), who learned to embrace her undead life and use her zombie powers for good. As an intrepid, zombified medical examiner, Liv ate the brains of the morgue cadavers and, under the guise of being a psychic, used her visions to assist Detective Clive Babinaux (Malcolm Goodwin) in solving murder cases. It also stars Rahul Kohli, David Anders, and Robert Buckley.

Based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, iZOMBIE is from Bonanza Productions in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros Television.

iZombie

iZombie

Arrow (season four)

After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific.  He returned home to Starling City, bent on righting the wrongs of his family and fighting injustice. It stars David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Brandon Routh, Katie Cassidy, and Willa Holland.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, Arrow is from Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schechter.

Arrow

Arrow

Supernatural (season 11)

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) have spent their lives on the road, battling every kind of supernatural threat.  Over the years, after countless bloody adventures, they have faced everything from the yellow-eyed demon that killed their mother to vampires, ghosts, shapeshifters, angels and fallen gods.  With the help of allies — both human and supernatural — they’ve discovered that every victory comes with a price. It stars Ruth Connell, Mark Sheppard, and Misha Collins.

Supernatural is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Jeremy Carver, Robert Singer, and Phil Sgriccia. Eric Kripke created the series and is an executive consultant, along with McG.

Supernatural

Supernatural

The Vampire Diaries (season seven)

This supernatural drama is set in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a small town haunted by supernatural beings. It stars Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola, Paul Wesley, and Matt Davis.

Based on the series of books by LJ Smith, it is from Bonanza Productions in association with Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios.  The series was developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, who executive produce with Leslie Morgenstein, and Caroline Dries.

The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries

The Originals (season three)

The Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) have spent 1,000 years fighting to protect their dysfunctional family, but now that Klaus and the hybrid Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) share an infant daughter, Hope, the stakes are higher than ever. It also stars Riley Voelkel, Charles Michael Davis, Danielle Campbell, Leah Pipes, and Yusuf Gatewood.

It is from Bonanza Productions in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios.  Julie Plec, Michael Narducci, Diane Ademu-John, and Leslie Morgenstein are executive producers.

The Originals

The Originals

Reign (season two)

Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane), and her husband the King of France, Francis (Toby Regbo) lived through the birth of the King’s, but not the Queen’s, son, the plague, and a nation divided.  Catherine de Medici (Megan Follows), realising her limited power now that her daughter-in-law wears her crown, made a bold move to align herself with Mary’s ultimate enemy, Queen Elizabeth (Rachel Skarsten) of England. It also stars Torrance Coombs, Caitlin Stasey, and Celina Sinden.

Reign is produced by CBS Television Studios, Whizbang Films and Take 5 Productions with executive producers Laurie McCarthy, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Brad Silberling, Gretchen Berg, and Aaron Harberts.

Reign

Reign

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (season one)

Time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat — one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself.  Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known? It stars Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Ciarra Renee, Franz Drameh, with Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller.

Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’S Legends of Tomorrow is from Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schechter.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Containment (season one)

When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD.  But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area.  The cast includes David Gyasi, Christina Moses, Chris Wood, Kristen Gutoskie, Claudia Black, George Young, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, and Trevor St John.

Based on the original Belgian series Cordon, created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, Containment is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros Television, with executive producers Julie Plec and David Nutter.

Containment

Containment

The 100 (season three)

The refugees of The 100 sent to Earth have been at war. First with themselves, then with the Grounders, and finally with Mount Weather. But now the war is over. The prisoners have returned home to a world seemingly at peace, but can they find peace within themselves after what they had to do to escape?

Based on the book series by Kass Morgan, The 100 is from Bonanza Productions in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Jason Rothenberg and Leslie Morgenstein.

The 100

The 100

NBC orders drama trio

Ahead of its annual Upfronts presentation, NBC has ordered three new dramas for the 2015/2016 season.

NBC

NBC

A spin-off from sister series Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, Chicago Med follows a team of doctors who work in the city’s hospital. Produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films, it is executive produced by Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski, and Joe Chappelle.

The cast includes Oliver Platt, S Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss, and Yaya Dacosta.

Heartbreaker (fka Heart Matters) is another medical drama about Dr Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), a world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon who balances a racy personal life with breaking the boundaries of medical science.

Based on the life of Dr Kathy Magliato, it is produced by Universal Television, and executive produced by writer Jill Gordon, Amy Brenneman, Brad Silberling, and Robbie Duncan McNeill. The cast also includes Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, DL Hughley, Jamie Kennedy, Maya Erskine, J Louis Mills, and Joshua Leonard.

Blindspot centres on an international plot that comes to light when a woman is discovered naked in Times Square, covered in tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there. However, one mark is name the of an FBI agent, and he and the rest of the FBI quickly realise every one of her tattoos is an unsolved crime that leads them closer to uncovering her identity and future mysteries.

From Warner Bros Television, it is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, writer Martin Gero, Sarah Schechter, and Mark Pellington. The cast includes Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach, and Ashley Johnson.

TNT readies summer schedule

US cable network TNT is preparing for summer with three new series and the final season of sci-fi drama Falling Skies.

Public Morals makes its debut alongside Proof, and Cold Justice: Sex Crimes, alongside returning series Major Crimes, Murder in the First, Rizzoli & Isles, The Last Ship, Cold Justice, and Legends.

Season four of Major Crimes continues the story of a squad of detectives working alongside prosecutors to get a conviction. The cast includes Mary McDonnell, GW Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Kearran Giovanni, Phillip P Keene, Robert Gossett, and Jonathan Del Arco.

Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, in association with Warner Bros Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard, Michael M Robin, Rick Wallace, Adam Belanoff and Leo Geter executive produce.

Murder in the First returns for a second season, once again taking viewers inside a complex murder investigation. It stars Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson.

Co-created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, they executive produce for TNT Originals.

Murder in the First

Murder in the First

Crime-solving duo Rizzoli & Isles are back for a sixth season, again pairing a Boston police detective with a medical examiner. It stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.

Rizzoli & Isles is produced by Warner Horizon Television and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions, with Haber and showrunner Jan Nash executive producing. The show was developed by Janet Tamaro and is based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen.

Proof is about a brilliant surgeon who is persuaded by a cancer-striken billionaire to investigate cases of reincarnation, near-death experiences, hauntings and other phenomena, in the search for evidence that death is not the end. It stars Jennifer Beals, Matthew Modine, David Sutcliffe, and Joe Morton.

The series is produced by TNT, with Kyra Sedgwick, Rob Bragin, Tom Jacobson, Jill Littman and Alex Graves executive producing.

The Last Ship sets sail on its second season as the crew of the USS Nathan James confront their existence as survivors of a global pandemic. It stars Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, and Adam Baldwin.

Based on William Brinkley’s novel, it is produced by Platinum Dunes, with Jack Bender, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form executive producing with co-creators and showrunners Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane.

The fifth and final season of Falling Skies closes the story of life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. It stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, and Will Patton.

The show is produced by Amblin Television, with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and David Eick.

Falling Skies

Falling Skies

Real-life crime series Cold Justice returns for a third season, following investigators as they dig into unsolved murder cases. It stars Kelly Siegler, and Yolanda McClary.

Cold Justice is produced by Wolf Reality and Magical Elves. Dick Wolf, Dan Cutforth,  Jane Lipsitz, and Tom Thayer are the executive producers.

In spin-off Cold Justice: Sex Crimes, prosecutors Casey Garrett and Alicia O’Neill travel to small towns in the US to help solve cases that have sat dormant for years.

Dick Wolf, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Kelly Siegler, and Tom Thayer executive produce for Wolf Films and Magical Elves.

Season two of Legends continues the story of an undercover operative (Sean Bean) who has learned he isn’t the man he believed himself to be.

It is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, with Howard Gordon and showrunner Ken Biller executive producing.

Another new series, Public Morals, is a police drama following the Public Morals Division, which investigates vice crimes in 1960s New York. It stars writer and executive producer Edward Burns, Michael Rapaport, and Elizabeth Masucci.

Public Morals is produced in collaboration with Amblin Television and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, and Aaron Lubin.

Supergirl breaks out on CBS

Here’s the first image from US network CBS’s new pilot Supergirl.

Supergirl

Supergirl

Melissa Benoist plays Kara Zor-El, from the planet Krypton, who escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin as Kara Danvers. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was destined to be.

The pilot is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros Television, based on the characters from DC Comics.

It is executive produced by writers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, and Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schecter.

Production on the pilot began this week and CBS will reveal whether it has picked up the show for the 2015/16 series during its Upfronts in May.

Supergirl

Supergirl

Gotham, Empire renewed by Fox

Fox has handed two new dramas a second season.

Gotham and Empire will both return in 2015/16 after impressing during their debut seasons.

Averaging 10.6 million viewers, Gotham tells the origin of Commissioner Gordon from the Batman comics. The story follows his rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering between good and evil.

It stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Robin Lord Taylor.

Based upon the DC Comics characters, Gotham is produced by Warner Bros Television. Creator Bruno Heller executive produces with Danny Cannon and John Stephens.

Gotham

Gotham

Empire is about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne.

The cast includes Terrence Howard, Taraji P Henson, Malik Yoba, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, and Gabourey Sidibe.

It is produced by Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, who executive produce with Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken and Francie Calfo.

Empire

Empire

5USA solves Mysteries of Laura

Channel 5 has picked up new US drama The Mysteries of Laura for its 5USA network.

The Mysteries of Laura

The Mysteries of Laura

The series launched last autumn on NBC and has been picked up for a full season.

It stars Debra Messing as a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her “Columbo” day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband (Josh Lucas) — also a cop — who just can’t seem to sign the divorce papers.

The cast also includes Laz Alonso and Janina Gavankar.

Writer Jeff Rake and director McG executive produce with Greg Berlanti, Aaron Kaplan, Todd Lituchy and Sarah Schechter. It is produced by Warner Bros Television, Berlanti Productions and Kapital Entertainment.

It is based on the Spanish series Los Misterios de Laura, created by Carlos Vila and Javier Holgado for Boomerang TV and TVE1 in Spain.

The Mysteries of Laura debuts on 5USA on January 20.

Showtime for Shameless season six

Shameless has been renewed for a sixth season by US premium cable network Showtime.

Shameless

Shameless

The series, which recently launched its fifth season, will be back for a new 12-episode run in 2016.

Production is due to start later this year.

Season five stars William H Macy as pickled patriarch Frank Gallagher and Emmy Rossum as his daughter Fiona. as they deal with the upsides and downsides of personal growth and urban renewal.

Based on the UK series, which aired on Channel 4, Shameless is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros Television.

The executive producers are John Wells, Andrew Stearn, Christopher Chulack, Davey Holmes and Nancy Pimental.