Jill Marie Jones’ new Starz drama Ash vs Evil Dead has been renewed for a second season. The really interesting part about this news, however, is that the show’s premiere episode isn’t scheduled to air until until October 31.
Starz clearly has a lot of faith in the show, which is expected to air in over one-hundred countries simultaneously. The network has a history of handing out early renewals, usually citing strong affiliate demand.
Here is some news for you Kerry Washington fans. The Scandal star and her cast mate, Katie Lowes, are set to co-produce a new Shondaland dramedy for ABC. The as-yet-untitled series will center on the lives of a group of nannies, and be shot in a similar style to that of the British comedy Upstairs, Downstairs.
Next up we have Halle Berry. The 49-year old actress is set to close out 2015 on a very low note. Not only is she divorcing her third husband, Olivier Martinez, she’s also been dealt a career blow, with her CBS series Extant being canceled after only two seasons.
The Steven Spielberg produced drama got a complete overhaul for season two, but still couldn’t bring in the big numbers CBS expected. Truthfully, the show was better suited for a network like Fox. CBS is the number one network on television and if you can’t deliver at least 10 million viewers and 2.0 demo, you’re not going to last very long.
Finally, we have Gabrielle Union and the ratings for Being Mary Jane’s season 3 premiere.
According to Nielsen, BMJ returned with a series low of 1.7 million viewers and a 0.9 demo. It appears fans have steadily tuned out, and I can’t say I blame them. Being Mary Jane is a sad and never ending woe-is-me story that few, if any, black women can actually relate to. The network’s careless promotion of the second season also turned off fans, again, myself included.
The show’s Facebook page went the ratchet route to play on stereotypes and fears in order to entice fans to watch, but ended up offending them in the process.
Given this is a cable network, the ratings may be enough to keep it on air for another season, even two, but after that I suspect BET will give Mary Jane her walking papers.