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Renewals and Cancellations: '3 Body Problem,' 'Welcome to Wrexham,' 'Family Guy'

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 17, 2024 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 17, 2024 |


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It’s a short one this week because we hit all of the Amazon renewals and cancellations mid-week, and the other networks and streamers had less to report, save for Hulu/FX, which is developing two more seasons of Shōgun.

However, Netflix finally made a decision on 3 Body Problem. I loved the first season, but the viewership clearly put it on the bubble, considering its costs. Netflix treated it accordingly. The wording of the renewal was something like, “Netflix picked up additional episodes to conclude the story.” In other words, it will not get a full three seasons to finish out the trilogy, but it will get another season — supersized, perhaps — to bring it to a conclusion. I’ll take it.

I’m saving Max’s travel comedy series Conan Must Go for a rainy day when I need a pick-me-up, but I am an outlier. It remained at the top of Max’s charts for a nice stretch, earning it a renewal. Conan O’Brien will be taking the show to six more countries. With this and his podcast, I love that Conan has really cracked the code on post-talk-show careers.

Elsewhere, FX has picked up Welcome to Wrexham for a fourth season. Three seasons in, and I am still enamored with it. I can’t help but root for the team (even though most of us already know the ultimate outcome), and they do a spectacular job of finding inspirational or interesting people to cover every week. The increased focus on the actual soccer has also been a welcome direction. I also wonder for Megan Ganz’s husband, actor Humphrey Ker, if helping to run the club is just his career now.

On Amazon, they are no longer moving ahead on Silk: Spider Society, an animated series from the Spider-Man universe run by Angela Kang. Kang left The Walking Dead universe for Amazon, and while this series will not move ahead, the showrunner will continue to develop projects for the streamer.

Finally, despite its massive popularity on Hulu, Fox’s Family Guy is not on the fall schedule for the first time in 19 years (it’s on the midseason schedule). It’s raised the interesting possibility that someday Hulu might take over the show, which is produced by Disney (which owns Hulu). That remains to be seen, but I do find it somewhat surprising that the Fox animated sitcom is consistently one of the most popular shows on Hulu.