“Kung Fu,” “Stargirl,” ” Mayans,” “Doctor” Renewed

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

The CW has picked up its “Kung Fu” revival for a second season and its DC Comics series “Stargirl” for a third season – the latter a surprise as the second season isn’t slated to debut for another three months.

The pickups bring the network’s total of scripted pickups for the 2021-22 schedule to 15 including all three first-year shows this year (the other two being “Walker” and “Superman and Lois”). Both series are from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions, the latter now has eight series set at The CW.

Also today, ABC has renewed the medical drama “The Good Doctor” for a fifth season – the pickup ordered a couple of weeks ahead of the show’s fourth season finale.

It marks the first ABC scripted series to score a renewal for the 2021-22 season. The Freddie Highmore-led series is also a reliable performer for ABC – averaging 8.4 million viewers per episode in Live+7.

Next, FX has renewed its “Sons of Anarchy” spin-off series “Mayans MC” for a fourth season. The renewal comes ahead of the third season finale next week and will continue with co-creator Elgin James who took over as showrunner for the third season following Kurt Sutter’s firing. The fourth season will air in 2022.

Finally, NBC has handed out a series order for “Law & Order: For the Defense,” the seventh series in producer Dick Wolf’s mega-franchise. Former “CSI” showrunner Carol Mendelsohn will take the reins of the new series which centers on the attorneys at a criminal defense firm.

Source: TV Line

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