Upfronts 2022: Fox Goes Down To The Wire On ‘9-1-1’ Dramas, ‘The Resident’ & Animated Series Renewals + Update On ‘Call Me Kat’ & ‘Welcome To Flatch’
Fox, one of the two broadcast networks presenting on the first day of the upfronts Monday, was the last to make cancellation decisions this week, axing freshman comedy Pivoting and drama Our Kind of People Friday night. No announcement has been made yet on Fox’s two other bubble shows, comedies Call Me Kat and Welcome To Flatch. I hear both are being renewed, the latter after strong Season 2 pitch, including cast additions plan, as well as some creative dealmaking from Lionsgate TV.
Surprisingly, Fox also has not announced yet formal renewals for some of its strongest series, dramas 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star and The Resident. I hear all three are still in pickup negotiations with 20th Television, along with the studio’s contingent of animated Fox veterans, The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers.
Talks are going down to the wire but are expected to close, sources said. Animated series are on a different timeline so their renewal may come after the upfronts.
Fox also has not yet picked up new series for next season this upfront. (The network had previously ordered dramas Monarch and Accused which are on deck for fall.) As Deadline previously reported, John Eisendrath’s missing person procedural drama Alert is expected to get a straight-to-series order. Steve Yockey’s meteorologist comedy Cindy Snow also continues to look likely for a straight-to-series order under a lower-cost production model but the pickup may not come before the upfronts.