Lucas Till, from Marietta, stars as MacGyver on the CBS drama of the same name, shot in Atlanta and guaranteed a fourth season in 2019-20.
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Atlanta show update: CBS gives ‘MacGyver’ a fourth season; Fox nixes “The Passage” after one

Originally posted Friday, May 10, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog


It was a mixed bag of news for Atlanta-produced shows:  “MacGyver” starring Marietta native Lucas Till was given a fourth season by CBS while Fox killed off syfy drama “The Passage” after just one season. 

This happened just a few days after Fox cancelled Atlanta-produced “The Gifted.” A few weeks ago, Fox renewed “The Resident” while “Star” still awaits its fate. Fox also dropped “The Cool Kids” after one season.

Five other CBS dramas were renewed: “Bull” for a fourth season, “Hawaii Five-O” for a 10th season, “SEAL Team” for a third season, “S.W.A.T.” for a third season and “Madam Secretary” for a sixth season. The comedy “Man with the Plan” gets a fourth season as well.

“MacGyver” survived the loss of “CSI” veteran and No. 2 man George Eads leaving mid season in a cloud of controversy. The show also suffered a major injury to a stunt man this past season. 

Not surprisingly, “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” were given renewals. Previously announced shows that got cleared: “Young Sheldon,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Blue Bloods,” “Magnum P.I.,” “God Friended Me,” “FBI” and “The Neighborhoood.”

“Criminal Minds” is also getting a 15th and final season. 

CBS, of course, is losing “The Big Bang Theory.” And several shows were cancelled: “Elementary,” “Code Black,” “Salvation,” “Happy Together,” “Fam,” “Life in Pieces” and “Murphy Brown.”

Although unsaid, “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race” are likely to come back, as is “Celebrity Big Brother.”

ABC is renewing “Single Parents” (second seaon), “The Rookie” (second season), “American Housewife” (fourth season), “Bless This Mess (second season), “Fresh Off the Boat” (sixth season), “Station 19” (third season) “How to Get Away With Murder” (sixth season), “Grey’s Anatomy” (16th and 17th seasons) ‘The Bachelor” (24th season) and “Dancing With the Stars” (28th season.)

ABC is killing “Splitting Up Together” after two seasons, “Speechless” after four, “The Kids are Alright” after one and “The Fix” after one. 

TBS is axing “Angie Tribeca” after four seasons. NBC nixed “I Feel Bad” after one season but is giving “Blindspot” a fifth and final season. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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