If you’re a fan of Pitch or The Exorcist and want to see them be renewed for a second season, you’re going to have to wait a lot longer to find out an answer to that.
FOX chairman Gary Newman gave a Pitch update at the Television Critics Association winter press tour and revealed that no renewal or cancellation announcements will be made until May.
“We’re proud of it,” Newman said (via Deadline). “[Creator Dan Fogelman] and his team did a great job. We’d love to have seen a bigger audience, but it had a loyal core fan base, and there was a lot of delayed viewing. The show is specific; it’s about something.”
Newman added that the “performance level” didn’t allow the network to “make an early decision about it. But as we get to May, we’re certainly going to consider it.”
If they do renew Pitch, they want to make sure it can grow. As Newman mentioned, “One of the things we think about is, do we have a place for it on our schedule where we can grow it? Because if we’re going to go forward with it, we certainly want to believe we’re going to grow the show.”
Pitch, which tells the story of the first female Major League Baseball player, aired its 10-episode freshman season in fall 2016. The pilot saw 4.23 million viewers tuning in, while only 2.89 million watched the season 1 finale.
The future of The Exorcist is also up in the air. FOX entertainment president David Madden addressed this at the same TCA event.
“The same is true of The Exorcist,” Madden said. “We are having conversations with producers about what we can do in the second season. But like with Pitch, we can’t make a decision yet.”
The Exorcist, based on the big screen horror film franchise, fared even worse than Pitch in the ratings department, having debuted to only 2.85 million viewers, which dropped to 1.75 million by the finale.
Since a decision won’t be made until May, it’s likely that their fates will be announced at the FOX upfronts.
Do you want to see Pitch and The Exorcist be renewed? Should only one of them stick around? Or should FOX just cancel them both? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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