The Biggest TV Renewals of 2018
Westworld proves that HBO is at the top of their sci-fi/fantasy game. This show, which premiered just three months after the end of Game of Thrones’ sixth season, follows a Wild-West themed amusement park and the lives of its android “hosts” that exist solely for humans’ pleasure.
Westworld was HBO’s most watched first season. It started with 1.96 million viewers, and steadily grew to over two million per episode. Just a few days after the second episode of the second season aired, it was picked up for a third season by HBO.
How to Get Away with Murder
Shonda Rhimes’s long-running drama How to Get Away with Murder was recently renewed for a fifth season, to the huge relief of fans who just can’t get enough of the drama and the twists and turns that are basically Shonda Rhimes’ brand. The show, which premiered in the fall of 2014, has been breaking down barriers since its inception. Series lead Viola Davis was the first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress, and the show has also been lauded by the NAACP and GLAAD for its portrayal of minorities.
Another one of Shonda Rhimes’ shows that was just renewed for an unbelievable 15th season is Grey’s Anatomy — a show that has remained the undisputable champion of modern medical dramas since its premier in 2005. It is currently the second-longest running medical drama after ER and is ABC’s longest-running scripted show.
Although many of the most beloved characters have been killed off in with Rhimes’ characteristic almost-too-crazy-to-be-real brutality, it’s still ABC’s highest rated drama, and they’ve got the money to prove it. Series lead Ellen Pompeo just inked a new deal that will bring her $20 million for season 15.