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The biggest TV news out of TCA’s Winter Press Tour so far

Disney has renewed big hits like Abbott Elementary, but other long-running series are coming to an end.
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Being a member of the press has some perks. For someone who writes about TV, one of them is being a part of the Television Critics Association, an organization that holds biannual press tours where TV networks and streaming services bring executives and show talent together to discuss their programming strategy and highlight their biggest new shows.

Devastatingly, Morning Brew is not attending this winter’s press tour due to a vicious, weeks-long sinus infection (please send Dayquil), but we nonetheless wanted to provide an overview of the tour, which officially kicked off on Monday.

Some of the highlights:

  • Abbott Elementary, the hit ABC series created by and starring Quinta Brunson, was renewed for a third season
  • Grown-ish, the spinoff of the acclaimed series black-ish, will return for a sixth season on the Disney-owned cable channel Freeform
  • There’s the possibility of more than three seasons of the Patrick Stewart-led Star Trek: Picard on Paramount+
  • Fear the Walking Dead, an AMC spinoff of The Walking Dead, will end after its eighth season, but two more TWD spinoffs will begin airing later this year, while a third arrives in 2024

Quieter than usual: As the press tour continues, it’s worth noting that it has a smaller network presence compared to prior years. CBS, Fox, The CW, Showtime, and Starz all sat this one out, as did Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

In other non-TCA TV news: Warner Bros. Discovery streamer HBO Max is getting its first-ever price hike since debuting in 2020. The cost of the ad-free tier of the service will increase by $1 to $15.99 a month for US subscribers, but the $9.99 price tag on HBO Max’s ad-supported tier will stay the same.—KS

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