The Gifted received an early pick up for a season two renewal of the show for 2018-2019. The show will finish this season on January 15th with a two hour season finale. The Gifted actually expected to have the announcement for a season two renewal last month; however, with the 20th Century and Disney merger those plans were put on hold. This gave worry to the fans of the show. Nevertheless, the merger does not seem to be effecting the show. Meaning The Gifted fans can rejoice and look forward to another season. The merger (at least for now) does not seem be impacting the drama starring Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker (Reed and Caitlin Strucker). The Gifted is ranked third in new drama for the fall season.
The show is produced by both Marvel and 20th Century Fox Television. Producers for the show are Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. The Gifted itself is about Reed and Caitlin Strucker and their children Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White. Their lives change when they find out that the children are mutants. The reason I use the word “mutants” rather than “superpowers” is because this story takes place in the world of X-Men.
As of today (Jan. 4th) there has been no news about a release date, but we do know that the next season is coming.
Now, because of the 20th Century and Disney merger there have been questions surrounding what might happen to Fox’s television shows. Will some be cancelled? Will some be moved to a different channel? Well earlier today (Jan. 4th) there is some clarification on what is happening, at least for the next year. During the TCA 2018 winter press tour Fox had to address “the mouse in the room.” Dana Walden, chairman and CEO, of Fox Television Group said, “Over the next 12 to 18 months it’s really business as usual.” The reason this is 12 to 18 months is because the deal with Disney is not expected to be finalized until then.
However, what happens after those 12 to 18 months is unknown. Gary Newman, also chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group said, “I certainly did not mean to give any hints as to what the future might be. The truth is we really don’t know. But I will tell you that we remain super committed to the network and studio.” Walden added to this comment by saying, “I think there’s so much to be done. We are incredibly committed to our team.”
The channels that Disney are acquiring in the deal (FOX, FOX Sports, FXX, FOX News as well as others) will find themselves re-branding themselves under the “New Fox.”
Oh, and for those of you keeping track The Simpsons did predict the 20th Century Fox and Disney merger back in 1998.