With the broadcast networks’ upfront presentations due to start next Monday, fans are worrying about their favourite shows which have still not received an official go for next season. Will your favourite show make the cut? Or is it a goner? Listed below, by network, you’ll find the latest industry buzz on which shows will be back next year and which shows we will be saying goodbye to. If you can’t find the show you’re looking for below, then chances are that it has already been renewed or cancelled. To check on that, you can use our handy scorecard.
ABC: The alphabet network has yet to renew a single show and has more than a couple of shows on the bubble. The network’s bubble shows include GCB, Body of Proof, Scandal, Cougar Town and Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23. It’s the three drama series on the bubble which provide the most interest. I hear that ABC is leaning towards renewing one – maybe two – of these bubble drama series. Word is that Scandal is in the lead, with Body of Proof and GCB duking it out for the possible second spot. GCB and Body of Proof have very similar ratings so it is unclear which (if either) show will be back, and while sources at ABC Studios recently told me that they were “cautiously optimistic” about a renewal for Body of Proof, insiders at ABC tell me it is too close to call as to whether Body of Proof will be renewed or cancelled. On the comedy side, its looking more and more likely that Cougar Town will make the jump to TBS, while I’m told Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 is looking good for a renewal. ABC is also expected to renew Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Happy Endings, Last Man Standing, The Middle, Once Upon A Time, Private Practice (for what is, quite possibly, the show’s final season), Revenge and Suburgatory. ABC is also expected to formally cancel Pan Am and The River.
CBS: Over at the eye, with 15 shows already renewed, there are not many shows in doubt. I hear that it is likely that one CSI will be cancelled this season, I would give CSI: NY an edge over CSI: Miami, which I expect will be cancelled, merely due to the fact that NY is cheaper to produce. From what I hear a tenth season of Two And A Half Men is guaranteed, a seventh season of Rules of Engagement is a strong possibility, while all signs indicate that Rob is getting the chop. Also set to be cancelled is A Gifted Man and NYC 22, while I hear that the odds of Unforgettable returning are 50/50.
The CW: Things are getting interesting over at The CW. The network’s new president, Mark Pedowitz, is looking to have more originals on air next season and, as such, he is expected to order 80% of the network’s pilots to series and return most of the network’s shows. I hear that odds are that Hart of Dixie and Gossip Girl will be back next year, Nikita’s chances are 50/50, while I expect we will be saying goodbye to both The Secret Circle and Ringer.
Fox: Fox is looking like it will have a pretty fresh lineup next season. Alcatraz is certain to be cancelled, as is Napoleon Dynamite. Touch‘s renewal is all but guaranteed, and there has been speculation circulating today that, despite its poor ratings, Bones spin-off The Finder will also be back for a second season. Bob’s Burgers is firmly on the bubble and, given that the long gestating Flintsones reboot has now been shelved, it’s unclear if Burgers will be coming back or not. And for the die hard fans, I Hate My Teenage Daughter is a goner and I wouldn’t be holding my breath for yet another eleventh hour renewal for Breaking In, that show is dead.
NBC: Over at the peacock, I hear that 30 Rock will be back for a seventh and final season. I’m also told that Parks & Recreation, Community and The Office will definitely be back next year. Up All Night is looking good for a renewal, while elsewhere on the comedy side it appears as though NBC will be clearing the decks with Bent, Best Friends Forever, Are You There, Chelsea? and Whitney set to be cancelled. Harry’s Law is firmly on the bubble, although there has been talk of a shortened third season of 15-18 episodes to air mid-season. The hope being that with some creative scheduling the network could shore up some younger viewers for the show, as it tends to skew older. Law & Order: SVU and Parenthood are also looking good for renewal, though I hear that SVU’s fate could be tied to whether or not NBC picks up Dick Wolf’s pilot Chicago Fire. Awake and The Firm are certain to be cancelled. Although, in the case of The Firm, cancelled is a relative term as the series was being produced by eOne for Sony long before NBC came into the picture, so it may be more accurate to say that NBC likely won’t be renewing its licensing agreement for the series, as Sony could still order a second season for its global portfolio of AXN channels.