Now that we are in the thick of the Summer TV season, a lot of queasy fans are asking if their favourite shows will be coming back next year. To that end, TVWise’s presents this years third edition of Summer TV Buzz; the latest run down of industry intel (buzz, if you will) on which of cable’s summer shows will be back next year and which shows will be cancelled. It is still pretty early for a lot of shows so things are fairly fluid and could change in the coming weeks. If you can’t find the show you’re looking for below, then chances are that its new season hasn’t premiered yet or it has already been renewed or cancelled. To check on that, you can use our handy scorecard.
A&E: The cabler, which has already cancelled Breakout Kings, renewed freshman series Longmire and picked up a new series based on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho titled Bates Motel, looks set to renew The Glades for a fourth season. One source told me that they “expect that the show will be back for a ten episode fourth season.”
FX: With Anger Management having stopped its slide in the ratings, many are still speculating on the future of the series. Many, but not FX. My sources have always been firm that the show was performing well and that a drop in the ratings would occur after the “curiosity” of the premiere faded. I’m hearing that FX will be handing the series its much talked about 90 episode back order in the coming weeks. My sources are not so confident about Wilfred and Louie but pressed that both shows are performing well and are expected to return.
Lifetime: Last week Lifetime gave the green-light to two new drama pilots: The Secret Lives of Wives and Witches of East End. I’m hearing noise that the network is looking for a new series that could be paired with The Client List or Drop Dead Diva once Army Wives completes its run. On that note, I’m hearing that Army Wives is looking likely to be renewed for a seventh (and possibly final) season and that Drop Dead Diva is set to be renewed for a fifth season.
TNT: Over at TNT, things have changed since last week. TNT execs are said to be “very pleased” with the performance of the Eric McCormack fronted drama series Perception. “For a new show week-on-week growth isn’t necessarily unusual,” one source told me last night, “but typically it goes the other way.” The drama series now looks set to be renewed, though I hear that TNT will keep an eye on the series and see how it performs over the next two weeks before making any final decisions. Now in its fifth season, caper series Leverage is still a good performer for the network, but it is still early and I’m told that the network could say goodbye to the series this year. Talk of a third season for Franklin & Bash has cooled off, but everything I’m hearing is still pointing to a renewal.
USA Network: With the network’s mini Political Animals premiering to ok ratings (2.6 million total viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating), some have called out the Berlanti production as “un-USA-Network” and destined to remain as a “six episode limited series.” USA Network isn’t so sure. One network source told me “we are not in the business of rushing to judgement. We like to take our time. The premiere did well in encore and the C3’s [commercial ratings, live+3] will tell the true story.” I’m not hearing a lot about whether or not a second season will be ordered, but I’m being told that as it was billed as a six episode limited series, USA would be more than happy if that is all Political Animals winds up being. Elsewhere at USA, I hear that Suits, Royal Pains and Burn Notice are locks for renewal. Covert Affairs and White Collar are also looking strong as far as renewals go. Necessary Roughness is less certain, but my sources expect a renewal. I still don’t have a clear read on the chances of renewal for the network’s Friday night shows Common Law and Fairly Legal. I’m still hearing speculation that Fairly Legal is set to be cancelled and Common Law renewed, though one source said they “wouldn’t rule out the possibility of both shows returning for another season.”