Broadcast TV Buzz: ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Looking Good For Renewal, ‘Happy Endings’ Inches Closer To Cancellation & More

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As we inch ever closer to May when the networks will decide which shows are coming back and which pilots they’ll pick up to series, TVWise presents the second edition of its broadcast TV buzz, which lists, by network, the latest industry intel (buzz if you will) on which shows will be back next year and which shows we will be saying goodbye to. There has been a fair amount of movement since our first edition last month, with CBS having renewed 18 shows, and the fate of several others having firmed up.

ABC: While ABC has yet to renew a single show, there had been some movement in recent week. With five shows 666 Park Avenue, Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23, Last Resort, Private Practice and Zero Hour) already cancelled, the network looks poised to renew the majority of its line up. I hear that Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon A Time, Revenge and Scandal are all locks for renewal and will be back next season. While not the dead certs, my sources tell me that Last Man Standing, Malibu Country, Nashville and Suburgatory are all set to be renewed. Body of Proof and The Neighbors are both firmly on the bubble, but I hear that as things currently stand The Neighbors could well swing a second season, depending on the state of the net’s comedy pilots in May. Despite its strong supporters at the network, I’m now told that Happy Endings is a goner and joins Red Widow as the only shows at the network that I’m being told will be cancelled.

CBS: Over at the eye, the network has now renewed 13 scripted shows including 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and Person of Interest. While cancelled shows include Made In Jersey and Partners. Of the remaining shows, I hear that Criminal Minds and Two And A Half Men will be back next season, and it’s just a matter of hammering out those deals. Friend Me has yet to premiere on the network, Golden Boy is on the bubble and its performance in the coming weeks will determine its fate, while I’m being told that CSI: NYRules of Engagement and Vegas are set to be cancelled.

The CW: There hasn’t been a lot of movement over at The CW. Having already cancelled 90210 and renewed Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries there are only a handful of shows in question. I’m still being told by by sources that Nikita and Hart of Dixie will be renewed. Cult is a goner and will not appear on next seasons schedule. Of the two bubble shows, I hear that Beauty and the Beast is still on track for renewal while The Carrie Diaries is set to be cancelled.

Fox: Just like The CW, there hasn’t been a lot of movement at Fox. The network suffered this season from poor ratings and not having a deep enough bench of originals to replace its under-performing series. As such they are expected to be more bullish with its series orders this May. The network has already cancelled Ben and Kate and renewed American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, The Simpsons, The Following, New Girl, The Mindy Project and Raising Hope. According to my sources, Glee is looking good for a renewal, with negotiations currently underway. I hear that The Cleveland Show is firmly on the bubble, while Touch will be cancelled. Despite the fact that the series won’t premiere until late May – word is that The Goodwin Games also won’t be back next season.

NBC: At NBC, the return of Revolution and The Voice has eased some of the ratings pains at the network, but their fall 2013 line up still looks like it will contain a large number of new shows. I’m being told that 1600 Penn, Deception, Guys With Kids, The New Normal, Smash, Up All Night and Whitney are all set to be cancelled by the time of the upfronts in May. My sources tell me that Chicago Fire, Grimm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Parenthood and Revolution are all locks for renewal and will all be back. Community, Go On and Parks and Recreation are looking good for renewals and, barring any significant ratings declines in the coming weeks, should all be back next year.

  • W0NK042

    The only one I will be (really) sad to see go, will be Touch. I hope they manage to wrap things up as best they can.

  • Labros

    Thanks GOD , Revenge will be renewed ! Everyone around here is watching it !

  • Michael

    NIKITA :-)

  • sinbella

    THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! this news is music to my ears. I have become completely and utterly obsessed with BATB….that it would have been completely heartbreaking had they cancelled it. The show has HUGE potential with such a FAB and talented cast. Go VINCAT!!! you two are the best xx

  • Dana

    I hope Batb gets cancelled. I gave it 10 episodes and I remained baffled by the poor writing, acting and how boring and minimalistic the show was. It’s time slot could be used to launch a new show that could actually be good next fall. The CW has a lot of promising pilots filming. Or cancelling Batb would give TVD a chance, even on Fridays, since it’s a good teen show and the CW can’t live by only genre shows.

    And then, there’s the ratings issue. Batb lost half of its audience two weeks after its pilot, which isn’t good. And I’m sure it being a procedural made the network had better ratings expectations than multiple 0.5s in the FIRST season. Plus, you would think that Kristen Kreuk would draw in more viewers. And there’s the retention out of TVD that’s expected, but Batb fails at that too. Certainly a new show will air next fall after tvd, Batb, if moved to a new night, should do worse, maybe 0.2/0.3s, which would be certain cancellation. So the CW should just get rid of it this season already. I don’t think some passionate fans and supposedly good overseas numbers would make up for the awful ratings, even lower if there’s a second season. Cancel it, and give TCD or The Selection, Tomorrow People, or other pilot a chance.

  • Kat

    I’m completely and totally obsessed with BATB since the pilot… the show is the best I ever seen!!!! BATB has HUGE potential with such a REMARKABLE and talented cast. Vincent and Catherin are so amazing together they burn the screen every time, Jay and Kristin have a very jumbo chemistry the best I ever seen!!! This show really deserve a second and more season!!! :)

  • Eve

    Too bad for Red Widow. I personally enjoyed it and think it had potential to grow.
    But then again, networks don’t have time or patience for shows to grow into an audience.

  • S

    Jesus, THANK GOD for Nashville!

  • Jen

    Thank God for the Hart of Dixie news. I really hope the show does indeed make it.

  • Jamie

    Not surprised about BATB since its making a lot of money for CBS.

    Next season will be difficult for The CW with so few returning shows.

    Nashville is incredibly lucky. Getting a 1.5 is deeadful and the only reason it’ll be back is because ABC won’t admit a full season of failures.

  • Edna

    I hope you are right about Beauty and the Beast, I absolutely love this show. It gets better and better every week. It may not have started off so good, but the stories now are amazing, it’s well worth watching. It has drama, suspence, humor, action and the most beautiful love story. If anyone hasn’t seen it yet, they should give it a try, they won’t be disappointed. It’s my favorite of all the TV shows, I do so want a second season!

  • Joanne Maria

    So happy to hear about Beauty and the Beast. It keeps getting better and better.

  • Josh M.

    THANK GOD once upon a time will probably have a season 3 IM OBSESED WITH IT ITS THE BEST THING THATS EVER HAPPENED TOAMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Meredith

    thank the freaking lord that Law and Order SVU is set for renewal!!!!!! Does anyone know what the status of the actors’ contracts are??

  • jo

    Extremely happy Hawaii Five-0 has been renewed ( my number 1 show and so is White Collar)
    Also happy NCIS LA, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Supernatural, Person of Interest are renewed
    now waiting to hear if Beauty and the Beast will be, here’s hoping.

  • Fay

    I sincerely hope Beauty and the Beast will be renewed because this show has so much going for it: great writers, terrific cast, more plot twists that you can count… I could go on but let’s just hope CW recognizes what a goldmine they have here.

  • Kaz


    Just go ahead and make it official, CW. It’s the only great thing you have on your network. ;)

  • Jim

    Nikita. Hell yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


    One word, One show, one movement NIKITAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  • Ben

    I think it should be locked that Parks and Recreation will be renewed because I’m sure NBC will keep at least one of the veteran sitcoms. However, it wouldn’t shock me if NBC cancelled all of their freshmen sitcoms.

  • rita murphy

    only tv shows worth watching batb drama romance it has everything
    and the best looking couple ever on tv vince and kat
    please you must renew

  • Lisa

    Happy to hear about The Following, Once, and Arrow. Not happy about CSI:NY. I really hope CBS brings it back for one more season. The fans, cast, and crew deserve it.

  • Annie Salvatore

    I’m happy Nashville will probably be renewed along with Elementary and Beauty and the Beast. But the CW can’t cancel Carrie Diaries. I absolutely love the show.

  • Jens

    The only show i care about is Nikita so yay!!! :-)

  • Daphne

    BATB must get another chance.. it has got so many things yet to be told. VinCat are so natural. This must get renewed

  • willy

    I I so agree with beauty and the Beast if people could just go back to the first episode and follow through till now they would see how great it’s getting and how intense the two main actors are on screen give it a chance and watch it

  • Sam

    Beauty and the Beast must be given another chance. It did not start off well, but it certainly has potential. Kristin Kreuk’s work is pretty good, just wish Jay Ryan didn’t have that lazy way of talking, gets a bit boring when he has long dialogues.

  • Felicia

    Once Upon a Time season 3? HELLS YEEEAAAH. There also better be a season 4, 5, 6… ;)

  • Oli

    Any chance of an update for this?

    Desperate to know about the future of Hannibal…

  • Alice

    I really hope that BATB is renewed for a third season!! Sure there maybe some bad reviews but I think it’s amazing!! It’s one of the few series I actually follow and if would be a shame if it got cancelled now!!! I think I may need to rally support to make sure it’s renewed for a third season