With the big five networks (ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC) set to descend on New York City for their Upfront Presentations in a little over a week, the final decisions on which shows will be renewed for next season and which shows are being cancelled are being made. To aid queasy fans desperate to find out if their favourite shows will be coming back TVWise presents the final edition of this year’s Broadcast TV Buzz column, which lists, by network, the latest industry intel (buzz if you will) on which shows will be back next year and which shows are set to get the ax. As this is the final edition, we’ve called around a sources for firm answers and as such descriptions such as “lock” and “looking good” are gone. Instead we’re listing the shows which, per our sources, will be renewed or cancelled by the time the Upfronts are done.
At ABC, Paul Lee and his lieutenants have yet to pick up a single show for next season. Once Upon A Time, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Castle, Modern Family, The Middle, Resurrection, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Goldbergs, Nashville, Revenge, Suburgatory and Last Man Standing are all set for renewals. Meanwhile, the network is set to cancel The Neighbors, Mixology, Super Fun Night, Betrayal, Killer Women and Trophy Wife; joining the already cancelled Back In The Game, Minds Games, Lucky 7, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland and The Assets.
Over at the eye, there has been some movement on the comedy front. The Crazy Ones, which had been looking good for a renewal, is now a goner and will not feature on next season’s schedule. Similarly, Bad Teacher will not be back for a second season, But CBS will be renewing the James Van Der Beek fronted Friends With Better Lives. On the drama side, things remain static with The Mentalist, Intelligence and Hostages all set to be cancelled. For those that missed it: CBS has renewed CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Criminal Minds, Elementary, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Mike & Molly, Mom, Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory; and cancelled the Tony Shalhoub fronted comedy We Are Men.
The CW has already made the decisions on their top performers, handing renewals to Arrow, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Reign and The Originals. The network has yet to cancel a single series this season and with a decent amount of ratings and VOD data on the remaining bubble series (Beauty & The Beast, The 100, Star-Crossed, Hart of Dixie and The Carrie Diaries), drama development will be key in any renewal decisions. At this point the only show guaranteed a renewal is The 100. I’m told that The Carrie Diaries, The Tomorrow People and Star-Crossed are set to be cancelled. Things are hazier for Beauty & The Beast and Hart of Dixie. The ratings for both have been soft and I’m now hearing only one will be renewed, especially as buzz has been strong on iZombie, Flash and the Supernatural spin-off. It’s going to be a tough call, but I’m told that Beauty & The Beast has the edge and will earn the renewal.
Kevin Reilly’s team surprised a large number in the industry with the cancellation of Almost Human. The series had been looking good for renewal for the past two months, but with strong drama devlopment (in the form of Red Band Society, Gotham and Empire) and a number of dramas on tap for next season including Backstrom, Wayward Pines and Gracepoint, there simply wasn’t room on the schedule. That decision came down after Fox had already renewed The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Sleepy Hollow, The Following and Glee; and cancelled Us & Them, Rake and Raising Hope. That only leaves Enlisted, Surviving Jack and Dads still on the bubble. I’m told that both Enlisted and Surviving Jack are set to be cancelled, while Dads will be back for a second season.
The network has already renewed The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Parks and Recreation and Grimm; and cancelled Sean Saves The World, Welcome To The Family, Ironside and The Michael J. Fox Show. There hasn’t been any movement amongst the remaining series which have yet to hear officially on a pick up. As such, About A Boy, Growing Up Fisher, Parenthood, Community, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Hannibal are all set to be renewed; while NBC will be cancelling Believe, Crisis and Revolution.