Broadcast TV Buzz: ‘The Following’ & ‘Stalker’ To Be Cancelled, ‘Castle’ Renewal May Come Down To The Wire & More

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The annual Upfront Presentations in New York City are little more than a month away and, as such, several bubble shows are still awaiting word on whether or not they will be back next season. That long list of shows includes, amongst others, The Following, Stalker, Castle, One Big Happy and Resurrection.

To ease (or in some cases exacerbate) fans anxiety, TVWise presents the second 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 we will be saying goodbye to.

There has been some movement since our first Broadcast TV Buzz column last month, but as with that early edition the fate of some of these shows are still heavily influx and as such what is reported below should be taken with a grain of salt. 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.


Black-ishThere has been very little movement at ABC in the past few weeks. Owing to the fact that the network has yet to officially pull the trigger on any renewals there are a lot of series still in play. Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Blackish, Modern Family, Once Upon A Time and Scandal are all locks for renewal. Marvel’s Agent Carter, Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Galavant, Last Man Standing and Cristela are also set to be renewed. The fate of The Middle remains hazy, with none of the cast under contract and no meaningful conversations going on between the network, the studio (Warner Bros) and the cast’s reps. But even with Charlie McDermott toplining CBS pilot Super Clyde, word is that ABC is keen for the show to return. The same could be said of Castle. The network’s execs want to bring it back next season, but sources have indicated that there may be a BIG issue in getting one of the leads to sign on for even just one more year. The decision is expected to come down to the wire. (If it gets the ax, could Fillion’s next gig be a role in a certain six episode genre project for Fox? The Truth Is Out There.) Nashville’s odds of a renewal have improved, but the nature of the co-production agreement between ABC Studios and Lionsgate does complicate matters. Of the remaining series, Secrets & Lies has been an OK DVR gainer and that may be enough to swing it a second season; but Resurrection, Forever, Revenge and American Crime are still set to be cancelled, joining the likes of Selfie and Manhattan Love Story.


Blue Bloods - Family DinnerCBS has been more conservative this year, carefully picking which series to renew in lieu of the typical mass renewal of close to twenty series, which has been their MO in previous years. Thus far the series to earn pick ups for next season are 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Madam Secretary, Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, Mom and The Big Bang Theory (as part of a previous multi-year renewal). On the flip side of that, the network has also cancelled The Millers and The McCarthys, while The Mentalist wrapped its seven season run back in February. Of their remaining shows, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods and The Odd Couple are all locks for renewal. Despite some sagging ratings, Hawaii Five-0 is also set to be renewed. Also looking good for renewal is Elementary and Person Of InterestBattle Creek is the show that has been the biggest disappointment for CBS’ execs. Despite high hopes, it has failed to find an audience in its Sunday night slot and as such will not be back for a second season. Equally, the Dylan McDermott starrer Stalker, which wowed at last year’s Upfronts and LA Screenings, is set to be cancelled. Chatter is that CSI will make it to a sixteenth, but probably final, season. While new spin-off CSI: Cyber has been a very consistent performer in its 10pm time-slot and is expected to earn a second season renewal.

The CW

iZombieThings are fairly static at The CW, with no major developments since the last Broadcast TV Buzz column. To recap: the network has already renewed The 100, Arrow, Beauty And The Beast, The Flash, Jane The Virgin, The Originals, Reign, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries; leaving only Hart Of Dixie, iZombie and The Messengers hanging in the balance. Hart Of Dixie wrapped its run and despite the network’s claims that no decision has been made on the series, source still maintain that it is done. There will be no fifth season. iZombie has gotten off to a decent start and looks good for a second season renewal. The Messengers has yet to premiere, so time will tell on that one, but with the Arrow/The Flash spin-off heating up for a series order, there may not be much room left on the network’s 2015-2016 schedule.


The Mindy Project S3Fox has been busy in the past couple of weeks. After TVWise broke the news, the network confirmed that they had given the green-light to a six episodes X-Files revival and just this past week they granted a fifth season to struggling Tuesday night comedy New Girl. It joins the likes of Empire, Gotham, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Simpsons, Family Guy and Sleepy Hollow – all of which have also been renewed. That being the case, it is only The Following, The Mindy Project, Backstrom, Mulaney, Bones, The Last Man On Earth and the just-premiered Weird Loners awaiting word on their respective fates. Bones is more or less a lock for renewal, with contract negotiations with the cast being the only hold up here. Even Fox’s desire to remain in business with Kevin Bacon is not enough to prop up The Following given its ratings collapse this season and as such the series is set to be cancelled. The Last Man On Earth is all but guaranteed to get a second season after its decent performance – both in terms of ratings and critical acclaim – in its Sunday time-slot. The Mindy Project will have a harder time. The show isn’t owned by Fox and as such the network may be prepared to get rid of the struggling series. The only real hope of a renewal is if Universal TV is willing to lower the license fee to a level that will work for both parties. Backstrom is essentially dead and, like Mulaney, will be officially cancelled in the weeks ahead. While Weird Loners launched to some soft numbers and may too be facing cancellation. Fox previously cancelled Gracepoint, Red Band Society and Glee.


UndateableMuch like The CW, very little has changed at the peacock. NBC has already renewed The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grimm and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; whilst also cancelling Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, Allegiance, A To Z, Bad Judge and Mission Control. Unfortunately for NBC, One Big Happy did not wind up being the comedy hit that they so baldy needed. With its poor ratings performance, the Elisha Cuthbert fronted comedy is set to be cancelled. Friday night genre drama Constantine still has a shot at a second season order, but as previously reported, there is no truth to the rumours that it could segue to Syfy. While sources maintain Constantine is still in contention, I wouldn’t be putting any money on it coming back. The Mysteries Of Laura’s continued ratings declines have poured cold water on the talk of a second season. Meanwhile, State of Affairs, Marry Me and About A Boy will not be coming back. But it’s not all bad news. I hear NBC is happy with the in-season performance of former Summer series Undateable and the show is on track for a third season renewal. The same is true of The Night Shift, which I’m told will also be renewed. The only real question at NBC is whether or not American Odyssey will connect with audiences when it premieres on Sunday.

  • Kero89

    CSI Cyber is not a consistent performer, it’s doing worst than Stalker.

  • disqus_Gf76m0Cqd9

    hesitant to watch anything new as they keep cancelling new shows i like, state of affairs, especially…but whatever. who needs broadcast? there is still some great cable, here and there, superb new shows from Amazon and Netflix…NBC best beware their off-putting insistence on ratings approval as a benchmark for keeping new shows. That is so outdated.

  • Roses are red violets are blue

    I hope to god that Revenge gets that short final season

  • I See Dead People

    Honestly, these articles don’t seem to convey any knowledge of US TV. For example, Nashville is 99.9% guaranteed renewal due to syndication and so on… *rolls eyes*

    • This is the problem with drinking the Kool-Aid at TVByTheNumbers. You think the industry can be boiled down to just the numbers, decisions are more complex than that. As stated a renewal is likely, yes, but you’re syndication argument is facetious for a number of reasons – one of them being a highly complex co-production agreement between ABC Studios and Lionsgate.

      • I See Dead People

        If you look at the history, then every show is renewed to get 88 episodes (syndication) since god knows when. I like your site, but I’m conflicted.

        • danny94

          Heroes, Ugly Betty, Veronica Mars, Roswell, Nikita were all close or one season away from 88 when they got axed.

          • I See Dead People

            Nikita got a final season of 6 episodes to fulfil syndication, evidence that 88 may no longer be the magic number.

            Heroes, Ugly Betty, Veronica Mars and Roswell are all too old to count.

          • Bryce Novarro

            Heroes and Ugly Betty both got 4th seasons. Ugly Betty had 85 which is only 3 episodes away. And Heroes had 77 which was 11 away. Both would have made it to 88 had it not been for the writers strike.

          • Brandy Danforth

            Most if those were back when when 100 was still the norm for syndication,not 88 we know today.Also,several shows -Nikita,VM,UB,Flashpoint,Unit,Leverage -have been soupy dictated with less than 88( though it’s rare and less profitable.Also,VM was cancelled due to a dispute between the network or studio & the showrunner over the creative direction of a potential fourth season.I also Belive UB,Nikita al leat( not sure about the rest) got proper endings which helps with syndication,streaming ect,

      • richardlayman

        what is complex about it? or, instead, what are the complexities that make renewal more difficult compared to other shows?

  • Popeye13

    Are we going to get the remaining episodes of Stalker TVWise and could WB shop it around to other broadcasters because it has huge potential and didn’t do as badly as people make out.
    It would be a good fit for TNT or even Netflix!!
    Not to mention CBS has form for dropping decent cop shows (Unforgettable anyone??!)

    • Stalker returns to CBS to finish airing from May 4th. As to WB shopping the series, if and when CBS cancels the show they are free to. That being said, given the production costs are a little on the high side for a freshman drama I don’t see it landing anywhere else.

      • Popeye13

        Thanks for the return date.
        Any reason why its so expensive to make?

        • Michael Goldman

          Stalker is supposedly made by Warner Brothers. It isn’t a CBS made show. That is why it is more expensive. The Mentalist was also a Warner Bros. show. CBS will give its own shows more time to make it than shows not made by them. Most people thought that Stalker was a goner, but CBS shocked everyone. Good for the Stalker fans who didn’t give up on the show.

          • Michael Goldman

            AS OF THIS MOMENT, IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE STALKER HAS BEEN RENEWED. TVWISE has pointed this out to me. It seems that I misread something saying that it was. I guess we’ll all have to wait and see.

  • Ben

    Where is Forever? Did you hear it will be cancelled or renewed?

    • Michael Goldman

      Forever is done. it’s not coming back.

      • Ben

        Thanks for letting me know. 🙂

  • Laurence

    How good is your your current intel on Cristela returning? Other websites seem to say it is toast whereas others are saying it has a really good shot at a renewal …… which is it? or is truly on the bubble?

  • Michael Goldman

    if ABC CANCELS CASTLE, I will be furious! How can you cancel a show that is winning its timeslot? I know all about the money issues and Nathan Fillion wanting ABC to buy a show he’s created, but something has to be worked out. If ABC lets it go, NBC has no excuse not to grab it. STALKER has been renewed, so the above article is already wrong about that. If CBS renews CSI: CYPHER and cancels CSI, they will really blown it. CYPHER is disgraceful. The team of Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek may be the ugliest lead characters of a show in years. I already knew that CBS was going to be a mess when they renewed Madam Secretary.

    • Laurence

      Stalker has not been either officially renewed or cancelled by CBS. Their schedule is already tight and there is no room for a modest performer on CBS when there is no incentive to keep it, as it WB TV produced and not CBS Studios like majority of it’s drama slate. Therefore it’s second season renewal looks purely based on internal politics of the network, and it does not look good.

      • Michael Goldman

        CBS made an announcement a few days ago that it was being renewed. I don’t like to misinform people. Most people who write articles thought it would be cancelled. There was a whole thing about all of the new dramas being renewed by CBS. You should look it up.

        • Unfortunately you are misinformed. The only announcement out of CBS of late has been season finale dates. There has been no renewal announcements from them since the pick ups of Mom, Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls last month.

          • Michael Goldman

            It looks like TVWISE is correct. I cannot find what I thought was the article saying Stalker was renewed, SO IT LOOKS LIKE I WAS MISTAKEN. AS OF THIS MOMENT, STALKER HAS NOT BEEN RENEWED. Wow, an apology. Try getting that from a politician or a corporate executive.

  • Michael Goldman

    The shame is that CASTLE shouldn’t be a bubble show. it is winning its timeslot easily. This is all about money. What a shame.

  • Robert Backus

    All you Castle fans (I am one), the reason it may get cancelled is it doesn’t get the young-uns. At least that is what I heard. They don’t care if older people, you know the ones who make over $50,000, like it. They want the minimum wage teens to watch it. I guess us older ones with more money don’t spend it enough on useless crap.

  • kragan

    Anything new on NBC’s former summer shows Undateable or The Night Shift? How likely are they to be renewed? Might The Night Shift move back to the summer?

    I hope Nashville and iZombie make it as well.

  • Alejandro Gonzalez

    The Following has just been renewed for TWO FINAL seasons!

  • jaysonjw

    I can’t believe Stalker hasn’t been renewed yet, goes to show what idoits are running CBS. Seriously, how many CSI’s, NSIC’s spin offs do we need. Stalker is a fresh series, unlike the other generic crap on TV. I really hope if it’s cancelled, Warner Brothers shop it around to other networks. I also agree it would fit well with Netflix.

  • Rick Montross

    Cancelling “Castle” put me out of my misery! I did not want to see Becket killed – we invested too much time and emotion over SEVEN years (I don’t count the beginning of this year with the stupid plots) for her to be killed.

    Whether the show is going off because of greed or interpersonal relations between he actors doesn;t matter – the audience does. My guess is that at least the main actors now have enough money put away to take their time and make good decisions about the future.

    Good luck to all and in the words of Herb Oscar Anderson (morning DJ in the NYC area 60 years ago): “It was great while it lasted”