Upfronts 2012: ‘Harry’s Law’, ‘Body Of Proof’ Inch Closer To Renewal & More

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The upfronts are just around the corner (NBC kicks off the festivities on Monday morning) and there are still a number of shows who are waiting to hear if they will be back next season. Queasy fans, TVWise presents our second run down of the latest industry buzz on which shows will be back next year and which shows will be cancelled (see our first run down here). 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: Just last night, the network renewed seven scripted series (Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Suburgatory, Modern Family and The Middle) and bubble show Cougar Town jumped ship to TBS for its upcoming fourth season. Even so that still leaves the fates of Happy Endings, Last Man Standing, Scandal, GCB, Body of Proof, Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23, Private Practice, The River, Pan Am and Missing undecided. Word is that Last Man Standing and Happy Endings are locks for renewal and the only hold up is getting the deals in place. Scandal is still set to return next season as buzz on that front is increasing. I also hear from multiple sources that Body of Proof‘s chances of renewal just shot up and it now looks likely to return (one source said they would bet their 401K on it, while another said odds had gone from 60/40 against to 70/30 in favour). You can thank the chunk of change ABC Studios is set to make on international sales for that one. Conversely, I hear that GCB’s odds of renewal have dropped, and it now looks like the series will be cancelled. I hear that Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 will return for next season, as will Private Practice (but word is that it will be for 13 episodes and that it will be the show’s last season). And in the “by the way, the sky is blue” category, Missing, Pan Am and The River are set to be officially cancelled.

CBS: Over at CBS the only shows still in question are A Gifted Man, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, NYC 22, Rob, Rules of Engagement, Two And A Half Men and Unforgettable. Talk that CSI: Miami will be cancelled and CSI: NY renewed has been intensifying over the last couple of days, so it looks like we may be saying good bye to Lt Caine after all. Two And A Half Men is a lock for renewal and will be back next season. A Gifted Man and NYC 22 are set to be cancelled, while Rob and Unforgettable‘s fates will be dependant on what the network decides to do with pilot pick ups on the comedy and drama side. No one seems to have a clear read on what will happen with these two shows, although speculation is they will both be cancelled. I also hear that the network is considering a shortened seventh season order for Rules of Engagement, for a mid-season launch.

The CW: Not a lot has changed over at The CW. Having already renewed 90210, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, the only shows in question are The Secret Circle, Nikita, Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl and Ringer. I’m still hearing that Hart of Dixie and Gossip Girl will be back next season, while I’m told that Ringer will be cancelled. I also hear that Nikita is looking likely for a renewal, while The Secret Circle is still looking like it will be cancelled.

Fox: Fox has already made nearly all of its renewals/cancellations. For those not following: Touch has been renewed, while Breaking In, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Alcatraz and The Finder have been cancelled. The only question marks are on the animated side, with the fates of both Napoleon Dynamite and Bob’s Burgers still undecided. I hear that, with the failure of Allen Gregory and the long gestating Flintsones reboot having been shelved, Fox is leaning towards renewing Bob’s Burgers. I’m also told that Napoleon Dynamite is dead.

NBC: Even with last night’s renewals of 30 Rock, Community and Parenthood, there are still a lot of shows that have yet to hear if they will be coming back. Shows still in question are Are You There, Chelsea?, Bent, Best Friends Forever, Awake, Harry’s Law, The Firm, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Up All Night and Whitney. In our previous run down of industry buzz, we reported that there had been talk of a shortened third season of Harry’s Law, to air mid-season. Since then, talk of a mid-season run has intensified, but the number of episodes being discussed has dropped from 15-18 to 13. As such I’m told that the series should be coming back next season and I’m also still hearing that NBC thinks that with some creative scheduling they can shore up more young viewers for the David E. Kelley drama series, which tends to skew older. I hear that renewals (for shortened runs) of The Office and Parks and Recreation are imminent and could be announced by this evening. I still hear noise that Up All Night is looking good for renewal, while, surprisingly, word is that Whitney may be renewed and paired with new multi-camera comedy Guys With Kids. Elsewhere, the network is still poised to clear the decks as I hear that Awake, Are You There, Chelsea?, Bent, Best Friends Forever and The Firm will be cancelled.