Summer TV Buzz: 'Franklin & Bash' To Be Renewed, 'Anger Management' Still Strong & More – TVWise

This past week saw the series premiere of TNT’s Perception and the (long expected) renewal of Falling Skies for a third season. Even so there are a number of shows who fates are still in question. And for each show, at least a dozen queasy fans anxiously waiting to hear if their favourite show will be back next year. To that end, TVWise’s presents this years second 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: Not a lot has changed over at A&E. The only scripted series in question is The Glades. The series is in the midst of airing its third season and I’m still hearing noise that, while still early, the series is looking good for a renewal. For those of you not keeping track: A&E has already cancelled Breakout Kings, renewed freshman series Longmire and picked up a new series based on Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho titled Bates Motel.
AMC: Much like A&E, there hasn’t been any real movement at AMC over the last week. The network is focusing on Comic-Con for now, where it just announced that the new season of Breaking Bad would be taking place, at least in part, in Germany and they also announced that the third season of ratings juggernaut The Walking Dead would premiere on Sunday October 14th at 9/8c. So the situation with The Killing remains rather stagnant and fairly unknown (last week, the odds of renewal were pegged by one source as being 60/40 against), but I’m increasingly hearing noise that The Killing is destined to join Rubicon on AMC’s cancellation scrap heap.
FX: A lot has been made of the (substantial?) ratings drops for Anger Management from week 1 (episodes 1 and 2) to week 2 (episode 3) and again to this week (episode 4). Do those ratings drops concern the folks over at FX? Not entirely it would seem. One source told me this week that even at its current level (this weeks episode drew 2.5 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating) the series is doing well enough to warrant its 90 episode back order. “What I think you have here is exactly what we saw this past season with Two And A Half Men“, one insider opined. “It [Anger Management] is still our highest rated comedy series. There’s no concerns about that here.” So, from everything I hear, FX is still set to hand the series that massive back order of 90 episodes. Elsewhere, I’m still hearing that the network is “pleased” with the performances of both Wilfred and Louie and, while it is still relatively early, both series are on track for renewals.
Lifetime: Disastrous PR around original movies aside, Lifetime is having a fairly successful run this summer. My sources tell me that Drop Dead Diva is looking strong and a renewal is almost certain. I’m also being told that rumors that had been circulating of season six of Army Wives being the show’s last were untrue and the network is looking at renewing the series for a seventh (and possibly final) season
Showtime: Nothing has moved over at Showtime and I’m told that the fate of The Big C is still in question. I’m still hearing that executives at Showtime have yet to make a decision on the future of the series and the odds of renewal remain at 50/50, with one source suggesting that a renewal for a fourth and final season is a distinct possibility.
TNT: Having just renewed Falling Skies for a ten episode third season, there are only a handful of shows on the air whose fate remains undetermined, while the Turner owned network still has two shows which have yet to premiere (Leverage and Major Crimes). There is no arguing that TNT is having a strong year, with one of my sources gushing “we may be in the situation of renewing all of our originals.” And that may well be the case, I hear that Franklin & Bash is set to be renewed and the announcement could come down in the next two weeks. While new kid-on-the-block Perception is looking pretty healthy out of the gate. It is far too early to say whether the series will be coming back, but it opened well with 5.6 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating. I hear that execs at the network are pleased with the series, which ranked as the #2 series launch on basic cable for 2012. For those not keeping track, TNT has also renewed Southland, Rizzoli & Isles & Dallas and picked up a new medical-drama series from TV vet David E. Kelley titled Monday Mornings.
USA Network: This week all of USA’s focus is on Comic-Con and upcoming mini Political Animals, which is set to premiere this Sunday. All eyes seem to be on Animals, which I’m told the network expects “will be huge.” Even so, my sources were not reserved when asked about the status of current shows. I hear that Suits, Royal Pains and Burn Notice are locks for renewal and, while both shows have only been back for a week, I hear that renewals for White Collar and Covert Affairs are also on the cards. That is unless both series suffer severely in the ratings in coming weeks, something which seems unlikely. The only question marks still hovering for the network are Fairly Legal and Common Law. No one has a clear read on this one, with both series on a seemingly level footing. But I keep hearing speculation that Fairly Legal is a goner.