With over 100 pilots currently in various stages of production, the five broadcast networks are set to start making decisions on which shows from the 2012-2013 season will be returning. Back by popular demand is TVWise’s 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. We’re starting pretty early this year and as such everything is rather preliminary, so everything listed below should be taken with a grain of salt. In past years, by this time of year a good number of shows had already been granted early renewals. This year the shows that have received the early nod are The CW’s Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries, CBS’ NCIS, The Big Bang Theory (as part of a previous deal) and How I Met Your Mother and Fox’s American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, The Simpsons, The Following, New Girl, The Mindy Project and Raising Hope.
ABC: The alphabet network has yet to renew a single show and has already cancelled five shows: 666 Park Avenue, Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23, Last Resort, Private Practice and Zero Hour. Elsewhere at ABC, while its still early days, Body of Proof has had no luck shaking the re-tool curse and I hear that the series is on a precarious footing and could be staring cancellation in the eye for the second year in a row. My sources at the network tell me that Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon A Time and Scandal are all locks for renewal and will be back next season. Last Man Standing, Malibu Country, Revenge and Suburgatory are all looking good for renewals and, barring any significant ratings declines, should all be back next season. The only three shows my sources tell me that are in any doubt are Happy Endings, Nashville and The Neighbors. All three shows started off strong this season but have since slid in the ratings. The fate of one or more of these shows will depend on the pilots that are delivered in the coming weeks/months but if I had to handicap it right now, I’d give Nashville the edge while saying that Happy Endings and The Neighbors are likely to be cancelled by May.
CBS: Over at the eye, The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and NCIS have been renewed, while Made In Jersey and Partners have been cancelled. The network has been sending mixed signals by indicating that most of their current shows would be returning, whilst also ordering more pilots than in previous years. Word is that CBS will be announcing the renewal of 10+ shows in the next month. My sources tell me that 2 Broke Girls, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Mike & Molly, NCIS: Los Angeles and Person of Interest are all locks for renewal and will be back next season. CSI: NY and comedy series Rules of Engagement are both set to be cancelled. The Good Wife, The Mentalist and Two And A Half Men are looking good for renewal and should all be back next season. The network still has one show that has yet to premiere Friend Me, while the fates of Golden Boy and Vegas are in doubt and I’m told that one or both will be cancelled by the time of the network’s upfront in May.
The CW: Over at The CW, the network has already cancelled 90210 and renewed Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries. With The Vampire Diaries’ spin-off The Originals considered a lock for a series order, there has been a lot of questions about the network’s bubble shows. Last week, when I reported on the cancellation of 90210, I revealed that my sources were telling me that either The Carrie Diaries and/or Beauty and The Beast would be cancelled. I’ve now heard from a source who tells me that Beauty and the Beast has become something of a cash cow for the studio (a key example of which is the series landing a three season licensing deal with a UK broadcaster) and that they believe the series will be back next season. My network source, however, is not budging and says that the odds of renewal of both Beauty and The Beast and The Carrie Diaries is still 50/50 but stated that the network may well renew both. From everything I’m hearing Cult will be cancelled, while it’s looking more likely that Nikita and Hart Dixie will both be renewed.
Fox: Fox 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, both Glee and The Cleveland Show are looking good for renewals, with negotiations for a Glee renewal currently underway. I hear that Touch will be cancelled, while – despite the fact that the series won’t premiere until late May – word is that The Goodwin Games won’t be back next season.
NBC: Over at the peacock, things are not looking good. Like ABC, the network has not renewed a single series and I hear that 1600 Penn, Guys With Kids, Deception, Smash and Up All Night are all set to be cancelled by the time of the upfronts. 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 for the 2013-2014 season. Go On & Parks and Recreation are both looking good for renewal and, barring any significant ratings declines, should be back next year. The three shows on the bubble at NBC are Community, The New Normal and Whitney. Nobody has a clear read on what will happen with those three shows, but if I was forced to handicap it right now I’d give the edge to The New Normal while saying I’d expect both Community and Whitney to be cancelled.