From May 11th through the 13th, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC will present their 2015 Fall Shows for next year at their Upfronts ceremonies. Most of the news will be about the networks’ new pilots, and it’s often fun to guess which shows will do well.
But then, there’s the other side of things: the cancellations. Usually, The Upfronts are a “Time of Death” for many shows, if they weren’t axed beforehand. This last week, Revenge was given a pink-slip after 4 seasons. So we thought we’d remind you, or warn you, of which shows are in jeopardy and which shows are safe.
Renewed so far: How To Get Away With Murder (Updated: Modern Family, The Goldbergs, The Middle, Black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Once Upon A Time, Agents of SHIELD, Nashville, Fresh Off The Boat, Galavant, Agent Carter, Castle, Secret & Lies)
Cancellations so far: Manhattan Love Story, Revenge, & Selfie (Updated: Resurrection, Cristela, Forever)
ABC has been keeping things quiet for the most part, but a lot of shows will be coming back, so we’ll just list them now so you don’t panic: Modern Family, The Goldbergs, The Middle, Black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Once Upon A Time, Agents of SHIELD, Last Man Standing, Nashville, & Fresh Off The Boat. With Revenge gone and Resurrection going, we think Secrets and Lies has done well enough to return to Sundays next fall. However, predicting Castle is tricky. Their series showrunner is leaving and there’s uncertainty about certain actors coming back. But we ultimately predict ABC will renew the series, but for a final season. So you can all breathe. We’d be surprise if one of these shows didn’t come back. (Update: and we were, withstanding L.M.S., correct here).
The reverse is true here too: we’d be shocked if these shows were brought back: Cristela, Resurrection, American Crime, Forever, & Galavant. That said, there seems to be rumblings about a Galavant season two return. We doubt it, but it’s out there (Update: Of the 5 mentioned here, we got 3 right.However, we wrong about American Crime & Galavant. We don’t get it. But. It happened. We were wrong there).
Now, that leaves us with Agent Carter. It’s very hard to pinpoint anything Marvel, especially when another Agents of SHIELD spin-off is in the works. For now, we say Agent Carter will return because of the “Avengers” hype overall. But it’ll most likely be a summer run to give room for the SHIELD spin-off during the season (Update: We got this one right).
Renewed so far: The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Madam Secretary, Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS, Mike and Molly, & 2 Broke Girls (Updated: CSI: Cyber, NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Elementary)
Cancellations so far: The Millers, The McCarthys; The Mentalist & Two and a Half Men concluded (Update: Battle Creek, Stalker)
Let’s just get this out of the way: CSI: Cyber & NCIS: LA are coming back. They just are.
Plus, it’d be completely weird if Person of Interest, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, & Elementary didn’t return. Also, newbie The Odd Couple has been doing well, and should be renewed (Updated: right on that one).
CSI has been really bad in ratings this year; but ultimately, you never know with that series. We think CSI is done; but if it’s renewed, no one here will josh us for that prediction (Updated: WE WERE RIGHT!).
Newbie Battle Creek is definitely gone. Other newbie Stalker still has the rest of its Monday night run to go, but we think won’t return either (Updated: Right).
Which leaves us Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-O. Both shows have one of the oldest viewing audiences of all the networks, and both already reached syndication numbers. But we believe these two will return because, 1) they’ve been on the air long enough to warrant an appropriate ending for fans opposed to an abrupt cliffhanger; and 2) they’ve outperformed their lead-in, Amazing Race, and that should be recognized for something (Update: Right, and right).
Renewed so far: Empire, Gotham, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Last Man On Earth, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, & Bob’s Burgers (Update: Bones)
Cancellations so far: Mulaney, Red Band Society, & Gracepoint; Glee concluded (Updated: Mindy Project, The Following, Backstrom)
FOX has been quite vocal about who’s coming back, which is pretty much everyone despite a slipping year.
We know for a fact Backstrom is beyond gone (disappointing considering they put the show through two years of development). Weird Loners is also most definitely gone.
We’d be shocked if Family Guy ended this season, so it’s a pretty good bet it won’t.
The Mindy Project is a weird one. A knock against Mindy is with the new regime at FOX going through their first complete development season, they may preference their shows over content previous chosen by former FOX Prez Kevin Reilly. Oh yeah, and they’ve had abysmal ratings. But we think Mindy will return for a few reasons: 1) the show, while very low rated, has one of the highest affluent (high-income) viewers of all the networks (New Girl also falls into the same category); 2) the show is already at peak syndication numbers, so why not keep it going?; and 3) we’ve been predicting the end of Mindy for years now and we always end up wrong. We don’t like being wrong. So this time, we’ve learned our lesson. (Update: We didn’t. It was cancelled 5/8).
The Following is nearing our uncertainty bubble, but because of the new regime at 21st Century FOX, we’ll go ahead and predict the show will be cancelled (Update: We were right).
Bones will return, but we predict next year will be the last. However, full disclosure, we did say this last year; and honestly, it could still happen (final contract years for David and Emily). But we’re not really getting the “series finale” vibe on the show right now (Update: It will return, but no news whether it’s the last season or not).
Renewed so far: Chicago Fire, The Blacklist, Grimm, Chicago P.D., & Law and Order: S.V.U. (Updated: Mysteries of Laura, The Night Shift)
Cancellations so far: A to Z, Bad Judge, Allegiance, Constantine, & The Slap; Parks and Rec & Parenthood concluded (Update: About a Boy, Marry Me, One Big Happy, State of Affairs)
I think we can all agree American Odessey, State of Affairs, & A.D.: The Bible Continues are done.
The Voice has pumped up Undateable and The Night Shift enough to warrant a return for both of them, despite not stellar numbers. One Big Happy has had poor retention to Undateable‘s numbers, so chances are the show will end (Update: Right on all ends here).
Which leaves us Mysteries of Laura & About A Boy. We actually think Mysteries is gone, but we’re gonna be gutsy and predict About A Boy will return. It’s on its 2nd season, and the ratings, while poor, haven’t been that poor. It outperformed its own lead-in (Marry Me) and having Undateable as the networks’s only comedy from the previous years would be weird (and put maybe too much pressure on the NBC comedy development team?). So we think About A Boy will be safe…with a lower episode order (Update: We were totally wrong on Mysteries and About A Boy. I guess NBC doesn’t care their “veteran” comedy is now Undateable).
Renewed so far: The Flash, Arrow, Jane the Virgin, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The 100, & Reign (Updated: iZombie)
Cancellations so far: Hart of Dixie
CW has had an incredible season, destroying their rating highs and on the right path to improvement. So why cancel any show, really?
iZombie recently started relative to the other shows, leaving them as the only show without a decision. But it’s a safe bet we’ll see this show next year. It’s Veronica Mars as a zombie. What more do you want? (Update: iZombie did get renewed)
So what do you guys think: Do you think your favorite show is getting cancelled? Upset it already has been cancelled? Do you think we’re wrong about a show or right?