TV Upfronts: Let the Renewals, Cancellations, and Pick-Ups Begin
It’s been a busy couple of days as most of the major U.S. television networks have started making decisions on which shows will grace the small screen next season.
Update: ABC announced that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been picked up to series along with Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (the Alice in Wonderland spinoff to Once), Back in the Game, Betrayal, The Goldbergs, Killer Women, Lucky 7, Mind Games, Mixolgoy, Resurrection, Super Fun Night, and Trophy Wife. They’ve also renewed Modern Family, The Middle, Suburgatory, The Neighbors, Last Man Standing, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, and Nashville. Sadly, Happy Endings has been cancelled along with 666 Park Avenue, Don’t Trust the B—-, Body of Proof, Family Tools, How To Live…, Last Resort, Malibu Country, Private Practice, Red Widow, and Zero Hour.
FOX got the ball rolling by picking up nine new shows: four dramas and five comedies. On the lighter side, the Andy Samburg cop show (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) from Parks and Recreation‘s Dan Goor and Mike Shur got picked up along with Seth MacFarlane’s Dads, Enlisted (from Cougar Town‘s Kevin Biegel), Surviving Jack, and Us and Them (starring Parenthood‘s Jason Ritter and Gilmore Girl‘s Alexis Bledel). As for dramas, Bad Robot’s Almost Human, Rake with Greg Kinnear, a modernized Sleepy Hallow, and Gang Related were all sent to series. These nine newbies will join the previously renewed American Dad!, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Family Guy, The Following, Glee, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Raising Hope, The Simpsons, and The X-Factor. Not coming back next season: Ben and Kate, COPS, Fringe, The Mob Doctor, and Touch (although
NBC joined the fun by picking up five new shows: About a Boy (starring Bent‘s David Walton), Believe (written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron and produced by J.J. Abram‘s Bad Robot), Crisis, The Family Guide (from Arrested Development‘s Jason Bateman), and Sean Saves the World (Sean Hayes‘ return to NBC). They will join recently renewed Parks and Recreation along with Chicago Fire, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood, Revolution, The Sing-Off, and The Voice. Deception, 1600 Penn, Whitney, Guys with Kids, Up All Night, Go On, Smash and The New Normal were all canceled. Die hard fans of Community will be pleased to know that it’s been renewed for another season. FYI, Michael J. Fox’s show, Dracula, and Crossbones were all given straight-to-series orders earlier in the year.
UPDATE: NBC also picked up The Blacklist, Chicago PD, Ironside, The Night Shift, Undateable, and Welcome to the Family.
The 100, The Originals, Reign, Star-Crossed, The Tomorrow People were added to The CW’s roster, which already includes America’s Next Top Model, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie, Nikita, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries. Unfortunately for some, 90210, Cult, Emily Owens, and Gossip Girl will not be returning.
Last but not least, CBS renewed Criminal Minds for a ninth season after contract negotiations concluded. The crime procedural will be tossed on the pile along with 2 Broke Girls, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, CSI, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, and Undercover Boss. That leaves Golden Boy, Vegas, CSI: NY, and Rules of Engagement on the bubble, and The Job, Made in Jersey, and Partners in the grave.
UPDATE: The Eye sent Crazy Ones, Hostages, Intelligence, The Millers, Mom, and We Are Men to series. CSI: NY, Golden Boy, Rules of Engagement, and Vegas joined the aforementioned axed shows.
Even though Upfronts do not technically start until Sunday when NBC reveals its schedule, we at least have an idea of where four of the major networks stand when it comes to the majority of their line-ups, and the fun is just getting started. Stay tuned for more.