Renewals and Cancellations: The Current Status of the Network's Slate of Primetime Programming
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Renewals and Cancellations: Updated -- "Happy Endings" Cancelled, "Scandal" Renewed (Plus 3 More ABC Show), Rebel Wilson Gets a Series on ABC, and NBC Picks up 3 More Series

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | May 10, 2013 | Comments ()


Rather than devote posts to each and every cancellation, renewal, and pilot pick up, I'm going to keep a running list here, and update as necessary. If details are needed, they will be provided in linked posts.

Off network, I'm also so sad to report that the phenomenal "Southland" has been cancelled.

Series still on the bubble: "Neighbors," "Hannibal," "The Taste"


Cancellations: "Go On," "Whitney," "Up All Night," "Deception," "1600 Penn," "Rock Center with Brian Williams," "Guys with Kids," "New Normal," and "Smash."

Renewals: "Parks and Recreation", "Community."

Pick Ups: "Blacklist," (The world's most wanted criminal (James Spader) mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent (Megan Boone) with whom he seemingly has no connection); "Night Shift," (ensemble medical show following Army doctors working the late shift at a San Antonio Hospital);"Welcome to the Family," (chronicles how cultures collide when white parents and Latino parents are bonded together by their children; "About a Boy" "Crisis" (with Gillian Anderson), "Believe" (from J.J. Abrams), "The Family Guide," and "Sean Saves the World" (details here and here). NBC has also picked up an "Ironside" reboot with Blair Underwood, along with another Bill Lawrence series, "Undateable," with "Whitney's" Chris D'Elia in the starring role, about a slacker guy who teaches dumbasses how to date women. In addition, they've nabbed "Chicago P.D." a spin-off of their middling hit, "Chicago Fire."


Renewals: "New Girl," "The Mindy Project" and "Raising Hope." "American Idol" will be back, but likely with an all new set of judges (Randy Jackson has already confirmed his departure), "Bob's Burgers," "The Simpsons," "American Dad," "Glee," and "The Following."

Cancellations: "Touch." However, there is talk of bringing back Keifer Sutherland's "24" next year for a limited run.

Pick-Ups: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (with Andy Samberg), "Rake" with Greg Kinnear, "Us and Them" (the "Gavin and Stacey" remake with Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel), "Enlisted," "Sleepy Hollow," "Gang Related," and "Almost Human." (details here)

CBS -- Practically the entire schedule has been renewed, including "Criminal Minds" (renewed for two more seasons today) except for "Two and a Half Men" (still in negotiations).

Cancelled: "Rules of Engagement." "Golden Boy," "Vegas," and "CSI: NY."

Pick-Ups -- Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar's "Crazy Ones," about a father and daughter working together at an ad agency; Greg Garcia's Will Arnett sitcom, "The Millers" about a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own; Chuck Lorre's Anna Faris and Allison Janney sitcom, "Mom" about a newly sober mom trying to pull her life together in Napa valley; "We Are Men" about a young guy who finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex (Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O'Connell star); "Hostages," a Jerry Bruckheimer drama about a family (Toni Collette, Dylan McDermot) caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever; and "Intelligence," a procedural with "Lost's" Josh Holloway, about a cyber command agent agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.


Renewals: "Nashville," "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," "Castle," "Once Upon a Time," "Suburgatory," "Revenge," "Modern Family," "The Middle," "Last Man Standing"

Cancellations: "Happy Endings," 'Malibu Country," "Body of Proof," Red Widow," "How to Live with Your Parents," "Family Tools"

Pick-Ups: Joss Whedon's "S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Super Fun Night" (with Rebel Wilson), "Back in the Game," (baseball-themed comedy) "Mind Games" (Kyle Killen ("Awake") drama with James Caan), "Mixology," "One Upon a Time" spin-off "Wonderland," "The Goldbergs" (1980s dysfunctional family comedy), "Killer Women," "Resurrection," "Trophy Wife" (with Malin Akerman)


CW -- The entire existing schedule has been renewed, including "Nikita" and "The Carrie Diaries" (that does not include "Cult," which has already been cancelled).

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  • Totoro

    What aout Monday Mornings?

  • ViciousTrollop

    Welp, ABC can burn in HADES for cancelling Happy Endings.

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    I shall be devastated if Hannibal is cancelled. I've never been so enamoured of a creepy-hot & dapper serial killer or a disheveled, lost puppy-eyed FBI profiler. I'm torn between two lovers, feeling like a fool.

  • Constance

    Of course they cancel Southland, best damn cop show EVER, and keep other shitty shows on, boycotting TNT starting now, dammit!!!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    "Of course they cancel Southland, best damn cop show EVER"

    There are two gentlemen who want to have a word with you here. Do the names Mackey and McNulty ring a bell?

  • babykangarootribbiani

    go on got cancelled? could matthew perry BE any more unlucky?!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Red Widow cancelled?


  • F'mal DeHyde

    I'm kind of sad about Vegas. It wasn't really very good but I still enjoyed watching it. I think Jason O'Mara must be the kiss of death to TV shows.

  • Xtacle Steve

    Any word on USA picking up Happy Endings? Also, I'm sad at how bare NBC's Thursday night lineup is gonna be. Sure, The Office has been really bad, save for the last few, and 30 Rock was dwindling. Now, it's just Parks and whatever that horrible thing that they're calling Community is.

  • timeman1

    I saw the Welcome to the Family pilot in April while visiting Universal Studios Orlando. I have to say that the show has potential if some of the things that occur in the pilot episode are expanded upon.

  • katy

    I had been waiting for news on New Normal : ( Maybe I was alone, but I really liked that show. And I've been enjoying How To Live With Your Parents. Can't win them all, I guess.

  • blubb


  • John G.


  • e jerry powell

    Alas, no. This means she'll probably be killing a half-hour Tuesdays at 10:30 on Comedy Central before too long.

  • Or she'll kill Kat Denning's character on Two Broke Girls and weasel her way into that cast

  • e jerry powell

    I'd say "even worse," but I watch Drag Race on Monday nights, so...

  • John W

    ABC Picks up Agents of SHIELD? What were the chances?

  • DataAngel

    Are they seriously going with the name "The Family GUIDE" for a show?

  • I am also wonder about it... Is it ???

  • socallmeshirley

    Waiting on Bunheads news....

  • Guest

    I like Bunheads and agree that it would be great to see it renewed.

    But I feel funny watching it now after learning the actress who plays Boo - Kaitlyn Jenkins is smoking hot 23 year old.

  • socallmeshirley

    Whoa! Smoking hot indeed. I think that speaks even more greatly to her talent. Boo has so much of that teenage awkwardness in her movements and expressions, and Kaitlyn Jenkins really nails that.

  • ceebee_eebee

    Now they are saying we won't hear anything about Hannibal until after the upfronts. I hate everything.

  • toblerone



  • pajiba

    There is talk of a possible two-hour wrap movie, though. CLOSURE.

  • TK the Other (de-lurking)

    Just like the Deadwood movies, right? I'm still waiting.

  • Jill

    This makes me feel like everything in life should be made better by throwing a 2 hour movie at us. Did your dog die? Here's a film of his cutest moments. Did your wife leave you? Here's a film of moments when she still loved you. And on and on. I'm actually not against the two hour movies for closure. But it also makes me feel like the kid who just had to put down their favorite pet and now mommy and daddy are taking me out for ice cream to make it all better.
    There better not be (another?!) 2 hour Hannibal film in the near future.

  • Repo

    Because I NEED this to happen, it never will.

  • Guest

    Any word on Suburgatory?

  • pajiba


  • Guest

    YAY!!! I didn't love last season as much as the first but I'm glad to see it stick around because of the excellent cast.

    Sorry Alan Tudyk fans you'll just have to wait a little longer for him to appear in S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • toblerone

    I'm not really surprised it wasn't renewed, especially with the way the season 5 ended.

    Somebody better f*cking hire Michael Cudlitz and quick because he was the best part of the show and the only one who didn't seem to have something lined up.

  • himonoonna

    Can we get Ben Sherman to fake a gang vendetta at a network exec's house to get Southland back?

  • pajiba

    Three of us got this joke, but we all appreciated the hell out of it.

  • sian8470

    Four. And yes.

  • Repo

    It sucks that got the axe. What a way to go out. I didn't expect it to end on a happy note, but jesus, it ended up about as pleasant as The Shield. Brutal.

  • the_wakeful

    Any word on Happy Endings? Don't go breaking my heart, Dustin.

  • pajiba

    Sorry sir. It's official now.

  • the_wakeful

    The good ones never last.

  • pajiba

    Nothing official, but Twitter says it's unlikely to be renewed.

  • the_wakeful

    I asked you not to break my heart, and yet you break my heart.

  • KatSings

    FYI - Smash got canned.

  • I am oddly ok with this. They had a second chance with this season and couldn't turn it around. At least now Megan Hilty and Christian Borle will be free to pursue better things.

  • KatSings

    Not that we didn't KNOW that, but I'm fairly certain that's official at this point.

  • ironypants

    :( yeah, I know it's been pretty clear but I just keep sort of hoping that since they've been dragging their feet on "official" cancellation there's a glimmer of possibility.

  • mairimba

    Man. Matthew Perry can't get a break.

  • toblerone

    He doesn't need breaks because he gets to go home to Lizzy Caplan every night.

  • I'm petty sure she and Perry broke up a while ago.

  • e jerry powell

    But only so much Lizzy Caplan will make up for being on unemployment.

  • toblerone

    I'm sure the Friends syndication royalties will keep him off the streets regardless of his employment status.

    **And at least Community's cast will rake in royalties once it reaches the 100 episodes needed for syndication.

  • e jerry powell

    True. And Aaron Sorkin will probably still throw him the occasional bone somewhere or another. Still, he's gotta deal with Courtney still working, Lisa producing, Jennifer still pretending that she's a movie star, and Matt getting premium cable-type money for playing himself. That's gotta sting a little bit...

  • KatSings

    Woo Ironside! I worked on that! I'll be interested to see if they keep in NY or transplant it to Cali now that it's been picked up.

  • Kate

    Awww, I'm a little sad about Go On. It wasn't anything spectacular but it was a sweet show I looked forward to watching.

    Hopefully this will mean a lot more of Matthew Perry on The Good Wife though...

  • gsmarker

    I'm sad too! The first few eps were a little clumsy, but I thought they were really clicking in the last half of the season.

  • Devin McMusters

    No! He's one of the worst guest stars they brought on!

  • Nadine

    Seriously, what about Hannibal!?

  • googergieger

    Didn't the CW pick up Whose Line Is It Anyway?

  • Michelle

    You know, as long as Parks and Rec and Parenthood (what's up, full season?) got renewals, I honestly don't care about the rest of it.

  • ironypants

    Whither Smash, o NBC execs? WHITHER SMASH????

  • prince_of_montagu

    I know Smash is pretty much dead so i have no idea why they are holding off on the announcement. As a fan, it hurts my heart but i just want to hear it so i can make peace with it.

  • TSS

    Was Cult renewed?

  • pajiba

    Cult was cancelled about a month ago. Girl, where you been?

  • toblerone

    Fox Renewals: Bob's Burgers! Or does Sunday night not count?

  • pajiba

    All renewed a few weeks ago, save for "The Cleveland Show," which is out (unofficially), but it's not cancelled because it's the kind of show Fox may decide next January to kick back into production to fill a slot.

  • kilmo

    Nooooo! 'Golden Boy' is so good. Theo James' accent can be a little wonk, but Chi McBride is so great.

  • toblerone

    F*ck Chi McBride can't catch a break, every show he has been in was cancelled.

    I'm still pissed about Human Target (and P.D.).

  • I'm with you on Human Target, and I'm ticked about Golden Boy as well. I'm not a big fan of the formulaic 'seven years from now...' bookends to each episode, but I enjoy the show. Bummer.

  • e jerry powell

    Well, but, every show that isn't on the air now has been cancelled. Very few TV actors that haven't been out of work due to cancellation at some point. It just happens to Chi McBride faster than most.

  • jthomas666

    Several NBC exec will burn in hell for ever allowing "Whitney" to see the light of day, let alone last two seasons.

  • e jerry powell

    Why hasn't the earth opened up and just swallowed NBC whole?

  • gnibs

    Chris D'Elia makes me laugh, and I won't apologize for it.

  • Bedewcrock

    Right? I'd really like to see their pros/cons list or if the creator of that show signed a pact with the devil. It's unearthly how bad that sitcom is.

  • periwinkled


  • Greg!

    Put FX up on this post so I can see when Terriers comes back.

  • pajiba

    There's another network called KICKSTARTER that's trying to get that renewed.

  • lisamtj

    Also what about some other networks like ABC Family?

  • lisamtj

    I'm glad The Carrie Diaries got renewed. I think next season will pick up better while this past one just fleshed out the characters. I don't even view as remotely related to S&TC(along w/ the movies), so it's been interesting as a stand alone thing for me.

  • elmediocre


  • blubb

    wooooooh Nikita.. still no word about Community though..

  • e jerry powell
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