Full Season Pick-Ups
These shows haven’t been “renewed” for a second season, but they have been extended for a full first season.
Grandfathered — I’m glad Josh Peck and Paget Brewster get a steady paycheck, though both deserve better than this series.
Grinder — Someone in the comments shamed me into returning to this show after I’d bailed on it, and they were absolutely right. The premise has a lot more juice in it that I’d have thought, and Lowe is spectacular.
Life in Pieces — Every episode is hit-and-miss within the episode, but the hits — and that cast — make it worth watching.
Rosewood — The lead-in to Empire got a full-season order for one reason only: It’s the lead-in to Empire. (OK, fine. Two reasons: Morris Chestnut is a good-looking man).
Dr. Ken — I actually haven’t watched any of Ken Jeong’s sitcom, nor have I heard anything good or bad about it, so I’m surprised it’s already gotten a full-season order.
Quantico — Unsurprising. It had a huge start, but I suspect it will continue to shed viewers throughout the season (I quit this week). It’s so bad.
Limitless — The pilot wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t good, either. It’s simply another procedural, and CBS is good at keeping those around for their older-skewing audience.
Blindspot — The tattoo-lady show? Really? People watch it?
Fresh Off the Boat — The ABC sitcom got a full second season pick-up.
The networks aren’t outright canceling series this year, just reducing their orders, so that the series will go away quietly. A reduced order, however, is pretty much the same thing as a cancellation.
Minority Report — Terrible show. Nobody cares.
The Player — Wesley Snipes television debut didn’t go well.
Truth Be Told — I was never going to watch this show, but after hearing Mark Paul Gosselaar on the Nerdist, I was kind of rooting for it.
Blood & Oil — Don’t care.
Oh, and in case you missed it, over on cable, FX cancelled Married.
Underperforming Older Shows
The following series, which have been around for a while, are not trending in the right direction and future renewals do not look good:
Sleepy Hollow (which is still on. I had no idea!)
The Mysteries of Laura