It’s coming to that time of year again. In early May the networks have to lock down which of their series are being renewed and which are being axed for next season.
While some have already had their fate decided, many remain uncertain and a few of those are ‘on the bubble’ with the verdict potentially going either way. Deadline has posted a summary of what’s likely to stay and go according to insiders at the networks. Here’s the list:
Likely Renewal: “Arrow,” “Black Lightning,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Riverdale,” “Supergirl,” “Supernatural”
Could Go Either Way: “iZombie,” “Life Sentence”
Likely Axed: “Valor”
Too Early To Tell: “The 100”
Already Renewed: “The Big Bang Theory,” “SEAL Team, “SWAT,” “Young Sheldon”
Likely Renewal: “Blue Bloods,” “Bull,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “Life In Pieces,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: LA,” “NCIS: New Orleans”
Could Go Either Way: “MacGuyver,” “Man with a Plan,” “Scorpion,” “Superior Donuts”
Likely Axed: “9JKL,” “Living Biblically,” “Me, Myself & I,” “Wisdom of the Crowd”
Too Early To Tell: “Code Black,” “Criminal Minds,” “Elementary,” “Instinct”
Already Renewed: “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “The Good Place,” “Superstore,” “This is Us,” “Will & Grace”
It was expected, and now it’s official – The CW has renewed nearly its entire lineup of series as it expands to a sixth night of originals for the 2018-19 broadcast season.
Ten series have seen official renewals for next year – “Arrow,” “Black Lightning,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Riverdale,” “Supergirl” and “Supernatural”.
More than most networks, The CW relies heavily on streaming returns and lucrative Netflix SVOD deals with much of their fare selling and performing well overseas. It’s working though as not only is digital viewership particularly strong compared to other networks, but the current season of shows is up 3% in total viewers compared to last year.
Still to be determined are the fates of shows launching mid-season including the recently launched “iZombie,” “Life Sentence” and the soon to launch “The 100”. The military drama “Valor,” which debuted in the Fall, also hasn’t been given a renewal order as yet and is unlikely to according to recent reports. Those four shows will have their fates revealed next month at the upfronts in May.
Additionally “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom confirms the show’s renewal for a fourth season is also going to be the show’s final season.
CW: iZombie had a bad S3 but S4 has been entertaining. Valor was okay for a few episodes but really dumb, they need a military consultant. S3 & S4 of The 100 were pretty bad, S5 is about to start. CBS: Elementary started well but quickly devolved into formulaic garbage. Most others I have quit watching or only watched a few episodes. NBC: Good Place, Superstore, AP Bio are all awesome. Timeless is dumb fun. The rest I don't care about. ABC: Good Doctor is mildly entertaining, I'll probably watch another season. Agents of Shield has been on the decline since they killed Ward, one of the best bad guys on a tv series. The rest, don't care. Fox: 911 is trashy fun, I fast forward through the relationship drama and only watch the exciting stuff; I can do another season. The Orville was fantastic, love it. LA to Vegas is hilarious. The Mick is up and down, some episodes are amazing, others are lazy. I wish Lethal Weapon would die. It's badly written, Riggs is super annoying, and my wife loves it so I have to watch it with her. Ghosted is mildly amusing. Lucifer plummeted, went from great to mostly terrible, get rid of CSI girl already. Exorcist had a good S1, terrible S2, kill it. Last Man on Earth is fantastic, one of the best shows on television though it didn't start that way.
Just a few weeks out from TV upfronts, CBS has announced it has renewed eleven returning series for the 2018-2019 season. That comes on top of the six already renewed earlier this year, meaning seventeen shows are set to return.
Those just announced to return include “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “MacGyver,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Blue Bloods,” “Madame Secretary,” “Bull,” “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours”. They join previously announced returnees “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon,” “Mom,” “NCIS,” “SEAL Team,” and “S.W.A.T.”
So who is missing? Veteran procedural “Criminal Minds,” comedy “Life In Pieces,” newcomer “Instinct” and the entire Monday night line-up – “Scorpion,” “Superior Donuts,” “Man with a Plan” and “Kevin Can Wait”. The new season of “Elementary” has yet to premiere so its fate is also uncertain.
Can't say I've seen a single episode of Elementary to be honest and American television these days is so, so boring! It's the only thing in their world and their actors all look alike and all have perfectly white teeth, even the tramps and bums on the street!!! Occasionally they produce a show that is a hit and we seem to get in on it as well but nowadays their Nielsen ratings aren't the only power in television as none of the Berman produced Treks appeared on network and were on local cable channels I believe but as I'm not an expert on it I'd hazard a guess! If ENT for instance had of been put on the network I doubt it would have completed a first season let alone four or seven!
I just finished The Terror. It was a very good show.
I started The Alienist, but after 7 episodes I was done with it. The show didn't know if it wanted to explore the characters or make it a "who dunit" show. Therefor it failed both.
Then I started watching Lost in Space. Gave up on that during episode 8. How many episodes of people in peril can you make? Also, de Dr. Smith character is terrible, Parker Posey is awesome though. The writing is just terrible.
Finished watching all 7 seasons of True Blood. I'm going to rewatch Brisco County Jr. dvds, and Deadwood. Since there is no more zombie shows on Sunday since Fear The Walking dead did their mid season finale last week.
Finished Santa Clarita Diet. First half of S2 was slow in terms of moving the plot but the back half was good. Finished Love S3, good. The Terror was excellent. The Alienist was excellent. Bosch S4 was excellent. This season of Battlebots is the best. The new format seems to have fixed most or all of the previous problems. Ghosted is back on the air and it seems they have tweaked the story and format and it is much improved. Into the Badlands may not be highbrow drama but the fight scenes are beautifully choreographed. Animal Kingdom is back for S3 and is still good drama. Humans is back, about the same, entertaining. Final season of 12 Monkeys starts today and promises to be crazy. The Expanse is knocking it out of the park, some episodes are so tense I'm literally on the edge of my seat. I don't understand how a show like The Expanse can be cancelled on a sci-fi network. Thankfully Amazon picked it up.