Next week marks a rite of spring: The upfronts, or the presentation of the broadcast networks’ fall TV slates to advertisers, beginning May 15.
But first, comes the culling of the herd.
This week, programming execs are deciding the fates of on-the-bubble shows, either giving underperformers another season to find an audience or casting them off to make room for what they hope will be new hits.
The main factors in their decisions: Ratings trends, creative momentum, profitability and the network’s ownership stake.
In a surprise move Saturday, NBC took a page from the script of this year’s top Save Our Shows vote-getter, went back in time and reversed its cancellation decision. It’s bringing the time-travel drama back for 10 episodes next summer. It also renewed another favorite, Blindspot. It has yet to decide what to do with Chicago Justice. Later in the day, CBS renewed the Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary, which finished second in the poll, for a sixth season.
In other Save Our Shows news, ABC has canceled Last Man Standing and American Crime, Fox has renewed The Exorcist and CBS has canceled 2 Broke Girls after six seasons. ABC’s immigrant comedy Fresh Off The Boat, which finished mid-pack in this year’s poll, was granted a fourth season Friday.
Check the list below to see where your favorite shows stand.
Note: All the prime-time series are grouped in one of three categories — already renewed or very likely to return; on the bubble and in need of your vote; and on death’s door or already canceled.
Renewed: American Housewife, Black-ish, Designated Survivor, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Speechless, Quantico
Canceled: American Crime, The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Notorious, The Real O’Neals, Secrets and Lies, Time After Time
Renewed, or almost: The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Bull, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man With a Plan, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Superior Donuts, Code Black
Canceled, or nearly dead: Doubt, The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Training Day, 2 Broke Girls, The Great Indoors, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Renewed, or almost:Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, The Exorcist, Family Guy, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth. Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, The Mick, New Girl, The Simpsons, Star
On the bubble: Prison Break, 24: Legacy
Canceled: Pitch, Rosewood, APB, Bones, Scream Queens, Sleepy Hollow, Son of Zorn, Making History
Renewed, or almost: Timeless, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, The Good Place, Law & Order: SVU, Shades of Blue, Superstore, This Is Us, Taken. Great News
On the bubble: Chicago Justice, Trial & Error
Canceled: The Blacklist: Redemption, Emerald City, Grimm, Powerless
Renewed, or almost: Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, The 100, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural, iZombie, The Originals
Canceled: Frequency, No Tomorrow, Reign, The Vampire Diaries
Gary Levin and Jayme Deerwester , USA TODAY