May 9, 2013

News: 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.

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 24 could be revived).

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. No word yet on Community, Go On, The New Normal, or Hannibal, but Deception, 1600 Penn, Whitney, Guys with Kids, and Up All Night were all canceled.

The 100, The OriginalsReign, 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.

So, 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.

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