Last week was crazy as the networks prepared for Upfronts. That meant that from Tuesday through Saturday there was a deluge of news regarding renewals and cancellations. Each station had to clear the way for the new shows that they would be adding to the roster. We’ve already begun to see what the network channels are going to broadcast.
Canceled: The Assets, Back in the Game, Betrayal, Killer Women, Lucky 7, Mind Games, Mixology, The Neighbors, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Suburgatory, Super Fun Night, Trophy Wife
Renewed: America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Castle, Dancing With the Stars, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, Last Man Standing, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection,Revenge, Scandal, Shark Tank
Picked up: American Crime, Black-Ish, Cristela, Forever, Fresh Off the Boat, Galavant, How to Get Away With Murder, Manhattan Love Story, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Selfie, Secrets and Lies, The Whisper.
The biggest upset: Most of the shows that didn’t make the cut admittedly weren’t that great. However, there was a loyal following that was arising for The Neighbors. Also Once Upon a Time in Wonderland lost it’s opportunity to thrive when the original plan to air in the Once Upon a Time midseason was scrapped. It could have saved the show, but that’s all speculation at this point.
What to be excited for: ABC is picking up a number of interesting new shows for this coming fall. Without a doubt, I am looking for ward to Marvel’s Agent Carter which will likely air in Agents of Shield’s midseason. I’m also looking forward to seeing Karen Gillan on screen again in Selfie a show created by Suburgatory’s creator. I also have some mild interest in Black-ish and Anthony Anderson project that was created along with Larry Wilmore, the man who will be taking over the Colbert Report (to be named the Minority Report).
Canceled: Bad Teacher, The Crazy Ones, Friends With Better Lives, Hostages,Intelligence, We Are Men
Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, The Millers, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, Undercover Boss
Picked up: Battle Creek, CSI: Cyber, Madam Secretary, The McCarthys, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Scorpion, Stalker.
The biggest upset: Again, shows that were canceled were underperforming to CBS standards. However, The Crazy Ones was probably the biggest blow because there were devoted fans. Just not enough of them.
What to be excited for: I’m not entirely sure. Admitedly CBS is not really the station for me as the shows come across too bland and generic for, me though I do have my exceptions (I watch Big Bang in syndication and I loved HIMYM). Out of all the new shows Stalker has my attention the most because of the inclusion of Maggie Q. I would be excited for How I Met Your Dad, but there is no word as to whether that show is actually going to move forward or not.
Canceled: Almost Human, Dads, Enlisted, Surviving Jack, Rake, Raising Hope, Us & Them, The X Factor
Picked up: Bordertown, Empire, Gotham, Gracepoint, Red Band Society, Mulaney, Last Man On Earth, Utopia, and Weird Loners.
The biggest upset: Personally, I am most devastated by Raising Hope, even though I knew it was coming after the move to Friday. Many people would say that Almost Human was the biggest upset, but the show had the writing on the wall. It was a show of all potential and poor execution. The character dynamic was great, but the insistence to make it a case of the week show, along with airing out of order, really hurt the show. It would have been nice to have seen them turn it around and go serialized in a second season, but they just couldn’t overcome their hurtles of lack of serialization in it’s first season.
What to be excited for: I almost feel like I don’t need to say it, but Gotham. It looks to be taking a cue from the Nolan universe and going with a darker grittier view of the iconic city, before Batman was their savior. The show is set to follow James Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock. But there will be plenty of young Bruce and the beginnings of many of Gotham villains, including Edward Nygma, Pamela Isley, and Oswald Cobblepot. Catwoman will be appearing too.
Canceled: Believe, Community, Crisis, Dracula, Growing Up Fisher, Ironside, The Michael J. Fox Show,Revolution, Sean Saves the World, Welcome to the Family
Renewed: About a Boy, American Ninja Warrior, The Biggest Loser, The Blacklist,Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grimm, Hannibal, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, The Voice
Picked up: Allegiance, A to Z, A.D., Aquarius, Bad Judge, Constantine, Emerald City, Heroes Reborn, Marry Me, Mission Control, The Mysteries Of Laura, Odyssey, One Big Happy, State of Affairs, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The biggest upset: There will be no six seasons and a movie for Community. We have officially entered the darkest timeline. The entire cast we knew and love all died and it’s canon. It’ll be a sad world without Community, but there were far too many people who just didn’t understand the comedy and that translated into low ratings. After scraping by season after season, it finally didn’t make the cut.
What to be excited for: Constantine looks to be one hell of a good romp into the world of demons. Yes, the supernatural DC Vertigo comic is being brought to life again after a movie attempt 9 years ago. This time around John Constantine is keeping his blond hair and British heritage as he fights for his soul. I should also mentioned that some of the comedies could be interesting based off their trailers. I’m keeping my eye on Marry Me, Mission Control, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Canceled: The Carrie Diaries, Star-Crossed, The Tomorrow People
Picked up: The Flash, Jane the Virgin, The Messengers, iZombie
The biggest upset: The writing was on the wall, but it still hurts to see The Tomorrow People go. It was a great show once it found its feet, but it happened too late. The 100 found its feet much faster and benefited from that.
What to be excited for: Undoubtedly The Flash has a lot of people’s attention, and rightfully so. We’ve already been introduced to the titular Barry Allen in Arrow this season and he’s proved to be a loveable character already. With the seam people behind Arrow working on The Flash we are looking for a far more lighthearted, but still gripping show about the DC speedster.
What shows are you going to miss? What are you looking forward to?