It’s time to play every couch potato’s favorite annual game, “Are those idiots going to cancel my show?” While we don’t have all the answers yet, we’ll get them next week when all four major networks (and the CW) announce their fall schedules. As of now, though, here is what is renewed, what pilots are approved, and what shows are definitely not returning. If your show is not on any of the lists, you’re going to have to ride the bubble another week.
ABC has announced nearly no news on its upcoming schedule. Here’s what we do know: 666 Park Avenue, Don’t Trust the B—h in Apartment 23, Last Resort, Private Practice and Zero Hour will all NOT be returning and Saturday Night Football will. That doesn’t mean that if you’re a Grey’s fan that you should be wigging out, it just means ABC doesn’t announce a lot of stuff ahead of time.
CBS announced 19 returning series have been renewed for the 2013-2014 broadcast season: NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, Elementary, 60 Minutes, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, CSI, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-O, The Mentalist, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Undercover Boss, 48 Hours, and Two and a Half Men (minus the kid who went rogue so shouldn’t it just be Two Dudes now?). Not returning will be Partners, The Job and Made in Jersey.
The CW (still here) has announced that Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries will be returning. The pilot for The Originals has already been approved for the fall schedule (I will take bets now on it being derivative….anyone….c’mon). Not returning are 90210, Cult, Emily Owens M.D. and Gossip Girl.
FOX returns American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Family Guy, The Following, Glee, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Raising Hope, The Simpsons and The X-Factor. The pilots Dads and Murder Police (I would watch that if it was one show: Murder Police Dads) have been approved for the fall schedule. Not returning are Ben and Kate, Fringe, The Mob Doctor and COPS (DO NOT FREAK OUT….it just moved to Spike TV where they can show it right after America’s Most Amazing Compound Fracture Videos).
NBC will return Chicago Fire, Football Night in America, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, NBC Sunday Night Football, Parenthood, Revolution, The Sing-Off, and The Voice. Four pilots are approved for the fall schedule: An Untitled Michael J. Fox Comedy, Dracula, Crossbones and The Million Second Quiz. Not returning are 30 Rock, The Office, Animal Practice, Do No Harm and Ready for Love. What HAPPENED to this network? I know more of The CW’s shows and that just makes me feel unclean.
When the full slates are announced next week, we will roll them out for you so that you may plan carefully your campaign of time murder for the next year. Bet Reuters won’t put it that way in their article…