The Quick and the Dead: A Guide to TV’s Renewals and Cancellations

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On the eve of Upfront Week, when the five English-language broadcast networks will present their respective 2014-15 prime-time schedules to media buyers, advertisers and the working press, news of various renewals and cancellations continues to seep out like booze through a sot’s pores three days into a bender. The following is the most up-to-date list of the doomed and the saved. Keep checking this space through Sunday evening, as there almost certainly will be forthcoming announcements in the run-up to next week’s big reveals.

Updated May 10: With the latest round of CBS cancellations in hand, the 2013-14 freshman series tote board is all but complete, as only NBC’s Dracula, ABC’s Black Box and Fox’s 24: Live Another Day hang in the balance. 

In its Friday night slot, Dracula averaged 3.25 million viewers and a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49, well below what its battery mate, Grimm, has drawn over the course of its third season (5.38 million viewers/1.4 rating). Ratings aside, star Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ personal demons could make Dracula a less attractive renewal option for NBC. (UPDATE: NBC officially has passed on a second season of Dracula.)

As for Black Box, the low-rated melodrama (5.7 million viewers/1.3 rating) is effectively a summer series; seven of its 13 episodes are set to air after the season ends. (The finale is scheduled for Thursday, July 31.) The same applies to the much more robust 24: Live Another Day, which premiered last Monday to 8.08 million viewers and a 2.6 in the dollar demo, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data. The 12-part thriller is set to wrap on Monday, July 14.

Of the 41 new scripted series that have premiered on one of the Big Four networks since September, 10 have been renewed, of which five are comedies (About a Boy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Goldbergs, The Millers, Mom). The five re-upped dramas are The Blacklist, Chicago PD, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Resurrection and Sleepy Hollow). In 2012-13, only eight freshman series were renewed, while the previous season saw 14 newcomers earn a fall berth.


Freshman Series:

Sleepy HollowRENEWED (Oct. 3)

MasterChef Junior — RENEWED (Dec. 19; picked up for a third season March 5)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine — RENEWED (March 7)

Almost Human — CANCELED (April 29)

Rake — CANCELED (May 7)

Dads — CANCELED (May 7)

Enlisted —CANCELED (May 7)

Surviving Jack — CANCELED (May 7)

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey — UNLIKELY TO BE RENEWED 

24: Live Another Day — (SUMMER SERIES; premiered May 5)

Gang Related — (SUMMER SERIES; premieres May 22)


Legacy Shows:

Glee — RENEWED (April 19, 2013)

Hell’s Kitchen — RENEWED (May 13, 2013)

MasterChef — RENEWED (May 13, 2013)

American Dad — LAST SEASON ON FOX (Moving to TBS)

Bob’s Burgers — RENEWED (Sept. 26)

The Simpsons — RENEWED (Oct. 5)

Bones — RENEWED (Jan. 19)

The X Factor — CANCELED (Feb. 8)

New Girl — RENEWED (March 7)

The Mindy Project — RENEWED (March 7)

The Following — RENEWED (March 7)

Raising Hope — CANCELED (March 10)

American Idol — RENEWED (May 7)



Freshman Series:

Ironside — CANCELED (Oct. 18)

Welcome to the Family — CANCELED (Oct. 18)

The Blacklist — RENEWED (Dec. 3)

Sean Saves the World — CANCELED (Jan. 28)

The Michael J. Fox ShowCANCELED (Feb. 5)

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