Upfronts 2014: The Crazy Before the Storm – Renewals/Cancellations

I know the saying is actually “The calm before the storm” but when it comes to network upfronts, there’s no such thing as calm. First of all, how has a year passed already that we are once again back at upfronts, the time of year where networks announce their line-ups for the coming year in hopes to attract advertising dollars? The official Upfronts for the broadcast network aren’t until next week; however as is often the case, the networks have already begun announcing what current shows are getting renewed for another season, which are getting cancelled, and which new shows are going to be taking their place on the network schedule.

I’ll save my thoughts on the new shows for later, after the networks make their official announcements next week, along with the schedule reveal. For now, an update on which shows will live on and which got the axe.

ABC

  • Renewed: Once Upon A Time, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Castle, The Middle, Resurrection, Revenge, Dancing With the Stars, Nashville, Last Man Standing
  • Cancelled: Trophy Wife, Suburgatory, Mixology, Super Fun Night, The Neighbors, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, The Assets, Back in the Game, Betrayal, Killer Women, Lucky 7, Mind Games

This time last year, we saw that ABC picked up a lot of new shows and it was inevitable that not all was going to see a second season. At the end of the season, ABC ended up only picking up three of its freshmen series: SHIELD, The Goldbergs, and Resurrection. If you think that’s low, well it is one more than they kept from last season, which saw only Nashville and The Neighbors getting a season two. The cancellations that hurt the most have to be Trophy Wife and Suburgatory – two funny, smart, and witty shows with a lot of heart that for reasons unknown, just did not connect. Suburgatory at least got three seasons in its run, doesn’t make the cancellation hurt any less, but at least we did get three seasons. And then there’s Trophy Wife, which for all intents and purposes, should have followed Modern Family in the schedule, even for a little while so it could get an audience.

CBS

  • Renewed: The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, NCIS LA, Criminal Minds, CSI, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, Two and a Half Men, Person of Interest, Mike and Molly, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods, Mom, The Amazing Race, Survivor, The Mentalist
  • Cancelled: We Are Men, The Crazy Ones, Bad Teacher, Hostages, Intelligence,¬†Friends With Better Lives

To be fair, I don’t watch a lot of shows that come out of CBS; Big Bang Theory, Amazing Race, and Survivor are my only CBS shows. I was hoping that The Crazy Ones would get another season because the cast work so well together and it’s such a joy to watch how much fun they’re having; unfortunately even the star power of Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar couldn’t get the show to season 2. As much as I enjoyed it, I never saw Hostages getting another season because it felt like it was very much a limited series and to try to expand the show further or replicate the original hook would be ill advised. I’m not too heartbroken over that loss.

FOX

  • Renewed: Sleepy Hollow, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, Glee, The Following, Family Guy, New Girl, The Simpsons, Bones, Bob’s Burgers, Hell’s Kitchen, American Idol, Masterchef Junior
  • Cancelled: Almost Human, Enlisted, Dads, Surviving Jack, Rake, Raising Hope, The X-Factor

FOX is such an interesting network. Viewers can complain that the network cancels a lot of good shows (true), many of them rooted in sci-fi (also true) but at the same time, I appreciate the fact that FOX does try to give us different programming and when they truly support something they do their best to keep it on the air (thanks again for 5 seasons of Fringe!). Also, the scheduling on any network will never be perfect so no doubt I will complain about that endlessly. Almost Human had so much potential and unfortunately, suffered from the network shuffling the episodes around which caused some confusion to what was going on. You could also tell that the producers/writers were still trying to strike a balance between the procedural and mythological elements of the show, which now with the show being cancelled, has left a lot of questions unanswered. Poor Enlisted never stood a chance; it premiered late in the season (November) on Fridays (rough day/time for any show, let alone a new one), and again the episodes were aired out of order, making some storylines a little awkward. Additionally, Enlisted was a show that would’ve paired well with Brooklyn Nine-Nine had it been given a chance.

NBC

  • Renewed: The Voice, Parks and Recreation, About a Boy, Grimm, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., The Blacklist, Hannibal, Law & Order SVU
  • Cancelled: The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World, Welcome to the Family, Ironside, Believe, Community, Crisis, Growing Up Fisher, Revolution, Dracula
  • Status Unknown: Parenthood

I am incredibly happy that Parks and Recreation and About a Boy both got renewed for another season, but of course, I have to comment on the cancellations. Believe had a lot of potential and with the clout that the show had (Alfonso Cuaron AND J.J. Abrams are two of the executive producers), I thought maybe there was some hope; alas it wasn’t the case. Crisis, like its similarly premised Hostages on CBS, didn’t seem like it would be able to sustain itself in the long run so it only lasting one season is okay with me. I’ve enjoyed watching Growing Up Fisher, so it hurts a little to see it get cancelled, but I kind of understand. Then there’s Community: after the dismal 4th season, I’ll admit I was surprised and kind of upset that it did get renewed for a 5th season, if only because I was a pretty big fan of Go On and wanted to see it get a season 2. Having Dan Harmon back for S5 however, rejuvenated the show, so the fact that the show didn’t get the “Six Seasons and a Movie” it was gunning for, left me surprised and upset because it was getting so good again¬† and it just seems odd for it to get cancelled now.

THE CW

  • Renewed: Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Hart of Dixie, The 100, Beauty and the Beast, Reign, The Originals
  • Cancelled: The Tomorrow People, Star-Crossed, The Carrie Diaries, Nikita

Leave it to The CW to get the biggest rise out of me this week when it announced what other shows were getting renewed (Arrow, TVD, SPN, Reign, Originals all received renewals a while back). For years, I gave The CW heck for how it treated Nikita, but with it ending back in December, my efforts were inevitably going to go elsewhere. From the beginning, The Tomorrow People put a lot of work into fleshing out these characters and their world, which actually doesn’t happen a lot THAT early in a series. The back half of the series really got the ball rolling with its twists and truly delivering on the action, raising the stakes for our heroes + the consequences of the decisions they make. Then the season (now series) finale dropped hints as to what season 2 might have looked like and really, what could have been. The cancellation of TTP made me incredibly upset, but I was sent over the edge by what got renewed over it: Beauty and the Beast. I never understood the appeal of BATB and I have no idea who these fans are that somehow got the show renewed for a third season because the ratings and numbers are dismal. When it comes to ratings, The CW is weird, let’s just put it that way, and I know their business model is different than the other networks. It’s why Nikita got 4 seasons – the ratings might not have been the best, but it was well-regarded by critics (the ones who actually did watch the show) and fans, plus it had international appeal; can’t say the same for BATB. So again, HOW DID IT GET A THIRD SEASON? The mysteries of CW continue.

Like I said, the crazy before the storm. I will update once we find out the fate of some of the other shows still on the bubble, but now I turn it over to you. Which shows are you happy to see renewed? Which cancelled shows hurt the most?

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