So it’s that time of year when we learn the fate of (most) of our favourite shows. The networks have announced the majority of their decisions, and though there are always casualties, this year saw a lot of shows being saved from that broadcast network in the sky. There were of course though, some big upsets.
Please note that while all care has been taken to be correct at the time of publishing, as we have previously been shown, these are not set in stone and could still change, but hopefully not.
As reported this week, after an uncertain time the show has been confirmed for a 2nd season, though it will move from CBS to the CW, joining Arrow, The Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow.
Despite the show originally being cancelled, Fox put the series in turnaround and it was renewed for a second season which begins airing on 25th May on Fox, adding Jason Patric and Djimon Hounsou to the cast. In the U.K. the series appeared on channel FX/Fox so will most likely air on there soonafter.
Game Of Thrones
Most of you will already know that the 6th season recently started airing on HBO and simultaneously on Sky Atlantic on 24th April. The series was already renewed for 7th season and there have been postings online that the show will end after an 8th season, though the final 2 seasons may have reduced episode numbers (7 episodes for season 7, 6 episodes for season 8).
The superhero series starring Sharlto Copley which began airing its first season in the UK on 13th May on channel Spike, has been given a 2nd season with episodes being released on Playstation Plus (as the first season did) beginning 31st May.
Orange Is The New Black
Season 4 of the Netflix series is released on 17th June. Presumably, as with previous seasons and most Netflix produced series, all 13 episodes of the season will be released immediately for streaming.
Renewed. No official announcement yet about the status of its Gary Sinese starring spin-off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
The forensic procedural has been renewed for a limited final 12th season that will be comprised of 12 episodes.
Other renewed shows (in alphabetical order):
American Horror Story
Ash Vs Evil Dead – Season 2 begins 23rd September on Starz.
Ballers – Season 2 of the Dwayne Johnson comedy drama begins 17th July on HBO.
Bates Motel – Currently mid-way through it’s 4th season, a 5th is already confirmed.
Beauty and the Beast – 4th season begins airing 2nd June on the CW network.
The Big Bang Theory (was renewed for 3 seasons in 2014).
Dark Matter – 2nd season begins 12th July on Syfy.
DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow
How To Get Away With Murder
Killjoys – Season 2 of Syfy’s bounty hunter space series begins 1st July.
The Last Ship – Season 3 begins airing on TNT on 12th June.
Marco Polo – Season 2 of the Netflix series released on 1st July.
Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones – Has been confirmed to be filming a 2nd season back to back with the 1st season of The Defenders.
Mr Robot – Season 2 begins 13th July on USA.
NCIS – Renewed for seasons 14 and 15.
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: New Orleans
The Night Shift – Season 3 begins 1st June on NBC.
Once Upon A Time
Ray Donovan – Season 4 begins 26th on Showtime.
Scream – Season 2 begins 30th May on MTV.
Sense8 – Due to the demands of filming worldwide, season 2 delayed till 2017.
Shades Of Blue
The Shannara Chronicles
Suits – Season 6 begins 13th July on USA.
Teen Wolf – Season 6 begins 28th June on MTV.
The Vampire Diaries
Zoo – Season 2 begins 28th June on CBS.
Castle appeared due to receive a shortened 9th season without Stana Catic (Kate Beckett) and Tamala Jones (Lanie Parish) returning but at the last minute the show has been cancelled (it recalls sucker punch memories for me of James Cameron’s Dark Angel’s cancellation – yes, I’m old…ish). It’s not known whether the two decided to leave the show or if rumours about their contracts not initially being renewed as part of a cost-cutting measure are true. Nathan Fillion had signed on for a 9th season with a new format intended for the show so the cancellation has come as a particular surprise to fans. The finale which airs on the 16th May was filmed with two endings – one to finish the season, and one to finish the series – presumably the decision was made just in time to allow them to air the version that rounded out the entire series.
Cancelled possibly due to disappointing ratings, but as Hayley Atwell may not have already been contracted for a third season she had signed on to a new pilot of ‘Conviction’ which has since been greenlit to series, making her availability for filming a further series unlikely. An unfortunate outcome, as the show usually aired in the middle of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when it has its mid-season hiatus as its airing begins to overtake it’s production – this normally means that fans get a new episode every week – either of A.O.S. or Agent Carter rather than re-runs, meaning that the audience is less likely to switch away to another show and risk them not returning. More details here.
Marvel’s Most Wanted
The A.O.S. spin-off following the characters of former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) and Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and with actor Delroy Lindo in a main role, which had filmed a pilot and appeared to be headed to series has not been picked up by the network despite all signs to the contrary.
Person Of Interest
Season 5 begain airing 3rd of May. This will be the final season of the show, comprised of 13 episodes (taking it to the total of 103 episodes so that the network can sell it for syndication).
Game Of Silence
A new drama that only started airing in April and managed to air 3 episodes before being cancelled due to poor ratings.
The series which started as a mini-series intended to spawn a full series was not successful, it will not be returning in 2017 as its creators had hoped.
After a disappointing performance in the ratings, Heroes Reborn was not renewed for a second season.
The final CSI show has been cancelled after its second season. 2017 will mark the first time in 16 years there has not been a current CSI series on television in some form or another.
The country music drama starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere has been cancelled at the end of its 4th season.
The Good Wife
CBS announced mid-way through the seventh season that it would be the drama’s last, the finale episode aired on 8th May.
The Rob Lowe starring comedy about an actor who is stuck in the rut of his character after his series ends has been cancelled after its first season.
Other cancelled shows (in alphabetical order):
Mike & Molly
Shows currently awaiting confirmation (in alphabetical order):
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
Marvel’s Daredevil – 3rd season expected but not yet confirmed. May be delayed to allow for The Defenders.
While it may be a bit early to see the entire new line-up for next year, there are new shows airing mid-season and some next year about which we have had early details released.
A 4th series set in the same universe as the Fire, P.D. and Med series’ but this time set amidst the court proceedings (much like creator/producer Dick Wolfe’s numerous Law & Order series’), it was originally titled Chicago Law before being re-titled to Chicago Justice, and will air late 2016/Early 2017 starring Phillip Winchester (Strike Back, The Player) who appeared in the May 11th episode of Chicago P.D. (entitled “Justice”) as attorney Peter Stone as a back-door pilot.
The new series based on the comic series and starring Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) begins 22nd May on AMC.
24: Legacy (Fox)
A revival of the series without Keifer Sutherland reprising the role of Jack Bauer. It’s unknown if it will be a completely fresh reboot or left open with the possibility for him to make cameo appearances. The show has been given a 12 episode order, and may not air until around January 2017 as a mid-season replacement.
Written by David S Goyer (writer of Blade, The Dark Knight and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice), Krypton will be set on Superman’s planet of birth and set some time before its destruction.
Untitled Star Trek series
A new series that will be created by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) for CBS’ streaming service ‘All Access’. It will premiere in January 2017 and will not be related to the current run of movies (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond). More details here.
A remake of the 1973 movie where the rich can spend time at a virtual western theme park where the robot cowboys begin to rebel and start attacking the guests. The series has been created and directed by Jonathan Nolan (Person Of Interest) and produced by JJ Abrams, and will be broadcast on HBO.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) stars as a woman who discovers aliens are taking over the minds of important people within the government. A 13 episode order has been given, and the show will premiere on CBS on June 13, 2016. We’re not entirely sure what to make of the tone of this teaser, but it appears to be a comedy.
(Previously known under the title Montauk). Wynona Ryder stars as a mother of a boy in the 1980’s who disappears in mysterious supernatural circumstances. 8 episodes have been ordered for the first season for Netflix and will be released on June 15th 2016.
Announced by Marvel & Netflix after the character’s appearance in Daredevil season 2 drew rave reviews for the performance of Jon Berthal in the part. No release date has been announced yet or whether the character will make any appearance in the Defenders.
The first season of Marvel & Netflix’s 4th character from The Defenders.
The first season of Marvel & Netflix’s 3rd character from The Defenders.
Marvel & Netflix’s small screen version of The Avengers, with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist teaming up. The first season will be filmed back to back with Jessica Jones’ 2nd season, and is expected to be released in 2017 after the first season of Luke Cage.
Court procedural series starring Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) as an attorney blackmailed into leading a new Conviction Integrity Unit where she will investigate cases of possible wrong convictions.
Let us know your thoughts on these, are you upset by a cancelllation, think a show has outlived itself, or are looking forwards to one of the new shows in particular?