It’s that time of year. The spring flowers are in bloom and TV executives are already gearing up for fall.
Next week marks a rite of spring: The upfronts, or the presentation of the broadcast networks’ fall TV slates to advertisers, beginning May 15.
But first, comes the culling of the herd.
This week, programming execs are deciding the fates of on-the-bubble shows, either giving underperformers another season to find an audience or casting them off to make room for what they hope will be new hits.
The main factors in their decisions: Ratings trends, creative momentum, profitability and the network’s ownership stake.
NBC has canceled Timeless and renewed Blindspot while ABC has canceled Last Man Standing. The futures of two other top vote-getters from this year’s Save Our Shows campaign, Elementary (CBS) and Chicago Justice (NBC), have yet to be determined.
Check the list below to see where your favorite shows stand.
Note: All the prime-time series are grouped in one of three categories — already renewed or very likely to return; on the bubble and in need of your vote; and on death’s door or already canceled.
Renewed, or almost: American Housewife, Black-ish, Designated Survivor, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Speechless
On the bubble: American Crime, The Catch, Fresh Off the Boat, Imaginary Mary, Quantico
Canceled, or nearly dead: Conviction, Dr. Ken, Last Man Standing, Notorious, The Real O’Neals, Secrets and Lies, Time After Time
Renewed, or almost: The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Bull, Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-0, Kevin Can Wait, Life in Pieces, MacGyver, Madam Secretary, Man With a Plan, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Superior Donuts
On the bubble: Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Elementary, The Great Indoors, 2 Broke Girls
Canceled, or nearly dead: Doubt, The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Training Day
Renewed, or almost:Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Gotham, Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, The Mick, New Girl, The Simpsons, Star
On the bubble: The Exorcist, The Last Man on Earth, Prison Break, 24: Legacy
Canceled, or nearly dead: Pitch, Rosewood, APB, Bones, Scream Queens, Sleepy Hollow, Son of Zorn, Making History
Renewed, or almost: The Blacklist, Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, The Good Place, Law & Order: SVU, Shades of Blue, Superstore, This Is Us, Taken
On the bubble: Chicago Justice, Trial & Error