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Renewals and Cancellations 2013

It’s that time of year. The networks are deciding which of their shows to renew and which to send off to TV heaven. Below is the list of the decisions made by the five major networks. Red means cancelled; green means renewed.  Shows in bold are or were covered by Doux Reviews.

666 Park Avenue
Body of Proof
Don’t Trust the B—– in Apartment 23
Family Tools
Grey’s Anatomy
Happy Endings
How To Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)
Last Man Standing
Last Resort
Malibu Country
The Middle
Modern Family
The Neighbors
Once Upon a Time
Private Practice
Red Widow

Zero Hour

I am thrilled that Nashville is getting another season simply because I love listening to the music.  I'm surprised that The Neighbors was renewed.  I enjoyed it when it started, but quickly gave up as I thought it was a one joke show.  As for Family Tools, it is sitting (I think) on my DVR to review for this month's New Shows piece.  Oh well.

2 Broke Girls
The Big Bang Theory
Blue Bloods
Criminal Minds
Golden Boy
The Good Wife
Hawaii Five-0
How I Met Your Mother
Made In Jersey
The Mentalist
Mike & Molly
NCIS: Los Angeles

Person of Interest
Rules of Engagement
Two and a Half Men

This was much less of a bloodbath than some of their sister networks.  I am sorry to see Vegas go as I loved watching the acting, but the show never really lived up to its potential.  I'm very glad that Elementary found an audience and that we will get another year of it.

American Dad
Ben and Kate
Bob’s Burgers
The Cleveland Show
Family Guy
The Following

The Mindy Project

The Mob Doctor
New Girl
Raising Hope
The Simpsons


No real surprises here, except is anyone really still watching Bones?

1600 Penn
30 Rock
Animal Practice

Chicago Fire

Do No Harm
Go On

Guys With Kids
Law & Order: SVU
The New Normal
The Office
Parks and Recreation

Up All Night

Now, this is a network that is cleaning house.  I fell in love with Go On as the season progressed and am very disappointed that NBC didn't give it a second season.  I am stunned that Community was renewed.  A shadow of its former self, I can only imagine TPTB want enough episodes to put it into the very lucrative syndication market.

Beauty and the Beast
The Carrie Diaries

Emily Owens, M.D.
Gossip Girl

Hart of Dixie
The Vampire Diaries

The big surprise here was The Carrie Diaries.  I watched it for a while, but got bored and stopped.  Its numbers were falling as its season ended, so who knows what the network is thinking.  Both of my guilty pleasures were renewed, so I have another year of pure soap to look forward to.

So, there you have it.  Thoughts?  What shows are you sorry to see go and happy to see stay?  If you were a network executive, what choices would you have made?  Comment and let us know.


  1. Oh man..I'm hoping Hannibal gets
    another year..Red widow deserved to get cancelled for wasting my time for eight episodes with no decent payoff. Carrie diaries? Surprised and kinda happy. Such a guilty pleasure.
    A fifteenth season for SVU? Wow. But Raul Esparza has been a great addition to the cast, I hope to see more of him, even if Hannibal might also keep him busy.

  2. Maybe it's because red sticks out more than green... but it sure seems like more shows have been cancelled than renewed! :p

    Body of Proof was cancelled?! When did that happen??? Pity, although with the changes they did to it this year... I really missed the way it was before, more centred on the victims less on Megan's love-life.

    I must be one of the few people who really enjoyed Emily Owens... would have loved to see that go further! Surprised Beauty and the Beast and The Carrie Diaries got renewed... Really happy to see Hart of Dixie got another year! ;o)

    Parenthood's coming back?! Yay!!! :o) Pity about Smash, it got really good in the second half of this season...

  3. Not too many surprises, although I really did think that it would be gently wafting curtains for Community. At least the announcements have finally all been made! Except for Hannibal. I wonder if they're waiting for finale ratings? I haven't been watching it. Has the finale aired?

    Great job, Chris.

  4. Cris -- your comment made me smile. I liked Emily Owens as well, but it was too similar to Grey's to find an audience.

    The two CW guilty pleasures to which I allude above are Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast. Thrilled that they will both be back.

  5. Hannibal has about 6 episodes left to air. This past Thursday's episode was the seventh.

    The only show I'm mildly sad to see go is Go On. It wasn't a show I actively looked forward to each week, but it never sat on the DVR for long and I enjoyed it. It was a nice bit of quirky fun with the occasional infusion of real heart.

    NBC really went thermonuclear on their schedule, huh? I guess they didn't really have much choice. The ratings for almost everything they are are middling to awful. Maybe they'll have better luck next year.

    Are you going to do a post on the assorted pilots that got picked up, Chris? Some of them sound intriguing. And some have great casts, but sound kind of blah. Unfortunately, Margo Martindale's CBS sitcom got picked up. Curses! I guess we fans of The Americans can hope that she'll have some time to do some occasional work for FX. Please?

  6. Jess -- I will not be doing a post as, frankly, few of the pilots that got picked up excite me a great deal. As I read through them, there is a lot of "same old, same old."

    Of course, everything that gets on the air will be fodder for the New Shows column at the appropriate time.

  7. I'm watching Bones. Problem?.

  8. Glad to see Suburgatory renewed, though it did go quite crazy in the middle of this year. I'm obsessed with New Girl, was very glad that got renewed. Shame about Happy Endings and another season of Community is just bizarre - though I will watch it anyway! This season may have been a mess but I can't help it, I'm still attached to Greendale.

  9. The only cancelled show I disagree with is Go On. It was charming and funny.
    While I used to love Community, it is just a shadow of its former self and for creative purposes would be best taken off life support. At least giving it enough episodes for syndication will give us the chance to rewatch the good seasons.

  10. So happy to see Rules of Engagement finally bite the dust. It was the cold sore of CBS comedies. Horrible and nearly impossible to get rid of...

    Nothing I really care about got canceled except 30 Rock and The Office, but those were well past their time.

    NBC, it seems, has a new plan for their comeback: cancel all the shows! What a bloodbath. The only reason I can think they canceled Go On is Matthew Perry might've been too expensive. But Community? Really? If I have to endure another season like this one...

    It was really not a good year for comedies, was it?

  11. Surprised about The Carrie Diaries too, I couldn't even watch the pilot until the end....

    Chris - Beauty and the Beast is my guilty pleasure as well :) glad it was renewed.

    And yes, I still watch Bones too...

  12. ChrisB, I am happy about Nashville, too, even though I not a big country music fan. Connie Briton is the draw for me. Her role isn't as good as Tammi Taylor on FNL, but I still like her as Rayna. Deacon is easy on the eyes, too.

    I knew Last Resort had been cancelled a long time ago, but I am kind of bummed it didn't have more of a chance. I only watched a few but the rest are on my dvr for a mini-marathon.

  13. Billie! I'll be honest, I'm not going to miss anything that's getting cancelled and I wish the insipid Revolution would have been on that list. Fringe's final season disappointed me greatly.

  14. Community's continued survival is a mystery. Without all the critical buzz it used to enjoy I thought for sure it was a goner this time.

  15. I found out about Community yesterday. I lmao'ed Thursday when I saw "6 seasons and a movie" on the chalkboard behind Jeff (some of you still watching ?). You may hate me a bit, but I see a clear parallel between this show and The Gilmore Girls when its creator left. Same pattern : when people try hard to keep the initial spirit of a beloved show...

    Person of Interest : they better; especially such a spectacular season finale.

  16. I'm disappointed to see Go On cancelled. I feel like that show was really finding its footing.

    I still enjoy Community so I'm happy it's getting another chance. Fingers crossed for Hannibal to survive!

  17. sunbunny

    I can only partially answer your question : Modern Family was way better than its last season and both Suburgatory and New Girl had strong AND weak episodes, so uneven season this year for them (I only watch these three). BUT, the strong moments are enough to ask for more next September.

  18. Heartbroken that The New Normal won't be getting a new season :( and I'm really going to miss Smash

    In other news, S.H.I.E.L.D has been picked up for series :)

  19. I'm pretty sure I may be the only person who liked DO NO HARM, so I'm glad NBC is burning off the rest of the episodes over the summer.

  20. I still watch Bones, too. Call it my guilty pleasure...

    I am probably (based on the ratings) one of the few, but I am sad that Golden Boy got canceled. I've really enjoyed it from the beginning because it took the procedural to a different level with the promise of a pre-planned future that was directly connected to each week's episode/story and with hints at possible endings. Oh well, I guess I'll never know...

    ChrisB, thanks for keeping me up-to-date on all my tv news!

  21. I'm still watching Bones, for what it's worth. DH and I still enjoy it, although we think it might end after next season. No real reason, just the "vibe" we have.

    I am super glad that Arrow and Beauty and the Beast are coming back. And Supernatural, Elementary, a few others. I never watched most of the cancelled shows (CSI: NY I did watch and hate to see go, although I understand why). I had started watching Golden Boy but fell behind. I enjoyed the different twist on cop procedural and the flashahead twist.

  22. Hannibal was finally renewed for 13 episodes.


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