2017 Broadcast TV Cancellations & Renewals: The Aftermath

2017 Broadcast TV Cancellations & Renewals: The Aftermath

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The traditional broadcast TV season is over, which means one of two things: either the shows you love are on hiatus, or gone for good. To find out the fate of your favorite shows, check TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard. (It also means TV By The Number’s Cancel Bear is in hibernation once again.)

Heading into upfronts week, a lot of my shows were on the chopping block, but after the dust settled I actually made out alright. Renewals for Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Blindspot had me particularly pumped, especially since neither of the shows ended their respective seasons on a conclusive note. Alternatively, I was disappointed to see Pitch go. The writing was on the wall so I wasn’t a surprise by the announcement, but there isn’t another show like it on TV. Plus, Mark Paul Gosselaar gives one hell of a motivational speech and I would have been happy to hear him give more.

Here’s some other takeaways from this year’s cancellation bloodbath and renewal-palooza.

Shows Renewed for More than One Season

Several months ago, NBC renewed This is Us for seasons two and three. More recently, the following shows all were picked up for the next two seasons: The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Modern Family, The Goldbergs, and The Simpsons.

Renewed with a New Look

Once Upon a Time is coming back for a seventh season, but it’ll be without six of its current lead actors. The show will also be moving to Friday nights next fall.

Renewed for a Final Season

Scandal and New Girl will both air their swan songs next year as they both received the “one last ride” renewal news.

Just Kidding Cancellation

NBC originally cancelled Timeless, and then a couple of days later changed their mind. Or more likely they worked out a better deal, either way the show gets a second season.

Keeping it In-House

Whether a show was produced in-house or not seemed to be a significant factor for many networks when deciding the fate of both lower rated TV series and new pilots. Read more about that here and here.

While this blog post focused solely on broadcast TV, cable networks and Netflix have also announced a handful of cancellations as of late. Here’s the complete list of cancelled TV shows for the 2016-2017 TV season.

And just for fun, here’s a link to a Vox.com piece by Todd VanDerWerff about the current state of TV and it’s so called “peak”-ness. (It’s a really good read.)

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