We are only a month away from the broadcast week, where the networks will unveil their fall plans, but a significant portion of the networks’ lineups for next season remain unclear. But getting to know their fate is not only mediocre artists and other shows that have been in the bubble for some reason, but also highly rated series whose renewal is the subject of complex negotiations with an unrelated studio, such as ABC’s The Goldbergs (Sony TV) and The Conners (Werner Entertainment), CBS ‘ FBI franchise and Equalize (Universal TV) and Fox’s 9-1-1 franchise and The home (20. TV), or even with the network’s own studio and / or top talent, as is the case with NBC’s Law and order and Law and order: Organized crime and CBS ‘ Blue blood.
Although these programs are fully expected to continue, the renewals of a number of bubble shows will depend on the strength of the broadcast network’s harvest of 2022 pilots, as they will compete against them for a place on the schedule.
Here’s a closer look at the scripted broadcast series that have yet to be renewed or canceled, with analysis of their current status and prospects. Next up, Deadlines Pilot Panic roundup of pilot buzz, which launches later this month.
ABC, which is in the process of veteran comedy blackish, has so far renewed its strongest dramas, Shondalands grey’s Anatomy and Station 19faithful The Rookie as well as red-hot newcomers Abbott Elementary. Agreements are being drafted for veteran family comedies The Goldbergs and The Conners to come back, along with second-year drama Big Sky. Two other half hours, first-year students The Wonder Years and other students Home Economics, also looks promising to continue.
Drama A million little things, now in its fourth season, is a true bubble show with odds of 50-50. The series, which has drawn praise for its portrayal of complex issues such as mental health, has been asked by ABC not to wrap its story into the season 4 finale, I hear, which could be a positive sign for its future. Like Dan Fogelman did This is us, AMLT creator DJ Nash had set the series up with a premeditated ending, so a possible cancellation would deny the ensemble drama a proper ending.
Freshman drama Queens will probably not return.
CBS has renewed NCIS franchise, CSI: Vegascomedies Young Sheldon, The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abisholaoutbreak affected Ghosts as well as drama SWAT, mens veteran Bull ifinishes his race this season.
There are several non-bubble shows that have not yet been downloaded, more notably, CBS ‘Best Screenplay Series, FBI. The flagship, as well as the other two FBI dramas, Most wanted and Internationalis currently in renewal negotiations with the main studio Universal Television, along with two other CBS dramas co-produced by Universal TV, Equalize and Magnum PI. I hear the conversation is complicated, but sources expect appointments to be made so all five shows come back.
Blue blood has been a rock-solid anchor Friday night for CBS and is expected to remain one with a season 13 renewal conditional on star and executive producer Tom Selleck closing a new deal that is pending, I hear.
For the second year in a row, Chuck Lorre produced comedies B Positivee and USA by Al is on the bubble. Last year, both were eventually renewed. This time it is a question of only one of the two being allowed to join Lorre’s Young Sheldon on the schedule 2022-23.
CBS has had one of the strongest freshmen classes in a while, with three formidable new additions already renewed for season 2, Ghosts, NCIS; Hawaii and FBI: International. Of the other two beginners, drama Good Sam does not look good. Comedy How we roll just launched a few weeks ago so the jury is still out. So far, sitcom has been a so-so performer with lead-in retention in the ball field of B Positive and USA by Al.
Fox has renewed its animated board as well as first-year drama The cleaning lady. Like CBS, the network has yet to pick up its top-rated script series, 9-1-1 and spinoff 9-1-1: Lone Star. The duo, along with medical drama The home, who has also been a solid performer, is in renewal negotiations with 20th Television. Everyone is expected to continue, but the negotiations are complex.
On the comedy side, Call me Kat is expected to get another ride as the network is said to be pleased with the show’s creative management during the new season 2 showrunner and her writers. I hear that Fox brass is also high on first-year comedy Pivoting, which looks good for renewal conditioned on trimming the budget for season 2, boosted by strong showing on Hulu. It’s early to come up with a final call for mid-season comedy Welcome to Flatch but it seems to be playing too young for Fox, with its linear ratings the lowest of any series on the network this season.
Fox has already canceled dramedy The big leapwith first-year students Our kind of people heavy on the bubble. There were some positive signs early on as the soap-like drama has done well on Tubi men OKOP‘s chances of renewal have declined recently, mainly due to its high cost.
NBC, which is saying goodbye to its flagship drama This is ushas renewed first-year standout La Brea and veteran The blacklistand have Chicago franchise, Law and order: SVU and In Amsterdam coming back next season as part of three-year renewals. (Next season will be medical drama In Amsterdamlast.)
Law and order: Organized crime and revived Law and order is NBC’s highest rated manuscript series, which has not been renewed yet. Both are fully expected to return.
On the comedy side, freshman American carfrom Superbutik creator Justin Spitzer, is considered a slam dunk for a pickup, with sophomore Young rock, executive produced by and with Dwayne Johnson, also looks good. There are positive signs of this Mr. Major, based on its pedigree, coming from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and its streaming performance, with sensors out there about a potential season 3 writer’s room. Sophomore Kenan and first-year students Grand Crew is heavy on the bubble, though the former probably involves the two top players on Saturday Night Liveexecutive producer Lorne Michael and longest-serving cast Kenan Thompson.
NBC has recently canceled its first-year drama Ordinary Joewith first-year drama The playoffs, does not look good.
For the first time in years, the CW is with about half of its series on the bubble. The network recently renewed its strongest performers, All American, The Flash, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Superman & Lois and Walker. That is just over half the number of series that the CW renewed in January-February over the past two years (12 and 13, respectively).
The pending change of ownership is clearly a factor in CW’s renewal strategy this year. The massive renewal of pretty much the entire board we’ve seen in years past works for the two studios delivering to the CW, Warner Bros. TV and CBS Studios, and their parent companies that own the network with. CW’s new majority stakeholder is expected to have an impact on the remaining renewals, with Warner Bros. was acquired last Friday, further complicating decisions. Although the CW has not been purchased in advance, the network is not expected to renew shows en masse, resulting in some difficult calls.
Believed to be most vulnerable are low rated series like freshman 4400 as well as Dynastyif previous innovations had been motivated by the money the series generates for CBS Studios through the program’s Netflix deal. Charmet and Legacies‘odds are probably a little better, with Legacies‘relates to one of the CW’s signature series, The Vampire Diarieswhich gives it a small edge.
Then there are the three remaining DC series, veteran Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman and first-year students Naomiwhich will be considered with the DC pilot Gotham Knights. It is said that about half of the four projects will reach next season. Batwoman and Gotham Knights is set in a similar universe, so it is possible that one of them will be picked up for next season. It will be a difficult decision regarding Legends of Tomorrow, who is getting old, currently in his seventh season, after undergoing a series of cast shifts. CW President Mark Pedowitz is known for giving the network’s long-running series a proper farewell, so a final season would be a logical solution, but given the uncertainty about CW’s ownership, the final decisions may not be the network’s making.
But to premiere new seasons is the network’s Stargirl, Roswell, New Mexico and In the dark.