Several Shows on the Verge of Cancellation as Networks Make Plans for Fall

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It’s crunch time at the networks, as they take stock of their current crop of shows and map out their needs and plans for fall.

The bubble will burst for a slew of skeins, likely including first-year comedies fronted by Michael J. Fox, Sean Hayes and Rebel Wilson. While these all disappointed in the ratings, Robin Williams’ CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones” has fared better, but is among the tougher prospective renewal calls for any net.

Star power can help launch a show, but in the end, a network must decide whether the series has enough potential for growth, and makes proper financial sense, to bring it back.

“Crazy Ones” is the highest-profile attempt at single-camera comedy by CBS, whose eight-laffer roster is otherwise all multicams. The net wants to keep its toe in the single-cam pool, and figures to give “Crazy,” which usually has ranked second or third in its timeslot, a longer look.

The net’s two multicam rookies from this season, “Mom” and “The Millers,” have done well enough to return next season, and the net also figures to bring back “Two and a Half Men” for what would be its 12th season. (A recent timeslot flip of “Crazy Ones” and “Men” fared well, and increased the renewal odds for both.)

Underperforming rookie dramas “Hostages” and “Intelligence” aren’t expected back, so all the net’s veteran hours may return, with “The Mentalist” probably on the shakiest ground.

At ABC, “The Goldbergs” is a lock to return for a second season, but the odds are very long for Wilson laffer “Super Fun Night.” “Trophy Wife” has struggled, but it could pull a “Happy Endings” and stick around longer than one might think.

As for other half-hours, third-year “Suburgatory” and (especially) soph “The Neighbors” could be on the chopping block, but Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” should return for season four.

ABC may be inclined to keep “Revenge” and “Nashville” since the net’s numerous rookie dramas (save “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”) have struggled mightily.

On the reality front, the down-trending “Dancing With the Stars” certainly isn’t a lock to return in the fall, but it could strengthen its case for renewal with stronger ratings for its upcoming spring edition.

NBC won’t renew “The Michael J. Fox Show” or “Sean Saves the World,” but “Parks and Recreation” is all but sure to return, and “Community” could survive again too. It’s too early to tell on “About a Boy” and “Growing Up Fisher.”

Among dramas, “Chicago PD” is certain to return, joining “The Blacklist” and “Chicago Fire.” The success of these might squeeze out “Parenthood” and “Revolution,” though the latter two could make good backup shows if they don’t make the cut. And as a London co-production, “Dracula” may still be economically viable as a Friday show.

Fox is readying for a fall when it needs to fill three additional hours occupied in recent years by “The X-Factor.” This could tilt the odds in favor of a borderline show like “Almost Human,” which has done OK and would seem to have growth potential, but it won’t save “Rake,” which never clicked with auds.

The net late last week renewed four series, including bubble shows “The Mindy Project” and Kevin Bacon-fronted “The Following,” the latter of which has fallen off in its second season.

Fox on Monday announced that fourth-year laffer “Raising Hope” will end its run next month. It was closing in on the syndication-friendly 100-episode mark, but in the end its ratings were just too weak to justify a renewal.

At CW, rookies “The Tomorrow People” and “Star-Crossed” haven’t stood out, but one could return. As for its other shows, “The Carrie Diaries” probably has more upside than “Beauty and the Beast” or “Hart of Dixie.”

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  1. Derrick Richards says:

    I watch a lot of TV now that I have no car, and have to pipe in. Why would they cancel Nashville, there is no competition and everyone I know who stays up til 10 in the East watches it. Also, Intelligence is really good, well written, and has gotten better each week, but I like The Blacklist too. I have a degree in Communications and we studied something one week, that the networks are not comprehending. Some of these shows mentioned would make it on certain nights. A final example is, they think everyone goes out on Saturday nights, pullleeze, they should rerun certain shows that night. TBH, The Good Wife is by far the best show on network TV…it is like a minimovie. They will survive even though Will died, what is Josh Charles thinking, if he gets a better gig there is a bridge in a desert in Mexico, I can sell you, rants and cliches over, RD

  2. srvwp2013 says:

    Like Newton Minnow said, all of “television is a vast wasteland.” This is an industry that is hastening towards its demise and should be put out of its misery as soon as possible and hopefully by the end of 2014. The amount of “faux everything” in the television and movie industry is a disgrace. As we have seen through the awards seasons, all these people do is stand around (if they can even do that) and self-congratulate one another for collecting inflated paychecks.

  3. Joanna says:

    I really hope these channels don’t cancel Revenge, Nashville and Hart of Dixie, they are all SO good and the casts are brilliant (especially their leading ladies ;)

  4. kslank says:

    I really hope FOX doesn’t cancel Almost Human, still haven’t forgiven them for ending Fringe prematurely.

  5. Chelle says:

    I hope NBC brings Dracula back, this is one of my favorite shows!

  6. Marius Telemacher says:

    Increased the odds for The Crazy Ones? Doubtful: the show’s writing hasn’t improved since the day it started. A last minute “clutch” effort to all of the sudden add a plot to the show to cause gravitas isn’t going to matter if people have tuned out.

    Almost Human is dying by silence. Fox will most likely omit if anything the mention of it during the upfronts and the showrunner will break the news over Twitter since Fox won’t. If it was going to be renewed, they would have done it already. Raising Hope was cancelled since the syndication order was sold to TBS, but Greg Garcia has moved on already with The Millers, so keeping the show around for Season 5 wouldn’t matter anyway. This does mean that Garrett Dillahunt, Shannon Woodward, and Martha Plimpton are freed up for new projects, which may be good for new pilots next season.

    Curious omission by Variety: no mention of Hannibal, which like Dracula, has two things going for it: foreign co-production saving on the bottom line, and short season orders making the show less expensive than the other dramas. Based on the teaser trailers for the 2nd Season, it could have a promising season three if it’s allowed to live.

  7. DougW says:

    Agree with Fogh – it makes more economic sense for CBS/WB produced “Hart of Dixie” to get another season than to let it end after 3. Besides, I’d say it’s their best series.

  8. Keith Coppage says:

    God keep the Varietyesque lingo coming, it’s boffo. I’m still mourning the ankling of the Daily and its replacement, the n.s.g. biz-only weekly.

  9. vp19 says:

    Save “Mom”! Anna Faris and Allison Janney have terrific comedic chemistry, and I love the show’s blue-collar perspective.

  10. Keep the Crazy Ones for a second season. The show is absolutely hilarious!!

  11. M says:

    Thanks for the positive info on Dracula. I love that show and hope that it gets renewed.

  12. Felix says:

    FOX should cancel Glee already.

    • Gary Gonsalves says:

      It already got a two season renewal last year.

    • Marius Telemacher says:

      It’s getting a “mercy save” due to Monteith’s Ryan Murphy can finish the plot line and end it gracefully. It’s already been syndicated, so it’ll sweeten the pot a little for Fox, who doesn’t sell as many syndication offers as the other three bigger networks.

  13. T says:

    “Net,” “laffer,” “skeins,” “auds,” etc. This is too much.

  14. Juan says:

    I hope they give Intelligence and Almost Human another go. I feel both could have potential, and I like the “Bladerunner” vibe of Almost Human, but both shows definitively need to ramp up their writing and give their shows more bang for the buck to draw audiences. Hey, SHIELD really was a stinker at first, and I gave up watching because the plots were do full of holes and inconsistencies, but in the last few chapters they seem to be getting their act together and now I have begun to watch again. shows need time to find their pacing, so these two could certainly hold on for at least one more season.

    • Derrick Richards says:

      I agree with you about Intelligence. It has very good storylines. A good premise of the chip in his head where he can gather info to help solve crimes…and a bit of chemistry with his overseer…and Marg Helgenberger as his boss, what else do you need. I think How I Met Your Mother should have exited last year. MOM is really well written also. Mike and Molly seems sweet and neat, but not sure the whole idea works on TV. Millers is in the same vein as MOMs, quite good settings and the cast connects, enough commenting, my 4 cents, DR

    • lotrfan says:

      I completely agree with everything you said. I’m glad i gave agents of shield another change. It’s much better than i expected. I really hope they keep AH and Intelligence. i really like them. They both have great potential.

  15. saffron says:

    Keep Almost Human!

  16. Jeff Wagner says:

    My wife and I watch… “Two and a Half Men”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “The Blacklist”, “Dracula”, “The Mentalist”, “The Carrie Diaries”, “Almost everything on HBO & STARZ and a handful of other shows.

  17. Fogh says:

    Hart of Dixie has by far the most upside since it is in their 3rd season and therefore, if nothing else, will get the Nikita treatment.

  18. Mal says:

    We know after the recent 0.2 demo rating that Beauty and the Beast is a goner for sure.

  19. mickey filipponi says:

    Hope they don’t cancel this show as I find it fun and interesting.

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