At this time every year, the major U.S. broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW – get the big red pen out and start thinking about which TV shows will live on, and which will get a line through them.
Fans of the ever-popular Modern Family will be relieved to learn that it has been renewed for a ninth and tenth season, so at this rate, we’ll get to follow the plucky Dunphy-Tucker-Pritchett clan well into their geriatric years.
The Big Bang Theory has also been granted for two more seasons, and just because they hate you, CBS are working on a show called Young Sheldon, which will be about a nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper going to school in Texas.
A number of your comedy faves, including Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Fresh Off The Boat, Jane The Virgin and The Last Man On Earth, have been renewed, so you can breathe easy on those.
Scandal is getting one more season, but will officially bow out after that, while How To Get Away With Murder is safe and has been renewed for at least another year to come.
Riverdale is also coming back, so there’s enough lush, stylised, teen angst-infused murder and mayhem for everyone.
Not so lucky is 2 Broke Girls – while still a solid ratings performer, the show had evidently became too expensive for CBS to justify, meaning that the central plot, about two waitresses saving to open a business, will remain unresolved.
A number of shows are still on the bubble, and the fate of the beloved New Girl remains unclear – the writers behind the show seemed aware of this, so unlike 2 Broke Girls, its recent season finale also works as a series wrap-up, should it get the chop.
The fate of Scream Queens is also uncertain – the Ryan Murphy horror-comedy series has not drawn in spectacular numbers of viewers, but the last word from Fox is that it’s still “under consideration.”
Here are the full lists of what has been renewed and cancelled so far, and what’s still undecided. Note that these lists comprise broadcast networks only, so cable and streaming shows won’t appear:
Renewed: The $100,000 Pyramid, America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Housewife, The Bachelor, Bachelor In Paradise, Black-ish, Celebrity Family Feud, Designated Survivor, Fresh Off The Boat, 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, Shark Tank, Speechless
Still Unclear: Match Game, Quantico
Cancelled: American Crime, The Catch, Conviction, Dr. Ken, Imaginary Mary, Last Man Standing, Mistresses, Notorious,
The Real O’Neals, Secrets and Lies, Time After Time
Renewed: The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Blue Bloods, Bull, Criminal Minds, The Good Fight, 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, Survivor, Zoo
Still Unclear: The Amazing Race, Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Elementary, The Great Indoors, Ransom, Undercover Boss
Cancelled: 2 Broke Girls, American Gothic, BrainDead, Doubt, The Odd Couple, Pure Genius, Training Day
Renewed: American Grit, Bob’s Burgers, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, The Exorcist, Gotham, The Last Man On Earth, Lethal Weapon, Lucifer, Masterchef, The Mick, The Simpsons, So You Think You Can Dance, Star, The X-Files
Still Unclear: 24: Legacy, Family Guy, Hell’s Kitchen, Masterchef Junior, New Girl, Prison Break, Scream Queens, Shots Fired, Wayward Pines, World’s Funniest
Cancelled: APB, Bones, Making History, Pitch, Rosewood, Sleepy Hollow, Son Of Zorn
Renewed: America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Carmichael Show, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., The Good Place, Great News, Hollywood Game Night, Law & Order: SVU, The Night Shift, Shades Of Blue, Superstore, Taken, This Is Us, The Voice
Still Unclear: The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Justice, Little Big Shots, Trial & Error
Cancelled: Aquarius, The Blacklist: Redemption, Emerald City, Grimm, Powerless, Timeless
Renewed: The 100, Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, The Flash, iZombie, Jane The Virgin, The Originals, Riverdale, Supergirl, Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Cancelled: Frequency, No Tomorrow, Reign, The Vampire Diaries,