TV is a weird industry. You work diligently to try to get your show bought only to then have pressure to keep it on the air. We hear about showrunners like Shonda Rhimes and Chuck Lorre who seem to have the Midas Touch when it comes to TV, but the majority of show creators and executive producers aren't nearly as lucky.
But is it really luck or skill that gets a show traction? Sometimes, shows that seem terrible last for years, while shows that have a passionate fanbase sometimes get cut from lineups for reasons that don't seem to make all that much sense.
We're at that point in the year, when shows get renewed... or they don't. Here's a breakdown, by channel of the shows that will be renewed and those that will be canceled. It's a cold world inside of our television sets, folks.
Renewed: America’s Funniest Home Videos, American Crime, The Bachelor, Beyond the Tank, Black-ish, Castle, Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Weight Loss, Fresh Off the Boat, Galavant, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Secrets and Lies, Shark Tank
Canceled: Cristela, Forever, Manhattan Love Story, Resurrection, Revenge, Selfie, The Taste
ABC, once thought of as #theworst when it came to TV - specifically comedy - has done a pretty good job as of late at snagging some really high quality shows of all types. Selfie is probably the biggest flop of all of these... I mean what kind of show called Selfie could ever really stand a chance? Revenge came to an end, even though it is well-liked by a strong and vocal fanbase. The two Marvel shows are doing well, and Shonda Rhimes' back-to-back-to-back powerhouse shows are also staying strong.
Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, Scorpion, Madam Secretary, Mike & Molly, Mom, NCIS: New Orleans (and many more to come)
Canceled: Battle Creek, The McCarthys, The Mentalist, The Millers, Stalker, Two and a Half Men
CBS has the most mind-boggling lineup. They hang their hat on The Big Bang Theory, which has been huge for them and is TV's #1 comedy. They also have a bunch of shows that have managed to stay on the air despite being pretty controversial. 2 Broke Girls surprised a lot of people who thought it would be canceled early and Big Brother still has a huge audience, too. CBS is looking to shake things up a bit with their lineup, canceling some classics like The Mentalist and Two and a Half Men.
Renewed: The Blacklist, Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Grimm, Hollywood Game Night, Law & Order: SVU, Mysteries of Laura, The Night Shift, Undateable
Canceled: A to Z, About a Boy, Allegiance, Bad Judge, Constantine, Marry Me, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, State of Affairs
NBC went from running the comedy game to nearly completely cleaning house in that side of things. The network had a few mishaps recently, and it doesn't look like it's as strong as it once was. To think that you used to go to NBC for all of the best comedy shows now is kind of wild. A lot can change very quickly, and we'll see what NBC picks up next...
Renewed: American Idol (final season), Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Gotham, Family Guy, Last Man on Earth, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow
Canceled: Backstrom, The Following, Glee, Gracepoint, The Mindy Project, Mulaney, Red Band Society, Utopia, Weird Loners
Sorry guys, but it's time to stick a fork in Glee. It's done. Sadly, The Mindy Project has been canceled too, even though it definitely appeared to be a solid show. Fox really holds its shows to a high standard, I guess. I mean, to be honest, I think that Fox has the best lineup of any of the major networks. It's difficult to argue against. I mean, they have comedy, drama, fantastical and they have the ratings to back up their decisions. We'll see if they replace Mindy with something else that - who knows - could be even better.
Renewed: The 100, America’s Next Top Model, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Masters of Illusion, The Originals, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Reign, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Whose Line Is It Anyway?,
Canceled: Hart of Dixie, The Messengers
The CW gets a lot of hate from people who don't actually watch its shows. I think that it seems, to some, like a second-rate network, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The audience may skew a little bit younger than the rest on this list, but that's desirable for certain advertisers... making The CW a profitable network. As you can see, they weren't as liberal with their cancelations. Not a bad lineup overall.
R.I.P. The Mindy Project. I would say that was the biggest surprise to me. Here's a compilation of some of its funniest moments that proves it truly deserved at least one more season: