TV Renewal Scorecard: Which Shows are Coming Back?

This ought to go without saying, but we’re gonna go ahead and say it anyway:

No one has any idea what will happen to the television world in the months ahead.

Not when a dangerous virus is making its way around the globe, halting almost all filming on almost all television shows in the process.

When might Hollywood return to any sort of normal? When can shooting begin on various sitcoms and dramas?

We don’t know. It’s as simple as that.

And yet: Broadcast networks are at least planning to air a regular fall and spring schedule, having made a number of recent announcements regarding the returns of their most popular programs.

Did yours make the cut? Which series have been renewed so far and which have been canceled?

Scroll down to find out!

1. The Good Doctor – Renewed

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This ABC medical drama was named the most-watched drama in the world. It makes sense then that it is coming back next season.

2. Grey’s Anatomy – Renewed

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Meredith Grey will continue to get into love triangles for at least one more year at ABC.

3. American Idol – Renewed

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ABC’s weird revival of this once-hot franchise will be back. But no deals are in place for any of the current judges to return.

4. Station 19 – Renewed

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This Grey’s Anatomy spinoff showed some signs of life with a new showrunner. It will be back for a fourth season.

5. Reef Break – Canceled

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Poppy Montgomery’s return to the small screen was short… and pretty terrible.

6. How to Get Away With Murder – Ended

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After six seasons of outlandish murders, How to Get Away with Murder ended… with several more murders.

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13 TV Spinoffs No One Asked For

The entertainment industry has no shame when it comes to scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas. 

By the time many series are over, the fans are ready to move on. 

Unfortuntately for these series, network execs were looking for a cash grab. 

These 13 shows served little purpose, merely being made to cash in on the success of the original series. 

That’s why many of these series struggled to pull in viewers. 

1. 9-1-1 Lone Star – FOX

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We struggle to take the original 9-1-1 seriously at the best of times, but this poorly acted and written spinoff is just asking to be put out of its misery.

2. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists – Freeform

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The conclusion of Pretty Little Liars was unsatisfying. It was filled with plot holes, and viewers were tired of the franchise by the time the second spinoff arrived. Ratings were bad and it was swiftly canceled.

3. Fear the Walking Dead – AMC

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At the time Fear the Walking Dead was ordered, the parent series was stuck in a creative rut. The spinoff charted the time when the world went to crap. Unfortunately, the spinoff has largely failed to live up to the hype.

4. Legacies – The CW

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Following the adventures of Hope Mikaelson, as well as twins Lizzie and Josie Saltzman, Legacies was supposed to follow the trio as they try to keep their powers in check. Hope’s powers were stifled for storytelling purposes, and the twins bickered at every turn. The series then tried to bring in players from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, ruining the legacy that came before the show.

5. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – ABC

ABC execs wanted to capitalize on the success of Once Upon a Time, so they tried out a spinoff about Alice in Wonderland. It was absurd.

6. Station 19 – ABC

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This Grey’s Anatomy spinoff is not good. Private Practice had a compelling arc, but Station 19 features some of the most unlikeable characters on the small screen.

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Grey’s Anatomy Says Goodbye to Alex Karev: Prepare to Cry!

Prepare the Kleenex, Grey’s Anatomy fans.

Get the tissues out.

Just get ready to all-out bawl, okay?

About six weeks after Justin Chambers stunned the television universe by announcing his departure from this beloved ABC hit, the series is preparing to officially say goodbye to Dr. Alex Karev.

The last time we saw Chambers — who had been a full-time cast member since the very first episode — on the show was back in November.

He simply said he was leaving to care for his mother at the time, with very little information given on air after that. There was no formal farewell or anything, that’s for sure.

We were later told by the Grey’s Anatomy showrunner that closure was planned for Karev, but we not told what this meant exactly.

And the promo released by ABC on Thursday night didn’t really answer this question in any meaningful way.

“After 16 seasons, we’re saying goodbye to Dr. Alex Karev. Next Thursday, she how his story ends,” the promo says.

Could the series actually kill off yet another fan favorite once again? Just as it did with George and McSteamy and McDreamy and Meredith’s sister?!?

We doubt it. But you never know when it comes to Grey’s Anatomy.

At the end of the Thursday, February 27, episode, Jo (Camilla Luddington) got her hopes up when there was a knock on her door.

However, it ended up being Link (Chris Carmack) — not Alex — and she broke down as a result.

“I called his mom. He wasn’t there. He’d never been there,” Jo said, before bursting into tears. “I think he woke up one day and felt the need to escape his life and me.”

We’ll soon find out precisely what Alex felt the need to do, and if the program would really end the life of yet another long-running character, this time off-screen.

ABC confirmed back in January that the November 14 installment was Chambers’ final episode, so it’s likely that we will not actually see new footage of Karev next week.

“There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life for the past 15 years,” Chambers said in his statement last month, adding:

“For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices.

And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children, now is that time.”

Watch the emotional promo now… if you’re ready to do so.

It’s about to get very dusty in here, people.

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These TV Shows are Totally Getting Canceled

It’s almost that time of year. 

By that, we mean that time during which the networks make renewal or cancellation decisions. 

Some of those decisions are headscratchers for sure, but most of the below shows have already been picked up for new seasons. 

And yet… we’re worried about their long-term prospects. 

Scroll down to find out what we mean: 

1. Grey’s Anatomy – ABC

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Grey’s Anatomy has been renewed for Season 17. But the show recently lost original star Justin Chambers, and there was no on-screen exit. Additionally, ABC has pushed the show to a later slot and is trying to force fans to watch Station 19, a horrible spinoff.

All of these things have resulted in lower than usual ratings, and that’s down to the fans who are unhappy with all the changes. Could the end of Grey’s really be near?

2. Prodigal Son – FOX

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This psychological thriller has scored a full-season order, but the ratings are not great. FOX cancels middle of the pack series all the time, so we’re not sure Prodigal Son is long for this world.

3. Manifest – NBC

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Manifest was a roaring success for NBC last season, but after a long delay, Season 2 is down over 40%. Serialized dramas rarely regain lost viewers, and the continued erosion could mean the series will be another high-concept drama that ends without a conclusion.

4. The Resident – FOX

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FOX moved The Resident from its post-911 Monday slot to Tuesdays. The ratings are down over 20%, and the show is now the network’s 10th highest-rated scripted series out of 15. That’s worrying.

5. Emergence – ABC

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This show started strong in the ratings but slumped to embarrassing levels by the conclusion. There’s a decent mystery in there, but ABC might cut the series short.

6. Almost Family – Fox

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This show never got good ratings out of The Masked Singer, so FOX responded by shunning it to Saturdays. Shows rarely survive that kind of move, meaning that it will probably not be back.

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