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Fall Schedule Updates: Renewals, Cancellations and Pick-Ups

*I figured it was time to do an update on the fall schedule announcements from the networks. They will be officially announcing their lineups next week, but these past two days have been filled with announcements from networks about what’s been canceled, what’s been renewed, and what’s been brought from pilot to series. I’ll do it network by network to make it simple. For all of the pilots picked-up to series I’ve provided links to The Futon Critic for series descriptions and cast information.*

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Officially Picked-Up: About a Boy, Believe, Crisis, The Family Guide, MJF, Sean Saves the World
Officially Renewed: Chicago Fire, Grimm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, Revolution
Previously Renewed: The Sing-Off, The Voice
Officially Canceled: Deception, Guys with Kids, 1600 Penn, Up All Night, Whitney
On the Bubble: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, The Biggest Loser, The Celebrity Apprentice, Community, Go On, Hannibal, The New Normal, Smash

*It’s best to start with NBC. They’ve made a boatload of announcements today. They picked up five pilots to series. Dramas: Believe & Crisis. Comedies: About a Boy, The Family Guide and Sean Saves the World. Including MJF, that makes a total of six new series. According to Deadline’s Pilot Buzz columns, NBC is very happy with their comedy pilots and they want to greenlight as many as possible to series. That’s not good news for comedies that are sitting on the bubble.

Since I last posted about NBC, they also renewed a few shows. The first announced were the dramas Chicago Fire, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood and Revolution. All of them for 22 episodes. I figured Parenthood had a great shot but I didn’t expect a full order. NBC has really underestimated the show that performs so solidly in the timeslot. Now it looks like it’ll stay Tuesdays @ 10 for the whole season. I also wonder if Grimm will be moved from Fridays. NBC has sent it to Tuesdays in place of the reality show Ready for Love that bombed. Maybe NBC will use it on another night. We’ll see.

As for the shows still on the bubble. I would be shocked if The Biggest Loser & The Celebrity Apprentice didn’t come back for at least one edition. Betty White’s Off Their Rockers is also solid and can be used at midseason to fill some holes. Smash is as good as dead. The comedies are barely hanging on. And Hannibal is very iffy. It’s one of my favorites but the show’s ratings won’t justify another season.*

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Officially Picked-Up: The Hundred, The Originals, Oxygen, Reign, The Tomorrow People
Officially Renewed: Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie, Nikita
Previously Renewed: Arrow, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries

*The CW has also made some announcements since I last posted. Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie were renewed last week while The Carrie Diaries and Nikita were just given word today that they will be back. Nikita is only getting a shortened order for its final season. TVLine is reporting that it will only be 6 episodes to wrap the show up. The Carrie Diaries is also only getting 13 episodes and will be launched at midseason again. Which I don’t really understand, but its good news for the show.

Last week The Originals (a spin-off from The Vampire Diaries) was given the greenlight after executives liked the backdoor episode they used on TVD. The CW also ordered four new drama pilots today. The Hundred, Oxygen, Reign and The Tomorrow People all got the greenlight to go to series. Another pilot The Selection (which also did another pilot last year) was officially passed over. That leaves Blink and Company Town as the only pilots not to hear anything yet. With 5 new shows already announced, it doesn’t look good for them.*

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Officially Picked-Up: Almost Human, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Enlisted, Gang Related, Rake, Sleepy Hollow, Surviving Jack, Us & Them
Previously Picked-Up: Dads, Murder Police
Previously Renewed: American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Family Guy, The Following, Glee, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Raising Hope, The Simpsons, The X Factor
Officially Canceled: Touch
On the Bubble: American Idol, The Cleveland Show, Kitchen Nightmares

*FOX announced all of its pick-ups last night. They ordered four new dramas: Almost Human, Gang Related, Rake and Sleepy Hollow. And four new comedies: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Enlisted, Surviving Jack and Us & Them. Seth MacFarlane’s Dads was previously announced as a blind 6-episode commitment, but that order has been bumped up to 13 episodes after the executives loved the pilot. FOX doesn’t have a whole lot of room for these shows so I’m really interested to see how their schedule looks next week.

The only cancellation reported was Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch, which wasn’t a huge surprise. Deadline also reported today that FOX is in early stages of bringing back 24 as a limited series since the feature film isn’t going anywhere. So Kiefer shouldn’t feel too bad.

American Idol still hasn’t been officially renewed but I’m guessing that’s just contract stuff. I can’t imagine that’s going to be cancelled. The Cleveland Show might still be around for a couple left-over episodes next season but FOX hasn’t ordered any new episodes of it (and production time needs a year-advance notice). Kitchen Nightmares is also TBA, but Gordon Ramsay is their favorite child and they’ll keep him around somehow.*

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Officially Renewed: Criminal Minds, Two and a Half Men
Already Renewed: The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, CSI, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-O, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, 60 Minutes, Survivor, 2 Broke Girls, Undercover Boss
On the Bubble: CSI: NY, Golden Boy, Rules of Engagement, Vegas

*CBS hasn’t made quite the splash as the other networks have done this week. Two and a Half Men was officially renewed last week when they hammered out contracts with Ashton Kutcher & Jon Cryer. (Angus T. Jones won’t be back next season). The same with Criminal Minds. The cast was in tense negotiations with the network and eventually everything worked out. That’s probably bad news for the Bubble shows. They haven’t gotten the official cancellation yet but it won’t be long.

CBS hasn’t picked-up any new pilots yet. There’s been reports that Chuck Lorre’s Mom will be the first picked-up but there hasn’t been a press release yet. CBS has a lot of comedies still strong in contention. The dramas are going to have a tougher time. There isn’t much room of the schedule and Deadline has the remaining pilots down to Backstrom, Beverly Hills Cop, Hostages and NCIS: Red. Maybe 2 of those will get picked up.*

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Still TBA: Everything

*I’m not going to spend a lot of time on ABC. They are a huge question mark right now. While all of the other networks have been slowly parcing out information about renewals, cancellations and pick-ups: ABC hasn’t announced anything. They haven’t even renewed sure things like Modern Family or Grey’s Anatomy yet. Maybe they’re saving everything for the upfront presentation. Maybe they have a lot of changes they want to make. It’s unclear at this point. The only news I’ve read about online so far is that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting a series order. But that seemed like a given anyways.*