With the 2016-17 advertising upfronts upon us, broadcast television networks are busy finalizing Fall lineups—meaning, we’re getting a better look at which freshman and legacy shows will be getting the axe before next season.
Freshman shows always have a tough go of things, so the list of 2016 broadcast TV renewals only contains a few new names for each of the primary networks. On ABC, Dr. Ken, Quantico, and The Real O’Neals will see a second year; while, surprisingly enough, The Muppets will end its run after just one season. CBS technically only has one rookie renewal to speak of—Life in Pieces—though Supergirl will see another season, just on the CW instead.
Fox has announced that it will renew Lucifer, Scream Queens, and Rosewood, but rumor is the network would like to see the revival of The X-Files continue once David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson’s schedules permit. Aside from gaining Supergirl, The CW renewed Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for a second season, while NBC has renewed nearly half-a-dozen new shows so far, including Blindspot, Chicago Med, Shades of Blue, and Superstore.
This year’s cancellations may come as far more of a surprise than the freshman 2016 broadcast TV renewals. Long-running ABC hit Castle, which has been the subject of some controversy lately as lead actress Stana Katic’s contract was not renewed for the next season, was ultimately cancelled by the network on Friday before the show even had the opportunity to try to go on without her.
Also gone from ABC’s lineup for next year will be Marvel’s Agent Carter and Nashville, while CBS is putting the final nail in the CSI coffin by killing-off the Cyber spin-off as well.