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TV networks renewing most shows “on the bubble”

This week was the deadline for news on television shows on the bubble: network comedies and dramas judged to at least be in some danger of being cancelled.

Would CBS’s “The Mentalist” be back for another season?

Was NBC’s “Parenthood” really getting the ax?

And would fans of Robin Williams get to see him in another season of “The Crazy Ones” on CBS?

Word has now finally leaked out about renewals and cancellations as the major networks announce their fall TV schedules on subsequent days this week.

According to several sources, these “shows on the bubble” were likely to be renewed for another season:

“Parenthood,” “About a Boy,” “Hannibal,” “Law and Order: SVU” and “Parks and Recreation” on NBC.

“Family Guy,” “Glee,” “The Following,” “The Mindy Project” and “New Girl” on Fox.

“Nashville,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Revenge” and “The Goldbergs” on ABC.

“2 Broke Girls,” “Mike & Molly,” “The Millers” and “Mom” on CBS.

“The 100,” “Hart of Dixie,” “Reign” and “The Originals” on CW.

Of course, these aren’t the only series renewed. Renewals of shows with more solid ratings—from CBS’s “NCIS” to Fox’s “American Idol”—were announced much earlier.

The networks, facing increasing programming competition from new sources like Amazon and Microsoft, held on to more “ratings challenged” shows than they typically do.

But there were some casualties as more than a dozen in-limbo series were cancelled.

On NBC, those included “Believe,” “Community,” “Crisis,” “Dracula,” “Growing Up Fisher” and “Revolution.”

Fox nixed “Almost Human” and “Surviving Jack”; ABC discarded “Suburgatory,” “Trophy Wife,” “Mixology” and “The Neighbors.”

CBS jettisoned “Bad Teacher,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Friends with Better Lives” and “Intelligence”; CW cancelled “Star-Crossed” and “The Tomorrow People.”

More news will come out this week about the slate of new series that will arrive all throughout the fall.

Half of which will be cancelled by next spring.


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