Renew/Cancel for 2011/2012 Season

28 Feb

UPDATE: On my home page I have a 2011/2012 Renew/Cancel Tracker.  Click on the 2nd tab on the top of the page.  So as a result of having that tab, I won’t be updating this post anymore.  It’s silly to update both.  But just click the 2nd tab on the top of the page and it will take you right to it with all the latest information.   Thanks!!!

For some shows, the writing is on the wall and you can tell when the party’s over. Other shows are plugging right along so there really is no room for question or doubt about their broadcast future.   Then there are those shows in the middle lovingly referred to as “Bubble Shows.”  Bubble shows are shows that could go either way and are probably the hardest to predict.  Their fate lies in the hands of many different things and it’s different each time…ratings, sometimes (although very rarely) fan campaigns to save them, advertisers, the fate of other shows on their networks, a network’s unique renewal history (CBS typically cancels their lowest rated comedy even if it is doing decently), or a #1 show’s star completely going crazy and possibly canceling said show making room for a bubble show.  As of today, Feb 28th 2011, here is a quick breakout of where we stand with the definite renewals and cancellations:


My Generation
The Whole Truth
Life Unexpected
Running Wilde
Lone Star
The Good Guys
The Cape
Glory Daze (only cable show I’m including since this was just announced.)
Smallville (Final Season)


Cougar Town
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice
Modern Family
30 Rock
Raising Hope
The Middle
American Dad
Big Bang Theory
The Biggest Loser
The Simpsons
The Cleveland Show
Two and Half Men (this could change depending on what happens with crazy Charlie Sheen)
How I Met Your Mother (and this is for TWO seasons!!)
Survivor (for 2 more seasons!!!)
The Office
Parks and Recreation
The Bachelor (really?   ugh.)
UPDATE AS OF (3.24.11):
UPDATE AS OF (3.28.11):
The Amazing Race
Undercover Boss

There may be shows I have forgotten about and if I did, let me know and I will add them to the list.  But to date, these are definites.  Every thing else right now is TBD.  But there are certain shows which are leading towards cancellation and certain shows leaning towards renewals.  The following are examples of “relatively easy to predict fates”:

Pretty Sure These Are Going To Be Goners:

Detroit 1-8-7
No Ordinary Family
The Defenders
Perfect Couples
Traffic Light
The Event
Off the Map

Break Out the Bubbly Because These Shows Are Coming Back:

Desperate Housewives
Criminal Minds
Mike & Molly
The Mentalist
The Vampire Diaries
Family Guy

Thanks to the AWESOME people at for their breakout of shows.  God love those people for making it easy to follow!!!   Aside from all the shows listed, everything else is up in the air.

You know what I think?  I know you are on the edge of your seat right now.  Networks have too many shows!!!   We are one day away from March 1st and there are still “mid-season” shows yet to premiere?  Huh?  To me, a mid-season premiere is January…maybe the first or second week in Feb at the latest.  But March and April?  That’s almost a summer premiere not mid-season.  Not to me anyway.  I think networks are dumping so much money into the mid-season replacement shows that if something hasn’t failed enough to replace it with a new show, the networks have nowhere to put these shows.  Look at what is happening to Cougar Town right now.  A great show is off the air for 12 weeks to give Mr Sunshine a chance because there was nowhere else to put it.  What’s the point?  Cougar Town is doing just fine.  You don’t need Mr Sunshine.  And you run the risk of losing viewers of a successful show because people can’t find it and think it’s possibly been pulled!   Networks are so desperate to try to “find the next big show” that they destroying network television.   With all the pulling and rescheduling and time slot changes no wonder ratings suck.  And I hate to say it because I am one of those annoying TV bloggers, but with the advent of blogs, it’s so much easier to find information about ratings on TV shows that people are more educated on what moving a show to a certain night can mean and what certain rating points in key demos (adults 18-49) mean to the future of their favorite shows.  For example, when a show moves to the “dreaded” Friday night, people now know it’s not a good sign for a show.  Why?  Because unless you are a loser like me, you have a life and are doing things on Friday nights (and Saturdays for that matter.)   Friday night is not a big TV viewing night.  So it’s a sign that the network is burying a show on a night no one watches TV anyway and now that show isn’t taking up a prime spot during the week.

It also makes me wonder if websites that analyze the ratings may actually be hurting (and helping) shows.  If I see after 3 weeks that a show isn’t looking good in the ratings and a site tells me that it isn’t looking good to stay on the air, I stop watching it.   Unless I absolutely love the show.  But I usually stop watching because there is SOOOOOO much on TV these days that I am not going to waste my time watching a show that won’t make it.  Now let’s say I didn’t read that information and kept right on watching and the show started to gain some momentum.  Maybe it stays.  I don’t know.  The people who do these analyses of shows have a pretty good handle on what works and what doesn’t so I find it hard to believe that a show that is losing viewers would somehow start to gain them.   But I don’t know.  I would love other people’s opinion on that though.

So this is where we stand.  Who knows where this all shakes out but if you don’t see your favorite shows on here, make sure you keep watching!!!!


Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Canceled Shows, Renewed Shows


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9 responses to “Renew/Cancel for 2011/2012 Season

  1. ATorv

    March 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Where’s Fringe?

    • fortheloveoftv

      March 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Fringe is on the bubble but it isn’t looking good. It looks like it is competing with The Chicago Code for a spot. Bones, House, Glee, Raising Hope/Another new sitcom make up 4 of the 10 available hours. Lie to Me and Human Target are probably going to get canceled. FOX has 6 drama pilots ordered for fall as well as Terra Nova, Gordon Ramsey Cooking, and X Factor yet to premiere. So there isn’t a whole lot of room.

      Now I don’t know what will be more important to FOX if they do keep Fringe or TCC. TCC has better ratings and viewers on a Monday night but it’s new. Fringe has lower ratings on a Friday night but has a much more loyal audience built in. I guess at this point, Fringe is a toss up but it isn’t looking great. But keep the faith because you never know what could happen!!!

    • dEd Grimley

      March 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      How many shows on Fox survive after being put onto Friday night?
      It looks like it never quite got the X-Files following that it should’ve. Great show. I think it kinda jumped the shark when they forced the Peter/Olivia thing.

      • fortheloveoftv

        March 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm

        Grimley, if you look at the following list, you will see how many shows on FOX have failed either premiering on Fridays or being moved there. No other network has had as many failed shows on Friday as much as FOX. The only show, as you mentioned, to buck this trend is The X Files. 38 shows (since 1993) have been canceled as a result of being moved to Fridays. Here at 31 of them starting from 2001:

        2001 The Lone Gunmen Moved to Friday midway through its first and only season
        2001 Pasadena
        2000–02 Dark Angel Second and final season
        2002–03 Firefly
        2002–03 John Doe
        2003 Fastlane Moved to Friday midway through its first and only season
        2003 Wanda at Large Second and final season
        2004 Playing It Straight
        2004 Wonderfalls
        2000–04 Boston Public Fourth and final season
        2005 Jonny Zero
        2005 Killer Instinct
        2000–06 Malcolm in the Middle Seventh and final season (Final few episodes aired in original Sunday time slot.)
        2001–06 The Bernie Mac Show Fifth and final season
        2005–09 Prison Break Moved to Friday midway through its fourth and final season
        2006 Justice Moved to Friday midway through its first and only season
        2006 Vanished[14] Moved to Friday midway through its first and only season
        2006-10 ‘Til Death Fourth and final season (Final few episodes aired on a Sunday time slot)
        2007 The Wedding Bells[15]
        2006–07 Standoff Moved to Friday midway through its first and only season
        2007 Nashville
        2008 Canterbury’s Law Moved to Friday midway through its first and only season
        2008 The Return of Jezebel James
        2008–09 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Moved to Friday midway through its second and final season
        2007–09 Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? Third season, last one on Fox. Moved to syndication, CMT and sister network MyNetwork TV with a new format in 2009.
        2007–09 Don’t Forget the Lyrics! Third season, last one on Fox. Moved to syndication, VH1 and sister network MyNetwork TV with a new format in 2010.
        2009 Mental
        2009 Brothers Started off on Friday and then the rest of its first and only season aired on Sunday.
        2009-10 Dollhouse Canceled during second season but aired to completion.
        2010 Past Life Moved to Friday midway through its first and only season.
        2010 The Good Guys Moved to Friday midway through its first and only season.

        Wow. 31 shows in 9 sesaons. Yikes! Needless to say, if this trend continues, it doesn’t look good for Fringe. I hope for its fans’ sake, it has the same fate as the X Files and not these other shows.

        Hope this helps.

    • fortheloveoftv

      March 14, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      More bad news for Fringe. The Terra Nova premiere has been moved to next fall. Which means it will 100% be on the schedule for the 2011-2012 season. That’s one less hour of drama available for Fringe. It’s still not dead yet but the more this type of news comes out, the worse it is for Fringe. Sorry!

  2. kimberly

    March 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    yeah nice

  3. Silly

    March 19, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    well as long as the following shows return im ok but better leave the following along but a few could be moved to better time or day will work !

    Parenthood but could be moved to monday at 8 or 9 pm central time for me
    Body of proof
    criminal minds
    law and order SVU
    cupcake wars
    next food network star i may have forgot some as well

    the following would be scrapped if i had my way
    jersey shore
    dance moms

    dancing with the stars- its getting steal
    biggest looser so sick of it shown way to much

  4. Silly

    March 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    oh here we go, leave
    n plain sight

    i know this one is well loved by alot but i hate it pretty little liars and all vampire shows

  5. Silly

    March 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    well i cant think of anymore night


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