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All the Scripted Broadcast TV Shows Cancelled, Renewed, or on the Bubble (So Far)

Executives at CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, and The CW have a big upfronts week ahead of them.

TV shows on the bubble 2022: cancelled or renewed?


April showers have given way to May flowers, and April meetings among network executives have led to a very dark May 12: By early-bird dinner time on the east coast, 14 broadcast television series had been cancelled in the same day. This wasn’t the first batch of the year to be called off either — and we still ain’t done yet.

Several series on the respective “TBD” portions of our list, which is broken down by broadcaster, are shoo-ins for new seasons. Those announcements just haven’t happened yet for any number of reasons, including — but not limited to — ongoing contractual negotiations between networks, studios, casts, and creators. Or maybe they just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

We should note here that not every TV show goes away on bad terms: Among the 20-something series we won’t be seeing again in the 2022-23 season, there were a few preplanned decisions — like the ending of NBC’s “This Is Us” and ABC’s “Black-ish” — that got mixed in.

You’ll notice we only focused on scripted series here. Sans a handful of perennial reality standouts like CBS’ “Survivor,” which has been officially renewed for Season 43, unscripted programming kind of does its own thing on its own schedule. Yeah, the TV business can be a real mess.

This story will be updated as each decision comes down from a network’s conference room straight to the press.

“Bob Hearts Abishola” on CBS


Renewed: “NCIS” (for Season 20), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (for Season 14), “NCIS: Hawai’i” (for Season 2), “Bob Hearts Abishola” (for Season 4), “CSI: Vegas” (for Season 2), “Ghosts” (for Season 2), “The Neighborhood” (for Season 5), “Young Sheldon” (for Season 5), “S.W.A.T.” (for Season 6), “Blue Bloods” (for Season 13), “The Equalizer” (for Seasons 3 and 4), “FBI” (for Seasons 5 and 6), “FBI: International” (for Seasons 2 and 3), and “FBI: Most Wanted” (for Seasons 4 and 5)

Cancelled/Ending: “Bull” (after six seasons), “United States of Al” (after two seasons), “B Positive” (after two seasons), “Magnum P.I.” (after four seasons), “Good Sam” (after one season), and “How We Roll” (after one season)


Michael Weatherly was given runway to announce “Bull’s” conclusion before it actually happened, but the other CBS cancellations will get no such final-bow privilege.

“Grand Crew” on NBC

Renewed: “New Amsterdam” (for fifth and final season), “Chicago Med” (for Season 8), “Chicago Fire” (for Season 11), “Chicago P.D.” for (Season 10), “The Blacklist” (for Season 10), “La Brea” (for Season 2), “Law & Order: SVU” (for Season 24), “Law & Order” (for Season 22), “Law & Order: Organized Crime” (for Season 3), “American Auto” (for Season 2), “Young Rock” (for Season 3), and “Grand Crew” (for Season 2)

Cancelled/Ending: “This Is Us” (after six seasons), “The Thing About Pam” (limited series), “Ordinary Joe” (after one season), “The Endgame” (after one season), “Kenan” (after two seasons), and “Mr. Mayor” (after two seasons)

TBD: “Transplant” (on Season 2; renewed for third season on CTV)

“This Is Us” always had a six-season plan and stuck to it; soon, creator Dan Fogelberg hopes to stick the landing. “The Thing About Pam” is based on the true-crime story about Pam Hupp’s involvement in the murder of Betsy Faria, so that one always had an ending — and thus a reason for ending after one season. The other cancellations have no such excuse.

“9-1-1: Lone Star” on Fox

CR: Jack Zeman/FOX

Renewed: “Bob’s Burgers” (for Season 13), “Duncanville” (for Season 3), “Family Guy” (for Season 20), “Housebroken” (for Season 2), “The Great North” (for Season 3), “The Simpsons” (for Season 34), “Fantasy Island” (for Season 2), and “The Cleaning Lady” (for Season 2)

Cancelled/Ending: “The Big Leap” (after one season), “Our Kind of People” (after one season), and “Pivoting” (after one season)

TBD: “9-1-1” (currently on Season 5), “9-1-1: Lone Star” (on Season 3), “Call Me Kat” (on Season 2), “The Resident” (on Season 5), and “Welcome to Flatch” (on Season 1)

Animation can run forever, apparently — perhaps Fox should’ve actually developed “The Big Leap” as a cartoon. On second thought, that would have only made that scripted show about an unscripted show in which the performers put on a scripted play (we know, how did that not work?!?) even more confusing.

With Gordon Ramsay and some “Masked” competitions, Fox is fairly heavy on — and successful with — unscripted programming (and then there’s the sports programming, but that’s for a whole other story). While CBS, NBC, and ABC all schedule primetime from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fox and The CW do not program the 10 o’clock hour, which means they don’t need as many series (or at least as many hours) as the other networks.

“The Wonder Years” on ABC


Renewed: “Abbott Elementary” (for Season 2), “The Rookie” (for Season 5), “Station 19” (for Season 6), “The Good Doctor” (for Season 6), “Grey’s Anatomy” (for Season 19), “The Goldbergs” (for Season 10), “The Conners” (for Season 5), “Home Economics” (for Season 3), “The Wonder Years” (reboot for Season 2), “A Million Little Things” (for Season 6), and “Big Sky” (for Season 3)

Cancelled/Ending: “Black-ish” (after Season 8), “Queens” (after Season 1), and “Promised Land” (moved to Hulu midway through Season 1)


“Abbott Elementary” has proven to be an excellent comedy, probably the best ABC has seen since “Modern Family.” “Station 19” and “The Good Doctor” are still going strong, and the fact that “Grey’s Anatomy” has successfully avoided Ellen Pompeo ending the long-running medical drama for this long is definitely a good thing.

In a bit of a surprise, ABC renewed “The Goldbergs” for a 10th season. A person with knowledge of the plans told IndieWire it is likely that star Jeff Garlin will be written off the show after being accused of inappropriate on-set behavior. Details of the show’s future creative decisions surrounding Garlin’s character are expected to come in the following weeks and months.

“All American: Homecoming” on The CW

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The CW
Renewed: “All American” (for Season 5), “The Flash” (for Season 9), “Kung Fu” (for Season 3), “Nancy Drew” (for Season 4), “Riverdale” (for Season 7), “Superman & Lois” (for Season 3), “Walker” (for Season 3), and “All American: Homecoming” (for Season 2)

Cancelled/Ending: “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (after seven seasons), “Batwoman” (after three seasons), 4400″ (after one season), “Charmed” (after four seasons), “Dynasty” (after five seasons), “In the Dark” (after four seasons), “Naomi” (after one season), “Roswell, New Mexico” (after four seasons), and “Legacies” (after four seasons)


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