36 TV Shows That Could Get Canceled—and the Odds They’ll Survive

It’s time to play the waiting game.

While CBS renewed 18 of its shows, ABC picked up the TGIT line-up and NBC handed out a huge two-season renewal to This Is Us, not every broadcast show was so lucky this TV season.

In fact, there are dozens of series still waiting to hear if they’ve been picked up or canceled in the most stressful time of the year for the TV industry (aka the two weeks leading up to the Upfront presentations in New York City, beginning on May 15).

Start those prayer circles and Twitter trends, people, it’s go-time!

While there are some shoo-ins that have yet to be officially picked up (think Modern Familyand the Chicago franchise on NBC), many decisions will come down to the fire and we apologize to our nails in advance for how much we will be gnawing on them in the near future.

Some of the biggest shows on the chopping block include Sleepy Hollow, Quantico, Law & Order: SVU and New Girl, with many of ABC’s comedies, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Originals also awaiting pick-up news.

Once Upon a Time, Season 6

Contract negotiations could majorly shake up a seventh season of the fantasy hit, with Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla and Robert Carlyle and Colin O’Donoghue all looking to extend their contracts, while Ginnifer Goodwinand Josh Dallas may only guest-star.


The CW

While ratings have never been great for Rob Thomas‘ beloved zombie drama, the CW boss Mark Pedowitz is a big fan of the show, and that could help it score a season four renewal.

The Catch season 2 premiere


Out of the TGIT line-up, The Catch is the only show that has yet to be renewed. But you can never underestimate the power of Shonda Rhimes.

Real O Neals, Dr. Ken, Speechless


While newbies American Housewife and Speechless are looking good for a season two, veteran sitcoms Dr. Kenand The Real O’Neals are definitely in jeopardy. Expect to see renewals for The Goldbergs and Fresh off the Boat, along with shoo-ins Modern Family and Black-ish.

2 Broke Girls


Has the longrunning sitcom officially canceled? Not even star Beth Behrs knows. At least she didn’t find out the Matthew Perry/The Odd Couple way.

New Girl


We’re torn, as we want to see more of the loft shenanigans but the season six finale was a perfect ending.

Law and Order: SVU

Michael Parmelee\/NBC

Expect to see more of Benson & Co.’s stories next season. Dun-dun!

Quantico, Season 2

ABC\/Giovanni Rufino

Is the power of Priyanka enough (and some pretty darn good DVR playback numbers) to prevail? We shall soon see…

Gotham, Season 3


Given its solid demo rating for the network and cult following, we envision at spending another season with Gotham City’s heroes and villains.

Chicago Fire


LOL, AS IF NBC is going to topple any of Dick Wolf’s Chicago empire. (Fire, PD, Med and Justice, for those living under a rock.)

Taken, Clive Standen


He has a particular set of skills…that just work better on the big screen, sadly.

Elementary behind the scenes, Lucy Liu 381

CBS\/Jeff Neira

Sherlock and Watson may have closed their final case on CBS, as a renewal isn’t looking likely.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine


Andy Samberg‘s police sitcom has the right to return for another season. Probably.

Code Black, Rob Lowe


It’s never a good sign when CBS renews 18 shows and you’re not one of them…even after you add Rob Lowe to the cast.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Renewal Assemble

Abigail Spencer, Timeless

Joe Lederer\/NBC

While some other time-travel shows failed to leave an impression on viewers (ABC’s Time After Time included), expect to see NBC give Timeless another romp through time.

Making History

Adam Pally‘s historical romp through time is looking likely to be one of the season’s comedic casualties.

The Last Man On Earth

Jordin Althaus\/FOX

A season four is looking good for the Will Forte-fronted sitcom.

The Originals

The CW

After attracting solid viewers on Friday nights for the CW, we think Klaus and the Mikaelson family are safe, despite The Vampire Diaries recently ending.

Sleepy Hollow, Tom Mison

Tina Rowden\/FOX

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last four seasons it’s to never sleep on this drama, which has survived a declining ratings, the loss of its female lead after season three, a move to Friday nights, and a few apocalypses.

The Blacklist, Megan Boone


While James Spader‘s thriller will likely see another season, the same can’t be said for the spinoff, The Blacklist: Redemption, with all signs pointing to cancellation. (Sorry, Tom!)

Designated Survivor, Kiefer Sutherland


Despite a solid start for the Kiefer Sutherland drama, there’s been a lot of changes behind the scenes, recently hiring its fourth showrunner in less than a year. Still, a second season is likely.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders


While the original Criminal Minds has been renewed, the spinoff is still awaiting the network’s verdict.

24: Legacy


Despite not having Jack Bauer to save the day, it’s looking like the reboot will receive a second season, given that its demo rating is one of the network’s strongest.

Scream Queens, Halloween 2016

Mike Danenberg \/ Universal Studios Hollywood

If Ryan Murphy‘s campy horror-comedy should return for a third season, it will likely be with a new cast, as Lea Michele has signed on for a new ABC pilot.

Source: EONLine