It’s that time of year again where shows “on the bubble” will either find their futures burst into oblivion or kept afloat for another year.
According to a USA Today survey, the most beloved “on the bubble” shows are ‘Parks and Recreation,” “Fringe” (since renewed for 13 more episodes), “Community” and “Parenthood.”
Here’s a broadcast network breakdown featuring which non-summer shows will be back for sure in 2012-13, which ones are already dead and the odds of those who do not know their fate just yet. We’ll have all the answers by the week of May 13.
Charlie’s Angels: DEAD
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23: Too early to say since it just debuted. 50/50
GCB: 30% shot of returning with okay ratings, a smattering of controversy
Last Man Standing: 65% shot of returning with so-so ratings
Man Up!: GONE, thank goodness
Missing: No way this is coming back. Sorry, Ashley
Once Upon a Time: Certain to be back
Pan Am: Crash landed. Too bad. It won’t be back.
Revenge: A sure thing to return
The River: Sunk
Scandal: ABC loves Shonda Rhimes and the numbers indicate an 80% shot of coming back.
Suburgatory: Solid. 85% chance of coming back
Work It: Why, oh, why, did this even make it out of the pitch meeting? It’s gone.
You Deserve It: Made zero impression. Won’t be back.
20/20: Sure. It’s always there.
America’s Funniest Home Videos: A staple that seemingly never dies.
The Bachelor: The black and white of it all: yes. It’s coming back, even if the spring numbers were flaccid.
Body of Proof: Close call. Passable numbers so I give this one a 50/50 shot.
Castle: Certainly coming back.
Cougar Town: Beloved fans will have to cry in their wine. This has less than 20% shot of coming back.
Dancing with the Stars: Duh. 100% chance this is coming back.
Desperate Housewives: Already announced. Series finale later this month.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: Already gone
Grey’s Anatomy: Aging but this is the type of show ABC will keep around on life support into 2012-13, no matter who stays or grows.
Happy Endings: Has a small but solid following. 90% chance to be renewed.
The Middle: A strong, middle-of-the-road performer. 100% chance it will be back.
Modern Family: If anything is guaranteed for a return, this is it.
Primetime: Easy fill in for Fridays. Yes.
Private Practice: With “Scandal” in the mix, ABC could kill this one. I give it a 50/50 chance.
Saturday Night Football. Of course.
Shark Tank. Yes, for sure.
Wipeout. An easy yes.
48 Hours: Yes.
60 Minutes. Yes.
The Amazing Race. Renewed
The Big Bang Theory. Renewed
Blue Bloods: Renewed
Criminal Minds: Renewed
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Renewed
CSI: Miami: 75% chance.
CSI: NY: 50/50 chance.
The Good Wife: renewed
Hawaii Five-0: renewed
How I Met Your Mother: renewed
The Mentalist: renewed
Mike & Molly: renewed
NCIS: Los Angeles: renewed
Rules of Engagement: 60% chance of returning. A safe fill-in sitcim.
Two and a Half Men: will likely return.
Undercover Boss: renewed
2 Broke Girls: renewed
A Gifted Man: 10% chance of survival
How to Be a Gentleman: axed
NYC 22: 5% chance of survival
Person of Interest: renewed
Rob: 20% chance of survival
Unforgettable: 35% chance of survival
American Dad!: Returning
American Idol: Returning
Bob’s Burgers: 50/50
Breaking In: dead
The Cleveland Show: Returning
COPS: Scaled back but still alive
Family Guy: Returning
Fringe: 13 more episodes in 2012-13 and it’s over
Kitchen Nightmares: Returning
Mobbed: This aired as a series of “specials.” I’m not sure if it’s coming back but I doubt it.
Raising Hope: Returning
The Simpsons: Returning
Alcatraz: 15% shot of returning
Allen Gregor: Dead
The Finder: 10% shot of returning
I Hate My Teenage Daughter: Gone, thank goodness
Napoleon Dynamite: 40% chance of returning
New Girl: Returning
Terra Nova: Dead
Touch: 65% shot of returning
The X Factor: Returning
America’s Next Top Model: 100% chance of coming back
Gossip Girl: 75% chance of coming back though it’s aging.
Nikita: 40% chance of survival
One Tree Hill: series finale already aired
The Vampire Diaries: renewed
H8R: already out
Hart of Dixie: 50/50
The L.A. Complex: Only one episode aired and already renewed in Canada. 20% chance of returning
Remodeled: shut down
Ringer: 30% chance of returning
The Secret Circle:70% chance of returning
30 Rock: 80% chance of returning for one more season
The Apprentice: Returning
The Biggest Loser: Returning
Community:50% chance of returning
Dateline NBC: Returning
Football Night in America: Returning
Harry’s Law: 20% chance of returning. Decent overall numbers, but skews too old
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: 80% chance of renewal
NBC Sunday Night Football: Returning
The Office: 95% chance of returning despite sinking ratings
Parenthood: 75% chance of returning
Parks and Recreation: 95% chance of returning
The Sing-Off: 30% chance of returning
The Voice: Returning
Who Do You Think You Are?: 80% chance of returning
Fear Factor: Joe Rogan told me directly it’s dead again
Are You There, Chelsea? 5% chance of returning
Awake: 10% chance of returning
Bent: 5%chance of returning
Best Friends Forever: not coming back, already bumped to summers
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: 95% chance of returning
Escape Routes: Doubt it. It was shunted to Saturdays from the get go
Fashion Star: 35% chance of returning
The Firm: Dead
Free Agents: Dead
The Playboy Club: Dead
Prime Suspect: Dead
Rock Center with Brian Williams: 50/50
Up All Night: 90% chance of returning
Whitney: 40% chance of returning
Who’s Still Standing? 20% chance of returning
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk