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Broadcast TV: which shows will return in 2012-13?

Amy Poehler stars in "Parks and Recreation," a critical and fan favorite which lacks one thing: a big audience. Then again, none of NBC's comedies draw big crowds anymore, which helps this show's cause. CREDIT: NBC

Amy Poehler stars in "Parks and Recreation," a critical and fan favorite which lacks one thing: a big audience. Then again, none of NBC's comedies draw big crowds anymore, which helps this show's cause. CREDIT: NBC

Which of these shows that have not been renewed would you save? (Pick as many as 6)

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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: renewed
NCIS: Los Angeles: renewed
Rules of Engagement: 60% chance of returning. A safe fill-in sitcim.
Survivor: renewed
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
Bones: Returning
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
Glee: Returning
House: Retiring
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

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90210: renewed
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
Supernatural: renewed
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

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30 Rock: 80% chance of returning for one more season
The Apprentice: Returning
The Biggest Loser: Returning
Chuck: Retired
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
Grimm: Returning
The Playboy Club: Dead
Prime Suspect: Dead
Rock Center with Brian Williams: 50/50
Smash: Returning
Up All Night: 90% chance of returning
Whitney: 40% chance of returning
Who’s Still Standing? 20% chance of returning

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64 comments Add your comment

Allison Wonderland

May 4th, 2012
8:09 am

Last Man Standing is funny and I hope it returns, but would be better if they sent the middle daughter Mandy away. Her character is not funny and too whiny for the show. The Middle is wonderful and should return. Raising Hope is very funny! Rules of Engagement is dumb and should have been cancelled long ago. There is my 2 cents.


May 4th, 2012
9:37 am

Whitney is still on the air?!? She is a much better creator (Two Broke Girls) than actress. This show is painful!

Pork N Mindy

May 4th, 2012
10:04 am

Community, Parks and Rec, and 30 Rock are all some of the best written, creative offerings on TV yet each has half the viewers of Last Man Standing. What is wrong with America? And how Whitney made it past the pilot is beyond me. What a stinkfest. I’m sure there will be a ton of stinkers on the slate next fall, too. Thank goodness for pay cable making great TV.


May 4th, 2012
10:08 am

Hey, Allison, don’t knock Mandy; she’s a linchpin (love her character; BTW, Molly Ephraim is 6 yrs older than the Alexandra Krosney, who plays Kristin) LastManStanding is a breath of fresh air; so much junk, and it’s funny, real


May 4th, 2012
10:10 am

BTW – Two and a half men needs to get off the druggie kick. Nothing funny about a 17-year-old pot head (Jake) or a clingy, loser Dad (Alan). So much real humor could be found, but none shows up.

Maybe Sheen was right…

Phil Reiner

May 4th, 2012
10:46 am

Sorry but CBS made a mistake firing Sheen. The show has not been funny at all this season. It’s the same old thing except missing Sheen’s character and Rose! The writng is not good at all, and how many times can we see Allan pull a stunt to stay in the house. Old news, should be retired.


May 4th, 2012
10:48 am

2&1/2 Men was not funny even when Sheen was at the helm. The canned laughter gives me a headache too.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 4th, 2012
11:17 am

“Parenthood” is one of the Best Shows on TV.
2 & 1/2 men was over played about 2 years ago. The College Frat Boy Dunk Horny humor has run it’s course.

mystery poster

May 4th, 2012
11:17 am

I’m glad I read the article. From the headline and the picture I inferred that Parks and Recreation wasn’t coming back. I’m glad to know it probably is :-)

mystery poster

May 4th, 2012
11:18 am

Speaking of not funny anymore, the Office has become unwatchable.


May 4th, 2012
11:20 am

I can’t believe Last Man Standing and Unforgettable are on the bubble. Everything else I watch is safe.

Mary C.

May 4th, 2012
11:22 am

I can’t believe that David Caruso (CSI Miami’s drama queen) could win out over a class act like Gary Sinese (CSI NY). CSI NY is the perfect lead in to Blue Bloods another classy show on Friday night.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 4th, 2012
11:22 am

No coverage of TV shows on:
or the
Tyler Perry Station
Cover things besides the ABC, CBS, FOX & NBC.
The CW is for TWEENS. Who cares what crap they put on?


May 4th, 2012
11:41 am

A person obviously not SMART enough to read. The article clearly states that it covers broadcast channels. The stations you list are all considered cable channels, not OTA.


May 4th, 2012
11:42 am

PARENTHOOD needs to be renewed and then needs to get some love so people can know this amazing show exists!!! :)

Parks and rec – love it. Should also get renewed.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 4th, 2012
11:50 am

maddawg…………HOW many people don’t have Some Form of Cable? Give me a break. I didn’t ask for HBO but Lifetime and such stations should be covered. How many freaking blogs on here are about the TRASH HOUSE HOSE of ATLANTA and that ain’t broadcast TV.

Pippy Short Stockings

May 4th, 2012
12:05 pm

Wow. Never even heard of a bunch of these shows! Just got into “Person of Interest’- really a pretty kick-@ss show.

Allison Wonderland

May 4th, 2012
12:10 pm

A person SMART enough to know…… Obviously uneducated.


May 4th, 2012
12:19 pm

There are actually 7 people who would save Rob? Yikes.


May 4th, 2012
12:20 pm

I love the capitalization of “SMART” as though that alone will convince us of the statement’s veracity, despite all evidence to the contrary.


May 4th, 2012
12:35 pm

What about So You Think You Can Dance??

The Truth

May 4th, 2012
12:40 pm

Hate to see Pan-Am go…

FOX rules!

May 4th, 2012
12:45 pm

Looks like Fox is the only network that can keep most of it’s lineup. The other 3 major ones have no clue!

Jay Thomas

May 4th, 2012
12:46 pm

I will miss “Cougar Town.” A bright, creative show with the very likeable cul-de-sac crew of characters fades into the Gulf Stream off Santa Barbara pier. The writing is still edgy and funny in parts. I could do without the baby storylines, and sometimes the show can be a little over-the-top with its blink-once-and-you-miss-it snapshot scenes. The real problem is the timeslot. Put “Cougar Town” back in its rightful place with “Modern Family” as its lead-in and we wouldn’t be talking cancellation after season 3. And I still think one of the funniest (intentional, perhaps?) geographical faux pas was the episode last year when Grayson was skateboarding through what was supposed to be a typical Florida neighborhood and in the distance you could see the San Gabriel mountains. Anyway, it’s a wonderful show about a wonderful fantasy world, and I will miss it dearly.

Ms. BeBe

May 4th, 2012
1:00 pm

Hoping against hope that Alcatraz makes it back – this is a quality show, great casting, tight story line has been moving along nicely. Don’t understand why ratings weren’t better.

Ms. BeBe

May 4th, 2012
1:09 pm

Really liked Awake – finally a fairly fresh idea, , well thought out and well written story line, with very good casting and acting. Oh yeah, it took a little more thought to follow the plot than it does to watch Caruso or Harmon do the same old predictable stuff every week….


May 4th, 2012
1:23 pm

If “Two and a Half Men” didn’t jump the shark when they replaced Charlie Sheen, I think the current lesbian storyline with Alan’s mother (Holland Taylor) and Lindsay’s mother (Georgia Engel) did it.

I also wish “Bones” hadn’t done a “Moonlighting” and killed the sexual tension between the main characters. Can we get Mark Harmon to try to steal Maddie, I mean Dr. Brennan, away?


May 4th, 2012
2:22 pm

I would pay to see Holland Taylor and Georgia Engel go at it.
Glad Once upon a Time is coming back and the Practice is about to close up.
Maybe another COP show? We had some funny law shows-maybe one where Alan Shore has his own firm? Boston Illegal?


May 4th, 2012
2:51 pm

So mean-spirited, brainless shows like Wipeout are a shoe-in, while shows like Missing and Private Practice (which have their problems, but at least engage the brain and heart) are in danger? I give up.


May 4th, 2012
2:58 pm

Napoleon Dynamite was awful. They should have done that show 6 years ago. Now its too late. Bob’s Burgers is awful and should be canned. Cougartown might be the worst show on tv. That show is so stupid its about a bunch of lushes who live for the weekend. They had an entire show on a broken wine glass. My wife watches the show and whenever it comes on I leave the room. Terrible show.


May 4th, 2012
3:38 pm

ringer and secret circle should have allot more votes


May 4th, 2012
4:17 pm

So glad Once Upon a Time is coming back!!


May 4th, 2012
4:43 pm

Tell me again why Once Upon a Time and Vampire Diaries are coming back?


May 4th, 2012
5:07 pm

Got fingers crossed for Scandal! Would love to see it get a 2nd season!


May 4th, 2012
5:14 pm

I’m aware that there’s been growing speculation about ABC possibly revivng TGIF. I’m hoping that ‘Cougar Town’ gets renewed. ‘Last Man Standing’, ‘The Middle’, and ‘Modern Family’ are very good too.

Over at CBS… The original ‘CSI’ seems to doing good well. We don’t know if ‘CSI: Miami’ and/or ‘CSI: NY’ will be getting renewed. If Miami gets renewed… I assume that season 11 will likely be its last. If NY gets renewed… I assume that season 9 will likely be its last. Don’t know if CBS is considering launching another ‘CSI’ spin-off anytime soon or not. ‘Unforgettable’ seems like a very promising show.

The CW… They need to add comedy shows to their prime-time schedule… maybe the Sunday Primetime schedule making a come-back.

Fox… ‘The Simpson’s’ was recently renewed through 2014, for its landmark 25th season. Hope that ‘Touch’ will get renewed.

As for NBC… I don’t know if ‘The Voice’ will be a fall and spring show, similar to how ‘Dancing with the Stars’, ‘Survivor’, ‘The Biggest Loser’, and ‘The Amazing Race’ are set up. Like that ‘Smash’ is coming back. Hope that the comedies ‘30 Rock’, ‘Community’, ‘The Office’, ‘Parks & Recreation’, ‘Up All Night’, and ‘Whitney’ are coming back. Also hope that ‘Parenthood’ is coming back as well.

Fun Size

May 4th, 2012
5:14 pm

Glad to see The Good Wife coming back, other than that there is not much in the way of “must see” TV for me until football season. I really miss “24″……. LOL, looking at this list makes me realize i watch a lot of TV, I’ve seen way too many of these shows. It’s time to get outside or read a library book!!


May 4th, 2012
5:29 pm

Touch is a wonderful show. I never thught Kiefer could pull off caring loving father but he and the writing are unreal


May 4th, 2012
5:36 pm

I enjoy watching Scandal on ABC and Blue Bloods on CBS. Those are the two best shows on tv at the moment. I cant wait until fall when Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story are back on FX, best shows ever.


May 4th, 2012
6:06 pm

They killed off Arrested Development so i wouldn’t be surprised if they killed off great shows like Community, Parks and Rec, and 30 Rock as well.


May 4th, 2012
6:11 pm

With all of the garbage that ABC continues to broadcast since it became a reality TV network, you wonder how they canned Detroit 1-8-7 last season? There must be morons deciding what stays and what goes at that network.


May 4th, 2012
6:43 pm

Last Man Standing is the second best sitcom on TV right behind Big Bang Theory. And Rules of Engagement has some great snarky moments.

Two And A Half Men has definitely played out. Ashton Kutcher has done well with some terrible story lines but the writing has become even more sophomoric since the departure of Charlie Sheen. And Walden’s girlfriend character has been written as a real beyotch – making the character of Walden even less believable (that he’d put up with so much of her controlling behavior).

Maybe Chuck Lorre will kiss Sheen’s azz and bring him back, writing this season off as a dream sequence!


May 4th, 2012
6:48 pm

I like Ashley Judd so I checked out Missing when it came on but the show started off on the wrong foot with me right away. I get the retired CIA operative angle but to believe that anyone out of the game for 10 years (!) could come right back and fight and shoot just as well as before was too big a stretch for me. Those skills have to be honed continuously and being a soccer mom (or dad) just doesn’t do it!

charles tackos

May 4th, 2012
7:45 pm

parenthood is the best program on television – real social issues done well by a talented cast – i look forward to seeing this show every week -


May 4th, 2012
7:51 pm

Bring back Alcatraz and Awake!

Just Sayin'

May 4th, 2012
8:05 pm

Awww, darn, I really enjoyed PanAm!


May 5th, 2012
8:23 pm

With ABC cancelling the daytime show ‘The Revolution’… I don’t know if ABC plans to revive ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ anytime soon or not. ‘General Hospital’ was recently renewed for its 50th season. I believe WSB-TV, along with a majority of other ABC stations (including the ABC O&O’s) are carrying Katie Couric’s new talk show.

Other new daytime/syndicated shows we’ll be seeing… Dish Nation, Steve Harvey, Ricki Lake, and Jeff Probst. Canceled are… Nate Berkus and Swift Justice.

Meredith’s ‘Better’ show has been popping up in more TV markets, and I assume that more markets could pick up the show. I don’t know if this could lead to Media General’s ‘Daytime’ show going national in the very near future. I would be interested in ‘Access Hollywood Live’ talk show being picked up in additional TV markets.

Fox is going to be doing a Summer 2012 test run of Bethenny Frankel new talk show on its NYC, LA, Philly, DFW, Phoenix, and Twin Cities O&O’s, to determine if her show will launch nationally in 2013. There’s been talk of Fox possibly doing a Summer test run of Father Albert (headlined by renouned former Catholic priest Alberto Cutié).


May 5th, 2012
8:47 pm

Ty Penningon was co-host of the ABC talk show… as well as hosted ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’.

Idol Fan

May 6th, 2012
12:25 pm

Still broken hearted over the cancellation of “Outsourced,” one of the funniest shows about office humor. We like Whitney, will badly miss Desperate Housewives. Can’t stand GCB – that one needs to go as quickly as Pan Am flew off. We need more wacky non-CSI funny drama shows!


May 6th, 2012
12:36 pm

‘Last Man Standing’ is clearly my sleeper sitcom from this season. I expected an easy rehash of ‘Home Improvement’, but it’s so much better than that was. It’s surprisingly smart and funny.

I’m sorry ‘The Finder’ has done so poorly… it’s one of the only shows I make an effort to catch these days. Conversely, I would shed no tears if the entire CBS Monday night lineup disappeared tomorrow. Bleahh.


May 6th, 2012
12:52 pm

Intirgue , adventure, Ashley Judd–what happened. I will miss this show. Gifted Man one of my all time faves. Don’t we get a vote?