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The Blacklist: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Six on NBC?

Vulture Watch What's next for Red and Liz? Is The Blacklist TV show cancelled or renewed for a sixth season on NBC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Blacklist, season six. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the NBC television network, The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Kattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò, and Hisham Tawfiq. The crime drama centers on one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, Raymond “Red” Reddington (Spader). He offers to help the authorities, if rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Boone) partners with him. In season five, Red is in the process of
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The Blacklist: Season Five Ratings

Even though The Blacklist TV show's ratings have dropped significantly each year, NBC still renewed it for a fifth season. Meanwhile, the spinoff -- The Blacklist: Redemption -- was cancelled after just one installment. At the end of this season, the original series should have well over 100 episodes in the can -- more than enough for an attractive syndication package. Is this the end of the road for the Concierge of Crime? Will The Blacklist be cancelled or renewed for season six? Stay tuned. An action thriller, The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Kattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò, and Hisham Tawfiq. The NBC crime drama centers on one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington (Spader). He offers to help the authorities, if rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Boone) partners with him. In season five, Red is in
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Ratings: NBC Falls to Fourth With ‘The Blacklist’ Season Finale, a Royal Wedding Special

Ratings: NBC Falls to Fourth With ‘The Blacklist’ Season Finale, a Royal Wedding Special
Well, at least it wasn’t “The Blacklist” series finale: The season-ending episode of the James Spader drama didn’t quite light things up for NBC at 8 p.m. — neither did a Royal Wedding special at 10.

As a result, NBC dropped from a second-place tie last Wednesday to fourth place this week among adults 18-49. With a lineup of all season (and some series) finales, ABC was able to leapfrog its competitor and claim the key demo’s bronze medal.

“Empire” handed Fox another gold among young(-ish, towards the upper end of that age range, at least) adults. CBS finished first in terms of total viewers.

Also Read: Ratings: First 'NCIS' Without Pauley Perrette Comes Back Down to Earth

Fox was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but third in total viewers with an average of 4.5 million, according to preliminary numbers.
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The Blacklist Season 5 Finale Recap: Whose Bones Are in That Bag?

The Blacklist Season 5 Finale Recap: Whose Bones Are in That Bag?
To paraphrase Se7en‘s Det. David Mills: “What’s in the bag?!”

It’s a question that The Blacklist viewers have hoped to get answered for a full year, ever since Mr. Kaplan dug up a mysterious suitcase before jumping to her death in last May’s finale. (At some point, the suitcase became a duffel bag, because The Blacklist is nothing if not practical.)

We’ve known for a year that the duffel bag contains human bones, but the identity of the poor skeleton inside it has been kept a secret — just the way Red wanted. But on Wednesday’s Season 5 ender,
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The Blacklist: Season Five Viewer Votes

How do Red's plans work out in the fifth season of The Blacklist TV show on NBC? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show The Blacklist is cancelled or renewed for season six. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustrated that their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all the season five episodes of The Blacklist for us, below. An NBC action thriller, The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Kattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò, and Hisham Tawfiq. The crime drama centers on one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, Raymond “Red” Reddington (Spader). He offers to help the authorities, if rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Boone) partners with him.
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The Blacklist: Season Six Ordered by NBC; Is Timeless Next?

The Peacock Network is sticking with Red. Today, the The Blacklist TV show was renewed for a sixth season, of 22 episodes, on NBC. The Blacklist season six renewal was announced by NBC on its official Twitter page. Check it out, below. An action thriller, The Blacklist centers on one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) who offers to help the authorities, if rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) partners with him. The cast also includes Diego Kattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò, and Hisham Tawfiq.Read More…
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The Blacklist: Returning for Season 6!!

The Blacklist is returning!

NBC made the announcement that the drama will continue for Season 6 with James Spader and Megan Boone both attached.

The Blacklist premiered on September 23, 2013, among much fanfare for the return of Spader to television.

From what I've read, The Blacklist renewal was tied into the renewal of Timeless and the pickup of the now passed over Bad Boys spinoff, La's Finest and another pilot, comedy Guess Who Died.

Related: NBC Renews Blindspot for Season 4, Gives Series Order to Manifest

Fans are still anxiously awaiting the fate of Timeless, also a Sony TV production.

NBC wanted a reduction of fees on The Blacklist, something that must have come to pass for the renewal to have come through.

The big story for The Blacklist Season 5 has circled around a bag of bones.

Whose bones are they?

Related: The Brave and Taken Canceled at NBC!

Fan theories range from the bones belonging to Katarina,
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‘Blacklist’ Renewed for Season 6 at NBC

‘Blacklist’ Renewed for Season 6 at NBC
The Blacklist” will return for Season 6 at NBC.

The series stars James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives who suddenly turns himself in without explanation. He reveals that he has compiled a list of the worst criminals the world over that even the FBI doesn’t know about and will help catch all of them if rookie agent Elizabeth Keen is made his partner.

In addition to to Spader, the series stars Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò, and Hisham Tawfiq. “The Blacklist” alum Ryan Eggold, who departed the series this season,
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — The Infinity Stones Could Have Their Own Agenda

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — The Infinity Stones Could Have Their Own Agenda
(Note: This post contains a whole bunch of spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War” — particularly the end. If you somehow are both a person who has not seen the movie and also a person who is concerned about spoilers, well, you probably ought to leave.)

For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the question on everyone’s mind is about how “Avengers 4” is going to resolve the conflict with the incredibly powerful supervillain Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War.” That has led to all kinds of speculation and fan theory development.

Fans have guessed at all kinds of ways the McU might deal with Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his big plan in “Infinity War”: Gather all six of the all-powerful Infinity Stones, and use them to reshape the universe by instantly causing half of its life to cease to exist. The end of “Infinity War” is something of a cliffhanger, but the conclusion is a harsh one: Thanos succeeds, and people everywhere turn to dust. That includes many of the McU’s heroes.

Also Read: The 8 Wildest 'Avengers: Infinity War' Fan Theories Out There (Spoilers)

The question now is, what happened to those people, and how might the remaining heroes get them back and stop Thanos from being all-powerful? There are a lot of potential answers, but one that has gone largely unexplored is that the Infinity Stones themselves might have a say in the future of the MCU.
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Hot Docs 2018 Review: Shirkers, Weaponized Narcissism

Sandi Tan is the writer, director, narrator, and star of Shirkers, the documentary slash true crime story of her first film (also called Shirkers) which she made with her high school pals, and a mysterious American benefactor. The benefactor, named Georges, claimed he was the inspiration for James Spader's character in Soderbergh's Sex, Lies & Videotape, but postures like Jean-Paul Belmondo in Godard's Breathless. I say true crime because this documentary is a detective story about Georges' theft of the footage of Shirkers, the film that was never made. By virtue of it never being made, and none of the footage ever being screened, Shrikers has become somewhat of a legend in certain corners of the Singapore film community; many people had a role in the...

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The Evolution of Charlize Theron, From ‘Monster’ to ‘Tully’ (Photos)

The Evolution of Charlize Theron, From ‘Monster’ to ‘Tully’ (Photos)
Everyone’s favorite South African actress Charlize Theron has shown vast range in her 20+ year career. The intense, crazed action of “Mad Max: Fury Road” the foul-mouthed slacker in “Young Adult,” the ditzy blonde on “Arrested Development,” and the literal “Monster” she won an Oscar for all sit side by side on her resume. Theron’s new film “Tully” opening Friday finds her in a role she’s never tackled before, a modern mom in way over her head. So it is we chart Theron’s growth as an actress and producer in a timeline stretching back to her earliest work.

Modeling and Dancing Years

Theron got her start as a model and a dancer, even attending the Joffrey School of Ballet until a knee injury made her rethink her career in America.

2 Days in the Valley” (1996)

Theron’s first film speaking role was as the sultry Helga Svelgen in the thriller “2 Days in the Valley,” where she starred opposite Teri Hatcher, Jeff Daniels, James Spader and Danny Aiello.

“The Devil’s Advocate” (1997)

Theron had a string of larger projects in the late ’90s where she was attracted to working with interesting directors, be it Taylor Hackford on the Keanu Reeves film “The Devil’s Advocate,” Woody Allen for “Celebrity,” Lasse Hallstrom for “The Cider House Rules” or John Frankenheimer for “The Reindeer Games.”

The Italian Job” (2003)

One of Theron’s first major action star roles was in “The Italian Job,” a remake of a classic heist caper where she starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and helped to make Mini Coopers awesome.

Monster” (2003)

Theron went under a complete transformation to play Aileen Wournos, a prostitute turned serial killer. The film she produced along with her production company Denver & Delilah. And her crazed, intense, raw work won her an Oscar.

North Country” (2005)

In Niki Caro’s drama about one of the first sexual harassment cases in the United States, Theron earned another Oscar nomination playing a woman who leaves her abusive husband and takes a job working in a mine.

Arrested Development” (2005)

Theron guest starred during the third season of the cult sitcom “Arrested Development” as Rita, a love interest to Michael Bluth. She plays cute on the show, toying with the idea that she might be a British spy investigating the Bluths, until it’s revealed that she’s actually got the intelligence and attention span of a toddler.

“Aeon Flux” (2006)

Theron’s role as an exotic and mysterious assassin with a slick, jet black haircut in “Aeon Flux” didn’t take off as a franchise or at the box office, but it cemented Theron as a capable action star.

Young Adult” (2011)

After a brief hiatus on the big screen, Theron took a radically different role as foul-mouthed slacker Mavis Gary, who tries to relive her glory days and make it with her high school sweetheart after going through a tough breakup.

Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015)

The continuation of the “Mad Max” trilogy turned out to be a bait and switch where the film’s real star was Theron as Imperator Furiosa. With one arm, a shaved head and absolute intensity, she anchored one of the best action movies of the decade.

Atomic Blonde” (2017)

Theron took another punishing role as something of a female John Wick in the stylized action movie “Atomic Blonde,” even doing all of her own stunts in the film.

Tully” (2018)

“Tully” reunites Theron with her “Young Adult” director and writing combo Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody. In it, she plays a mother of three and a newborn in way over her head who forms a bond with her millennial nanny. Theron gained 50 pounds for the role.

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Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero TV series in development at Hulu

According to Variety, streaming service Hulu is in development on a TV adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel Less Than Zero, with Greenleaf creator Craig Wright writing and executive producing alongside Ellis.

Here’s the official description of the novel:

Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s, this coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age, in a world shaped by casual nihilism, passivity, and too much money a place devoid of feeling or hope.

Clay comes home for Christmas vacation from his Eastern college and re-enters a landscape of limitless privilege and absolute moral entropy, where everyone drives Porches, dines at Spago, and snorts mountains of cocaine. He tries to renew feelings for his girlfriend, Blair, and for his best friend from high school, Julian, who is careering into hustling and heroin.
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Hulu is Developing an Adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero

Hulu has announced that they will be developing an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' 1985 novel Less Than Zero. This is another project that will dive into the 1980s Hollywood trend as the story is set in the early 80s, but this is a very dramatic and powerful story. It's not the kind of film you get nostalgic over. The project is being written by Craig Wright (Greenleaf) and if you're not familiar with the story, here's a description that was released:

Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s, Less than Zero has become a timeless classic. This coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too early an age. They live in a world shaped by casual nihilism, passivity, and too much money in a place devoid of feeling or hope.Clay comes home for Christmas
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21 Marvel Villains Ranked, From Forgettable to Killmonger (Photos)

Marvel has a villain problem. Or until incredibly recently – they Had a villain problem. A decade’s worth of the most bankable films and memorable heroes Hollywood has to offer, yet they haven’t been able to put the Avengers mono-a-mono with a scene-chewing super villain on par with the Joker, Bane, Doc Ock or Magneto. And no amount of asterisks is going to make those last two part of the McU. Given that the villains are almost never the best part of a Marvel film, we decided to look back at which ones surprisingly worked, and which ones certainly did Not.

Note: We’ve included the Major villains in this roundup, so no Laufey, Mandarin, Dormammu, Klaue or Tony Stark circa “Civil War.”


As played by Michael B. Jordan with a menacing swagger, Killmonger has fashion sense, sexuality, confidence, and he makes you believe he’s Right. His tragic backstory and honest Oakland upbringing make him empathetic, but it’s his blackness that speaks volumes. The scene where he’s introduced, with Killmonger stealing an ancient hatchet and confronting the white clerk in the museum, might be Marvel’s finest moment period, and is by far the best villain Marvel has had to offer.


I don’t have a fangirl-ish affinity for Tom Hiddleston’s Loki most do, but his playful and mischievous good guy/bad guy routine with Thor and the other Avengers have made him a Marvel mainstay for a reason.


Just when you thought Michael Keaton was done making superhero movies, he joins the “Spider-Man” reboot and puts together this scarily genuine performance of a working class warrior scorned and forgotten by the Avengers heroics. Thor would manhandle him, but against a teen Spidey, its Vulture’s modest proportions of evil and vengeful values that make him feel real.


Come on Cate Blanchett, if you’re going to be a super-villain, you can’t just show up in what you would’ve already worn to Cannes, goth antlers, emerald one-piece and all. In a movie not as goofy and fun as Taika Waititi’s, Hela might make for a truly spectacular villain, but she earns points on her character design alone.

Red Skull

Can’t go wrong with a raging, deformed, mutant Nazi as your villain. Hugo Weaving brings a cartoonish amount of fuming mad energy to the role, even if in the grand scheme of things, he’s not an incredibly formidable foe to Cap.


Ultron may be an android, but as voiced by James Spader in his signature quick, dry, and condescending tone, he has more personality and depth than a lot of the villains on this list. He taunts Tony Stark by constantly playing “I Got No Strings On Me” and gives the illusion of grand themes as he goes on about AI and the folly of man. Though I never understood why an unstoppable being that could exist in the Internet would make a physical manifestation of himself that could be so easily defeated.


What a mumbling mess. Iron Man has taken down the Hulk, but somehow he struggles with a guy with some extension cord and a pet bird?


I’m struck by how little Kaecilius is even in “Doctor Strange.” You could make a case that he’s even the second villain behind the giant dimensional face thing Dormammu. Mads Mikkelsen is a bona-fide Bond villain, and yet his bedazzled fish eyes seem to be doing all the work here.


He starts benevolent and visionary, but Ego spreads his seed across the galaxy, then harvests his children in a hunt for the perfect DNA cocktail of his genes and even gives his human wife a tumor. And he can transform into David Hasselhof on a whim. Pretty evil dude.

Justin Hammer

In another universe, Sam Rockwell might’ve made a great Tony Stark, and he originally auditioned for the part. But as another fast-talking salesman and munitions dealer, he makes a compelling Tony Stark-wannabe and rival, even if he’s more greedy than evil.

Aldrich Killian

Another Tony Stark copycat, Aldrich Killian is evil because he puts the moves on Pepper Potts and is quite literally a firebrand. Though the subplot, backstory that Stark “created” Killian by snubbing him on top of a rooftop is kind of lame.

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TVLine Items: William Baldwin Joins Purge, Double Dare Returns and More

TVLine Items: William Baldwin Joins Purge, Double Dare Returns and More
William Baldwin has a Purge night secret.

The Gossip Girl and Dirty Sexy Money vet will recur in USA Network and Syfy’s upcoming TV series based on the horror film franchise.

The Purge movies — of which there have been three, with a fourth on the way — take place in a dystopian version of the United States where all crimes, including murder, are legal for one night every year. In the TV series, Baldwin will play Don Ryker, a powerful managing partner at an investment firm who also harbors a secret about the annual event.

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‘Less Than Zero’ TV Adaptation in Development at Hulu

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‘Less Than Zero’ TV Adaptation in Development at Hulu
Hulu is picking up a piece of the ’80s with a TV series adaptation of “Less Than Zero,” an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

The premium streaming service has a drama in the early stages of development based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1985 novel and the subsequent 1987 flick of the same name, starring Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Gertz and James Spader.

Lost” writer and producer Craig Wright is set to pen the script and executive produce the adaptation alongside author Ellis.
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Bret Easton Ellis’ ‘Less Than Zero’ in Development as Hulu Series

Hulu is developing a series based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel “Less Than Zero,” Variety has learned.

The story follows a college freshman returning home for Christmas to spend time with his ex-girlfriend and his friend who struggles with addiction. The series is described as a look at the culture of wealthy, decadent youth in Los Angeles. The book was previously adapted into a 1987 film of the same name starring Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., and James Spader.

Craig Wright will serve as writer and executive producer on the series, with Ellis also executive producing. Fox 21 Television Studios will produce.
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On the Bubble 2018: Which Broadcast TV Shows Will Be Canceled and Which Will Be Renewed?

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On the Bubble 2018: Which Broadcast TV Shows Will Be Canceled and Which Will Be Renewed?
April TV ratings bring May cancellations — but sometimes last-minute renewals, too.

Mid-spring marks the time of year when at-risk shows must sweat out their fates — sometimes right up until networks announce their fall schedules to advertisers at their upfront presentations in May. Optimism has its place in Hollywood, but it ranks somewhere between actual advertising money and the feel-good awards that can sometimes keep low-rated shows alive.

Generally, top-performing shows from each broadcast network have already received their votes of confidence for another season, and the worst performers were snuffed out months ago. But then there are the bubble shows, which could really go either way.

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Their fates come down to lots of hard-to-quantify factors: momentum, reviews, how much they cost to make, how much money the people who watch them make, syndication situations, diversity, and what networks have to replace them. And then there are executives’ personal tastes. It’s part science, part crapshoot.

TheWrap is here to help make sense of it all, charting below what scripted series have already been renewed on each of the English-language broadcast networks, what’s been canceled or just ended, and which way each of the many remaining decisions will likely lean.

All ratings in this story come from the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic, and count a week’s worth of delayed viewing where available.

Also Read: 'Shades of Blue' Will End After Season 3, NBC Sets Summer Premiere Date


Every network has to cancel some shows to make way for promising pilots — even the highest-rated broadcaster. NBC just needs to get going already.

Here, “Champions” and “Taken” are obviously getting the axe, but scrapping two shows probably won’t clear enough brush. “Timeless” is likely to join them in the canceled pile (again), and we don’t expect a fan backlash to work on Bob Greenblatt this time.

“Great News,” “A.P. Bio,” “Rise,” “The Brave” and “Good Girls” all appear to be truly on the bubble. Tina Fey’s “Great News” has its auspices going for it, but that was the excuse for bringing it back last year. The ratings don’t justify taking another flyer.

Lackluster as its own performance as been, “A.P. Bio” will probably squeak in to fill NBC’s “edgy” comedy slot. We believe “Rise” is on-brand enough for the network and a solid scripted partner for TV’s top singing competition. “The Brave” probably did enough in its time slot to justify another go, and “Good Girls” feels enough of-the-moment to return.

Beyond those, “The Blacklist” basically comes down to if James Spader wants to do more, while “Blindspot” performs well-enough for a Friday show to warrant another nod.

The rest are Dick Wolf shows, and why would those go away?

In chart form:

Also Read: CBS Renews 'Survivor,' 'The Amazing Race,' 9 More Series


CBS has already given a vote of confidence to freshman dramas “S.W.A.T.” and “Seal Team,” both of which have performed admirably.

The entire “NCIS” franchise also made the cut, as did the Dr. Phil-produced “Bull,” awards-contender “Mom,” and the network’s Friday drama line-up. “The Big Bang Theory” had already been renewed through next season, and new partner “Young Sheldon” became one of the season’s first renewals earlier this year.

As for CBS’s other new shows, the high-concept comedy “Me, Myself & I” was a quick goner, and “Wisdom of the Crowd” was buried after sexual assault accusations against star Jeremy Piven.

Johnny Galecki’s “Living Biblically” premiered midseason in the timeslot previously occupied by “Me, Myself & I” to similarly disappointing ratings and soon followed it to cancellation.

Mark Feuerstein’s “9Jkl” also made little dent on Monday nights when it debuted in the fall. With “Young Sheldon” as CBS’ only new comedy hit, returning players “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man With a Plan” and “Life in Pieces” should make it through, though none are a sure bet. It’s worth point out here that “Life in Pieces” is a 20th Century Fox show, and non-ownership very rarely helps.

Perennial bubble show “Criminal Minds,” meanwhile, also has the misfortune of being an outside production. A decision there will likely come down to the wire, but we’re betting a 14th season is in the cards.

The Katharine McPhee-led “Scorpion” seems even less of a lock, though a decision will depend on the network’s developing pipeline and the performance of “Code Black” and “Elementary,” both of which are yet to premiere. We’re told “Scorpion’s” fanbase has been particularly vocal about keeping that show on the air, which could theoretically do the trick.


This season, ABC had two big success stories, the freshman medical drama “The Good Doctor” and the mega-hit “Roseanne” revival, and the network was quick to renew both.

But with a number of its long-running shows coming to an end — “The Middle,” “Once Upon a Time” and the network-defining “Scandal” are all concluding their runs this season — and few other breakout hits, ABC will have to take a long, hard look at its slate as it decides what to keep and cut loose.

Few of the network’s new shows have stuck, with the comedy “The Mayor” pulled from the schedule early and “Inhumans” limping through its eight-episode season last fall, following a heavily hyped but critically reviled premiere.

“Alex Inc.” and the Shondaland legal drama “For the People” all failed to make an impact in the ratings and are unlikely to return, and the high-concept drama “The Crossing,” whose time-traveling refugees were rejected by viewers, was dead on arrival. Though we don’t believe “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” will ultimately be saved for next season, strong support from the highest levels at ABC makes it an actual possibility.

Midseason entries “Splitting Up Together” and “Deception” have both managed to perform well enough to get another shot in an otherwise disappointing season. Those two shows are examples of when it is better to be a bubble show on ABC than on NBC or CBS.

With “Scandal” going off the air and Shonda Rhimes decamping to Netflix, ABC will look to hold on to reliable performers, including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away With Murder.” “Grey’s” spinoff “Station 19” has also proven a solid (enough) partner for the medical drama. Thumbs up to those three.


Fox got a bunch of no-brainer renewals out of the way, and this was always going to be “New Girl’s” farewell to fans. “The X-Files” could return at any time, but everyone definitely sounds done with that for now — and maybe even forever, this time.

“The Mick” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” should make it back based on creative. “Star” has proven to be a good partner for “Empire,” so expect more there too. Additionally, “The Resident” ratings are a win for Fox, people seem to like “Lethal Weapon,” and “La to Vegas” should fly at least once more before being grounded.

Don’t be shocked if this ends up being the last season for “The Last Man on Earth,” but right now we think Will Forte and his sports balls will make the cut to come back.

“Ghosted” is probably the most interesting case of Fox’s numerous shows on the bubble. Though the Adam Scott-Craig Robinson vehicle’s demo number — a 1.6 — looks pretty good at first blush, the first-season sitcom was inflated by some NFL football this fall. Mucking up the waters even more, “Ghosted” shifted showrunners in the middle of Season 1, and it still has some episodes to air. Fox is holding tight on a decision until execs see how the new version of the new series fares.

As for “The Exorcist,” well, it’s high time to exorcise that Friday show. “Lucifer,” which is not a Fox-owned series (something that one could argue probably won’t matter anyway after this Disney deal goes through), seems like the next man out. Put the Devil back in Hell.

The CW

The youngest-skewing broadcast network renewed 10 series in one fell swoop, including newbie “Black Lightning,” which has performed pretty well in its first year. Unfortunately, The CW cannot say the same about fellow freshmen “Valor” and “Life Sentence,” which have both been rough.

Star Lucy Hale has been lobbying her large fanbase to save “Life Sentence,” though we doubt that’ll be enough. “Valor” averages the same poor rating, and that one doesn’t even have a Lucy Hale.

The real coin-flip here is “iZombie.” Though the show’s Nielsen number among adults 18-49 doesn’t really justify another season, it is totally possible that The CW adding Sunday nights to its national schedule next season will. Mark Pedowitz now requires more content than the network has needed in nine years.

Also of note here, “The Originals” is a planned ending. Based on last night’s premiere numbers, that’s probably a good idea.

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