Most of the shows I watch used to be NBC sitcoms — "The Office," "30 Rock," "Up All Night," "Perfect Couples," "Community," "Parks and Recreation." As you can see from that list, only two of those shows are currently airing, with one ("Community") all but cancelled last season, and renewed only after some very serious campaigning from fans.
So that time of the year when my network TV life hangs in the balance and I'm waiting to hear whether my beloved television shows will be renewed for another season makes me a little nervous.
This season, when it comes to NBC shows, things got particularly brutal. Rumor has it the station is trying to complete revamp itself. ABC had some major cuts, too, but it wasn't too bad for other stations! Here's a list of those shows that have been confirmed as renewed or canceled/not returning due to its being the final season, as well as a few Fall 2013 shows to look out for.
Renewed: Grey's Anatomy, Castle, Modern Family, The Middle, Nashville, Scandal, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, Suburgatory, The Neighbors, Last Man Standing
Canceled/Series ended: Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, Happy Endings, Private Practice, Red Widow, Body of Proof, Last Resort, 666 Park Avenue, The Family Tools, How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), Mailbu Country
On the bubble: Mistresses (has not yet premiered)
Renewed: The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Elementary, How I Met Your Mother, Criminal Minds, The Amazing Race, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Survivor, 2 Broke Girls, Hawaii Five-0, Mike & Molly, The Mentalist, Person of Interest, Undercover Boss
Canceled/Series ended: The Job, Made in Jersey, Rules of Engagement, Partners, CSI: NY, Vegas, Golden Boy
Renewed: The Mindy Project (OMG), New Girl, Bones, Raising Hope, The X Factor, American Idol (but the format will be completely different), MasterChef, Hotel Hell, The Following, Glee (actually renewed for two seasons), Kitchen Nightmares, American Dad, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, The Simpsons
Canceled/Series ended: The Mob Doctor, Touch, Ben & Kate
On the bubble: The Goodwin Games (has not yet premiered)
Renewed: Parks and Recreation (yay!!!), Community (also yay!), Chicago Fire, Law & Order: SVU, Grimm, Parenthood, The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice, Revolution
Canceled/Series ended: Smash, The Office, 30 Rock, Guys With Kids, 1600 Penn, Go On, Whitney, Up All Night, Rock Center with Brian Williams, The New Normal, Do No Harm, Deception, Ready For Love, Animal Practice
On the bubble: Hannibal
New Shows for Fall 2013
I confess: many of the upcoming pilots sound a little like SNL skits to me. Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar as father/daughter? A gang member who must infiltrate a police department? A "Wonder Years"-type revival? There seem to be a lot of pilots to choose from, too, including remakes of old shows or shows that tell stories we're already familiar with. Here are a few of the fall 2013 programs to watch out for, which I admit I chose totally at random because there are a lot. (For a full list, check out EW.)
Agents of SHIELD: Based on Marvel comics, the show features the secret law-enforcement agency that famously reigns in superheroes like Iron Man. Clark Gregg (yes, Agent Coulson lives!) stars.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Spin-off of "Once Upon a Time," but takes place in Wonderland, told from Alice's perspective.
Crazy Ones: Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar play a father/daughter team working at an ad agency.
The Millers: Following a recent divorce, one man (Will Arnett) has to cope with parents who have their own marriage issues.
Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod Crane partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff to solve a town's mysteries.
Almost Human: A buddy cop show with a spin. It's set in the future, when all LAPD officers have androids for partners. Stars Karl Urban and Michael Ealy.
The Michael J. Fox Show: Based on Michael J. Fox's life, he plays Mike Henry, a former news anchor who has Parkinson’s disease. The show follows him as he returns to his old job.
Ironside: A police detective, who is left in a wheelchair following a shooting, leads a team of officers to solve the city's biggest crimes. This is a remake, starring Blair Underwood.
So... what do you think? Are you looking forward to any of the new shows? Angry that some shows are canceled? Even angrier at those that are renewed? Comment and let us know.