With the TV upfronts coming this week, all the U.S. free-to-air TV networks have finally locked down which new shows they’re going to present – leaving only their individual air times to be unveiled. While Fox and NBC locked down their line-up a few days back, the three other major networks have now settled on theirs and delivered the verdict of what will stay and what will go according to Deadline.
Most notable is that ABC has cancelled long-running soap “Brothers and Sisters” and the alien invasion saga “V”. ‘Brothers’ has been struggling in the ratings over the past season or two, while ‘V’ didn’t pick up in the ratings in its sophomore season the way the network wanted.
The network also pulled more recent shows “Detroit 1-8-7,” “Mr. Sunshine,” “No Ordinary Family,” “Better with You” and “Off the Map” which leaves only two shows that debuted last season, “Happy Endings” and “Body of Proof”, getting a second chance. ABC already renewed “Castle,” “Cougar Town,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Private Practice” earlier this year.
Over on CBS the massacre wasn’t more toned down compared to last year with four shows getting the axe – “The Defenders,” “$#*! My Dad Says,” “Mad Love” and mid-season spy comedy “Chaos”. Three new shows from last year, “Mike & Molly,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Blue Bloods”, have been renewed.
HBO has renewed its critically acclaimed New Orleans-set “Treme” for a third season despite poor ratings with recent episodes averaging just over 500,000 viewers on initial airings, shedding almost 80% of the 2.4 million viewers who tune in an hour before for “Game of Thrones”.
Finally, “Smallville” aired its series finale on Friday after ten seasons on the air. The long-running genre show scored 2.97 million viewers for its farewell, the highest numbers since the episode “Homecoming” back in October.