It's the second month of 2024 and TV is steadily coming back on air. To be honest, for those of us who are network television fans, it's an exciting time. ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, and NBC are introducing viewers to new shows and launching new seasons of series that have found their devoted audience. But, as with every year, this doesn't mean disappointment won't be headed our way in the coming months. By that I mean cancellations.
We've yet to reach the dreaded period in the calendar when networks take the axe out and start slashing at their rosters, en masse if necessary. But that doesn't mean we don't already know some of the shows we'll be saying goodbye to this year. The good news is that we also have news to share on what has been renewed and will make a return in the 2024-2025 season.
To that last point, because much of broadcast had to skip Fall TV as the unions fought for a fair agreement with the studios during the Hollywood strikes, technically pretty much everything is on the bubble. As such, I’ll be narrowing down my ‘bubble’ sections to shows that are in danger of being canceled rather than what hasn’t been renewed or canceled yet. What you won’t find in that section is speculation on whether a game show or a talk show will survive until the 2024-2025 television season. I'll share that news when a program has been canceled or renewed. Now, let’s dive into it!
- Station 19
- The Good Doctor
Station 19 is the first series for the network that’s been announced to be ending in 2024. Season 7 will be its final run. It’ll have 10 episodes. Reportedly, the decision was made early so that the firefighter drama could have the farewell season it deserves. The premiere is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET after the season debuts for 9-1-1 and Grey’s Anatomy. The series finale will air in May.
The Good Doctor is also going off-air. The medical drama's seventh season has been announced to be its last. Its farewell run begins Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. Fans can anticipate the show picking up as Sean and Lea adjust to being new parents, raising their infant son, Steve.
Previously, it seemed that fans of The Conners would be bracing for a potential call for the show’s end by ABC. This is because of statements made by executive producer Bruce Helford and star John Goodman after the season 5 finale.
Helford said the following:
"Sara Gilbert expressed to the network that we don’t want to go out without knowing that we are going out with a series finale so we can build to the right ending — and at this point in time, we feel that [next season] is possibly going to be the last season of The Conners. I would not [say that] definitively because the numbers were so good this season, and we’ve all had a really great time… but it’s definitely a possibility."
Goodman shared, “I think we may be coming to an end on it, I’m not sure. It’s lasted longer than I thought we would,” in an interview with France 24. But now, with season 6 premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. and The Conners airing on The CW from the beginning, it doesn't look like the show is going anywhere. Especially since at the top of the year, Helford told TVLine:
"As far as going forward, it’s funny… When I made that comment [about the possibility of it being the final season], the response by ABC was, ‘We never agreed to that.'"
- The Drew Barrymore Show
- Bob Hearts Abishola
- Young Sheldon
- Blue Bloods
Currently, CBS has only renewed The Drew Barrymore Show. The talk show will return for a fifth season. As for cancellations, those are far more abundant. 2024 is going to be the year of the network ending long running programs. There are a total of four shows whose ends were announced in 2023.
Bob Hearts Abishola, Young Sheldon and S.W.A.T. will end in May. Bob and Abishola’s love story will finale on May 13, The Big Bang Theory spin-off concludes on May 16, and a finale date for the procedural drama led by Shemar Moore hasn’t been announced yet. As for Blue Bloods, it’s coming to a close with its fourteenth season, but it won’t be in the spring. The season is being split into two parts so that the series can finale in the fall.
Unfortunately, we could be in for more cancellations as the months go on. CBS' Entertainment President Amy Reisenbach recently said in an interview with Deadline that she wasn't ready to talk about whether the network was done with its cancellations of long running shows for the season: "I’m not ready to talk about that yet, to be honest. I’d like to get through our launch before we start looking at that."
The launch in question is the return of CBS' roster which starts rolling out after the Super Bowl and is pretty hefty. It also includes two new series, Tracker and Elsbeth. The first is a Justin Hartley-led drama that's gotten the coveted post-Super Bowl premiere slot before it'll slip into Thursdays line-up. Elsbeth is the latest entry in The Good Wife franchise.
The only series that's certain to get a green light for another season, though this hasn't been officially announced, is NCIS. Reisbach was very clear on where the network stands on the flagship.
"I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. It’s a fantastic cast with a fantastic writing staff that’s been there a really long time. They’re just as reenergized today as they were as when I started on the show in Season 8 [as current executive].
So, as long as they want to keep it going, we’re thrilled to be on the NCIS train. Gary [Cole] and Wilmer [Valderrama] and Sean [Murray] and Katrina [Law], all of them, they love doing the show. So we hope to continue on for quite a while. "
- Sullivan's Crossing
- Everyone Else Burns
- Superman & Lois
The only series definitively ending on the network that’s become the home of acquisitions and international co-production is Superman & Lois. Season 4, which has the shortest episode count of the 2023-2024 television season for the pre-Nexstar CW originals (it’s been allotted 10 episodes), will wrap up the Kents' story and the network’s superhero era.
Guaranteed to be coming back for the 2024-2025 season is Sullivan’s Crossing. The small town drama has been a consistent draw for The CW. The network had been banking on that and promoted the show heavily thanks to Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) and Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls) being a part of the main cast along with Morgan Kohan. The series was renewed for a second season in June 2023 ahead of the first season’s release on The CW.
A renewal for Everyone Else Burns also made the headlines and the network ordered a second season ahead of the UK comedy’s stateside premiere but the show was pulled three episodes into its run on The CW, so it’s unclear whether the network will still be moving forward with a season 2 (at least on-air, it could run on the CW App).
With Superman & Lois sunsetting, that leaves the All American franchise and Walker. The flagship sports drama led by Daniel Ezra was reportedly rolled into Nexstar’s deal with CW’s parent companies–CBS and Warner Bros.–so its season 6 green light didn’t suffer the budget cuts and cast reallocations like its spin-off All American: Homecoming.
As a packaged deal, the franchise could be a means of incorporating the network’s Sports angle with their Primetime brand since, between the two of them, they cover football, tennis, and baseball. They didn’t have the opportunity to do that in the fall and may not be able to in the spring (we’ll see), but it could be a selling point for keeping both series around for another season.
Walker is a performer for the network. For me, personally, the cancellation of its spin-off Walker Independence last television season stung but it doesn’t automatically mean fans should be concerned about the series. It has the benefit of being led by WB and CW staple Jared Padalecki and catering to a similar demographic as Sullivan’s Crossing.
Westerns are also continuing to be a draw for networks and The CW may want to continue getting into that action with its own modern take on the genre. That's where Ride could come in. The rodeo drama, which had been canceled by Hallmark Channel, has been acquired by The CW. There's been no confirmation that the network intends on green lighting a second season, but it doesn't seem to be out of the question either.
- Bob's Burgers
- Family Guy
- The Simpsons
- The Jennifer Hudson Show
- Animal Control
Prior to the renewal of Animal Control ahead of its second season premiere on Wednesday, March 6 at 9 p.m., the only series that were announced to be returning in the 2024-2025 season were FOX's animated block, The Jennifer Hudson Show, and Sherri. The Joel McHale-led comedy is the sole live-action scripted program on the network to be renewed so far.
Animal Control, along with The Cleaning Lady and Alert: Missing Persons Unit, will be holding down the fort as FOX has held 9-1-1: Lone Star for Fall 2024. But, before you begin to panic, wondering if this means an announcement will be made that it’s the show’s final season, we don’t know that. What we do know is that according to Variety, FOX plans to use the high-rated procedural to draw viewers to their new fall series Doc and Rescue: Hi-Surf.
- The Irrational
- Magnum P.I.
- La Brea
Magnum P.I. was the first series to go-off air on NBC this year. It finished its run in January. La Brea will follow in its footsteps soon as its third season has gotten an abbreviated episode count of six, and it premiered on Jan. 9, 2024.
The good news is that there are already renewals to share. The Irrational and Found were both renewed for second seasons. The freshman series were two new shows we had to look forward to in the fall of 2023 that weren’t unscripted, acquired, or streaming originals airing on TV for the first time. They helped keep the network afloat and our nights eventful, so it’s no surprise they’re continuing on.
Night Court could be on the bubble. The comedy got an early renewal last year, but it had a steep decline in viewership as its season continued. If it can right the ship, the show will be fine, however, as one of only two comedies left on NBC, it’s got a lot to prove in a line-up full of procedurals.
Stay tuned to Hidden Remote for renewal and cancellation updates!