Scripted Cable Show Renew/Cancel Status List

Categories: Cable Renew/Cancel Status,Cable TV

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November 7th, 2012

Last Updated November 20, 2012

We frequently get questions about why we don't have a Renew/Cancel Index for cable shows. The short answer is because we couldn't do it and be as accurate as we are with the broadcast shows. For more detail on that, check out this post.  Maybe someday we'll throw accuracy to the wind and do a "for entertainment purposes only" index for scripted cable shows, but in the meantime it occurred to me that we could at least maintain a renew status list for cable scripted shows. The table below is a first crack at that.

My goal (and I don't expect I have achieved that in this first crack at it) is to include all scripted cable shows excluding kids' shows and Adult Swim's shows. I don't have anything against kids shows or Adult Swim (or, for that matter, unscripted shows) but was looking to create something that could fairly easily be maintained/managed/updated.

Most of the shows on the list have statuses - if there isn't a status that just means there has been no announcement at the time of the most recent update (see date at top of post and/or above the table below).

If you find errors or omissions (excluding unscripted shows, kids shows or shows that have not aired yet) please note them in the comments and I'll update the table.

Notes:

  • Kids shows and Adult Swim shows are not on the list below
  • I've seen some squawking about shows on the list below that are owned/created by networks/studios outside of the United States. For purposes of this list, which focuses on U.S. cable networks, I'm only focused on where the shows air here in U.S.
  • Shows from overseas like Downton Abbey & Sherlock that air on PBS in the U.S. are not in the list below (PBS is not a cable network).
  • Despite some current inconsistencies in the table below, I do not intend to track episode orders or return dates specifically in this table at this time. The primary goal of the table is: what's been renewed, what's been canceled, and what shows fates haven't been decided yet.

 

Last Updated November 20, 2012
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Show Network Current / Last Season Status
Breakout Kings A&E 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Glades, The A&E 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Longmire A&E 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Baby Daddy ABCFAM 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Bunheads ABCFAM 1 Extended S1 continues in January
Jane by Design ABCFAM 1 Cancelled after 1st season
Lying Game, The ABCFAM 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Melissa & Joey ABCFAM 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Pretty Little Liars ABCFAM 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Secret Life of the American Teenager ABCFAM 5 Upcoming 2nd half of 5th season will be its last
Switched At Birth ABCFAM 1 Renewed for 20 episode 2nd season
Breaking Bad AMC 5 Ending after 5th season
Hell On Wheels AMC 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season, But...
Mad Men AMC 5 Renewed for a 6th season
The Killing AMC 2 Canceled after 2nd season
The Walking Dead AMC 3 A lock for a 4th season renewal
Bedlam BBCA 2
Being Human BBCA 4 Renewed for a 6 Episode 5th Season
Copper BBCA 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Doctor Who BBCA 7
Luther BBCA 2 Renewed for 4 Episode 3rd Season
The Hour BBCA 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
tvbythenumbers.com
Game, The BET 5 Renewed for a 6th season
Let's Stay Together BET 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Reed Between The Lines BET 1 Renewed for a 2nd Season
Futurama CMDY 7 Second half of 26 episode S7 still to air in 2013
South Park CMDY 16 Renewed through 20th season (2016)
Workaholics CMDY 3 20 Episode 3rd season split into 10 ep S3 & S4
American Horror Story FX 2 Renewed for a 13 hour third season
Anger Management FX 1 Renewed for 90 additional episodes (100 total)
Archer FX 3 Renewed for a 4th season
It's Always Sunny... FX 8 Renewedfor a 9th season
Justified FX 3 Renewed for a 4th season
League, The FX 4
Louie FX 3 Renewed for a 4th season but will not return until 2014
Sons Of Anarchy FX 5 Renewed for a 6th season
Unsupervised FX 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Wilfred FX 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
tvbythenumbers.com
Boardwalk Empire HBO 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Bored to Death HBO 3 Canceled after 3rd season
Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO 8 Unknown. "It's always up to Larry," says HBO
Eastbound & Down HBO 3 Renewed for a 4th season
Enlightened HBO 1 Renewed for 10 episode 2nd season
Game of Thrones HBO 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Girls HBO 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
How to Make it in America HBO 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Hung HBO 3 Canceled after 3rd season
Newsroom HBO 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Treme HBO 3 Renewed for 5 episode 4th and final season
True Blood HBO 5 Renewed for a 10 episode 6th season
Veep HBO 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Bullet in the Face IFC 1
Portlandia IFC 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Todd Margaret IFC 2
Army Wives LIFE 6 Renewed for a 13 episode 7th season
Client List, The LIFE 1 Renewed for a 15 episode 2nd season
Drop Dead Diva LIFE 4
tvbythenumbers.com
Hunted MAX 1 BBC One not moving forward with 2nd season, Cinemax is considering its options.
Strike Back MAX 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Awkward MTV 2 Renewed for 20 episode 3rd season
Beavis and Butt-Head MTV
The Inbetweeners MTV 1
Teen Wolf MTV 2 Renewed for 24 episode 3rd season
Californication SHO 5 Renewed for a 6th season
Dexter SHO 7 Renewed for an 8th (and presumed final) Season
Episodes SHO 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Homeland SHO 2 Renewed for 12 episode 3rd season
House of Lies SHO 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Nurse Jackie SHO 4 Renewed for a 5th season
Shameless SHO 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
The Big C SHO 3 Renewed for a 4th and final season
The Borgias SHO 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Web Therapy SHO 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Weeds SHO 8 Series concluded after 8th season
Alphas SYFY 2
Being Human SYFY 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Eureka SYFY 5 Canceled After 5th Season
Haven SYFY 3 Renewed for a 13 episode 4th season
Lost Girl SYFY 2 Renewed for a 3rd season
Merlin SYFY 5
Sanctuary SYFY 4 Cancelled after 4th season
Warehouse 13 SYFY 4 S4 expanded to 20 episodes (half have aired)
Boss STARZ 2 Cancelled after 2nd Season
Magic City STARZ 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Spartacus STARZ 3 Renewed for a 4th and final season
Cougar Town TBS 3 Renewed for a 15 episode 4th season
Men At Work TBS 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Sullivan & Son TBS 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season
Tyler Perrys: For Better Or Worse TBS 2 currently airing *35* episode 2nd season
Tyler Perrys: House of Payne TBS 8 concluded after 8th season
Wedding Band TBS 1
tvbythenumbers.com
Dallas TNT 1 Renewed for a 2nd season
Falling Skies TNT 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Franklin & Bash TNT 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Leverage TNT 5
Major Crimes TNT 1 Renewed for a 15 episode 2nd season
Perception TNT 1 Renewed for a 13 episode 2nd season
Rizzoli & Isles TNT 3 Renewed for a 15 episode fourth season
Southland TNT 4 Renewed for 10 episode 5th season
The Closer TNT 7 Concluded after 7th season
Exes, The TVLAND 2 Second season expanded to 22 episodes
Happily Divorced TVLAND 2 S2 expanded to 24 episodes (12 still to air as of 11/7/12)
Hot In Cleveland TVLAND 3 Renewed for a 24 episode 4th season
Retired At 35 TVLAND 2
Soul Man, The TVLAND 1 Cedric the Entertainer tweets its renewed, no official news yet
tvbythenumbers.com
Burn Notice USA 6 renewed for a 13 episode 7th season
Common Law USA 1 canceled after 1st season
Covert Affairs USA 3 Renewed for a 16 episode fourth season
Fairly Legal USA 2 Canceled after 2nd season
In Plain Sight USA 5 Canceled After 5th Season
Necessary Roughness USA 2
Political Animals USA 1 mini-series, USA says there won't be more
Psych USA 6 Renewed for 7th season, premieres 2/27/13
Royal Pains USA 4 Renewed for 5th & 6th Seasons (26 episodes total)
Suits USA 2 Renewed for a 16 episode 3rd season
White Collar USA 4 Renewed for a 16 episode 5th season
Single Ladies VH1 2 Renewed for a 3rd season

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  • ToXiX

    @Robert @Bill
    Great job.

    You guys listen to the fans and that’s why I will only check ratings on your site.

  • Kerry

    So glad this exists! I’ve been wondering for awhile why you didn’t have a list like this for cable. It’s handy.

  • Kyle

    Thanks so much for making this list.

    Its shows you guys listen to our feedback. Thanks for the extra work!

  • bliss

    BBC show- Doctor Who and I know others have said but the League! I love that show!

  • Amit

    Hey Robert,
    Great job!

    Just to help, here are some shows you missed. I used http://www.thefutoncritic.com to create this list.

    ABC Family – Baby Daddy, Melissa & Joey, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, Bunheads, The Lying Game, Pretty Little Liars, Switched At Birth, Jane By Design, Make It Or Break It

    Adult Swim – Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Black Dynamite, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole, Metalocalypse, Squidbillies, The Venture Bros, Robot Chicken, Superjail!, The Boondocks, China, Il, Delocated!, Eagleheart, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV, The Heart, She Holler

    BET – Black Panther, Reed Between The Lines

    Bounce TV – Family Time

    Comedy Central – Ugly Americans, Brickleberry, South Park, Futurama, Workaholics

    DirecTV – Damages

    FX – Unsupervised, The League

    HBO – The Ricky Gervais Show, Enlightened, Treme, Luck, The Life & Times Of Tim

    IFC – Bullet In The Face, Bunk, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Onion News Network, The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret

    Lifetime – Drop Dead Diva, Army Wives, The Client List, Against The Wall

    Logo – DTLA

    MTV – Beavis & Butt-head, Death Valley, Underemployed, I Just Want My Pants Back, Good Vibes

    Showtime – Reality Show, Next Stop for Charlie

    Spike – Blue Mountain State

    Syfy – Alphas, Haven, Being Human, Lost Girl, Warehouse 13, Eureka, Sanctuary

    TBS – Are We There Yet?, Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns

    TV Land – The Exes, Retired At 35, The Soul Man, Happily Divorced, Hot In Cleveland

    TV One – Love That Girl, The Rickey Smiley Show

    USA – In Plain Sight

    VH1 – Single Ladies

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    several shows added(somehow not Doctor Who though — next update.)

  • Gabriel

    It’s missing Underemployed from MTV. =)

  • Martine

    Shoiot. Why isn’t AHS renewed?????

  • JulieDawn

    I really like this list! It’s going to be an awesome resource, a lot of the shows I watch are cable and often it’s hard to find info about whether or not to expect another season, whenever it may be.

    Good job!

  • DM

    If it matters, the Pretty Little Liars season 4 pickup was for 24 episodes and The Lying Game season 2 pickup was for 10 episodes :)

  • suckerpuncher

    If you add Doctor Who even though the US ratings doesn’t really matter in terms whether it will be renewed or not since it’s a UK show you might as well add Torchwood.

    At least Torchwood is co-produced by BBC and Starz (which was painfully obvious in the horrible 4th season).

    And if you also add Canadian shows you can also add Primeval: New World which should also be shown by Syfy next year.

  • buku81

    The creator David Hornsby tweeted that Unsupervised was cancelled a while back.

  • bsp

    I like it. One suggestion I have that might make this a better resource document would be to list when the renewed show will return (example: “Renewed for 16-episode fourth season, begins Jan. 2013″).

    Just a thought…

  • Richard Steven Hack

    This is a great resource. Nice work.

    I see Hunted hasn’t been renewed yet. That show is pretty good, but it’s only up to episode six this week, and I’m not sure how it’s been received critically. It’s not as good as Strike Back but it’s a completely different spy show, so the two can’t be compared. Its premise has suddenly become expanded into another dimension of conspiracy, so it should be getting better.

    I DO hope Alphas gets another season. It’s still the best sci-fi show on any network – about the only good thing on SyFy…at least until Defiance airs (and I’m only predicting that will be good based on the cast.)

    I’m assuming Leverage will be renewed. The last two episodes they aired were awesome, two of the best they’ve ever had.

    Covert Affairs has been excellent this season so I’m glad to see it renewed. It’s gotten much more intense and the character development has been well done. The last two episodes look really good based on the promo.

  • Brian

    I hope both Alphas and Haven get renewed because they’re both just awesome :)

  • Hugh

    Its just great to have a list of scripted TV shows on cable. Thanks guys

  • Nick

    Why does it say Psych’s return date but not Hot in Cleveland’s (which is Nov 28th FYI)?

  • Shashwat

    Correction for Treme – Its renewed for a 5 episode 4th season, not 5th.

  • Martine

    Nah. Alphas can go get cancelled. But Haven would be nice. And PLL is a great show. i am ashamed to say i love it.

  • Martine

    Thank you for making this list, guys and gals. Its a very good idea. This really is a fun place. Even though everyone argues desperately ( including me ) its got charm.

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