Still No Word on 'The Walking Dead' or 'Alphas' - Scripted Cable Series Renew/Cancel Status Though November 25

Categories: Cable Renew/Cancel Status,Cable TV

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November 25th, 2012

Last Updated November 28, 2012

Let me get it out of the way: yes, I am definitely experimenting with headlining in an attempt to increase page views for reasons explained below. And of course The Walking Dead will be renewed. But Alphas? Its future isn't as bright.

Back again with the scripted cable series renew/cancel status list - no predictions, just the status -- there's no good/easy/reliable way to make predictions with cable shows.

The alpha test of this list went OK and I really appreciate everyone's feedback. For now I'm sticking with it, but alas the traffic wasn't very good.

If it doesn't work out I don't want to hear any "TV by the Numbers never loved that list! They always planned to burn it off! They didn't promote it enough! It had the wrong title! It had a bad timeslot!"nonsense. I love this list and want it to succeed!

We have never gone with the begging style of "please link/tweet/share this post" route. We're data driven and we stick with what we can see folks are interested in. But it can't hurt if you tell your friends and family!

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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), though ITV has renewed Downton Abbey for a 4th season in the UK which will ultimately aire in the states.
  • 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 28, 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
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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
Wilfred FX 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
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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 Ended After 2nd Season
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
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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 Canceled after 1st season
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 Ending after 5th season
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
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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
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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 Renewed for 10 episode 3rd season
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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  • JJ

    I wonder why AMC hasn’t announced TWD’s renewal yet… I hope they aren’t considering increasing the episode order. I like the two part 16 episode season format and think that’s part of the reason the show has been so successful.

  • ERIN SMITH

    trying to figure out the ‘but’ behind hell on wheels?

  • Andy

    @ERIN SMITH

    The shows day to day production runner left, so the show has been put on hold until someone new is put in charge.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman
  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @JJ I’m sure it boils down to financial negotiations and the people on the show thinking “Hey, we want to be PAID!” It delays the renewal announcement but generally a good problem for AMC to have.

  • jo

    I dont think dexter will end after sseason 8 the rating are really good may be final nine season would be great

  • F.R.

    If the status of ‘Hell on Wheels’ is on hold, I guess you could say the status of ‘The Killing’ is also on hold, since the Netflix/AMC report looks like the closest we ever had to an actual deal..

  • JuliannaBastos on Twitter

    What about Drop Dead Diva? This is sad Lifetime still hasn’t renewed the show

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    What about Drop Dead Diva? This is sad Lifetime still hasn’t renewed the show

    If there has been any announcement about a season 5, I haven’t seen it.

  • Emily

    If you watched IFC’s Todd Margaret, it’s pretty clear that the series has ended. I feel like I read David Cross somewhere saying it was only ever intended for two seasons, as well. Unless something changed on that front that I missed, I’m fairly certain the status should be that it has concluded.

  • Brad

    Wedding Band is looking pretty safe (had 2 airings so far)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Emily: Good catch, indeed the S2 finale was billed as a series finale. I’ll update the post.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Why are you still listing Sanctuary as canceled? It’s old news!

    I do hope Cinemax moves forward with a second season for Hunted. The last few minutes of the finale this past week was massively confusing to me. One minute she’s shot, the next minute (well, month) she’s elsewhere with a kid. WTF? I assume some things happened between those two times which would be explained in a second season. She also never used the locker key given her by Natalie to find out who Aidan really was…

    I also hope Alphas gets renewed despite its fairly low ratings. It’s the best sci-fi show on the air on any network. It makes Revolution look like a Charlie Brown cartoon…

    Everything else I watch has been renewed, so I’m otherwise good.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @RSH: old news or not, though I’m sure I was not perfectly consistent, I tried to account for shows that had aired new episodes within the last year.

  • little_big_man

    Strike Back has already aired 3 seasons and been renewed for a 4th.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Strike_Back_episodes

    Maybe you’re off by one season because I think the first season never aired in the US?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @little_big: yep, it’s a US-centric list so the notations above for Strike Back are from a Cinemax perspective.

  • cris

    In Plain Sight was’t cancelled, USA announced before that the fifth would be the final season.

  • MJDB

    @Robert Seidman

    It turned out that Unsupervised was renewed after all?

  • ERICinHB

    I know it may sound lame, but what about Tron:Uprising on DisneyXD ??? i know its a cartoon, but it is a scripted show and very good.

  • Raykov

    It was officially announced by the EP that Dexter’s 8th season will be its last season (unfortunatelly)…

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