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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  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    It turned out that Unsupervised was renewed after all?

    nope, that’s just a vestige of when I changed the status to a blank no status, I updated it within the post directly but did not blank it out in my spreadsheet so the next time I pasted the spreadsheet in I overwrote my correction (now fixed in the spreadsheet too, thanks!).

    The first-line PR contact for the show at FX couldn’t give me a comment and bounced me to someone higher who I have not yet heard back from. Normally I would view that as an indication that the news probably isn’t good, but in this case it’s just as likely I got lost in the shuffle. I’ll ping him again.

  • Hillbilly

    I hope Alphas gets renewed. Want to see Gary rescue Bill & hold it over him. :)

  • DeeAgeaux

    Glad TBS Wedding Band Added to list.

    Ryan Cartwright,who plays Gary on Alphas, said decision on renewal pushed back to “mid-December.”

  • Leverage-Fan

    What about “Leverage”? This is frustrating and becomes harder every day!!!

  • MJDB

    @Robert Seidman

    OK, thank you.

  • david

    Great job on the list of shows. Pretty much all the shows i watch have been renewed.

  • lorie

    I really liked the killing… also. American horror story is awesome so hopefully never cancelled..

  • Oliver

    Alternative headline: “Feature Nobody Reads About Shows Nobody Watches”

  • SarahL

    @Robert Seidman

    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.

    I think you are right. You just know that with amazingly high ratings and Mad Men with only one remaining season, the TWD actors along with the producers want a much better deal.

  • Doug

    @JJ – I would bet my ass that AMC wants to up the episode order of TWD. It’s probably their only original drama making money, and it’s probably making a wad of it.

  • mayorofsmpleton

    TWD is a huge hit for AMC, and all around for cable. I wouldn’t mind a bigger episode order. Season 3 has shown they know what they are doing now and each episode has been amazing so far this year. They can easily handle doing an 18-22 episode season. Two runs of 8-11 episodes in the fall and the spring is what they will be gunning for.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Robert: Why bother with a show aired in the current year if the show has been canceled since before the current season? Sanctuary was canceled back in May.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    I picked an arbitrary line and it was “aired new episodes within the last year.”

  • suckerpuncher

    Still missing Torchwood (Starz) and Primeval: New World (though it hasn’t aired yet on Syfy).

  • CrimTV

    Just announced that Merlin’s 5th season will be it’s last

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @sucker: things that haven’t aired aren’t on the list. Torchwood hasn’t aired an original episode in over a year and until I hear otherwise I’m just assuming it’s finished for now.

  • Anthony

    I’m really surprised to see Starz canceled “Boss” after Season 2. I really enjoyed that show and Kelsey Grammar as mayor Tom Kane was fantastic! Bad move by Starz which has only 1 hit show with “Spartacus” (which is ending this final season) and “Magic City” is just decent at best.

  • Tommy Mickens

    Thanks for the list again. All I can say is, it’ll be a shame if this list goes away since this is probably the best (and only?) place in the entire internet to so easily see all the main scripted cable shows and their statuses in one place. Hope the traffic picks up!

    One way to improve traffic…start making predictions! :D Even if they’re much more likely to be wrong or less scientific, we’d still love them and I can almost guarantee it would increase traffic to the list. Even just extremely safe predictions would be worth it…you already said one right in the intro this week – of course Walking Dead will be renewed. So you already have one “certain to be renewed”! :D I wouldn’t mind if that leaves most shows “on the bubble”.

    The only thing is, I do really like seeing the list separated by network like you have it now instead of the bubble watch prediction way of doing it by likelihood of renewal regardless of network. It’s so nice here to look from network to network and view their shows and statuses as a block rather than scrolling through the different renewal likelihood statuses to find all the different separated shows of one network like with the bubble watch.

  • Tommy Mickens

    So for instance, one way you could do predictions is leave the list organised exactly how you have it now and just add an extra column for predictions. Then start by listing them all as “on the bubble”. Then perhaps just have three statuses for cable shows since it’s harder, such as “more likely to be canceled”, “on the bubble” and “more likely to be renewed”. Then go through all the shows using your common sense, such as changing The Walking Dead to “more likely to be renewed”, etc.

    Like I said last post, it may not be as “scientific” and there may be many, many more “on the bubble”, but it would be predictions, it would get more traffic and in time, as you continue doing it, you just may develop a more precise way of predicting them like you have with the network shows.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    There are formatting issues with adding another column and as you note in your first comment almost all shows other than a few obvious renewals would be on the bubble.

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