Still No Word on TNT's 'Leverage' or Syfy's 'Alphas' - Scripted Cable Renew/Cancel Status Through December 8, 2012

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December 8th, 2012

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Last Updated December 14, 2012

There were no changes this week, unless you count Leverage executive producer Dean Devlin saying that in the event the show isn't renewed for a sixth season, the Leverage season finale will serve nicely as a series finale. That news prompted commenter "Ray" to ask:

In the rational world of the TV business, as opposed to the irrational world of TV fandom, is there any reason to think that the existence of a “just-in-case” series finale will in any way impact a network’s decision whether to renew? I ask this in complete ignorance and without sarcasm.

That's a great question and the answer is "no, the existence of a 'just-in-case' finale likely has no impact whatsoever on TNT's decision process."

I view the PR campaign by the production team (and I'm not saying they spent a lot on it, but they did use an outside PR agency to help spread the word) as a combination of two things:

  1. Frustration that no decision has been reached yet
  2. A desire to connect with fans of the show with a "hey, we care about you" message

I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of either component. The way it has gone down signals to me that there is some thinking on the production team's part that maybe it would have been better, at least in hindsight, to just announce have announced season five as the final season so the series could have gone out with a little fanfare. Because in the case that this is the final season, it's getting no "catch the final season of 'Leverage' oomph from TNT. With a renewal still possible, it's not like Devlin and his team could issue press releases saying "We wish TNT was promoting the season finale as the series finale!" But, you know, in the case that it doesn't get renewed, in hindsight they will have wished TNT had promoted the season finale as the series finale.

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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 air 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 December 14, 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 10 episode 3rd season
Mad Men AMC 5 Renewed for a 6th season
The Killing AMC 2 Canceled after 2nd season; then reportedly uncancelled
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 People Seemed Overly Annoyed That I Had No Status Here
Luther BBCA 2 Renewed for 4 Episode 3rd Season
The Hour BBCA 2
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 Cancelled according to Glenn Howerton
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 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
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 canceled after 1st season
Teen Wolf MTV 2 Renewed for 24 episode 3rd season
Underemployed MTV 1
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 Canceled 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 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd season
Happily Divorced TVLAND 2
Hot In Cleveland TVLAND 4
Retired At 35 TVLAND 2 Canceled after 2nd season
Soul Man, The TVLAND 1 Renewed for a 10 episode 2nd season.
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 Renewed for a 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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  • John A

    Ok i get that its hard to predict with Cable but why not give your opinion on what will be canceled and renewed? You would be correct 90% of the time anyway.

  • Tre H

    I don’t really think the just-in-case series finale will really affect TNT’s decision. Let’s be honest here, if Leverage (I don’t know the particular details) has not been making TNT money, then by no-means is a just-in-case series finale going to influence their decision to cancel or renew.

  • Dan S

    Leverage wouldn’t be the only series left hanging in limbo. I remember how CSI Miami never got a real chance to say goodbye & the series got canned after the final episode already aired. CSI NY twice now crafted possible series ending finales but keeps getting renewed so who knows what’ll happen to Leverage.

  • coolionicoolioni

    So what did you write in the comments at the end of Dr. who it is cut off on my computer ?

  • coolionicoolioni

    Please put alphas out of its misery!

    The show SUCKS!!!!!

  • s

    And what about drop dead diva? Do you have some informations?

  • Anna Clarkwood

    Now that you have the big list for a few weeks, does this mean that if you add a new/missed show or update a status, including number of seasons, that it will be included in the text above the list?

    Meaning if I’ve already read the whole list, then each update I should only need to concern myself with the text above the list for any new information?

    Thanks again for doing this. Even if it isn’t a big traffic driver I am sure that a lot of us value it a lot. If you opt to make it a once a month update that works just as well. Scripted Cable (Basic/Premium) is still in it’s infancy as far as traffic eyeballs. We need to start somewhere to bring Scripted Cable it’s rightful (b/c of # of quality shows) traffic. Having this list available helps spread the news of shows to watch besides what shows up from the Zap2It feed “Tonight In Primetime”.

  • Max

    what about drop dead diva?Lifetime hasn’t said anything yet. I’m so worried

  • omabin

    @Robert,

    When should we hear news about Alphas? What is usually the timeframe in which Scify operates?

  • SarahL

    @Robert

    Why is there a “but” next to Hell on Wheels?

  • Fake Me Out

    @coolionicoolioni re: Dr Who

    People Seemed Overly Annoyed That I Had No Status Here

  • JC

    I really wanted to like Alphas. I liked Ryan Cartwright on Bones and actually like his character on Alphas. I’d pretty much watch Azita Ghanizada read the phone book so there was that as well. The episodes seemed SO slow moving. I couldnt get into it.

    I wouldnt mind seeing Leverage go on. I have all of the episodes but havent gotten through them all yet.

  • Fake Me Out

    Other comments that were “cut off” due to small screen size and less than optimal coding.

    Secret Life of the American Teenager
    Upcoming 2nd half of 5th season will be its last

    Futurama
    Second half of 26 episode S7 still to air in 2013

    Workaholics
    20 Episode 3rd season split into 10 ep S3 & S4

    Louie
    Renewed for a 4th season but will not return until 2014

    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Unknown. “It’s always up to Larry,” says HBO

    Hunted
    BBC One not moving forward with 2nd season, Cinemax is considering its options.

    Dexter
    Renewed for an 8th (and presumed final) Season

    Warehouse 13
    S4 expanded to 20 episodes (half have aired)

    Happily Divorced
    S2 expanded to 24 episodes (12 still to air as of 11/7/12)

    Soul Man, The
    Cedric the Entertainer tweets its renewed, no official news yet

    Psych
    Renewed for 7th season, premieres 2/27/13

    Royal Pains
    Renewed for 5th & 6th Seasons (26 episodes total)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Anna: good question. I’m not sure but my guess is that in most weeks, yes, you’ll only need to look at the text. If there winds up being weeks where that’s not the case, I’ll cross the bridge when I get to it.

    @SaraL: I added some more text for Hell On Wheels.

    @Omabin: my understanding, which may well be incorrect is that a decision has to be made by the end of January.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Other comments that were “cut off” due to small screen size and less than optimal coding.

    Indeed, table width was too-wide. should be fixed now.

  • Nick

    @Robert

    Shouldn’t you blank out the statuses for Happily Divorced and Hot in Cleveland now that their seasons have started?

  • Ali Sabir

    Not that I’m worried – But why hasn’t The Walking Dead been renewed yet, this season has been the best it has ever been, and its ratings beat just about every other show out there (in terms of demographics, at least – but it number of viewers each week beats all other cable shows), for the past two seasons it has been renewed about a week after the season premiere, and in its midseason finale it became the first cable show in history to beat ALL broadcast shows except NFL football. It’s generally ASKING for a renewal because let’s face it – it will be renewed… We just don’t know when.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I suspect Leverage will get another final season, but I have no knowledge of how TNT is with longer running shows whose ratings get low. On the CW, the show would probably get a final short season. Has TNT ever done that?

    I think Alphas should get another season, but I have no idea if they will. The show is excellent in just about every respect, but the ratings are low. Still, Sanctuary got renewed for its fourth season if I remember correctly with ratings as or nearly as low. I might be wrong about that.

    Losing both shows will be a disappointment to me.

  • DW

    im in the middle of hunted right now. hope it gets picked up. pretty good show.

  • silvit

    @Richard

    They added a few additional episodes to Saving Grace a few years ago.

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