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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  • hiddenicon

    Quick note for chart improvement… The Hour on BBCA has started airing already and can probably be removed (you know, if you’re into that sorta thing :) ).

  • The Original J

    According to Ryan Cartwright’s Twitter feed (yeah, I know), we won’t know anything about the status of Alphas until mid-December. So expect no news for at least another week.

  • Fake Me Out

    @hiddenicon

    I don’t think Robert should remove shows but instead just change the notation to (in this case) ‘Currently airing 2nd season’

    The question is when to remove shows that have ended/been canceled? I vote for keeping them on for the year then in the spring do a ‘Cable Shows that Ended or were canceled 2012-2013′ post to clear them out and keep just the ongoing shows. He can then put a link to the post in the weekly status post and there’ll be a historical record onsite until the end of time … which sadly is just 13 days away … on the plus side Angus doesn’t have to worry about filth anymore!

    ymmv

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    As far as this list goes I might be rooting for the Mayans!

    I don’t think @hiddenicon meant remove The Hour from the list, just that with S2 already airing and no news about S3 yet, there was no need to have “Renewed for S2″ in the status and that the status could/should be removed (which I agree with), similar to Nick’s comment about the TV Land shows.

    I’m sure the list will evolve (or, possibly die after 12/21, Mayans or no!). Sadly, unlike the broadcast shows which are tied to the late September-May season, I don’t think there is any one-size-fits-all “clear out the cancelled shows” methodology that will please everyone. But as long as the list is useful, nitpicking over that won’t bother me.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    DW: Yes, Hunted was pretty good, although the last few minutes of the finale confused me enormously. So I hope they get a second season to clear that up. I especially enjoyed the presence of Indira Varma, late of “Human Target” as Natalie, the MI6 agent.

  • Simon Jester

    Ugh, I can’t believe people thought Hunted was good. A pale shadow of the vastly superior Spooks.

  • The Original J

    @RSH

    “Hunted” is not getting a second season, but it is getting a spinoff. See here for details: [url]http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/frank-spotnitz/23535/frank-spotnitz-interview-hunted-the-bbc-cancellation-the-x-files-and-more[/url]

  • Spartacus 666

    Hunted was one of the most boring uninvolving shows I’ve seen in quite a while gave after 3rd episode and just fast forwarded thru the rest can’t wait for Spartacus and upcoming Julius Caesar

  • The End

    @Robert Seidman

    Out of curiosity, have you seen the numbers for Alphas? They’re pretty dreadful, granted there’s a few fanboys on here that think the show has a chance at survival, when in reality it’s pretty dead. Usually when a show is dead, the network goes quiet for a while, unless there absolutely has to be a deadline for reporting said cancelation(As with Stargate).

    Sanctuarys a perfect example of a poorly rated show that had a wall of silence surrounding it for months before it was canceled.

    Eureka was a show that the network wanted back but was blocked by NBC Universal, so when you go from ‘renewing’ something to canceling, the most respectful thing to do is obviously to let the fans know, which the network did.

    If you were to rate these cable shows with emoticons like you do with network TV shows on their chance of coming back, I would put Alphas with 1 sad emote face. Absolutely no chance of this show ever making it back for a third season.

  • hello

    Sadly thing aren’t looking good for Alphas at this point. The longer it takes the less likely it is that the show is renewed.

  • KevinY

    If we did predictions here, Underemployed, which just got moved to Saturday’s, would be “certain to be canceled.” In fact, if it was a network show, doesn’t moved to Saturday’s already mean essentially canceled?

    I mostly watch USA, HBO, and SHO when it comes to cable shows. And most of them air from January to March or from June to August. It’s hard to have a competitive “renew/cancel” index when so many shows air at different times. There are very few “toss ups” at any given time in cable.

  • DTravel

    “People Seemed Overly Annoyed That I Had No Status Here”

    Maybe because the episodes that have been shown on BBCA over the last year won’t be filmed for another two years? :P

  • The End

    @hello

    *Round of applause here* Finally, someone gets it. Kudos to you Sir.

  • The End

    @The Original J

    Cast members are unreliable sources of information, they know as much as the public do about their shows renewal chances or when a show is coming back/decision due to be made. This is a fact.

  • The Original J

    @The End

    First of all, my comment made it pretty clear that I knew about the unreliability of the source in question, so you’re not telling me something I didn’t already allude to in my own post. Second, the ratings for Alphas were similar to the ratings for the latter part of S1, which were available as a basis for SyFy’s decision-making process when they renewed it for a second season. In fact, the S2 finale was up slightly from the S1 finale it total viewers, while the demo numbers were identical. I say all this only to say that it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Alphas gets a third season. I don’t know if it will or not, but I guess it’s easier to spout off overly opinionated pronouncements like that there’s “Absolutely no chance” the show comes back than to look at all the different factors in play.

  • Sharon

    TNT mess up Leverage they should give them another chance I hate TNT . Is there any chance another network will pick up Leverage?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Original J/The End: cast members perhaps a lousy source of renew/cancel prognosticating info, but presumably a very good source for when contracts expire!

  • Holly

    @Sharon,

    Is there any chance another network will pick up Leverage?

    No. It’s five years old with low ratings and no network has any extra financial incentive to pick it up.

  • DW

    i just finished hunted. had a great ending if it doesnt return. yes the first episodes were slow but it added to the storytelling. one mans slow hunted is another mans slow game of thrones.

  • Nick

    My predictions for the unknown shows-

    The Walking Dead (AMC): Certain Cancellation ;-)
    Bedlam (BBCA): I cannot find ratings for this anywhere…
    The Hour (BBCA): This too. Hmph. Darned BBC America shows.
    Doctor Who (BBCA): Certain Renewal.
    The League (FX): Likely Renewal.
    Bullet in the Face (IFC): See Bedlam.
    Drop Dead Diva (LIFE): Likely Renewal.
    Beavis & Butt-Head (MTV): Likely Renewal.
    Underemployed (MTV): Certain Cancellation.
    Alphas (SYFY): Likely Cancellation.
    Leverage (TNT): Likely Renewal. (for syndication purposes)
    Happily Divorced (TVLAND): Likely Renewal.
    Hot in Cleveland (TVLAND): Certain Renewal.
    Retired at 35 (TVLAND): On the Bubble (because we don’t know the effect of airing at 11 pm).

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