With 'Alphas,' 'Drop Dead Diva' & 'Leverage' Decided, We Return to Carping About Split Seasons - Scripted Cable Renew/Cancel Status Through January 18, 2013

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January 19th, 2013

No predictions, just statuses. If it's past the date below, click here to see if there are updates.

Last Updated January 22, 2013

With the fates of Leverage, Drop Dead Diva and Alphas all  finally decided (all three were cancelled) at least for a while we are out of "how come they haven't decided yet!?" territory.  So for a while I expect it will be comments and e-mails like "You've still got Suits as being in its second season, but it just came back!" and "%$*^ why is 'Sanctuary still on your list!" and "How dare BBC AMERICA claim Doctor Who as its own/how dare Syfy claim Continuum as its own!"

It's true shows like Bunheads and Suits are "back" after being off for a while, but they are back for continuations/conclusions of the same season (in the case of Bunheads, its first and in the case of Suits, its second).

Yep, Sanctuary is still on the list! I don't know how long it will be before a I delete it. I don't see the harm in more info, and since I'm the one maintaining the list... But spread the complaining love around please. Nobody ever complains "%$*^ why is Hung still on your list!" and it's been gone as long as Sanctuary.

BBC America and Syfy can claim those shows because they licensed the U.S. rights. This list focuses on networks in the United States because that's what makes the most sense for us, but we still love our UK and Canadian readers.

Changes This Week:

There were several season or series premieres this week and those shows have either been slightly updated or added to the list.


  • 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.
  • Yes, I know there will be a Doctor Who still has the remainder of season 7 to air and that there will be an anniversary episode, but as far as an 8th season goes, there's still no official announcement.

Last Updated January 22, 2013

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).


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
Jane by Design ABCFAM 1 Cancelled after 1st season
Lying Game, The ABCFAM 2
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 2
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 Renewed for a 12 episode 3rd Season
The Walking Dead AMC 3 Renewed for a 4th Season
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 2
Game, The BET 5 Renewed for a 6th season
Let's Stay Together BET 2 Renewed for a 3rd Season
Real Husbands of Hollywood BET 1
Reed Between the Lines BET 1 Renewed for a 2nd Season
Second Generation Wayans BET 1
Futurama CMDY 7 Second half of 26 episode S7 still to air in 2013
Kroll Show CMDY 1
South Park CMDY 16 Renewed through 20th season (2016)
Workaholics CMDY 3 Renewed for 13 episode 4th & 5th Seasons
American Horror Story FX 2 Renewed for a 13 hour third season
Anger Management FX 2 Renewed for a total of 100 episodes including first season
Archer FX 4
It's Always Sunny... FX 8 Renewedfor a 9th season
Justified FX 4
League, The FX 4 Renewed for a 13 episode 5th season
Legit FX 1
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
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 2
Game of Thrones HBO 2 Renewed for a 10 episode 3rd Season
Girls HBO 2
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 3
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 Canceled after 4th season
Banshee MAX 1
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 6
Dexter SHO 7 Renewed for an 8th (and presumed final) Season
Episodes SHO 2 Renewed for a 3rd season, But Probably Not Returning until early 2014
Homeland SHO 2 Renewed for 12 episode 3rd season
House of Lies SHO 2
Nurse Jackie SHO 4 Renewed for a 5th season
Shameless SHO 3
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 Canceled after 2nd season
Being Human SYFY 3
Continuum SYFY 1 Already renewed for a 2nd season in Canada
Eureka SYFY 5 Canceled After 5th Season
Haven SYFY 3 Renewed for a 13 episode 4th season
Lost Girl SYFY 3
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 4
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 Cancelled after 1st Season
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 Cancelled after 5th season
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.
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 an 8th season, S7 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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  • Anna

    I’m not happy with the latest round of cancellations…

  • John A

    Still dont get Drop Dead Diva Cancellation it didnt do amazing numbers but did do solid ratings. DeserveD a renewel for a final season at least.

  • Observer

    It takes so long to air these seasons it seems the shows have been around for a lot longer than they have. Warehouse 13 seems like it’s been around at least 5 or 6 seasons.

  • Eugene

    I am not a big fan of split seasons. In some cases, it makes zero sense. Take Futurama, coming back for the second half of it’s season later this year. They did 13 last year, and there’s your season. There’s no ongoing storyline, so there’s no reason to call it the same season when it comes back 9 or 10 months after the last one aired. I remember back when Sex and The City did this, and it seemed to me nothing but a ploy to allow HBO to release two DVD sets of the same season, Parts one and two, pricing each at maybe 10 bucks less than what they were pricing a previous full season for. I think, as usual, that it’s just about the almighty dollar. The creative process has nothing to do with it.

  • JC

    @ Eugene

    I dont understand split seasons either. It has probably been explained at some point but I never saw it. Take Rizzoli and Isles as an example. You just get going with a story line and then it is gone for 4-5 months. I dont get it.

  • omabin

    I am really sad about the Alphas cancelation

  • Dan

    @John A – Probably not that much to do with ratings but Lifetime wanted to go in a different direction with their shows and have a lot of new pilots for summer.

    One of the few shows whose fate hasn’t been decided is Beavis and Butt-head which is extremely surprising given its popularity.

  • Dan S

    I like it better when shows like Sons of Anarchy & Justified on FX run continuously until its season is over. USA, Syfy & TNT are guilty of splitting their seasons up when it makes little sense to do so. I would’ve preferred to get all 16 episodes of Breaking Bad last year rather than see it split in 2 making fans wait until next summer for the final 8.

  • Dan

    And my best guess is the reason Sanctuary is still on the list is because it was cancelled last May while Hung was cancelled in December 2011 a while back along with Bored to Death, How to Make it in America, and The Life & Times of Tim.

  • Dan

    @Dan S – FX’s smart strategy is air the show’s 13 episode run at the same time every year continuously, which is why you will always see Justified and Archer in the Winter/Spring (Jan-April), Wilfred and Louie in the summer (June-September) (Though Louie will be in the spring because it returns in 2014) and Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, Sunny, and The League in the fall (September-December).

    TNT and USA split their seasons if shows have 15-18 episodes which is smart only because with 15 episodes in a row it seems better to split to air new episodes at times where there wouldnt be new episodes of other shows and promote them as “new seasons” like Leverage and Rizzoli & Isles this past November. If shows are in there first seasons or have short runs than these networks will air the full season continuously like Perception, Common Law, Fairly Legal, Franklin & Bash, and Major Crimes.

    Basically if shows have more than 13 episodes its wise to split the seasons to add suspense or to plug up holes.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Cable networks do what makes sense for them and a good chunk of what doesn’t make sense to fans of shows who don’t care whether the networks actually make money on them, has to do with selling advertising.

    As noted by others, it’s easier to run everything straight through (a la True Blood, Homeland, SOA, Justified, Newsroom, etc) when you only have 10-13 episode seasons. It’s easy for premium cable channels to run their seasons straight through since they’re usually 13 or fewer episodes, and importantly, premium cable channels are not worried about advertising sales!

    When there are 15-20 episodes per season, there are good reasons for the advertising supported networks to split the runs.

    @Dan: it’s still on the list because at least so far I have a “why take it off?” attitude!

    BTW, I should’ve added BBCA’s “Ripper Street” since it premieres in the U.S. tonight…next week.

  • Max

    I got one you missed that it seems should be on the list.

    “Against the Wall” on Lifetime.
    It had one season and I was wondering if it was coming back.

  • Fake Me Out

    IMHO, I think Congress (and other countries governments) should pass a law (because I think we don’t have enough government intervention in our lives) that says if a show has not aired a new episode in 6 months or longer, it ain’t a split season it’s a new damn season! They should also require that the channel announce ahead of time what the (ballpark) schedule is so I don’t start watching a show only to find out later the expected break at Yule is really a 4 month hiatus (I’m looking @ you NBC with Revolution!) and finally, they need to ban outright those damn annoying promos that keep flashing at the the bottom of the screen … and nuke the transparent bugs while they’re at it … and also shrinking the credits so they can squeeze in more crap at the end … basically stop annoying the hell outa me.


    PS: Hey you kids, get off my lawn!

  • Fake Me Out


    AtW was one and done same as The Protector … I won’t miss either of them but I did find both to be a nice way to kill ~45 mins … not enough others felt the same way I guess.

    @Robert et al

    Ripper Street has been pretty good so far … I prefer Copper (at this point at least) … if you can line them up somehow, try a night of Ripper Street, Copper, Murdoch, Miss Fisher and the new Father Brown with Ron Weasley’s dad playing the title character … all of them are murder done old school.


  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Max: yep, Fake Me Out is correct, it was canceled shortly after it’s first season. It’s not coming back, but I would use that as an argument for leaving shows on the list long after they are cancelled since not everyone is aware of statuses of shows that have been cancelled for over a year.

  • Max

    Thanks for the info – I thought it was a summer series so was assuming it would just show back up this summer – glad I asked.

  • Nick

    My predictions:

    Bunheads: Likely Cancellation
    The Lying Game: Likely Renewal
    Switched at Birth: On the Bubble

    Anger Management: Likely Renewal
    Archer: Certain Renewal
    Legit: On the Bubble

    Girls: On the Bubble

    Californication: Likely Renewal
    House of Lies: Likely Renewal
    Shameless: Certain Renewal

    Being Human: Likely Renewal
    Continuum: Ratings say Likely Cancellation, we’ll see how cheap it is.
    Lost Girl: Likely Renewal

    Cougar Town: On the Bubble
    Happily Divorced: Likely Renewal
    Hot in Cleveland: Certain Renewal

  • Jay

    BBC America is having an identity crisis. What’s american about British actors playing 100+ year old fake stories? They banked on Copper being a hit when they invested in Ripper. Both will ultimately fail. People watch BBC America for British shows… In America. They should continue emphasizing these shows while looking to fill the void left by the crapuum that is network TV

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  • silvit


    In no way the crapstatic show Girls is on the bubble. Despite being completely irrelevant to HBO audience, it still have the support of critics and HBO. And that’s all it matters for a premium cable show.

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