When Will You Know If Your Favorite Show Is Canceled or Renewed?

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January 29th, 2014

Although most  renewal and cancellation announcements for current broadcast TV primetime shows for the 2014-15 season will happen prior to these dates (this year we should know most, if not all, of the news for existing shows by late Friday, May 9), the broadcast network upfront events are the final dates on which each network's 2014 Fall schedules will be revealed.

So, you'll know no later than these dates about the fate of your favorite broadcast primetime shows.

2014 Broadcast Network Upfront Meetings

Monday, May 12, 2014* NBC*
Monday, May 12, 2014 FOX
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Univision
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 ABC
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 CBS
Thursday, May 15, 2014 The CW

*While the NBC upfront meeting will be held on May 12, if recent years are any indication, NBC will release their 2014-15 schedule information on Sunday, May 11.
Of course, if you follow our Renew/Cancel Index, and Bubble Watch, you'll be pretty sure of most show's fates well in advance of these dates.

Cable networks also have advertising upfront events spread throughout March, April and May, and while they often announce new shows at them they aren't typically "the day all renewals and cancellations are finally revealed" as are the broadcast events.

In very rare instances, announcements do come after these dates. The Rules Of Engagement renewal wasn't announced until after the CBS upfront event a couple years ago, presumably because the deal wrangling took so long, and in a completely freakish move, CBS canceled Unforgettable at their upfront and then un-canceled it well after their upfront.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    The Cancellation Bear just booked his flight!

  • DenverDean

    Hoping CBS announces bulk of renewals at end of March again.

  • gerry

    @ denverdean

    agreed. i just want tgw to be renewed already so i can stop saying it will be every week.

  • josh

    Dont cancel community and OUATW ..and DADs best new comedy

  • CBSviewer

    CBS and The CW will renew their Shows before the upfronts. For two years, CBS renewed all their Shows in March and The CW in February.

  • Kyle

    Give Community that final season and we can all celebrate in the streets mainly because we are so streets ahead of everyone else.

  • Jared

    Looking forward to The CW upfronts.

  • Sarah

    I really hope the official announcement for Bones comes way before May 12th.

  • David James

    I really hope ABC doesn’t do what they did last year and announce the renewals and cancellations literally a few days before the upfront when it’s glaringly obvious what’s going to happen to most of their shows. And they can’t play the ‘contract negotiation’ card because Grey’s Anatomy was the only show that needed negotiations and the main stars contracts were renewed last week. All the other networks tend to announce renewals a lot earlier.

  • hello

    For the first time in along time all of my shows are either safe or already cancelled, the only one that might be considered on the bubble is Community

  • Bob

    The only shows that are on the renew/cancel line that I am interested in are The Crazy Ones, The Good Wife, and Nashville. The rest are going to be renewed for example,(Revenge) or for example, cancelled (Enlisted).

  • JJA

    I wonder when we’ll know what the pilots for each network will be.

  • Cyrax86

    Ah, some of the most important dates of the year! I love the anticipation right before NBC reveals the schedule.

  • spinthesky

    I hate that it’s always so late. If my shows are going to be cancelled, they deserve to be able to give us a proper ending!

  • TV Viewer

    CBS announced the renewal of Most of their returning shows in March 2012 and March 2013. They renewed a very few in May 2012 and May 2013, such as Criminal Minds (which was a down to the deadline renewal because of contract talks).
    Unforgettable in 2012 was the execption to the rule, cancelled, then renewed a few weeks later.

  • TV Viewer

    CBS programs which are clearly going to be cancelled often have an episode which serves as a series final epsiode; such as CSI: NY, Rules of Engagement, and Vegas. Anyone who saw the last episode of those programs could tell it was very unlikely they would be renewed and they were watching a Series finale, not a Season finale.

  • cyndi

    I need The Good Wife, Community, and The Mindy Project as far away from the bear as possible!!!!!!!! These are fantastic shows.

  • Joseph

    I think the broadcast networks should lock-up their schedules by mid-April so they can run promos for their Fall shows throughout the entire 28-day May “sweeps”.

    This will also allow the syndicated entertainment magazine shows to close-up shop (except for a skeleton team) in the ‘States and move their shows lock, stock, and barrel to Cannes, France for the Cannes Film Festival (which is also in May) without having to keep people “back home” to report on the network Fall schedule announcements.

  • Alan

    Looking forward to CW’s upfronts! The other networks always make obvious decisions, but with we never know with The CW.

  • TV Viewer

    I hope when the networks decide to cancel a show, they do not have second thoughts and regret their decision after the new fall season starts in September.
    I refer to ABC and Body of Proof. The program had good total viewers, but, not very good 18-to-49 demo numbers. ABC felt it was expendable. A few months into the fall season there was some discussion about bringing back Body of Proof, but, it was too late by then.
    The time for second thoughts about cancellation is within a few weeks, similar to Unforgettable and CBS. A few months later is usually too late.

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