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.