By Abbey Knupp
It’s that time of year again. The stakes are heightened in season finales, characters are put in turmoil, cliffhangers seem unbearable, and the summer hiatus starts. Just as shows are pulling out all of the stops to create unforgettable season finales with the intention to crank the ratings through the roof, the networks sit down to discuss which shows will live to see another year and which shows will get the axe.
Earlier this week, many networks announced their lists of renewals and cancellations. This year, only ten freshman shows were renewed of the forty-one that premiered. Five of the renewed shows are comedies and the other five are dramas.
Fox renewed three of its freshman shows, Sleepy Hollow, MasterChef Junior, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Only two of Fox’s returning shows were cancelled, though American Dad is moving to TBS. Both Raising Hope and The X Factor were not renewed for another season. Other shows, such as New Girl and The Simpsons, were unsurprisingly renewed.
Audiences were surprised when NBC picked up Hannibal for another season and cancelled Community and Revolution. Viewership put Hannibal on the bubble for another renewal and online support helped push it into the green zone, while the other two shows lacked the viewers to keep them running. NBC renewed Chicago PD, The Blacklist, and About a Boy, and cancelled all of its other freshman shows, including Dracula and Believe. Parks and Recreation, Grimm, The Voice, and The Biggest Loser were all renewed for another season.
Surprisingly, CBS renewed all of its legacy shows, though only Mom and The Millers were able to pass the freshman stage.
No one was surprised when ABC renewed all of its hit returning dramas, including Castle, Scandal, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, and Grey’s Anatomy. However, Suburgatory and The Neighbors, two of ABC’s returning comedies hit the chopping block. Of the freshman series to air on the network, only The Goldbergs, Resurrection, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will return for second seasons.
The CW renewed Reign,The Originals, and The 100 from its freshman repertoire and many returning favorites, such as Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and Arrow. The Carrie Diaries was the only returning show to get cancelled on this network.
As the core shows wind down for the end of the season, summertime shows are beginning to start up again. For a list of shows to look out for as the temperatures start to rise, check out http://news.moviefone.com/2014/05/08/summer-tv-2014-premiere-dates
For a full list of T.V. renewals and cancellations for 2014, visithttp://www.adweek.com/news/television/quick-and-dead-guide-tv-s-renewals-and-cancelations-157550