2019 is well underway, but somehow our favorite television shows are still in renewal hell. We've been tracking this year's tragic (and not-so-tragic) cancellations on the whisp all year, but no news isn't always good news. Hopefully, this will help you figure out how worried you have to be about your underrated faves on a scale of "Duh, Grey's Anatomy Always Gets Renewed" to "Have You Heard Of Freaks & Geeks?". Note that we've included every network, cable, and streaming service on this list *except* for Netflix because they put out more content in a year than most companies put out in a decade — that's a whole other ballgame. Our six-second attention spans couldn't handle it.
ABC announced in February that A Million Little Things would be returning for a second season after pulling it solid ratings during their freshman year. While the series looked like it was angling to be a This Is Us rip-off, the surprisingly funny drama proved itself to be more of a whodunit (or, rather, a why-dunit) rather than a character-driven exploration of grief. That’s not to say the James Roday, David Giuntoli, and Romany Malco-led series doesn’t have its fair share of introspection, but its central mystery showed that A Million Little Things can do twist endings with the best of ‘em.
Both black-ish and its Gen Z-centric Freeform spin-off grown-ish have secured their renewals, with the original ABC series going into its sixth year during the 2019-20 television season. black-ish is becoming the helm of a sprawling franchise, with another spin-off surrounding Rainbow Johnson’s teen years being greenlit for the fall featuring Tracee Ellis Ross as a narrator and executive producer. Unlike grown-ish star Yara Shahidi, Tracee will also stay on as a black-ish series lead. The 2019 season will be the first full year of black-ish following creator Kenya Barris’s exit from ABC for Netflix in August 2018.
MTV’s adaptation of the slasher classic Scream ended its second season on a cliffhanger — all the way back in 2016. That year, MTV announced a third season renewal with the intention of putting out new episodes in 2017, but two years later, the six-episode season still hasn’t materialized amongst reports that it would now be a reboot under new series management (including executive producer Queen Latifah). The third season was filmed in 2017 and set to launch now in late 2018, but over a year after filming, the new series with Keke Palmer and Tyler Posey is wrapped up in corporate drama regarding changing management at MTV and a terminated output deal with the now-defunct and disgraced Weinstein Company.
The renewal heard around the world, it was impossible to ignore Fresh Off The Boat’s season six announcement because of star Constance Wu’s surprising reaction to the news. Constance, now best known for her role in the 2018 blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, was publicly distraught over the renewal, tweeting that she was “so upset right now that [she was] literally crying.” Constance tried to play it off like she was talking about something else, but People has receipts to the contrary. Whether she likes it or not, Fresh Off The Boat is here to stay.
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This Breaking Bad spin-off is still alive and kicking, unlike Walter White. Its fourth season received a 99% Fresh certification on Rotten Tomatoes, so naturally, season five is on its way. The planned premiere isn’t until 2020, but Bob Odenkirk will be back as the Con Artist Formerly Known As Jimmy McGill, with Tony Dalton being promoted from a season four guest star to a main cast member for the upcoming season. Season five was announced before season four aired and will follow Jimmy as he goes from criminal lawyer to criminal-who-is-a-lawyer.
The Goldbergs (not to be confused with Roseanne spin-off The Conners, which was also renewed for 2019-20 by ABC) is entering its seventh season later this year despite steadily slipping in the ratings over its past four seasons. It’s ‘90s-centric spin-off, Schooled, was also *finally* picked up on ABC for the 2019 mid-season after years in developmental purgatory and secured its second season alongside The Goldbergs in May 2019, premiering to even better numbers than its predecessor’s most recent seasons. ‘90s kids really know how to mobilize.
It’s still too soon to tell if Eva Longoria’s passion project Grand Hotel will be renewed, but the fledgling series debuted to meh numbers despite a lead-in from ratings juggernaut The Bachelorette. Hope isn’t lost, as their numbers were great for a summer premiere, but ABC’s last summertime series with similarly fine numbers for the 18-49 demographic was The Astronaut Wives Club, which ended after one (adorable!) season. Summertime television is like the Wild West — what happens next is anyone’s guess.
While Shonda Rhimes is known for her plot twists, it’s no surprise that all of Shondaland’s ABC series have been renewed for the 2019-20 season except for freshman legal drama For The People. How To Get Away With Murder is entering its fifth season even though it stopped making sense about halfway through season two, Station 19’s ratings are only getting better as it preps for season three, and Grey’s Anatomy became the longest-running primetime medical drama in American history during its most recent season. Ellen Pompeo has extended her contract through another two seasons, and both she and Shonda have been clear that Grey’s will only end once Ellen decides she’s done.
Spoiler Alert: The CW had a banner year for renewals, keeping eighteen of its current series and only “canceling” shows that were already slated to end in 2019. Based on the Roswell High book series by Melinda Metz, our fave freshman CW series revolves around a daughter of undocumented immigrants who returns to her hometown as a young adult only to discover that her high school crush had been an alien all along. Because it’s the CW, series lead Liz and her extra-dreamy extraterrestrial fall in love amidst increasing politics of fear and hatred (sound familiar?) that threaten to tear them apart.
We stan Younger. The TV Land series where Hilary Duff has been hiding out for the past four years is currently airing its sixth season on a new network after leaving TV Land for Paramount Network. Season five was Younger’s most highly rated season yet with the coveted 18-49 demo and season six wasn’t written as a series finale, so we have high hopes that the network will come through and announce the Sutton Foster vehicle’s renewal sooner rather than later.
Joss Whedon’s televised contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still going strong. The series recently passed the hundredth episode milestone and was renewed for season seven all the way back in November 2018 despite a weird conundrum where ratings have been continually dropping as critic's reviews have only become more positive over time. It’ll be exciting to see how Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is affected by the events of Endgame and the Infinity Saga’s final chapter after it so beautifully altered itself following Captain America: The Winter Soldier
American Horror Story and its sister anthology series American Crime Story will both be returning for the 2019-20 television season, not that we ever had any doubts. One of the most exciting parts of the summer is trying to figure out what AHS will do next, and American Horror Story: 1984 follows a hotly anticipated season that finally connected all of its past iterations. The slasher-themed season has only confirmed the return of regular cast member Emma Roberts and the debut of Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy. If Evan Peters doesn’t come back, we’re going to riot.
Issa Rae’s Black Girl Magic continues for a fourth season, but not until 2020. Insecure’s hiatus has been extended now that Issa’s a bonafide movie star with two more HBO shows in the works. In an interview with Vulture, HBO’s chief of programming, Casey Bloys, said Issa decided to push back season for in order to “come back to it fresh” instead of letting it get lost in the mix of her successes on the big screen. In the meantime, check out Issa in 2019’s Little and 2020’s The Photograph (which she's starring in alongside Lakeith Stanfield and Chelsea Peretti).
We haven’t watched The Code, a CBS series about military law, but we’ve been meaning too. It looks like that’s kind of where everybody’s at, since the series hasn’t been renewed or canceled for the 2019-20 season. It’s still airing its freshman season, so there’s still time for us all to hop on The Code Train and help secure a second season renewal, if only to see more of the gorgeous Luke Mitchell be an upstanding citizen with a law degree for another year.
All hail Anna Faris! While being the chillest ex-wife *ever* and hosting her uber-popular podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified (and, you know, raising her son Jack), she’s also heading into the seventh season of her series Mom alongside powerhouse Allison Janney with an eighth season already confirmed for the 2020-21 television season. This is what we call “Winning The Breakup.” Mom is the third-highest rated comedy on broadcast television and Anna’s first leading role on a television series because a real boss knows quality when she sees it.
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Alongside basically every other CW television show, The 100 received its seventh season renewal in April 2019, ahead of its sixth season premiere. The dystopian apocalypse drama was called one of the best science fiction television shows of all time by Rolling Stone in 2016, and its fifth season was 100% certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, so its longevity seems fairly assured at this point despite some slight drops in the ratings near the end of season five.
Instinct is unique in that it’s an adaptation of a novel that hasn’t been published yet. Based on James Patterson’s Murder Games (apparently, not that we would know), this police procedural stars the inimitable Alan Cumming as a multi-hyphenate former CIA paramilitary officer who’s brought back into the field to stop a serial killer who is using his book as inspiration for his crimes. Castle gone rogue? The premise has been done before, but it’s still too early to tell if the series will receive a third season. It’s also the first hour-long American network drama with an openly gay leading character, and it’s literally shameful that it took until 2018 for this to happen.
Thank God this weird dark comedy was picked up for a third season. This severely underrated series starring Alia Shawkat as the leader of a gang of narcissists who really need to find a new hobby ended its second season on an even more suspenseful note than season one, setting up the third season for an entirely new game after Dory Sief’s attempts at a murder coverup go horribly awry purely due to her own idiocy. Who screams their deepest secrets at the top of their lungs in a New York apartment building? We can literally hear it when our neighbors pee, what did she think was going to happen?
It’s time we all accept that season three of Atlanta probably isn’t happening in 2019, but the next installment of Donald Glover’s television series was announced in June 2018 and is definitely happening. This is essentially the same thing that happened with season two, Robbin’ Season, in 2017 and one of the side-effects of having a star/creator/writer/occasional director who literally cannot fail. Donald is busy doing sh*t like headlining Coachella as Childish Gambino, starring in Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney films, and designing shoes for Adidas, but he’ll be back to casually win a few more Emmy Awards and blow all of our minds eventually.
Another CBS series with an unknown fate, Ransom concluded its third season in May 2019, and there’s been radio silence ever since. It was a long road to get Ransom to this point in the first place after CBS canceled the show in 2017 following its first season with the German RTLGroup leaving the project due to low ratings in their home country. Somehow, Canadian network Global and French TF1 managed to make a second season without CBS and RTLGroup, and CBS said “bet” and aired it during 2018 before renewing it for season three shortly after. What happens next is anyone's guess.
The Big Bang Theory finally ending really was too good to be true because its wildly popular spawn Young Sheldon is here to stay. The second season finale saw the show’s best ratings since its premiere with over thirteen million people watching after The Big Bang Theory’s hour-long finale. Young Sheldon will do just fine even if it doesn’t keep any of the extra eyeballs it got following The Big Bang Theory’s last hurrah, as the show has averaged over ten million viewers for every episode.
All of the CW’s superhero series will be coming back in the fall, including Arrow for its final season. With the multiverse’s patriarch putting down his bow and arrow for good, that leaves Grant Gustin’s The Flash as the oldest of its spin-offs and presumably the new focal point for future crossover episodes with Legends of Tomorrow (which has a more direct connection to its predecessor) and Supergirl. The Flash will enter its sixth season this October after receiving stellar reviews for season five despite lower-than-average ratings (although still great by The CW’s standards). Barry Allen will likely be around for as long as Grant wants to play the role.
the whisp called Now Apocalypse one of the new shows we were most excited for in 2019, then one of the most underrated. The series was written by our sex positive idol Karley Sciortino of Slutever and renowned LGBTQ filmmaker Gregg Araki with a staked cast of teen heartthrobs including Victorious star Avan Jogia, Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey, and Awkward’s Beau Mirchoff all on their *worst* behavior, but somehow the ambitious series’s ratings were fairly abysmal. Starz has yet to comment on Now Apocalypse's fate, but we're not optimistic.
Two years ago, things weren’t looking too good for Tim Allen’s long-running sitcom Last Man Standing. In fact, the show was outright canceled by ABC despite stellar ratings because the network was unwilling to cover its production costs. Last Man Standing stayed off the air for a full year before Fox announced it was bringing the beloved show back for a seventh season, and now an eighth, despite not all of the original actors being able to return. With luck like this, maybe Last Man Standing really will live up to its name.
After the massive successes of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals for the CW, it should come as no surprise that sister series Legacies is doing just fine for the teen television pioneer. Matt Davis and Danielle Rose Russell are both reprising roles from previous series, with Paul Wesley returning to direct an episode and both Steven R. McQueen and Zach Roerig appearing in guest roles. Somehow, Candice Accola is still nowhere to be found, and this series cannot (and definitely will not) end before her triumphant return.
Originally imagined as a mid-season replacement for NBC, The InBetween was pushed back to a summer premiere, making it too soon to predict whether the fledgling production would return for a second go. Not to be confused with the similarly titled series about British pervs, The InBetween follows Australian actress Harriet Dyer’s Cassie Bedford, a bartender who can speak to the dead and witness moments from their pasts. Conveniently, her father is a detective who needs someone’s help solving a gruesome, confusing murder, and Cassie might be the only girl for the job.
What do you do when you have more money than God? Cast yourself in your dream television role, obviously. Seth MacFarlane is the creator, primary writer, executive producer, and star of The Orville, a Star Trek-esque comedy about futuristic space explorers. The series was renewed in May after a much-improved second season and a well-rated run that’s made The Orville Fox’s best Thursday 9 p.m. broadcast in years. Although, if fans ever did decide to stop watching, Seth could just use his billions to bribe an entire small country to tune in and keep the dream alive until we’re all dead.
Bill Hader can act, and we should all stop underestimating comedians. The SNL alum has won two consecutive Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the title character, and co-star Henry Winkler has also felt the love with an Outstanding Supporting Actor win. Barry secured its third renewal only two episodes in to its second season, and this show about a Midwestern hitman trying to break into acting is one of the buzziest series on television.
This Walking Dead prequel didn’t get a fifth season renewal until a month after its fourth season began, debuting the vision of new showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg. As ratings remain steady, hopefully Fear The Walking Dead’s sixth season will follow the same schedule as its first, with an announcement coming after a quarter of the season has already aired instead of a week after its premiere like previous iterations. Cross over characters Dwight and Morgan recently reconnected on the show and the season premiere hinted at a link to Rick Grimes, so audiences are as invested as they’ve ever been, even if there’s another Walking Dead spin-off in the works for 2020 already.
Matt Czuchry blessing our television screens is always a good thing. The Gilmore Girls alum stars in Fox’s addition to the medical drama genre alongside Revenge’s Emily VanCamp as hot doctors who heal people and deal with a bureaucracy. It’s not exactly new territory, but well over seven million people tuned in for season two’s drama even though actual doctors seem to hate on it more than they hate on most other scripted medical shows. Its third season has been confirmed, and we're ready for another year of watching whatever it is Matt decides to act in, regardless of its plot.
The Other Two was renewed less than a month after its premiere in early 2019, and it’s as good as you’d expect for a series produced by Lorne Michaels’s studio Broadway Video. AKA, it’s great. The series shows a struggling actor and a former professional dancer whose tween brother becomes an overnight sensation after his online videos go viral. This take on “What If Justin Bieber Had Siblings” lived up to its premise, and we can’t wait to see what the creators, former SNL head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, do next.
Like most highly acclaimed BBC shows, Luther’s production schedule is a little too slow and not quite steady enough for our easily-distracted minds. Its fifth series was released on New Year’s Day 2019 after a four-year hiatus, presumably while series lead Idris Elba was training to be a DJ, and there’s been no word on whether it’s coming back for a sixth. I guess we’ll find out sometime in the next four years, sometime before our little siblings all graduate college. Also, can someone explain to us what the f*ck is going on with Sherlock?
TBT to this time last year when it looked like Brooklyn Nine-Nine was about to fall into the “Gone Too Soon” category of cruelly canceled comedies. Thankfully, our heroes over at NBC saved the 99 and renewed the series during their sixth season run, we’d imagine in order to spare fans from having to worry *at all* after what we went through last year. The loss of Chelsea Peretti this season was a bummer (Don’t worry, she’s not dead! Just dead to us gone from the show), but Brooklyn Nine-Nine remains one of the best comedies on television.
Like its innovatively titled spin-off Fear The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead isn’t ending any time soon. It’s tenth season airs in October 2019, albeit with Danai Gurira’s Michonne in a reduced role for *her* final season of the series, and its executive producers have said they have plans for the next three seasons and could easily see the show following the original comics for seven more years. AMC’s CEO told Bloomberg the network plans on keeping the franchise alive for another decade at least with additional films and television spin-offs in the works.
At the time this article was being written, Good Trouble’s second season had premiered about five hours earlier, so limbo is a pretty fair place for the Freeform series to be. The series received over six million dollars in tax credits from the California Film Commission to produce its second season, so the series Vox called “TV’s first good Gen Z drama” was basically a shoo-in for a sophomore pick-up. Assuming ratings for The Foster’s coming-of-age spin-off remain as steady as they did during season one, we see a season three pick up in its near future.
Superstore just keeps getting better. The series stars producer America Ferrera as the floor manager of a fictional big box department store and Ben Feldman as a new employee amongst a diverse ensemble cast of Cloud 9 Superstore workers. The fourth season ended with a Big Important Statement in its last ten minutes when the department store’s corporate office calls in ICE to retaliate against efforts by the employees to create a union, and despite attempts to hid Nico Santos’s Mateo, the undocumented Filipino immigrant is taken away by officers. We’re thrilled to see where season five goes from here.
We’re sorry, but how on Earth was Charmed renewed for a second season? Fans (and some actors) from the ‘00s series were pissed that the same network that canceled the show a decade ago decided to bring it back without any input from the original creators, and the series received backlash over accusations of colorism because they chose to market Charmed as a Latina-led series despite only one of the leads actually being Latinx. Instead, two black actresses portray the Latina leads, which is a W for diversity and all, but a bit of an L for the whole “lumping all P.O.C. into one category” thing. Anyway, it's coming back and nothing has changed.
Freeform’s first Pretty Little Liars spin-off was fairly short-lived despite its parent series’s enduring popularity, so all bets are off when it comes to Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Starring Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish reprising their roles from the original series, Disney star Sofia Carson, and Gossip Girl alum Kelly Rutherford, it seems like The Perfectionists is set up for success, but news of a second season pick up has yet to come. If The Perfectionists fails, we might all have to consider that the only reason we watched Pretty Little Liars is because we as a country have a hot teacher fetish.
Inspired by the real life of Joanna Coles, a former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief currently living our dream life, The Bold Type is everything Freeform is trying to be in its post-ABC Family rebrand. The show was renewed for a fourth season after its third concluded with rave reviews from Vox hailing that it actually shows what working in media is like, TV Guide challenging the “absolute cowards” at the Television Academy to nominate the series for an Emmy, and one reviewer at Junkee asking for the us to "shunt it directly into my bloodstream by a catheter in [his] butt!” Honestly, same.
Obviously, Killing Eve got renewed. Like, duh. Sandra Oh has never made a mistake in her life, Jodie Comer is the breakout star of the 2018 television season, and the female-led series is one of the most successful in the past decade in regards to weekly ratings growth. If there’s any justice in the world, Killing Eve will be around forever with absolutely no drop in quality or fan enthusiasm. For those of you living under a rock, Sandra stars as an MI5 desk jockey who attempts to track down psychopathic assassin Oksana Astankova, and the two women become obsessed with taking each other down.
Sweetbitter got its start as a wildly popular book, so it makes sense that the Starz adaptation would be doing just fine despite a fairly abysmal 30% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Season two won’t air until mid-July of 2019, but a combination of sh*tty reviews and meh ratings means everything is riding on season two taking more cues from its source material and actually getting it right. It could honestly go either way, but we’re hoping Sweetbitter finds its footing in its sophomore season.
Will & Grace didn’t come back out of nowhere to disappear just as quickly. After the first season of its revival was extended twice, NBC renewed it for a second season, which was again extended for an extra five episodes and renewed for an 18-episode third season. Debra Messing told Vulture she hopes her character Grace will go through menopause soon, because she’s never seen it happen on a television sitcom before, and Bustle has theorized the originally ten season-long series could easily be around for another decade.
Would the whisp even exist without Riverdale? Seriously, what would we write about without Riverdale and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to occupy our every waking thought? Luckily, both of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s series will be returning for the 2019-20 season, and Riverdale’s most recent season ended with a bang. We won’t know Jughead’s fate until mid-season (although we do have some theories), but this I Know What Do Did Last Summer-themed installment is poised to be Riverdale’s best season yet.