It’s that time of year when the major network series move toward their season finales and fans begin to wonder if those same shows will be back in the fall. Deadline has published their current scorecard for ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and the CW, and there are a lot of comic book-related shows on those five. So let’s take a look and see what is likely to return, what is on the bubble, and what has almost no chance of returning.
Let’s start of with the CW, where six of the shows are from Warner Bros. TV. Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl are all very likely to return, as is freshman series Black Lightning. Supernatural and Riverdale are also expected to return. These are the network’s seven best series, and in the fall they expand from 10 hours of programming a week to 12. The moves mean that it’s likely we’ll get Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and possibly Dynasty back as well. iZombie and The 100 are on the bubble, and while it’s likely we won’t know the fate of these shows until late May, the death knell is already ringing for Valor and Life Sentence.
The main shows we focus on over at ABC would be Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Marvel’s Inhumans, and Once Upon a Time. OUAT is already on the way out, and it’s pretty safe to say that Inhumans is done. There has been a lot of talk about SHIELD and how they’re treating the season finale as a possible series finale, but don’t start hammering the nails yet. The show is definitely on the bubble and the ratings have been poor, but it’s one of the best shows when looking at gains from DVR viewing. It also does extremely well in overseas sales and is owned by parent company Disney — it’s a marketing platform for other Marvel properties. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it get another season.
Moving over to Fox, we already know that The Orville and The Gifted have both been renewed along with animated comedies The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers. Gotham is a strong contender to be renewed, but the other WBTV series, Lucifer, is on the bubble. The show was a surprise hit and did very well to earn an early season 3 renewal, but the future of the series could go either way.
We may here some early renewals over the next month, but the bulk of answers will come during the Television Upfronts in May.