TV Death Watch: What's the Fate of Your Favorite Show?

Complete list of network and cable shows and the status of their renewal chances

By Jenna Mullins, Rachel Brethauer Feb 27, 2012 9:15 PMTags
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Television works just like the theory of evolution: only the strongest survive. You pull in strong ratings, you keep getting renewed, regardless of your content. Sometimes a critically acclaimed award-winning series with low ratings will squeak by, but those are rare.

Upfront announcements are coming up in May, so we thought we'd provide you all with a list of network and cable shows and the status of their renewal chances: safe, in danger, already renewed, already canceled or on the dreaded bubble. This will give you enough time to prepare to mourn a series or celebrate another season…


The Bachelor: Safe
The Bachelorette: Safe
Body of Proof:
 On the bubble
: Safe
Cougar Town: On the bubble
Dancing With the Stars: Safe
Desperate Housewives: Series finale airs this spring
GCB: Premieres March 4
Grey's Anatomy
: Safe
Happy Endings: Safe
Last Man Standing: Safe
Man Up: Canceled
The Middle: Safe
Missing: Premieres March 15
Modern Family: Safe
Once Upon a Time: Safe
Pan Am: In danger
Private Practice
: Safe
Revenge: Safe
The River: On the bubble
Suburgatory: Safe
Work It: Canceled

ABC Family

The Lying Game: On the bubble
Make It Or Break It:
Returns March 26
Melissa & Joey:
Already renewed
Pretty Little Liars:
Already renewed
The Secret Life of the American Teenager:
Already renewed
Switched at Birth:


Breaking Bad: Renewed for fifth and final season
Hell on Wheels:
Already renewed
Mad Men:
Season five premieres March 25
The Killing:
Season two premieres April 1
The Walking Dead:


2 Broke Girls: Safe
The Amazing Race
: Safe
The Big Bang Theory: Already renewed
Blue Bloods: Safe
Criminal Minds: Safe
: Safe
CSI: Miami: On the bubble
CSI: NY: On the bubble
A Gifted Man: In danger
The Good Wife
: Safe
Hawaii Five-0: Fairly safe
How I Met Your Mother: Already renewed
How to Be a Gentleman: Canceled
The Mentalist
: Safe
Mike & Molly: Safe
NCIS: Safe
NCIS: Los Angeles: Safe
Person of Interest: On the bubble
Rob: On the bubble
Rules of Engagement: On the bubble
: Already renewed
Two and a Half Men: Safe
Undercover Boss: Safe
Unforgettable: Safe.


Alcatraz: On the bubble
American Idol: Safe
Bones: Safe
Breaking In: Season two premieres March 6
Family Guy: Safe
The Finder: On the bubble
Fringe: On the bubble
Glee: Safe
: Canceled
I Hate My Teenage Daughter: In danger
New Girl: Safe
Raising Hope
: Safe
The Simpsons
: Already renewed
Terra Nova: On the bubble
Touch: Series officially premieres March 19
The X Factor
: Already renewed


American Horror Story: Already renewed
Archer: Safe
Justified: Safe
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Already renewed
The League: Already renewed
Already renewed
Sons of Anarchy
: Already renewed
Wilfred: Already renewed


Boardwalk Empire: Already renewed
Bored to Death
: Canceled
Curb Your Enthusiasm:
Eastbound & Down:
Final season premiered Feb. 19
Already renewed
Game of Thrones:
Returns April 1
Premieres April 15
How to Make It in America:
Already renewed
 Already renewed
True Blood: Season five premieres this summer


30 Rock: Safe.
Are You There, Chelsea?: In danger
The Biggest Loser: Safe
Celebrity Apprentice
: Safe
Community: Safe.
Grimm: Safe.
Harry's Law
: On the bubble
Law & Order: SVU
: Safe
The Office: Safe
: Safe
Parks and Recreation: Safe
Smash: On the bubble
The Firm: In danger
Up All Night: Safe 
The Voice
: Safe
Whitney: In danger


The Big C:  Returns April 8
Already renewed
Already renewed
Returning in 2012
Already renewed
House of Lies:
 Already renewed
Nurse Jackie:
Returns April 8
Already renewed
Returning in 2012


Boss: Already renewed
Spartacus: Already renewed
Torchwood: On the bubble


90210: On the bubble
America's Next Top Model: Already renewed
Gossip Girl: Safe
Hart of Dixie: On the bubble
: On the bubble
One Tree Hill: Series finale airs April 4
Remodeled: In danger
Ringer: On the bubble
The Secret Circle: On the bubble
: Safe
The Vampire Diaries: Safe


The Closer: Final season currently airing
Falling Skies: Already renewed
Franklin & Bash: Already renewed
Leverage: Already renewed
Rizzoli & Isles: Already renewed
Southland: Safe


Burn Notice: Already renewed
Covert Affairs:
Already renewed
Fairly Legal:
 Returns March 16
In Plain Sight:
Final season premieres March 16
Necessary Roughness:
Already renewed
Already renewed
Royal Pains:
Already renewed
Already renewed
White Collar:
Already renewed

Is your favorite show in danger or on the bubble? There's still a chance to do your part to save it with our annual Save One Show campaign. Stick close to Watch With Kristin for Save One Show to start up, and maybe you can throw your favorite series a life preserver!

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