US geek TV: cancelled or renewed?

Feature Louisa Mellor 12 May 2014 - 06:45

From Almost Human to Vikings, we’ve collated some of the year’s many US geek TV cancellations and renewals in one handy list…

Turn, turn, turn. We’ve reached the point in the TV year when US networks either give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to the shows on their schedules. It’s traditionally a painful time for the geek community (Almost Human, you deserved much better) but one not without its new commission excitement (Agent Carter, come on in and make yourself comfortable).

To save you the trouble, we’ve collected together the majority of geek TV cancellations and renewals below, along with details of those shows due to bow out after their next season and some of those still awaiting news either way. We’ll keep this post updated as more announcements are made.

Cancellations

Almost Human JH Wyman’s follow-up to Fringe sadly only made it to thirteen episodes before Fox prematurely pulled the plug.

Being Human USA We found out at the end of February that this US remake of the UK original was being put to bed after its now-concluded fourth season.

Believe Much fanfare was made about NBC’s Believe, a supernatural action series about a young girl with special abilities and the group trying to protect her from those who’d use her powers for world domination, but to no avail. Currently nearing the end of its first season run, NBC has already cancelled the Alfonso Cuaron-created series.

Community Confirming that this truly is the darkest timeline, Community has finally been put to sleep by NBC. However, we don’t imagine this is one that will necessarily go quietly…

Dracula Even Jonathan Rhys-Meyers couldn’t save this tangled reworking of Bram Stoker's Dracula character from cancellation.

Intelligence Like Chuck but without the humour, Intelligence has been axed by CBS after one season.

Mob City TNT’s period gangster drama created by The Walking Dead’s Frank Darabont went to sleep with the fishes after its six-episode first run.

Once Upon A Time In Wonderland The Once Upon A Time spin-off never really found its feet and ended after thirteen episodes. It did bring the talents of Michael Socha into its parent show though, so it’s not all bad news.

Psych Eight seasons is nothing to be ashamed of, and that’s how far the USA Network’s Psych made it this March.

Ravenswood Another spin-off that never really bedded in, Pretty Little Liars’ supernatural chum was put to sleep after thirteen episodes.

Revolution What’s that noise you can hear? Only our Revolution reviewer, Billy Grifter blowing his vuvuzela in joy that this post-apocalyptic drama has been put out of its misery.

Star-Crossed This sci-fi Romeo and Juliet was as doomed as its central teen relationship.

The Neighbors This sci-fi sitcom only made it to two seasons on ABC.

The Tomorrow People The CW remade the 70s UK original as a slick drama full of beautiful people, but it’s going no further than season one.

 

Renewals

American Dad TBS will be airing the eleventh season of this Seth Macfarlane animated comedy, taking over from Fox.

American Horror Story Returning this autumn for season four, American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Archer Is confirmed as coming back for seasons six and seven.

Arrow The CW is onto a winner with this DC-inspired action series, which returns for season three in the autumn.

Banshee Cinemax has ordered a third season of violent action series, Banshee, due to air in 2015.

Bates Motel Also arriving in 2015 will be season three of A&E’s impressive Psycho prequel, Bates Motel.

Beauty And The Beast Unlike fellow modern reimagining, The Tomorrow People, The CW’s Beauty And The Beast lives to fight another day. Season three starts this autumn.

Black Sails Starz gave this pirate drama an early second season renewal last summer.

Castle Nathan Fillion isn’t getting a holiday anytime soon from Castle, which begins its seventh season in the autumn.

Da Vinci’s Demons Starz’ historical adventure series about the early life of Leonardo Da Vinci will return in 2015 with its third season.

Defiance We’re getting at least thirteen further episodes of sci-fi western, Defiance, which starts its second season on Syfy this summer.

Elementary Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu have won their audience over as Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Season three of CBS’ Elementary is due to air this autumn.

Falling Skies At least ten more episodes of this post-apocalyptic drama will air this summer.

Family Guy Is coming back for season thirteen this September.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series A thirteen episode second season of Roberto Rodriguez’ gory vamp series will air on the El Rey Network and Netflix.

Game Of Thrones HBO’s flagship fantasy series is going nowhere for the foreseeable, with fifth and sixth seasons confirmed, and an overall game plan of between seven and eight in total, according to the showrunners.

Grimm NBC’s Wesen-hunting series starts its fourth season this autumn.

Hannibal Bryan Fuller says he has a seven season arc planned for Hannibal, which will air its third set of episodes in 2015.

Haven A twenty-six episode fifth season (split over the next two years) is on its way from Haven.

Helix In news that came as a surprise to some, virus thriller Helix has been renewed for season two.

Hemlock Grove Netflix is to welcome a second season of Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove.

Homeland Carrie will be crying at least into a fourth season of Showtime’s Homeland.

House Of Cards This Kevin Spacey-starring Netflix remake will soon sail into its third season.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia The Paddy’s Pub gang aren’t going anywhere as FX have ordered seasons eleven and twelve of the Philadelphia-set sitcom.

Lost Girl Is due to start its fifth season this autumn.

Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD After a bumpy first run, SHIELD is coming back this autumn for a second season.

Modern Family ABC’s mega-hit will continue to season six later this year.

Once Upon A Time Though its spin-off didn’t prosper, Once Upon A Time will enter season four this autumn.

Orange Is The New Black The critically acclaimed Netflix series will return for a third season.

Person Of Interest Has been renewed for a fourth season, due to begin this September on CBS.

Pretty Little Liars We don’t yet know who A is, hence Pretty Little Liars coming back for season five.

Ray Donovan Is due to start its second season this July.

Resurrection This newcomer to ABC’s schedules has made it to a second season.

Reign As has The CW’s historical drama, Reign.

Silicon Valley And HBO’s clever tech-centred comedy, Silicon Valley, by Mike Judge.

Sleepy Hollow Another 2013 newcomer done good, Sleepy Hollow returns for season two this autumn.

Supernatural Nothing’s stopping the Winchester brothers, who are due a further twenty-three Supernatural episodes in their tenth season, starting later this year.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The animated show is definitely coming back for season three.

Teen Wolf After a short gap, MTV’s impressive teen drama will start its fourth season this summer.

The 100 Another 2013 freshman show that’s made it to its sophomore year.

The Americans The eighties-set spy drama has been renewed for season three.

The Big Bang Theory Not just one but three further seasons of The Big Bang Theory are on their way over the next few years.

The Following Surely Kevin Bacon can quit those EE ads now that his serial killer drama has made it to season three?

The Mentalist Which is coming back for a seventh season on CBS this autumn.

The Originals One of 2013’s spin-offs that could, The Originals returns to New Orleans for season two this autumn.

The Simpsons Another juggernaut, this one is soon going into its 26th season.

The Vampire Diaries Is starting season six come the autumn.

The Venture Bros. As is irreverent animated series, The Venture Bros.

The Walking Dead AMC’s ratings-winner starts its fifth season later this year.

True Detective HBO’s critically acclaimed crime mystery will return for season two, though when and with whom in the lead roles, is yet to be confirmed.

Under The Dome CBS’ high-concept summer 2013 gamble paid off in terms of viewer numbers and will return this June.

Veep HBO’s excellent political satire has been renewed for a fourth season.

Vikings A ten-episode third season of Vikings go into production this summer.

 

One season left

Boardwalk Empire HBO has announced that season five of Terence Winter’s superlative historical New Jersey drama will be it last.

Justified Likewise, Justified will finish for good at the end of season six.

Mad Men Has already started its final season, which is airing in two chunks this year and next.

Parks And Recreation Amy Poehler’s sitcom has been renewed for season seven, but word has it that's to be its final outing.

Sons Of Anarchy While it’s not been officially announced, Kurt Sutter has hinted that he’s planning to end Sons Of Anarchy after its forthcoming seventh season.

The Killing (US) After AMC cancelled it, then un-cancelled it, then cancelled it again, The Killing (US) will enjoy a short-lived return on Netflix. A six episode fourth season of the crime drama will be available on the streaming site from this August.

The Newsroom Aaron Sorkin’s media drama has just one season remaining.

True Blood Is primed to launch its seventh and final season on HBO and Fox in the UK this summer.

Warehouse 13 Currently airing on Syfy is Warehouse 13’s six-episode fifth and final season.

Wilfred The US remake of the Australian original will enter its fourth and final season on FXX this summer.

 

Still waiting to hear

Bitten Will the Canadian werewolf drama return for a second season?

Continuum And will the Canadian time travel drama come back for a fourth?

Fargo The future of FX's critically acclaimed drama hangs in the balance.

Louie Unless the decision comes from CK himself, we'd be mightily surprised if FX didn't want more Louie.

Orphan Black Now that the show has really hit its stride, surely a third season is on its way for Orphan Black?

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