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TV Upfronts: Renewed? Canceled? Coming Soon?

Posted by Sarah Rodman  May 14, 2012 04:43 PM

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Watch a clip of "Revolution," a new NBC drama about the fallout of a worldwide cataclysmic blackout from J.J. Abrams.

It's that time of year again, upfronts, when the TV networks unveil their line-ups for the upcoming season to their advertisers, and also, the rest of us.

Of course, most viewers are less concerned about what will be on next fall than whether or not their favorite bubble show is getting the axe right now, so herewith is a partial round-up of some of the good news and the bad news -- broken down by the networks who have made their announcements thus far -- and shows to look forward to in the 2012-2013 season we've been able to cobble together.

(NBC and FOX made their official announcements today. ABC holds their presentation tomorrow, CBS goes on Wednesday, and the CW on Thursday.)


Canceled: "Awake," "Bent," "Best Friends Forever," "The Firm," "Harry's Law," and "Are You There, Chelsea?"

Renewed: "Parks and Recreation," "Community," "30 Rock" (for a final season), "Parenthood," "The Office," "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Law & Order: SVU," "The Voice," "Rock Center with Brian Williams," "Grimm," "Fashion Star," "Celebrity Apprentice," and "Smash," which moves to mid-season.  

New shows:

Dramas: "Revolution" (about the fallout of a worldwide cataclysmic blackout from J.J. Abrams, see clip above), "Chicago Fire" (from Dick Wolf),  and "Do No Harm."

Comedies:  "Go On" (starring Matthew Perry), "The New Normal," "Animal Practice," and "Guys With Kids" (executive produced by Jimmy Fallon). 

*New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET

8-10 p.m. "The Voice"
10-11 p.m."REVOLUTION"

8-9 p.m. "The Voice"
9-9:30 p.m.  "GO ON"
9:30-10 p.m.  "THE NEW NORMAL"
10-11 p.m.  "Parenthood"

8-8:30 p.m.  "ANIMAL PRACTICE"
8:30-9 p.m.  "GUYS WITH KIDS"
9-10 p.m.  "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
10-11 p.m.  "CHICAGO FIRE"

8-8:30 p.m.  "30 Rock"
8:30-9 p.m.  "Up All Night"
9-9:30 p.m.  "The Office"
9:30-10 p.m.  "Parks and Recreation"
10-11 p.m.  "Rock Center with Brian Williams"

8-8:30 p.m.  "Whitney"
8:30-9 p.m.  "Community"
9-10 p.m.  "Grimm"
10-11 p.m.  "Dateline NBC"

Encore programming

SUNDAY (Fall 2012)
7- 8:15 p.m. -- "Football Night in America"
8:15-11:30 p.m. -- "NBC Sunday Night Football"

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
7-8 p.m. "Dateline NBC"
8-9 p.m.  "Fashion Star"
9-10 p.m.  "The Celebrity Apprentice"
10-11 p.m.  "DO NO HARM"


Canceled: "The Finder," "Alcatraz," "Terra Nova," "Breaking In," "I Hate My Teenage Daughter"

Renewed: "American Idol," "The X Factor" (with new judges Britney Spears and Demi Lovato), "Bones," "Fringe" (for a final 13-episode season), "The Simpsons," "The Cleveland Show," "Bob's Bugers," "Family Guy," " Raising Hope," "New Girl," "Glee," "Touch," "Hell's Kitchen," "Cops," "American Dad" 

New Shows:

Dramas: "The Mob Doctor," "The Following" (mid-season, starring Kevin Bacon)

Comedies:  "Ben and Kate," "The Goodwin Games," “The Mindy Project” (from Mindy Kaling of "The Office"; watch clip below)


(All Times ET/PT)

8:00-9:00 PM - Bones
9:00-10:00 PM - THE MOB DOCTOR (new)

THE FOLLOWING (new) joins in midseason.

8:00-8:30 PM - Raising Hope
8:30-9:00 PM  - BEN AND KATE (new)
9:00-9:30 PM - New Girl
9:30-10:00 PM - THE MINDY PROJECT (new)

THE GOODWIN GAMES (new) joins in midseason. 

8:00-10:00 PM - The X Factor (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL (midseason)

8:00-9:00 PM - The X Factor Results (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL Results (midseason)
9:00-10:00 PM - Glee

8:00-9:00 PM - Touch
9:00-10:00 PM - Fringe (fall)

HELL’S KITCHEN returns in midseason.  


COPS returns in midseason.

ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF (new) will join late-prime in 2013.

7:00-7:30 PM - NFL Game (fall) / Animation Domination (encores)
7:30-8:00 PM  - THE OT (fall) / The Cleveland Show
8:00-8:30 PM  - The Simpsons
8:30-9:00 PM - Bob's Burgers
9:00-9:30 PM  - Family Guy
9:30-10:00 PM - American Dad


Canceled: "A Gifted Man," "Rob," "CSI: Miami," "NYC-22", and "Unforgettable"

Renewed: "How I Met Your Mother," "Mike & Molly," "Two and a Half Men," Hawaii Five-0," "The Big Bang Theory," "CSI: NY," "Blue Bloods," "CSI," "The Metnalist," "Criminal Minds," "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "The  Good Wife," "2 Broke Girls," "Person of Interest," "Undercover Boss," "Survivor," "The Amazing Race"

New Shows:

Dramas: "Golden Boy," "Made in Jersey," "Elementary," "Vegas" (starring Dennis Quaid)

Comedies: "Friend Me," "Partners"

(CBS will announce its full fall schedule on Wednesday, May 16.)


Canceled: "GCB," "The River," "Pan Am," "Missing"

Moving: "Cougar Town" is going to TBS

Renewed: "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Revenge," "Modern Family," "Castle," "Once Upon a Time," "The Middle," "Suburgatory," "Happy Endings," "Body of Proof," "Last Man Standing," "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23," "Scandal," "Dancing With the Stars," "Shark Tank," "America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Bachelor," and "Wife Swap."

(ABC announces its schedule Tuesday, May 15.)

The CW

Canceled: "Ringer," "The Secret Circle"

Renewed: "Gossip Girl," "Nikita," "Hart of Dixie," "Supernatural," "The Vampire Diaries," "90210, "America's Next Top Model."

(The CW announces its full schedule on Thursday, May 17.)



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