It’s February and believe it or not some shows from the 2009-10 television season have either had their season finales, or have already been canceled. It’s times like these that make us wonder about the fate of our current television roster. We’ve decided to put together a list explaining what shows will live to see another day, what shows are still in waiting, and who’s already bitten the dust. If you’re an avid TV watcher this is a MUST read…

In order to make it easier for our readers, we’ve broken up the list into multiple sections. We have shows that have already been renewed for another season, those that have been canceled, those expected to return, likely to return, unlikely to return, and those on the fence.

Some of the series that have been asked to return are questionable in my eyes, as well as those that are still in waiting. From past experiences we know that executives aren’t the smartest people when it comes to noting quality material i.e. “Arrested Development,” so here’s what we’ve got so far.


  • “Cougar Town” (ABC)
  • “The Middle” (ABC)
  • “Modern Family” (ABC)
  • “The Amazing Race” (CBS)
  • “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
  • “The Good Wife” (CBS)
  • “How I Met You Mother” (CBS)
  • “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS)
  • “Survivor” (CBS)
  • “Two and a Half Men” (CBS)
  • “American Dad” (FOX)
  • “Bones” (FOX)
  • “The Cleveland Show” (FOX)
  • “Glee” (FOX)
  • “Friday Night Lights” – renewed for fifth and final season (NBC)
  • “Law & Order” (NBC)
  • “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

How is it that “The Cleveland Show” and “American Dad” are automatically renewed, yet “Family Guy” is off in limbo land? Even though “American Dad” has slowly become my favorite out of the Seth MacFarlane trilogy, that’s really surprising. Secondly, “Law & Order” made the cut, but “SVU” didn’t? Aren’t the ratings for “SVU” better than the original “Law & Order,” and isn’t it more critically acclaimed? That show is awesome, and they better not deny it another season!

After being put off by the above renewed column here’s a list of shows that are still awaiting their fate, but expected to return.

Expected to Return:

  • “The Bachelor” (ABC)
  • “Brothers & Sisters” (ABC)
  • “Castle” (ABC)
  • “Dancing With The Stars” (ABC)
  • “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
  • “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
  • “Private Practice” (ABC)
  • “Criminal Minds” (CBS)
  • CSI” (CBS)
  • CSI: Miami” (CBS)
  • “The Mentalist” (CBS)
  • “NCIS” (CBS)
  • “American Idol” (FOX)
  • “Family Guy” (FOX)
  • “House” (FOX)
  • “The Simpsons” (FOX)
  • 30 Rock” (NBC)
  • “The Biggest Loser” (NBC)
  • “Community” (NBC)
  • “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC)
  • “The Office” (NBC)
  • “90210″ (The CW)
  • “America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
  • “Gossip Girl” (The CW)
  • Smallville” (The CW)
  • “Supernatural (The CW)
  • “The Vampire Diaries” (The CW)

As you can see from this list, a lot of the shows I had gripes about not being renewed are considered sure things, but what the hell is “Smallville” doing on here? Does that show even fit in with the network anymore? It seems like it’s from another time and place. “Supernatural” has been consistently good, so they can make that show go a while longer, but Clark Kent and his trusted sidekick Chloe should be done at this point. And who still watches “America’s Next Top Model” on a weekly bases?

Likely to Return:

  • “CSI:NY (CBS)
  • “Gary Unmarried” (CBS)
  • “Ghost Whisperer” (CBS)
  • “Fringe” (FOX)
  • “Lie To Me” (FOX)
  • “Celebrity Apprentice” (NBC)
  • “Chuck” (NBC)

“Fringe” has gotten better these past few episodes, but the overall season’s story arc has been slagging along. If they stay on this upward swing they could assure themselves a third season, while NBC’s “Chuck” should already be renewed at this point. The show broke a record when it returned this year, and plenty of fans have voiced how much they love the series, what’s NBC’s problem?

Unlikely to Return:

  • “The Deep End” (ABC)
  • “The Forgotten” (ABC)
  • “Scrubs” (ABC)
  • “Cold Case” (CBS)
  • “Numb3rs” (CBS)
  • “Brothers”(FOX)
  • “Past Life” (FOX)
  • “Trauma” (NBC)
  • “Melrose Place” (The CW)
  • “Better Off Ted (ABC)

The fact that “Scrubs 2.0″ returned for another season was laughable and disrespectful to the amazing franchise that proceeded it. So, it needs to disappear and never be mentioned again. Didn’t “Past Life” just premiere on Fox a week or two ago yet it’s already on life support? The show’s trailers didn’t look that intriguing so I can’t say it’s a shock. And “Cold Case” and “Numb3rs” had a good run, but it’s time for them to say goodbye.

On the Fence:

  • “FlashFoward” (ABC)
  • “V” (ABC)
  • “Accidentally on Purpose” (ABC)
  • “Medium” (CBS)
  • “New Adventures of Old Christine” (CBS)
  • “Rules of Engagement” (CBS)
  • 24” (FOX)
  • “Human Target” (FOX)
  • “‘Til Death” (FOX)
  • Heroes” (NBC)
  • “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (NBC)
  • “Mercy” (NBC)
  • “Life Unexpected” (The CW)
  • “One Tree Hill” (The CW)

“FlashForward” could be a great show if it stopped trying so hard to be like “Lost.” There’s only so much mystery viewers can take before they think they’re being had. The last few new episodes that aired this season were mediocre. As for “Heroes,” that show needs to leave with the ounce of dignity it has left. Just disappear and be thankful that you had one good season under your belt.

And if “Heroes” does decide to leave they should take “One Tree Hill” with them because quite frankly when the main character leaves a series that should be a sign it’s over. Those two deserve their spots on this list but not, “Life Unexpected.” That show is actually good and a refreshing addition to the vapid, and superficial roster of The CW.

Already Canceled:

  • “Hank” (ABC)
  • Ugly Betty” (ABC) – Finale Airs April 14th.
  • “Three Rivers” (CBS)
  • “Dollhouse”

Everything in the canceled pile deserved to be there, and in a perfect world it would be great to add certain shows from the likely and expected to return columns to this section. At this point during the television season, here’s where some of your favorite shows stand. Whether or not you agree with the network’s decision is up to you. I’ve already voiced my opinion, what do you think?

What do you think about the current television renewal slate? What should stay and what should go?