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Bubble Watch: Deadline's Status Report on Shows in Danger

16 Apr 2016

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Note: I've only shared the first section of Deadline's article, please click the link below to view the entire longer article.

2016 has been a relatively calm year for bubble shows. For the first time in awhile, all five broadcast networks gave early renewals to the bulk of their lineups, leaving a handful of shows — mostly freshmen — on the fence. Leading the charge was the CW, which went for a rather unprecedented pickup of all of its shows on the air at the time of the renewal — 11 total. ABC renewed 15 series, CBS 11. Here are how things are shaking out for the shows that are still on the bubble at ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.

The major two omissions in ABC’s renewal announcement were veteran procedural Castle and country music drama Nashville. Their future is still in limbo but the feeling is that both will be brought back for one — possibly last and possibly shorter-run seasons. I hear talks are still underway with Castle star Nathan Fillion who needs to sign a new deal but there are hopeful signs that thevenerable series, now in Season 8, will get a final chapter. What’s more, Castle is a rare procedural on the current ABC schedule, a genre the network is said to be making a push in, so bringing the long-running show back would provide continuity.

n renewal a couple of times after haggling over financial terms. While not a strong ratings performer, the music drama has seen its Live+same day numbers perk up recently, and it has solid DVR bumps. Nashville also is a brand for ABC, with Nashville-themed TV music specials, soundtracks, tours etc. Additionally, Lionsgate TV recently lined up big names as showrunners for the potential fifth season, Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick.

As for the other ABC bubble dramas, John Ridley’s American Crime has been garnering critical praise and awards attention and has enjoyed strong support at the network, so a third installment is considered likely. Marvel’s Agent Carter, whose star Hayley Atwell already was recruited for an ABC pilot, Conviction, does not look good, especially with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff Marvel’s Most Wanted waiting in the wings.