TV Renewal Index: Which of Your Favorite Sci-Fi Shows Are Coming Back Next Year?
UPDATE - 06/20/16 11:14 am
Supergirl was on the bubble for quite a while, with the show's high price tag reportedly a sticking point with the network. So they came up with the best solution possible: moving the show to The CW. It will now shoot in Vancouver, which will help cut costs significantly, and considering the younger-skewing audience and the DCTV connection, it probably should have aired on The CW in the first place. And best of all, now it can crossover with The Flash, and maybe Arrow and LOT, to its heart's content.
The Walking Dead
Until further notice, The Walking Dead is the Star Wars of television. It's the forever franchise.
We aren't huge fans of Gotham, but there's no denying that it's popular. Its ratings are ridiculously high, so whether we like it or not, it's here to stay for a while. On the bright side, this brings us one step closer to a perfect record for DCTV, with Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Lucifer, and iZombie all getting renewals. Now we're just waiting on Supergirl...
The Flash is the highest-rated show on The CW, and it's far and away the best and most popular superhero show on network television right now, so it was always safe. But The CW just renewed every single one of its current series, which means a few more of our favorite shows are safe:
Arrow will come back for a fifth season, which not only means we'll see more of Ollie, Felicity, Diggle, and the gang, but also that the series will go into syndication, and we'll be able to watch reruns to our hearts' desires (those of us who didn't already have Netflix, that is).
Legends of Tomorrow
Legends of Tomorrow has gotten very mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, but the Flarrow universe is a proven goldmine, so it only makes sense that it's coming back for a second season of crossovers galore.
The 100's critical acclaim and constant buzz finally paid off, as many more fans have joined the thoughtful, groundbreaking post-apocalyptic drama for its third season (after binge-watching the first two on Netflix, of course). Its ratings are finally solid, especially for The CW, and although that last heartbreaking episode may have lost them some viewers, it also proved that the show is only going to get buzzier.
iZombie was probably the biggest wildcard of the CW sci-fi shows, but we're happy to report that it's officially safe, and will return for a third season of brain-munching fun.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was just renewed for a fourth season on ABC, with a bonus pilot order for the Mockingbird/Lance Hunter spin-off, Marvel's Most Wanted. Now if we could just get Agent Carter renewed...
Fear the Walking Dead
We think FTWD is boring as hell (and not the fun zombie apocalypse kind of hell), but the Walking Dead connection will likely keep it going for at least a couple more seasons.
The Man in the High Castle
After an overwhelmingly positive response from both fans and critics, Amazon's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle was renewed for a second season, to come out sometime next year.
Star Wars Rebels
They could never end the show after that game-changing season finale! Expect season three of this canonical Star Wars show sometime in 2016.
Colony is part of the push to bring semi-prestige sci-fi to USA, and although Colony wasn't quite as successful as Mr. Robot, it has still served the network well in the ratings, and was renewed shortly before airing its fourth episode.
Lucifer is a charming, easy-to-swallow, show with a charismatic lead and a procedural hook that gives it mass appeal. So naturally it has some of the best ratings on Fox, and was unsurprisingly picked up for a second season.
Sadly, Doctor Who won't come back for a full series until 2017, but at least we have a 2016 Christmas special to look forward to. And as we all know, the show will continue past 2017, as Chris Chibnall is taking over as showrunner after the tenth series and Steven Moffat's departure.
We don't know when Jessica Jones is coming back, and it might even be after the Defenders miniseries, but at least we're assured that it's coming back. Plus, we'll probably get to see the character later this year on the Luke Cage solo series.
After a mind-blowing and universally acclaimed second season, The Leftovers was renewed for one last outing to air later this year. On the one hand, we're glad they're quitting while they're ahead, but we're still sad to be saying goodbye.
AMC's intelligent, thoughtful, uncanny valley android drama will be back to creep us out for at least one more season.
Last Man on Earth
Offbeat post-apocalyptic comedy Last Man on Earth is a critical darling, so although its ratings place it squarely on the bubble, it was quietly renewed by Fox along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine at the end of March.
Likely to Be Renewed
The eleventh season of The X-Files hasn't been officially announced yet, but Chris Carter has assured fans that after the record-breaking ratings, Fox definitely wants to order more episodes. It will just be a matter of working around the leads' schedules, but we're pretty much guaranteed more Mulder and Scully in our future.
UPDATE - 06/20/16 11:14 am
UPDATE - 06/20/16 11:14 am
Daredevil's second season hasn't started streaming yet, but considering how massively successful the franchise has become, I can't imagine that it wouldn't come back for another season. The early reviews of the second season have been highly complimentary, so while we may not see Daredevil season three before Defenders and a Punisher solo series, I'm sure we'll be seeing Matt, Karen, and Foggy again after this season.
It's technically too early to say, but Mr. Robot has been a surprise runaway success and heralded USA's renaissance. So unless they really mess up the second season, they're probably safe.
Outlander isn't a huge ratings juggernaut, but considering that the show is Starz's main claim to fame and awards recognition, we'd guess that they will want to keep it around for more than two seasons.
The buzz surrounding 12 Monkeys has grown steadily between its first and second season, so unless the upcoming episodes falter terribly, it will likely be a shoe-in for a third season.
We really don't have any idea about this one. Hulu's adaptation of Stephen King's time traveling historical novel is technically an "event series," which means it should be over after this season. But as we all know, if something is popular (and this show seems to be), it will pretty much come back no matter what. I'm not entirely sure how the premise could sustain itself, but I'm sure they'll figure it out.
Likely to Be Canceled
Limitless had decent ratings, but it's been on the bubble for a while, and the longer we go without an announcement, the worse the outlook gets. But honestly, we wouldn't miss it that much. Maybe if it's canceled, the always-wonderful Jennifer Carpenter will get to be on a genre show that's as great as the early seasons of Dexter.
UPDATE - 06/20/16 11:14 am
This is a very early prediction, since at the time of this writing, Hunters just premiered a week ago, but it's getting an impressively terrible 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, and considering its pedigree (the show was created by Gale Ann Hurd of The Walking Dead fame), it's not getting nearly the buzz it should be. We'll see what happens after a few more episodes air, but this show's staying power is extremely doubtful.
This one stings, a lot. After ending on a huge cliffhanger, Agent Carter has officially been canceled by ABC. It's not a surprise, but it's very sad, and we hope the show gets picked up by another network, probably Netflix. But if not, at least there's a chance we'll get to say a real goodbye to her in another Marvel One-Shot, which would bring Peggy's journey full circle in all kinds of ways.
Person of Interest
Person of Interest is fiercely beloved by critics and a cult fanbase, but so far, its chances aren't looking good. The A.I. series ended its fourth season on a series low, and CBS ordered a shortened fifth season, already a sign that it's on its way out. After several delays, CBS has finally revealed a premiere date for season five (May 3) and also revealed that the fifth season will be their last. But for all of you who adore this low-rated but acclaimed show, here's a petition to other networks, including Netflix, to pick it up once it's canceled.
Second Chance really never had a chance (sorry). Between changing the name twice before settling on the most generic name possible, the confusing promotion, and the move to the Friday night timeslot of death, this one was always going to be a goner. But from what we hear, it was nothing special anyway, so it's not too much of a tragedy.
Heroes Reborn was technically an "event series," but everyone involved was pretty open about the possibility of coming back for further seasons if it was a hit. Unfortunately, it was terrible, and luckily, everyone knew it, and it looks like the Heroes franchise is finally, finally dead.
You, Me and the Apocalypse
We had a soft spot for this quirky apocalyptic comedy, since it features some clever humor and lots of great acting. But it didn't exactly catch fire in the ratings, and Sky 1 recently revealed that there wouldn't be a second season. Hopefully Jenna Fischer, Rob Lowe et al will find another show worthy of their talents.
RIP Minority Report. Not because we liked you, but because we're glad you'll never, ever come back.