Parks & Recreation Avoids Cancellation! Other Shows, Not So Lucky

First off, let’s raise the roof! (Do kids still say that these days?) Parks & Recreation has officially been renewed for a sixth season! That means there will be at least one more year of Ron Swanson one-liners and Leslie Knope commenting on Ben Wyatt’s butt. Even though people may have assumed the show was safe, you can never really tell what goes on behind the scenes. I mean, we all pretty much saw the treatment Community got this year, and that show also has quite the following.

Here’s a breakdown of announced saves and cancellations by network.


They’re Keeping: Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Revenge, Once Upon A Time, Suburgatory, The Middle, Last Man Standing, Nashville, and The Neighbors

They’re Letting Go Of: Happy Endings, Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23, 666 Park Avenue, How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life), Private Practice, Malibu Country, Red Widow, and Zero Hour.


Huge Bummer: I couldn’t have been the only one who loved Don’t Trust The B…, right? I mean, aside from a pretty terrible title, the show had a great cast (Van Der Beek as Van Der Beek!) and great writing. Granted, I knew about this cancellation a few months ago, when ABC switched the order of episodes, the date it aired, and then pulled it off the schedule entirely. I hate it when a network sabotages a show.

Happy Endings also had a pretty impressive following. The good news is, the show is currently being shopped around to other networks – USA is reported to have already shown interest. And if that doesn’t work out, maybe Damon Wayans Jr. will stop by the set of New Girl to reprise his role of Coach for an episode or two. Because if that happened, that would be amazing.


They’re Keeping:  How I Met Your Mother,  2 Broke Girls,  The Mentalist, Mike & Molly, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Criminal Minds, Elementary, 48 Hours, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, CSI,  The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0,  NCIS, NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, Undercover Boss

They’re Letting Go Of:  CSI: NY, The Job, Made in Jersey, Golden Boy, Vegas, Partners, Rules of Engagement

Huge Bummer: Uh – How I Met Your Mother is getting another season. That’s good for the crew, but now that we know who the “mother” is, I don’t know where there is left to go! Ted Mosby’s kids are like, five billion years old right now in real time! I was kind of hoping it’d wrap up gracefully, because too many renewals would really mess with the once-carefully-thought-out timeline of this show.

But, cheers to Survivor. I watch every season, and they seem to have kept it fresh for over ten years. (Next season’s theme is “Blood is Thicker Than Water” – will families compete against each other? How weird would it be to vote out your own son?)


They’re Keeping: American Dad, American Idol, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Hotel Hell, Kitchen Nightmares,  Family Guy, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Raising Hope,  The Following, Glee, Hell’s Kitchen,  The Simpsons, The X Factor

They’re Letting Go Of:  Ben & Kate, Fringe, The Mob Doctor, Touch, and Cops – which will be moving to Spike TV.

Huge Bummer: It’s a shame that Fringe is leaving us, but unlike many others, it’ll be on their own terms. They ended in January, after five seasons. Plus, if you miss it enough, the show has its own series of comic book.

Otherwise, this is pretty predictable. Here’s a fun game: See how many of Fox’s returning shows include either Seth MacFarlane or Gordon Ramsay.

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I’m waiting for the day when those two join forces and get their own show together.

The CW

They’re Keeping:  America’s Next Top Model, Nikita, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie

They’re Letting Go Of:  90210, Cult, Emily Owens, M.D., Gossip Girl

Huge Bummer: ANTM, I used to love you. But you’ve run your course. After everyone refused to say why Angelea Preston was disqualified from the All-Star season, and why a re-shoot had to (clearly) happen afterward (because obviously she originally won, and then did something to destroy it), I ended my season pass on TiVo.

And yes, I still google Angelea’s name every once in awhile to see if there’s any new news. And the season wrapped up in 2011. Obviously this all had some sort of abnormal lasting effect on me.

And finally!


They’re Keeping: Chicago Fire, Community, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, Revolution

They’re Letting Go Of:  30 Rock, 1600 Penn, Up All Night, Whitney,  Animal Practice, Deception, Do No Harm, Go On, Guys With Kids, The Office, Ready for Love, Rock Center With Brian Williams, Smash, The New Normal

Obviously NBC made a heck of a lot of cuts. Sure, a few shows (30 Rock & The Office) ended honorably. Yet with NBC having so much notification over two of their stronger comedies parting ways, it’s shocking that they decided to ax the majority of their schedule.

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  • Jamie Lee Rotante

    I’ll admit that I watch maybe 10% of the shows listed (and that’s including 30 Rock, which ended a while ago)–but I’m very stoked to see that Bob’s Burgers will be back!

  • Michelle Lopez

    I’m super disappointed that Go On is cancelled! I watched it all season and really enjoyed it. I love Matthew Perry, but could never get into any of his other shows. I thought this one was great with just the right amount of comedy and heart.

    I also really enjoyed Partners and Ben & Kate! Really sad to see them go!
    But I am really just happy that Parenthood is renewed! Truth be told, it’s really the only show I truly care about. Hoping the fall has some more new good shows.

    • Katie Sholty

      Go On! was my show. I loved Anne and Mr. K’s shenanigans. I need a support group to move on. .

  • Lisa Frymark

    I was disappointed that The New Normal was cancelled, but I felt like they ended the season (now series) finale on a great note, providing some closure with the baby’s birth and the wedding.

  • Megan Barkley-Colwell

    Really sad about The New Normal. We won’t be able to see how they raise the baby. I really loved that show. Always made me tear up. I’m also sad about COPS, I know I’m lame, but I really loved that show. And I don’t have Spike. And GOON! Ugh, that show that super funny. I liked it a lot.

    I’m so happy they kept New Girl and Raising Hope!

  • 高田 あり

    I wish they maintained the Mob Doctor. Something interesting for once!

  • Jeannette Kirchner

    I’m bummed about Smash, Go On (could be a good fit on TBS or USA), and kinda about Private Practice. I really think it was either GA or PP, and they went with Grey’s, but what happens when Grey’s finally runs it course…. they could have been migrating to Private Practice???

  • Jessica Jeffers

    I’m hopeful for the next season of HIMYM, we’ve known for a few months that the ninth season would be the last and I thought the reveal last night was nice. The writers have been saying season nine is going to be unlike anything they’ve done so far so we’ll see what that means, but there’s a lot of threads they need to tie up.

    Stoked for Parks and Rec and Parenthood. Those are really the only other network shows I still watch regularly. I’m hoping USA makes good on the Happy Endings buzz — that show is too funny to be cancelled.

    • Sarah Reamon

      Well said, I completely agree with you!

  • Lizzie Sanchez

    NOOOOO!!!! Not Cult! That show was wicked awesome. Boo CW… BOO!

  • Siobhan Montag

    I’m really bummed about The New Normal, and How To Live (With Your Parents For The Rest of Your Life). I thought that Normal was a fresh face, and Ireally grew to love each character. They tackled real life issues with humor and heart.. How To Live, has the three best people in its cast, and that kid is adorable.

    I was super pissed about Apt 23 when that got cancelled as well.
    Sad face.

    • Karen Belz

      I only heard about “How To Live Without Your Parents” maybe a week ago. They really should have promoted it better and had some faith in it!

  • Lacey Rickert

    I’m super bummed about Go On! I loved the cast and the show was hilarious and heartwarming. I liked the social issues it highlighted throughout the grieving process for each character. Total bummer! I hope he gets a new show!

  • Jessica Bjorgaard

    Not included on the list: ABCs Scandal is returning. Love it!

  • Erin Gibson

    It’s b een a while since the Ben & Kate cancellation was announced, but I’m still disappointed. That show was hilarious!

  • Juliette Kula

    5 shows I enjoy and watched are now going away :( I think the biggest disappointment is Don’t trust the B. So funny!! I also think How to live with your parents has been hysterical!!

  • Matthew Binczek

    I am so mad about SMASH! I LOVE that show :-( I need to have my Broadway fix. Great characters, great writing…what happened? Good lord almighty.

  • Shandra Goldfinger

    I’m also bummed about Apt. 23! It was so funny, in a smart and unexpected way. I hope Krysten Ritter gets another show.

    Glad Carrie Diaries got renewed! I didn’t expect to like the show at all, but it’s really charming.

  • Yahaira Hernandez

    I’m excited about more Parks and Recreation!

  • Erica Bauwens

    Bummed to see The B! and 1600 Penn off the air. They were both pretty fun and quirky. And Rock Center with Brian Williams… no one shuts down B. Williams!! I hope NBC keeps Hannibal!! I’m nervous to see what TV will be like next year, that’s for sure!

  • Nadia Sloan

    Really bummed about Go On. I love everything Matthew Perry. Loved the show and the characters., especially Fausta. Being Hispanic, I could actually relate to some of the things she did. Reminded me a lot of my family.

    Thumbs down to NBC for canceling this show. Now I must go back to watching reruns of “Friends” to get my Matthew Perry fix.

  • Alejandra Livier Lara Candia

    I know it’s been years but I still haven’t gotten over two cancellations:

    Pushing Daisies
    Dead Like Me

    I don’t care about this year’s but THOSE seriously broke my heart… And RINGER, kinda….

    • Michelle Grove Shaffer

      Agreed about Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me! Especially since I was watching the Pushing Daisies marathon on Chiller over this past weekend and again lamenting its too-soon demise…

    • Robbie Venezia

      I loved Dead Like Me too…and was a little irked at the movie, (What! No Daisy?) but out of this list, I’m miffed with Don’t trust the B…it was funny!

  • Una Kavazović

    The Mentalist,Bones,Castle,New Girl,HIMYM,Grey’s Anatomy -bring it on!

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