Parks & Recreation Avoids Cancellation! Other Shows, Not So LuckyKaren Belz

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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  • Kristin Jones

    too bad about the b in apt 23 and Go On – they were great. the real tragedy is Ben and Kate, it was just so good.

  • Amanda MacGregor

    Go On is my biggest bummer of the cuts :( Really enjoyed that show.
    I also hope a network picks up Happy Endings. That was one of my favorite shows on TV.

  • Aizury Quiroz

    Seriously? “Grey’s Anatomy” get another season and “Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23″ don’t? They’re gonna let “How I Met Your Mother” AND “Two and a Half Men” have more seasons? That’s not even funny anymore. They should have the dignity to say: “Enough is enogh”, but the money talks, I guess.

  • Dee Ingeno

    I’m more than a little bummed. I loved Ben & Kate, Whitney, Emily Owens, 1600 Penn, and of course New Normal. That show was just getting good! I feel that Ben & Kate was doomed in it’s placing with New Girl and Mindy Project… just can’t compete with the hilarity of those shows.

    I’m a little shocked Glee got another season. Enough is enough!

  • Kym Scott

    I can’t believe Ben and Kate got cancelled but I’m super glad that Supernatural has been renewed along with community (hopefully the 5th season has the old seasons characteristics) and The Following. I still can”t believe Firefly and Dollhouse got cancelled…..Joss Whedon is amazingly talented and there’s too many shows out there that are similar and stay on the air.

  • Katherine Presley

    I’m so bummed that Ben and Kate got cancelled! I loved that, it thought it was adorable and funny and just totally my kind of humor. Sad :(

  • Maryam Syed

    Go On was so great! Why would they cancel it ? :( I was looking forward to the next season. Sigh.

  • Rebekah Joy Drabenstot

    I’m so bummed about Go On! I thought it was sweet and funny. And I loved seeing Matthew Perry’s face on my tv again. Booo This makes me sad.

  • Emma Johannesson

    I just loooved GCB, but I guess it was too heavy for America… It only lasted a season, but what a season!

  • Caroline Jeffery

    definitely with you on Go On…. WHAT?!??!?!??!?!?! it’s a shame about Up All Night. season 2 was no good when they eliminated the Oprah-like show and put Will Arnett back to work and Cristina Applegate to stay at home mom.

  • Robbie Venezia

    i was so pissed about Don’t trust the B….loved it and JVDB!

  • Stephanie Archibald

    Such a funny show. You can buy a cross stitch pattern for Parks and Recreation and make it yourself!

  • Jessica Romansky

    Speaking of shows ended-too-soon, a moment of silence for Firefly.

  • Hilary June

    What? Community is getting a 5th season?
    I was the BIGGEST fan of that show, but after this 4th season where it’s hardly any of the same people behind the scenes (they fired the creator, for crying out loud!) I have stopped watching because it is just not the same.
    Oh, I will miss 30 Rock … absolutely hilarious.

    There are a lot of bad shows on this list both renewed and cancelled. I have all but given up on NBC. Once Parks and Rec has finished I might refuse to watch anything else on principle.

  • Hilary June

    What? Community is getting a 5th season?
    I was the BIGGEST fan of that show, but after this 4th season where it’s hardly any of the same people behind the scenes (they fired the creator, for crying out loud!) I have stopped watching because it is just not the same.
    Oh, I will miss 30 Rock … absolutely hilarious.

    There is a lot of bad television. I have all but given up on NBC. Once Parks and Rec has finished I think I might refuse to watch anything else on the network on principle.

    YAY for Parks and Rec!

  • Sarah Reamon

    HIMYM having 1 more final season was announced long ago so I trust they have plans and maybe a few twists that will keep us entertained.

    I am excited that other networks are showing interest in Happy Endings, I’d love to see it continue (and I’d love to have Damon visit on New Girl as Coach).

    More than anything else I am going to miss Go On – I loved this show and the entire cast.

    So happy that we get more Parks and Rec and Community!!

  • Aoife Kyle Munro

    Gutted they’re axing The New Normal! It’s not been on very long over here and I’ve just really got into it! ):

    I am pleased Supernatural has another season, as no matter how weird and bloody bizarre that show gets, Sam, Dean and Castiel will always have a place in my heart <3

    Finally, they should just let HIMYM exit gracefully, the latest season has been awful and the facebook page completely RUINED the whole mother thing for the fans outside of the US. Way to go guys!

  • Kelly Schnorrbusch

    I’ll be missing Rules of Engagement, Happy Endings and Whitney! But seeing that Chris D’Elia has a pilot expected midseason, that softens the blow of the Whitney loss. Alex was my favorite character anyway.

  • Liz Rennie

    The New Normal & Whitney.. UGHHHH I WILL MISS YOU FOREVER

  • Emily Rose Carpenter

    Happy Endings and the New Normal were some of my favorite shows! How could they drop those? They both had all-star casts and were really original and funny!

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