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For more than 30 years, John Kiesewetter has been the source for information about all things in local media – comings and goings, local people appearing on the big or small screen, special programs, and much more. Local media is still his beat and he’s bringing his interest, curiosity, contacts and unique style to Cincinnati Public Radio and 91.7 WVXU. Contact John at johnkiese@yahoo.com.

SOS: Time To Save Our Shows Again

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Kylie Bunbury stars in Fox's "Pitch" as a San Diego Padres pitcher.

Baseball is back, so where is "Pitch?" The Fox drama about a woman (Kylie Bunbury) pitching for the San Diego Padres has been benched since Thanksgiving – and might not be seen again.

It's one of the dozens of shows on the bubble, along with "24: Legacy," "Elementary," "The Great Indoors," "Quantico," "Code Black," "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" and ABC's new "Imaginary Mary" created by Green Township native Patrick Osborne.

USA Todayhas launched its annual "Save Our Shows" campaign targeting 24 shows, if you want to make a  pitch to save a favorite show or two. The major broadcast networks announce their new fall schedules the week of May 15.   

I'll list those below, along with the latest info about shows which have been renewed; the goners in their final season; and those on the bubble.

USA Today's 24 endangered shows on the major broadcast networks:

ABC: "American Crime," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Imaginary Mary," "Last Man Standing," "Quantico" and "The Catch."

CBS: "2 Broke Girls," "Code Black," "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders," "The Great Indoors" and "Elementary."

CW:  "iZombie" and "The Originals."

NBC: "Blindspot," "Chicago Justice," "Taken," Timeless" and "Trial and Error."

Fox: "Fox: 24: Legacy," "Making History," "Pitch," "Prison Break," "The Exorcist" and "The Last Man on Earth."

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Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon star in "The Odd Couple," which ended in January.

Most likely to be canceled according to USA Today: "The Odd Couple" (CBS);"Sleepy Hollow" (Fox), "Time After Time" (ABC) and "The Vampire Diaries" (CW).

Already canceled or in final season according to Bythenumbers: 

BROADCAST NETWORK SHOWS: “Doubt," "American Gothic," "Brain Dead" (CBS),  "Aquarius," "Bones" (Fox), "Grimm" (NBC), "Mercy Street" (PBS), "Beauty and the Beast," "Reign" (CW), and "Steve Harvey Show," "Celebrity Name Game" (syndicated).

CABLE/STREAMING SHOWS: "Bates Motel," "Duck Dynasty" (A&E); "Girls," "Any Given Wednesday," "The Leftovers" (HBO), "Rizzoli & Isles," "Murder in the First" (TNT); "Pretty Little Liars," "Switched at Birth," "Guilt" (Freeform); "Girl Meets World" (Disney Channel); "Teen Wolf," "Loosely Exactly Nicole," "Mary + Jane" (MTV); "Rectify" (Sundance); "Episodes" (Showtime); "Longmire, " "Marco Polo" (Netflix); "Comedy Bang! Bang!" (IFC); "The Strain" (FX); "Eyewitness" (USA); "Salem" (WGN America); "For Better or Worse," "Love Thy Neighbor" (OWN); "Aftermath," "Incorporated" (Syfy); "Good Girls Revolt" (Amazon); "Impastor" (TV Land); and "Not Safe with Nikki Glaser" (Comedy Central).

Already renewed according to Bythenumbers: 


ABC: "Grey’s Anatomy," "Scandal," "How to Get Away with Murder," "The Middle," "Bachelor in Paradise," "Celebrity Family Feud," "Match Game," "The $100,000 Pyramid," "To Tell the Truth."

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Damon Wayans Sr. and Clayne Crawford star in Fox's remake of "Lethal Weapon."

NBC: "This Is Us," "The Voice," "The Good Place," "America’s Got Talent," "The Night Shift," "Superstore," "Better Late Than Never," "Days of Our Lives."

CBS: "The Big Bang Theory," "NCIS," "Criminal Minds," "Big Brother," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Zoo."

Fox:  "The Simpsons," "Empire," "Star," "The Mick," "Bob's Burgers," "Hell's Kitchen," "Lethal Weapon," "American Grit," "Lucifer," "So You Think You Can Dance."

CW: "Arrow," "Jane the Virgin," "Supergirl," "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," "The Flash," "Legends of Tomorrow," "Supernatural," "The 100," "Masters of Illusion," "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," "Riverdale."

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Harry Connick Jr.

Syndicated:  "Harry" (Harry Connick Jr. talk show), "Live with Kelly," "Wendy Williams Show," "Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court," "The Real."


"Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" (A&E); "Sneaky Pete," "Transparent," "The Man in the High Castle," "One Mississippi" (Amazon); "Fear the Walking Dead," "Humans" (AMC); "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" (Bravo); "The Good Fight" (CBS All Access); "Still the King" (CMT);  "Inside Amy Schumer," "Drunk History," "Broad City," "South Park" (Comedy Central); "Baby Daddy," "Beyond," "Young & Hungry" (Freeform); "American Horror Story," "The Americans," "Archer" (FX);

"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," "Real Time with Bill Maher," "Ballers," "Divorce," "Westworld" (HBO); "The Mindy Project," "Chance" (Hulu);  "Portlandia," "Stan Versus Evil," "Brockmire" (IFC);  "Project Runway," "Project Runway All Stars," "Project Runway Junior," "UnReal" (Lifetime); "Scream" (MTV); "Mars" (National Geographic); "Orange Is the New Black," "One Day at a Time," "Making a Murderer," "A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "Chelsea" (Netflix); "School of Rock" (Nickelodeon);  "Schitt's Creek" (Pop);

"Ray Donovan," "Homeland," "Billions" (Showtime); "Ink Master," "Lip Sync Battle" (Spike/Paramount); "Outlander" (Starz); "The A Word" (Sundance) "12 Monkeys," "Channel Zero," "Dark Matter," "The Expanse," "Van Helsing," "Z Nation" (Syfy); "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," "American Dad" (TBS); "The Librarians," "Major Crimes," "Animal Kingdom" (TNT) "Expedition Unknown" (Travel Channel); "Lopez" (TV Land);  "Mr. Robot," "Suits," "Chrisley Knows Best," "Colony," "Falling Water" (USA); "America’s Next Top Model" "Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party" (VH1).

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.