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The Countdown To TV Cancellations Begins

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Matt LeBlanc's "Man With A Plan" is one of many shows on the bubble.

Here's what we know about TV series renewals and cancellations before the broadcast networks announce their fall TV lineups next week.

Most popular shows will be back: "Big Bang Theory," "NCIS," "Grey's Anatomy," "Bull," "Roseanne," "American Idol," to name a few. But not all.

NBC still hasn't confirmed that "The Voice" will be back. Word is expected Monday, when NBC reveals its 2018-19 TV season lineup.

Many shows are on the bubble: "Gotham," "blackish," "Designated Survivor," "The Blacklist," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Last Man On Earth," "Kevin Can Wait," "Man With A Plan," "Scorpion," "Speechless," "Instinct," "Code Black," "LA to Vegas" and "The Mick."

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ABC's "blackish" finished taping its third season without knowing its fate.

Here's the latest from the TV By The Numbers website:

NBC (announces Monday May 14)

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Jennifer Lopez's "Shades of Blue" ends this summer.

RENEWED: "America’s Got Talent, "AP Bio," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med," Chicago "P.D.," "Days of Our Lives," "Ellen's Game of Games," "Good Girls," "The Good Place," "Hollywood Game Night," "Law & Order: SVU,"  "Midnight, Texas," "Superstore," "This Is Us," "The Wall," "Will & Grace."

GONERS: "Shades of Blue" (final season starts June 17), "The Night Shift." 

FOX (announces Monday May 14)

RENEWED:  "The Orville," "The Simpsons," "Empire," "The Resident," "9-1-1," "The Four: Battle for Stardom," "The Gifted," "Hell's Kitchen," "So You Think You Can Dance."

GONERS: "New Girl."

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Fox has renewed "The Orville" created by and starring Seth MacFarlane (front left).

ABC (announces Tuesday May 15)

RENEWED: "American Idol," "The $100,000 Pyramid," "America’s Funniest Home Videos," "The Bachelor," "Celebrity Family Feud," "Child Support,"  "Dancing with the Stars," "The Goldbergs," ""The Gong Show," "The Good Doctor," "Grey's Anatomy," "Match Game," "Modern Family," "Roseanne."

GONERS: "The Middle" (series finale May 22), "Scandal," "The Mayor," "Once Upon A Time," "Ten Days in the Valley."

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Michael Weatherly stars in CBS' "Bull."

CBS (announces Wednesday May 16)

RENWED: "60 Minutes," "48 Hours," "The Amazing Race," "Big Bang Theory," "Big Brother," "Bull," "Blue Bloods," "Hawaii Five-O," "MacGyver," "Madam Secretary," "Mom," "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "NCIS: New Orleans," "The Price Is Right," "Salvation," "SEAL Team," "Survivor," "SWAT,"  "The Young and the Restless," "Young Sheldon."

GONERS: "Living Biblically," "Me, Myself & I," "Wisdom of the Crowd," "Zoo."

CW (announces Thursday May 17)

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

GONERS: "The Originals," "Life Sentence," "Valor."


RENEWED: "Live! With Kelly and Ryan," "Steve" (Harvey), "The Real," "Wendy Williams Show," "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," "Page Six," "The Real."

GONERS: "Harry" starring Harry Connick Jr.

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.