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Countdown To TV Cancellations

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Anderson Township native Sam Straley was a cast member in 'The Kids Are Alright,' which ABC canceled Friday.

Updated 4 p.m. Friday May 10: It's one and done for ABC's The Kids Are Alright, the ensemble comedy with Anderson Township native Sam Straley, Variety reports.

ABC also canceled The Fix, ABC's legal drama from Marcia Clark, former Los Angeles district attorney, as networks finalize their fall TV lineups to be announced next week.

Kids creator Tim Doyle announced the cancellation Friday on Twitter: "The Kids Are Alright is dead. I just got the call. Goodbye."

Shortly after Straley tweeted: "So no Season 2 for us - but forever grateful for the best opportunity I’ve had thus far and for the best TV family I guy could ask for. Much love and many thanks to the entire team for all they’ve taught me. Love you."

Straley, a 2013 Anderson High School graduate, played the oldest son of Mike and Peggy Cleary (Michael Cudlitz, Mary McCormack) in a sitcom about a 1970s Catholic family with eight boys. It was quickly given a full-season order last fall after strong ratings for the first several episodes.

Straley is the grandson of Roger Grooms, a local theater actor-director, movie critic and Anderson High School teacher who died in 2006. "My grandpa would take me to films growing up. That's when I knew that this is what I want to do," Straley told me when he visited WVXU last November.

Original post Thursday May 9: Here's what we know about TV series renewals and cancellations before the broadcast networks announce their fall TV lineups next week.

Many popular shows will be back: The Good Place, Will & Grace, Empire, Last Man Standing, The Simpsons, black-ish, Modern Family (for its 11th and final season),  The Good Doctor, Criminal Minds, all three NCIS shows, God Friended Me,  Mom,  Black Lightning, Charmed and The Flash.

But not all. Shows on the bubble include This Is Us, The Blindspot, The Cool Kids, The Orville, Star, American Housewife,  Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Man With A Plan and Murphy Brown.

Here's the latest from The Wrap, TV Guide, Hollywood Reporter and TVonline:

Credit Courtesy NBCUniversal
NBC's 'Will & Grace' will be back on NBC in the fall.

NBC (announces Monday, May 12)

RENEWED: American Ninja Warrior, The Blacklist, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Ellen's Game of Games, Good Girls, The Good Place, Law & Order: SVU, Manifest, New Amsterdam, Superstore, The Voice, Will & Grace.

GONERS: Marlon, Midnight Texas, Timeless, Reverie, Trial & Error.

ON THE BUBBLE: This Is Us, Abby's, A.P. Bio, The Blindspot, The Enemy Within, I Feel Bad, The InBetween, The Village.

Credit Courtesy Fox Broadcasting Co.
Fans of Seth MacFarlane's 'The Orville' sci-fi series should know its fate on Monday, May 13.

FOX (announces Monday, May 13)

RENEWED: 911, Bob's Burgers, Empire, Family Guy, Hell's Kitchen, Last Man Standing, The Masked Singer, MasterChef, The Resident, The Simpsons.

GONERS: The Gifted, Gotham, Rel.

ON THE BUBBLE: The Cool Kids, Lethal Weapon, The Orville, The Passage, Proven Innocent, Star.

ABC (announces Tuesday, May 14)

RENEWED: America's Funniest Home Videos, A Million Little Things, black-ish, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Modern Family, The Good Doctor, Shark Tank.

GONERS: The Alec Baldwin Show, Take Two.

ON THE BUBBLE: American Housewife, Bless The Mess, The Fi x, For The People, Fresh Off The Boat, The Goldbergs, Grand Hotel, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, The Kids Are Alrigh t, The Rookie, Schooled, Single Parents, Speechless, Splitting Up Together, Station 19, Whiskey Cavalier.

Credit Courtesy CBS Broadcasting Inc.
CBS' 'Young Sheldon' will be back this fall.

CBS (announces Wednesday, May 15)

RENWED: The Amazing Race, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, FBI, God Friended Me, Magnum P.I., Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, 60 Minutes, The Neighborhood, Young Sheldon, SEAL Team, S.W.A.T., Madam Secretary, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, MacGyver and 48 Hours.

GONERS: Big Bang Theory (ends May 16), Salvation, Elementary, Code Black.

ON THE BUBBLE: Blood & Treasure, The Code, Fam, Happy Together, Instinct, Life In Pieces, Man With A Plan, Murphy Brown, Ransom, The Red Line,  World's Best.

CW (announces Thursday, May 16)

RENEWED: The 100, All American, Black Lightning, Charmed, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, In The Dark, Legacies, Riverdale, Roswell New Mexico, Supergirl.

GONERS: Jane the Virgin.

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.