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TV season update: What's canceled and renewed

It's over for "The Blacklist," the NBC drama starring James Spader at Raymond "Red" Reddington, after 10 seasons.
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It's over for "The Blacklist," the NBC drama starring James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington, after 10 seasons.

Add 'Alaska Daily,' 'Big Sky,' 'Fantasy Island' 'The Company You Keep' and 'Monarch' to the lists of canceled shows as ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC and CW announce their fall TV lineups this week.

Is your favorite TV series coming back this fall to the major four broadcast networks? Or has it been canceled?

That's what viewers want to know as broadcasters announce their new fall TV lineups and schedules this week.

The latest cancellations are Alaska Daily, Big Sky, The Company You Keep (ABC), Fantasy Island and Monarch (Fox).

Also not returning for fall are East New York, True Lies, NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), The Blacklist, New Amsterdam (NBC), A Million Little Things (ABC), Call Me Kat, The Resident (Fox), Riverdale, Walker: Independence and The Winchesters (CW).

In the newest fall TV announcement Tuesday, ABC released a line-up filled with game shows and reality series due to the May 2 writers’ strike, including The Golden Bachelor with contestants in “their sunset years.”

Fox’s fall news follows ABC below, then the CBS and NBC lineups repeat from Monday’s post.

Quinta Brunson as Janine on <em>Abbott Elementary</em>.
Courtesy ABC
Quinta Brunson as Janine on Abbott Elementary.


With networks needing original programming during the strike, Dancing With the Stars will return to ABC this fall after one season on Disney+ and Disney will dig into its vault for a Sunday night three-hour Wonderful World of Disney.

ABC also plans to air two repeats of Abbott Elementary, at 9 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, if the writers’ strike is not settled soon.  The network also has picked up 9-1-1- from Fox.

Renewed by ABC: Abbott Elementary, American Idol, The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise, Celebrity Family Feud, Celebrity Jeopardy, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, Claim to Fame, The Conners, The Good Doctor, Grey's Anatomy, Not Dead Yet, Press Your Luck, The Rookie, Shark Tank, Station 19, Will Trent and The Wonder Years.

The fates of Home Economics and The Rookie: Feds will be determined by June 30, USA Today reports.

The ABC fall schedule (new show in bold italic):

SUNDAY: 7, America’s Funniest Home Videos; 8, The Wonderful World of Disney.

MONDAY: 8, Dancing with the Stars; 10, The Golden Bachelor

TUESDAY: 8, Celebrity Jeopardy!; 9, Bachelor in Paradise

WEDNESDAY: 8, Judge Steve Harvey; 9, Abbott Elementary reruns; 10 What Would You Do?

THURSDAY: 8, Wheel of Fortune; 9, Press Your Luck; 10, The $100,000 Pyramid.

FRIDAY: 8, Shark Tank; 9, 20/20.

SATURDAY: 7:30, college football.

Courtesy Fox Broadcasting
The Simpsons will enter their 36th season on Fox this fall.


Fox plans six new shows for the fall TV season – two dramas, two animated comedies and two game shows – to with the 36th season of TV’s longest-running prime-time entertainment show, The Simpsons.

From Emmy-winning producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing, Shameless) comes Rescue: Hi-Surf, a drama about Hawaiian life guards, while Doc is adapted from a popular Italian medical drama. David Spade will host the new Snake Oil game show, while Jamie and Corinne Foxx will host We Are Family. The previously announced animated series Krapopolis and Grimsburg animated series finally will air this fall, giving Fox original content if the May 2 writers’ strike is not settled by late summer.

Renewed by Fox: 9-1-1: Lone Star, Accused, Alert: Missing Persons Unit, Animal Control, Bob's Burgers, The Cleaning Lady, Family Guy, Farmer Wants A Wife, The Great North, Hell’s Kitchen, I Can See Your Voice, Kitchen Nightmares, Lego Masters, The Simpsons, The Masked Singer, Name That Tune, Next Level Chef, Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test.

9-1-1 was picked up by ABC after being canceled by Fox.
Read more about the new Fox shows here.

Fox executives did not reveal their fall schedule.

Original post 3 p.m. Monday May 15: Here are the network's fall TV announcements so far:

Kathy Bates (center) stars as TV's new "Matlock" playing an attorney with much younger coworkers played by Skye P. Marshall (left) and Jason Ritter.
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CBS Entertainment
Kathy Bates (center) stars as TV's new "Matlock" playing an attorney with much younger coworkers played by Skye P. Marshall (left) and Jason Ritter.


Ten years after Kathy Bates starred in Harry's Law, fictionally set in a Cincinnati law firm, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress returns to TV as Matlock, the iconic role made popular by Andy Griffith (1986-95).

But with the writers' strike in its third week, there's no guarantee that Bates, 74, will be seen as Madeline "Matty" Matlock this September. That's why the CBS fall lineup has "supersized" 90-minute versions of Survivor and The Amazing Race on the fall schedule.

CBS adds only one other new show for fall. It's another one-hour legal drama called Elsbeth, a spin-off about Carrie Preston's Elsbeth Tascioni lawyer character from The Good Fight and The Good Wife.

Renewed by CBS: 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Blue Bloods, Bob Hearts Abishola, CSI: Vegas, The Equalizer, FBI, FBI: International, FBI: Most Wanted, Fire Country, Ghosts, Lingo, NCIS, NCIS: Hawaii, The Neighborhood, So Help Me Todd, Survivor, S.W.A.T., Tough as Nails, Young Sheldon.

Read more about the CBS shows and strategy here.

The CBS fall schedule (new shows in bold italic):

SUNDAY: 7 p.m., 60 Minutes; 8 p.m., Matlock; 9 p.m., The Equalizer; 10 p.m., CSI; Vegas.

MONDAY: 8 p.m., The Neighborhood; 8:30 p.m., Bobs Hearts Abishola; 9 p.m., NCIS; 10 p.m., NCIS: Hawai'i.

TUESDAY: 8 p.m., FBI; 9 p.m., FBI: International; 10 p.m., FBI Most Wanted.

WEDNESDAY: 8 p.m., Survivor; 9:30 p.m., The Amazing Race.

THURSDAY: 8 p.m., Young Sheldon; 8:30 p.m., Ghosts; 9 p.m., So Help Me Todd; 10 p.m., Elsbeth.

FRIDAY: 8 p.m., S.W.A.T.; 9 p.m., Fire Country; 10 p.m., Blue Bloods.

SATURDAY: 8-10 p.m., CBS drama reruns; 10 p.m., 48 Hours.

ABC's "Extended Family" comedy stars (from left) Donald Faison, Abigail Spencer and Jon Cryer.
NBC/Chris Haston
ABC's "Extended Family" comedy stars (from left) Donald Faison, Abigail Spencer and Jon Cryer.


Jon Cryer (Two And One Half Men) and Donald Faison (Scrubs) co-star in NBC's new Extended Family sitcom which gets the plum position following Night Court.

NBC also adds two new dramas, The Irrational, based on Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational bestseller, and Found.  

Renewed by NBC: America's Got Talent, American Auto, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Grand Crew, La Brea, Law & Order, Law & Order: Organized Crime, Law & Order: SVU, Lopez vs. Lopez, Magnum P.I., Night Court, Quantum Leap, The Voice, The Wall, Weakest Link.

The midseason shows include LaBrea, Lopez vs. Lopez, Magnum P.I., Password and Deal or No Deal revivals, plus Tom Hanks narrating a 10-part series on The Americas.

Read more about the NBC shows and strategy here.

The NBC fall schedule (new shows in bold italic):

SUNDAY: 7 p.m., Football Night in America; 8:15 p.m., Sunday Night Football.

MONDAY: 8 p.m., The Voice; 10 p.m., The Irrational.

TUESDAY: 8 p.m., Night Court; 8:30 p.m., Extended Family; 9 p.m., The Voice; 10 p.m., Quantum Leap.

WEDNESDAY: 8 p.m., Chicago Med; 9 p.m., Chicago Fire; 10 p.m., Chicago P.D.

THURSDAY: 8 p.m., Law & Order; 9 p.m., Law & Order: SVU; 10 p.m., Found.

FRIDAY: 8 p.m., The Wall; 9 p.m., Dateline NBC.

SATURDAY: 7 p.m., Big Ten Countdown; 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Football.

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.