While most renewal and cancellation news for current broadcast TV primetime shows will be out prior to these dates (this year we should know most, if not all, of the news for existing shows by late Friday, May 13), the broadcast network upfront events are the final dates on which each network’s Fall 2016 schedules will be revealed.
So, you’ll know no later than these dates about the fate of your favorite broadcast primetime shows.
2016 Broadcast Network Ad Upfront Meetings
|Monday, May 16, 2016*||NBC*|
|Monday, May 16, 2016||FOX|
|Tuesday, May 17, 2016||Univision|
|Tuesday, May 17, 2016||ABC|
|Wednesday, May 18, 2016||CBS|
|Thursday, May 19, 2016||The CW|
*While the NBC upfront meeting will be held on May 16, if recent years are any indication, NBC will release their 2016-17 schedule information on Sunday, May 15.
Of course, if you follow the reaper’s predictions you’ll be pretty sure to know most show’s fates well in advance of these dates.
Cable networks also have advertising upfront events spread throughout March, April and May, and while they often announce new shows at them they aren’t typically “the day which all renewals and cancellations are finally revealed” like the broadcast events.
In very rare instances, announcements do come after these dates. One Rules Of Engagement renewal wasn’t announced until after the CBS upfront event several years ago, presumably because the deal wrangling took so long. Also, in a completely freakish move, CBS canceled Unforgettable at their upfront and then un-canceled it well after their upfront.