When Will You Know If Your Favorite Show Is Canceled Or Renewed?

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When Will You Know If Your Favorite Show Is Canceled Or Renewed?

News of the renewal or cancellation of current broadcast TV shows should be known by late Friday, May 8, with most news appearing between Wednesday-Friday, May 6-8, 2020 (aka, Reaper Week) the week prior to the broadcast network ad upfront meetings.

Occasionally, news for some shows may appear even later than that. In the recent past, news for CBS shows has appeared last.

The ad upfront meetings the following week focus on the networks’ new shows and schedules for next Fall, not their existing shows. Nothing is learned about existing shows at the ad upfront meetings except scheduling.

In very rare instances, news for existing shows may come after the upfront meetings. For example:

  • One Rules Of Engagement renewal wasn’t announced until after the CBS upfront, because the contract negotiations ran long.
  • CBS canceled Unforgettable prior to their upfront meeting and then un-canceled it well after their upfront when Sony made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
  • NBC canceled Timeless and then un-canceled it after Sony made them an offer they couldn’t refuse (are you sensing a trend with Sony shows?).

Broadcast Network Ad Upfront Meetings 2020

Monday, May 11*NBC*
Monday, May 11FOX
Tuesday, May 12ABC
Wednesday, May 13CBS
Thursday, May 14The CW


*If recent history repeats itself, NBC should release their new Fall schedule on the morning of Sunday, May 10.

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 a deadline for all renewal and cancellation news to be revealed like they are for the broadcast network upfronts.