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 Saturday, May 15, 2021. Most news should appear between Wednesday-Saturday, May 12-15, 2021 (aka, #ReaperWeek).

#ReaperWeek is always the week prior to the broadcast network ad upfront meetings. The ad upfront meetings 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 17*NBC*
Monday, May 17FOX
Tuesday, May 18ABC
Wednesday, May 19CBS
Tuesday, May 25**The CW

*If recent history repeats itself, NBC should release their new Fall schedule on the morning of Sunday, May 16.

**This is atypical scheduling. Typically, the CW’s upfront day would have been Thursday, May 20.

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.