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Cable cancellations and renewals: a vast and varied list

By Amy Robinson, A&E/Teen Editor
JENNIFER CLASEN | TBS
On May 10, TBS announced that it had renewed “Cougar Town” (starring Josh Hopkins and Courteney Cox) for one last season, which will air in 2015.

Earlier this month, TBS renewed “Cougar Town” for a final season and canceled “Men at Work.” Those are the latest in the realm of cable renewals and cancellations, which come much more sporadically than broadcast announcements, in part because of the different schedules used.

Still, if you’re like me, cable shows are a big part of your TV watchlist, so you want to know what’s coming back and what’s not. Here’s a look at what’s known thus far — as it pertains to scripted shows. (There are FAR too many reality shows to keep track of.) I’ve tried to be as thorough as possible with the channels and shows covered, but if there’s one I missed that you want to know about, email me, and I’ll help you if I’m able.

Many of the shows that are currently airing or have just ended haven’t had their fates decided yet, so that’s why you might not find them here. As for the canceled vs. ended designation, the former denotes a show whose end was announced midway through or after its season while the latter marks a series whose finish was decided in advance of the season (theoretically providing a more satisfying ending).

A&E

Renewed: “Bates Motel,” “Longmire” (season begins June 2)

Canceled: “The Glades”

ABC Family

Renewed: “Baby Daddy,” “The Fosters” “Melissa & Joey,” “Pretty Little Liars” “Ravenswood”

Adult Swim (Cartoon Network)

Renewed: “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Black Dynamite,” “Childrens Hospital,” “China, IL,” “The Eric Andre Show,” “Newsreaders,” “Rick and Morty,” “Super Jail” “The Boondocks” (currently airing)

AMC

Renewed: “Hell on Wheels,” “The Killing” (shortened final season, available only on Netflix starting Aug. 1), “The Walking Dead”

Canceled: “Low Winter Sun”

Ended: “Breaking Bad”

BET

Renewed: “Being Mary Jane,” “The Game,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”

Cartoon Network

Renewed: “The Amazing World of Gumball” (season begins June 5), “Regular Show,” “Steven Universe,” “Uncle Grandpa”

Comedy Central

Renewed: “Brickleberry,” “Broad City,” “Drunk History,” “Key & Peele,” “Kroll Show,” “Nathan For You,” “South Park,” “Workaholics”

Disney

Renewed: “Austin & Ally,” “Dog with a Blog,” “Gravity Falls,” “Jessie,” “Liv & Maddie,” plus “Lab Rats” (Disney XD)

Canceled: “A.N.T. Farm,” “Fish Hooks”

FX

Renewed: “American Horror Story,” “The Americans,” “Archer,” “The Bridge” (season begins July 9), “Justified” (final season), “Sons of Anarchy” (final season)

Canceled: Chozen”

FXX

Renewed: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The League”

Canceled: “Legit”

Ending: “Wilfred” (season begins June 25)

Hallmark

Renewed: “Cedar Cove” (season begins July 20), “When Calls the Heart”

HBO

Renewed: “Boardwalk Empire” (final season), “Game of Thrones,” “Girls,” “Looking,” “The Newsroom” (final season), “Silicon Valley,” “Veep”

Ended/ending: “Eastbound & Down,” “Treme,” “True Blood” (season begins June 22)

History

Renewed: “Vikings”

Lifetime

Renewed: “Witches of East End” (season begins July 6)

Canceled: “Army Wives,” “The Client List”

Ending: “Drop Dead Diva” (airing now)

MTV

Renewed: “Teen Wolf”

Nickelodeon

Renewed: “Breadwinners,” “The Haunted Hathaways” (first season finale May 31), “Rabbids Invasion,” “Sanjay and Craig,” “Spongebob Squarepants,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The Thundermans” (first season finale June 7)

Canceled: “Monsters vs. Aliens,” plus “See Dad Run,” “Wendell and Vinnie” (Nick at Nite)

Showtime

Renewed: “Episodes,” “Homeland,” “House of Lies,” “Masters of Sex” (season begins July 16), “Nurse Jackie,” “Ray Donovan” (July 13), “Shameless,” “Web Therapy”

Ended/ending: “Californication” (currently airing), “Dexter”

Syfy

Renewed: “Defiance” (season begins June 19), “Haven,” “Helix”

Canceled: “Being Human”

Ended: “Warehouse 13”

TBS

Renewed: “Cougar Town” (final season), “Ground Floor,” “Sullivan & Son”

Canceled: “Men at Work”

TNT

Renewed: “Falling Skies” (season begins June 22), “Franklin & Bash” (Aug. 20), “Major Crimes” (June 9), “Perception” (June 17), “Rizzoli & Isles” (June 17)

Canceled: “King & Maxwell,” “Mob City,” “Monday Mornings”

TV Land

Renewed: “The Exes,” “Hot in Cleveland”

Canceled: “Happily Divorced”

USA

Renewed: “Covert Affairs” (season begins June 24) “Graceland” (June 11), “Royal Pains” (June 10), “Suits” (June 11), “White Collar” (final, shortened season)

Canceled: “Necessary Roughness,” “Psych”

Ended: “Burn Notice”

VH1

Renewed: “Hit the Floor” (season begins 9 p.m. Monday)

Canceled: “Single Ladies”

WGN

Renewed: “Salem”

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Scripted series premieres: “Gang Related,” 9 p.m. Thursday, Fox (drama about an LAPD gang task force member who tries to hide his ties to the gang leader who put him through the police academy); “The Night Shift,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC (medical drama about the late night staff in a hospital E.R.).

Reality series premieres: “Chrome Underground,” 10 p.m. Friday, Discovery (a crew searches lawless countries for vintage cars); “American River Renegades,” 9 p.m. Monday, Animal Planet (men who live on the water); “I Wanna Marry Harry,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Fox (dating show where American women think they’re competing for Prince Harry, but it’s really just a look-alike); “Little Women: LA,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Lifetime (a group of girlfriends who are all little people); “Wil Wheaton Project,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy (the geek icon hosts a comedic roundup of the week’s hottest sci-fi pop culture news).

Miniseries premieres: “Labyrinth,” 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, The CW (two women in medieval and modern-day France are united by their hunt for the Holy Grail; starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Vanessa Kirby, Tom Felton, Sebastian Stan and John Hurt); “The World Wars,” 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, History (examining the 30-year span that encapsulated World Wars I and II, as well as the key leaders involved in the conflicts; narrated by Jeremy Renner and filmed primarily in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle).

Season premieres: “Last Comic Standing,” 9 p.m. Thursday, NBC (now hosted by J.B. Smoove); “Big Rig Bounty Hunters,” 9 p.m. Thursday, History; “L.A. Hair,” 9 p.m. Thursday, WE; “MasterChef,” 8 p.m. Monday, Fox; “American Ninja Warrior,” 9 p.m. Monday, NBC (countdown special at 8 p.m.); “Hit the Floor,” 9 p.m. Monday, VH1; “America’s Got Talent,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, NBC; “Extreme Weight Loss,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC; “Boundless,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, Esquire; “So You Think You Can Dance,” 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fox.

Returning: “Believe,” 9 p.m., and “Crisis,” 10 p.m. Sunday, NBC (presumably the last four episodes will air without interruption); “The Haves and the Have Nots,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, OWN; “Heroes of Cosplay,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Syfy.

Series finale: “Growing Up Fisher,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, NBC (one hour; note different day). You may have noticed that instead of airing a “Fisher” episode May 13, NBC aired back-to-back “About a Boy” episodes; those were its season finale.

Season finales: “My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding,” 9 p.m. Thursday, TLC; “Hannibal,” 10 p.m. Friday, NBC; “American Dream Builders,” 8 p.m. Sunday, NBC; “Mad Men,” 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC (technically midseason finale, though second half doesn’t return until next spring); “Bizarre Foods America,” 9 p.m. Monday, Travel; “True Tori,” 9 p.m. Tuesday, Lifetime.

Specials: “The National Memorial Day Concert 2014,” 8 p.m. Sunday, PBS (hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise with Danielle Bradbury, Megan Hilty, Jackie Evancho and more); “Petals on the Wind,” 9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime (“Flowers in the Attic” sequel); “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles,” 9 p.m. Wednesday, Spike (with Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Jon Stewart and more).

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com


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