Keep up with which scripted dramas and comedies are returning (or ending) with The Hollywood Reporter’s handy guide to the 2021-22 broadcast season.
A lot can change during a global pandemic.
Broadcast networks enjoyed an immediate uptick in the early days of stay-at-home orders amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, but the ratings glow has faded as media conglomerates Disney, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, ViacomCBS and Fox restructure and redirect resources and attention on in-house streaming platforms.
To that end, two broadcast networks have changed leadership over the course of the past year. NBC no longer has its own dedicated exec as Susan Rovner takes on oversight of streamer Peacock, a slate of cable networks as well as the broadcaster. Hulu’s Craig Erwich added ABC to his purview as the female-leaning broadcast network is more closely aligned with the Disney-backed streamer.
As financial budgets are refocused on streaming, a number of veteran (aka expensive) dramas and comedies are closing up shop in an early trend that may signal cost cutting as the pandemic adds time and money to the price tags of scripted originals.
Following a season that saw a small number of new comedies and dramas get a greenlight as broadcasters stuck with bubble shows in a bid to reduce promotional and marketing costs and an easier production process during the pandemic, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW set their sights on a return to business as usual.
With a vaccine rollout kicking into high gear, it’s unclear what the new normal will look like after the pandemic forced a faster shift to streaming among the media titans as they continue to carve out a path to compete with Netflix.
In keeping with some tradition, here’s The Hollywood Reporter‘s handy guide of scripted broadcast shows are coming back, what’s canceled (or ending) and what’s been added to the 2021-22 schedule at ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW. Bookmark this scorecard as THR will update it regularly as the wind shifts on current shows and as the networks make their decisions.
(Key: Renewed shows in bold; ownership is by in-house studio unless otherwise noted. Comedies are single-cam, unless noted. Current status is followed by THR reporting.)
A Million Little Things: awaiting word on season four (a safe bet)
American Housewife: awaiting word on season six (could go either way)
Black-ish: awaiting word on season eight (a lock to return)
The Conners (multicam): awaiting word on season four (a lock to return)
For Life (Sony/ABC): awaiting word on season three (50-50 odds, lost its champion)
The Goldbergs (Sony): awaiting word on season nine (showing its age)
The Good Doctor (Sony/ABC): awaiting word on season five (a safe bet)
Grey’s Anatomy: awaiting word on season 18 (renewal talks under way)
Mixed-ish: awaiting word on season three (could go either way)
The Rookie: awaiting word on season four (does ABC’s new regime love Nathan Fillion, too?)
Station 19: awaiting word on season five (70-30 odds it comes back)