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See the status of your favourite shows.

We all love to know what’s happening in our precious series-watching-lives. Will that villain be back next season or will the show ever actually come back at all? 

Below, we will let you know which shows have been renewed, which have been cancelled and some of the possible reasons behind this

Scroll past the list if you want to find out more about why your show can been cancelled or what goes into these decisions being made by the studios that make the shows.

Because DStv is a liker of things just like you, content is often bought from the USA or other overseas regions – meaning that our TV then is subject to their holidays and rules.

Your favourite show might be pre-empted (moved or halted for a time) due to events or unforeseen circumstances happening in the country where the show is being produced. For example, we might miss our show one week because in the US, it’s Thanksgiving and the cast went away for a week.

 

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Here's an outline of series that have been renewed or cancelled, so that you can be in the know.

 

Renewed:

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America’s Got Talent

Blacklist (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

Blindspot 

The Carmichael Show 

Chicago Fire

Chicago Med

Chicago PD

The Good Place (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

Great News (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

Law & Order: SVU

Little Big Shots

The Night Shift (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

Shades of Blue (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge

Taken

Timeless (Renewed after cancellation)

This Is Us (Renewed for Seasons 2 and 3) (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

Trial & Error

Will & Grace (Revival coming in the fall)

The Voice (USA)

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American Housewife (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

American Idol (Reboot airdate TBD)

The Bachelor

The Bachelorette (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

Bachelor in Paradise

Black-ish 

Celebrity Family Feud

Dancing with the Stars

Designated Survivor

Fresh Off the Boat

The Goldbergs (Renewed for Season 5 and 6) 

Grey’s Anatomy

How to Get Away with Murder

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

The Middle (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

Modern Family

Once Upon a Time 

Quantico

Scandal (Renewed for final season)

Shark Tank

Speechless (watch here on DStv Catch Up)  

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The Amazing Race

The Big Bang Theory (through Season 12)

Blue Bloods (watch here on DStv Catch Up)   

Bull

Code Black (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Criminal Minds (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Elementary

The Good Fight (watch here on DStv Catch Up)  

Hawaii Five-0 (watch here on DStv Catch Up)  

Kevin Can Wait (watch here on DStv Catch Up)  

Life in Pieces

Madam Secretary

MacGyver (watch here on DStv Catch Up)  

Man with a Plan (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Mom

NCIS (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

NCIS: Los Angeles (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

NCIS: New Orleans

Scorpion (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Survivor

Undercover Boss

Zoo

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American Grit

Bob’s Burgers

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Empire

Family Guy

Gotham (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Hell’s Kitchen

Lethal Weapon

Lucifer

MasterChef (Season 8 premieres this summer)

MasterChef Junior

The Mick (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

New Girl (renewed for final season)

The Simpsons (Renewed for 2 more seasons, through Season 30)

So You Think You Can Dance (Season 14 premieres June 12)

Star

X Files

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The 100

Arrow

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

The Flash

iZombie

Jane the Virgin (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

The Originals (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Riverdale

Supernatural (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Supergirl

Whose Line Is It Anyway


 

TBD:

America’s Funniest Home Videos

Prison Break

The New Celebrity Apprentice


 

Cancelled/Ended:

Aquarius (watch here on DStv Catch Up)

The Blacklist: Redemption

Chicago Justice

Grimm

Powerless

Heartbeat

Emerald City

American Crime

The Catch

Dr. Ken

Last Man Standing

Mistresses

Notorious

The Real O’Neals

Secrets and Lies

2 Broke Girls

American Gothic

BrainDead

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

The Great Indoors

The Odd Couple (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Pure Genius

Rush Hour

Training Day

Doubt (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Bones

24: Legacy

Rosewood

Sleepy Hollow

Pitch

Scream Queens

The Vampire Diaries

Frequency

No Tomorrow (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

Reign (watch here on DStv Catch Up) 

 

 

It’s tricky to keep up with which shows are on break, which are ending, which are cancelled and why.

 

There are many reasons why series don’t quite make the cut. Here are the most common:

1. Bad reviews and/or ratings

This is pretty self-explanatory – shows that aren’t well received by the vast population don’t stick around for too long. If advertisers see low ratings, they don’t opt to sponsor or buy advertising airtime around that particular show, leading to no return on investment for the people making the series. And so it gets plugged!

2. Network scheduling issues

Sometimes networks that create series need to pull something off air in order to make space for a sizzling new piece of property.

3. Shows too alike in the same time slot

If we think of series like pop stars, we know that there’s usually one in the spotlight of that genre at any given time – and they may fall out of that spotlight when a similar newcomer hits the scene.

Shows are the same – if a studio produces a hot new medical drama, executives might argue that there is already a hit medical drama for that audience at that time and can the new one. Or, similarly, they could love the new series and cancel the old one so that the new show can take its time slot.

4. Contract and/or rights issues

In the big mean world of entertainment production, there’s a lot happening behind the scenes (literally). As series grow in popularity and audiences, the cast members become harder to attain financially.

There can also be issues when it comes to rights. Just because a specific studio produces the series, doesn’t mean they will necessarily air it on their platforms. Studio networks can “lease” shows to other studios and the rights of when and how that show can be aired can create issues. For example, not all series that air on the DStv platform have rights clearances to belong in VOD (video on demand, like DStv Catch Up) sections. This can mean that networks might be hesitant to buy them, or it means that the shows might not get as big of an audience when playing purely on linear (live) TV.

 

Keep yourself in the know by seeing which studios have renewed what, which shows are coming to the end – and which programmes just couldn’t make that harsh Hollywood environment.

 

Please note that these are subject to change.

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