By: Ashlee Wilson | Thu 03 Aug 2017, 10:00
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.
Here's an outline of series that have been renewed or cancelled, so that you can be in the know.
America’s Got Talent
The Carmichael Show
Law & Order: SVU
Little Big Shots
Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge
Timeless (Renewed after cancellation)
Trial & Error
Will & Grace (Revival coming in the fall)
The Voice (USA)
American Idol (Reboot airdate TBD)
Bachelor in Paradise
Celebrity Family Feud
Dancing with the Stars
Fresh Off the Boat
The Goldbergs (Renewed for Season 5 and 6)
How to Get Away with Murder
Scandal (Renewed for final season)
(Image: Blue Bloods)
The Amazing Race
The Big Bang Theory (through Season 12)
Life in Pieces
NCIS: New Orleans
MasterChef (Season 8 premieres this summer)
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)
(Image: Jane the Virgin)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Whose Line Is It Anyway
America’s Funniest Home Videos
The New Celebrity Apprentice
The Blacklist: Redemption
Last Man Standing
The Real O’Neals
Secrets and Lies
2 Broke Girls
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
The Great Indoors
The Vampire Diaries
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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