We are heading into Mid-Season and this list of sci fi and fantasy shows has hit a new milestone: there are now over 100 genre entries. I had previously thought that we might see signs of Peak TV slowing by this point (and actually it has a bit for the non-streaming services), but the number of sci fi and fantasy shows has continued to increase. This list has 104 as of this writing (expect that to adjust up), and only two of those are cancelled (CBS’s Braindead which was still clinging to life when the last list came out, and WGN’s Salem which was just recently cancelled). I do know that several shows on this list are sure to get cancelled such as Agents of SHIELD, The Exorcist, and Frequency (more on that at this link), but since I am not including all the animated entries out there like Justice League Action and Young Justice (yes, that show is coming back for a third season), I am comfortable saying that there are currently over 100 airing, returning, and upcoming sci fi and fantasy shows on television schedule through Summer 2017 ( and that includes ABC’s new Inhumans show which already has a timeslot on that network’s Fall 2017 slate). And with all the development in the pipeline and the fact that we still are not seeing many cancellations (that will change at some point), that number could easily grow! Thought you couldn’t keep up with everything now? Wait till some of this other big name shows start hitting the schedule like Lost in Space, Stranger in a Strange Land, Locke & Key, The Dark Tower and more (you can peruse through all of those with our Sci Fi TV Development posts).
This list will help you keep track of what’s on, what’s returning, and what’s coming up based on the information available so far. I give a brief description for each of the shows below plus comments on their current renewal / cancellation prospects. I’ve been dinged previously for my “negative” comments, but hey, I’m just telling it like it is. I’ve been tracking the standings of sci fi shows for years now and have a pretty good track record with my predictions. And with the current level of competition for scripted programming across all genres, it’s hard for any show to keep its head above water. You may not like the status I give to your favorite show or shows, but I’m not going to lie to you and tell you all of these shows will stick around for several years, especially in the current TV-overload environment.
The cancelled/ending shows that dropped off from the last list are Beauty and the Beast (CW), Deadbeat (Hulu), Houdini and Doyle (FOX), Hunters (Syfy), Penny Dreadful (Showtime), and Powers (PSN). The recently cancelled shows that are included here are Braindead (CBS) and Salem (WGN). Those will roll off with the next list.
You can click on the show links to the pages on our partner site CancelledSciFi.com to get more information as well as the season to date ratings and most recent status updates. You can see the Mid-Season schedule of sci fi and fantasy shows at this link. You can follow what’s on each week with our Sci Fi TV Listings and be sure to follow us on Twitter (@SciFiTVSite) for the latest sci fi TV news and daily reminders of what is airing. So go through this list and start checking off what you want to watch and get the dates (where available) on your calendar. Because there is a ton of sci fi and fantasy airing at the moment, and it is becoming a monumental task to keep track of it all!
The Massive List of Currently Airing, Returning, and Upcoming Sci Fi & Fantasy TV Shows – Winter 2017 Edition
(Sorted by Series Title)
The 100 (CW) Airs-Wed 9 PM, 4th Season Premieres Feb 1st
Starring: Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos, Henry Ian Cusick
About: A group of 100 wayward juveniles are sent to a nuclear war ravaged Earth from their refuge in space and begin the struggle to make the planet habitable once again.
Comments: It started off its third season with some of the best numbers it has seen in years, but those slipped off, especially after that controversial major character death. It is still well short of the 88 episode threshold the syndication market prefers to see, so this one has no guarantees that it will survive to a fifth season. But since it does air on The CW, it has a much better chance than if it was on one of the Big Four broadcast nets.
12 Monkeys (Syfy) Airs-Mon 9 PM, 3rd Season Premieres April 2017
Starring: Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Noah Bean
About: Based on the Terry Gilliam movie of the same name, a man is sent back in time from a post-apocalyptic future to stop the outbreak of a virus that has wiped out most of humanity.
Comments: This show barely registered in the ratings during its first year, and slipped even further in its second season. It has developed some decent buzz in the sci fi community, but I’m betting that Syfy wants to see it build its audience in its third season.
3 Percent (Netflix) Streaming 1st Season
Starring: João Miguel,,Bianca Comparato, Michel Gomes
About: This Brazilian-made series (with English subtitles) presents a post-apocalyptic world where people compete to improve their living situation. And only 3% will succeed.
Comments: This is one of several Netflix genre entries that hit this year without much advance notice. It has received some decent reviews and could come back for a second season.
Aftermath (Syfy) Airs-Tue 10 PM, Completed 1st Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
Starring: Anne Heche, James Tupper, Julie Sarah Stone, Taylor Hickson, Levi Meaden
About: A family struggles to survive after civilization is brought to an end apparently by supernatural means.
Comments: This post-apocalyptic series is a Canadian co-production and that partnership may help it to continue into a second season like we saw with Dark Matter and Killjoys.
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) Airs-Tue 10 PM, Airing 4th Season
Starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge
About: This spin-off from the Avengers movies follows the super-secret organization SHIELD which works to protect Earth from HYDRA and other dangerous forces
Comments: It currently appears that this show is on its final mission for ABC as it is one of that network’s lowest rated scripted series. It will have enough episodes for a syndication run once it wraps up its current season, and it will likely head off to that market as the new Inhumans series takes over as the next Marvel tie-in on the network’s schedule.
American Horror Story (FX) Airs-Wed 10 PM, 7th Season Airs Fall 2017
Starring: Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Lady Gaga
About: A season long horror anthology with a different story arc each year.
Comments: This serious saw an improvement in its ratings from the prior year, though it is still not the juggernaut it once was. It has been renewed for a seventh season and could stick around for a few more after that if it continues to maintain its current viewership levels.
Arrow (CW) Airs-Wed 8 PM, Airing 5th Season
Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne
About: This series delivers a television adaptation of DC’s Green Arrow comic book character and brings in plenty more characters from the comics as well.
Comments: This show’s numbers are definitely down this year, but as the anchor to The CW’s Arrow-verse shows, don’t expect it to be exiting the schedule anytime soon. A sixth season renewal looks like a lock and expect it to stick around for at least one more season beyond that.
Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz) Airs-Sun 8 PM, 3rd Season Airs Fall 2017
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago, Dana Delorenzo, Lucy Lawless
About: The unstoppable Ash (still played by Bruce Campbell) is back and kicking butt on the Evil Dead again.
Comments: The numbers for this show improved slightly in its second season even though it was up against stiff competition with the move to Sunday nights. At this point, consider it a decent bet that Ash vs. Evil Dead will make it through the five seasons that Bruce Campbell wants for the show.
Between (Netflix) Completed 2nd Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
Starring: Jennette McCurdy, Jesse Carere, Ryan Allen, Justin Kelly
About: A virus kills everybody over the age of 21 in a small town and the survivors are left to fend for themselves when the government cordons off the area.
Comments: Netflix has partnered with the Canadian City channel on this show which aired its second season in June. There is still no word yet on whether it will return for a third year, but the show’s Facebook page suggests that is still a possibility.
Beyond (Freeform) Airs-Mon 9 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 1st
Starring: Burkely Duffield, Romy Rosemont, Michael McGrady, Jonathan Whitesell
About: A young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy.
Comments: This is Freeform’s latest genre entry targeted at the younger crowd and its prospects look decent on that network considering that both Stitchers and Shadowhunters have survived for mutliple seasons.
Black Mirror (Netflix) Streaming 3rd Season
About: Netflix has picked up this well-regarded British sci fi / horror anthology series and will stream its third and fourth season in the States.
Comments: This anthology series’ first season on Netflix has received plenty of acclaim and a fourth year is currently in the works which will debut at some point in 2017.
Blood Drive (Syfy) Airs-TBD, 1st Season Airs 2017
Starring: Alan Ritchson, Christina Ochoa
About: In this Grindhouse-like series, the last good cop in LA must go on a cross-country race where the cars use blood for fuel.
Comments: This is in the cheesier vein of shows on Syfy like Z Nation and Wynonna Earp, but then those have been doing better for the network than some of its more sci fi oriented shows, so this one has a chance of finding an audience.
Braindead (CBS) Airs-Sun 10 PM, Cancelled
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James
About: In this satirical drama, the government has stopped working after aliens have eaten the brains of many of the members of Congress (no, this is not a documentary about the current state of the government).
Comments: This show was cancelled as expected considering how low its ratings dropped and it becomes yet another one-season-and-done cast-off to the Peak TV trash heap.
Channel Zero (Syfy) Airs-Tue 10 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Early 2017
Starring: Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Amy Forsyth
About: This season-long anthology series is based on the “Creepy Pasta” stories making their way around the internet. The first six-episode season will be based on “Candle Cove” tale and the second will be based on the “No-End House”.
Comments: The first season of this show performed well for Syfy and also received pretty decent reviews. Its second six-episode arc will debut at some point during the first part of 2017.
Class (BBCA) Airs-Sat 8 PM, 1st Season Premieres Early 2017
Starring: Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah
About: This Doctor Who spin-off, focuses on Coal Hill School as the students deal with frequent intrusions from space and time.
Comments: This show has already had its debut over in Britain where it has been getting good marks so far. It’s survival is likely tied closely to how well it performs in its home country.
Cleverman (SUND) Airs-Wed 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs 2017
Starring: Iain Glen, Frances O’Connor, Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins
About: In this Australian import, human-like beings from ancient mythology must battle for survival in a world that wants to exploit and destroy them.
Comments: This show will live and die by its ratings in its home country and Sundance will likely continue to keep it going as long as it is airing overseas.
Colony (USA) Airs-Thu 10 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Jan 12th
Starring: Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson, Amanda Righetti
About: A family must make difficult choices while living in a world under alien occupation.
Comments: This show show can’t be counted as a hit for the USA network, but developed some decent buzz in its first season run which will hopefully translate into higher viewership in its second year.
Daredevil (Netflix) 3rd Season Streams 2018
Starring: Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jon Bernthal, Élodie Yung
About: Based on the Marvel comic book character, this series follows the superhero Daredevil who is blind but who’s other senses are heightened to extraordinary levels.
Comments: The third season renewal for this show came as expected, but it will be 2018 before we see that. In the meantime, we have Iron Fist, The Punisher, and the Defenders team-up series on the way.
Dark Matter (Syfy) Airs-Fri 10 PM, 3rd Season Airs Summer 2017
Starring: Zoie Palmer, Roger Cross, Marc Bendavid, Anthony Lemke
About: Six people wake up on a starship with no memories of who they are or why they are there, and they find themselves in the midst of a power struggle in their section of the Galaxy.
Comments: This series has not drawn huge ratings for Syfy, but it has a partnership with the Canadian Space Channel (as does Killjoys) which helps offset its production costs. It is heading into its third season this coming Summer and consider it a good bet to get to a fourth as well.
Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA) Airs-Sat 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2017
Starring: Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood
About: Douglas Adams’ famous detective who believes in the inter-connectedness of all things gets a new small screen adaptation on BBC America (the BBC tried this previously in Britain in 2010).
Comments: This show barely registered in the ratings in its first season on BBC America, but it survived on the strength of its Netflix partnership (the streaming service distributes it outside of the U.S. and Canada). Since it likely plays better to the international audience, it has a decent chance of surviving into a third year.
Doctor Who (BBCA) Airs-Sat 9 PM, 10th Season Premieres April 2017
Starring: Peter Capaldi
About: The long-lived Timelord known as The Doctor travels through time and space facing off against threats to Earth and other parts of the universe and also changing his appearance from time to time.
Comments: This long-running show has wrapped up the ninth season of its 21st century revival and is headed into a tenth which will debut in April 2017 (with a December 2016 Christmas Special to tide fans over).
Emerald City (NBC) Airs-Fri 9 PM, 1st Season Premieres Jan 6th
Starring: Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu, Vincent D’Onofrio
About: This series delivers a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz set in the modern world.
Comments: This one has been on-again and off-again since it was first announced in 2014, and now it is getting dumped on Fridays with the “event-series” tag. Neither MacGyver nor The Exorcist had much success on that night in Fall, so the odds are definitely against Emerald City at this point.
The Exorcist (FOX) Airs-Fri 9 PM, Completed 1st Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
Starring: Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis, Brianne Howey
About: This series is a reboot of the 1973 movie and the original novel about a priest that performs exorcisms on possessed people.
Comments: This show received good marks from critics, but the Friday scheduling definitely killed it. It started out with mediocre ratings and slipped further to become one of FOX’s lowest rated shows. Barring a deal with the Devil, expect a cancellation announcement for this show.
The Expanse (Syfy) Airs-Wed 10 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Feb 1st
Starring: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper
About: Based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey, this show follows the power struggles between Earth, Mars, and the settlers that have taken up residence in the Asteroid Belt.
Comments: The linear viewing for this show was low in its first season, but apparently the digital viewing picked up some of the slack. Plus it has an international financing deal that helps cover its pricey production costs. It has also received a ton of good word-of-mouth promotion, so I expect its audience to rise during its upcoming second year.
Falling Water (USA) Airs-Thu 10 PM, Completed 1st Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
Starring: Lizzie Brocheré, Will Yun Lee, David Ajala
About: Three unrelated people make contact through dreams and realize they have been called together for a bigger mission.
Comments: This show has performed rather poorly for a USA entry in its first season based on its linear viewing, but the network does have an exclusive deal with Amazon on the streaming rights, so that might help it earn a second season.
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) Airs-Sun 9 PM, 3rd Season Airs Summer 2017
Starring: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam Carey
About: This prequel series to The Walking Dead follows a group of survivors during the early days of the zombie virus outbreak.
Comments: This show’s numbers were down considerably from its first season this past Summer, but it still counts as one of the most-watched scripted shows on the cable nets. Don’t be surprised if they look at wrapping this one up around its fifth season, though.
The Flash (CW) Airs-Tue 8 PM, Airing 3rd Season
Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin
About: This spin-off from Arrow brings DC’s the Flash to television and expands on the Arrow-verse established in the parent series.
Comments: This one continues to race toward a certain fourth season renewal as it leads all other shows on The CW. Expect it to stick around for at least a few more years.
Frequency (CW) Airs-Wed 8 PM, Airing 1st Season
Starring: Peyton List, Riley Smith, Jeffrey Corazzini, Rich Manley
About: This shows reboots the 2000 film of the same name and follows a woman who discovers that she can talk to her deceased father in the past using his old ham radio.
Comments: This show is currently one of the lowest rated CW entries and the network has not ordered any additional episodes beyond its first thirteen. It will hit Netflix in February once it has finished up its network run, so if it can build up an audience there it may still have a (slight) chance at a second season nod.
Freakish (Hulu) Completed 1st Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
Starring: Leo Howard, Liza Koshy, Adam Hicks, Aislinn Paul
About: This is a season-long sci fi / horror anthology series. The first story arc focused on students trapped in their school after a deadly explosion at the local chemical plant infects the population.
Comments: This one bowed on Hulu in Fall to little acclaim, but shows on the streaming services tend to have a higher survival rate, so it could still continue to a second season.
From Dusk Till Dawn (El Rey) Airs-Tue 9 PM, Completed 3rd Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
Starring: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza Gonzalez, Jesse Garcia, Don Johnson
About: Based on the feature film of the same name, a Texas Ranger chases down the notorious Gecko brothers and their hostages and stumbles upon a vampire conspiracy in a desert bar.
Comments: The future looks grim for this show as the El Rey network has released the cast from their contracts after three low-rated seasons. Word is that they will make a final announcement on whether it will get a fourth year early in 2017.
Game of Thrones (HBO) Airs-Sun 9 PM, 7th Season Airs Summer 2017
Starring: Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Kit Harington, Iain Glen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
About: Based on George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books, this adult fantasy series follows the power struggles in the land of Westeros.
Comments: This show’s numbers were up year over year in its sixth season, one of the very few to accomplish that in the current ratings-pocalypse environment. Season 8 has been confirmed as the show’s last, but HBO is currently mulling the possibility of a spin-off series.
The Good Place (NBC) Airs-Thu 8:30 PM, Airing 1st Season
Starring: Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper
About: In this sitcom, a woman dies and goes to the “good place” but realizes there may have been a mistake because she was not a very good person in life.
Comments: This show doesn’t count as a hit for NBC, but it has done okay thus far and it is performing on par with the other Thursday night shows it airs with. At this point, I would say it has a decent chance of returning for a second season.
Gotham (FOX) Airs-Mon 8 PM, Airing 3rd Season
Starring: Ben McKenzie, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara, Erin Richards, Jada Pinkett Smith
About: This Batman prequel series follows a younger Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon before they assume their iconic roles from the comics.
Comments: This show’s numbers are down this year, but considering that FOX is struggling overall, Gotham doesn’t look too bad at this point. A fourth season gets it to the 88 episode mark that the syndication market prefers to see, so consider it a good be this one will bet back for at least one more year.
Grimm (NBC) Airs-Fri 8 PM, 6th Season Premieres Jan 6th
Starring: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz
About: Police detective Nick Burkhardt finds out he is one of a long line Grimms that protects humanity from the creatures of mythology known as Wesens.
Comments: This show slipped to all-time lows in its fifth year and was looking iffy even for a Friday entry. The renewal fever infecting the broadcast networks this last season kept it alive, but as expected NBC has announced this coming year as its last. Still, it will have had a decent run of over 120 episodes and a chance to go out on its own terms which is more than many shows have had in the current crunch of the Peak TV era.
Guardians of the Galaxy (DXD) Airs-TBD, 2nd Season Airs 2017
Starring: Will Friedle, Trevor Devall, Vanessa Marshall, Kevin Michael Richardson
About: This animated spin-off from the movie and comics continues the adventures of the space-bound heroes
Comments: The overnight ratings in the 18-49 demo were not great for this show during its first season, but animated entries live and die just as much by their merchandising as their viewership. Expect this one to stick around as long as Disney wants to keep producing episodes (and the toy sales remain good).
The Handmaids Tale (Hulu) 1st Season Premieres in April
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski
About: This series is based on the book of the same name about a dystopian future where women are forced into a subservient state by the religious dictatorship that has taken over the United States
Comments: I’m not certain if this is desinged as a mini-series like Hulu’s 11-22-63, but if it is targeting a multiple year run it has a better chance on the streaming services these days.
Humans (AMC) Airs-Mon 10 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Feb 13th
Starring: William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan
About: Androids known as “synths” have become commonplace and work in servile roles for humans. But one group is expanding beyond their original purpose and becoming self-aware.
Comments: This co-production between AMC and the British Channel One pulled only moderate ratings in the States but performed very well overseas. It returns for its second season run in April 2017.
Incorporated (Syfy) Airs-Wed 10 PM, Airing 1st Season
Starring: Sean Teale, Eddie Ramos, Dennis Haysbert, Julia Ormond, Allison Miller
About: From executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, this series is set in a near-future dystopian world where corporations have unlimited power.
Comments: The numbers have not been great for this show so far in its first season and it does not have international partnerships backing it like other Syfy entries such as Killjoys and Van Helsing do. But then that network has typically been giving its shows two seasons to prove themselves, so I like it chances of returning for a second year at this point.
The Inhumans (ABC) Airs-Tue 10 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Mar 2017
About: Based on the Marvel comic books, this series (which will not be a spin-off from Agents of SHIELD) will focus on the “royal family” of Inhumans.
Comments: Only eight episodes of this series has been ordered so far, but the first two will debut in IMAX theaters over Labor Day weekend before bowing on the ABC schedule in Fall.
Into the Badlands (AMC) Airs-Sun 10 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Mar 2017
Starring: Daniel Wu, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Sarah Bolger
About: In this martial arts drama, Sunny is the regent and protector of one of the seven barons that holds power in a post-apocalyptic world.
Comments: This one performed especially well with The Walking Dead as its lead-in and still managed to post decent ratings when it flew solo. If it can hold steady when it returns (in 2017) then perhaps it could stick around for a few years.
Iron Fist (Netflix) 1st Season Premieres Mar 17th
Starring: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Lewis Tan
About: The fourth in Netflix’s Defenders series, this focuses on the hero Iron Fist who possesses incredible martial arts skills as well as mystical abilities
Comments: This will be the fourth entry in Netflix’s Defenders series, and like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and b>Luke Cage expect it to have more than just one season.
iZombie (CW) Airs-Tue 9 PM, 3rd Season Airs Apr 4th
Starring: Rose McIver, David Anders, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley
About: Olivia “Liv” Moore is part zombie and receives flashbacks when she eats the brains of the corpses at the morgue where she works. She uses this knowledge to solve crimes.
Comments: The numbers remained low for this one in its second season, but it is likely a relatively inexpensive entry and it airs on the Happy Net which likes to renew (almost) all of its shows. Since the buzz remains good, maybe it can stick around for another year or so.
Jessica Jones (Netflix) 2nd Season Streams in late 2017 / early 2018
Starring: Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
About: Based on the Marvel comic book character, this follows a one-time superhero who now works as a private investigator.
Comments: This is part of Netflix’s Defenders series and Jessica Jones will recur in the other entries in that series (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders) and return for a second season of her own show at some point in late 2017 or early 2018.
Killjoys (Syfy) Airs-Fri 9 PM, 3rd Season Airs Summer 2017
Starring: Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane, Hannah John-Kamen
About: This show follows a group of interplanetary bounty hunters known as Killjoys who try to do their jobs and remain impartial amidst the ongoing power struggles in their system.
Comments: This series has not drawn huge ratings for Syfy, but it has a partnership with the Canadian Space Channel (as does Dark Matter) which helps offset its production costs. It is heading into its third season this coming Summer and consider it a good bet to get to a fourth as well.
The Last Man on Earth (FOX) Airs-Sun 9:30 PM, Airing 3rd Season
Starring: Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Cleopatra Coleman
About: In this sitcom, a small group of people have survived a plague that has wiped out most of humanity. But can they survive living with each other?
Comments: This show’s numbers remain low, but it has lived On the Bubble since its first season and still survived. Considering the state of the rest of FOX’s schedule this season, I’m thinking they will let this one stick around for at least one more year.
The Last Ship (TNT) Airs-Sun 9 PM, 4th Season Airs Summer 2017
Starring: Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Sam Spruell, Marissa Neitling
About: After a virus wipes out most of humanity, the USS Nathan James is the last surviving U.S. naval ship and it carries the cure and the hopes for rebuilding civilization.
Comments: This show saw a notable drop in its ratings during its third season, but it had some scheduling issues and also had to contend with pretty stiff competition. TNT gave it the greenlight through its fifth season, but don’t be surprised if they decide to wrap it up about then because that is about how long moderately-rated cable shows have been running lately.
The Leftovers (HBO) Airs-Sun 10 PM, 3rd (and Final) Season Premieres Apr 2017
Starring: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler
About: People mysteriously disappear across the planet and the survivors must deal with the repurcussions and implications of this global event.
Comments: This show pulled mediocre to low numbers throughout its first two years, but HBO saw fit to give it a third and final season to wrap up its storylines. That will bow in April 2017.
Legends of Tomorrow (CW) Airs-Thu 8 PM, Airing 2nd Season
Starring: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Arthur Darvill
About: This spin-off from Arrow and The Flash finds time traveller Rip Hunter recruiting a diverse group of superheroes and villains to defend against threats to Earth and the multiverse.
Comments: This show’s numbers are down notably from its first year, but it is still one of the better-rated shows on The CW and gives the network a chance to tryout plenty of characters from the DC stable. A third season of this one is pretty much a given at this point.
The Librarians (TNT) Airs-Sun 8 PM, Airing 3rd Season
Starring: Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Kim, John Larroquette, Noah Wyle
About: The Librarians stand watch over the Library which houses many powerful mythical/supernatural artifacts.
Comments: This show has returned even with its numbers from last year which is quite an accomplishment considering most shows are seeing year-over-year double-digit losses. Considering the stiff competition it is up against on Sundays, it is doing quite well and should be coming back for a fourth season.
Legion (FX) Airs-Wed 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres Feb 8th
Starring: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza
About: This X-Men spin-off series focuses on the troubled hero Legion who possesses incredible power that he has a hard time controlling.
Comments: The FX boss has complained that Peak TV has brought more shows to television than can be sustained by the current viewership levels. But that’s not stopping his network from cranking out new entries. Still, I like the chances of this X-Men spin-off surviving despite all the competition.
Lucifer (FOX) Airs-Mon 9 PM, Airing 2nd Season
Starring: Tom Ellis, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro
About: Based on the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name, Lucifer gets bored with Hell and decides to take up residence in–where else?–Los Angeles.
Comments: This show’s numbers are down year-over-year, but that’s no surprise, especially for struggling FOX. It is currently performing well enough for that network and I like its chances of coming back for a third season at this point.
Luke Cage (Netflix) 2nd Season Streams 2018
Starring: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Sônia Braga
About: This series is based on the Marvel comic book character who receives incredible strength and unbreakable skin from a scientific experiment.
Comments: It was no surprise that the third entry in Netflix’s Defenders series received a second season renewal, and I expect all of these shows to continue to crank out new episodes for several years to come.
MacGyver (CBS) Airs-Fri 8 PM, Airing 1st Season
Starring: George Eads, Lucas Till
About: This spy fi series reboots the 80’s original with a younger (20-something) MacGyver setting up an organization designed to solve problems and prevent disasters.
Comments: This show started off its first year with decent numbers, though that appeared to be largely tied to name-recognition. It dropped off notably toward the end of Fall (in part due to the poor scheduling CBS typically subjects its shows to at that time of year) and it will be moving to Bubble status if it does not improve when it returns from the Winter break.
The Magicians (Syfy) Airs-Wed 9 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Jan 25th
Starring: Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta
About: Based on the Lev Grossman novel of the same name, this series follows a young man who attends a college of magic in the modern world.
Comments: This was the highest rated original series on Syfy in 2016 and it also developed some decent buzz among fans during its first season. I don’t expect this one to drop off much when it returns in January, which means that it is likely that it will conjure up a third season renewal.
Making History (FOX) Airs-TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2017
Starring: Adam Pally, Leighton Meester, Yassir Lester
About: Another upcoming series from executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, this comedy follows three people traveling to different points in time.
Comments: This is yet another new show following the time travel trend, but neither Frequency nor Timeless had much success with that in Fall. Still, if it performs just moderately well for struggling FOX, that network might consider it a win.
The Man in the High Castle (Amazon) Streaming 2nd Season
Starring: Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls
About: Based on the Phillip K. Dick book of the same name about an alternate timeline where the Axis powers won WWII and split up the United States in a joint occupation.
Comments: In its first season, this was Amazon’s most streamed original series ever. I haven’t seen any numbers for its second season yet, but I am guessing that a third season nod is a good bet.
Midnight Texas (NBC) Airs-TBD, 1st Season Airs 2017
Starring: François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel
About: This show is based on the supernatural soap opera book series of the same name written by True Blood‘s Charlaine Harris.
Comments: It looked like NBC might be trying to do a broadcast net version of True Blood with this show, but it remains noticeably absent from the network’s schedule which makes me wonder if they have lost faith in it.
Mr Robot (USA) Airs-Wed 10 PM, 3rd Season Airs Summer 2017
Starring: Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Christian Slater
About: An anti-social man who is also a computer genius gets involved with a revolutionary (some say terrorist) hacker group.
Comments: This show’s numbers were down in its second season, but it continues to register well in the social nets and draw attention from Emmy voters. USA renewed it for a third season as expected, and consider it likely to survive through the five year run that its creator Sam Esmail envisions for it.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Netflix) 11th Season Streams 2017
Starring: Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Hampton Yount, Baron Vaughn
About: This is the Kickstarter-funded new season of the much-beloved sci fi riffing show.
Comments: Netflix will air the season that was pre-funded through the Kickstarter campaign, but there is no word yet on when that will debut or if they are onboard for more seasons.
The OA (Netflix) Streaming 1st Season
Starring: Phyllis Smith, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson, Jason Isaacs
About: This creepy series focuses on a blind woman who goes missing then returns with her sight restored, but she won’t explain what happened.
Comments: This show bowed on Netflix with little advance notice, but it has been receiving some decent word-of-mouth so far. As a streaming service entry, consider it a decent candidate for a second season renewal.
Once Upon A Time (ABC) Airs-Sun 8 PM, Airing 6th Season
Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Jared Gilmore, Robert Carlyle
About: The small town of Storybrooke is the modern day home of many characters from fairy tales and mythology (and Disney movies).
Comments: This show is currently at all time lows ratings-wise, though it is still ABC’s most-watched Sunday night entry. I expect that the network will announce this year or next as its last at some point.
The Originals (CW) Airs-Fri 8 PM, 4th Season Premieres Mar 17th
Starring: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Daniella Pineda, Leah Pipes
About: In this spin-off from Vampire Diaries, the original vampires find themselves in a power struggle with opposing vampire clans, werewolves, witches, and more throughout New Orleans.
Comments: The fourth season renewal for this show was expected because that gets it to the episode count sufficient for a syndicaton run (where shows really turn a profit). But it was at all-time ratings lows last season (in part due to its move to Fridays) and this coming year could be its last.
Orphan Black (BBCA) Airs-TBD, 5th (and Final) Season Airs 2017
Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris, Kevin Hanchard, Michael Mando, Évelyne Brochu
About: A woman finds that she is one of several clones and is drawn into a conspiracy involving the reason she and her “sisters” were created.
Comments: The numbers slipped pretty low for this show in its fourth season, but BBC America decided to give it a fifth and final year to wrap up its storylines.
Outcast (MAX) Airs-Fri 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs 2017
Starring: Liam Cunningham, Hermione Norris, Amy Manson, Daniel Mays
About: A man tries to discover why people close to him have been the victims of demonic possession. This series is based on the comic book of the same name by Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead).
Comments: The numbers were pretty low for this show in its first year, but the network showed its commitment to the Robert Kirkman property by renewing it before its the season even aired. Whether they will stick with it if the numbers stay low in 2017 remains to be seen.
Outlander (Starz) Airs-Sun 9 PM, 3rd Season Airs 2017
Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Gary Lewis, Graham McTavish
About: A nurse from 1945 is drawn back in time to 1743 Scotland where she becomes involved with the power struggles of that age.
Comments: This much-lauded show is not pulling Walking Dead or Game of Thrones level ratings, but it is registering well with its target audience and Starz has renewed it through its fourth season.
People of Earth (TBS) Airs-Mon 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2017
Starring: Wyatt Cenac, Ana Gasteyer, Oscar Nuñez, Michael Cassidy, Alice Wetterlund
About: In this sitcom, a journalist investigates a support group for people who claim to have been abducted by aliens.
Comments: This show performed well enough in its first season for a cable sitcom and TBS gave it the greenlight for a second year.
Powerless (NBC) Airs-Thu 8:30 PM, 1st Season Premieres Feb 2nd
Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, Christina Kirk
About: Based on the comic book of the same name, this sitcom is set in the DC Universe and focuses on an insurance company that handles the claims of superhero-related damages.
Comments: This show takes over the Thursday 8:30 PM EST timeslot from The Good Place when that one wraps up its current season and has a decent chance of finding an audience on that night.
Preacher (AMC) Airs-Sun 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs 2017
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Michelle Forbes, Max Fowler, Adam Godley, Eddie Izzard
About: Based on the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name, a preacher finds himself possessed by a supernatural power and he sets off on a journey to find God.
Comments: The ratings results for this show’s first season didn’t come close to Walking Dead levels (which airs on the same network), but it still did decent for a cable entry these days. And it did develop some good buzz which could help it build its audience in its second season.
The Punisher (Netflix) 1st Season Premieres in 2017
Starring: Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah
About: This spin-off from Netflix’s Daredevil follows the vigilante assassin known as The Punisher.
Comments: This show has its bow in 2017 and the character could also appear in any or all of the other Defenders shows on the streaming service.
Salem (WGN) Airs-Wed 10 PM, Airing 3rd Season
Starring: Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Tamzin Merchant, Ashley Madekwe, Elise Eberle
About: This supernatural series focuses on the events from the titular 17th century Massachusetts town that led to the infamous witch trials.
Comments: This WGN scripted original has barely registered in the ratings the last couple of years and the network decided to end it with its third season.
Salvation (CBS) Airs-TBD, 1st Season Airs Summer 2017
About: An MIT grad student and a tech superstar bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.
Comments: This will be the latest sci fi series to join the CBS Summer line-up, and if it can pull just moderate ratings during those low-viewership months then it could come back for a second year.
Saving Hope (ION) Airs-Tue 11 PM, 5th Season Airs Early 2017
Starring: Erica Durance, Michael Shanks, Daniel Gillies, Huse Madhavji
About: A doctor at Hope Zion Hospital (played by Stargate: Sg-1 alum Michael Shanks) falls into a coma but he can see an talk to the spirits of other comatose patients as well as the deceased.
Comments: NBC dropped this one after one low-rated Summer run, but Canadian CTV kept it going and now ION is partnering on the show. That US network is currently airing the show’s first four seasons on Tuesday evenings as a run-up to the debut of its fifth year at some point in 2017.
Scream (MTV) Airs-Mon 10 PM, 3rd Season Airs Summer 2017
Starring: Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Amadeus Serafini, Carlson Young
About: A continuation of the feature film franchise of the same name, this show follows another series of murders in the town of Lakewood.
Comments: This show has not attracted very high linear viewing through its first two seasons, but it has demonstrated “stickiness” in the social nets which is important to its younger-skewing network. MTV gave it a shortened third year renewal, but hasn’t indicated yet if that will be its final season.
Scream Queens (FOX) Airs-Tue 9 PM, Completed 2nd Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
Starring: Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin
About: This season-long anthology series focuses on (mostly female) characters being terrorized by a serial killer in different locations, such as a sorority house and a hospital.
Comments: This highly anticipated show from the creators of American Horror Story bowed to tepid ratings in its first year and saw those slip even further this past Fall. At this point, it appears that FOX will be silencing this one after the current season has ended.
Sense8 (Netflix) 2nd Season Streams May 2017
Starring: Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Bae Doona
About: Eight people across the world find themselves telepathically linked and also in danger from a group who sees them as a threat.
Comments: The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski teamed up on this Netflix original which has received mixed (often polarizing) reactions from critics and viewers. But it has received a second season order which will stream in May of 2017 (and a Christmas Special episode bowed in December).
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) 1st Season Premieres January 13th
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman
About: Based on the popular childrens’ books, this series focus on the three Baudelaire children who lose their parents in a mysterious fire and are then placed in the custody of the sinister Count Olaf who is scheming to uncover their dark family secrets.
Comments: This is another Netflix entry and sense it is based on the hugely popular books, expect it to stick around for several seasons.
Shadowhunters (Freeform) Airs-Mon 8 PM, 2nd Season Premieres Jan 2nd
Starring: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia
About: This is based on The Mortal Instruments series of books by Cassandra Clare about a group of demon hunters.
Comments: This series perfromed well enough for Freeform (formerly ABC Family) and it is likely not to expensive to produce. The built in fanbase from the books apparently responded well to the show and could help carry it into a third season.
The Shannara Chronicles (MTV) Airs-Tue 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs 2017
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Austin Butler, John Rhys-Davies
About: Based on the Shannara series of books by Terry Brooks, this show follows a group of humans, elves, and other fantasy creatures who must work together to protect the Four Lands from the threat of the Demon World.
Comments: The ratings for this show’s first season were not great, especially considering that it is likely expensive to produce. But it had very good delayed viewing gains (which the cable channels pay more attention to) and it likely has international financing / partnerships to help defer the costs. Whether that will carry it into a third season remains to be seen.
Slasher (Chill) Airs-Fri 9 PM, Completed 1st Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
Starring: Katie McGrath, Brandon Jay McLaren, Steve Byers, Dean McDermott
About: This is a season-long horror anthology series (following a similar format as American Horror Story) that offers up a different psycho-killer each year.
Comments: The ratings have not been great for this one thus far, but that’s to be expected because of the network it airs on. Chiller is producing it in partnership with the Candian Super Channel which could help carry it into a second season.
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) Airs-Fri 9 PM, 4th Season Premieres Jan 6th
Starring: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood, Clancy Brown
About: Ichabod Crane is revived in the modern world to do battle with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Comments: This show received a fourth year renewal nod despite historically low ratings (even for a Friday show) and the fact that many of the its fans didn’t even want it to come back after that major character death in the season finale. FOX claims that it plays well globally, though, and decided to keep it going for another year. Whether it can survive beyond that remains to be seen.
Son of Zorn (FOX) Airs-Sun 8:30 PM, Airing 1st Season
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Johnny Pemberton, Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Artemis Pebdani
About: From executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, this series focuses on the cartoon Barbarian named Zorn who tries to reconnect with his human son.
Comments: This show’s season-to-date numbers look decent, but that is because it regularly gets a boost due to strong lead-ins from The Simpsons and NFL Football. But considering FOX’s current struggles, that may be another to get it a second season nod.
Star Trek Discovery (CBSAA) 1st Season Streams May 2017
Starring: Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp
About: This will continue the Star Trek franchise on television and it will be a prequel to TOS with some familiar characters and alien races showing up in the first season. It will debut on CBS in 2017 then be available on that network’s streaming service CBS All Access.
Comments: This show has been moved to a May start and Bryan Fuller has exited from behind the scenes. But production finally seems to be moving forward and fans definitely have high expectations for the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise.
Star Wars Rebels (DXD) Airs-Sat 8:30 PM, Airing 3rd Season
Starring: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Taylor Gray, Tiya Sircar, Steven Blum, Vanessa Marshall, Jason Isaacs, David Oyelowo
About: In this animated series, a group of rebels fights against the Empire in the time between the events of the Episode III and Episode IV movies.
Comments: The overnight ratings in the 18-49 demo have not been great for this show, but animated entries live and die just as much by their merchandising as their viewership. Expect this one to stick around as long as Disney wants to keep producing episodes (and the toy sales remain good).
Stitchers (Freeform) Airs-Tue 10 PM, 3rd Season Airs 2017
Starring: Emma Ishta, Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield
About: A woman finds that she has the ability to be “stitched” into the minds of people who have recently died and uses this to investigate their deaths.
Comments: This show continues to survive despite low linear viewing, but it apparently makes up the slack with DVR gains and the fact that it trends well on the social nets. It may be able to ride that to a fourth season renewal.
The Strain (FX) Airs-Sun 10 PM, 4th (and Final) Season Airs Summer 2017
Starring: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mía Maestro, Kevin Durand
About: Based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, this show follows a group of people trying to keep a vampire plague from spreading across the world.
Comments: This show’s numbers were down notably during its third year, but FX saw fit to give it a renewal for a fourth and final season, so at least it gets the chance to wrap up its storylines.
Stan Against Evil (IFC) Airs-Wed 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2017
Starring: John C. McGinley, Janet Varney, Nate Mooney, Deborah Baker Jr.
About: An aging police sheriff begrudgingly joins an alliance with the new sheriff, Evie Barret, to battle angry demons haunting their small New Hampshire town.
Comments: While the linear viewing numbers for this show were pretty low, it was one of this smaller cable net’s most watched shows and IFC obviously decided to bring it back for a second year.
Stranger Things (Netflix) 2nd Season Streams 2017
Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Cara Buono
About: This supernatural series set in the 1980’s stars Winona Ryder and centers around a boy that mysteriously disappears.
Comments: This show is one of Netflix’s most-watched originals according to numbers released by the SymphonyAM measuring service and it has developed plenty of good buzz during its first year The second season renewal announcement came as no surprise.
Supergirl (CW) Airs-Mon 8 PM, Airing 2nd Season
Starring: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart, David Harewood
About: This series brings the DC comics character of Supergirl to the small screen and during its second season it has been merged in the Arrow-verse of CW shows.
Comments: This is currently The CW’s second highest rated show, so you can expect it to be flying into a third season renewal. And that will get it into the syndication stretch which means that a fourth season renewal is pretty much just a rubberstamp after that.
SuperMansion (Crackle) 2nd Season Streams Early 2017
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Heidi Gardner, Tucker Gilmore, Keegan-Michael Key
About: In this stop-motion superhero parody series, aging hero Titanium Rex (voiced by Bryan Cranston) and his has-been team known as The League of Freedom struggle to stay relevant in a changing world.
Comments: This one has flown under the radar so far, but it is a ton of fun and Crackle will likely keep it streaming as long as they continue to get the name recognition from Bryan Cranston.
Supernatural (CW) Airs-Thu 9 PM, Airing 12th Season
Starring: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard
About: Sam and Dean Winchester are hunters doing battle with supernatural forces that threaten humanity.
Comments: The numbers for this show are down this season, but The CW will not be cancelling it anytime soon. Expect this one to stick around as long as the primary actors want to stay with the show.
Teen Wolf (MTV) Airs-Tue 9 PM, Airing 6th (and Final) Season
Starring: Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Linden Ashby, Crystal Reed
About: This more dramatic take on the 80’s feature film comedy follows a teenage boy who gets bit by a wolf and drawn into the world of supernatural creatures.
Comments: The numbers are down for this show in its final season, but at least MTV gave this fan-favorite the chance to wrap up its storylines and go out on its own terms.
The Tick (Amazon) 1st Season Streams 2017
Starring: Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman
About: This live action reboot of Ben Edlund’s comic book character the Tick has a whole new cast but most of the same creative team that worked on the 2000 short-lived FOX series (and Patrick Warburton onboard as executive producer).
Comments: This highly anticipated reboot will be bowing on Amazon at some point in 2017, and since it is on the streaming services it has a better chance of surving into a second year.
Time After Time (ABC) Airs-TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2017
Starring: Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis, Brianne Howey
About: Based on the book and movie of the same name, Jack the Ripper steals H.G. Wells’ time machine and the author must pursue the killer into the future.
Comments: Yet another show following the time travel trend of the current season, this one is still waiting for ABC to announce it mid-season debut date.
Timeless (NBC) Airs-Mon 10 PM, Airing 1st Season
Starring: Goran Visnjic, Malcolm Barrett, Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Paterson Joseph
About: Created by Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan, a team of time travelers must stop a man who is attempting to change the course of history.
Comments: This show has been pulling moderate-to-low ratings in the coveted post-The Voice timeslot and it has definitely moved into Bubble territory. If its numbers do not improve when it returns from hiatus, expect NBC to shift it to a different hour on the schedule.
Travelers (Netflix) Streaming 1st Season
Starring: Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper, Jared Abrahamson
About: Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into people of the 21st century. These travelers assume the lives of others, while attempting to save humanity from a terrible future.
Comments: This show debuted on the Canadian Showcase Channel in October and was well-received up North. Netflix now has it available for viewing in the States and consider it a good candidate to get a second season renewal.
Vampire Diaries (CW) Airs-Fri 8 PM, Airing 8th (and Final) Season
Starring: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen, Sara Canning, Kat Graham, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig
About: Teenager Elena becomes involved with two vampire brothers, one of which denies his nature the other of which embraces it.
Comments: Once the flagship show of the younger-skewing CW network, this one has since grown long in the tooth and has lost much of its audience. Not surprisingly, The CW announced this show’s eighth season as its last, but at least it will get the chance to wrap up its storylines.
Van Helsing (Syfy) Airs-Fri 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2017
Starring: Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl, Paul Johansson
About: Vanessa Helsing takes takes up the mantle from her famous ancester when the vampire-pocalypse (a different one from FX’s The Strain) overtakes the Earth (whether supernatural hunter Wynonna Earp stops in for a visit remains to be seen).
Comments: This show, which comes in a partnership with the Canadian Super Channel, pulled acceptable ratings for a Syfy entry and received a second season renewal nod.
The Walking Dead (AMC) Airs-Sun 9 PM, Airing 7th Season
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira
About: Based on the comic book series of the same name, Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in the zombie-pocalypse and he must make hard choices to keep his people alive.
Comments: This show’s numbers have been down notably in its seventh season, but it had plenty of leeway and still counts as the top-rated scripted show on all of television. It has already been renewed for an 8th season and expect it to stick around several more years beyond that.
Wayward Pines (FOX) Airs-Wed 9 PM, Completed 2nd Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
Starring: Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan
About: After an accident, a federal agent finds himself trapped in the mysterious town of Wayward Pines from which there appears to be no escape.
Comments: This show pulled decent ratings for a Summer entry in its first year, but slipped in its second season. M. Night Shyamalan has a three season arc planned for the show, but there has been no word yet from FOX on whether this one will come back for one more year in Summer 2017.
Westworld (HBO) Airs-Sun 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs 2018
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden
About: This show is a reboot of the 1973 film of the same name (based on a Michael Crichton novel) about a theme park populated with realistic robots.
Comments: This show counted as HBO’s most-watched first-year series ever and obviously received the second season renewal nod. Due to its complex production, though, that second year will not air until early 2018.
Wynonna Earp (Syfy) Airs-Fri 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs 2017
Starring: Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Shamier Anderson, Dominique Provost-Chalkley
About: This supernatural / western show is based on the comic book of the same name about the titular character (a descendant of Wyatt Earp) heading up a special unit known as the Monster Squad.
Comments: This show’s numbers were pretty low in its first season, but it has developed a devoted fanbase that is active on the social nets and Syfy saw way to give this one the second season renewal nod.
The X-Files (FOX) Airs-Sun 9 PM, Completed 1st Season, Awaiting Renewal / Cancellation Announcement
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
About: Mulder and Sculley are back in this revival series as the X-Files are reopened for the 21st century.
Comments: We are still waiting to hear for certain whether this show will be back for a second revival season. It looks like the will happen at some point during the 2017-18 season.
Z Nation (Syfy) Airs-Fri 9 PM, 4th Season Airs Fall 2017
Starring: Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith
About: In a world overridden by zombies, one man has survived bites from the undead and may be the key to saving humanity.
Comments: This was Syfy’s second highest rated show in 2016 and it obviously received the 4th season renewal nod. Expect it to stick around for at least a couple more years.
Zoo (CBS) Airs-Tue 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs Summer 2017
Starring: James Wolk, Nora Arnezeder, Nonso Anozie, Billy Burke
About: A group of specialists is pulled together to investigate aggressive animal behavior which is occurring throughout the world.
Comments: The numbers for this show were down in its second season, but the Netflix partnership that CBS has for the show was apparently enough to get it into a third year.
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