[You can see the most current edition of this list at this link]
The Summer season has officially started (you can see the schedule at this link), so it’s time to update the list below with the latest new entries and status changes. There are 94 shows on this list this time (!) including the recently cancelled and ending shows. 86 of those are currently airing, returning, or upcoming (through mid-season for the 2016-17 season including what little we know so far about the new Star Trek series) which is up from the 79 on the Spring list. And I know that there are some that have not made it here yet because I have not heard official word or I just missed them (this is a lot of shows to keep track of). Will we make it to 100 shows by the end of the year or will the bubble burst by that point? Too soon to say for sure right now.
The cancelled/ending shows that dropped off from the last list are Angel from Hell (CBS, Cancelled), Bitten (Syfy, Ended) Heroes Reborn (NBC, Cancelled), Lost Girl (Syfy, Ended), and You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC, Cancelled). The recently cancelled shows from season end that are included here are Agent Carter (ABC), Containment (CW), Damien (A&E), Galavant (ABC), Limitless (CBS), Minority Report (FOX), Person of Interest (CBS), and Second Chance (FOX). Those will roll off with the next list.
This list will help you keep track of what’s on, what’s returning, and what’s coming up through mid-season 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. You can click on the show link to its page on our 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 Summer schedule of sci fi / fantasy shows at this link and the preliminary Fall schedule 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 their is a ton of sci fi / 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 – Summer 2016 Edition
(Sorted by Series Title)
The 100 (CW) TBD, 4th Season Airs Early 2017
About: A group of 100 wayward juveniles are sent to a nuclear war ravaged Earth from their refuge in space to determine if the planet is habitable once again.
Status/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.
11-22-63 (Hulu) Streaming 1st Season
About: Based on the Stephen King book of the same name, this mini-series follows a man who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Status/Comments: This Hulu original mini-series has completed its eight part run and is still available for viewing on the streaming service.
12 Monkeys (Syfy) Mon 9 PM, Airing 2nd Season
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.
Status/Comments: This show barely registered in the ratings during its first year, and has slipped even further in its second. It has developed some decent buzz in the sci fi community, but that may not be enough to win it a third season.
Aftermath (Syfy) TBD, 1st Season Airs Summer 2016
About: A family struggles to survive after civilization is brought to an end apparently by supernatural means.
Status/Comments: This post-apocalyptic series is a Canadian co-production and that partnership may help it to continue into a second season like with Dark Matter and Killjoys.
Agent Carter (ABC) Cancelled
About: This spin-off from the Avengers movies follows Agent Peggy Carter working for SHIELD’s predecessor Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) in post-WWII America.
Status/Comments: Its numbers for its second season were below the already mediocre levels it had in its first year, and apparently Disney decided not to give it another free pass. There is currently a campaign in place to get Netflix to pickup the show, and if that doesn’t work then Peggy Carter may show up on Agents of SHIELD next season. But it sure would have been nice if people had tuned in for this show.
Agents of SHIELD (ABC) Tue 9 PM, 4th Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This spin-off from the Avengers movies follows the super-secret organization SHIELD which works to protect Earth from dangerous forces
Status/Comments: Despite continued low ratings, it got the fourth year pickup. But that may just be for it to accumulate enough episodes to satisfy the syndication market and I wouldn’t be counting on a fifth season from this one.
American Horror Story (FX) Wed 10 PM, 6th Season Airs Fall 2016
About: A season long horror anthology with a different story arc each year.
Status/Comments: Once a powerhouse series, it has slipped notably in the ratings the last couple of years. Its sixth season could be its last or maybe it will get one more to tie all its stories together because allegedly they are all linked.
Arrow (CW) Wed 8 PM, 4th Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This series delivers a television adaptation of DC’s Green Arrow comic book character.
Status/Comments: The fifth season renewal came as expected and this show likely will stick around for another season or two beyond that before superhero burnout finally sets in.
Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz) Sat 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: The unstoppable Ash (still played by Bruce Campbell) is back and kicking butt on the Evil Dead again.
Status/Comments: Despite the low ratings, this is likely an inexpensive series to produce and Starz surely knows that Evil Dead fans will continue tuning in each year. Expect a few more seasons from this one.
Beauty and the Beast (CW) Thu 8 PM, 4th (and Final) Season Premieres June 2nd
About: A police detective falls in love with a former soldier who has been turned into a “beast” by government bio-engineering.
Status/Comments: After three years of low ratings, The CW finally decided they had enough of this series. Its final season is airing this Summer.
Beowulf (Esq) Sat 9 PM, Completed 1st Season
About: This series re-explores the life of the mythical literary figure Beowulf.
Status/Comments: Though I still have not seen official word, it appears this series is dead in the States and in its home country of Britain. It was a decent idea that had plenty of possibilities, but it instead delivered muddled wannabe Game of Thrones that viewers quickly lost interest in.
Between (Netflix) Streaming, 2nd Season Premieres June 30th
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.
Status/Comments: This Canadian-made Netflix original has not received much attention but it has been renewed for a second season on the streaming service.
Braindead (CBS) Mon 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres June 13th
About: In this satirical drama, the government has stopped working after aliens have eaten the brains of many of the members of Congress.
Status/Comments: CBS has definitely proven itself as the sci fi-averse network (the latest victim being this past season’s Limitless), but its Summer genre shows have had more success. If Braindead pulls decent ratings like last Summer’s Zoo, it could survive to a second season.
Colony (USA) Thu 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs Early 2017
About: A family must make difficult choices while living in a world under alien occupation.
Status/Comments: This show show can’t be counted as a hit for the USA network, but it developed some decent buzz in its first season run which will hopefully translate into higher viewership in its second year.
Containment (CW) Tue 9 PM, Cancelled, Airing 1st Season
About: Atlanta is quarantined when a virus breaks out and the people in the city find themselves fighting for their lives.
Status/Comments: Just like The Messengers last year, this one apparently arrived DOA by the time it hit the schedule late season. It’s numbers weren’t too bad for a CW show, but apparently the network decided in advance that it would be limited-run-and-done.
Damien (A&E) Cancelled
About: Acting as a continuation to 1976’s The Omen (and ignoring the feature film sequels), this series follows an adult Damien as he faces his unholy inheritance.
Status/Comments: This sure seemed like a good idea, picking up on Damien from 1976’s The Omen as an adult when he comes into his inheritance as the Anti-Christ. But I guess too much of today’s audience didn’t remember that movie and decided not to tune it (or just got tired of all his moping about).
Daredevil (Netflix) Streaming 2nd Season
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.
Status/Comments: The second season of this show has received plenty of accolades, though no word yet on a third season. Expect Netflix to work that in with the other Defenders entries currently on the way, and Daredevil will probably be crossing over on those shows as well.
Dark Matter (Syfy) Fri 10 PM, 2nd Season Premieres July 1st
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.
Status/Comments: This series did not draw huge ratings for Syfy, but it is part of a partnership with the Canadian Space Channel and has been performing well up north. If it maintains the same level of performance as its first season, it should be okay.
Deadbeat (Hulu) Streaming 3rd Season
About: A slacker discovers that he has the power to talk with ghosts and he uses this to help the undead deal with unresolved issues from their lives.
Status/Comments: This little-known, Hulu original supernatural comedy starring Tyler Labine has made its way through three seasons so far with a fourth possible as well.
Doctor Who (BBCA) Sat 9 PM, 10th Season Airs 2016/17
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.
Status/Comments: This long-running show has wrapped up the ninth season of its 21st century revival and is headed into a tenth which will likely debut in 2017.
Emerald City (NBC) TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2016
About: This series delivers a reimagining of The Wizard of Oz set in the modern world.
Status/Comments: This one has been on-again and off-again since it was first announced in 2014, so no guarantees at this point that it will ever make it to the schedule. If it does, though, it could be NBC’s Once Upon A Time.
The Exorcist (FOX) Fri 9 PM, 1st Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This series is a reboot of the 1973 movie and the original novel about a priest that performs exorcisms on possessed people.
Status/Comments: The Friday night scheduling for this show seems a bit odd, but NBC has found success on that night with their supernatural series Grimm, so perhaps FOX is trying to tap into that audience.
The Expanse (Syfy) TBD, 2nd Season Premieres January 2017
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.
Status/Comments: The linear viewing for this show was low, but apparently the digital viewing picked up the slack. Plus it has a financing deal that helps cover pricey production costs. But at some point I’m thinking Syfy is going to wan’t to see that people are actually watching in order to justify keeping it around.
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) Sun 9 PM, Airing 2nd Season (On Hiatus)
About: This prequel series to The Walking Dead follows a group of survivors during the early days of the zombie virus outbreak.
Status/Comments: The numbers have been down for this show in its second season, but it is still one of the most watched shows across the cable and broadcast networks. And it has already been renewed for a third season (the second half of the second season returns later in Summer).
The Flash (CW) Tue 8 PM, 3rd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This spin-off from Arrow brings DC’s the Flash to television and expands on the Arrow-verse established in the parent series.
Status/Comments: As expected, this show raced to a third season renewal. And a fourth season is all but guaranteed since that gets it into the syndication stretch, meaning that it has met the episode count that the syndication market prefers for an encore run.
Frequency (CW) Wed 8 PM, 1st Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This 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.
Status/Comments: How this idea will translate into an ongoing series remains to be seen. But since it airs on the Happy Net that likes to renew (almost) all of its shows, it has a chance of surviving.
From Dusk Till Dawn (El Rey) TBD, 3rd Season Airs 2016
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.
Status/Comments: This original series on Robert Rodriguez’s fledgling El Rey network has not drawn high viewership but has worked its way through two seasons with a third on the way. How much longer it will stick around likely depends on the viability of its network.
Galavant (ABC) Cancelled
About: This fantasy msuical/comedy follows the dashing knight Galavant who tries to take revenge on the evil King Richard for stealing the love of his life.
Status/Comments: Why did nobody tune in for this one because it was a ton of fun? It’s numbers were mediocre at best in its first season and sunk to historically low levels for a Big Four broadcast network show during its second. You can’t fault ABC because they gave it a chance when they renewed it the first time around. Now, it will likely gallop off to cult infamy.
Game of Thrones (HBO) Sun 9 PM, Airing 6th Season (Renewed for a 7th)
About: Based on George R.R. Martins Song of Ice and Fire books, this adult fantasy series follows the power struggles in the land of Westeros.
Status/Comments: This show’s numbers are currently up year over year, one of the very few to accomplish that in the current ratings-pocalypse environment. The producers are eyeing its eighth season as its last, but don’t be surprised if HBO doesn’t squeeze at least one more out of the property.
Gotham (FOX) Mon 8 PM, 3rd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This Batman prequel series follows a younger Bruce Wayne and Jim Gordon before they assume their iconic roles from the comics.
Status/Comments: This show’s numbers were down notably during its second season, but then so were almost all of the FOX entries. It still got the third season renewal which gets it on track for syndication stretch–where it will have met the episode count that the syndication market prefers for an encore run–and all but guarantees it a fourth year.
Grimm (NBC) Fri 9 PM, 6th Season Airs Fall 2016
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.
Status/Comments: This show slipped to all-time lows this season and was looking iffy even for a Friday entry. But the renewal fever infecting the broadcast networks this last season kept it alive. It only has a thirteen episode order for its sixth year, though, so I am guessing the creative staff will be approaching that as the show’s last.
Guardians of the Galaxy (DXD) Sat 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This animated spin-off from the movie and comics continues the adventures of the space-bound heroes
Status/Comments: The overnight ratings in the 18-49 demo were not 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).
Houdini and Doyle (FOX) Mon 9 PM, Airing 1st Season
About: Infamous escape artist Harry Houdini teams up with author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to investigate X-Files type mysteries at the turn of the century.
Status/Comments: This show comes to FOX in a partnership with the British ITV network, but the viewership has been low on both sides of the Atlantic thus far in its first season. A second year looks unlikely for this one.
Humans (AMC) TBD, 2nd Season Airs Late 2016 / Early 2017
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.
Status/Comments: This co-production between AMC and the British Channel One pulled only moderate ratings in the States but performed very well overseas. It is currently in production on its second season which will air in late 2016 or early 2017.
Hunters (Syfy) Mon 10 PM, Airing 1st Season
About: Based on the Whitley Strieber novel Alien Hunter, this series follows a secret government organization hunting what they believe are aliens.
Status/Comments: This show is nearly off the radar with the subpar ratings it has pulled in its first season. Syfy typically gives its shows two seasons to prove themselves, but this may be one of the exceptions like last season’s Olympus.
Incorporated (Syfy) TBD, 1st Season Airs Fall 2016
About: From executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, this series is set in a near-future dystopian world where corporations have unlimited power.
Status/Comments: With the high-profile names of this show’s producers, I’m thinking its chances of lasting into a second season are pretty good.
Into the Badlands (AMC) Sun 10 PM, 2nd Season Airs Early 2017
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.
Status/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.
iZombie (CW) TBD, 3rd Season Airs Early 2017
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.
Status/Comments: The numbers remained low for this one, but it is likely an inexpensive entry and it airs on the Happy Net which likes to renew (almost) all of its shows. Since the buzz remains good for this show, maybe it can stick around for another year or so.
Jessica Jones (Netflix) Streaming, 2nd Season Streams in 2017
About: Based on the Marvel comic book character, this follows a one-time superhero who now works as a private investigator.
Status/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 2017.
Killjoys (Syfy) Fri 9 PM, 2nd Season Premieres July 1st
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.
Status/Comments: Like Dark Matter, this show is produced through a partnership between Syfy and the Canadian Space Channel. Its U.S. numbers were low in its first season but it still got renewed for a second which will air this Summer.
The Last Man on Earth (FOX) Sun 9 PM, 3rd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: A small group of people have survived a plague that has wiped out most of humanity. But can they survive living with each other?
Status/Comments: It survived for a third season, but likely mostly because it is not too expensive and FOX wanted to maintain a good relationship with its executive producers (Phil Lorde and Chris Miller) who are developing other projects for the network. Whether it can stick around for a fourth season at these ratings levels remains to be seen.
The Last Ship (TNT) Sun 9 PM, 3rd Season Premieres June 12th
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.
Status/Comments: This TNT Summer entry has performed well for its network in its first two years and all expectations are that it will be full speed ahead for its upcoming third year.
The Leftovers (HBO) Sun 10 PM, 3rd (and Final) Season Airs Fall 2016
About: People mysteriously disappear across the planet and the survivors must deal with the repurcussions and implications of this global event.
Status/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.
Legends of Tomorrow (CW) Thu 8 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This spin-off from Arrow and The Flash finds time traveller Rip Hunter recruiting a diverse group of superheroes and villains to stop an immortal being that threatens the future.
Status/Comments: Considering how expensive this show must have been in its first season, I’m thinking The CW execs would have preferred to see higher ratings. But it airs on the Happy Net that likes to renew (almost) all of its shows and it is also part of the Arrow-verse. Expect some changes next year, though, to keep the costs down.
The Librarians (TNT) Sun 8 PM, 3rd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: The Librarians stand watch over the Library which houses many powerful mythical/supernatural artifacts.
Status/Comments: While this one is not a huge ratings gainer on Sunday nights, it has developed a loyal following and it has done well enough for TNT against stiff competition to earn a third season.
Limitless (CBS) Cancelled
About: Based on the feature film of the same name which starred Bradley Cooper, a drug called NZT-48 expands a man’s brain capacity and he uses this to help solve crimes.
Status/Comments: After allegedly shopping this show around (and likely asking for too high of a price), CBS has officially cancelled it as it lives up to its reputation as the sci fi-averse network. More on that at this link.
Lucifer (FOX) Mon 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2016
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.
Status/Comments: This show started strong with The X-Files as it lead-in, but saw its numbers drop off, especially when Gotham took over the lead-in hour. It got the second season renewal nod, but that was partly because FOX has space to fill on its schedule with American Idol not coming back. If it wants to survive into a third season, it will need to improve its numbers next year.
Luke Cage (Netflix) Streaming, 1st Season Premieres Sept 30th
About: This series is based on the Marvel comic book character who receives incredible strength and unbreakable skin from a scientific experiment.
Status/Comments: This will be the third entry in Netflix’s Defenders series which also includes Daredevil, and Jessica Jones as well as the upcoming Iron Fist and team-up series.
MacGyver (CBS) Fri 8 PM, 1st Season Airs Fall 2016
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.
Status/Comments: This is a close as CBS will come to sci fi for its Fall 2016 schedule and it seems that they are already putting the odds against it with its Friday night scheduling. Can MacGyver devise a gimmick to defeat the Nielsens?
The Magicians (Syfy) Mon 10 PM, 2nd Season Premieres January 2017
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.
Status/Comments: The ratings were not spectacular for this show, but it did better than any other of that network’s new entries this last season and it has developed some decent buzz. That should hopefully help carry it into a third year.
Making History (FOX) TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2016
About: From executive producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, this comedy follows three people traveling to different points in time.
Status/Comments: Yet another of the upcoming time travel-themed shows, this one is not scheduled to bow until mid-season.
The Man in the High Castle (Amazon) Streaming, 2nd Season Streams Late 2016
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.
Status/Comments: In its first season, this was Amazon’s most streamed original series ever. A second season is on the way, though unfortunately some creative differences have led to Frank Spotnitz stepping back as the showrunner. Hopefully that won’t result in a drop in quality for the show.
Midnight Texas (NBC) TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2016
About: This show is based on the supernatural soap opera book series of the same name written by True Blood‘s Charlaine Harris.
Status/Comments: NBC is obviously hoping this one will become a breakout success like True Blood did for HBO. It will debut at mid-season.
Minority Report (FOX) Cancelled
About: This sequel to the feature film of the same name (which was based on a Phillip K. Dick story) follows the PreCogs from the movie after the Precrime division was disbanded.
Status/Comments: This show counted as a definite flop for FOX and its episode order was cut from thirteen to ten before being sent to the Network Executioner at the end of the season.
Once Upon A Time (ABC) Sun 8 PM, 6th Season Airs Fall 2016
About: The small town of Storybrooke is the modern day home of many characters from fairy tales and mythology.
Status/Comments: It received its sixth season renewal despite the continued drop in its ratings. But it is still one of the higher rated broadcast net shows on Sundays and Disney will likely keep it around a few more years to continue running its stock of characters through the storylines.
The Originals (CW) TBD, 4th Season Airs Early 2017
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.
Status/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 (in part due to its move to Fridays) and next year could be its last. It is currently scheduled to return at mid-season.
Orphan Black (BBCA) Sat 10 PM, Airing 4th Season
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.
Status/Comments: The BBC America numbers for this show’s fourth season have been pretty low, but I haven’t seen any viewership results for its home network in Canada. If it is still doing well there, it should get a fifth season, though don’t be surprised if the creative staff is starting think about wrapping this one up.
Outcast (Cin) Fri 10 PM, 1st Season Premieres June 3rd (Renewed for a 2nd)
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).
Status/Comments: There is plenty of anticipation around this show and the fact that it airs on Cinemax means that it can really push the boundaries of television (which Kirkman has already been doing for years now with TWD). And this show has already been renewed for a second season, so he has time to plan out the stories.
Outlander (Starz) Sat 9 PM, Airing 2nd Season
About: A nurse from 1945 is drawn back in time to 1743 Scotland where she becomes involved with the power struggles of that age.
Status/Comments: The numbers for this show have been decent so far in its second season and I expect to hear a renewal announcement at any time.
Penny Dreadful (SHOW) Sun 10 PM, Airing 3rd Season
About: An explorer, a gunslinger, and a medium deal with supernatural characters inspired by famous works of fiction such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Status/Comments: The numbers for this show remain low in its third year, but it continues to receive good buzz. Since it is a pay cable entry, it still has a chance of coming back for a fourth season.
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Person of Interest (CBS) Mon/Tue 10 PM, Airing 5th (and Final) Season)
About: A supercomputer created to predict terrorist activity can also detect threats to normal citizens. Its creator secretly uses that information to help people in danger.
Status/Comments: This show has actually been pulling decent numbers since returning for its fifth season, but that won’t convince CBS to change its mind about the cancellation. Still, it has had a good run and will have a chance to go out on its own terms since the producers knew the end was in sight.
Powerless (NBC) TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2016
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.
Status/Comments: This show could be a ton of fun and is currently scheduled to bow at some point during mid-season.
Powers (Play Station) Streaming, Streaming 2nd Season
About: Based on the comic book of the same name, this show follows a special police force that monitors the activities of superpowered humans.
Status/Comments: This is the PlayStation Network’s first stab at scripted programming and it earned some good buzz in its first season. It’s second season has just kicked off and it could power its way into a third.
Preacher (AMC) Sun 10 PM, Airing 1st Season
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.
Status/Comments: The debut numbers for this show were not spectacular, but still decent for a cable entry these days. How it tracks over the coming weeks will determine if it sticks around for a second season.
Salem (WGN) TBD, 3rd Season Premieres Fall 2016
About: This supernatural series focuses on the events from the titular 17th century Massachusetts town that led to the infamous witch trials.
Status/Comments: This WGN scripted original has barely registered in the ratings but apparently has international financing to help keep it afloat.
Saving Hope (ION) Tue 11 PM, 5th Season Airs Fall 2016
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.
Status/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 in Fall of 2016.
Scream (MTV) Mon 10 PM, Airing 2nd Season
About: A continuation of the feature film franchise of the same name, this show follows another series of murders in the town of Lakewood.
Status/Comments: It did not draw huge ratings in its first season, but performed well enough with MTV’s target audience to get a second season which just kicked off on May 30th.
Scream Queens (FOX) Tue 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: The first year of this season-long horror anthology series followed a series of murders on a college campus.
Status/Comments: This highly anticipated show from the creators of American Horror Story generated pretty tepid ratings but demonstrated “stickiness” across the social nets, leading FOX to renew it for a second season. Seeing as it will likely also get tacked on to the AHS syndication package, the network is guaranteed to make money on it, but may not keep it around for a third year.
Second Chance (FOX) Cancelled
About: A disgraced police officer is brought back from the dead Frankenstein-like and finds that he has a second chance at life.
Status/Comments: This show went through two name changes (previously The Frankenstein Code and then Lookinglass) in production and also had its episode order cut from 13 to 11. It bowed to low ratings and quickly got shuffled to Friday nights where it burned its episodes before getting cast to the TV Wasteland.
Sense8 (Netflix) Streaming, 2nd Season Streams 2016
About: Eight people across the world find themselves telepathically linked and also in danger from a group who sees them as a threat.
Status/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 at some point in 2016.
Shadowhunters (ABCF) Tue 9 PM, 2nd Season Airs Early 2017
About: This is based on The Mortal Instruments series of books by Cassandra Clare about a group of demon hunters.
Status/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) TBD, 2nd Season Airs Early 2017
About: Based on the Shannara series of books by Terry Brooks, it 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.
Status/Comments: The ratings for this show’s first season were not great, especially considering that it was 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) Fri 9 PM, Completed 1st Season
About: This is a season-long horror anthology series (following the same format as American Horror Story) that offers up a different psycho-killer each year.
Status/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) Fri 9 PM, 4th Season Airs Early 2017
About: Ichabod Crane is revived in the modern world to do battle with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Status/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. It is currently scheduled for a mid-season return.
Son of Zorn (FOX) Sun 8:30 PM, 1st Season Airs Fall 2016
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.
Status/Comments: This show gets sandwiched between FOX’s Sunday night solid performers The Simpsons and Family Guy and has a decent chance of surviving in that timeslot.
Star Trek (CBS-AA) 1st Season Streams 2017
About: This will continue the Star Trek franchise on television and rumors are that it will be set between the TOS and TNG timelines and will be a season-long anthology.
Comments: Not much is know about this show other than the few rumors floating around. What is known is that it will debut on CBS in early 2017 then move to their streaming service CBS All Access.
Star Wars Rebels (DXD) Wed 9 PM, Airing 2nd Season (Renewed for a 3rd)
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.
Status/Comments: The overnight ratings in the 18-49 demo were not 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 (ABC Family) Tue 10 PM, Completed 2nd Season
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.
Status/Comments: This show pulled pretty low ratings in its first season and slipped even lower in its second year. I’d say its chances of making a third season do not look good at the moment unless it has significant international financing / partnerships backing it.
The Strain (FX) Sun 10 PM, 3rd Season Premieres August 28th
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.
Status/Comments: This blend of science fiction and the supernatural pulled decent ratings for FX in its first year, but it dropped notably in its second. It still got a third season pickup, though, which airs this Summer.
Stranger Things (Netflix) Streaming, 1st Season Premieres July 15th
About: This supernatural series set in the 1980’s stars Winona Ryder and centers around boy that mysteriously disappears.
Status/Comments: There’s not a lot of information available about this one yet, but Ryder’s presence in the lead role should definitely draw some attention to the show.
Supergirl (CW) Mon 8 PM, 2nd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: This series brings the DC comics character of Supergirl to the small screen.
Status/Comments: It got the second season renewal nod, but it took a move of networks (The CW), a move of shooting location (Vancouver), and some additional cost-cutting. But then The CW knows how to make superhero shows, so this one is now better positioned for success going forward.
Supernatural (CW) Thu 9 PM, 12th Season Airs Fall 2016
About: Sam and Dean Winchester are hunters doing battle with supernatural forces that threaten humanity.
Status/Comments: This one got the twelfth season renewal nod and has set the longevity record for U.S. genre shows, leaving Stargate: SG-1 and Smallville in the rear view mirror at ten seasons each. And who knows, at its current rate, Supernatural may keep going for 20 seasons or more!
Teen Wolf (MTV) TBD, 6th Season Airs Late 2016 / Early 2017
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.
Status/Comments: The numbers were definitely down for this show in its fifth season, but it still plays well to MTV’s target audience. Don’t be surprised, though, if this one is not looking to wrap up with its sixth or seventh season (after it has achieved a decent episode count for a syndication run.
Time After Time (ABC) TBD, 1st Season Airs Early 2016
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.
Status/Comments: Yet another of upcoming time travel-themed shows, this one is not scheduled to bow until mid-season.
Timeless (NBC) Mon 10 PM, 1st Season Airs Fall 2016
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.
Status/Comments: This show gets the coveted post-The Voice timeslot on Mondays and has a decent chance of surviving into a second season in that hour.
Vampire Diaries (CW) Fri 8 PM, Airing 7th Season (Renewed for an 8th)
About: Teenager Elena becomes involved with two vampire brothers, one of which denies his nature the other of which embraces it.
Status/Comments: Once the flagship show of the younger-skewing CW network, this one has since grown long in the tooth (no apologies for the pun) and has lost much of its audience. But The CW has said that its eighth year is not necessarily its last, so it may stick around for a ninth or more.
The Walking Dead (AMC) Sun 9 PM, 7th Season Airs Fall 2016
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.
Status/Comments: Currently the top rated scripted show on all of television, this one is still a powerhouse in its sixth season–despite a slight drop in its numbers–and will likely remain so for several more years to come.
Wayward Pines (FOX) Wed 9 PM, Airing 2nd Season
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.
Status/Comments: This show pulled decent ratings for a Summer entry in its first year, but slipped with its second season bow. How it tracks over the next few weeks will determine if M. Night Shyamalan will get that third season he has planned for the show.
Westworld (HBO) TBD, 1st Season Airs Fall 2016
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.
Status/Comments: This show has had some hiccups in production, but is on pace now for a Fall 2016 debut. As a pay cable entry, it has a decent chance of surviving to a second season even if its ratings are not that great.
Wynonna Earp (Syfy) Fri 10 PM, Airing 1st Season
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.
Status/Comments: The numbers have been low for this show in its first season, but it is the highest rated of Syfy’s Spring entries and it is relatively inexpensive to produce. Since that network has typically been giving shows two seasons to prove themselves, it still has a chance of surviving into a second year.
The X-Files (FOX) Sun 9 PM, Completed 1st Season
About: Mulder and Sculley are back in this revival series that promises to answer questions left hanging by the original show (and possibly also set up X-Files: The Next Generation).
Status/Comments: A lot of people tuned in early for this one, but the numbers dropped steadily throughout its six-episode run. Still it did well enough to justify coming back for a second revival season, though that will apparently be delayed to the 2017-18 season to work into the schedules of Duchovny, Anderson, Carter, and the rest.
Z Nation (Syfy) TBD, 3rd Season Airs Fall 2016
About: In a world overridden by zombies, one man survived bites from the undead and may be the key to saving humanity.
Status/Comments: The numbers for this show slipped in its second year, but as an inexpensive entry that is still doing quite well by Syfy standards, it is safe for now.
Zoo (CBS) TBD, 2nd Season Premieres June 28th
About: A group of specialists is pulled together to investigate aggressive animal behavior which is occurring throughout the world.
Status/Comments: This one did not count as a huge ratings success, but it did well enough for a Summer series and CBS decided to give it a second season which will air in Summer 2016.