Can The Mentalist outwit death a third time? Will Nashville's record keep spinning? And is six seasons and a movie possible for Community? It's time for the networks to decide which shows to cut and which to keep this fall. Are your favorites in jeopardy? In the following gallery, we analyze only the shows whose fates aren't crystal clear. In other words, sure things (Castle, Grey's Anatomy) and completely lost causes (we're looking at you, Rake, Betrayal and Hostages!) aren't included. For the latest renewal and cancellation information, check out our Fall TV Scorecard.
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Almost Human (Fox)
Mondays at 8/7c
The Good News: The show's average rating in the demo (1.9) is stronger than those of already renewed dramas Bones, The Following and Glee. Its sci-fi elements seem to be a good fit with breakout hit Sleepy Hollow.
The Bad News: Fox has already promised series orders to dramas including Gotham and Hieroglyph, which leaves only a few timeslots to fill in the fall.
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Beauty and the Beast (The CW)
Mondays at 9/8c
The Good News: Don't mess with the Beasties! Beast has a far more vocal and passionate fan base than The CW's other bubble shows, Hart of Dixie
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Thursdays at 8/7c
The Good News: Thanks to the high-profile failures of The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World, Community remains one of NBC's reliable performers on the comedy side. Plus: The Peacock wouldn't dare dash the hopes of the #sixseasonsandamovie faithful this close to the goal, would they?
The Bad News: Community's average of 3 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo (down about 10 percent from a year ago) doesn't look quite as reliable when compared to The Voice-assisted midseason comedies About a Boy (7.6 million viewers, 2.1 in the demo) and Growing Up Fisher (6.8 million viewers, 1.8 in the demo).
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The Crazy Ones (CBS)
Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c; aired Thursdays at 9/8c
The Good News: The comedy has found its groove by making great use of its supporting stars, James Wolk, Hamish Linklater and Amanda Setton, to play off Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, whose impressive comedy chops have erased the stench of Ringer from our minds.
The Bad News: The show's steadily sliding ratings stick out like a sore thumb on CBS' high-standard Thursday night. Since swapping timeslots with Two and a Half Men in February, it's the only one of the four comedies averaging below 10 million and below a 2.0 rating. It was one of two full-season shows not to receive an early renewal from CBS.
Add to Watchlist: The Crazy Ones
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Fridays at 9/8c
The Good News: Critics love the Army comedy, and what meager viewership it has generated has been done with hardly any favors from Fox's scheduling department. If there is love for the comedy among executives, the network could give the show a second shot in a better timeslot next season.
The Bad News: Compared to Fox's modest (though already renewed) comedy "hits," Enlisted's ratings (2.1 million viewers, 0.7 in the demo) are microscopic. And with Fox granting several straight-to-series orders this pilot season, real estate in the fall is limited.
Add to Watchlist: Enlisted
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The Goldbergs (ABC)
Tuesdays at 9/8c
The Good News: The nostalgic sitcom has been regularly beating Fox's comedies (New Girl, The Mindy Project) head-to-head. A favorite of ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee's and the network's top-rated freshman comedy, it seems assured of a Season 2.
The Bad News: Despite giving its repeats a tryout on Wednesdays, ABC refuses to separate The Goldbergs from the super-incompatible Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., whose dwindling numbers don't make for much of a lead-in.
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Fridays at 10/9c
The Good News: Creatively, the critically beloved drama has been even more bold and compelling in its second season. And NBC, which saves money sharing the production cost with French producer Gaumont, can afford to be a bit more patient with the show's weak ratings. (Plus: Creator Bryan Fuller has previously hinted at other interested suitors should NBC pass on a third course.)
The Bad News: But those ratings… After moving to Friday nights, Hannibal is averaging just 2.8 million viewers a week and an anemic 0.9 in the demo, making it NBC's lowest-rated program. And without a considerable boost from DVR users, it might be time for NBC to ask for the check.
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Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Wednesdays at 9/8c
The Good News: Despite its age, the show feels creatively vital again, thanks to deeper character exploration and longer arcs such as the "Save Benson" trilogy of episodes. The result? The show is up in average total viewers (6.8 million) and the demo (1.8), making it NBC's third-highest-rated drama this season. It's hard to see NBC not bringing this one back.
The Bad News: After 15 years, this show is very expensive to make. Plus: Year-to-year contract negotiations with star Mariska Hargitay always create a certain amount of limbo about the show's future.
Add to Watchlist: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Tuesdays at 8/7c
The Good News: Although only averaging 7.3 million viewers each week, this superhero drama predictably does well with young male viewers and gets a huge boost when factoring in DVR usage. Thanks to its big debut, it remains one of ABC's Top 5 dramas this season, which is probably enough to ensure that the big Disney/Marvel bet will at see at least one more season.
The Bad News: The show has consistently shed viewers and demo points all season long. No matter how you spin it, the show isn't the big-tent hit the Alphabet was probably hoping for.
Add to Watchlist: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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The Mentalist (CBS)
Sundays at 10/9c
The Good News: Still a consistent performer, the veteran procedural generated buzz earlier this season when it finally resolved the Red John story line. Viewers have also stuck around for the serviceable post-Red John era reboot, which saw fan favorites Owain Yeoman and Amanda Righetti depart.
The Bad News: It wasn't part of CBS' early renewals in March, which usually spells doom unless protracted contract negotiations are involved (see: Criminal Minds, Two and a Half Men last year). With the series-driving Red John arc tied up and creator Bruno Heller departing for Fox's Gotham, it's as good a time as any to call it a day.
Add to Watchlist: The Mentalist
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Wednesdays at 10/9c
The Good News: We're still digging the twang-y tunes the show churns out week after week, and the creative team has wisely moved away from story lines (particularly Teddy's political career and the tangential characters that supported it) that aren't focused on the music industry.
The Bad News: The show suffers from a crippling lack of buzz. As such, it's averaging 5.4 million viewers and 1.5 in the demo, down 9 and 19 percent, respectively, from its Season 1 numbers. (Its decent DVR numbers could be enough to save it, however.)
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Wednesdays at 8/7c
The Good News: Revolution's season average of 5.1 million and a 1.7 doesn't look that bad when you compare it to NBC's other rating woes, like, say, its Thursday night.
The Bad News: The interest and hype surrounding the post-apocalyptic drama have crashed harder than its ratings. Revolution, which was already slipping behind The Voice last season, has not hit 6 million viewers since its season premiere and has not cracked a 2.0 this season, frequently dropping to new series lows. And you know it's bad when your new episodes are pulled in favor of Law & Order: SVU repeats and a special on Prince Harry.
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Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c
The Good News: The show's weak post-Modern Family numbers from a year ago now look promising considering the failure of both Super Fun Night and Mixology in that timeslot this season.
The Bad News: Without the Modern Family lead-in (and thanks to an unhealthy nine-month hiatus from ABC's schedule), the show is down considerably in both total viewers (5.5 million) and the demo (1.6). ABC's patience will most likely be dictated by what its comedy development looks like this pilot season.
Add to Watchlist: Suburgatory
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The Tomorrow People (The CW)
Mondays at 9/8c
The Good News: It's performing better in the ratings (1.6 million viewers, 0.6 in the demo) than other not-yet-renewed dramas The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast. Plus: The CW loves the hunky leading men of the Amell family!
The Bad News: While the CW can't cancel all its middling performers, midseason drama The 100 is looking strong enough to claim a coveted spot in the fall. Tomorrow People could be bumped if the CW wants to keep some non-sci-fi space open on its schedule.
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Trophy Wife (ABC)
Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c
The Good News: Adored by fans and critics alike, the charming sitcom could be ABC's new Happy Endings: a great, well-received-but-low-rated comedy it gives another chance to succeed.
The Bad News: With an average of 3.8 million and a 1.2, it is still ABC's least-watched and lowest-rated comedy — even getting beaten by the reviled Mixology, which inexplicably remains in the post-Modern Family berth far more suitable for Trophy Wife.
Add to Watchlist: Trophy Wife
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