Which Returning Dramas Will Return Next Season?

There are 37 returning dramas this season, up five from last season.  CBS leads the pack with ten, ABC and CW follow up with eight each, NBC is close with seven, and FOX is far behind with four returning dramas.  Two dramas, Glee and Parenthood, have already been announced as heading into their final season.  That means a whopping 35 returning dramas have their fates left up in the air.  This is the first year I’ve decided to tackle all the returning dramas.

agents of shieldWhile far from a breakout hit, Agents of Shield put up respectable numbers throughout last season.  This year, its on the move to the tentpole 9 o’clock hour.  In addition to the original series, ABC has a spinoff in the works for mid-season (Agents of Carter).  Barring any major collapse, there is no reason to believe Agents of Shield is done just yet.
Chances of Returning: 100%

castleWhen it debuted in 2009, I didn’t think Castle would be around in 2014 for its seventh season.  ABC has had quite a tough time finding new pieces to its lineup, so the average (and steady) Castle has remained on the schedule.  I don’t see Castle coming to an end just yet, but it’ll likely wrap-up within the next two or three seasons.
Chances of Returning: 90%

GreysS8MainCastCan you believe Grey’s Anatomy is heading into its eleventh season?  It seems almost impossible that the serial medical drama has been able to last that long.  The series recently lost one of its original cast members (Sandra Oh), but that really hasn’t hurt Grey’s Anatomy in the past.  If anything, the move the 8 o’clock timeslot will dent Grey’s Anatomy a few tenths.  With rising costs, Grey’s Anatomy is going to have to end soon.  I’m thinking that means at least one more season after this one.
Chances of Returning: 90%

nashvillABC Studios owns Nashville, along with Lionsgate TV, which may be one of the main reasons the drama has been able to squeak by with low ratings (the music sales help too).  Nashville was one of the final renewals of the past season, and a lot of it had to do with costs.  Negotiations came down to the wire, with ABC scoring an incentive package with the state of Tennessee to keep the series in Nashville.  That helped bring the cost down by about $8 million dollars.  If ratings continue to slip, and ABC can’t find another tax break, the odds become stacked against Nashville.  It seems like too much to ask from a low-rated series.
Chances of Returning: 35%

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TCA Awards 2014 Winners

Breaking_Bad_title_cardThe Television Critics Association Awards winners were announced tonight, with Breaking Bad taking home the biggest award (Program of the Year), and Emmy snub The Good Wife scoring a win in the Outstanding Achievement in Drama.

The winners are in bold.

Program of the Year
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Orange is the New Black
True Detective

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Louie
The Mindy Project
Veep

Outstanding Achievement in Drama
The Americans
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
The Good Wife

Individual Achievement in Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Individual Achievement in Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Outstanding New Program
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Fargo
Orange is the New Black
Sleepy Hollow
True Detective

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials
American Horror Story: Coven
Broadchurch
Fargo
The Returned
True Detective

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming
The Amazing Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Shark Tank
Survivor
The Voice

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information
CBS Sunday Morning
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Frontline
60 Minutes

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming
Adventure Time
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
The Fosters
Sesame Street
Switched at Birth

Career Achievement Award
Mark Burnett
James Burrows
Valerie Harper
Jay Leno
William Shatner

Heritage Award
Lost
Saturday Night Live
South Park
Star Trek
Twin Peaks

Did any of the winners surprise you?  Sound off in the comments below!