I kinda think this thread is a better place to put cancel and renewal discussion of shows, since when a show goes fractional and is destined for cancellation, it feels like thread-shitting to put that stuff in a thread of fans who enjoy the show.
This stuff interests me though. I think one of the main reasons is that we live in an era of serialized television where even multi-season or series-long story arcs are fairly common. I have only so much time to give to television, too, so I hate to get hooked on a show and find out it got the axe at a single season, and that nothing will be resolved, or that story lines will disappear for a perfunctory resolution.
On the other side of the coin, it’s also cool to see how renewals can breathe life into the creative process of a television show, and that stuff is fair game here, too. Right?
And if you doubt the power of network executives and the cancellation/renewal dance for shows on the bubble and how that effects the creative process, Parks & Rec exists as Exhibit A, a show that frequently pulled out all stops on perhaps a half dozen episodes that could’ve been series finales over the years.
It’s also timely. We’re about a month away from Up Fronts from the networks. That’s where the Fall Season is unveiled, and folks accept the reality that Constantine really was cancelled back in November of 2014. ;)
Sources of info:
TV By The Numbers (The Cancel Bear is the gold standard for predictions)
Uproxx (don’t laugh, they just posted some pretty accurate predictions)
Deadline (Usually pretty bad; very prone to fan service and susceptible to PR hype)