It’s that time of year when the US TV networks decide (or rather, share with the world) which shows live and which shows die.
The upfronts take place next week in New York, when the fate of your favourite show will be officially revealed.
However news about the future (or lack thereof) of many of the bigger shows has already leaked, plus a few already had previous multi-season agreements in place.
So here is a round-up of which shows will definitely be back (some of these, in particular the shows that air during the summer, were already known and mentioned in previous Choob posts), plus the ones that are still sweating it out.
The sixth and final season of Lost will begin early in 2010.
Brothers And Sisters will be back in September for its fourth season.
New comedy-drama Castle, starring former Firefly star Nathan Fillion as a mystery writer who teams up with an NYPD cop to help him research his new novel, has been renewed for a second season. The first season ended in the US last week.
Grey’s Anatomy gets a sixth season, while its spin-off Private Practice is renewed for a third.
Desperate Housewives has been given a sixth season.
Season four of Ugly Betty begins on September 24.
ABC Family comedy-drama Greek has an order for a 20-episode third season.
CBS has yet to make a decision on a fifth season of sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, starring former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus (right), but ABC has agreed a back-up deal which will see the network pick up the show if CBS decides to pass on it. It’s the second time in two years that ABC has tried to take over the show.
This is less certain than most of the other shows listed here but rumours are circulating that, somewhat surprisingly, David Mamet‘s special forces military drama The Unit is being given a fifth season.
Again, not a dead cert, but police drama Cold Case is said to have a good chance of a seventh season.
It was revealed back in March that sitcoms Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory have been guaranteed three and two more seasons respectively.
Day eight of 24 will begin early next year. Is said to be set in New York and feature the return of CTU.
Sci-fi detective drama Fringe has been renewed for a full second season.
Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, starring Eliza Dushku, will be back for a second season of 12 episodes.
The Simpsons has been renewed for two more seasons. The 44-episode order will take the show through to the end of its 22nd season (and 493 episodes), making it the longest-running series in primetime US TV history.
The first season of Family Guy spin-off Cleveland is yet to air (it was pushed back from Spring to the Autumn), but it has already been given a 13-episode second-season order.
A fourth season of bigamy drama Big Love (below) has been ordered.
Vampire drama True Blood will be back for a second season.
Entourage gets a sixth season.
Despite diminishing ratings, Heroes will be back for season four.
The American version of The Office gets a sixth season.
Tina Fey’s (right) comedy 30 Rock saw ratings grow slightly this year and, though still on the low side, it has been rewarded with a fourth season.
Season eleven of Law and Order: SVU has been ordered.
Friday Night Lights has been given two more 13-episode seasons (its fourth and fifth).
Parks and Recreation, the new sitcom from the makers of the US version of The Office, which stars Saturday Night Live‘s Amy Poehler, gets a second season.
Supernatural drama Medium has been given a sixth season.
New LA-set cop drama Southland began its seven-episode first season last month and has already been renewed for a 13-episode second.
Historical drama The Tudors will return for a 10-part fourth (and final) season, which will complete the saga of King Henry VIII.
Season 5 of Weeds, starring Mary-Louise Parker, right, begins on Monday, June 8.
Dexter, starring Six Feet Under’s Michael C Hall as a serial killer who works for the Miami police department. Season three recently ended its run and the network has been renewed for at least two further seasons, of 12 episodes each.
Black comedy-drama The United States Of Tara, has been given a second, 12-episode season. The show, created by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, stars Toni Collette as a wife and mother-of-two who suffers from dissociative identity disorder.
Californication, starring David Duchovny as a charming but troubled writer, has been renewed for a third season.
A second season (15 episodes) of crime drama Leverage has been given the go-ahead.
Superboy drama Smallville will be back in the Autumn for its ninth season.
Supernatural returns for season five.
One Tree Hill gets a seventh season.
A third season of Gossip Girl has been ordered.
The Sarah Silverman Program will be returning for a third season. With Sarah Silverman, right, obviously.
The superb Mad Men has been renewed for at least two more seasons.
Miami-set tongue-in-cheek drama Burn Notice, below, about a spy inexplicably cast adrift by his bosses and left to fend for himself, has earned a 16-episode third-season order. It begins on June 4.
Comedy-drama Psych, about a fake psychic who helps the police, has been given a fourth season.
Monk, the comedy-drama about an obsessive-compulsive private detective, gets an eighth and final season.
With the third season of Army Wives not due to begin until June, the Lifetime channel has ordered a fourth season.
A nine-episode third season of My Boys, a comedy about a female sports writer in Chicago and the men in her life, has been ordered.
Syndicated sword-and-sorcery fantasy drama Legend Of The Seeker, currently airing its first season, has been renewed for a second run. The show is based on the Sword Of Truth series of books by Terry Goodkind.
Prospects for the following shows could still go either way but they haven’t been officially cancelled yet:
A third season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, starring Summer Glau, right, looks highly unlikely but if you believe in miracles, now’s the time to start praying for one.
Talks are reportedly underway for a ninth season of medical comedy Scrubs, though possibly without regular appearances from several of the original cast.
Negotiations for a possible fifth season of My Name Is Earl continue.
A fan campaign to win a third season for Chuck continues, amid rumours that a decision will be delayed until after the upfronts.
No word either yet on season 20 of the original Law and Order.
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