The 2018-2019 television season has been a whirlwind of maddening cancellations and miraculous renewals. While each of the broadcast networks have done a pretty solid job of laying out a bulk of their series' futures, it's always inevitable that some on-the-bubble projects fall through the cracks without a resolution. Here are all the network shows that have yet to hear anything about the future in one way or another, as well as a reason or two why these shows may not have gotten an answer yet:
Timeless - NBC
NBC must like to torture Timeless fans, as it still has yet to make a decision on whether Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke's time-traveling drama will return for Season 3. The series remains on the bubble, with viewership numbers in Season 2 faring even worse than when the show was cancelled the first time around. While viewership has fallen, reviews for Season 2 are much more positive than they were for the inaugural season. NBC played hero earlier this season when it saved Brooklyn Nine-Nine from cancellation at Fox, and with Timeless pulling in better viewership numbers than that show was getting, it doesn't seem so crazy Lucy Preston & Co. will face more hijinks in Season 3.
Ghosted - Fox
Adam Scott and Craig Robinson's Ghosted had the potential to become the next big live-action comedy at Fox. Then, in a somewhat ironic twist, the show itself disappeared midseason. Robinson and Fox have since confirmed the rest of Season 1 will air on the network sometime this summer, which leaves executives a bigger window to make a decision regarding the show's fate. It's worth mentioning Ghosted reruns have aired on its FXX, which might mean the network is testing the waters to see if the series would fare any better over there. We can only speculate for now, and will hopefully learn for sure what will come of this comedic paranormal series when those final episodes air this summer.
Code Black - CBS
Code Black fans may not hear news about the CBS medical drama anytime soon, as Season 3 just kicked things off not that long ago. Led by Marcia Gray Harden and Rob Lowe, Code Black is experiencing a 26% dip in the demo ratings compared to last season, although viewership appears to be having only a slightly less significant dip at 9%. Neither is good news, unfortunately, and that rating drop is more meaningful, considering casting changes were made in an effort to get the 18-49 demographic rating up for Season 2, which doesn't appear to be helping this season. Of course, there are still plenty of episodes to turn things around, so fans shouldn't worry about Code Black flatlining yet.
The X-Files - Fox
Despite Gillian Anderson's public exit from the series, Fox will never be quite ready to say The X-Files is cancelled. The same mostly goes for series creator Chris Carter, although he has yet to explain exactly how the series could continue without one of the leads who helped make the series iconic. There's also the fact that Season 11 had some pretty awful ratings and viewership numbers compared to past seasons and other networks' programming, which Anderson has pointed to when her absence is blamed for the show's probable end. Even so, the death knell technically hasn't rung for the show quite yet, so fans can only wait and see if something crazy happens that'll bring the show back for Season 12.
Champions - NBC
Champions is Mindy Kaling's follow-up creation after The Mindy Project, and it's Anders Holm's follow-up to Workaholics, but it hasn't won over audiences the way either of those other shows did, which may mean Champions' chances of renewal at NBC aren't good. As of this writing, the series still has yet to air its Season 1 finale, and it's possible NBC held off on making any official announcements regarding the comedy's status until after having announced its fall schedule. NBC has been the network to surprise audiences recently with its scheduling decisions, so could a Season 2 renewal for Champions be another shocker?
The Toy Box - ABC
The Toy Box has survived on its "Shark Tank for kids" premise for two seasons, but the ABC reality television series may have gone under. If that's the case, The Toy Box's cancellation might not even be the fault of the series itself, but rather the collapse of Toys R' Us, which is in the liquidation stages in the U.S. and U.K. The series featured children trying out the toys of inventors, with each season's winner getting a Mattel contract and Toys R' Us store distribution. With the stores closing up shop, the network will either have to find another major retailer to partner with, or it'll let the series die out alongside one of the biggest toy chains in America.
Ransom - CBS
CBS gave Ransom another chance at life when the drama's cancellation was reversed following Season 1, although the stats for Season 2 don't appear to have done much to overly justify that decision. Viewership has been lower in the new season, which is currently at the halfway point, but it's hard to say how much of an issue that is, considering Ransom is the rarely seen scripted show airing new episodes on Saturday nights. Eric Beaumont (played by Luke Roberts) and his hostage negotiation team could indeed see another season, provided CBS is happy with the series holding steady just below the 3-million mark for viewership.
LA To Vegas - Fox
Fox's irreverent airplane comedy LA To Vegas has its devoted fans, although it's unknown if that fanbase is enough to avoid a cancellation at Fox. The Will Ferrell and Adam McKay produced comedy got a solid show of support from the network early in its Season 1 run with an additional episode order, but the ribald show's viewership has slowly dwindled ever since. A season finale with an audience of 1.70 million viewers doesn't instill confidence that Dylan McDermott is guaranteed to pilot LA to Vegas for Season 2, but nothing is ever certain. For example, whoever thought a series about a discount airline flight's staff would ever make it to television to begin with?
Law & Order True Crime - NBC
NBC has confirmed Law & Order True Crime will not return in the fall season, but it doesn't seem like the network is altogether ruling out an eventual return for the spinoff series. After all, an anthology about real court cases doesn't necessarily grow stale with age, and should Dick Wolf and his creative team come up with another interesting case to dramatize, why not keep things going down the road? True crime shows are hot right now, and the Law & Order franchise has been beloved by television audiences for a long time, so it appears the only thing holding this series back from renewal is a fresh idea to wow fans with.
Be sure to keep it here with CinemaBlend as we will inevitably learn the fates of all these shows at some point. In the meantime, be sure to check out our summer premiere guide and see what new stuff is headed to television!
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