Is your favorite freshman television series getting a second season?

Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings and Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in THE AMERICANS (Image Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FX)
Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings and Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings in THE AMERICANS (Image Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FX)

As we near summer and the end of the television season, many viewers are wondering which of our new favorite shows are coming back next year. I did a little digging and found a list of shows that have been announced for a second season renewal and those that are still unknown. First, let’s start with the good news all the shows you will be fortunate enough to see next year.

The Americans (FX)
Arrow (CW)
Bates Motel (A&E)
Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Continuum (Syfy)
Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz)
The Following (Fox)
The Neighbors (ABC)
Revolution (NBC)

Might I say that I am super stoked for The Americans and Bates Motel, they’ve had a great run this year and definitely deserved a renewal by their respective networks. Bates Motel has barely gotten started but the acting and writing have been excellent and I’m eagerly awaiting new developments each week. Congratulations cast and crew!

As for The Following, I’m not completely sold yet – the FBI has been way too dumb for my taste. Although I understand the format is not intended to have the good guys win every episode but can they at least be smart? Can the manner in which the cult gets away with things be more complex so it doesn’t just look like shoddy police work? Nonetheless, I’m interested to see how this season ends so we’ll know how next season will begin and whether it’ll be worth watching. As for the others, I cannot say that I am familiar enough to have a solid opinion but feel free to post yours in the comments.

Here is the list of those shows that are still in limbo, meaning their networks have not announced pick up or cancellation.

1600 Penn (NBC) Update 5/11/13 – Cancelled
The Carrie Diaries (CW) Update 5/11/13 – Renewed
Chicago Fire (NBC) Update 5/11/13 – Renewed
Deception (NBC) – Update 5/8/13 – Cancelled
Golden Boy (CBS) Update 5/11/13 – Cancelled
Guys with Kids (NBC) Update 5/11/13 – Cancelled
Hannibal (NBC) Update 5/30/13 – Renewed
How to Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life (ABC) Update 5/11/13 – Cancelled
Malibu Country (ABC) Update 5/11/13 – Cancelled
Nashville (ABC) Update 5/11/13 – Renewed
Red Widow (ABC) Update 5/11/13 – Cancelled
Vegas (CBS) Update 5/8/13 – Cancelled

Two shows I’ve invested time in on this list are The Carrie Diaries and Hannibal. The Carrie Diaries started to get on my nerves by the end of the season, in the beginning I thought things were going well but by the end it seemed a little over the top. Carrie and Sebastian break up, get back together, break up, get back together – ugh. As long as the writers don’t continue in that vein, I might be interested in watching a second season.

As for Hannibal, so far so good. The season has just begun but I’m enjoying the storyline although I’m not really sure why the show is called Hannibal since the main character is really Hugh Dancy’s Will Graham but after a conversation with a co-worker who read the book, she said the show is following it exactly. They are trying to build up how Dr. Lecter became such a monster thus leading into Silence of the Lambs. I will definitely keep watching sans TV watching snacks.

As for Deception, I have watched most of the season but missed the last few weeks so I’m not completely caught up however, I have enjoyed the show so far. I wasn’t really sure what they were going to do to extend it into a second season but I wouldn’t mind seeing Wes Brown again next year. Meow. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

If you didn’t see one of your favorite new shows on my lists, I’m afraid it was most likely canceled. However, we must look at canceled shows like one door closing so a new door may open and hopefully that new door will lead to an amazing fresh show next year.

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BreAna Hansen studied Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She won two UCI screenwriting awards while earning her Bachelors and continues to develop screenplays in her free time. BreAna is a member of Women in Film Seattle and the Society for Cinema & Media Studies. She is also the creator and principle writer of A Girl with Glasses, an entertainment blog.

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