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Networks chopping shows to make room for 2016-2017 offerings

ABC has canceled “The Muppets.”
ABC has canceled “The Muppets.” AP

The TV networks officially will announce their 2016-17 fall schedules between Monday, May 16, and Thursday, May 19. Because of a few early announcements and some information from the studios that create programs for the network, the picture of how the lineup will look is taking shape.

To make way for new programs, shows already on the network have to be canceled. Or, as in the case of an offering such as “The Good Wife,” come to a natural end. At CBS, it looks like the the ax has fallen on “CSI: Cyber.” If you haven’t been keeping track, that means the 2016-17 TV season may be the first since 2000 without some type of “CSI” series on the schedule.

CBS is bringing back 14 programs, including “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion” and “The Big Bang Theory.” The most recent announcement that “Life in Pieces” would get a second season came only a few days ago.

My predictions about “Supergirl” were on point. “Supergirl” is one of the most expensive network programs to produce and didn’t attract the viewers to justify the cost. So a trimmed down version of “Supergirl” will move to the CW to join other DC products like “The Flash” and “Arrow.” 

There’s not a lot of room at the CW. The network has already ordered another season of 11 of its current series. Look for “Beauty and the Beast” to come to an end.

FOX will need to make some room, too. The network has ordered two new series for the fall: “24: Legacy” will be another action series (without Jack Bauer), while “Star” is a drama from Lee Daniels, the man behind “Empire.”

To make room on the schedule, FOX has canceled the two freshman comedies, “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder,” plus the animated series “Bordertown.” “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” didn’t survive and “Bones” will get one more year to say farewell. 

NBC will have several holes to fill with only a handful of series getting renewals. Programs returning include all three of the “Chicago” series, plus “Blindspot” and “The Blacklist.”

If it isn’t already high on the list of shows to be canceled, “Mysteries of Laura” should be there. The good thing for NBC is that the Sunday night NFL package gives the network time to make adjustments.

Fifteen shows on ABC have already been renewed, including a surprise second season order for “Dr. Ken.” Being shown the cancellation door at ABC are “Nashville,” “Galavant,” “Castle,” “The Muppets” and “Agent Carter.” It’s surprising that “Castle” will end since series star Nathan Fillion had just renewed his contract.

Everything that will happen on the networks next season will officially will be revealed soon.

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