The networks have been abuzz this week announcing renewals and cancellations during Upfront Week. We wanted to break down the odds that the following shows cancelled after only their first few early seasons would find new life on either Hulu or Netflix. Get the full recap below.
FOX shows getting cancelled:
Backstrom, starring Rainn Wilson, got cut this week amid low ratings. The show followed the grumpy Backstrom and his non-traditional work as a detective.
Will Netflix pick up Backstrom? Unlikely
Will Hulu pick up Backstrom? Unlikely
The Following got cancelled this year after a three season run. This one hailed some star power in Kevin Bacon but not enough viewership to keep the show going.
Will Netflix pick up The Following? We’d love to see it, but they already have a marquee detective show in The Killing.
Will Hulu pick up The Following? Unlikely, but it would make a good fit as Hulu could use a solid drama with a big cast.
Gracepoint only got through one season of this murder mystery drama series that just couldn’t reach critical mass.
Will Netflix pick up Gracepoint? Doesn’t necessarily make sense for the service.
Will Hulu pick up Gracepoint? This would make sense for similar reasons for to The Following, but with low viewership and no star power, far less likely.
The Mindy Project
Mindy Kahn couldn’t take her Office fame into its own series, but the show has garnered a decent cult following.
Will Netflix pick up The Mindy Project? No, Hulu has exclusive rights to stream the show.
Will Hulu pick up The Mindy Project? Yes! Hulu is in talks with show producers to add the show to the list of Hulu originals.
Red Band Society
Following the young patients in the Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital, Red Band Society has not been renewed for a second season.
Will Netflix pick up Red Band Society? Unlikely, but the show does have a bit of a cult following, so one of the services could pick it up.
Will Hulu pick up Red Band Society? Could be a solid pickup. The series had the positive reviews needed to drive success, it just never found an audience.
Arguably the most ridiculous premise for a show, Utopia only made it one season before getting cancelled.
Will Netflix pick up Utopia? Not really a “Netflix-style” show.
Will Hulu pick up Utopia? Could be interesting to see Hulu venture into reality TV, but it is also a bit of a stretch to see this actually happen.
ABC shows getting cancelled:
Legal comedy Cristela couldn’t find itself an audience and has been cancelled after only one season.
Will Netflix pick up Cristela? Of most of the ABC shows that have been cancelled, this seems like it would make for a decent fit on Netflix, but is probably not likely to happen due to low ratings.
Will Hulu pick up Cristela? Not a likely acquisition for Hulu with the show’s low ratings.
Forever couldn’t hit with audiences or critics despite its unique premise, resulting in a first season cancellation.
Will Netflix pick up Forever? Unlikely, the numbers just aren’t there.
Will Hulu pick up Forever? Unlikely, same as above, the audience just isn’t there.
ABC gave Resurrection a second season but just couldn’t pick up steam to warrant another season.
Will Netflix pick up Resurrection? Wouldn’t be a bad fit for a good psycho-drama piece to join the Netflix catalog. No word on this happening though.
Will Hulu pick up Resurrection? Not a likely fit, but the show’s concept could make for an interesting addition to Hulu’s library.
Th worst named show of the season, but the actual comedy of the series was actually on point. Unfortunately it couldn’t break the name’s punchline.
Will Netflix pick up Selfie? Not a good fit for the series.
Will Hulu pick up Selfie? There were rumors about this circulating in the blogosphere, but no word since.
After three seasons, ABC is giving The Taste the boot. The cooking reality show has seen declining ratings and has not been renewed.
Will Netflix pick up The Taste? It seems Netflix has some interest in food related shows with Chef’s Table, but The Taste doesn’t seem like a Netflix series.
Will Hulu pick up The Taste? Would be an interesting acquisition, as some of Hulu’s most successful content has been cooking reality shows but no word on this one.
NBC shows getting cancelled:
A to Z
Romantic comedy A to Z which showed some promise didn’t get renewed after not being able to find an audience.
Will Netflix pick up A to Z? Doesn’t seem likely as the show couldn’t find a big audience.
Will Hulu pick up A to Z? This one might make sense, but no word from Hulu on this one yet.
About a Boy
One of the more surprising cancellations, About a Boy has not been renewed after a second season.
Will Netflix pick up About a Boy? This would be one we’d love to see, seems like it could make a great addition to their comedy catalog.
Will Hulu pick up About a Boy? Similar to above, it seems like About a Boy has some semblance of a following, might make for an interesting addition to Hulu’s comedy originals.
With a similar feel to The Blacklist, Allegiance couldn’t gain a similar mass audience and has been cancelled after one season.
Will Netflix pick up Allegiance? Despite Netflix having paid a pretty sum for The Blacklist, there doesn’t seem to be much interest in Allegiance.
Will Hulu pick up Allegiance? If Hulu wanted to grab a thriller drama, this would make a decent springboard, but the low viewership might be a turnoff.
One of the more heavily promoted new NBC shows, Bad Judge couldn’t find much success and has been cancelled after its first season.
Will Netflix pick up Bad Judge? Doesn’t seem likely, the numbers don’t add up for what was a pretty expensive flop for NBC.
Will Hulu pick up Bad Judge? Also likely not in the works due to low numbers.
To be honest it seemed like this show was doing fine through the first half but then there was a rapid decline. NBC certainly had pumped a lot of money into promoting this flop.
Will Netflix pick up Constantine? An interesting idea, but my guess is the show is too expensive for an acquisition like this.
Will Hulu pick up Constantine? With NBC’s stake in Hulu, this almost seems likely, but no word from either side on this.
This one is a personal bummer, as the comedy in this show followed similar wittiness to another cancelled gem Happy Endings.
Will Netflix pick up Marry Me? This would be a great comedy edition, but the low numbers are likely not appealing/
Will Hulu pick up Marry Me? This would be a great addition as well for Hulu, it’d be interesting to see if the streaming audience for this series is considerably bigger than the network viewership.
One Big Happy
Following unique relationship dynamics, One Big Happy just couldn’t get enough viewership to warrant a second season.
Will Netflix pick up One Big Happy? Doesn’t seem likely, the show saw pretty minimal success.
Will Hulu pick up One Big Happy? Also doesn’t seem likely but perhaps a more technologically savvy audience has been streaming this show with relative frequency.
State of Affairs
Another big budget promoted show of NBC’s that got cancelled after one season when audiences didn’t turn up.
Will Netflix pick up State of Affairs? Could be an interesting acquisition but Netflix doesn’t seem in the market for such a series.
Will Hulu pick up State of Affairs? Hulu has been hunting out a lot of acquisitions but no word on this one.
CBS shows being cancelled:
Battle Creek’s spin on detective shows couldn’t gather the audience needed for renewal and has been cancelled after only one season.
Will Netflix pick up Battle Creek? Very low viewership means the answer on this one is probably not likely.
Will Hulu pick up Battle Creek? The data just probably doesn’t warrant picking this one up anytime in the future.
CBS’s The McCarthys has been cancelled after only one season due to low viewership.
Will Netflix pick up The McCarthys? The odds on this are pretty low due to low viewership.
Will Hulu pick up The McCarthys? Doesn’t seem likely that Hulu would buy the rights to this one.
After two seasons CBS isn’t going to offer an extension for The Millers.
Will Netflix pick up The Millers? Rumor around this one coming to the streaming service to stream the old seasons, but doubtful there will be an order for a new season.
Will Hulu pick up The Millers? The likelihood of this happening is low, with ratings decreasing over time.
Only one season of Stalker and CBS has pulled the plug. This show couldn’t pick up an audience to warrant another season.
Will Netflix pick up Stalker? Odds are pretty low that Netflix would pick up a show with these numbers.
Will Hulu pick up Stalker? This show didn’t reach enough viewership to warrant a pickup for further seasons by the streaming service.
The CW shows getting cancelled:
Arguably the only unsuccessful series on CW right now by viewership standards and market expectations, the show has been cancelled after one season.
Will Netflix pick up The Messengers? They’ll likely grab the first season, but it doesn’t seem likely that they’ll order more seasons.
Will Hulu pick up The Messengers? Also would make an interesting pickup to try and nab some of the success of other CW shows, but the viewership likely isn’t quite there to make this deal worth it.