We're quickly wrapping up the month of January, and we can't help but think about all the shows that have been renewed and canceled so far this year. Unfortunately, there seem to have been more cancellations than there have been renewals, and we could possibly see this pattern continue soon.
This year, we've seen the renewals of shows like Gyeongseong Creature, Slow Horses, Bookie, Rhythm + Flow, Ahsoka, The Drew Barrymore Show and House of Villains, with all of them confirmed to be coming back for additional seasons.
However, we've also seen many great shows get axed like The Flight Attendant, Schmigadoon!, Rap Sh!t, Julia, Our Flag Means Death, Minx, American Born Chinese and Wolf Pack.
We're only at the beginning of the year, so obviously we'll see more shows get the green light and others get the red light as the year goes on. In fact, there are still some streaming shows left over from last year that we're still wondering about the fate of. Could these shows be renewed this year or canceled? That's the burning question we would love to know the answer to, and we might be finding out soon. We shared a list of eight streaming shows that are in the most danger of being canceled in 2024 below.
The Winter King
The Winter King is an MGM+ show that aired its first season from August 2023 to November 2023 in the United States. Loosely based on The Warlord Chronicles books by Bernard Cornwell, the show is set during Post-Roman Dark Age Britain and offers a new and much grittier take on the Arthurian legends. Iain De Caestecker, who is known for his previous role as Leo Fitz/The Doctor in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., portrays the leading role of Arthur Pendragon in the fantasy drama series. Stuart Campbell, Ellie James, Steven Elder, Valene Kane, Simon Merrells, Ken Nwosu, and many others join him in the cast.
While The Winter King season 1 does end in a way where the story could continue in a second season, that doesn't mean it's an automatic renewal. Depending on how well the first season was received and how many people actually tuned in to watch it will be some of the determining factors on whether MGM+ renews or cancels. If the first season wasn't able to rake in a wide enough of audience, fans might unfortunately have to say goodbye to the fantasy drama series.
We're going on three months since the first season ended its run on MGM+, and we still haven't heard a word about a second season. That makes us worried. Hopefully, we will receive a positive update on this show soon, but also prepare yourself for the worst.
Initially believed to have been a limited series, Beef show creator Lee Sung Jin later came out and said that it was billed as a limited anthology so that's why he made the first season end with a close-ended story. However, he's talked about in many interviews that he has so many ideas for an additional season if Netflix decides to give him the go-ahead. But we're now in January 2024, and the streaming giant still hasn't said a peep about a Beef season 2. The first season came out in April 2023, over nine months ago. This is what makes us worried that a second season might not be on the table.
However, the first season fared really well on Netflix, and critics and viewers alike had mostly positive things to say about the comedy-drama series. The show even went on to win eight Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. So, where's this show's renewal? Fingers crossed, we find out some good news soon. But if not, at least the first season had a close-ended story.
Upload is a sci-fi show on Amazon Prime Video with an interesting premise. A computer programmer named Nathan Brown dies prematurely and is then able to "upload" his consciousness into a virtual afterlife of his choosing. While adjusting to his new life, he begins to grow closer to his living handler, Nora, but soon he begins to question the details surrounding his death.
The Flash star Robbie Amell stars as the main character, Nathan Brown, while Andy Allo plays the role of Nora. Joining them in the cast are Allegra Edwards, Zainab Johnson, Kevin Bigley, Andrea Rosen, Owen Daniels, and others.
There have been three seasons of Upload so far, but the show's fate going forward is unknown. The third season ended its run back in mid-November of 2023, and nothing has been said yet about a fourth season by Amazon Prime Video. However, show creator Greg Daniels told TVLine in a November 2023 interview that Amazon told him that the odds of Upload returning for a fourth season "are extremely good." Hopefully, Amazon makes the right decision in the end by giving this sci-fi series another go, but we'll just have to wait and see what the streamer ultimately decides.
As much as I hate to say it, it's practically a given at this point that Everything Now has been quietly canceled by Netflix or will be canceled soon. The first season premiered back in early October of 2023, but barely had any buzz around it. It also didn't perform as well on Netflix as one might've hoped.
And honestly, it sucks because it's actually a really good show in my opinion. Sophie Wilde, who is just taking the entertainment industry by storm, stars in the leading role of Mia Polanco. Mia is a 16-year-old girl, who after spending a lengthy time in a rehabilitation center for an eating disorder, is finally released and ready to rebuild her life. This show explored and focused on a serious topic that many people can relate to, so to know that there's a high chance that it won't be returning is just sad.
Survival of the Thickest
Survival of the Thickest is another streaming show that sadly doesn't look like it'll be seeing another season in the future. The first season premiered on Netflix back in July 2023, and the streamer has been keeping quiet on what it wants to do with the show going forward. It doesn't usually take this long for Netflix to make a decision on a show, and when it does, the show ends up being canceled. I would hate for this to be the case for Michelle Buteau's quirky yet hilariously funny comedy-drama series, but the odds aren't looking too good at the moment.
There is some good news we just learned about the show, though. Survival of the Thickest has been nominated for multiple NAACP Awards, and Buteau was quick to show how happy she was about these achievements on X. The official Netflix account on X even reposted her tweet.
Could this mean Netflix is gearing up to announce the show's renewal? I don't know, but we can only hope at this point.
Fans of The Orville have already gone through the stress of the show being canceled once. I would hate for them to have to go through this horrible experience again. However, it's been over a year since the third season finished up its run, and Hulu still has yet to make a decision on whether to renew or cancel it. That's not usually a good sign. However, this show already has a tricky past with it taking a long time for the third season to start airing on Hulu. Maybe it'll just take long for a season 4 renewal announcement.
The good news is that we know that The Orville hasn't been quietly canceled by Hulu. Show creator Seth MacFarlane confirmed this in a January 2024 interview with TheWrap.
"All I can tell you is that there is no official death certificate for The Orville. It is still with us. I can’t go any further than that at the moment. There are too many factors."
Like Everything Now, Neon was dropped on Netflix in October 2023 and barely made a splash. Seriously, there were like no talks about this show on social media and even in my real life. We can definitely argue that lack of promotion played a part, but ultimately, it just doesn't look like the show pulled in a lot of viewers. It didn't even rank on Netflix's global top 10 list in its first month on the platform, and that's not good. I watched the complete eight-episode first season, and while I didn't think it was bad, it just wasn't entertaining enough to keep you coming back for more. I hate to be negative Nancy, but I wouldn't be surprised if a cancellation were announced soon.
Surviving Summer is a decent teen show on Netflix, so it would suck if the streamer decided to axe it. The main reason why I think this show is on the chopping block is because it's been over four months since the second season was released and the show's creative team nor Netflix has said anything about a third season.
It looks like it might be a performance issue. The second season only spent two weeks in Netflix's global top 10 before dropping off, and it wasn't even ranked at a high position on the list. That's not a good sign. It basically means not a lot of people watched the second season. Remember, high viewership is one of the main factors that will get a show renewed.
I would love to see more of Summer's surfing adventures in Shorehaven, but this just might be the end of the road for the Australian teen series.
What are your thoughts on these streaming shows being on the chopping block?