Staying or Leaving: The TV Shows That Made It to 2021

Over the past ten years, TV shows have held their own compared to popular movies out of Hollywood. Huge successes, such as “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones,” really impacted the industry of entertainment.

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Now, we see famous actors just as excited to be part of a Netflix project as they are to be shown in a movie theater. People love being able to binge their favorite shows in one sitting – but all shows can’t stay on TV forever.

With the production cost constantly rising and many competitors entering the scene, no one is guaranteed a long-running series. Everything is at risk of getting canceled, even your favorite shows. Check out our list to see if your favorites have made it through to another season in 2021.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 14
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

The show’s developers, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton, were also cast as two of the main characters (Mac and Dennis, respectively). This show has transformed from a little low-funded sitcom costing about $550K per episode to a $2 million operation per episode. FXX first aired “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” in 2005 and continues its success into 2021. By the end of 2020, the series’ success had secured it an additional three seasons.

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Danny DeVito, the most notable actor from the series, guesses that he earned roughly $70K every season back when they were just getting started. That is laughably low when thinking about DeVito’s $70 million net worth from big-time Hollywood projects. When he acted in “Get Shorty” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, he managed to make $115 million for the production studio when the film’s budget was only $30 million.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 7
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

This series nearly ended its run after being dropped by its network, only to get renewed on another one. The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” cast earns about $100K per episode, with a potential pay raise soon. It is currently airing on TBS and uses a unique comedic angle instead of a typical cop show. This series loyal fanbase has helped it secure two new seasons on their current network.

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Golden Globe-winning actor Andy Samberg stars in this comedy series as Jake Peralta, a Brooklyn police officer. Thanks to his films and salary on this show, Andy Samberg is worth $15 million. The show started back in 2016, with Samberg continuing to work on other projects in the industry. His steady success has raised his profile and his worth!

Last Man Standing

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 9
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $3.5 million

Tim Allen stars in this show as Mike Baxter, a husband, dad, and sporting goods company employee. “Last Man Standing” first appeared on TV on October 11, 2011, with its premiere written by Michael Shipley. This show’s premise will remind fans of Allen’s other popular sitcom, “Home Improvement, ” which was on air until 1999.

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Viewers banned together to gather over 500,000 signatures supporting “Last Man Standing” when it was supposed to be canceled after its sixth season. This petition was given to 20th Century Fox Television, and the series was given a second chance. Despite great victories, like overcoming cancellation, all good things must come to an end. It was announced that the series would be airing its ninth and final season on January 3, 2021, leaving many disappointed viewers.

Homeland

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 8
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $45 million

Claire Danes landed the role of CIA agent Carrie Mathison, the lead role of “Homeland.” This casting is a departure as many remember her portrayal of Juliet in the film adaption of “Romeo & Juliet” in the 1990s. This spy thriller started airing in 2011 on Showtime and features Damian Lewis alongside Danes as a CIA agent with a complicated past, Nicholas Brody.

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Both Lewis and Danes earned about $450K per episode, adding up to nearly $5 million each season. Having such large salaries leaves no one surprised at how much the production cost. Showtime, a Viacom entity, ensured captivating episodes by switching up shooting locations – from Morocco to South Africa to New York City. With a show this big, nothing comes for a low price, with the network paying $3 million for each hour-long episode.

This Is Us

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 5
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

A drama series to get you in your feels, “This Is Us” has a star-studded cast, including Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and Chrissy Metz. The show has been doing so well that the actors have seen an exponential increase in their paychecks since they began filming. The series follows various characters and timelines, examining complicated drama within a family, like a modern-day soap opera.

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It has won numerous awards and boasts a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “This Is Us” is entirely shot in Los Angeles and is aired on NBC. Lucky for fans, it doesn’t look like this series is going anywhere anytime soon! Chrissy Metz once shared that she had less than $1 in her bank account before the show started filming and now is making about $4.5 million every season. Though not sure of the exact amount, we wouldn’t be surprised if NBC was paying more than a few million to air episodes of “This Is Us.”

Stranger Things

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $8 million

This Netflix Original first aired in 2016 and managed to become an international hit with only three seasons. After its first season did so well, the show opened the floodgates for addictive 1980s nostalgic shows. The show features a young cast (Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, and more) making big bucks – each of them making $250K for each episode.

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They started with much smaller salaries of $30,000 per episode, but with the show’s popularity growing, so did the cast’s paychecks. Reportedly, Millie Bobby Brown made $350K per episode, equivalent to her adult co-stars David Harbour and Winona Ryder. Netflix is worth around $200 billion, so they can afford to pay their most successful stars a little more.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $10 million

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a retelling of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel. The series stars Joseph Fiennes, Alexis Bledel, Elisabeth Moss, and Yvonne Strahovski – and is critically acclaimed for its eerie depiction of a not-too-distant future. Though the book first came out in the 1980s, the show only became a reality in 2016 when Hulu began production.

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The show is still currently streamable on Hulu, an entity of Disney, and isn’t Elisabeth Moss’s first time being a part of a hugely popular TV show. She also starred as Peggy Olsen in “Mad Men,” which aired on AMC. During her time on that series, she earned $75K every episode while her co-star Jon Hamm made $250K.

The Crown

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 5 (Last season is Season 6)
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $130 million

The exact amount of salary is tough to follow with this show as Netflix paid the cast large sums after the fact – $270K. Claire Foy, the show’s frontrunner, made $40K an episode, much like her other female castmates. When she discovered that her male co-stars were making more, the issue was pointed out to Netflix. The exact salaries for this upcoming season are still being kept a secret, but the streaming platform did publicly agree to take care of this pay gap.

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This show has four seasons currently on Netflix and has garnered a large fanbase. Season 4 has a powerhouse cast including Tobias Menzies, Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, and Emma Corrin with her portrayal of Princess Diana. “The Crown” was initially slated for only five seasons, but the level of popularity with its audience led Netflix to extend the show to six seasons.

Blue Bloods

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 11
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1 million

Tom Selleck headlines this “Blue Blood,” starring as Police Commissioner Frank Reagan, head of his family and the NYPD. The show is shot in New York City and features Bridget Moynahan and Donnie Wahlberg (Mark Wahlberg’s brother). Since its creation in 2010 by Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green, “Blue Bloods” has been on air and has kept consistent viewer numbers. Fans can sleep easy knowing that everyone involved in the project believes that there’s a great deal left to put on the air.

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Tom Selleck makes about $200,000 every episode, considerably less than the $500K he was making for every episode of “Magnum PI” back in the 1980s. The considerable amount of product placement used in the series gets high tech plenty of screen time.

SEAL Team

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 4
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $4 million

The series follows an elite unit of the Navy SEALS as they take on different assignments and deal with the difficulties. Starring David Boreanaz, who is most known for his role in the series “Bones” and working with Emily Deschanel. The show includes a list of well-known cast members, including Jessica Paré (“Mad Men”) and Max Thieriot (“Nancy Drew,” “The Pacifier,” and “Jumper”).

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“SEAL Team” has been airing on CBS for four seasons and mainly follows the US Naval Special Warfare Unit. The series receives solid reviews, earning a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 70%, the overall average of critic and viewer reviews.

Ozark

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 4
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $9 million

Netflix quickly signed on “Ozark” for its third season in 2020 after two highly successful seasons. The production team had a five-season arc plan for the crime show from its conception; however, it just wasn’t meant to be. The streaming platform renewed “Ozark” for its fourth season and informed producers it would also be the last. There wasn’t a formal statement explaining the cancelation, which doesn’t help comfort the saddened critics and fans of the show.

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Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star in “Ozark” as a married couple who move their family to no man’s land in the Ozarks from Chicago. It is not a family vacation trip, though, as Bateman’s character eventually becomes wrapped up in a sketchy money laundering scheme.

NCIS: Los Angeles

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 12
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $5 million

This NCIS spin-off manages to combine police and military drama to propel itself to win big with its American audience. Airing on CBS, it’s been on the air for 12 seasons with nearly 300 episodes. The series follows a legendary agent, played by Chris O’Donnell plays a well-known NCIS agent who leads his covert team.

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Though in reality, no such branch of the NCIS operates out of Los Angeles, fans seem not to mind the inconsistency and are more than willing to pretend like there if it means they get to watch another episode. If show renewals were solely based on a loyal fanbase and a positive reputation, “NCIS: Los Angeles” would be an ideal candidate. However, we know that that’s not always the case, so viewers appreciate that their show is still on the air!

Lucifer

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 6
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $92 million

The role of Lucifer Morningstar capitulated Tom Ellis from an unknown to a certified leading man. “Lucifer” airs on Fox and is based on a character from the DC Comics world, both in name and a similar following. The show was canceled early in its run during the third season, but thanks to the fans’ sincere effort, Netflix was able to buy the show from Warner Bros. The cast was elated to continue working together, but the sixth season will be their last.

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The final season finishes the series with a 10-episode storyline hitting Netflix in 2021, allowing Tom Ellis to win over casting directors for other projects. Compared to many of Netflix’s other hits, Lucifer had fewer seasons. Lack of seasons made little to no difference as they were comfortable funding $4 million per episode, the expenses being a potential reason for the show’s end.

FBI

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $5-$7 million

CBS has aired “FBI” for the entirety of its three seasons. The status of season 4 is still up in the air, though based on ratings, it looks like this series is here for now. The famous “Law & Order” franchise creator, Dick Wolf, worked with Craig Turk to develop this project. “FBI” features Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki, Missy Peregrym, and Ebonee Noel, with each episode following the New York FBI office’s adventures.

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The show focuses on major crimes, either prior to or during the event, and the trials made by the team to neutralize the situation. According to Rotten Tomatoes, “FBI” earned itself a 53% approval rating after its first season. When it comes to TV shows, anything can happen, so only time can tell how long this series stays on the air.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is set in the 1950s and follows Midge Maisel, a housewife who figures out that she has true promise as a stand-up comedian. With three seasons filmed in New York under its belt so far, this show has grown an impressive collection of award nominations – including an Emmy Awards win for Outstanding Comedy Series. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” features Rachel Brosnahan in the titular role, providing a balanced funny-yet-poised performance.

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The show is streamable on Amazon Prime, with season 3 having dropped in 2020. Brosnahan was an unknown actress at the beginning of filming, the reasoning behind Amazon not paying her a considerable amount – allegedly less than $100K every episode. Now with the success of the show helping the streaming platform, it is no wonder that her paycheck has gone up a considerable amount.

Billions

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 5
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

Damien Lewis is earning himself a hefty salary for his work on the drama series “Billions.” He stars with Maggie Siff and Paul Giamatti, both of whom are earning about $250K every episode, while Lewis’s paycheck is maxed out at $3 million for the season.

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David Levien, Andrew Sorkin, and Brian Koppelman created “Billions” and accumulated over 55 episodes with additional ones on the horizon, with season 6 coming in 2021. Maggie Siff can also be recognized for her leading role in “Sons of Anarchy.” In the biker drama, Siff starred as Tara Knowles for the series’ first six seasons and earned herself nearly $375K every season until she left the show.

Young Sheldon

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 4
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $160 million

The level of popularity “The Big Bang Theory” earned leaves no surprise as to why they got a spin-off. “Young Sheldon” is the top comedy series on CBS right now. It serves as a prequel and follows the early years of Sheldon Cooper, super-genius even in childhood, played by Iain Armitage. Steven Molaro and Chuck Lorre developed the show. Set in 1989, Young Sheldon is only nine years old but skipped enough grades that he is gearing up to start high school.

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The show has four seasons and earned a 94% approval rating on according to Google. With the loyal viewership and high ratings, the odds are good that this show will stay on TV for a reasonable amount of time. Since “Young Sheldon” stars a child in the central role, CBS is paying Armitage less compared to other successful actors that are a bit older than him. During his first season, he was earning $30K every episode until the second season when he started earning $61.2K.

Euphoria

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 1
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $11 million

“Euphoria” was originally a teen drama out of Israel that grew its popularity once adapted for an American audience. It follows Rue Bennett, a newly released from rehab seventeen-year-old, and her peers as they all navigate their day-to-day obstacles. The cast features Zendaya as Rue, plus Barbie Ferreira, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeney, and Jacob Elordi as some of her peers.

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Sam Levinson, the writer behind “Assassination Nation,” also writes for “Euphoria,” which is showing on HBO. The show covers controversial material that has resonated with fans, who are elated to hear of the upcoming second season. In addition to work with Disney and “Euphoria,” Zendaya’s currently starring in the most recent “Spider-Man” movies as MJ. The latest installment in the series, “Homecoming,” had a budget of $175 million and made $880.2 million at the box office.

GLOW

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

Set in the 1980s, “GLOW” is about Ruth Wilder, played by Allison Brie, an actress turned pro-wrestler who assembles a team of other unsuccessful actresses in Los Angeles to try and succeed in the wrestling world. Brie was bringing home about $300K an episode.

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The show was initially greenlighted for season 4, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to shut down completely. Due to the cast size and physical closeness needed for shooting a show about wrestling, Netflix decided the show was unable to continue.

Vikings

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 6
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $40 million

“Vikings” is a historical drama developed by Michael Hirst, originally aired on the History Channel before finishing its six-season run on Amazon Prime in December 2020. Inspired by the real Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking who genuinely existed, the show has been praised by many professionals for the effort made by the production team to ensure historical accuracy.

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The lead roles are played by Katheryn Winnick and Travis Fimmel, with the latter taking on the role of Ragnar. Because of the unprecedented success of the show, MGM Television and Hirst announced that a sequel was in the works to be streamed on Netflix.

Black Mirror

Staying or Leaving: Undetermined
Number of Seasons: 5
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2.34 – 2.66 million

“Black Mirror” is a compilation sci-fi show from the United Kingdom and was created by Charlie Brooker. The cast changes every episode, including some familiar faces like Jon Hamm, Jodie Foster, and Bryce Dallas Howard.

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Though each episode is a stand-alone piece, the common theme throughout the series is the technology and how it affects the human experience. “Black Mirror” has had five seasons streamable on Netflix, and as far as fans seeing the sixth season anytime soon, the decision is still up in the air.

The Morning Show

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 1
“The Morning Show,” streamable on AppleTV, delves deep into unhealthy dynamics at work, showing parallels to what has been uncovered recently in the media. The series follows a group of professionals in the morning TV world and features some big-name actors, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell.

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Aniston is earning nearly $2 million per episode, which is about double what she earned when she catapulted to stardom on the hit show “Friends.” AppleTV and fans alike are eager for the second season, which was approved by the network.

The Good Fight

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 4

Airing on CBS, “The Good Fight” serves as a spin-off of “The Good Wife” and features performances by Christine Baranski, Sarah Steele, Rose Leslie, and Cush Jumbo. Any spin-off without the previous titular character has added obstacles to overcome, and with the absence of Julianna Margulies, this series is no exception.

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However, as the title alludes to, “The Good Fight” has exceeded expectations from its premiere. It has four seasons available on CBS’ streaming service, CBS All Access, and in addition to having won numerous awards, “The Good Fight” has been renewed for season 5.

Better Call Saul

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 5
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1.5 million

Fans of “Breaking Bad” will recognize “Better Call Saul” as a semi-prequel focusing on Saul Goodman, Walter White’s lawyer, back when he was just getting started and was known as Jimmy McGill. Though not to worry – it is so well done that those who have not had time to binge “Breaking Bad” can still enjoy “Better Call Saul” as its own show, though having seen it does add a layer for viewers.

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“Better Call Saul” has been approved for season 6, which will be the last set to be released in 2021. Writers Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan earned themselves a Satellite Award as well as a 97% approval rating according to Rotten Tomatoes.

The Good Doctor

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 4

Freddie Highmore plays Shaun Murphy, an eager young doctor with autism who has trouble socially and mentally capabilities way beyond his peers. “The Good Doctor” airs on ABC and is one of the most popular shows on the network. Both on IMDb and TV.com, this series has an average approval rating of 8.5/10.

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Set at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital, “The Good Doctor” currently also stars Antonia Thomas, Hill Harper, and Richard Schiff, with Jasika Nicole and Nicholas Gonzales not returning for season 4. In addition to “The Good Doctor,” Highmore is known for his roles in “Bates Motel” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

The Simpsons

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 32
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $6.5 million

First premiering back in December 1989, “The Simpsons” is one of the longest-running animation series and continues to run on Fox. The level of success stemming from the show has led to 32 seasons so far, with just shy of 700 episodes – unprecedented for an animated show!

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Developed by Matt Groening, “The Simpsons” features the voice talents of Nancy Cartwright and Dan Castellaneta. The network and cast compromised on a $100K raise, earning them $400K every episode. The longevity and relevance of this series have not faltered for a second, so it is safe to say that we will continue seeing “The Simpsons” on TV.

Hell’s Kitchen

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 19
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1 million

This reality show first came to our TV screens in May 2005 and has continued to stay on air through 18 seasons. “Hell’s Kitchen” has celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay at the helm as chefs battle it out in various challenges to win acknowledgment from Ramsay and a restaurant.

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The show airs on Fox and has Ramsay earning about $225K every episode, increasing his own worth to nearly $200 million. Ariel Contreras is the most recent winner and certainly will not be the last as “Hell’s Kitchen” continues to do well.

Doctor Who

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 13
Estimated Production Cost (per episode of latest seasons*): $5 million

“Doctor Who” is a well-known series developed by Sydney Newman and C.E. Webber. Jodie Whittaker plays the Thirteenth Doctor, with Peter Capaldi and Matt Smith as notable Doctors of the past. The series started back in the 1960s and accumulated 26 seasons, in addition to reimaginings like this one.

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The show follows the Doctor (Time Lord) through time and space using a time machine to find solutions through the dimensions. The show has built an incredibly loyal following due to its elaborate plots and has proven its success. The current running show has 12 seasons out, with season 13 in the works.

American Ninja Warrior

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 13
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

First airing in 2009, “American Ninja Warrior” brought to TV sets everywhere an enjoyable combo of entertainment, athletics, and reality show all in one. A spin-off of a popular Japanese TV series, “Sasuke,” the American version features hosts Matt Iseman and ESPN sports analyst Akbar Gbajabiamila.

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“American Ninja Warrior” is on G4 and NBC and has been on for 12 seasons. After crowning Drew Dreschel as last season’s champion, plans have been made to move forward with season 13.

The Walking Dead

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 11
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $3.4 million

“The Walking Dead” is set after a zombie apocalypse with groups fighting to protect their lives and those they love. Norman Reedus started the series making $8.5K an episode and, due to the massive success of the show, was able to receive a raise to $350K per episode – a 4,000% increase.

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“The Walking Dead,” on AMC, became such a powerhouse for the network that it got its own spin-off, “Fear the Walking Dead.” Though it has had a good run, fans will say farewell to the series come 2022 when they come out with season 11.

The Bachelorette

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 16
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $25 million

“The Bachelor” was such a hit that producers decided that fans needed a spin-off, and so “The Bachelorette” was created. The premiere season’s bachelorette, Trista Rehn, had been a runner-up during an early season of “The Bachelor,” and her season propelled the show into its own successes. The range of women looking for a soulmate on the show has been quite diverse.

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Fans will remember everyone from the sixth season’s Ali Fedotowsky, a journalist, to Hannah Brown, a former beauty queen who held the role in season 15. After recently finishing season 16, “The Bachelorette” fans are already excitedly anticipating the premiere of season 22, coming in 2022.

Big Mouth

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 4
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $50 million

Andrew Goldberg and Nick Kroll wrote, created, and voiced characters in this fun Netflix comedy animation. “Big Mouth” is about a group of middle schoolers, and they tackle all parts of puberty; the good, the bad, and the embarrassing.

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Covering all the anxieties and horrifically uncomfortable moments, the viewers are along for the ride with the characters, given the flexibility that animation offers the creative team. Loosely based on Kroll and Goldberg’s own adolescence, the series serves as a hilariously accurate depiction and a reminder of what we have all had to go through growing up.

The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 1
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $65 million

Gwyneth Paltrow, most known for her roles in Hollywood blockbusters, has been just as successful as she continues to expand her brand to business and wellness. Years ago, she created her own company, Goop, which sells everything from clothing and crystals.

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“The Goop Lab” is Paltrow’s show to explore the alternative wellness world. It examines practices that are not as widely known by the communities that only focus on Westernized medicine and science. Out-of-the-box practices, like energy healing and cold-water therapy, make for an intriguing show to check out before season 2 comes out.

WandaVision

Staying or Leaving: Undetermined
Number of Seasons: 1
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $200 million

The success of the Marvel Universe films leaves no surprise that spin-off TV shows also hold a strong following. The latest Disney+ project is “WandaVision,” following multiple characters from the MCU and starting off where the latest films ended. This show offers everything from what a superhero movie usually gives in a digestible sitcom format.

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Elizabeth Olsen stars in the titular role and is joined by other strong performances from Kat Dennings, Kathryn Hahn, and Randall Park. Though the future of this show is unclear, “WandaVision” was able to captivate both old and new fans.

Grey’s Anatomy

Staying or Leaving: Undetermined
Number of Seasons: 17
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

When it comes to medical dramas, “Grey’s Anatomy” has cemented itself as one of the best. The Shondaland favorite on been on TV for seventeen seasons, through multiple castings shifts, and leaves viewers wondering how many more episodes they have left.

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Fan-favorite Dr. Derek Shepard, played by Patrick Dempsey, guest-starred in this latest season after his tragic death marked his exit as a regular on the show back in season 11. Ellen Pompeo, starring as Meredith Grey and one of the only remaining castmates from season 1, has said that her contract is up this year and alluded to the fact that the show ending is a real possibility.

NCIS: New Orleans

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 7
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1 million

The NCIS franchise has a strategy that has proven to work, made evident by the numerous spin-offs that have all gone on to be hugely successful. It seems like they are always on TV, but unfortunately, NCIS: New Orleans will no longer be in the rotation.

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February 2021 was when fans of the show first heard the official reports that the show was coming to an end. The show had been filmed on location in New Orleans, leaving the fans and the city itself mourning the loss of the show.

On My Block

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 4
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $450,000

“On My Block” first premiered on Netflix, where it continues to be available through season 3. The streaming platform announced that the show was greenlighted for season 4 but that it will also be the series’ final season.

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Though the news is devasting to viewers, there is some comfort in knowing that the writers will be able to tie up loose ends and give fans a thoroughly thought-out conclusion. Entirely dependent on COVID-19 regulations from a production perspective, season 4 is scheduled to hit Netflix in late 2021 or 2022.

Peaky Blinders

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 6
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1.6 million

Cillian Murphy stars as the head of the Shelby family, Tommy, in this period piece that took streaming by storm. Set in Birmingham in the 1920s, “Peaky Blinders” follows a crime family through their efforts at making a name for themselves.

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First airing in 2013, the series has built itself an international fanbase after a slow start. While the sixth season began production in 2021, viewers quickly learned that it would also be the show’s last season. Creators of the show have encouraged fans to be on the lookout in the future for other projects that will allegedly continue sharing the story of the Shelby family.

Truth Seekers

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 1
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $500,000

From the duo that brought movies like “Hot Fuzz” and “Sean of the Dead” came a new comedy series called “Truth Seekers.” Available on Amazon Prime, the show was supernatural-themed and was a passion project of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

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Loyal fans enjoyed season 1, unfortunately not to the caliber that would earn it a second season. Both creatives behind the show took to social media to share their devastation with fans, and despite the setback, these two will surely be back with another project.

The Twilight Zone

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 2
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $450,000

After recent years of success with films, Jordan Peele returned to TV to help with “The Twilight Zone,” a reboot of the old series. Originally airing in 2019 via CBS All Access, creepy stories were once again brought to TVs all over.

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Though Peele’s movies were clearly praised, this reboot project was less so, with many ratings being mixed amongst viewers. Recently, the network announced that the show would not be renewed for season 3. Things in TV change so quickly, but who is to say what would have happened had the show been an undisputed hit.

Dear…

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 1
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $450,000

Apple TV is one of the latest companies to delve into the streaming world and is proving to be able to hold its own. Only one season in, and “Dear…” has already made a name for itself. This show is unscripted and simply celebrates artists and influential people such as Oprah Winfrey and Gloria Steinheim.

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After such a successful first season, Apple TV plans to release season 2 in 2021. Apple TV might have found its niche with captivating documentaries, especially considering the triumph of “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry.”

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 13
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $500,000

“Lou Dobbs Tonight” had been on TV for decades, has become a staple on Fox News. The host, himself, was more than surprised when he found out that his show would not be continuing. The confusing part of it all is that Dobbs still has a contract with Fox.

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It is unclear whether he would consider going onto another show in the future. The network defended its choice by saying that they wanted to allow different shows to utilize that screen time, which is what they did less than a week after the news broke.

Dancing with the Stars

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 29
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1 million

ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” is one of the most favored shows on the network, made apparent by the 29 seasons it has been on the air. The premise of the show is to pair up celebrities, of varying levels of fame, with a professional dancer to see who the best is. As far as payment, for an entire season, the most they could make is just under $300K.

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The most recent winners were Alan Bersten and Hannah Brown; Brown had been on “The Bachelorette.” The show is hosted by Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron, who are just as enthusiastic as viewers watching familiar, famous faces learn classical dances.

Shark Tank

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 12
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1 million

Airing on BBC and ABC, “Shark Tank” showcases budding entrepreneurs with big ideas who come with business pitches in the hopes of getting investments. The potential funding for these pitches comes from a panel of well-known and well-off businesspeople, including Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban.

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The show has done well enough to warrant many international spin-offs in addition to renewal for season 12. With no end in sight, viewers are sure to see some innovative products presented in the upcoming season.

Westworld

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (pilot episode*): $25 million

Michael Crichton’s futuristic novel was adapted for a movie version in 1973 and, more recently, as a TV series. “Westworld” is the name of an AI theme park that advertises itself as having no consequences. Rich people will pay to act out whatever they want using the advanced artificial intelligence robot technology.

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When the robots begin to go off script, chaos ensues. This show has a cast of well-known faces, including Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, and Anthony Hopkins. The show is slated to be renewed for another season, thanks to loyal viewership.

Conan

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 11
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $4.8 million

After logging about 1,500 episodes, “Conan” will be coming to an end. After years of hosting the “Late Night,” Conan O’Brien made the switch to TBS from NBC. The first episode of his talk show aired from Warner Bros. Studios in 2010, powered by writers Deon Cole, Andy Richter, and O’Brien himself.

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Though TBS originally agreed to keep “Conan” on the air through 2022, they reversed the decision and finalized that the last episode will air in June 2021. O’Brien will take a brand-new show to another network in late 2021.

America’s Got Talent

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 15
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $10 million

“American’s Got Talent” is a competitive program that showcases people from all walks of life, showing off their skills, everything from stand-up to dance groups. At the show’s helm is a panel of celebrity judges: Simon Cowell, Julianne Hough, Howie Mandel, and Terry Crews.

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They are the ones who make the decisions of which acts continuing moving forward in the hopes of winning the final prize of $1 million. The show has become an international phenomenon, with many winners going on to have thriving careers thanks to the built-in fanbases that the show provided.

The Mandalorian

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 2
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $100 million

The latest project from Disney+ mixes outer space with cowboys and features a Baby Yoda character that nearly broke the internet memes. “The Mandalorian,” on Disney+, follows the Mandalorian (played by Pedro Pascal), a lone ranger character, as he navigates the Star Wars Universe.

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On air since its premiere in November 2019, viewers watched as the Mandalorian travels to the outer regions of the galaxy in order to run from the New Republic. Though set in outer space, actual production takes place in Los Angeles, California.

Supernatural

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 15
Estimated Production Cost (per episode in later seasons*): $2 million

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki starred in “Supernatural,” portraying brothers who take down creatures in a world that keeps getting spookier. The cancelation of the show came after having already been on the air through season 15, leaving many fans heartbroken.

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The last episode aired in November 2020, making it the 327th episode of the series, which is a feat for any TV show. The show did well enough that it had numerous spin-offs, including “Supernatural: The Animation,” and was able to pay its stars $175K an episode.

NCIS

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 18
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $5 million

NCIS made it past ten seasons and is on its way to 20. The police drama has stuck out amidst a group of shows in the same genre by focusing on unique characters like the pigtailed Abby Sciuto. Fans cannot get enough of the NCIS world, so CBS would be crazy to cancel it.

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With an impressive 17 year run that shows no signs of stopping, the series is currently the 2nd longest-running non-animated show on TV, behind only Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

Archer

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 11
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $100,000

H. Jon Benjamin voices Archer in this brilliant animated comedy created by Adam Reed for FX. The show first premiered in 2009 and also featured Amber Nash, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, and Jessica Walter, who passed away on March 24, 2021.

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On October 21, 2020, it was announced that it would be renewed for its 12th season. Fans of the show are intrigued to see the storyline continue to develop, proving that there is something left in this animation yet. Archer is aging incredibly well and keeping its edge in a market full of competition.

Fauda

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $4 million

Fauda is an Israeli television series that became an international hit when it made it to Netflix. The show focuses on a former Israeli Defense Force soldier from an elite unite who gets drawn back into the hunt for a terrorist he thought he had killed years ago.

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Similar to Homeland or 24 with its twists and turns, Fauda is sure to keep anyone glued to the screen, unsure what will happen next. Nothing is off-limits in this thriller, also somehow managing to be successful with both Palestinians and Israelis, a testament to the show’s storytelling abilities.

Dead to Me

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 3

Netflix has a talent for finding ways for veteran actors to make their own. Christina Applegate had been unable to find mainstream success for some time until she was cast in one of the leading roles in Dead to Me, along with Linda Cardellini. Now, both women are back on top.

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The dark comedy has Will Ferrell as a producer, which could explain its appeal. Applegate and Cardellini both have fantastic performances as women trying to navigate some tricky situations, one of which being murder. Netflix greenlighted it for its third and final season in 2020.

Pose

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 2
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

“Pose” is set in New York City in the 1980s. The show showcases an ensemble of gender-nonconforming characters trying to survive in the NYC social scene. The show was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, and it boasts a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Fans and critics have praised its representation of the LGBTQIAP+ community, and the drama has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best TV Series. The show is available on Amazon and Netflix, so fans can expect to see more from this series as the story further develops.

Supergirl

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 6
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $3 million

When it premiered in 2015, “Supergirl” proved to be a worthy investment for The CW, bringing the story of Kara Zor-El to viewers. During a time when superheroes are everywhere, it is not easy to establish a solid show – but the network did it.

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Sadly for “Supergirl” fans, the show will be ending after its 6th season. Actress Melissa Benoist will be saying goodbye to her character as well as her $75,000-per episode salary. She took to Twitter to share her thoughts, “To say it’s been an honor portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement.” Viewers should expect to see the final 20-episodes at some point in 2021.

Shameless

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 11
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

“Shameless” first started life as a British sitcom drama before being adapted for an American audience, becoming a hit in its own right. With stars like William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, the series follows the lives of the Gallagher family as they try to make ends meet.

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“Shameless” has enjoyed positive reviews and significant viewing figures, with Rossum making $350,000 per episode. Sadly for the cast, it is the end of the line for the Gallagher family, and CBS’ Showtime announced that the currently airing 11th season would be the series’ last.

The Kominsky Method

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $500,000

There are few shows that could get the attention of Michael Douglas, but Chuck Lorre’s “The Kominsky Method” did just that. The Hollywood vet plays the lead role of Sandy Kominsky in the dramedy that first aired in 2018.

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“The Kominsky Method” proved popular enough to get rave reviews from critics, but even five-star ratings do not always guarantee longevity in this business. Lorre said, in a statement, “The Kominsky Method has been a true passion project for me… I’m excited to wrap up this final chapter.” With no clarity as to why the show is coming ending, fans are looking forward to the final season on Netflix with bittersweet excitement.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 20
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $10 million

Tough to imagine a world where the Kardashian-Jenner clan isn’t on our screens, but it’s fast approaching. The most popular family of reality TV made a statement in 2020, telling fans, “It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

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It looks like this move was a family decision rather than a network one. All of the show’s major stars, including Kim Kardashian, are thought to make nearly $4.5 million per season from the show, so it’s going to sting. Once KUWTK disappears, Comcast’s E! will likely take a financial hit.

The Queen’s Gambit

Staying or Leaving: Undetermined
Number of Seasons: 1

“The Queen’s Gambit” proved to be one of Netflix’s most-watched shows, raking in an impressive 62 million viewers. The show followed a young orphan with a prodigal talent at chess. She grapples with growing up, which is made all the more complex, thanks to the burden of her genius.

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Netflix has not announced the renewal of “The Queen’s Gambit,” though this might be due to the show’s limited series run, with the story concluding at the end. An Esquire interview stated that the creative team thought a renewal would be unlikely, as “The Queen’s Gambit” has wrapped up, though they “had a lot of fun” inventing new stories of “tomorrow.” It remains up in the air what Netflix will decide if anything.

Bridgerton

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 1
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $100 million

Another enormous breakout hit for Netflix was “Bridgerton.” The period drama, based on the best-selling novels by Julia Quinn, was part of a $100 million deal that Shonda Rhimes signed with Netflix. Rhimes created the series, and it has since become a sensation all over social media.

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It was announced in January 2021 that “Bridgerton” would be renewed for season 2, not coming as a surprise as people love the show. Set during England’s Regency Era (1811-1820), “Bridgerton” tells the story of the eight Bridgerton family’s siblings as they struggle to find love.

Superstore

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 5
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $4 million

One of NBC’s hit comedies, “Superstore,” first premiered in 2015. Starring America Ferrera, Lauren Ash, Ben Feldman, among other big names, the show follows the employees at the Cloud 9 megastore as they try to hold it together against crazy customers. Superstore’s sixth and final season will finish up in 2021.

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NBC announced that it would not be renewing “Superstore” after the sixth season. Though TV ratings haven’t slipped much for the comedy, Spring 2021 will be the last time new episodes air. “Superstore” is “too good to be canceled,” as TVLine.com put it, and plenty of saddened fans would agree.

Atypical

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

“Atypical” is a coming-of-age drama about a teenager on the autism spectrum named Sam, who has decided he wants a girlfriend. The show was nominated for a Peabody Award, and it has gotten overwhelmingly positive reviews from fans and critics alike. The heartfelt comedy has been hailed for its real-life portrayal, thoughtful of the autism spectrum.

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Netflix announced that “Atypical” was being renewed for a fourth season and final season. Though the exact dates have yet to be released, the final season will air in 2021. The creator and showrunner, Robia Rashid, said that she was “thrilled” to be able to do a fourth season of the hit show.

Claws

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $42 million

The award-winning comedy-drama “Claws” stars Niecy Nash, Judy Reyes, Jenn Lyon, and Karrueche Tran, all of whom work at a Central Florida nail salon. The TNT drama showcases the struggles of these Claws manicurists as they deal with personal drama, all while keeping the salon afloat.

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TNT announced that “Claws” was renewed for a fourth and final season, which would air sometime in 2021. The news was first shared by the network in 2019, but filming delays have pushed back the fourth season. Nearly four years to the day since the first episode aired, season 4 will air on June 6, 2021.

Schitt’s Creek

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 6
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $20 million

“Schitt’s Creek” was the little engine that could, going from a simple comedy to a massive mega-hit that its stars, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, and Catherine O’Hara, never expected. The comedy followed a wealthy family who suddenly found themselves penniless, with just one asset left: a town that they had purchased as a joke named “Schitt’s Creek.”

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After an impressive six-season run, a 2020 Emmy win for “Best Comedy”, and the blessing of showrunner Eugene Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” was canceled. Levy said that he had begun planning the end of the series after the season 4 finale. Wanting to wrap up the show neatly, he wanted to avoid “compromise[ing the] quality or storytelling” and not have the show drag on longer than it should.

Kidding

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 2

Starring Jim Carrey, “Kidding,” told the story of “Jeff Pickles,” a kids’ TV host. Though “Mr. Pickles” is a famous, Mr. Rogers-like figure, he has family issues and is working through his mental illness. IMDb described the comedy/drama as an “absolutely grand dark comedy.” First airing in 2018, the show has since earned back-to-back Golden Globe nominations.

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Showtime canceled “Kidding” after season 2, leaving the fans hoping for season 3 incredibly disappointed. Showtime said that it was “proud” to have shown such an “imaginative, critically-acclaimed” series. After an absence of nearly 30 years, “Kidding” had marked Carrey’s return to television.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 4

The paranormal horror-thriller was a twisted coming-of-age story: Sabrina Spellman was trying to come to terms with her identity as a half-mortal, half-witch. “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” was based on the Archie Comics of the same name.

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Netflix hosted the series through season 3 when it announced the cancellation in the summer of 2020. The fourth season of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” hit the streaming platform on New Year’s Eve of 2020. Known as the “Netflix curse,” this marks another series on the platform that could not seem to make it past its fourth season – a fate, not even a witch could escape.

Emily in Paris

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 1
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1.5 million

“Emily in Paris” stars Lily Collins as a marketing executive in Chicago, who is gets a job at a French marketing firm to provide an American perspective. The show was Netflix’s effort at a dramedy, like “Sex in the City, and even hired Darren Star as the head writer and showrunner.

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Netflix announced in November of 2020 that production of season 2 for “Emily in Paris” was slated to begin Spring 2021. Filmed in France, “Emily in Paris” became a hit for the streaming platform, though it remains to be seen if the series’ success will continue into a third or fourth season.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 2
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1 million

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” is a comedy show about computer coder Zoey Clarke, played by Jane Levy, who suddenly can hear peoples’ innermost desires and wants through song. The series premiered on January 7, 2020, on NBC and garnering rave reviews. “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” got an 8.2/10 on IMDb, and Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 79%.

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The show was renewed for season 2 in June 2020, and new episodes are currently airing every Tuesday night on NBC. Season 2 began in January 2021, and the 5th and 6th episodes are set to air on the first two Tuesdays in February 2021.

Big Sky

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 1
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

“Big Sky” is not an average crime drama. The show follows two private investigators who start working with an ex-wife and a former cop to search for two sisters that were kidnapped by a truck driver in Montana. The investigation uncovers a plot involving women that have gone missing along remote stretches of Montana highway.

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“Big Sky” only has one season so far but is just getting started. ABC renewed the show for an extension in December 2020, adding additional episodes to the season. Created by David Kelley, the drama will air another six episodes in 2021. Depending on how season 1 rates, we shall see if “Big Sky” continues onto its second season.

Yellowstone

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $3.5 million

“Yellowstone” first premiered in 2018 and starring Kevin Costner as the head of the Dutton family. The family goes back 6 generations, and John Dutton (Costner) overlooks America’s largest ranch, often dealing with loads of corrupt developers and corporations. The drama boasts a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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“Yellowstone” was greenlighted for season 4 by Paramount Network. Pending any production delays, the show is expected to debut season 4 in Summer 2021. Fans will be likely to know whether there will be a season 5 of the drama by the middle or end of its current fourth season.

Never Have I Ever

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 2
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1 million

“Never Have I Ever” stars newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as a first-generation Indian-American teenager and was developed by “The Mindy Project” ‘s Mindy Kaling. The coming-of-age story is loosely based on Kaling’s own childhood, growing up in the Boston area. Netflix aired the first episode of “Never have I Ever” on April 27, 2020.

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The renewal announcement came in July 2020 by the show’s cast on Netflix’s YouTube channel. The teen dramedy will feature Ramakrishnan (obviously), but also all the main characters. Though he indicated that he would love to return, John McEnroe has not officially signed on for a second season.

The Masked Singer

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 4
Estimated Production Cost (per costume*): $178,732

In a market already overloaded with singing reality shows, the future of “The Masked Singer” was unclear when it first began airing. Hosted by Nick Cannon, “The Masked Singer” has done exceptionally well, and Fox renewed the celebrity-packed reality show for season 5.

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The secretive show features celebrities competing against each other while wearing elaborate, full-body costumes, which reportedly cost nearly $180K per costume to make. Trying to guess the celebrity behind the mask is something that never fails to take over social media whenever new episodes air. Fox announced the season 5 renewal in December 2020.

Chicago Fire

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 10
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $4 million

“Chicago Fire” is a program from NBC, joining the franchise that includes shows like Chicago P.D. “Chicago Fire” shares the stories of firefighters from Rescue 51, who fight fires both at work and in their personal lives. The first episode of the series aired in 2012 and NBC said that it would be renewing the show for years to come.

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“Chicago Fire” was renewed for season 10, slated to air in 2021 and 2022, and season 11, which would air from 2022 to 2023. Currently, season 9 is showing every Wednesday night on NBC.

Bull

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 5
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $6.5 million

“Bull” follows the early professional life of TV’s Dr. Phil. It features Michael Weatherly as the founder of the Trial Analysis Corporation, which is a group of forensic psychologists. Paul Attanasio and Phil McGraw serve as the show’s creators, writers, and executive producers.

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Airing on CBS, the drama so far has 5 seasons, with just under 100 episodes. Premiering back in 2016, it continues to show no signs of ending any time soon. The show has frontrunners earning $300K per episode, which is a significant increase from earlier estimates.

Titans

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 2
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $90 million

Titans is a newer show, so salary-wise, the show has not changed cast salaries yet. The original network for the show was DC Universe, and it highlights live-action versions of the Teen Titans (Robin, Raven Starfire, Nightwing, etc.) in all their comic book glory.

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The spin-off series, “Doom Patrol,” is also doing well on DC Universe. The series has 24 episodes and has averaged 83% approval on review sites like Rotten Tomatoes. The final episode of season 2 aired on November 29, 2019, but season 3 is coming to HBO Max.

South Park

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 23
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $300,000

“South Park” may be an animated show, but it is not for kids. On its 23rd season, it has little more than 300 episodes under its belt. In the beginning, the salaries of the voice actors were relatively low. But now, they make more than $300,000 per episode.

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The crude, animated series follows a cast of animated kids as they create trouble in their town. The creators of the series, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, also provide most of the voices and the writing. Incredibly, “South Park” is still in production, and fans eagerly await season 24.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 5
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $3 million

Another DC Universe success story is “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” This show stars Maisie Richardson, Dominic Purcell, and Brandon Routh, among others. It accompanies “Arrow” and “The Flash” in the lineup of DC shows. It features time traveler Rip Hunter, who travels back to the present day to prevent a future disaster.

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Firmly within the Arrowverse, the action/dramedy has five seasons so far. Because of the connection, fans of “Arrow” will be delighted if they have not seen his show yet. The series was created by Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlant, who are also the executive producers of the show.

American Horror Story

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 9
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $43 million

“American Horror Story” is a horror anthology drama series that has won several Emmy Awards. From season to season, the characters (and setting) changes, though the cast remains primarily the same. “American Horror Story” has taken its readers to various haunted places, including a haunted house, a creepy circus, a coven, and more. The writers of Glee created this show, though the two have next to nothing in common.

American Horror Story

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“American Horror Story” features well-known actors like Jessica Lange, Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts, John Carroll Lynch, and more. This terrifying series is on FX Networks. Its first season, a haunted house theme, aired in 2011. Luckily for viewers, it is not over yet.

The Voice

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 19
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2.3 million

“The Voice” is a singing reality show that hosts a team of celebrity coaches who help their mentees win over the viewers’ votes. The show brings in $145 million in revenue per year since airing its first episode in 2011. The first coaches’ salaries were around $3.5 million, but now, the average salary is a respectable $25 million.

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“The Voice” brings in new judges every year, though it tries to keep fan favorites when possible to keep loyal fans happy. The series is currently hosted by Christina Milian and Carson Daly.” The Voice” is just as successful with over 10 years on TV.

Corporate

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1.5 million

No one can do comedy quite like Comedy Central. “Corporate” focuses on the ins and outs of the workplace. The show stars Anne Dudek, Matt Ingebretson, and Jake Weisman in leading roles. Only managing 20 episodes, viewers were disappointed to learn the series had been canceled.

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The last episode aired on August 26, 2020, leading the actors to move onto other projects. Ingebretson and his peers will have to find other ways to fill the $35,000 shaped hole in their incomes. We are sure that this is not the last time we will see these talented actors.

Succession

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 2
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

HBO’s comedic, dark comedy, “Succession,” has 2 seasons so far, and its popularity has earned it a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Succession,” tells the story of the Waystar Royco media group and all the drama that comes with its controlling family, the Roys. The show is produced in New York.

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The executive producer of “Succession” is Regina Heyman, and the show’s official creator is Jesse Armstrong. There are 20 episodes and 2 seasons so far, and the 1st episode premiered in June 2018. The series has been nominated for a Golden Globe with Lucy Prebble and Jonathan Glatzer writing for the show.

The Amazing Race

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 32
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1 million

On air since September of 2001, “The Amazing Race” has had 32 seasons under its belt. It is a reality show where contestant pairs compete around the world in a race for the prize money. There are strenuous routes and courses, and everyone’s relationships are challenged on the series.

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The show, presented by Phil Keoghan, usually showcases ordinary people, though there have been some celebrity seasons of the show. The show is on CBS, where they crowned the most recent 2 winners, Christie Lee Woods and Colin Guinn. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, filming for the 33rd season was delayed.

Lord of the Rings

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 1
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $100 – $150 million

Fantasy and science fiction fans will be overjoyed to know that Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” series has already been renewed for a 2nd season, even though season 1 has is not yet available on the streaming service. The show is based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels. It is set in a 3,441-year period, the Age of Numenor, which is in Middle Earth.

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Amazon Studios was able to purchase the global rights to the book series, setting the scene for one of the most anticipated shows of the year. It has been announced that for the upcoming season, the well-known character Galadriel will be played by Morfydd Clark.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 7
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $6 – $9 million

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe continues to break records at the box office, and their TV ventures are holding their own as well. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” focuses on the superhero crime-fighting agency. The show features some of the characters that are in the Marvel blockbuster film, like Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg.

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The series, created by Joss Whedon, was initially met with primarily mixed reviews, which led to a drop in ratings as the show continued. Despite reviews getting more positive as time went on, it was at risk of cancellation. The 136th episode on August 12, 2020, finished the last season of the series.

The Bachelor

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 25
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $3.3 million

“The Bachelor” features 25 single women trying to win the affections of one guy. The women are a group of typical, average people – drama ensues as the women try and win over the main contestant’s affections. Many eligible men have taken on the bachelor role as a part of this series.

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Viewers love watching the ups and downs whenever the show is on. Coming up on a year of the COVID-19 global pandemic, January 2021 was the premiere of Season 25 – further proof of how much the world needs light, reality TV. Given how popular the show is, we’re sure to see it around for a while.

Bosch

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 7
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2.5 million

“Bosch” features Titus Welliver, a detective in the LAPD who is caught up in the mysterious murder of a teenage boy. “Bosch” is not your average crime show; the acting is superb, and the show has a far more unique plot than the normal police procedural.

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The show airs on Amazon Prime and has continued to thrive on the streaming service. Despite this success, “Bosch” will come to an end with its upcoming seventh season, set to stream in 2021 – though due to the COVID-19 pandemic, production is expected to be delayed.

Hawaii Five-0

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 10
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

“Hawaii Five-O” has had various versions since the late 1960s, with the most recent reboot of the show starting in 2010 with a run for 10 seasons. This show features an elite task force in the Hawaii Police Department, and their mission is to fight crime that plagues the beaches.

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The show is shot on location in Oahu, Hawaii, and stars Grace Park, Alex O’Loughlin, and Scott Caan. Like the original series, which aired from 1968 until 1980, the show can be watched on CBS. Though one of the most popular cop shows in history, “Hawaii Five-0” came to an end on April 3, 2020, with its 240th episode.

Mom

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 8
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $2 million

First airing in 2013, “Mom” has been running for 8 seasons so far. Starring Oscar-winner Allison Janney and Anna Faris, the show is about a single mom (Faris) who is newly sober. Her mom (Janney) is a recovering alcoholic too, and the show follows their relationship in sobriety.

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“Mom” was developed by Gemma Baker and Chuck Lorre. The show airs on CBS and has won an Emmy, among numerous nominations. Faris shared her intentions to leave the show in November 2020, saying, “I’ll be watching next season and rooting for my TV family.”

Warrior

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 2
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $12.5 million

“Warrior” is a newer TV show that was picked up after a successful 1st season. Justin Lin created the show, with Shannon and Lin Lee serving as executive producers. The series follows Ah Sahm, an immigrant from China who arrives in the second half of the 1800s during the cruel Chinatown gang wars in San Francisco.

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The series started on Cinemax, and it is likely to stay for the foreseeable future. Martial arts legend Bruce Lee created the original concept for the show and continued to work on the idea prior to his untimely passing in 1973.

Dear White People

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 4
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1 million

Based on the acclaimed feature film with the same name, “Dear White People” follows Samantha White (Logan Browning) as she tries to alert other students at her school to a host of social issues that no one seems to notice. Each episode focuses on a different character in 30-minute slots. The first 2 seasons were a big hit, with Rotten Tomatoes calling it “Timely and provocative.”

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After a cliffhanger ending for season 3, fans were overjoyed to hear they would be getting a season 4 – however, the elation was short-lived as it became apparent that this was going to be the finale. The final season is set to premiere in 2021, making stars Brandon P. Bell and Logan Browning (probably momentarily) jobless.

The Daily Show

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 25
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $800,000

Trevor Noah is the host of the political comedy “The Daily Show,” taking over for Jon Stewart. The show has won numerous Emmys and Peabody Awards, and its writers feature Noah, as well as current late-night host Stephen Colbert and past hosts like John Oliver.

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Noah worked on “The Daily Show” in 2014 before he was promoted to the hosting role. Before “The Daily Show,” he was a contributor and writer on The Tonight Show, while it was hosted by Jay Leno. The series has been on the air since 1996.

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 1

Developed by Robin Thede, “A Black Lady Sketch Show” has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show premiered on August 2, 2019, and it has become a hit. “A Black Lady Sketch Show” has been able to fill the apparent void in comedy that consistently fails to include diverse voices. Though there are only 6 episodes, the series has been renewed for a second season.

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The show’s writer, Thede, stars as Quinta Brunson, and it airs on HBO. The cast also includes Issa Rae, Ashley Nicole Black, and Gabrielle Denis. The sketch series also has guest stars like Kelly Rowland and Angela Bassett.

Fuller House

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 5
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1.3 million

One of the original reboots to kick-start the revival of 90s show is “Fuller House,” which became ratings gold upon its release on Netflix in 2016. The reboot was designed as a direct sequel to the events of the original Full House. “Fuller House” follows grown-up characters from the original show, as well as plenty of new faces (and walk-on cameos from original cast members).

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Fans did not seem to pay any mind to the harsh critical reaction to the series (nor the absence of original cast members Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). So, it came as a surprise when Netflix announced the show’s cancellation in 2019—the second half of the fifth and final season premiered in June 2020.

High Maintenance

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 4
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $1,000

It was announced in Spring 2019 that “High Maintenance” was being renewed for season 4, delighting fans, who gave the show a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show follows a character called “The Guy” (there’s no official name given), a drug dealer who delivers weed to his clients across the city.

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The comedy aired on HBO, though episodes are also available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes. Fans were saddened when HBO confirmed that last year’s run of episodes would be the last. The reversal announcement came in January 2021, nearly a year after the last episode aired.

World of Dance

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 4
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $100,000

“World of Dance” is a competition where celebrity judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough, guide and mentor the best dancing troupes. “World of Dance” first aired in May 2017 on NBC and has kept fans captivated ever since. Eva Igo, Jenna Dewan, and Scott Evans have also committed to hosting the program.

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Season 4 premiered on May 26, 2020. NBC announced in March of 2021 that it would not be renewing the show, ending the series after four seasons.

American Gods

Staying or Leaving: Leaving
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $10 million

“American Gods” is based on a novel of the same name by well-known fantasy author Neil Gaiman. The drama features Shadow Moon, an ex-con who is struggling to deal with the death of his wife. He meets a con artist, Mr. Wednesday, who hires him as a bodyguard – and the adventure takes off from there.

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Michael Green and Bryan Fuller produced the series’ three seasons before the show’s cancellation that was announced in April 2021. Lead actor Ricky Whittle has come a long way since his early projects, like the British soap opera Hollyoaks. Fans might also remember him as Lincoln in the hit sci-fi drama “The 100”.

Disenchantment

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 2
Estimated Production Cost (per episode*): $300,000

Produced by Matt Groening (who has also created Futurama and The Simpsons), “Disenchantment” is a medieval fantasy cartoon series that is available on Netflix. It has two seasons so far, but fans are hoping this show continues for another few seasons yet. Lucky for them, the show seems to be in Netflix’s good graces for now.

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The main character, Bean, is voiced by Abbi Jacobson and the other voice actors include Eric Andre, Billy West, Nat Faxon, and John DiMaggio. “Disenchantment” is only similar to “The Simpsons” in their animation style – and perhaps some of the adult humor.

The Haunting of Hill House

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 2
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $90 million

“The Haunting of Hill House” is one of the most frightening shows in the past few years. It is a modern adaption of the Shirley Jackson novel of the same name, which was written in 1959. The supernatural horror show’s two seasons are available on Netflix, and it was both created and written by Mike Flanagan.

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After the success of the first season, it was announced that the show would be an anthology series, delving into a different work of fiction each time. Season 2, “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” was released on October 9, 2020, to critical acclaim, even if it was not as scary as the first arc of episodes.

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 3
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $140 million

David Letterman was the host of Late Night/Late Show for 30 years, and then he retired. Now he has a new show, with three seasons, that is available on Netflix. It is called “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” and it features public figures and famous actors, like Kanye West and Barack Obama.

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It focuses on one guest per episode, and it contravenes the usual talk show format by featuring guests both in and out of the studio. Viewers are excited at the chance of future interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment history.

Queer Eye

Staying or Leaving: Staying
Number of Seasons: 5
Estimated Production Cost (per season*): $1 million

“Queer Eye” initially aired a decade ago, and fans were very disappointed when it ended. The reality show was picked up by Netflix for a reboot, and the show has seen massive success immediately after airing. Netflix first made available the new “Queer Eye,” featuring an all-new Fab Five, in 2018.

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“Queer Eye” was nominated for a People’s Choice Award and won an Emmy. The show’s all-new Fab Five includes Tan France, Kamaro Brown, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, and Antoni Porowski.