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Renewed or Canceled: The Status and Budget of Every TV Show for 2021

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TV shows evolved so much in the last decade, each episode is like a movie in terms of logistics, budget, and marketing. Small screen projects are profitable as big movies – if not more. Powerhouses like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones flipped the script on the entertainment industry for good. At no time, big names from the movie industry started appearing in TV shows and it became a prestige to be in a Netflix show.

Today, fans are obsessed with binge-watching the latest series – but all good things must come to an end, no matter how much we might love them. Shows can lose their audience, stop making money, or simply lose the best from their writers. All in, the moment comes when favorite TV shows simply don’t make enough money to stay on the air. So, is your favorite show in danger? Read to find out which TV shows are on in 2021 and which ones are cut for good.

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24. Last Man Standing

Status: Canceled
Seasons: 9
Est. Production Cost: $3.5 million per episode*

Last Man Standing is a TV show for those who can connect easily with love toward the outdoors. Tim Allen as Mike Baxter brings that best from a married dad who works at a sporting goods store. This show is very similar to Allen’s other show, Home Improvement, which was canceled in 1999. The Last Man Standing aired in far 2011 and reached its ninth season.

Originally, the show was supposed to be canceled after the sixth season, but fand organized – collected over half a million signatures, sent it to 20th Century Fox Television, and earned the show another greenlight. On January 3, 2021, the ninth and final season premiere.

23. Homeland

Status: Canceled
Seasons: 8
Est. Production Cost: $45 million per season*

Claire Danes have come a long way since she first starred as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann’s retelling of the Shakespeare play in the 1990s. In 2011, she landed a role as part of Homeland universe, as CIA agent Carrie Mathison and her career sky-rocketed.

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Per episode, Claire gets around $450,000 per episode, which is around $5 million per season. Now, when salaries are so big, just imagine how massive the production budget must be. Rumor has it that this show may cost $3 million for each episode.

22. The Crown

Status: Canceled (Season 6 will be the last)
Seasons: 5
Est. Production Cost: $130 million per season*

Everything crown-related comes with big money. Netflix gave a huge budget for making The Crown. The cast of The Crown gets a big check after every episode, with Claire Foy, the main actress, going home with a check-up to $270,000 in total.

Other female characters are paid $40,000 per episode. When Foy learned that their male co-stars made more, she brought that to Netflix’s attention and Netflix fixed it. The show will continue to season six.

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21. Stranger Things

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 3
Est. Production Cost: $8 million per episode*

Stranger Things is one of the most popular TV shows of today. It first aired in 2016 and has three seasons so far. From the first episode, people loved it and had special love toward the 1980s throwback series. The young stars of the show have a big paycheck today. Their salaries grow from $30,000 an episode at first to a massive $250,000 per episode.

Apparently, Brown is making even more. Reportedly, Millie took home $350,000, the same amount as the show’s adult stars Winona Ryder and David Harbour. After all, Netflix can afford it.

20. Ozark

Status: Canceled
Seasons: 4
Est. Production Cost: $9 million per episode*

Ozark was such a refreshment, telling the unusual story of the Byrde family. Although producers have planned a total of five seasons, it didn’t go as planned. The fourth season was the final one, without a clear reason why the show was canceled in.

If you missed this show, check it. You may find interesting a story about what seems like an ordinary family, who deals with laundering drug money. the first place.

19. Lucifer

Status: Canceled
Seasons: 6
Est. Production Cost: $92 million per season*

Tom Ellis made a huge jump from an unknown actor to a real TV sensation. Thanks to his role of Lucifer Morningstar, Eliis is a global star with a huge number of fans distributed across the globe. Originally, Lucifer was canceled after the third season, but simple #SaveLucifer inspired Netflix to take the show under their wing, buying it from Warner Bros.

Still, in 2021 after only ten episodes Lucifer cats will be free to worm on new projects. Each episode of this show costs $4 million to take, which is probably the main reason why the show won’t continue living further.

18. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 3
Est. Production Cost: $2 million per episode*

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is oen of the most original series in the last decade. It’s an original, funny, and one of a kind show that portrays Midge Maisel, working as a comedian and managing her personal life at the same time. All of the three seasons so far are filmed in New York City, and the fourth season is expected in 2021.

No one knows how much the cast earns exactly, but it was revealed that less than $100,000 goes to Rachel Brosnahan who portrays Mrs. Maisel. At least that was the case since she must be earning more money now since the show is earning a lot.

17. GLOW

Status: Canceled
Seasons: 3
Est. Production Cost: $2 million per episode*

Soem shows arent meant to last, and the GLOW is one of them. If you are a fan of glitter and spandex, you will love this show. Sadly, it won’t be coming back for another season.

Initially, the show has been renewed for a fourth season, but Netflix decided to reverse its decision. Many claims that the current situation is to blame, becuase with so much contact involved there was no safe way to shoot it.

16. Vikings

Status: Canceled
Seasons: 6
Est. Production Cost: $40 million per season*

Vikings are among the best historical drama in the last decade. Michael Hirst created the show that premiered on the History channel, and the rest is history. It tells the story of a real-life Viking Ragnar Lothbrok and his everyday challenges at a different time.

It aired for six seasons before it was finally canceled. For Vikings lovers, the great news is that Hirst and MGM television were working on a sequel series called Vikings: Valhalla for Netflix.

15. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 14
Est. Production Cost: $2 million per episode*

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia started with a pretty low budget of only $550k per episode. Today, that budget is about $2 million per episode. The show was developed by two of its main characters, Rob McElhenney (who plays Mac) and Glenn Howerton (who plays Dennis). The show first aired back in 2005 and at the end of 2020, the show was renewed for three additional seasons.

The most famous name on the show is Danny DeVito with an earning of $70k per season during the first few seasons. This is very low for Danny since his total net worth is around $70 million. Maybe he just wants others also to have work, and he loves what he does, and wants everyone to have an equal slice of the cake?

14. Black Mirror

Status: Unknown
Seasons: 5
Est. Production Cost: $2.34-2.66 million per episode*

Black Mirror is a British sci-fi anthology series. Created by Charlie Brooker. This show was like nothing already present on the market. With cast rotation every episode, the Black Mirror was such a refreshment.

Each episode was focused on technology and its downfalls. Many claim that Black Mirror is basically a revamp of the Twilight Zone. This show hasn’t been canceled, but there are no signs of seeing it anytime soon.

13. Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 7
Est. Production Cost: $2 million per episode*

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine makes about $100,000 per episode which isn’t a huge deal. The reason for this is because the series was canceled on one network – but managed to get picked up for renewal on another network. Wonders do happen! The show follows Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, a police officer in Brooklyn, and his everyday adventures.

This isn’t an average cop show, because it has a comedic take on police-related topics. It currently airs on TBS, and it was just renewed for two seasons. The show’s lead actor, Samberg, is now worth $15 million.

12. This Is Us

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 5
Est. Production Cost: $2 million per episode*

This Is Us is a tearjerker drama that you cannot but adore. With stars such as Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, and Chrissy Metz this show was destined to succeed from day one. Complex family drama life has never been so emotional, so rough, and so real. In a way, it’s a soap opera for the modern era.

Aired on NBC, and filmed on NBC, the show easily competes with Fox’s impressive lineup. The show has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. How successful the show actually is? Chrissy Metz once shared that before the show, her bank account was measured in cents, and now she earns around $4.5 million per season. It’s still a secret how much NBC spends to keep the show running, but it’s for sure a lot.

11. The Handmaid’s Tale

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 3
Est. Production Cost: $10 million per episode*

Some TV shows are so powerful that they push you to rethink your life and the world that we all are living in. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of those shows that you can’t stop watching and share thoughts on it with your friends. This show delivers an uncomfortable vision of the future where woman’s bodies aren’t allowed to have freedom.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, The Handmaid’s Tale aired in 2016 and left the world in awe. Elisabeth Moss, the leading actress, stars in TV phenomenons. She starred as Peggy Olsen in AMC’s hit series Mad Men, when she earned $75,000 per episode when the series lead Jon Hamm took home $250,000.

10. Blue Bloods

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 11
Est. Production Cost: $1 million per episode*

Tom Selleck stars as Frank Reagan, commissioner of the NYPD and patriarch leader of the Reagan family, which is like a police dynasty in the popular show Blue Bloods. The show first aired in 2010 and it’s still going super strong in terms of viewership.

Selleck himself has said, “I don’t think there is an endpoint. I think there is a lot of life in the show.” Per episode, Selleck earns about $200,000 per episode. As part of the Magnum P.I. universe, back in the ’80s, he used to earn $500,000 per episode.

9. SEAL Team

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 4
Est. Production Cost: $4 million per episode*

SEAL Team is the next big thing from David Boreanaz, after ending another popular show, simply named Bones. In this show, David is a part of an elite unit in the Navy SEALS, following the team as they adapt to various challenges during their almost impossible missions.

The show runs on CBS for four seasons now and will run for the extra episode. All in, this show will run for a while before it gets canceled.

8. NCIS: Los Angeles

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 12
Est. Production Cost: $5 million per episode*

NCIS: Los Angeles is a rather ambitious show in terms of combining military and police drama elements. It has been running for 12 long seasons and with more than 250 episodes it’s clear that fans love this show.

Chris O’Donnell plays a legendary agent who is teamed up with other great agents to tackle various issues. There is no actual NCIS branch in LOS, but viewers don’t care about it. Still, NCIS: Los Angeles has a strogn fanbase, so this show may last for years.

7. FBI

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 3
Est. Production Cost: $5-$7 million per episode*

People love action-packed TV shows, and Dick Wolf’s show ‘FBI’ proves it. So far, the FBI has aired on CBS for three seasons for so far, and there is no word of slowing down or coming to an end. The series stars Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto, Ebonee Noel, and more.

The show focuses on major crimes and how the team solves them. Even critique channels love this show. People love the compelling cast and adrenaline-packed plots. All in, this show is here to stay for a long time.

6. Billions

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 5
Est. Production Cost: $2 million per episode*

Damien Lewis is getting pain nicely for each appearance on Billions. He and his co-stars Paul Giamatti and Maggie Siff already make an estimated $250,000 per episode, with Lewis’ salary per season capped at $3 million. The show is currently active on Showtime and with 55 episodes so far, the show is still going strong.

The sixth season will kick off in 2021. Fans may recognize Siff from Sons of Anarchy. Before her character was written off she was getting around $375,000 per episode.

5. Young Sheldon

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 4
Est. Production Cost: $160 million per season*

If you know The Big Bang Theory then you are familiar with the charming and above-this-earth character Sheldon Cooper. Since this character was so popular and loved by many, producers decided to focus on the spin-off and in no time a number-one comedy series Young Sheldon was born.

The series is set in 1989 and it has so far a 94% rating on Google. The comedy has run for four seasons so far and it has no sign of slowing down. As the main actor is a child, he is paid $30,000 per episode. At least he was paid that much. After the first season, his paycheck went to $61,200 per episode.

4. Euphoria

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 1
Est. Production Cost: $11 million per episode*

Euphoria is a new teen drama that follows the life of seventeen-year-old Rue, who just got out of rehab and struggles to get her life back on track. The show also follows her social circle and how they all struggle to have a better life.

The show airs on HBO, and to fans’ happiness, it has been renewed for the second season. Zendaya usually appears in successful movies. Her last successful movie was Homecoming, the part of Spider-Man movies.

3. The Morning Show

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 1
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon

Ok, so when two major stars like Aniston and Reese team up, two things are for sure: the show will be hit and production is expensive. Did you know that during her Friends era, Jennifer was making $1 million per episode?

Today, as The Morning Show star, she goes home with $2 million after every episode. Luckily for the show’s fans, The Morning Show will return for another season and probably many more after that. The show brings an enormous amount of money to the network, so fans can assume that it will remain on the network for a long time.

2. The Good Fight

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 4
Est. Production Cost: TBD (depends on whether salary increases)*

If you the show The Good Wife, you will love its spin-off The Good Fight. The CBS series is among the top series today, and rumors have it that Julianna Margulies reportedly declined to appear on the new spinoff because she didn’t feel her salary would be high enough.

So far, the show had four seasons and won multiple awards. It originally aired in 2017, and it picks up a year after the final events on The Good Wife.

1. Better Call Saul

Status: Renewed
Seasons: 5
Est. Production Cost: $1.5 million per episode*

Better Call Saul is actually a sort-of prequel to Breaking Bad. Fans of this show will definitely remember Saul Goodman, the attorney for crime kingpin (and former chemist) Walter White.

Better Call Saul tells the story about days when Goodman was a small-name attorney, building his way up. It first aired in 2015 and has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Like Breaking Bad, the writers on this show are also Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. The show won a Satellite Award.

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