Which TV Shows Aren’t Coming Back?
Posted May 17, 2018 10:13 p.m. EDT
This week brought the upfront presentations, when broadcast networks show off their new fall series to advertisers and, less ceremoniously, dump dozens of others.
This year the bloodletting included beloved sitcoms and high-concept dramas, and the networks were not the only ones axing shows. Syfy dropped the celebrated space serial “The Expanse,” outraging fans famous — George R.R. Martin, Patton Oswalt — and otherwise. Sundance TV also dropped “Hap and Leonard,” which had its advocates.
Not all of the news was bad. The critical favorites “Jane the Virgin” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” will each get one more season to wrap up their stories as their creators planned, CW announced on Thursday. And after Fox sparked an uproar by canceling the police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” the show was quickly picked up by NBC. Others, like ABC’s canceled political thriller “Designated Survivor,” are rumored to be in talks with possible saviors.
Here’s a look at the victims, broken up by network:
The network once had high hopes for “Designated Survivor,” based on its interesting concept and the star Kiefer Sutherland’s successful TV track record, but they pulled the plug after two seasons. (Deadline reported that there are attempts to find the show another home.) Priyanka Chopra’s international stardom wasn’t enough to save the FBI procedural “Quantico,” which was canceled after three seasons.
Other departing ABC shows include “Alex, Inc.,”; “Kevin (Probably) Saves The World”; “Ten Days in the Valley”; “Deception”; “Somewhere Between”; “The Crossing”; “Marvel’s Inhumans”; and “The Mayor.”
“Kevin Can Wait,” the sitcom fronted by the comedian Kevin James, is perhaps most famous for killing off its matriarch, played by Erinn Hayes, after one season in order to reunite James with his former “King Of Queens” co-star, Leah Remini. It didn’t work. It was canceled after two seasons. On Wednesday, CBS executive vice president Thom Sherman told Deadline: “The show made a choice at the beginning of this year, we agreed to go along with it, and unfortunately the audience did not respond to it.” “Wisdom of The Crowd,” a procedural surrounding a tech-savvy character played by Jeremy Piven, found itself entangled with Piven in headlines for allegations of sexual misconduct.
Other cancellations include: “Scorpion”; “Me, Myself and I”; “Superior Donuts"’ “9JKL”; and “Living Biblically.”
Like “Jane the Virgin” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “iZombie” will end after next season. The network opted to cancel the freshmen series “Life Sentence” and “Valor.”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was perhaps the most high-profile cancellation, until it was rescued. “Last Man on Earth,” another critical darling, was not so lucky. There are no plans for another season of “X-Files,” which saw its ratings fall off considerably. Gillian Anderson had previously announced that she would not return to the show.
Additional Fox shows that received the boot: “The Mick” (whose cancellation was applauded by the Parents Television Council); “Lucifer”; and “The Exorcist.”
“Rise,” the highly anticipated drama based on a high school theater program, flamed out after just one season, as ratings steadily declined. Many critics liked the workplace sitcom “Great News,” but it didn’t draw many viewers. The network also canceled “The Brave” and “Taken.”