These beloved TV shows have been canceled

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Long before the 2020-21 TV season officially came to a close in August 2021, the fate of several beloved TV shows had already been decided. There were those that had been renewed for a new season and there were also those that had been canceled. Below is a comprehensive list of TV series that are ending or won’t be back for the 2021-22 TV season, which just kicked off in September 2021. The list also includes TV show cancellations in 2018 and 2019.

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Dickinson (Apple TV) 

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Apple TV announced in September 2021 that the comedy series Dickinson will wrap with its upcoming third season, which is set to premiere on November 5th, 2021. In a statement, series creator Alena Smith revealed that Dickinson had always been planned as a three-season show.

“When I set out to make Dickinson, I envisioned the show as a three-season journey that would tell the origin story of America’s greatest female poet in a whole new way, highlighting Emily [Dickinson]’s relevance and resonance to our society today,” she said. “In my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined how rich and satisfying the experience of making this show would become, and the incredible joy it has been to tell Emily’s story along with Hailee [Steinfeld] and our brilliant, passionate cast and crew. I can’t wait to share our epic final season with the world, and to bring our audience along with us to the conclusion of Emily’s coming-of-age saga, as she continues to fight for her own poetic truth while reckoning with so many of the issues that face us now.”

Narcos: Mexico (Netflix) 

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Netflix announced in September 2021 that the upcoming third season of Narcos: Mexico will be its last. Set to premiere in November 2021, Narcos: Mexico season 3 is set in the ‘90s when the globalization of the drug business ignites. It examines the war that breaks out following Félix Gallardo’s (Diego Luna) arrest and follows newly independent cartels and a new generation of Mexican kingpins as they struggle to survive the political upheaval.

Though Narcos: Mexico is coming to an end, it’s possible that the Narcos franchise will continue with another installment set in another country, as series executive producers previously said that they intend to follow the drug trade across various countries.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Freeform) 

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Freeform canceled Everything’s Gonna Be Okay after two seasons. In August 2021, series star Josh Thomas confirmed the show’s cancellation on Twitter, writing: “Freeform has been a dream to work with — so cool and open and sincerely progressive,” Thomas wrote. “I’m so grateful we got a platform to make this show. I love them and they are obsessed with me, I hope we get another chance to work together.”

Created by Thomas, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay centers on Nicholas, a neurotic, gay Australian entomologist in his 20s who visits his American father and two teenage half-sisters in Los Angeles. During his visit, he learns that their father is terminally ill and wants Nicholas to become the guardian to Genevieve (Maeve Press) and Matilda (Kayla Cromer) because their mother is already dead. At the end of the series, Nicholas gets diagnosed with autism.

Manifest (NBC / Netflix)

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NBC canceled Manifest after three seasons in June 2021. But after the first two seasons of the series became available to stream on Netflix and subsequently rose to No. 1 on Nielsen, both the network and the streaming giant have entered into negotiations to continue the Jeff Rake-created series. In August 2021, Netflix picked up Manifest for a fourth and final season, consisting of 20 episodes, split across multiple parts.

Starring Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, JR Ramirez, Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Parveen Kaur, and Matt Long, among many others, Manifest centers on Montego Air Flight 828, which landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight. The crew and passengers were relieved, but in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years. The returned passengers attempt to reintegrate into their old lives but soon find out that they and their loved ones aren’t the same as they were. Things only get more difficult when they begin to see flashes of the future they refer to as “callings.”

Atypical (Netflix) 

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The fourth season of Atypical, which dropped on Netflix in July 2021, is its last. Though the streamer didn’t give a reason for the show’s cancellation, it seems that the story of the coming-of-age dramedy had come to its natural conclusion.

Created by Robia Rashid, Atypical tells the story of Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), a young adult with autism spectrum disorder, as he searches for love and independence. It also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Amy Okuda, and Michael Rapaport.

Arthur (PBS) 

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Arthur, the longest-running kids animated series in history, is ending with its upcoming 25th season, which is set to premiere on PBS in the winter of 2022. Though Arthur’s season 25 will be its final season, executive producer Carol Greenwald said in a statement that series producers “GBH and PBS KIDS are continuing to work together on additional Arthur content, sharing the lessons of Arthur and his friends in new ways.”

During an appearance on the podcast Finding D.W., Arthur writer Kathy Waugh revealed that production on the series ended in 2019. She said: “Arthur is no longer in production. We had our wrap party two years ago. I think they’ve made a mistake, PBS, and I think Arthur should come back. And I know I’m not alone in thinking they made a mistake. I don’t pay attention that much to things like ratings, so I don’t know if it was a rating issue or if it just felt like it needed to be retired. To me, it felt like evergreen, like it was never going to end, but it did end.”

Based on a series of children’s books by Marc Brown, Arthur is set in the fictional American city of Elwood City and revolves around the lives of Arthur Read, an anthropomorphic aardvark, his friends and family, and their daily interactions with each other. The award-winning series is known for teaching kindness, empathy, and inclusion.

Country Comfort (Netflix)

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Country Comfort was canceled by Netflix in July 2021, just four months after premiering on the streamer. Netflix didn’t offer an explanation for the show’s cancellation, but the 10-episode freshman run of the Caryn Lucas-created series seemingly failed to attract enough viewers to justify a second season.

The comedy series stars Katharine McPhee as Bailey, an aspiring country singer who takes a job as a nanny for a rugged cowboy named Beau (Eddie Cibrian) and his five children after getting kicked out of her up-and-coming band. With a never-give-up attitude and loads of Southern charm, the newbie-nanny is able to navigate the family dynamics and be the mother figure they’ve been missing. To her surprise, Bailey also gets the band she’s been missing in this musically talented family who help her get back on the road to stardom.

The Crew (Netflix)

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Netflix canceled the comedy series The Crew in July 2021 after just one season. Though there won’t be a second season for Jeff Lowell-created series, Netflix reportedly made a deal with series star Kevin James to develop a single-camera comedy series that he will star in and produce.

The Crew stars James as crew chief Kevin Gibson who runs a NASCAR garage. When the owner steps down and passes the team off to his Stanford-educated daughter, Catherine Spencer (Jillian Mueller), Kevin finds himself at odds with the tech-reliant millennials Catherine starts bringing in to modernize the team. The series also stars Freddie Stroma, Gary Anthony Williams, Dan Ahdoot, and Sarah Stiles.

Bonding (Netflix)

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Bonding follows the life of psychology student Tiffany “Tiff” Chester (Zoe Levin) who is moonlighting as a dominatrix. To help her balance her personal life with school and her job, she recruits her semi-estranged gay best friend from high school, Pete Devin (Brendan Scannell), to be her assistant. Because of its BDSM theme, the first season of the Rightor Doyle-created series struck up controversy that helped it score a second season.

Netflix, however, canceled Bonding in July 2021, suggesting that its sophomore run didn’t pull enough viewers to justify a third season. Aside from Levin and Devin, the dark comedy series also stars Micah Stock, Theo Stockman, and Nana Mensah.

Cursed (Netflix)

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Canceled by Netflix in July 2021 after just one season, Cursed didn’t seem to capture the zeitgeist or seize the cultural conversation the way the streaming giant would have hoped. Though there were a lot of things to admire about the show, including its impressive production design, realistic visual effects, and brilliant performances from the cast, Cursed only debuted to lukewarm reviews and fan response, only generating a 67 percent “fresh” average on Rotten Tomatoes. It also didn’t seem to help that Netflix has already renewed Shadow and Bone and The Witcher for additional seasons, as it’s possible that the streamer doesn’t want to crowd its library with too many medieval fantasy drama series.

Based on Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler’s illustrated book, Cursed was a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend as told through the eyes of Nimue (Katherine Langford), a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful and tragic Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she found an unexpected partner in Arthur (Devon Terrell), a young mercenary in a quest to find Merlin (Gustaf Skarsgård) and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue became a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther (Sebastian Armesto).

Good Witch (Hallmark Channel)

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Fantasy comedy-drama Good Witch is not returning for season 8. Two weeks ahead of the show’s season 7 finale in July 2021, Hallmark Channel announced that it opted not to renew the series for another season.

Though Hallmark Channel didn’t provide a particular reason for its decision to end Good Witch after seven seasons, viewership figures showed that it’s one of the lowest-rated series on the network. Good Witch season 7 only averaged a 0.12 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.53 viewers in the live+same day ratings. Compared to season 6, that’s down by 29% in the demo and down by 18% in viewership.

Though the series has already ended, there’s always a possibility for the Good Witch story to continue in film form. In fact, a rep for the network told Deadline on July 9th that there are talks happening behind the scenes but no immediate plans for a new movie have been solidified yet. “[Series stars] Catherine Bell, James Denton, and Katherine Barrell, among others, are members of the Hallmark Channel family, and we are in discussions on future projects,” the spokesperson said.

The Bold Type (Freeform)

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The six-episode fifth and final season of The Bold Type ended its run in June 2021. The Sarah Watson-created dramedy had been consistently named as one of TV Guide’s 100 Best Shows on TV. But despite being critically acclaimed, the series had actually never done well in the ratings. In fact, season 4 only averaged a 0.06 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 162,000 viewers, making the show the channel’s lowest-rated series as of January 2021.

The Bold Type season 5 finds BFFs Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) “on the brink of defining who they really are and how best to leave their mark on the world.” But whatever happens, “their futures are bright, and their love and support for each other will never change.”

Conan (TBS) 

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Conan O’Brien’s eponymous late-night talk show, which has aired on TBS since 2010, concluded at the end of its 10th season in June 2021. It appears that O’Brien decided to end Conan with season 10 so he could focus on his upcoming weekly variety series that will stream on HBO Max.

“In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform,’” O’Brien said in November 2020 when his new deal with WarnerMedia’s streaming service was announced. “I’m thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever the hell it is I do on HBO Max, and I look forward to a free subscription.”

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TLC announced in June 2021 that it canceled the Counting On after 11 seasons amid the ongoing child pornography case against Josh Duggar. “TLC will not be producing additional seasons of Counting On,” the network said in a statement to Variety. “TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”

A spinoff of 19 Kids and Counting, Counting On centered on the families of Duggar sisters Jessa Seewald, Jinger Vuolo, and Joy-Anna Forsyth and their parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. It was launched in 2015 and was created in the wake of Josh’s molestation controversy and subsequent cancellation of 19 Kids and Counting.

Good Girls (NBC)

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The crime dramedy series Good Girls wrapped its four-season run in July 2021. According to Deadline, NBC and Universal Television tried to find a way to bring back the show for one more season to close out the story but were unable to make the financials work. A contingency plan to move the show to Netflix didn’t also pan out.

Created by Jenna Bans, Good Girls follows suburban Michigan mothers Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta), and Annie (Mae Whitman) who are all having a hard time trying to make ends meet. Tired of having everything taken away from them, they decide to pull off an unlikely heist by robbing a supermarket, only to discover that they are in for more than they expected.

For Life (ABC)

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ABC opted not to renew For Life for a third season. While the network didn’t offer an explanation for its decision to cancel the legal drama, series star Nicholas Pinnock blamed the show’s soft ratings for its untimely demise. Season 2 of the Hank Steinberg-created series only averaged a 0.35 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.8 million viewers ― down by 38% in the demo and down by 26% in viewership from season 1.

“I am in no way bitter with ABC for not renewing For Life for a third season,” the actor tweeted last May. “ABC has been nothing but supportive of our show, and has championed it from the start. So I won’t have you bad-mouthing them. I can tell you firsthand how great they have been to me and to our show. Sadly, the live audience numbers didn’t reflect and equal the social media attention. The catch-up numbers were really good, but that doesn’t fit the model of a network show.”

Loosely based on the true story of New Jersey lawyer Isaac Wright Jr., For Life tells the story of Aaron Wallace (Pinnock) who has been sentenced to life in prison for a crime he did not commit. While incarcerated, he becomes a lawyer and works as a defense attorney for others while striving to get his own sentence overturned.

Absentia (AXN / Amazon Prime Video)

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The thriller drama series Absentia is not getting a fourth season. Lead star Stana Katic tweeted in May 2021 that the previously released third season of the show now serves as the de facto final season. “Although we’ve danced with the idea of continuing the tale, Absentia was always meant to be only three seasons, and I couldn’t think of a better note to end on… for any person on this planet, but especially [Katic’s character] Emily and her loved ones,” read a portion of the actress’ statement announcing the end of the series.

Created by Gaia Violo and Matt Cirulnick, Absentia tells the story of FBI special agent Emily Byrne who disappears without a trace while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers. Originally declared dead in absentia, she is found in a cabin in the woods six years later, barely alive and with no memory of the years that she was missing. She returns home to learn that her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by the new wife, and she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

All Rise (CBS) 

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CBS announced in May 2021 that it opted not to renew All Rise for a third season. The legal drama was one of the canceled TV shows of 2021 that ultimately got the ax following a behind-the-camera drama. All Rise’s cancellation came less than two months after series creator and co-showrunner Greg Spottiswood was fired from the show following a probe into allegations of race and gender issues in the show’s writer room.

Based on the 2005 book Courtroom 302 by Steve Bogira, All Rise revolves around the personal lives and relationships of the judges, lawyers, clerks, and law enforcement officers in a Los Angeles courthouse. Simone Missick stars as newly appointed judge Lola Carmichael, a highly regarded and impressive former deputy district attorney who does not intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be.

Black-ish (ABC) 

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Black-ish’s upcoming season 8 will be its last. In an Instagram post last May, series creator Kenya Barris implied that it was his decision to end the sitcom after eight seasons. “In this day and age, it is rare to get to decide when your show should come to an end,” wrote Barris. “And we are grateful along with ABC to be able to make this final season exactly what we’d hoped for – and to do it with the entire and AMAZINGLY STELLAR cast coming back to close this chapter out with us the right way!”

Black-ish follows an upper-class African-American family headed by Andre “Dre” Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross). The show revolves around the family’s lives, as they juggle several personal and sociopolitical issues. The show also features the characters Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi), Andre Johnson, Jr. (Marcus Scribner), Jack Johnson (Miles Brown), and Diane Johnson (Marsai Martin). Black-ish season 8 doesn’t have a release date yet.

Black Lightning (The CW) 

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Black Lightning ended its four-season run in May 2021. The CW didn’t give a reason for the show’s cancellation, but season 4 only averaged a 0.12 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 406,000 viewers ― down by 46% in the demo and down by 38% in viewership.

Based on the DC character of the same name created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning stars Cress Williams the titular character alongside China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton, James Remar, Jordan Calloway, and Chantal Thuy. The series sees the retired Black Lightning return to his life as a superhero and follows the effects of his vigilante activity on his professional and family life.

Debris (NBC) 

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Sci-fi drama Debris, which aired its season 1 finale on May 24th, is not coming back for a second season on NBC. The network canceled the J. H. Wyman-created series due to low ratings. The show’s 13-episode freshman run only averaged a 0.38 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.79 million viewers in the live+same day ratings.

Produced by Legendary TV and Universal TV, Debris follows CIA agent Bryan Beneventi (Jonathan Tucker) and MI6 operative Finola Jones (Riann Steele) as they team up to recover and investigate pieces of an alien spaceship that fell on Earth. Each piece of wreckage is found to have unusual and often deadly effects on humans and their surroundings, so the two must set their differences aside to solve the mystery as soon as possible before someone else does.

Don’t Be Tardy (Bravo)

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The reality TV series Don’t Be Tardy won’t be coming back to Bravo for a ninth season. Though the network canceled the show after eight seasons, it said in a statement that the Biermanns will remain part of the Bravo family. “While Don’t Be Tardy will not be returning for another season, the Biermanns will always be part of the Bravo family and we look forward to seeing what’s next,” read a portion of the network’s statement.

A spin-off of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Don’t Be Tardy follows the daily lives of Kim Zolciak, her husband, Kroy Biermann, and their family. In a joint statement, the Biermanns said: “In times of significant growth, there are steps that have to be strategically taken, but rest assured, you will see the Biermann family on your TV screens again very soon. Grab yourself a glass of wine and stay tuned.”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndication)

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Ellen DeGeneres’ eponymous daytime talk show is ending with its ongoing 19th season, which is slated to end in May 2022. The decision to end the show was made by DeGeneres herself, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun, as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”

Though the news comes in the wake of a controversial year for the talk show, which became the subject of behind-the-scenes controversy involving widespread accusations of a toxic workplace, DeGeneres made it clear that it was not the reason behind her decision to end the program. “If I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season,” the host explained. “So, it’s not why I’m stopping.”

Bless the Harts (Fox)

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Canceled in April 2021, Bless the Harts aired its series finale in June 2021. Though the network was happy with Bless the Harts creatively, it never really gained traction in the ratings. The sophomore run of the adult animated series averaged 0.36 in the 18-49 demographic and 1 million viewers. That’s down by 57% in the demo and down by 54% in viewership from the show’s freshman run.

Created by Emily Spivey, Bless the Harts follows a family of Southerners striving to live the American dream. Its main voice cast includes Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz, Kumail Nanjiani, and Fortune Feimster.

The Duchess (Netflix)

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Netflix canceled The Duchess after a single six-episode season that premiered in September 2020. “[Netflix] didn’t want to make any more, not enough people watched it. I think something like 10 million people watched it in 28 days and that wasn’t enough,” series creator and star Katherine Ryan revealed in an episode of Vicky Pattison’s The Secret To… podcast in April 2021. “But also, I’m not terribly sad about it. I feel like it’s a whole lot of work, a whole lot of time to make a sitcom. I was so grateful to be able to make it, but I think it speaks for itself. I kind of like the way it ended.”

In The Duchess, Ryan played the role of Katherine, a fashionably disruptive single mom living in London, who was starting to consider having another kid, provided she could find a suitable father for the child first. The series also starred Katy Byrne as Katherine’s daughter Olive, Rory Keenan as Katherine’s off-the-grid ex Shep, and Steen Raskopoulos as Katherine’s new orthodontist boyfriend Evan.

Kim’s Convenience (Netflix)

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Kim’s Convenience is not coming back for a sixth season. In March 2021, series producers revealed that the sitcom would end after its fifth season due to the departure of the show’s two co-creators.

“Authenticity of storytelling is at the center of the success of Kim’s Convenience. At the end of production on season 5, our two co-creators confirmed they were moving on to other projects. Given their departure from the series, we have come to the difficult conclusion that we cannot deliver another season of the same heart and quality that has made the show so special,” the producers said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Based on Ins Choi’s 2011 play of the same name, Kim’s Convenience centers on the Korean-Canadian Kim family that runs a convenience store in the Moss Park neighborhood of Toronto: parents “Appa” (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee) and “Umma” (Jean Yoon) – Korean for dad and mom, respectively – along with their daughter Janet (Andrea Bang) and estranged son Jung (Simu Liu). Other characters include Jung’s friend and coworker Kimchee (Andrew Phung) and his manager Shannon (Nicole Power).

American Gods (Starz) 

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Just a week after American Gods wrapped its third season in March 2021, Starz announced that the fantasy drama will not be returning for a fourth season on the network. Though fans were saddened by the premature end to the series, its cancellation wasn’t really unexpected. The third season of the show averaged a 0.04 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 170,000 viewers ― down by a whopping 65% in the demo and down by 49% in viewership from season 2, which aired in 2019.

Despite the show’s cancellation at Starz, executive producer Neil Gaiman and production company Fremantle assured fans that American Gods is not dead yet. “Fremantle are committed to finishing the story that began in episode 1, and right now we’re all just waiting to see which way forward is best, and who it’ll be with,” Gaiman wrote in a tweet.

Fremantle also released a statement echoing Gaiman’s social media post: “Fremantle is committed to completing the epic journey that is American Gods, one of TV’s most inclusive series with the most amazing fans across the globe. With Neil Gaiman and this fantastic cast and crew, we are exploring all options to continue to tell this magnificent story.”

American Housewife (ABC)

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Several fans didn’t expect American Housewife to be one of the canceled TV shows of 2021, as the sitcom’s season 5 finale, which now serves as the series finale, ended with multiple cliffhangers. Though the Sarah Dunn-created series had been a strong ratings player throughout its five-season run, the show’s couple of casting changes and some behind-the-scenes drama in the summer of 2020 might have played a huge role in ABC’s decision to not renew the series for a sixth season.

American Housewife chronicles the daily life of Katie Otto (Katy Mixon), a wife and mother who tries to maintain her sense of self and family while dealing with the wealthy, pretentious, arrogant housewives and their privileged children in her new hometown of Westport, Connecticut. The show also stars Diedrich Bader as Katie’s husband and Meg Donnelly, Daniel DiMaggio, Julia Butters, and Giselle Eisenberg as the couple’s children.

Dwight in Shining Armor (BYUtv)

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Dwight in Shining Armor ended its five-season run in May 2021. Based on a statement from series co-creator Brian J. Adams, Dwight in Shining Armor will not be back for a sixth season because the story had already reached its end. “We’ve experienced so many emotions in the last year as we’ve brought this story to an end,” Adams said. “But the strongest feeling we have now is gratitude. We’re so thankful that we got to finish our story and give it the ending we envisioned more than ten years ago.”

Launched in 2019, Dwight in Shining Armor takes place in a suburban town where a 21st century teen named Dwight (Sloane Morgan Siegel) falls into an ancient, underground chamber and lands lip-to-lip with Gretta (Caitlin Carmichael), a gothic princess who has been magically sleeping for a thousand years. Dwight’s kiss awakens Gretta, her court magician, Baldric (Joel McCrary), as well as scores of medieval villains, and makes Dwight her de facto champion until her hordes of enemies are defeated.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC) 

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NBC announced in February 2021 that the ongoing eighth season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine will serve as its swan song. The series finale is set to air on September 16th, 2021.

The police procedural comedy series proved that it has a huge following after its fans helped convince NBC to pick up the series after it was canceled by Fox in 2018. Despite the series having a loyal fan base, co-creator Dan Goor suggested in a statement that they had decided to end the show with season 8 in order to give it a definite end rather than being abruptly canceled again like the first time.

“Ending the show was a difficult decision, but ultimately, we felt it was the best way to honor the characters, the story and our viewers,” said Goor. “I know some people will be disappointed it’s ending so soon, but honestly, I’m grateful it lasted this long. Title of my sex tape.”

Animal Kingdom (TNT) 

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TNT renewed Animal Kingdom for a sixth and final season in January 2021 ahead of the show’s season 5 premiere in July 2021. The crime drama is a consistent ratings performer for the network, so the show’s cancellation is likely a result of a creative decision made by the producers of the series. To complement the WarnerMedia network’s sports slate, TNT has also been shifting its programming focus to unscripted fare as of late, so this might also be one of the factors that led to Animal Kingdom’s cancellation.

Based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name, Animal Kingdom follows a Southern California family, whose excessive lifestyle is fueled by their criminal activities. The Jonathan Lisco-developed series stars Ellen Barkin, Leila George, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Rigo Sanchez, and Jon Beavers. Animal Kingdom season 6 has no release date yet.

Feel Good (Netflix)

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The British comedy-drama series Feel Good was renewed for a second and final season by Netflix in December 2020. The show’s sophomore run is slated to premiere sometime this year.

Based on a statement from star and co-creator Mae Martin, it seems that Feel Good had always been envisioned as a two-season series. “I’m beyond excited to be able to return to the world of Feel Good, and to see Mae (Martin) and George’s (Charlotte Ritchie) love story through to the dramatic conclusion we had always planned,” said Martin last December. “I’m really deeply attached to this story and I’m so grateful to be getting back to work with the incredible team at Objective Fiction and our hilarious cast.”

Co-created by Martin and Joe Hampson, Feel Good follows a London-based comedian named Mae (Martin) as she navigates sobriety and a new relationship with her girlfriend, George (Ritchie).

The Crown (Netflix)

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Netflix announced in November 2020 that it would film a sixth and final season of The Crown, 10 months after saying the historical drama series would come to a close with season 5. Series creator Peter Morgan said that the possibility of a reversal was raised during the show’s planning process for season 5.

“As we started to discuss the storylines for season 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said in a statement. “To be clear, season 6 will not bring us any closer to present day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”

F Is for Family (Netflix) 

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The adult animated series F Is for Family is ending with its upcoming fifth season, which will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2021.

Created by Bill Burr and Michael Price, F Is for Family follows a dysfunctional suburban Irish-American family, and is set in the fictional town of Rustvale, Pennsylvania in the early-to-mid 1970s, a time when political correctness, helicopter parenting and indoor smoking bans weren’t part of anyone’s vocabulary, let alone the norm. Burr voices family patriarch Frank. The voice cast also includes Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Haley Reinhart, and Sam Rockwell, among others.

Last Man Standing (ABC / Fox) 

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The ninth and final season of Last Man Standing wrapped in May 2021. In a statement released in October 2020, series star and executive producer Tim Allen revealed that the decision to end the series with season 3 was a joint decision between Fox and the creative team of the show. “We had all considered to end the show after last season, but together with Fox, we decided to add a year so we could produce a full season to create the gentle and fun goodbye,” Allen said at the time.

Created by Jack Burditt, Last Man Standing follows Mike Baxter (Allen), a senior executive and director of marketing for an outdoor sporting goods store chain. His home life is initially filled with his wife, three daughters, and a grandson, but later extends to the young men who are married to or dating his daughters.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!) 

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Keeping Up with the Kardashians concluded in June 2021 after 20 seasons. In an interview with Grazia USA in October 2020, series star Kim Kardashian said her family decided to end Keeping Up with the Kardashians with season 20 because they needed a “break.”

“This was a dream of all of ours. We never imagined we would get onto season 2 Now we’re on 20,” Kardashian said. “Sometimes we just need a break. It’s really simple. We just need a minute to regroup. You know, we haven’t had a break for 14 years. We’ve gone in filming a season, then a spinoff and I think there’s no other way to say it other than, we just live such big lives. And we have kids now. And they need us.”

Created by Ryan Seacrest, Keeping Up with the Kardashians documents the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian–Jenner blended family. It focuses mainly on sisters Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé and their half-sisters Kendall and Kylie.

Dead to Me (Netflix) 

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One of the cancelled Netflix shows of 2020 that has yet to premiere its final season, Dead to Me was renewed for a third and final season in July 2020. In a statement, series creator Liz Feldman implied that it’s her decision to end the series with season 3. “From start to finish, Dead to Me is exactly the show I wanted to make. And it’s been an incredible gift,” said Feldman. “Telling a story sprung from grief and loss has stretched me as an artist and healed me as a human. … I am beyond grateful to Netflix for supporting Dead to Me from day one.”

Dead to Me tells the story of the unlikely friendship that blossoms between Jen Harding (Christina Applegate) and Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini) after meeting each other in a therapy group for bereft spouses. Jen mourns the death of her husband, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash, while Judy claims she’s grieving for her fiancé who died of a heart attack. In reality, however, Judy is the hit-and-run driver that killed Jen’s husband, and the incident caused her fiancé to break up with her. As the two cope with their own losses, Jen becomes more unhinged and slowly unravels the mystery of her husband’s death and its connection to Judy.

Lost in Space (Netflix) 

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Season 3 of Lost in Space, which was officially announced in March 2020, is going to be the final season of the sci-fi series. The show’s last batch of episodes is set to premiere sometime in 2021.

In a statement announcing the show’s third season renewal, showrunner Zack Estrin revealed that Lost in Space has always been meant as a trilogy. “From the beginning, we’ve always viewed this particular story of The Robinsons as a trilogy,” Estrin said. “A three-part epic family adventure with a clear beginning, middle and end. It’s also worth noting that, with what these characters go through just trying to survive each episode — if anyone deserves to catch their breath before their next mission — it’s Will (Maxwell Jenkins), Penny (Mina Sundwall), Judy (Taylor Russell), Maureen (Molly Parker), John (Toby Stephens), Don West (Ignacio Serricchio), Dr. Smith (Parkey Posey)… and The Robot (Brian Steele). And, of course, Debbie the Chicken.”

A reimagining of the 1965 series of the same name, Lost in Space follows the adventures of a family of space colonists whose spaceship veers off course.

13 Reasons Why (Netflix)

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In August 2019, Netflix renewed the series for a fourth and final season, which premiered in June 2020. A spokesperson for the streamer told Express.co.uk that 13 Reasons Why was canceled because Season 4 “will feature the core cast’s graduation from high school which will be a natural conclusion to the show.”

The 100 (The CW)

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Sci-fi drama The 100 ended in September 2020 after seven seasons on The CW. Network president Mark Pedowitz said they were ending The 100 because showrunner Jason Rothenberg had always wanted to conclude the show after the seventh season to work on new projects. “We’ve been very good at listening to our showrunner creators about the right time to end our series,” the TV executive said at the TCA summer press tour in August 2019. Rothenberg also made it clear on Twitter that he and his team were wrapping the show on their own terms.

The Affair (Showtime)

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The drama series’ five-season run ended in November 2019. When the show’s final season was announced back in July 2018, Gary Levine, president of programming for Showtime, said that series co-creator Sarah Treem had “always envisioned” it as a five-season arc. While this could be the real case, some fans couldn’t help but think that Ruth Wilson and Joshua Jackson’s sudden exits from the series after season 4 were the main driving force behind the show’s cancellation.

Almost Family (Fox)

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Fox canceled the drama one week after wrapping its 13-episode freshman run in February 2020. The network didn’t give an explanation for the show’s cancellation, but it was among the lowest-rated shows on the Big Four networks during the 2019-20 TV season.

Ambitions (OWN)

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The soapy family drama was canceled by OWN in January 2020 after one season. The reason behind the cancellation was unclear, but it didn’t look like it had something to do with ratings. Ambitions averaged a 0.15 demo rating in the 18-49 demographic with 720,000 viewers, outranking its fellow OWN freshman series David Makes Man, which only averaged a 0.09 rating with 412,000 viewers. For some reason, David Makes Man was renewed for a second season, while Ambitions was canceled.

Anne with an E (Netflix)

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Netflix and CBC canceled the drama in November 2019 after three seasons. Though younger viewers love the show, Sally Catto, general manager of programming for CBC English Television, said that one of the main factors that led to the cancellation of Anne with an E was the fact that it didn’t register enough of an audience boost in the 25-54 age range. “They unfortunately didn’t lift enough,” Catto explained. “They just weren’t reaching our specific target.”

The fate of the show, however, was foreshadowed in October when CBC President Catherine Tait said that the Canadian broadcaster would no longer create new shows with Netflix because streaming services, in general, are not required to put a portion of their gross revenue into the Canada Media Fund to support creators. “We’re not going to do deals that hurt the long-term viability of our domestic industry,” Tait said at the time. “A number of countries have done deals, as we did, with Netflix … and over time we start to see that we’re feeding the growth of Netflix, or we’re feeding the growth of Amazon, rather than feeding our own domestic business and industry.”

Arrow (The CW)

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The superhero drama officially ended its eight-season run in January 2020. And though the show basically birthed The CW’s entire Arrowverse, the network canceled the series after the show’s lead actor Stephen Amell decided that it’s time for him to move on.

“Towards the end of season 6, I approached series executive producer Greg Berlanti … and said that I thought both personally and professionally that, at the end of my commitment this coming season (season 8), it would be the best for me to move on,” Amell said in an emotional Facebook live video in March 2019. “I’ve always been a fan of television shows that, not only don’t overstay their welcome but end in a manner that really packs a punch.”

Ballers (HBO)

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HBO canceled the comedy-drama series starring Dwayne Johnson after five seasons. While the network didn’t provide any reason for the cancellation, the Stephen Levinson-created series saw a significant drop in ratings after its third season. Ballers was an instant hit for HBO when it started, but with the second season of its stablemate Barry following hot on the heels of the final season of Games of Thrones, Ballers was soon eclipsed. For instance, Ballers’ series finale in October 2019 only managed to pull in 500,000 viewers while Barry’s Season 2 finale drew a whopping 2.21 million viewers.

Bastards (Apple TV+)

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Picked up straight to series in 2018, Bastards was set to star Richard Gere as one of two elderly Vietnam veterans and best friends who find their monotonous lives upended when a woman they both loved 50 years ago is killed by a car. Apple TV+ scrapped the eight-episode project in September 2019 over creative differences with executive producer Howard Gordon.

Blindspot (NBC)

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The fifth and final season of the crime drama ended its 11-episode run in July 2020. NBC seemingly decided to wrap the series after its viewership continued to fall. Blindspot was a big breakout hit when it launched in fall 2015 behind The Voice on Monday. However, the series’ ratings took a hit once it was moved to Wednesdays for its sophomore run and further declined when it was relocated to Fridays for seasons 3 and 4.

BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

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The adult animated series was canceled by Netflix after six seasons. The second half of its 16-episode final season arrived on the streaming service in January 2020. Series creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg admitted that he was surprised when Netflix decided to cancel the show, saying that he actually thought BoJack Horseman would “go a couple more years.” While it’s unclear why exactly Netflix decided to pull the plug on the series, one thing is for sure, the cancellation was entirely the streamer’s decision.

Born This Way (A&E)

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The Emmy-winning reality series, which follows a group of young men and women with Down syndrome, ran for four seasons. But following its fourth season, Born This Way got a six-part short-form digital series titled Born This Way: Moving Forward, and a one-hour linear series holiday special, A Very Born This Way Christmas. Both projects, which were released in December 2019, served as the finale of the show. A&E didn’t offer an explanation for the show’s cancellation.

Brockmire (IFC)

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The comedy series starring Hank Azaria concluded with its fourth season in May 2020. In a statement released in December 2019, IFC executive director Blake Callaway said that Brockmire was conceived as a four-season story from the very beginning and they’re so proud to see it written and produced to its creative conclusion.

Claws (TNT)

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Expected to air sometime in late 2021, the crime dramedy’s upcoming fourth season is going to be its last. Though the Niecy Nash-led series is one of TNT’s highest-rated shows, Claws saw a drop in ratings after its second season, which was probably one of the reasons for its cancellation. Its creator Eliot Lawrence is also working on Freeform’s Motherland: Fort Salem, so it’s possible that he decided to end Claws so he could focus on his new show.

Corporate (Comedy Central)

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The satirical comedy ended its three-season run in August 2020. Though critically acclaimed, Corporate’s low ratings seem to be the main reason for its cancellation. Season 2 of the Comedy Central series only averaged a 0.13 rating in the 18-49 demo with 233,000 viewers.

Criminal Minds (CBS)

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The police procedural crime drama officially ended its 15-season run in February 2020. CBS didn’t offer an explanation for the show’s cancellation, but it’s worthy to note that Criminal Minds was no longer the ratings juggernaut it once was before it was canceled. Season 14 of the series only averaged a 0.76 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.67 million viewers — that’s down by 24% and 18%, respectively, compared to Season 13.

Dark (Netflix)

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The sci-fi thriller’s third and final season dropped on Netflix in June 2020. Back in May 2019, series co-creator Baran bo Odar revealed on Instagram that they “always had three seasons in mind” when they developed Dark and they’re “happy” that they get to tell the story in its entirety. The final season has no release date yet.

Daybreak (Netflix)

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The high school zombie series was canceled by Netflix in December 2019 after just one season. Though Netflix didn’t provide an explanation for the cancellation, the Colin Ford-led show didn’t seem to attract enough viewers for the streaming service to order a second season.

Dear White People (Netflix)

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The upcoming fourth season of the satirical dramedy will be its last. Since Netflix rarely release viewership details for most of its shows, it’s unclear whether or not Dear White People‘s cancellation was due to poor viewership. But one thing’s for sure, series creator Justin Simien is “grateful” that his “little indie-that-could has made it to four seasons at Netflix.” The show’s final season will arrive on Netflix on September 22nd, 2021.

The Durrells in Corfu (PBS)

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Based on Gerald Durrell’s three autobiographical books about his family’s four years on the Greek Island of Corfu, the comedy-drama series ended its four-season run on PBS in May 2019. As for why the show was canceled, executive producer Sally Woodward Gentle said that the family’s “adventures on the island have reached a natural conclusion.”

EastSiders (Netflix)

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Netflix dropped the fourth and final season of the dark comedy in December 2019. The reason for the cancellation is unclear, but since a huge chunk of the production costs of the show was shouldered by fans through Kickstarter campaigns, creator Kit Williamson probably decided that it’s about time to wrap up the series.

The End of the F***ing World (Netflix)

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Though Netflix didn’t release an official cancellation announcement for the dark comedy-drama series after its second season showrunner Charlie Covell said in a Q&A in November 2019 that the show isn’t getting a third season. “I don’t think you’re going to get another series,” Covell said at the time. “I think sometimes it’s good to just stop things and I hope when you see the end you’ll agree. I think you can push things but this feels like an actual end. Sorry.”

Empire (Fox)

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The musical drama concluded its six-season run in April 2020. Fox didn’t give an explanation for the cancellation, but the network officially pulled the plug on the series in April 2019.

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)

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The sitcom ended its six-season run with a two-part series finale in February 2020. ABC entertainment president Karey Burke said “Constance actually was incredible this season on the show, and we were thrilled to have her there,” Burke said in January 2020. “[Ending the series] really was a joint decision between us and [20th Century Fox] and the creators. [We all felt] that, given the life of these characters, it was time to move on. Eddie’s (Hudson Young) graduating from high school and moving out of the house. It just felt like it’s coming to its natural story conclusion.”

Fuller House (Netflix)

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Netflix canceled the sitcom after five seasons. The first half of the final season premiered on the streaming service in December 2019, while the second half arrived on the streamer in June 2020. Netflix didn’t give a reason for the cancellation but viewership data from analytics company Jumpshot revealed that the show’s viewership fell by 52% from season 1 to season 2 in their first month of release. There’s also a 10% drop in viewership between seasons 3 and 4.

Future Man (Hulu)

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The third and final season of the sci-fi series was released in April 2020. Though the reason for the cancellation is not clear, the decision to end the comedy starring Josh Hutcherson and Eliza Coupe arrived just days after executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg moved their overall deal from Sony TV to Lionsgate.

Glitch (Netflix)

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The paranormal drama ended its three-season run in September 2019. While it’s not clear why the show got canceled, showrunner Lauren Fox said in a press release that they were “thrilled to finish the story exactly the way” they always wanted to.

GLOW (Netflix)

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In September 2019, the series was renewed for a fourth and final season. However, in October 2020, that decision was reversed by Netflix, and the final season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing a production shutdown.

Goliath (Amazon Prime Video)

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The legal drama starring Billy Bob Thornton in the lead role is ending with its upcoming fourth season, which is set to premiere on September 24th, 2021 on Amazon Prime Video. The streaming service didn’t release a reason for the cancellation, but showrunner Lawrence Trilling said in a statement that he’s “so grateful to everyone at Amazon for their support of the show” and is “thrilled” to continue Billy McBride’s story for one last season.

The Good Place (NBC)

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The afterlife comedy series wrapped up its four-season run in January 2020. During a panel discussion at the Television Academy in North Hollywood in June 2019, series creator Michael Schur shared why he decided to end the show after four seasons. “After The Good Place was picked up for Season 2, the writing staff and I began to map out, as best we could, the trajectory of the show,” he said. “Given the ideas we wanted to explore, and the pace at which we wanted to present those ideas, I began to feel like four seasons – just over 50 episodes – was the right lifespan.”

Schur admitted that he was tempted to go beyond four seasons, but ultimately decided against it. “At the end of the day, we don’t want to tread water just because the water is so warm and pleasant,” he stated.

Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)

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The police procedural action drama ended its 10-season run in April 2020. Though CBS did not release an official reason for ending Hawaii Five-0, the contracts for the series’ two major stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, wereup at the end of the tenth season.

Henry Danger (Nickelodeon)

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Henry Danger wrapped its five-season run in March 2020. The show’s cancellation was likely due to the agreement between series creator Dan Schneider and Nickelodeon to end their working relationship back in 2018.

“Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our long-time creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal,” reads the statement from the network. “Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects.”

High Noon (ESPN)

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The daytime sports talk show, which premiered in 2018, ended in March 2020. According to a tweet by John Ourand from the Sports Business Journal, ESPN canceled High Noon due to low ratings.

Homeland (Showtime)

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The twelfth and final season of Homeland concluded its 12-episode in April 2020. Showtime president David Nevins announced the show’s cancellation back in 2018 at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, noting that the decision to end the show was made by lead star Claire Danes and executive producer Alex Gansa. “Alex and Claire both started talking about it towards the end of last season,” Nevins explained. “I asked, ‘Are you sure? Let’s think about it.’ But when they were resolved, it seemed like it was the right time. The two of them finally made the decision.”

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (Investigation Discovery)

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The crime documentary series presented by Joe Kenda ended its nine-season run in January 2020.  In a statement, Kenda said that the show ended because the remaining stories left in his case files would no longer make good TV. “It’s a question of not having enough cases to support season 10,” said Kenda. “The cases that remain are either too simple or too gruesome or involve dead children or babies and I won’t do those and ID won’t do them either so it’s time to call it an end.”

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

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The legal thriller starring Viola Davis ended with its six-season run in May 2020. In a statement released in July 2019, series creator Pete Nowalk revealed that it was his decision to wrap up the series. “Deciding to end this series was a brutal decision, but ultimately the story tells you what to do – as it did here,” he said. “For me, Annalise Keating’s (Davis) journey has always had a clear ending. Knowing I have 15 episodes left to finish her story, and the chance to give all the characters their own killer endings, is a gift rarely given to a series creator and I’m grateful to ABC and ABC Studios for the opportunity and creative freedom.”

If Loving You Is Wrong (OWN)

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The Tyler Perry-created soap opera ended its five-season run in June 2020. OWN didn’t offer an explanation for the cancellation, but the series saw a significant drop in ratings between season 3 and season 4. Season 4 of the series averaged a 0.20 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.12 million viewers — that’s down by 49% and 32%, respectively, compared to season 3.

Insatiable (Netflix)

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Insatiable was canceled by Netflix in February 2020 after two seasons. Cast member Alyssa Milano confirmed the show’s cancellation on Twitter, and while the streaming service didn’t provide any explanation on why it didn’t renew the series for a third season, it’s likely that the show’s viewing figures weren’t high for Netflix to order another run. Allegations that Insatiable was promoting fat-shaming might have also affected Netflix’s decision to end the series.

Created by Lauren Gussis, the dark comedy series follows former overweight teen-turned-aspiring beauty queen Patty Bladell (Debby Ryan) as she seeks revenge on her bullies.

Liar (Sundance)

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The second and final season of the British thriller concluded in April 2020. Though SundanceTV and its U.K. production partner ITV didn’t offer an explanation for the cancellation, Liar feels like a miniseries right from the start, so it’s something that many viewers didn’t expect to run for a long time.

Limetown (Facebook Watch)

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Starring Jessica Biel and Stanley Tucci and based on the podcast of the same name, Limetown was canceled by Facebook Watch in January 2020 after one season. The move to drop the drama from its programming slate appeared to be part of Facebook Watch’s wider plan to trim its scripted series lineup and focus on its unscripted fare where it’s had more success and better traction with Facebook users.

Looking for Alaska (Hulu)

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Based on the John Green novel of the same name, the teen drama was designed to run just eight episodes. Starring Charlie Plummer, Kristine Froseth, Denny Love, and Jay Lee, among many others, the Josh Schwartz-created series arrived on Hulu in October 2019.

Lucifer (Netflix)

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Lucifer’s sixth and final season dropped on Netflix in September 2021. Netflix renewed the Tom Ellis-led series for season 6 in June 2020, a year after the streaming giant originally announced that the show would end with season 5. While Netflix’s decision to reverse the show’s cancellation came as a delightful surprise for fans, the streamer made it very clear that season 6 will be the show’s ultimate swan song.            

Madam Secretary (CBS)

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The political thriller starring Téa Leoni officially ended its six-season run in December 2019. While it remains unclear why CBS canceled the Barbara Hall-created series, the show suffered from declining viewership numbers prior to its cancellation. According to TV Line, Madam Secretary wrapped season 5 with a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.8 million total viewers. Though it managed to keep its demo from season 4, the number of viewers that tuned in for season 5 was the show’s second-smallest audience ever.

The Magicians (Syfy)

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Midway through its fifth season, it was revealed the fantasy drama current season would be its last. While Syfy didn’t give an explanation for the cancellation, executive producer John McNamara and revealed that Syfy ultimately pulled the plug on the series due to financials. The show’s final episode aired in April 2020.

“It played out kind of the way it’s played out almost every season. With the exception of season 4 into season 5, we never knew whether or not we’re going to get picked up,” McNamara said. “It was always a discussion — never really about the creative — about the financials and you always know, with any show, that there’s this kind of fine line between what it brings in and what it costs. [The show] not going to necessarily expand in terms of revenue, it’s not necessarily going to contract in terms of revenue, but it is going to cost more.”

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Prime Video)

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The alt-history series ended its four-season run in November 2019. Amazon didn’t offer an explanation for the show’s cancellation, and the announcement seemed to have shocked the series cast and crew. According to Deadline, people involved with the show were only notified of the cancellation a few days after they started to set up in their Vancouver and Los Angeles offices for the fourth season.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC)

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The decision to end Agents of SHIELD with season 7 was made by the show’s executive producers and not by the network. In an interview with Deadline in July, executive producer Jeph Loeb said that they decided to wrap the series with season 7 so they could end it on their own terms.

“In the chronology of this is we thought season 5 was the end. If you go back and you look at the end of that season, it is written that way. Actually, the last episode of that season is called The End,” said Loeb. “Honestly, we thought we were turning out the lights and going home when we got a call from ABC that said, ‘The material is so strong, do you think you have another season, do you think you have another 13 [episodes] because we sort of like this idea of doing it again?’”

That another 13 episodes became season 6, which was then followed by the 13-episode season 7. But before committing to a seventh season, the show’s executive producers sat down for a meeting and collectively decided that it would be the final season. “We all came to the conclusion that getting another season is so flattering, so lovely, so amazing, but how about if we go back and say, yes, but this is it,” shared Loeb.

Agents of SHIELD series finale aired in August 2020.

Marvel’s Ghost Rider (Hulu)

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In September 2019, Hulu announced that it has decided not to proceed with the live-action series from Marvel Television. Ghost Rider, which was supposed to star Gabriel Luna as the titular role, was one of the two live-action series that Hulu picked up last May to premiere in 2020. Ghost Rider was reportedly stalled by creative issues that resulted in the streamer’s ultimate decision to scrap the project altogether.

Marvel’s Howard the Duck (Hulu)

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In January 2020, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Deadline that Marvel’s Howard the Duck is no longer moving forward at Hulu. The decision to scrap Howard the Duck is believed to be made by Marvel, as Kevin Feige and his team are evaluating the existing Marvel TV slate. Howard the Duck originated from Marvel Television, the now defunct television division run by Jeph Loeb.

Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu)

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The superhero teen drama wrapped up its three-season run in December 2019. While a source close to the Hulu series told Variety that the third season served as a “natural ending” to the show, some fans believed that the cancellation of the series had something to do with the recent restructuring at Marvel brought about by Kevin Feige’s promotion to chief creative officer and the exit of Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb.

Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show (Hulu)

Tigra and Dazzler

The series, which was supposed to follow a super-powered tiger-woman and a mutant who can convert sound vibrations into energy beams, was scrapped by Hulu in January 2020 after losing its showrunner Erica Rivinoja and its writing staff due to creative differences.

The Mel Robbins Show (syndicated)

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Sony Pictures TV canceled the daytime talk show after one season. Featuring motivational speaker and author Mel Robbins offering advice and life strategies to viewers and guests, the one-hour talker premiered in September 2019 to weak overall ratings.

Modern Family (ABC)

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The mockumentary family sitcom ended its eleventh and final season in April 2020. Though ABC didn’t offer an explanation for the show’s cancellation, it’s possible that the network decided to finally pull the plug on the series due to its dwindling ratings. Season 10 averaged a 1.26 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.83 million viewers. Compared to season 9, that’s down by 20% in the demo and down by 15% in viewership.

Mr. Robot (USA Network)

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The hacker drama starring Rami Malek concluded its four-season run in December 2019.  In a statement released in August 2018, series creator Sam Esmail revealed that it’s him who decided to end the series after season 4. “Since Day 1, I’ve been building toward one conclusion — and in breaking the next season of Mr. Robot, I have decided that conclusion is finally here,” he said at the time.

Mrs. Fletcher (HBO)

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The comedy series starring Kathryn Hahn in the title role ended its seven-episode first season in December 2019. HBO didn’t renew the series for a second season because it was designed as a miniseries.

Muppets Live Another Day (Disney+)

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The series was supposed “to pick up right where 1984’s The Muppets Take Manhattan left off and focus on Kermit as he must bring the Muppets back together (after being disbanded) to help locate the missing Rowlf.” In September 2019, it was scrapped due to creative differences between the show’s producers and the Disney-owned Muppet Studio.

Poldark (PBS)

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The historical drama starring Aidan Turner in the title role ended its five-season run in August 2019. Executive producer said that season 5 will be the last installment in the Poldark chronicle “for now,” suggesting that it might come back years later. Turner echoed the same sentiment in an interview with Digital Spy, saying that that he may reprise his role in 10 years or so since there’s a big time jump in the novels, in which the series is based. “The jump is huge. But I’m not putting grey in my hair [for the next series] or anything like that. I’ll come back in 10 years and revisit it the right way,” said the actor.

Power (Starz)

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Starz canceled the crime drama after six seasons. The network didn’t offer a reason for the cancellation, but the Courtney A. Kemp-created series had seen a significant drop in ratings since its season 4. Power aired its series finale in February 2020.

Preacher (AMC)

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The supernatural drama wrapped up its four-season run in September 2019. The decision to end the Dominic Cooper-led series came a few days after executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg moved their Sony TV-based Point Grey Pictures to Lionsgate with a massive film and TV overall deal.

The Ranch (Netflix)

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The Ashton Kutcher-led sitcom ended its four-season run in January 2020. When Netflix announced the final season of the series, Deadline reported that it had always been the plan to finish the show with season 4 ever since it first began in 2016. Kutcher also told TV Insider that “Netflix owns the show, so it’s not like there was this big syndication boon that’s going to come if we shoot two more seasons.”

Ray Donovan (Showtime)

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Ray Donovan was canceled in February 2020 by Showtime without any advance warning, leaving fans and showrunner David Hollander in shock. In an interview with Vulture, Hollander said they “had no indicator that the show was ending.” While the network didn’t offer any explanation on why it pulled the plug on the series, Hollander said that the “easiest external” factor that possibly led to the show’s cancellation was the merger of CBS and Viacom. Series star Liev Schreiber, however, revealed on Instagram in August that a Ray Donovan movie, which will serve as the series finale, was being written.

Created by Ann Biderman, Ray Donovan stars Schreiber as the titular character, a crime cleaner or fixer who arranges bribes, payoffs, threats and other illegal activities, to ensure the outcome desired by his clients. Ray Donovan aired its finale in January 2020.

Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

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The sitcom about the formerly wealthy Rose family ended its six-season run in April 2020. In a statement released in March 2019, co-creators Daniel and Eugene Levy revealed that it was their decision to wrap up the show with season 6. “We are very excited to announce that Schitt’s Creek is coming back for a sixth season on CBC and Pop in 2020!” the father and son said at the time. “We also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that we’ve decided season 6 will be our last.”

Silicon Valley (HBO)

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The tech comedy series ended its six-season run in December 2019. The decision to end the series was made by showrunners Mike Judge and Alec Berg. “We just sat down this season and started writing and just felt it out and just decided we had a really good way to go out this season. So that was that,” Judge said in an interview with Slash Film of how they came to the decision to end the series with season 6.

Also, part of Judge and Berg’s reason for ending the series was the fact that more tech companies have now become very serious. “It made it a lot harder to just be fun and loose and goofy and just make jokes because there was a real weight and import to what was going on,” Judge told The Hollywood Reporter. “You get to this place where people are making very sustainable arguments that Facebook and Twitter and these other companies have torn the fabric of society irreparably … and it ceases to just become a goofy, fun little show.”

Sorry For Your Loss (Facebook Watch)

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In January 2020, Facebook Watch canceled the drama series starring Elizabeth Olsen after two seasons. Though it was reported that the series was being shopped around to other platforms, there hadn’t been any update about its fate since then. The move to cancel the drama appeared to be part of Facebook Watch’s wider plan to trim its scripted series lineup and focus on its unscripted fare where it’s had more success and better traction with Facebook users.

Soundtrack (Netflix)

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The musical drama was canceled by Netflix in January 2020 after one season. Though series creator Joshua Safran had multiple seasons in mind for the series, the show’s 10-episode freshman run tells a closed-ended story. “There’s definitely more. When you get to the end [you’ll see],” Safran told The Hollywood Reporter prior to the show’s cancellation. “I did close it (season 1) though because it is a big swing and it’s weird and I didn’t want to leave an audience in the lurch.”

Starring Paul James, Callie Hernandez, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jenna Dewan, Jahmil French, Megan Ferguson, Isaiah Givens, Madeleine Stowe, and Campbell Scott, Soundtrack tells “the love stories connecting a diverse, disparate group of people in contemporary Los Angeles through the music that lives inside their hearts and minds.”

The Spanish Princess (Starz)

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Like its predecessors The White Queen and The White Princess, The Spanish Princess was also designed as a miniseries. Though Starz didn’t renew the historical drama for a second season, it did order an additional eight episodes to tell Catherine of Aragon’s story in its entirety.

Spinning Out (Netflix)

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Figure skating drama Spinning Out was canceled by Netflix in February 2020, just over a month after its January 1st premiere. Created by Samantha Stratton, the 10-episode series stars Kaya Scodelario as Kat Baker, a young ice skater who suffers a serious injury and is given the opportunity to restart her career as a pair skater, all while hiding her family’s history of mental illness. The show follows the Baker family, along with Kat’s partner Justin Davis (Evan Roderick) and his family. Though Spinning Out received mostly positive reviews from critics, it’s apparently not enough for Netflix to order another season of the show.

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

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The Emmy-nominated animated series ended its run with the limited series Steven Universe Future, which ran on Cartoon Network from December 2019 to March 2020. Though Cartoon Network didn’t release a reason for the show’s cancellation, it seems that the story of the series has come to its natural conclusion.

Strike Back (Cinemax)

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The action-adventure series ended its seventh and final season on Cinemax in April 2020. This, however, is actually the show’s eighth season overall. When Cinemax picked up the UK series in 2011, they opted to skip the first season of six episodes. They later aired those episodes in 2013 and were billed as a prequel series called Strike Back: Origins. There’s no clear reason why Cinemax opted not to renew the show for another season.

Suits (USA Network)

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The legal drama ended its nine-season run in September 2019. Though USA Network didn’t give a reason for the show’s cancellation, ratings for the Aaron Korsh-created series had fallen significantly since main cast members Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle left the show after season 7.

Sunnyside (NBC)

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The sitcom was the first cancellation of the 2019-20 TV season. Due to low ratings, the series was pulled from NBC’s schedule after airing four episodes. The show’s remaining episodes were then released online on the NBC app, NBC.com, and other video-on-demand platforms.

Supernatural (The CW)

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The dark fantasy series starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles ended its fifteen-season run in November 2020. At a fan convention for the show in Las Vegas in April 2019, Padalecki said that wrapping up the series with season 15 was “a community decision.” “The network and the studio did not say like, ‘Hey, guys, get outta here! You’re done,’” Padalecki explained.

Ackles added that they decided to end the series with season 15 because “nobody wanted to see this show fizzle out.” “I think that it was everyone wanting to do the biggest service to the show that we could by going out strong,” he said.

Tin Star (Amazon)

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The crime drama starring Tim Roth in the lead role ended its three-season in December 2020. While there’s no explanation given behind the show’s cancellation, season 3 provided a fitting end to the series as it saw the Worth family back to their home soil, Liverpool.

Trinkets (Netflix)

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Based on the novel of the same name by Kirsten Smith, Trinkets wrapped its two-season run in August 2020. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the decision to announce a final run was made because the sophomore run was being written to provide a natural conclusion to the story, and Netflix wanted to let fans know upfront that there would not be a third season.

Unrelated (Freeform)

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Though it was fully cast and was heading into production, this straight-to-order series was canceled by Freeform. Its script, however, will be redeveloped. The cable channel ultimately dropped the series after co-creator Kenya Barris stepped down as writer on the ABC Signature-produced project. Barris left the studio for a lucrative overall deal with Netflix.

Van Helsing (Syfy)

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The dark fantasy horror drama starring Kelly Overton in the title role concluded its five-season run in June 2021. While Syfy didn’t exlain its decision to cancel the show, Van Helsing’s viewing figures have started to fall since season 1. Season 4 of the Neil LaBute-created series averaged a 0.08 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 296,000 viewers. Compared to season 3, that’s down by 8% in the demo and down by 22% in viewership.

Vikings (History)

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The historical drama concluded its six-season run in December 2020. In an interview with Variety, creator Michael Hirst revealed that it was his decision to end the series. “I always knew where I wanted the show to go and more or less where it would end if I was given the opportunity,” he explained. “What I was trying to do was write the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons. After six seasons and 89 episodes, that’s what I felt — finally — I’d done. We stopped shooting the final episode in November 2018 last year and I felt that I’d said all I needed to say about Ragnar and his sons.”

Will & Grace (NBC)

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After running for eight seasons from 1998 to 2005, the sitcom was revived for season 9 and was later renewed for season 10 and season 11. In July, it was announced that the series would end with Season 11. In a joint statement, Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and James Burrows explained how they came to a decision to end the show with its current season. “We think of the Will & Grace’ reboot episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis – 51 is not enough, 53 is too many. That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of Will & Grace,” said the trio. The series finale aired in April 2020.

You Me Her (AT&T)

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The romantic dramedy wrapped its five-season run in June 2020. Though AT&T didn’t explain why it canceled the series, it looks like the polyamorous show has already come to its natural conclusion.

The Baker and the Beauty (ABC)

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Based on the Israeli romantic-comedy series of the same name, The Baker and the Beauty was canceled by ABC in June 2020 after just one season. Though the original show ranked as one of the highest-rated scripted series ever in Israel, the U.S. adaptation had a tough time connecting with viewers, ranking as one of the ABC’s lowest-rated series.

Starring Victor Rasuk and Nathalie Kelley in the title roles, the show’s nine-episode freshman season centers on Daniel Garcia (Rasuk), who is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But on a wild Miami night, he meets Noa Hamilton (Kelley), an international superstar and fashion mogul, and his life moves into the spotlight.

Single Parents (ABC)

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ABC canceled Single Parents a week after its season 2 finale was aired in May 2020. As is the case with most network TV cancellations, falling ratings may have been the reason behind the sitcom’s axing. According to TVLine, season 2 of Single Parents averaged a 0.6 demo rating and 2.6 million total viewers (in Live+Same Day numbers), down 32% and 24%, respectively, from its freshman run.

Starring Taran Killam, Leighton Meester, Kimrie Lewis, Brad Garrett, Jake Choi, Marlow Barkley, Tyler Wladis, Devin Trey Campbell, Mia Allan, and Ella Allan, the sitcom follows a group of adults who must venture through single parenthood with their young kids.

Bless This Mess (ABC)

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Despite its distinct story and charismatic cast, Bless This Mess was canceled by ABC in May 2020 after two seasons. The sitcom’s cancellation came as a surprise to many, as the show’s sophomore run delivered respectable ratings behind ABC’s flagship comedy series The Conners. According to TVLine, season 2 of Bless This Mess averaged a 0.67 demo rating and 3.6 million total viewers, which were right on par with its freshman run.

Created by Lake Bell and Elizabeth Meriwether, Bless This Mess follows young couple Mike (Dax Shepard) and Rio (Bell) who leave their home in New York and move to a farm in Bucksnort, Nebraska. Though the pair find the farm in bad shape, they decided to stay and restore it as they find themselves adapting to the strange town with a tightly knit community.

Emergence (ABC)

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The central mystery in the drama-thriller Emergence will remain unsolved forever, as ABC opted not to renew the series for a second season. Despite having an enthusiastic fan base, Emergence lost half of its audience over the course of its 13-episode freshman run and ended up being one of the network’s worst-performing shows.

Emergence stars Allison Tolman as Southold’s chief of police, Jo Evans, who takes in a young child named Piper (Alexa Swinton), whom she finds near the site of a mysterious plane crash. Piper has no memory of what has happened or who she is, and the mystery surrounding her becomes more puzzling as the chief starts investigating the history that led up to the accident.

Schooled (ABC)

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Schooled is not coming back for a third season, as ABC canceled the comedy series in May 2020 just a week after airing the show’s season 2 finale. According to TV Series Finale, season 2 of the show averaged a 0.69 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 3.15 million viewers, down by 29% and 20%, respectively, from its first season. Aside from the drop in ratings, Deadline reported that the series’ rocky run with a slew of showrunner changes likely factored into the network’s decision to cancel the series.

A spinoff of The Goldbergs, Schooled went through three showrunner regimes over the course of two seasons. Marc Firek, who co-created the series with Adam F. Goldberg, served as the showrunner in year one. He was replaced by Tim Doyle at the start of season 2, but Doyle left over creative differences after 13 episodes. Tom Hertz and Vanessa McCarthym co-ran the show for its last nine episodes.

Schooled stars AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis who takes a job as a music teacher at her alma mater in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania after her dreams of rock ‘n roll stardom in the West Coast fizzled out.

United We Fall (ABC)

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Almost a month after its short summer run ended in August 2020, sitcom United We Fall was canceled by ABC. Its cancellation, however, was not surprising, as the Julius Sharpe-created series was a leftover from the 2019-20 season. Though the show performed respectably, ratings-wise, over its eight-episode run, its critical response was generally negative, only earning 40% and 33% scores among critics and viewers, respectively, on Rotten Tomatoes.

United We Fall stars Will Sasso and Christina Vidal Mitchell as a couple with young children whose household is turned upside down when his mother (Jane Curtin) moves in with them.

Stumptown (ABC)

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ABC renewed the crime drama Stumptown for a second season in May 2020. However, four months later, the network reversed its decision and canceled the series, as production delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic meant the series would not be ready until April 2021, which is the end of the traditional broadcast season. Also, the show was reportedly costly to produce and having to follow every single COVID-19 precaution would lead to huge budget increases. But the show may not be totally over, as its producer ABC Signature s reportedly trying to sell the series to another network or streaming site.

Based on the comic book series of the same name, Stumptown tells the story of Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders) a military veteran, who struggles with PTSD and has a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother with Down syndrome to care for. Unable to hold down a steady job, she becomes a private investigator to solve problems where the police cannot get involved.

The Venture Bros. (Adult Swim)

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After its seventh-season run ended in October 2018, adult animated series The Venture Bros was announced to be renewed for an eighth and final season. However, in  September 2020, series creator Jackson Publick revealed on Twitter that the show was canceled while they were working on the scripts for the supposed season 8. Interestingly, following Publick’s announcement, Adult Swim indicated that the characters might return in some way, tweeting: “We also want more Venture Bros. and have been working with Jackson and Doc to find another way to continue the Venture Bros. story.”

Featuring the voices of Christopher McCulloch, Michael Sinterniklaas, James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Doc Hammer, Steven Rattazzi, and Dana Snyder, The Venture Bros revolves around the titular siblings, Hank and Dean, as well as their loving but evil super-scientist father Dr. Thaddeus ‘Rusty’ Venture (Difficult People’s ), and their bodyguard (and secret agent) Brock Samson as they went on wild adventures, and faced off against their (self-appointed) archnemesis, The Monarch.

Bosch (Amazon Prime Video)

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Bosch’s seventh and final season wrapped in June 2021. In a statement announcing the series’ seventh season renewal, Michael Connelly implied that the decision to end the series with season 7 was made by the show’s creative team. “I’m proud of what we have accomplished with Bosch and look forward to completing the story in season 7. It’s bittersweet, but all good things come to an end, and I am happy that we will be able to go out the way we want to,” said Connelly.

Drawing from Connelly’s novels The Concrete Blonde and The Burning Room, Bosch season 7 will have Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) and Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector) pursuing two separate but perilous murder investigations that will take them to the highest levels of white-collar crime and the deadly depths of the street-level drug trade.

NOS4A2 (AMC)

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NOS4A2 creator Jami O’Brien revealed took to Twitter in August 2020 to reveal that AMC had canceled the supernatural horror drama just days after its season 2 finale was aired earlier that month. O’Brien didn’t offer any explanation about the cancellation, but the show’s sophomore run saw a significant drop in ratings. Season 2 of NOS4A2 averaged a 0.10 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 378,000 viewers, that’s down by 52% in the demo and down by 52% in viewership, compared to its freshman run.

Based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Joe Hill, NOS4A2 follows Victoria “Vic” McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings), a young working-class artist who discovers that she has a supernatural ability to track the seemingly immortal Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto), who feeds off the souls of children.

The Walking Dead (AMC)

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AMC renewed The Walking Dead for an eleventh season back in October 2019. But in September 2020, the network announced that the show’s season 11 is going to be its last.

While The Walking Dead is nearing its conclusion, the journey of some of the characters from the series will continue in a number of offshoots. For instance, AMC has already given a series order to a new The Walking Dead spinoff that will center on Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride’s fan-favorite characters Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier. AMC is also developing a The Walking Dead anthology series, titled Tales of The Walking Dead. Each episode of the series will follow different characters ― both new and old ― while exploring pockets of The Walking Dead universe that have been left undiscovered.

The super-sized, 24-episode season 11 of The Walking Dead premiered in August 2021.

Better Call Saul (AMC)

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AMC renewed Better Call Saul for a sixth and final season in January 2020. While it’s not clear how the decision to end the crime drama with its season 6 was made, showrunner and executive producer Peter Gould said at the time of the renewal that they’re going to do their “damnedest to stick the landing.”

Both a spin-off and a prequel of Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul follows the transformation of former con artist James “Jimmy” McGill (Bob Odenkirk) into the personality of the flamboyant criminal lawyer Saul Goodman over the six-year period prior to the events of the mothership series.

The 13-episode season 6 of Better Call Saul is scheduled to air in early 2022.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond (AMC)

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The second and final season of The Walking Dead: World Beyond is set to premiere this October. The decision to end the series after two seasons was announced by AMC in January 2020. Network executive Sarah Barnett revealed at that time that the move to make The Walking Dead: World Beyond a two-season limited series is part of AMC’s experiment to adjust to the changing media landscape in terms of how people want to watch and consume TV.

“What we’re doing next is experimenting,” Barnett said. “World Beyond, focuses on the generation of survivors who have grown up post-apocalypse. Led by two young female leads, it is a perfect advancing of the universe in ways that are multi-generational, fresh and unexpected. It is not imitating The Walking Dead either in substance or form – World Beyond is a two-season closed-ended series that will tell a very specific and distinct story. Scott Gimple, the chief content officer of this universe, and his team are planning other experiments in this space, including specials, digital short-form series and other innovations in form.”

God Friended Me (CBS)

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God Friended Me was in the middle of its season 2 production when CBS revealed that it’s not renewing the series for a third season. Though they had very limited time, members of show’s creative team managed to rework season 2’s last episode and turned it into a proper series finale. The network didn’t offer any explanation about the show’s cancellation, but the series’ sophomore run saw a considerable drop in ratings. God Friended Me season 2 averaged a 0.64 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.19 million viewers, down by 25% in the demo and down by 20% in viewership compared its first season. Also, out of all CBS’ scripted programs at that time, God Friended Me had the smallest gain in viewers from DVR playback.

Created by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, God Friended Me revolves around a thoughtful and outspoken podcaster named Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from a user named “God.”

Carol’s Second Act (CBS)

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Carol’s Second Act didn’t get a second act at CBS, as the network canceled the series in May 2020 after just one season. The cancellation made sense as the sitcom was one of CBS’ lowest-rated TV shows for the 2019-20 season.

Created by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, Carol’s Second Act stars Patricia Heaton as the titular character who embarks on a unique second act of pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor, after raising her children, getting divorced, and retiring from teaching.

Man with a Plan (CBS)

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CBS pulled the plug on the Matt LeBlanc-fronted sitcom Man with a Plan after four seasons. Though season 4 of the comedy series saw a 19% decrease in the 18-49 demographic compared to season 3, its general viewership grew by 17%, making it one of CBS‘ top-rated comedy series for the 2019-20 season. With such ratings, it’s not clear why Man with a Plan was cancelled. It’s believed, however, that the series was expensive to produce, so its high production budget might have played a major factor in the network’s decision to end the series.

In the series, LeBlanc plays Adam Burns, an old-school contractor who is trying to adapt to the demands of modern family life. Adam and his wife, Andi (Liza Snyder), are running a house-flipping business with Adam’s quirky brother Don (Kevin Nealon) and unlikely friend Lowell (Matt Cook), with a surplus of input from Adam’s other family and friends.

Broke (CBS)

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CBS decided not to put more money into Broke, ultimately canceling the sitcom in May 2020 after one season. At the time of the cancellation, Broke was averaging a 0.69 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.55 million viewers, making it one of the network’s lowest-rated comedy series for the 2019-20 season. It also had a middling premiere, with the numbers dropping pretty consistently week after week.

Conceived by Alex Herschlag, Broke follows a single suburban mother named Jackie (Pauley Perrette) who’s struggling to make ends meet while raising her young son, Sammy (Antonio Raul Corbo). Their lives are turned upside down when her estranged sister Elizabeth (Natasha Leggero) and brother-in-law Javier (Jaime Camil) move in after his father cuts them off. Izzy Diaz also stars as Javier’s fiercely loyal assistant, Luis.

Tommy (CBS)

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Tommy’s term as first female police chief for the LAPD has been cut short, as CBS opted not to renew the series for a second season. The cancellation didn’t come as a surprise, as the police procedural crime drama was the network’s lowest-rated scripted series during the 2019-20 season.

Eddie Falco plays the titular character Abigail “Tommy” Thomas. Before becoming the first female police chief for the LAPD, Tommy was an NYPD captain, notorious for accusing her superior of sexual misconduct, making her a feminist hero but also ruining her career.  Tommy, who is divorced and has an adult daughter and grand-daughter living in LA, is a lesbian.

Interrogation (CBS All Access)

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There will be no more Interrogation, as CBS All Access decided not to order a second season of the true-crime drama. The first season, however, has a close-ended story, which is based on a real-life case that spans more than 20 years. It revolves around a young man charged and convicted of killing his own mother. After being sentenced to life in prison, he continued to fight to prove his innocence. Each episode is structured around interrogations informed by real police case files, with Peter Sarsgaard playing the role of David Russell, the lead detective on the case.

CBS All Access does not release traditional viewership data, so it’s not exactly clear why the streaming service canceled Interrogation.

Katy Keene (The CW)

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The CW canceled Katy Keene in July 2020 after one season, making it the network’s only cancellation in the 2019-20 TV season. The musical dramedy was axed after it failed to perform well both on the linear network with delayed viewing and on The CW’s digital platforms. The first season of the series averaged a 0.11 rating in the 18-49 demo and 480,000 viewers. Though other CW shows have had lower numbers, the network, for some reason, opted not to pick up Katy Keene for a second season. Series producer Warner Bros. Television, however, plans to shop the series elsewhere. HBO Max, which streams Katy Keene season 1, is a potential new home for the show.

A spin-off of Riverdale, Katy Keene follows the professional and romantic lives of four aspiring artists: fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and mysterious “It Girl” Pepper Smith (Julia Chan).

Perpetual Grace, LTD (Epix)

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In February 2020, Deadline reported that Perpetual Grace, LTD will not be renewed for a second season but will get a proper ending. Since the 10-episode season 1 of the neo-noir thriller ended on an unresolved note, sources told the news outlet that Epix wanted to give its story some closure in the form of a short limited run. However, shortly after the Deadline story was published, series co-creator Steven Conrad took to Twitter to reveal the supposed limited run will “never going to happen.”

Perpetual Grace, LTD follows young grifter James Schaeler (Jimni Simpson) as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown (Ben Kingsley), who turns out to be far more dangerous than he suspects. In addition to Simpson and Kingsley, the series also stars Luis Guzmán, Damon Herriman, Chris Conrad, and Jacki Weaver as Lillian.

Outmatched (Fox)

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Outmatched failed to outmatch or meet the expectations of Fox, resulting in its cancellation after just one season. Over the course of its 10-episode freshman run, Outmatched only managed an average rating of 0.56 in the 18-49 demo and 2.38 million viewers, making it one of network’s lowest-rated new series for the 2019-20 season.

Created by Lon Zimmet, Outmatched stars Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson as a blue-collar couple in Atlantic City who are trying to get by while raising four kids — three of whom are certified geniuses.

Deputy (Fox)

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Deputy won’t be back for a second season on Fox. Canceled in April 2020, the crime drama is the network’s second-lowest rated drama series of the 2019-20 season. It only averaged a 0.58 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.67 million viewers. It had a so-so start in the ratings when it premiered in January and its viewership numbers slid down over the course of its 13-episode freshman run.

Created by Will Beall, Deputy stars Stephen Dorff as Bill Hollister, a fifth-generation lawman who is thrust into the role of Los Angeles County Sheriff after the elected sheriff dies. The series co-stars with Yara Martinez, Brian Van Holt, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Shane Paul McGhie, and Mark Moses.

Filthy Rich (Fox)

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The soapy drama Filthy Rich is not returning for a second season on Fox after it got the axe from the network in October. Aside from being one of the lowest-rated series on Fox in 2020, the Tate Taylor-created series was reportedly canceled because of the rising production costs due to COVID-19.

Based on the New Zealand series of the same name, Filthy Rich centers on the Monreaux clan, a mega-rich Southern family known for their wildly successful Christian television network. The sudden passing of the family’s patriarch, Eugene (Gerald McRaney), greatly impacts his wife Margaret (Kim Cattrall)            and two adult children. The lives of the whole clan, however, are thrown into turmoil when it’s revealed that Eugene has named three illegitimate kids in his will.

Next (Fox)

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Next was canceled by Fox in October 2020 just after two episodes had aired. Though the remaining episodes will continue to air during the series’ normal timeslot, the show is now considered dead. Out of the network’s 10 ongoing series, the sci-fi crime drama has the lowest viewership numbers, which mainly explains its cancellation. Variety, however, reported that rising production costs due to COVID-19 also played a significant part in the network’s decision to end the series.

Created by Manny Coto, Next centers on the efforts of a homeland cybersecurity team to counter a rogue AI with the ability to constantly improve itself. The series stars John Slattery, Fernanda Andrade, Michael Mosley, Gerardo Celasco, Eve Harlow, and many others.

Party of Five (Freeform)

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The party is over for family drama Party of Five after the Freeform canceled the series in April 2020 after just one season. The cancellation wasn’t surprising, as the series was one of the network’s lowest-rated series for the 2019-20 season.

Based on the 1994 Fox series of the same name, Party of Five follows the five Acosta children — aspiring musician Emilio (Brandon Larracuente), twins Lucia (Emily Tosta) and Beto (Niko Guardado), precocious Valentina (Elle Paris Legaspi), and infant Rafael — as they navigate daily struggles after their parents are deported back to Mexico.

Siren (Freeform)

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Freeform pulled the plug on the mermaid drama series Siren after three seasons. The cancellation news was announced in August 2020, more than two months after the show’s season 3 finale in May. The dark fantasy series was a breakout hit when it launched in 2018, with its second season even ranking as the network’s most-watched series of the year. Its third season, however, saw a double-digit drop in ratings. While that might be the main reason for the cancellation, Siren, despite the ratings dip, remained the most-watched Freeform original series in linear ratings.

Siren is set in the small fishing village of Bristol Cove which is known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the legend proves to be true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as the predatory mermaids return to reclaim their right to the ocean. Created by Eric Wald and Dean White, the show stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun and Rena Owen.

Run (HBO)

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Run won’t be returning for a second season after HBO cancelled the romantic comedy thriller in July 2020 after one season. Created by Vicky Jones, Run stars Merritt Weaver and Domhall Gleeson as former college sweethearts who reunite in Grand Central Station and travel across America together. Seventeen years earlier, they promised that if either one of them texted the word “RUN” and the other replied with the same, they would drop everything and board a cross-country train.

“After exploring potential ways of continuing Ruby and Billy’s journey, together with showrunner Vicky Jones, we have come to the decision that we will not be moving forward with a second season of Run,” HBO said in a statement, announcing the show’s cancellation.

Run is one of HBO’s lowest-rated scripted series in 2020, so the network’s decision to pull the plug on the series wasn’t surprising at all. The show’s freshman run only averaged a 0.07 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 232,000 viewers.

High Fidelity (Hulu)

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Hulu canceled romantic comedy series High Fidelity in August 2020 after one season. While the series was well-received by critics, it’s not clear how big its viewership numbers were, as Hulu does not release ratings. But according to Deadline, the decision to cancel the series came after lengthy deliberations. Hulu brass reportedly took extra time to mull a potential renewal, with sibling ABC Signature extending the options on the cast by a month to accommodate that. However, despite all that, a positive outcome wasn’t reached.

Based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity the comedy drama centers on Rob Brooks (Zoe Kravitz), the owner of a hip record store who revisits past relationships through music and pop culture while trying to get over her one true love. The cast also includes Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David H. Holmes, Jake Lacy, and Kingsley Ben-Adir.

Castle Rock (Hulu)

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Castle Rock isn’t returning for a third season. The psychological horror anthology series was canceled by Hulu in November 2020, almost a year after its second season concluded its run. According to Deadline, series producer Warner Bros. TV didn’t push for a third season of the show because it’s now focused on supplying brand new series to its recently-launched sibling HBO Max.

Castle Rock features characters, settings, and themes from the stories created by Stephen King and his fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. The show’s season 2 cast includes Lizzy Caplan, Paul Sparks, Barkhad Abdi, Yusra Warsama, Elsie Fisher, Matthew Alan, and Tim Robbins.

Lincoln Rhyme (NBC)

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The hunt for the Bone Collector is over, as NBC opted not to renew the crime drama Lincoln Rhyme for a second season. Though the network didn’t offer an explanation behind the show’s cancellation, Lincoln Rhyme ranked tenth in the demo and ninth in total audience, out of the 13 dramas that NBC aired in the 2019-20 season.

Based on the 1997 novel The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver, the series follows NYPD officer Amelia Sachs (Arielle Kebbel), who partners up with disabled forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme (Russell Hornsby) and his team, to solve cases in pursuit of the legendary serial killer, the Bone Collector.

Perfect Harmony (NBC)

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Perfect Harmony was canceled by NBC in June 2020 after one season. The cancellation was not surprising as the show was one of the network’s lowest-rated series for the 2019-20 season.

Created by Lesley Wake Webster, Perfect Harmony stars Bradley Whitford as Dr. Arthur Cochran, a recently widowed former Princeton professor who becomes music director at a small church in the fictional town of Conley Fork, Kentucky. Abrasive and blunt, he sets out to transform the church’s failing choir through his unorthodox, yet highly effective methods.

Bluff City Law (NBC)

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Seven months after it ended its 10-episode freshman run, Bluff City Law was canceled by NBC in June 2020. Though NBC took so long to decide the fate of the series, the writing seemed to be on the wall when the network opted not to order any additional installments of the legal drama beyond its initial 10-episode order.

Bluff City Law tells the story of Sydney Strait (Caitlin McGee), a brilliant lawyer who joins her estranged father Elijah Strait (Jimmy Smits) at his law firm after her mother passes away. The show’s cast also includes Scott Shepherd, Barry Sloane, Michael Luwoye, MaameYaa Boafo, Stony Blyden, and Jayne Atkinson.

Council of Dads (NBC)

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NBC pulled the plug on the family drama series Council of Dads after one season. The cancellation didn’t come as a surprise as the show was one of the network’s lowest-rated scripted series of the 2019-20 season. The 10-episode freshman run of the show only averaged 0.39 in the 18-49 demographic with just 2.82 million viewers in the Live+same day ratings.

Inspired by the book The Council of Dads by Bruce Feiler, Council of Dads begins with cancer patient Scott Perry (Tom Everett Scott) worrying about his five children growing up without his help and advice. So, he and his wife Robin (Sarah Wayne Callies) recruit three friends to act as a “council of dads” to be father figures to his children. When Scott dies, his loved ones form an expanded chosen family. The cast includes Clive Standen, J. August Richards, Steven Silver, and Michael O’Neill.

AJ and the Queen (Netflix)

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Though commended for its themes of love and acceptance, comedy drama AJ and the Queen apparently failed to attract enough viewers to be picked up for a second season. Netflix officially canceled the series in March 2020, two months after its 10-episode first season premiered.

Created by RuPaul Charles and Michael Patrick King, AJ and the Queen stars Charles as Ruby Red, a bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen who travels across America in her 1990s RV doing club gigs along the way. Ruby is accompanied by AJ (Izzy G.), a recently orphaned scrappy 10-year-old stowaway with whom she strikes an unlikely friendship.

V Wars (Netflix)

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Though V Wars was canceled by Netflix in March 2020 after just one season, series star Ian Somerhalder said in an Instagram video in April that the sci-fi horror wasn’t completely over, as he and his producing partners were trying to find a new home for the show.

Based on the eponymous novel series and graphic novels by Jonathan Maberry, V Wars follows Dr. Luther Swann (Somerhalder), a scientist who “enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these so-called vampires.”

October Faction (Netflix)

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Premiered in January 2020, supernatural drama October Faction was axed by Netflix in March 2020 after just one season. Like most of its cancellation announcement, the streamer didn’t disclose the reason why the series was not picked for another season.

Based on the comic series of the same name by Steve Niles and Damien Worm, October Faction follows monster hunters Fred (J.C. MacKenzie) and Deloris Allen (Tamara Taylor) who, after the death of Fred’s father, return to their hometown in upstate New York with their teenage children. As the family adjusts, Fred and Deloris must hide their identities as members of a secret organization, and quickly discover that their new small-town setting isn’t as idyllic as it seems.

Turn Up Charlie (Netflix)

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Co-created and executive produced by Idris Elba, comedy series Turn Up Charlie stars Elba as the titular character, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor who’s given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a nanny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter. Though Netflix canceled the series just over a month after its March 2020 premiere, the streaming service said in a statement that people at the company are looking forward to continuing their relationship with Elba on future projects.

The Society (Netflix)

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Netflix renewed The Society for a second season in July 2019, but after the production on the sophomore run was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the streamer reversed its renewal decision for the mystery teen drama. Netflix officially canceled the series in August 2020, with sources claiming that the uncertainty around production dates, difficulty in balancing the availabilities of a large cast, and unexpected budget increases due to COVID led to the show’s cancellation.

Created by Christopher Keyser, The Society follows the story of a group of teenagers who must learn to run their own community after the rest of the population of their town disappears. The cast includes Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, Sean Berdy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jacques Colimon, Olivia DeJonge, Alex Fitzalan, Kristine Froseth, Jose Julian, Alexander MacNicoll, Toby Wallace, and Rachel Keller.

I Am Not Okay with This (Netflix)

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I Am Not Okay with This was quietly renewed for a second and final season by Netflix a month before it premiered on the streamer in February 2020. The streamer, however, reversed its initial decision six months later, officially canceling the series in August 2020 even though the scripts for its entire sophomore run were already written.

Series creator Jonathan Entwistle said in an interview that he thinks Netflix canceled I Am Not Okay with This after it found out that making the show COVID-proof would cost a lot of money. “I think I’ve seen a few people talking and the figures are about right: It’s about anywhere between $5 to $10 million per season of television for the PPE, and for the testing, and for the systematic changes with which to make it safer,” shared Entwistle, who concluded that that the series’ cancellation ultimately boiled down to Netflix weighing the cost of the show versus its perceived value.

Based on the comic book of the same name by Charles Forsman, I Am Not Okay with This follows Syd Novak (Sophia Lillis) as she discovers that she has superpowers. The show also stars Wyatt Oleff, Sofia Bryant, and Kathleen Rose Perkins.

Altered Carbon (Netflix)

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Sci-fi series Altered Carbon was cancelled by Netflix after two seasons. According to Deadline, Netflix’s decision not to renew the cyberpunk drama for season 3 was made back in April 2020 and stemmed from the streamer’s usual viewership vs. cost analysis. In other words, Netflix didn’t see the series build enough an audience to justify its production budget for another batch of episodes.

Created by Laeta Kalogridis based on the 2002 novel of the same title by English author Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is set in a futuristic world where human consciousness is digitized and can be transferred from one body to another. It centers on Takeshi Kovacs, the lone surviving soldier of a group of elite interstellar warriors. Joel Kinnaman portrayed Kovacs in season 1, with Anthony Mackie taking over the role in season 2.

The Big Show Show (Netflix)

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Sitcom The Big Show Show was canceled by Netflix in August 2020 after one season. The series, however, will return for a Christmas special that is set to be released in December. This one-off special is a standalone episode and does not continue the storylines from the show’s freshman run. Created by Josh Bycel and Jason Berger, The Big Show Show features WWE star Big Show as a fictional version of himself. The premise features his teenage daughter moving in with him, his wife, and an additional two daughters.

The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia (Netflix)

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Like The Big Show Show, comedy series The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia was also canceled by Netflix in August 2020 after one season. A special Christmas episode of the series will also arrive on the streaming service in December.

Created by Seth Kurland & Mario Lopez, The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia, aka Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love follows a prodigy named Ashley Garcia (Paulina Chávez), the “only 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics engineer and rocket scientist” in the world who moves in with her Uncle Victor (Jencarlos Canela) from the other side of the country for a chance to work for NASA. The cast also includes Conor Husting, Bella Podaras, and Reed Horstmann.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)

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The Riverdale offshoot starring Kiernan Shipka in the title role ended its run in December 2020. Though the cancellation came as a surprise to fans, it appeared that showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had known for quite some time that the series is coming to an end. In a statement following the streamer’s announcement, Aguirre-Sacasa thanked Netflix for letting them “tell the story we wanted to tell, the way we wanted to tell it.” Netflix didn’t give any explanation on why it cancelled the series, but it’s likely that the streamer thought that ordering another season would be too costly to produce, given all the bonuses and salary bumps that come with a season renewal.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix)

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Netflix canceled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance in September 2020 after one season. Though the series premiered in August 2019 to critical acclaim and even hailed as the Outstanding Children’s Program at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys, these were apparently not enough for the streamer to order another season of the show.

Executive producer Lisa Henson, however, implied in a statement confirming the show’s cancellation that fans haven’t seen the last of the world of Thra yet. “We can confirm that there will not be an additional season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” she said. “We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future.”

A prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance follows the story of three Gelflings: Rian, Deet, and Brea, as they journey together on a quest to unite the Gelfling clans to rise against the tyrannical Skeksis and save their planet Thra from a destructive blight known as the Darkening.

Teenage Bounty Hunters (Netflix)

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Teenage Bounty Hunters won’t be back for a second season. Netflix canceled the comedy drama series in October 2020, almost two months after its 10-episode freshman run premiered. Though the show made it to the tenth spot of the Nielsen Streaming Rankings for the week of August 17th-23rd, it appeared that its popularity was only short-lived.

Created by Kathleen Jordan, Teenage Bounty Hunters centers on fraternal twins Sterling (Maddie Phillips) and Blair Wesley (Anjelica Bette Fellini) who, after accidentally damaging their father’s truck, team up with veteran bounty hunter Bowser Jenkins (Kadeem Hardison) for an over-the-top adventure to pay for the vehicle’s repair. The duo’s partnership with Jenkins, however, lure them into the world of bail skipping baddies and suburban secrets.

Away (Netflix)

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Sci-fi drama Away was one of Netflix’s most-watch series for much of September 2020. That viewership, however, was apparently not good enough when weighed against production costs, so the streamer opted not to renew the series for a second season.

Created by Andrew Hinderaker, the 10-episode first season of Away is set in the near future and revolves around the first crewed expedition to Mars that features an international crew. It stars Hilary Swank as Emma Green, the commander of the mission. However, several crew members do not trust Emma’s ability to lead the team because of her poor response to a crisis situation at the very beginning of the mission.

68 Whiskey (Paramount)

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Paramount Network canceled 68 Whiskey in September 2020 after one season. Though the military comedy drama got off to a strong TV ratings start with its January 15th premiere drawing 2 million viewers in Live+3 Nielsen numbers ― the most-watched cable drama series premiere in the metric since November 2018 ― its viewership numbers slipped over the course of the season.

An adaptation of the Israeli TV series Charlie Golf One, 68 Whiskey follows a multicultural mix of men and women deployed as Army medics to a forward operating base in Afghanistan nicknamed “The Orphanage.” Together, they endure a dangerous and Kafkaesque world that leads to self-destructive appetites, outrageous behavior, intense camaraderie and occasionally a profound sense of purpose. The cast includes Sam Keeley, Jeremy Tardy, Gage Golightly, Cristina Rodlo, Beth Riesgraf, Lamont Thompson, Nicholas Coombe, and Derek Theler.

Brave New World (Peacock)

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Brave New World is not coming back for a second season. Peacock announced the show’s cancellation in October 2020, three months after the show’s premiere. Since Peacock does not release viewership details on its series, it’s not clear why it opted not to order a sophomore run of the sci-fi drama. Brave New World, however, may still continue in another network or streaming service, as UCP ― the studio behind the series ― is planning to shop the sci-fi series to other outlets.

Based on the classic novel of the same name by Aldous Huxley, Brave New World imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. It stars Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Lloyd, Alden Ehrenreich, Hannah John-Kamen, and Joseph Morgan.

Kidding (Showtime)

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Kidding was canceled in July after two seasons. Though critically acclaimed, season 2 of the comedy-drama series saw a significant drop in ratings. It averaged a 0.02 rating in the 18-49 demo and 89,000 viewers. Compared to season 1, that’s down by 74% in the demo and down by 63% in viewership. It’s one of the cable channel’s lowest-rated scripted series.

Set in Columbus, Ohio, Kidding stars Jim Carrey as Jeff Piccirillo, a beloved children’s television presenter known as Mr. Pickles. Though he anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire, Jeff faces a personal tragedy and difficult family life. The Dave Holstein-created series also stars Frank Langella, Judy Greer, Cole Allen, Juliet Morris, and Catherine Keener.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Showtime)

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Showtime opted not to renew Penny Dreadful: City of Angels for a second season. The tenth and final episode of the dark fantasy series aired in June 2020. Though it received decent reviews upon its release, the show was only a middle-of-the-road performer for Showtime. Its freshman run averaged a 0.03 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 348,000 viewers.

A spin-off to Penny Dreadful, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels follows the story of LAPD’s first Latino detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) and his partner Lewis Michener (Nathan Lane). When a grisly murder shocks the city, the pair becomes embroiled in an epic story that reflects the rich history of Los Angeles — from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich, and the rise of radio evangelism. The cast also includes Natalie Dormer, Kerry Bishé, Adriana Barraza, Jessica Garza, Michael Gladis, Johnathan Nieves, and Rory Kinnear.

Shameless (Showtime)

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Showtime renewed Shameless for an eleventh and final season in January. The last batch of episodes aired in April 2021. When announcing the final season, Showtime executive Gary Levine implied that the decision to end Shameless with season 11 was made by the show’s creative team. “The characters of Shameless have brought Showtime viewers more laughs and tears and pure enjoyment than any program in our history,” said Levine. “While we are sad to bid the Gallaghers farewell, we couldn’t be more confident in the ability of showrunner John Wells, his writing team and this great cast to bring our series to its appropriately ‘SHAMELESS’ conclusion.”

An adaptation of Paul Abbott’s British series of the same name, Shameless depicts the poor, dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher. A neglectful single father of six, Frank spends his days drunk or in search of misadventures, leaving his children to take care of themselves. The ensemble cast is led William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum.

L.A.’s Finest (Spectrum)

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Cop drama series L.A.’s Finest was canceled by Spectrum in October 2020 after two seasons. A reason for the cancellation was not revealed.

An offshoot from the Bad Boys movie franchise, L.A.’s Finest stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. It follows Syd Burnett (Union), who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel and left her complicated past to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd was forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle was masking a greater personal secret. Taking on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles, Syd and Nancy became a force to be reckoned with – on the streets, and in each other’s lives.

The Rook (Starz)

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Starz revealed in March that The Rook would not continue beyond its first eight episodes. While a reason for the cancellation was not revealed, fans who had enjoyed the novel on which the series is based took issue with the TV adaptation’s change in tone. While the novel had a light, fantastical touch, the Starz series had a gritty take on the supernatural spy story.

Based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley, The Rook stars Emma Greenwell as Myfanwy, an agent who works for a super-secret branch of the British government that handles matters of Extreme Variant Abilities. In the series premiere, Myfanwy awoke without any knowledge of who she was or what she could do, and spent much of the first season trying to figure out which of her contemporaries was plotting to kill her.

Vida (Starz)

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Starz said Adiós to Vida in March 2020, canceling the series after three seasons. Though critically acclaimed, season 2 of the show saw a drop in ratings. The series’ sophomore run averaged a 0.03 rating in the 18-49 demo and 120,000 viewers. Compared to season 1, that’s down by 38% in the demo and down by 8% in viewership.

Created by Tanya Saracho and inspired by the short story Pour Vida by Richard Villegas Jr, Vida stars Melissa Barrera and Mishel Prada as Mexican-American sisters Lyn and Emma who move back to their childhood home in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles after the death of their mother. The cast also includes Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon, Carlos Miranda, Maria-Elena Laas, and Roberta Colindrez.

Vagrant Queen (Syfy)

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After struggling to find an audience, Vagrant Queen was canceled by Syfy in June 2020 after one season. In an attempt to boost the show’s ratings, Syfy moved the show from its original 10 p.m. Friday schedule to Thursdays at 11 p.m., where the network has previously achieved success with late-night programming like The Great Debate, animation block TZGZ, and repeats of Futurama. Though its ratings saw an 11 percent gain week to week with the move, the show still ended its 10-episode freshman run as Syfy’s lowest-rated series among total viewers and in the demo since 2019.

Based on the Vault comic book series by Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith, Vagrant Queen follows the story of Elida (Adriyan Rae), a former queen turned scavenger who’s been on the run since her throne was stolen as a child. One day, Elida’s charming old friend, Isaac (Tim Rozon), turns up with the news that her mother Xevelyn (Bonnie Henna) is still alive. With the help of a skilled mechanic and pilot named Amae (Alex McGregor), Elida and Isaac stage a rescue that takes her back into the perilous heart of her former kingdom and up against a deadly foe from her childhood ― the ruthless and power-hungry Commander Lazaro (Paul du Toit).

I’m Sorry (truTV)

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I’m Sorry was renewed for a third season in June 2019. However, in August 2020, that decision was reversed when TruTV canceled the series after two seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Due to circumstances created by COVID, we, unfortunately, cannot move forward with production on the third season of I’m Sorry,” the network said in a statement to Deadline.

Created by Andrea Savage, I’m Sorry follows writer Andrea Warren (Savage) as she navigates motherhood, marriage, her career, and her social life in suburban L.A.

Briarpatch (USA Network)

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Briarpatch was canceled by USA Network after one season. The show’s cancellation was revealed by showrunner Andy Greenwald on social media in July 2020. “Just wanted to let you know some disappointing news before you hear it from anyone else: Briarpatch isn’t returning for another season at USA,” Greenwald wrote in a post on Twitter. “Though I’ve known for months, it’s still a bummer. We had an amazing story planned for S2 … I think we were going to do something special.”

An anthology drama, the first season of Briarpatch stars Rosario Dawson as Allegra “Pick” Dill, a tenacious and highly-skilled investigator who returns to her hometown of San Bonifacio, Texas after her younger sister Felicity is murdered in a car bombing. The cast also includes Jay R. Ferguson, Brian Geraghty, Edi Gathegi, Kim Dickens, Alan Cumming, and Ed Asner.

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