There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to finding a TV show you like. But as we go through 2018, it’s best to brace yourself, because there are plenty of shows old and new that will fall victim to the inevitable cancellation wave. It stinks, but it’s how things are done in a time of total TV overload.
Cancellations are crushing, no matter which way you slice it, and the worst part is that you’re rarely expecting it — especially if you’re an avid watcher of the now-canceled show. How many of us sit in cold fear watching something we love and worry that if other people aren’t watching it, then it will just go *poof!* from the TV schedule? Anybody? Just us?
So, in light of this, let’s take a moment to salute the TV shows we loved that sadly got the ax in 2018.
A version of this article was originally published in February 2018.
‘The Good Cop’
In November, Variety reported that Netflix had canceled freshman series The Good Cop, which starred Tony Danza as a rule-bending NYPD cop who lives with his more straight-laced son who is also a cop (played by Josh Groban).
In a statement on the show’s cancelation, Netflix commented that “The Good Cop will not return for a second season. We’re grateful to creator Andy Breckman and his fellow producers, writers, the incredible crew and especially stars Tony Danza and Josh Groban for bringing this classic odd couple father-son story to Netflix.”
Variety reported in November that after two seasons, CBS had canceled the drama Salvation. Per Variety, the series followed “Liam Cole, an MIT grad student, and Darius Tanz, a tech superstar, who bring Pentagon official Grace Barrows a staggering discovery – that an asteroid is just months away from colliding with Earth. In the second season, the secret of the asteroid got out, setting off a global panic.”
NBC canceled freshman sci-fi drama Reverie after just one season, according to Variety. The series, starring Dennis Haysbert and Sarah Shahi, followed a hostage negotiator recruited by a government agency to retrieve people lost in a virtual reality world.
In November, Variety reported that TNT's Good Behavior, starring Downton Abbey alum Michelle Dockery as a con woman trying to stay out of prison even though she keeps getting drawn back to her life of crime.
On October 26, Variety reportedthat Netflix had canceled American Vandal after two seasons. The satirical anthology series aimed at spoofing the true crime format on many popular TV shows and podcasts followed young documentarians Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck) as they filmed their own true crime documentary series.
In a surprising move, Deadline reported that Netflix chose to cancel the popular Marvel superhero series Luke Cage in October.
"Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season," Netflix and Marvel noted in a joint statement. "Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series."
After just one season, AMC canceled the incendiary dark dramedy Dietland. TV Line's reporton the series, which starred Joy Nash and Juliana Margulies and followed obese journalist Plum Kettle pushing back at a skinny-minded society, and its ending featured a statement from AMC: "Dietland is bold, original and brave. We are beyond proud of our partnership with Marti Noxon, Joy Nash, Julianna Margulies, Skydance and everyone else involved in bringing Sarai Walker’s story to the screen. Similarly, Aisha Tyler and our friends at Embassy Row delivered a unique companion show that led with fresh voices and important topics. Dietland garnered critical acclaim and passionate fans but unfortunately, we will not be able to continue with a second season."
Deadline confirmed in October that after three seasons, HBO was canceling the decidedly grown-up animated TV show Animals. The series followed the various dejected animals of New York City (rats, bugs, birds and so forth) and featured voice performances from actors like including Jessica Chastain, Jonah Hill, Whoopi Goldberg and Emilia Clarke.
In August, Variety reportedthat hit USA Network show Mr. Robot, which brought tech-paranoia to the forefront and featured stellar performances from leads Rami Malek and Christian Slater, would finish after season four.
‘The Big Bang Theory’
In late August, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that The Big Bang Theory's twelfth season would be its last, with the hit sitcom taking its final bow in May 2019. The CBS comedy has been one of the longest-running comedies in television and has spawned a massive fan following over the years.
‘The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale’
The Hollywood Reporter announced that late-night scripted comedy series The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale was canceled after two seasons. Riffing on his former E! comedy talk show The Soup, The Joel McHale Show featured lots of comedic sketches and commentary aided by the use of greenscreened graphics and audience interaction.
In August, Deadline reported that E! had chosen to cancel the campy, soapy, ultra-dramatic original series The Royals, which followed the exploits of a fictional version of the British royal family and starring Elizabeth Hurley, after four seasons.
In mid-August, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that USA Network had chosen to cancel Shooter, starring Ryan Philippe and adapted from the 2007 Mark Wahlberg movie of the same name, after three seasons.
David Nevins, CEO and president of Showtime Networks, announced that Homeland's eighth season will be its last. Season eight is set to premiere in June 2019 and will run for 12 episodes.
“Homeland has been the most joyful and rewarding experience of my career,” creator Alex Gansa said in a statement. “Not many have been as lucky as me — partnered with the miraculous Claire Danes… I am sad to see the journey coming to an end, but it is time. ”
‘The Dangerous Book for Boys’
In August, Deadline reported that Amazon chose not to renew the Bryan Cranston-produced family drama The Dangerous Book for Boys, starring Erinn Hayes and Chris Diamantopoulos.
‘The Rundown With Robin Thede’
BET announced the cancellation of its late-night comedy The Rundown With Robin Thede.
“At this time BET Networks has decided not to renew ‘The Rundown with Robin Thede.’ We have so much love and respect for our Unicorn and look forward to finding ways to continue in partnership with Robin,” BET said in a statement.
Deadline reported that USA is canceling Colony after its third season. While USA has yet to release a statement about the cancellation, the season three finale will reportedly serve as the series finale.
Although it is looking for another home, Champions remains canceled by NBC as confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter in June. The series, which starred Mindy Kaling and Anders Holm, followed Vince (Holm), a charming but lazy gym owner who lives with his younger brother Matthew (Andy Favreau). Their laid-back life is interrupted when Vince's teenage son is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Kaling), one of his old high school hook-ups.
Deadline reported that after two seasons, History has canceled the drama Six. Starring Walton Goggins and Olivia Munn in Seasons 1 and 2 respectively, the series followed a Navy SEAL Team Six group as they sought to track down the terrorist organization responsible for shooting their leader (played by Goggins).
It's official: Fox canceled Adam Scott and Craig Robinson's live-action comedy Ghosted after just one season.
Shortly after news of the cancellation hit the internet, Robinson tweeted, "Y’all rock!! Thank u for the love and support! Greatly appreciated and not unnoticed. Love you."
Amber Stevens West, who appeared in the show alongside Robinson and Scott, also reacted via social media, saying, "Thanks for the love everyone. It was a short but fun ride! Onto the next adventure!"
‘Famous in Love’
Freeform is reportedly giving Famous in Love the ax after only two seasons. While the news came as a total surprise to Bella Thorne (who claims she was given no heads up before the news hit the internet) and Freeform has yet to release a statement, THR reported, "Freeform wanted more money from SVOD partner Hulu for a potential third season amid clashes between star Bella Thorne and showrunner I. Marlene King."
King responded to the claim in a tweet: "Despite what may be out there I am not in a feud w @bellathorne. We have, and have always had, a friendly and professional relationship."
In June, TV Land officially canceled Nobodies. The series, executive produced by A-listers Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, followed three down-and-out Hollywood screenwriters trying to get a big star attached to their script so it can get produced.
After only two season, NBC has canceled Timeless. While it's TV fate is sealed, NBC and Sony Pictures Television are discussing the possibility of producing a movie to serve as the series' finale.
‘The Jerry Springer Show’
It's truly the end of an era. On Thursday, June 21, it was reported by The Associated Press that The Jerry Springer Show had wrapped on filming for good. The show, which has 4,000 episodes filmed over the course of 27 years under its belt, won't technically disappear from TV. Per The AP, The Jerry Springer Show will live on in syndication on channels like The CW. There's no official announcement of the show's ending and producers apparently vaguely hinted at the possibility of future episodes. But all things considered, fans should wave goodbye to this daytime TV staple for now.
Fact: Comedy Central canceled Jordan Klepper's late-night show The Opposition after one season, but is giving Klepper the chance to host his own weekly series titled Klepper.
Klepper released a statement saying, “I couldn’t be more proud of the hard working, creative staff of The Opposition who tirelessly filtered the world through the chaos of America’s fringe. This staff is remarkable. Moving forward, I will be leaving The Opposition’s paranoid Jordan Klepper character behind. I figured maybe, right now, the world could use one less asshole. This new Jordan Klepper guy I know intimately cause I’ve been him for the better part of my life. He’s eager to get into the field, talk to real America and make a kickass television show.”
‘People of Earth’
TBS did an about-face in early June, canceling the previously-renewed comedy People of Earth, starring comedians Wyatt Cenac and Anna Gasteyer. The series, which follows one journalist chronicling a support group for folks who believe they've been abducted by aliens, will end after Season 2.
After three seasons, the Freeform supernatural teen drama Shadowhunters was confirmed as canceled by Deadline. The outlet went on to report that the series would wrap up in the spring of 2019, with two episodes added onto the shortened Season 3, meaning fans with have 12 episodes when Season 3B (3A wrapped on May 15) hits the air rather than the original 10 episodes.
Bravo announced that they're not renewing Impostersfor a third season. Instead, the season 2 finale on Thursday, June 7 will serve as the series' finale.
After two seasons, E! announced the cancellation of The Arrangement, confirming that the season 2 finale that aired on May 13 will serve as the series' finale.
“Over two seasons, E!’s scripted series The Arrangement has taken viewers inside the world of an A-list movie star filled with secrets, scandal and romance,” a E! spokesperson told Deadline. “While we have decided not to move forward with the series, we are incredibly grateful to the cast and our production partners.”
The downfall of the Roseanne revival was swift in late May. After the show's star, Roseanne Barr, tweeted out a racist (and since-deleted) comment about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, Variety reported that ABC chose to pull the plug on the revived sitcom. The series had previously been renewed for Season 2 following its high ratings and astonishingly high viewership numbers when the reboot premiered in March.
ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey released a statement explaining Roseanne's cancelation, making it clear that it was Barr's comments that led to the show getting the ax. "Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values," Dungey wrote, "and we have decided to cancel her show."
After three seasons, CBS decided to give Code Black, starring Marcia Gay Harden, Boris Kodjoe, Harry Ford, and Rob Lowe, the boot.
The news was announced be series creator and showrunner Michael Seitzman saying,“Dear #CodeBlack fans, the sad news came today that we were cancelled,” he posted on Twitter. “It’s been a true joy to make this show and watch your response every week. Thank you for all of your passion. Truly, our best episodes have yet to air. We hope you’ll watch and enjoy them. We made them for you.”
Code Black still has nine episodes to air until it's done for good.
After seven seasons and 1,454 episodes, ABC is officially canceling The Chew to make room for a third hour of Good Morning America.
“Over the past six years, Good Morning America has solidified its place as America’s No. 1 morning show,” Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney|ABC Television, said. “We believe there is great opportunity for viewers and advertisers in expanding to a third hour.”
The Chew will continue to air through September.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed in May that UnREAL would likely end after its fourth season. The series, which follows the ultra-soapy drama behind-the-scenes of a Bachelor-like dating show, will then reportedly move to Hulu potentially for Season 4 and furthermore, for fans who want to relive all the drama of the show over and over again.
Deadline confirmed the USA Network drama Falling Water was canceled after two seasons. The series has been one of the network's lowest-rated shows since it first premiered, which is likely why this sci-fi drama about three people who discover they can manipulate their dreams finally got the ax.
‘LA to Vegas’
Fox confirmed the cancellation of the Dylan McDermott-led freshman comedy LA to Vegas on May 21, 2018. Cast member Amir Talai initially broke the news tweeting, "I love you so much #LAtoVegas fans. That’s why it breaks my heart to tell you that our show is not coming back. I don't have an explanation for you, but it doesn't actually matter. It's done. I'm gonna miss our #LAtoVegas family so much, and that includes you.”
SYFY officially canceled the critically-acclaimed sci-fi series The Expanse after three seasons. President of Entertainment Networks for parent company NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment said, "Everyone at SYFY is a massive fan of the series, and this was an incredibly difficult decision. We want to sincerely thank The Expanse’s amazing cast, crew and all the dedicated creatives who helped bring James S.A. Corey’s story to life. And to the series’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”
Luckily, Amazon is looking to revive the show for a fourth season after a #SavetheExpanse campaign exploded on social media.
‘Jane the Virgin’
Deadline reported the soapy, modern-day melodrama Jane the Virgin, which stars Gina Rodriguez and Justin Baldoni, will end with its fifth season that will run from 2018 to 2019.
The much-praised musical dramedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will come to an end with its fourth and final season in 2019, as confirmed by The CW and reported by Deadline.
In May, The CW announced that iZombie's final season would be the 2018-2019 season during the network's upfront presentation.
‘Hap and Leonard’
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Sundance TV canceled the buddy dramedy and highly-rated anthology series Hap and Leonard after three seasons.
‘The Last Ship’
After five seasons, Deadline reported that TNT chose to cancel The Last Ship, which starred Grey's Anatomy alum Eric Dane and followed the crew of a naval destroyer fighting for survival after a pandemic wipes out most of Earth's population. The fifth and final season premieres later in 2018.
‘Kevin Can Wait’
Deadline reported that the CBS show Kevin Can Wait, starring Kevin James and Leah Remini, was canceled after two seasons.
‘Me, Myself & I’
Fresh comedy Me, Myself, & I, which told one man's life story at three different points in his life and starred Saturday Night Live alum Bobby Moynihan, was canceled by CBS in May.
CBS canceled the family comedy Living Biblically, which followed one man's journey to live by the Bible, in May.
CBS gave the axe to Superior Donuts, a freshman comedy that starred Judd Hirsch, in early May, Deadline confirmed.
CBS canceled Scorpion, which starred Katharine McPhee and followed a ragtag team combatting threats in the age of tech, after four seasons.
‘Wisdom of the Crowd’
The Jeremy Piven-starring Wisdom of the Crowd, which followed a tech mogul creating an agency that would crowdsource information from the internet to find missing persons, was canceled in May.
CBS cut loose the Mark Feuerstein-led comedy 9JKL from its lineup after one season, Deadline reported in May.
Variety confirmed in early May that NBC canceled freshman drama Rise, which starred Josh Radnor and Rosie Perez and followed two high school teachers bringing together a ragtag but talented group of students to put on a high school play.
ABC canceled the very poorly-received Marvel TV adaptation Inhumans, which followed a group of advanced beings and specifically, their royal family, fighting for control of the throne.
Steve Zahn starred in ABC's The Crossing — a show the network canceled after its first season — which followed one sheriff's attempt to understand how and why a group of people from the future suddenly washed up on the beach of his small town.
Variety confirmed that ABC slashed freshman crime procedural Deception, which followed an illusionist teaming with the FBI to solve crimes, from next season's lineup.
‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’
ABC chose to cancel Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, the feel-good dramedy about a slacker suddenly given a divine mission to help other, in May.
ABC put the kibosh on Quantico after three seasons. The show, which starred Priyanka Chopra, followed a group of FBI recruits through this dense, serialized procedural.
ABC chose not to renew freshman comedy Alex, Inc., starring Zach Braff and following the story of a man who quits his corporate gig to start his own company, in May.
Kiefer Sutherland's political drama Designated Survivor was canceled by ABC in May. The show, which ran for two seasons, for low ratings and viewership numbers from the time it premiered.
A reboot of the original '70s horror film and starring Geena Davis, The Exorcist was canceled by Fox after two seasons.
NBC chose not to renew Great News, which chronicled the exploits of a mother taking up an internship at the same news station her daughter works at. The show ran for just two seasons and counted Tina Fey as an executive producer.
‘The Last Man on Earth’
Post-apocalyptic comedy The Last Man on Earth, starring Will Forte, Kristen Schaal and January Jones, was canceled by Fox in mid-May.
Rebooted from the Liam Neeson-starring action film franchise, Taken was canceled by NBC after two seasons.
NBC was quick to cut freshman military drama The Brave loose from its lineup in early May, as confirmed by Deadline.
Foul-mouthed and fancy-free, The Mick was canceled by Fox after two seasons. The show, which starred Caitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), followed a down-and-out aunt tasked with raising her privileged niece and nephews after her wealthy sister and brother-in-law get into some legal trouble.
In May, Variety reported that The CW officially pulled the plug on Valor. The series, which followed an elite unit of U.S. Army helicopter pilots, reportedly failed to pull in the viewers necessary during its freshman season to warrant a renewal.
In May, Variety confirmed through actor Lucy Hale that her CW show Life Sentence was canceled after Season 1. Hale had starred on the show (her first since ending her run on Pretty Little Liars), which followed one young woman rediscover the magic and beauty of life after finding out her terminal cancer has been cured.
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
In May 2018, we learned through The Hollywood Reporter that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt would be ending after Season 4. Sources confirmed to THR that the show would be wrapping on Netflix but that there was a possibly feature-length movie in the works.
‘Here and Now’
Deadline reported that Alan Ball's (creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood) latest family drama for HBO, Here and Now, was officially canceled in April after one season. The show, which starred Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter, followed a Portland-area family through their various personal dramas related to mental health, marriage, aging and beyond.
Hulu's original drama The Path, which starred Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy, was canceled after its third season in April. The show told the story of a mysterious, cult-like group and one family's involvement in its activities. The Hollywood Reporter surmised that falling viewership numbers contributed to the cancellation, although there's no way to confirm this because Hulu, like Netflix, doesn't release viewership information.
‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’
Horror-comedy Ash Vs. Evil Dead, a spinoff of the classic Evil Dead series which saw the return of the original franchise's main character, Ash, as he fought off the undead and various other evil forces with his ragtag band of friends, was canceled in April after three seasons.
The Hollywood Reporter stated in late April that Netflix had canceled freshman drama Seven Seconds just two months after the show premiered on the giant streaming service. The show starred Regina King and followed the rising tensions between the cops and a predominantly black community in Jersey City following the fatal shooting of a young black teen.
In April, we learned that Homeland's 8th season would be its last. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news after Homeland star Claire Danes disclosed the information during an interview with Howard Stern on his Sirius XM show. "Yeah, that’s it," was all Danes said in the interview, not really elaborating. This news may need to be taken with a grain of salt, though, because reps at Showtime haven't confirmed Danes' statement.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Broad City would come back for a fifth season but, sadly, it would also be the show's final season, too.
‘Mozart in the Jungle’
After four seasons, Amazon has canceled their Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series, Mozart in the Jungle. The reason is unclear at the moment as no statement has been released, but it could be due to their new focus on creating international blockbusters that appeal to a wider audience.
Netflix gave Everything Sucks the ax after only one season. The series, set in the 1990's, followed high school misfits in the AV and drama clubs. While it had the same nostalgic appeal as Netflix's giant Stranger Things, it failed to stay afloat in the highly competitive market.
"We're super proud of the show we made — and very proud that it found an audience of very passionate fans, for many of whom it became an important personal touchstone: either reflecting their current life, or an echo of their own teenage years," said executive producer Jeff Pinker. "We are grateful to Netflix for the opportunity, but are very disheartened we won't be continuing to tell these stories."
‘Shades of Blue’
We learned in early April that the NBC crime drama Shades of Blue, which starred Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta, would be done after Season 3, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The final 10 episodes that will comprise Season 3 will begin with the season premiere on June 17. Lopez released a sentimental statement in the wake of the cancellation announcement, describing what an honor it was for her to star and co-produce Shades of Blue.
"I have enjoyed producing and starring in this beautifully complicated world and playing such an empowering yet flawed character — a woman, a detective, but, first and foremost, a mother," she wrote. "Now looking at it with a little distance, playing Harlee strengthened me and helped me grow into a more self-assured woman. It's crazy how some parts permeate your soul and change you forever and for that I am grateful. We crafted a poetic three-season arc on how her journey ends, which is true redemption. The way only Harlee could have done it — the hard way, the road less traveled. I thank NBC and all the talented actors, writers, crew and producers for going on this journey with us!
‘Stuck in the Middle’
After three seasons, Stuck in the Middle was canceled over at Disney. The series followed the adventures of one middle-school girl and her life in a bustling household with her big family. The series' star, Jenna Ortega, hinted at the show's cancellation in an Instagram video ahead of the official announcement.
‘Young & Hungry’
Young & Hungry, which features Emily Osment (of Hannah Montana fame) playing a young food blogger who becomes the personal chef of a tech entrepreneur, was canceled following its fifth season (which will comprise 10 final episodes airing this summer) at Freeform.
After four seasons, TNT chose not to move forward with The Librarians and officially canceled the show in March 2018. That said, executive producer Dean Devlin wrote on Twitter he'd attempt to find a new home for the show — although it's unclear if that's a sure thing.
Hulu canceled their original drama series starring Jeffrey Donovan after just two seasons.
Comedian Andrew Dice Clay's semi-autobiographical Showtime comedy was canceled after two seasons.
The short-lived USA drama focused on a small town in the heartland of America in the 1930s, where the conflict between the wealthy and the poor, the ambitious and the downtrodden. The show lasted only one season before USA axed it.
‘I Love Dick’
Amazon chose not to go forward with Season 2 of the Kevin Bacon-Kathryn Hahn drama from showrunner Jill Soloway about a husband and wife assessing the validity of their feelings toward an enigmatic writer and professor.
‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’
Amazon axed the spoof-y comedy starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, who played a fictional version of himself as a martial arts expert both on- and off-screen as he makes movies and works as a privately contracted spy. Go figure.
In January, Amazon chose not to move forward with the Tig Notaro-fronted dramedy about a queer woman who moves back home to Mississippi and attempts to reconnect with her brother and distant stepfather in the wake of her mother's death.
The surreal and super-funny Netflix show Lady Dynamite only made it to Season 2 before getting axed in January.
ABC's push to stay young and approachable with a light comedy about a millennial who becomes the mayor of his town on a whim got canceled before the end of its first season.
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