As the current television season comes to an end, all of the major networks are beginning to announce their plans for next season. Naturally, some shows have to go to make way for all the new shows that the networks plan to introduce. It sucks when your favorite show doesn’t make the cut, because you’ve obviously invested a lot of time into watching it and investing in it whether it was on for 1 season or 5 seasons. There’s no way to truly know why shows get canceled. Most often it is due to low ratings, meaning that no one is watching but maybe you. When a show you love gets canceled it’s like losing a beloved friend. You have to mourn the loss, but at least we get the potential opportunity to keep watching them on Hulu or Netflix.
There are some surprising TV shows canceled in 2017; not all of them were doing poorly in terms of ratings, but their networks clearly felt that their time on the air had come to an end.
It seems that ABC is getting rid of quite a few comedies (hopefully to make room for new ones?) next year. Popular Friday night comedies “Last Man Standing” and “Dr. Ken” were both canceled. If you ask me, “Last Man Standing” which starred Tim Allen, should have been canceled ages ago. And while Ken Jeong is hilarious in roles like “The Hangover” series, his turn as a doctor (which he was before he got into acting) just wasn’t grabbing fans by the funny bones.
Family comedy “The Real O’Neals” which starred Martha Plimpton, failed to make a lasting impression, while newbie “Imaginary Mary,” which starred Jenna Elfman as a woman who has interactions with her childhood imaginary friend only lasted one season. They are also axing drama “American Crime,” which had done solid numbers and acclaim, especially for actress Regina King. They are also canceling Shonda Rhimes produced “The Catch” after two seasons. Popular show “Quantico” is still on the bubble, which means no one knows if it’s going to be renewed or canceled.
The list from CBS is currently a lot shorter, but it’s surprising to see popular show “2 Broke Girls” at the top of the list. The comedy starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs has been on for a whopping 6 seasons. The show has always been a bit polarizing, but it will be weird to not see the crew from the Williamsburg Diner on our TV. Law drama “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox was canceled after only a couple episodes. Also canceled? Movie adaptation “Rush Hour,” because come on, how good could it really be without Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Another movie adaptation, “Training Day,” is on the bubble after the death of star Bill Paxton earlier this year. Sherlock Holmes based “Elementary,” and Matthew Perry led “The Odd Couple” are also on the bubble.
FOX said goodbye to long running crime show “Bones” this year (which I’m still sad about!) after 12 seasons. They canceled “Pitch,” a show about the first female pitcher in Major League Baseball after one season, which is totally disappointing. I’ll miss seeing Mark-Paul Gosselaar in a beard and baseball pants honestly. Morris Chestnut’s show “Rosewood” was also canceled, and well as popular “Sleepy Hollow.” Zooey Deschanel’s quirky show “New Girl” is on the bubble. I wonder how much of that is because Deschanel just had a baby?
Rounding out the big 4 networks is the NBC. The peacock channel is home to some pretty popular dramas that were all saved the axe. But some of their more supernatural themed shows were not so lucky. Dark fairytale oriented show “Grimm” was canceled, as well as ‘Wizard of Oz’ retelling “Emerald City.” Crime thriller “Aquarius” also got the boot, as did the time traveling show “Timeless.” The new “Celebrity Apprentice” with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the head of the boardroom table is on the bubble.
Hey, at least there is some good news — some of our favorites have been renewed for another season including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Nashville,” “The Mindy Project,” and “This Is Us.” For a full list of shows that are still going to be in our weekly lineup, check out US Weekly.
Well, did any of your favorite shows get the boot? If they did, maybe you’ll find something new when the next season starts in the fall.
(Image: NBC / This Is Us)