Idiot Box: Networks Announce Cancellations

Networks Announce Cancellations

Devin D. O'Leary
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The fall/midseason 2015/2016 TV season is officially over and done. Summer season is staring us in the face, replete with reruns and reality dating shows. Last Thursday broadcast networks put the final nail in the coffin of this past season by announcing which shows have been cancelled. So what won’t we be watching in fall 2016?

ABC—The Marvel Cinematic Universe spinoff “Agent Carter” retires after two seasons—unsurprising since star Hayley Atwell is already shooting a new series (“Conviction”) for ABC. “The Astronaut Wives Club” aborted its mission back in August. After announcing “Castle” costar Stana Katic would not be returning for the show’s ninth season (much to the anger of fans), ABC went ahead and cancelled the show. The musical romp “Galavant” takes a bow after a couple short seasons. Despite finding its creative juices halfway into the first season, “The Muppets” are out of the picture. The generic but tenatious cop drama “Rookie Blue” drops out after six seasons. The barely noticed sci-fi thriller “The Whispers” goes out—and not with a bang. “Nashville” has sung its last song and will not be back for a fifth season. Biblically minded soap opera “Of Kings and Prophets” and missing child drama “The Family” are one-and-done. Finally, “Wicked City” already had the distinction of being the first cancelled show of the 2015/2016 season.

CBS—Jane Lynch’s comedy “Angel From Hell” never took off. Amazingly, CBS axed “CSI: Cyber”—making this fall the first season without a “CSI”-related show since Y2K! Politcal drama “The Good Wife” signed off after seven seasons, plus-sized rom-com “Mike & Molly” dropped out after six, the Stephen King-inspired summer shocker “Under the Dome” disappeared after three, while the Halle Berry-led sci-fi series “Extant” crashed after just two. “Person of Interest” is in the process of wrapping up its story-ending season 5. “Supergirl” isn’t technically cancelled, since it’s moving over to The CW for next season—which is where it belonged in the first place.

FOX—The network spent the last few months saying goodbye to “American Idol” after 15 diminshingly relevant seasons. The Seth McFarlane-produced cartoon “Bordertown” proved to have less staying power than the frequently cancelled and revived “Family Guy.” Freshman sitcoms “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life,” “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder” have all gotten the boot. Ryan Seacrest’s reality whatsit “Knock Knock Live” lasted all of two episodes back in July. Between this and the loss of “Idol,” Seacrest is one sad panda.

NBC—If you remember what “Crowded,” “Game of Silence” and “Heartbeat” were even about, you’re more alert than most viewers. Despite strong fan support, NBC killed “Hannibal” after three bloody seasons. Craig Robinson’s eponymous sitcom “Mr. Robinson” and Eva Longoria’s “Telenovela” are gone after startup seasons. Yet, somehow, “Undateable” stuck around since 2014. Despite the promise of the title, “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” proved to be yet another reality show casualty. “Heroes Reborn” was a noble attempt to revive NBC’s damaged superhero franchise, but it just wasn’t good enough.

The CW—They folded up the runway after 22 seasons (seriously?) on “America’s Next Top Model.” A Tyra Banks-less version will crop up on VH1 sometime later this year. The attempt to reboot “Beauty and the Beast” will burn off its fourth season over the summer and go away. The last episode of the sci-fi medical thriller “Containment” airs May 21.

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