All TV series must eventually come to an end, no matter how hard it may be for fans to say goodbye. Whether they got canceled or ended on their own terms with one last season, these series have all aired or will air their final episodes over the last year.
So which shows should you prepare to say a final farewell to? Here’s a look at the TV comedies and dramas that have come to an end or are ending soon. We’ll also take a look at the TV shows that are on the brink of being canceled or have been renewed — at least for now.
Updated May 18, 2021
‘The Right Stuff’ (Canceled)
Disney+ has decided not to move forward with a second season of the space drama, “The Right Stuff.” The series, starring Patrick J. Adams and Jake McDorman, was originally set to launch at National Geographic before moving to Disney+ last fall. This marks the first scripted series that Disney+ has dropped from its slate.
‘Shark Tank’ (Renewed)
ABC has renewed “Shark Tank” for season 13. The reality series ranks as one of the highest-rated shows on Friday nights, and ratings are still improving. According to Deadline, the most recent season of “Shark Tank” was the most-watched season in three years.
‘High Maintenance’ (Canceled)
HBO’s pot-themed comedy has come to an end after four seasons. Nearly a year after the finale of its last season, the network confirmed that the series has puffed and passed.
“Co-creators Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair have decided to take a break from producing ‘High Maintenance’ to pursue other projects,” HBO said in a statement, per Deadline. “We look forward to hearing what they come up with next.”
‘Black-ish’ (Final Season)
“Black-ish” is getting an eighth and final season. Creator executive producer Kenya Barris announced the news on Twitter, writing, “This show has changed my life in so many ways and I am so proud of the conversations we’ve started along the way.”
‘Bless The Harts’ (Canceled)
“Bless the Harts” won’t be back for a third season. Fox has opted to cancel the animated comedy following lackluster ratings in its second season. The show, which counts Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, Ike Barinholtz and Kumail Nanjiani as members of its voice cast, will wrap its second and final season in May 2021.
‘The Irregulars’ (Canceled)
“The Irregulars” has been canceled at Netflix after just one season. Set in Victorian London, the series follows a group of troubled teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes.
‘Don’t Be Tardy’ (Canceled)
Bravo has canceled “Don’t Be Tardy” after eight seasons. The reality show chronicled the lives of Kim Zolciak-Biermann, her husband Kroy and their large family. “The Biermann family is extremely grateful for their 13-year-plus relationship with Bravo and NBC Universal,” Zolciak-Biermann said in a statement.
“Black-ish” spinoff “Mixed-ish” won’t be returning to ABC for a third season. The cancellation comes after the show earned soft ratings in its sophomore season, making it one of the network’s lowest-ranked series this year.
‘Call Your Mother’ (Canceled)
ABC has pulled the plug on family sitcom “Call Your Mother.” The show starred Kyra Sedgwick as a Midwestern empty-nester who reinserts herself into the lives of her children in Los Angeles.
Sedgwick announced the cancellation on Twitter, hinting that she was less than pleased with ABC’s treatment of the show. “You guys have been so wonderful to tune in every week, or every other week or every two weeks!” she wrote on Twitter. “The rollout was nuts!”
‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’ (Renewed)
Stabler is sticking around New York City. NBC has renewed “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” which marked the return of Chris Meloni as his iconic character from “Law & Order: SVU.” According to TVLine, season two will likely consist of three eight-episode arcs for a total of 24 episodes and feature more crossovers with “SVU.”
‘American Idol’ (Renewed)
ABC is bringing back its version of “American Idol” for season five. Though host Ryan Seacrest and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie aren’t currently signed for the next season, all four are expected to return, according to Deadline.
‘A.P. Bio’ (Renewed)
“A.P. Bio” is getting another season on Peacock. The comedy, which formerly aired on NBC, got a second life on the streamer last fall. Like its third season, season four will consist of eight episodes, expected to air later in 2021.
‘American Gods’ (Canceled)
“American Gods” is over at Starz. The premium cable network canceled the drama, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, after three seasons. While the show won’t be returning for another full season, there is still a possibility that fans will get a proper ending. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Starz is considering a movie or limited event series to wrap up the story.
‘The Conners’ (Renewed)
ABC’s “Roseanne” spinoff will be back for a fourth season. The renewal comes as no surprise, as stars Sara Gilbert, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Lecy Goranson had already extended their contracts for another season. The show is also buoyed by strong ratings, which have made “The Connors” ABC’s No. 1 comedy this season.
‘Better Call Saul’ (Final Season)
“Better Call Saul” will return for a sixth and final season. Though AMC renewed the series in January 2020, production on the last season only began in March 2021, due to COVID-related delays. With filming currently underway, season six likely won’t premiere until 2022.
‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ (Ending)
Ellen DeGeneres is ending her long-running daytime talk show. The NBC series will conclude for good in 2022, following the end of its 19th season. The announcement comes as Denegeres’ contract is set to end that year and follows a tumultuous year for both the host and the show, which faced claims of a toxic workplace environment in 2020.
‘This Is Us’ (Final Season)
“This Is Us” will come to a conclusion after its upcoming sixth season. NBC gave the show a preemptive three-season renewal in 2019. At the time, series creator Dan Fogelman hinted that Season 6 would be the show’s last, with the ending of the show plotted out well in advance.
‘The Blacklist’ (Renewed)
“The Blacklist” will be back for season eight, as NBC confirmed in February. The network issued an early renewal to the veteran drama, tied to the celebration of its 150th episode. The news doesn’t come as a surprise. The original cast members, including stars James Spader and Megan Boone, renegotiated their contracts over the last several months in anticipation of the renewal.
‘Blue Bloods’ (Renewed)
This Tom Selleck starrer is sticking around. Though there was some question surrounding whether the veteran drama would return amid ongoing contract negotiations, the 11th season kicked off in December 2020.
‘B Positive’ (Renewed)
“B Positive” will return for season two on CBS. The freshman comedy featuring Thomas Middleditch and Annaleigh Ashford, follows a newly divorced dad who is faced with finding a kidney donor. When a woman from his past volunteers her own, the two form an unlikely lifelong bond.
‘United States Of Al’ (Renewed)
CBS has renewed its freshman comedy, “United States of Al.” Starring Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young, the show centers on the friendship between a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio and the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America.
‘Resident Alien’ (Renewed)
Calling all sci-fi fans: “Resident Alien” will be back for season two. SyFy confirmed the renewal of the hit dramedy, starring Alan Tudyk, just ahead of the first season finale. The news should come as no surprise, given the show’s high viewership. According to Deadline, “Resident Alien” will wrap its freshman season as the most-watched new cable drama in the last year.
Fox gave its animated family comedy, “Duncanville,” a strong show of support, preemptively renewing the series for a third season ahead of its season two premiere. The show centers on a highly imaginative 15-year-old boy (voiced by Amy Poehler) and his family.
‘For Life’ (Canceled)
“For Life” snagged a last-minute pickup last season, but it wasn’t able to pull the same feat this year. After just two seasons, ABC has opted to cancel the legal drama, inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr. who became a licensed attorney after getting his wrongful conviction overturned while in prison. According to Deadline, the series will now be shopped around to other platforms.
Just five episodes into its freshman season, ABC’s “Rebel” has been canceled. Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich, the drama starred Katey Sagal as a blue-collar legal advocate who doesn’t have a law degree but is desperately passionate about the causes she fights for.
Per Deadline, the series was canceled after “Rebel” underperformed in ratings, despite having “Grey’s Anatomy” as a lead-in.
‘The Chase’ (Renewed)
ABC is continuing to boost its slate of game shows. The network is bringing back its adaptation of the British game show, “The Chase,” for a supersized second season. The renewal comes after the writers briefly went on strike before later resolving their dispute with producers ITV America.
‘The Hustler’ (Renewed)
“The Hustler,” hosted by Craig Ferguson, will also return to ABC for a second season. The show follows five contestants as they collaborate to answer a series of 10 trivia questions worth $10,000 each, with the goal of building a bigger prize pot.
‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ (Renewed)
“Star Trek: Lower Decks” is sticking around for at least two more seasons. After previously announcing plans for the launch of a sophomore season in summer 2021, Paramount + has just renewed the animated show for season three. The series follows the members of the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, in 2380.
‘Dancing With The Stars’ (Renewed)
ABC’s long-running dance competition series has been renewed for a whopping 30th season. Host Tyra Banks, who replaced longtime host Tom Bergeron last season, will return, as will veteran judges Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. With this latest renewal, “Dancing with the Stars” has jumped into the top three longest-running unscripted series on a broadcast network, behind only CBS’s “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”
FX issued an early fifth season renewal to “Snowfall” in March 2021, just a few episodes into season four. The crime drama, which takes place in South Central Los Angeles in the 1980s, has seen a boost in viewership in its latest season. According to Deadline, ratings are up 41% in comparison to season three, now averaging over 5 million viewers across all platforms.
‘The Equalizer’ (Renewed)
CBS is bringing back “The Equalizer” for a second season. The show, which stars Queen Latifah in a reboot of the 1980s series, has maintained solid ratings since its February debut. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the first four episodes averaged about 11.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched show (excluding sports) on network TV this season.
‘Central Park’ (Renewed)
Get ready for another visit to “Central Park.” Apple TV+ has renewed the hit animated musical comedy for a third season, ahead of its sophomore season’s summer premiere. Season two will follow the quirky Tillerman family as they live within and care for one of the world’s most famous parks. According to Variety, the forthcoming two seasons will consist of 29 total episodes and feature a whopping 115 new songs.
“Outlander” has been renewed for a seventh season at Starz. The historical drama’s next season will include 12 episodes based on author Diana Gabaldon’s novel, “An Echo in the Bone.” Series stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin, who are currently filming season six in Scotland, will return for the upcoming season.
‘Selling Sunset’ (Renewed)
Netflix has officially confirmed that its hit real estate reality show has been renewed for seasons three and four. Though the streamer didn’t reveal when the two additional seasons will air, it confirmed that all of the main cast members will be returning, including Jason and Brett Oppenheim, Chrishell Stause, Christine Quinn, Mary Fitzgerald, Romain Bonnet, Heather Rae Young, Amanza Smith, Maya Vander and Davina Potratz.
‘Bling Empire’ (Renewed)
The opulent “Bling Empire” will continue its reign for a second season. Netflix confirmed news of the renewal in March 2021, approximately two months after the reality series first premiered. A release date for the upcoming season has not been announced.
After previously getting picked up for a second season, Netflix’s period drama, “Bridgerton,” has scored yet another renewal. Just a few months after greenlighting season two of the hit show, the streamer has confirmed the series will also be returning for seasons three and four.
The multi-season renewal is no surprise, as “Bridgerton” was a massive success in its first season, garnering record-breaking viewership and overwhelmingly positive reviews from both critics and audiences.
‘Eli Roth’s History Of Horror’ (Renewed)
AMC will continue its exploration of the horror genre with a third season of “Eli Roth’s History of Horror.” According to Variety, the new season will consist of six hour-long episodes that take a deep dive into scream themes and how horror has evolved over the decades. Season three will air later in 2021.
‘The Weakest Link’ (Renewed)
NBC’s revival of “The Weakest Link” has been renewed for a second season. “Glee” star Jane Lynch will return as the host and executive producer for the next season, which will run for 13 episodes.
“I’m thrilled that ‘Weakest Link’ will return for another season,” Lynch said in a statement. “It has been my honor to bring back this classic game show loved by millions.”
‘Saved By The Bell’ (Renewed)
Bayside High is back in session. Peacock’s “Saved by the Bell” revival has been renewed for a 10-episode second season. The show, based on the classic ’90s series, follows the students at a school in current-day Los Angeles. Zack Morris is the governor of California and his son, Mac, now attends Zack’s old high school, Bayside High. Original cast members Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Mario Lopez and Lark Voorhies all reprised their roles in the revival.
‘All Rise’ (Canceled)
“All Rise” won’t be returning to court. CBS has canceled the legal drama, starring Simone Missick, after only two seasons. The show, which centers on a group of judges, prosecutors and public defenders in Los Angeles, saw a 27% decline in ratings in its sophomore run, according to TVLine.
TNT’s “Snowpiercer” is getting a third season. Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the sci-fi thriller centers on the remaining survivors who inhabit a gigantic train that perpetually circles the globe. The renewal will make the sci-fi thriller the only ongoing original scripted series on TNT, following the upcoming final seasons of “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws.”
‘Animal Kingdom’ (Final Season)
“Animal Kingdom” is coming to an end. Ahead of the show’s fifth season, TNT preemptively renewed the drama for a sixth and final season. Season five of the series will air this coming summer, following delayed production due to COVID-19. Season six is expected to air the following year in summer 2022.
‘When Calls The Heart’ (Renewed)
Hallmark Channel’s flagship series “When Calls the Heart” has been renewed for a ninth season. According to TVLine, series star Erin Krakow announced the news during the season eight finale. The show will return for its next season in 2022.
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ (Final Season)
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is coming to an end … again. The former Fox comedy was previously saved from cancellation by NBC, which aired its sixth and seventh seasons in 2019 and 2020. The series has now been renewed for an eighth and final season, consisting of 10 episodes, which is expected to air sometime in fall 2021.
‘Queen Sugar’ (Renewed)
OWN will air not one, but two seasons of “Queen Sugar” in 2021. With the fifth season of the show premiering on Feb. 16, the network has opted to double down on the drama, ordering a sixth season to air later this year. With this renewal, “Queen Sugar” will become the longest-running current scripted series on the channel.
The CW has renewed its freshman series, “Walker,” for a second season. The show stars Jared Padalecki as Texas Ranger Cordell Walker, a widower and father of two who returns home to Austin, Texas, after being undercover for two years. The renewal follows a successful first season for the series, which had the most-watched premiere in five years.
The CW also issued an early renewal to its “Charmed” reboot. The show, based on the iconic 1998 series, will return for a fourth season, despite a dip in viewership with its most recent episodes.
“Though we’re just a few weeks into the new season, we wanted to get a strategic head start on next season with these early renewals, which allows our production teams to start laying out story arcs and hiring staff, and at the same time, continues to provide us with a strong, stable schedule to build on for next season,” Mark Pedowitz, chairman and CEO of the CW Network, explained.
“Riverdale” will also be returning to the CW’s slate. The Archie Comics-inspired drama has been renewed for a sixth season. During its fifth season, the show made a seven-year time jump, taking the characters out of high school and into their early post-college years.
‘The Simpsons’ (Renewed)
On March 3, Fox announced a two-season renewal for the long-running animated series. “The Simpsons” will return for seasons 33 and 34, taking it into 2023. Season 32 began in September 2020 and will run through May 2021.
‘Last Man Standing’ (Final Season)
Fox has renewed the Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing” for one final season. The new season will be its third season on Fox and its ninth overall, after previously airing on ABC. Season nine premiered in January 2021 and will run for 21 episodes.
‘Fate: The Winx Saga’ (Renewed)
Netflix’s fantasy drama, based on Nickelodeon’s animated “Winx Club” series, is getting a second season. “Fate: The Winx Saga will return! Production begins later this year in Ireland. So get ready for even more magic!” Netflix tweeted alongside a brief teaser.
Mom (Final Season)
The long-running CBS sitcom, “Mom,” is ending after its current eighth season, starring Alison Janney. The network confirmed the news in February 2021, several months after co-star Anna Faris shocked fans by leaving the series. The season eight May finale now doubles as the series finale.
Hulu has axed the live-action Marvel series “Helstrom” after one season. According to Deadline, the move was expected, given Marvel Studios TV’s new deal to create a slate of new MCU-integrated shows exclusively for Disney+. “Hellstrom” followed the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer as they track down the worst of humanity — each with their own attitude and skills.
“Sanditon” has been renewed for seasons two and three, following a flood of support from fans online. The eight-part series — based on Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel — made its Stateside debut on PBS Masterpiece in early 2020. Rose Williams will return as heroine Charlotte Heywood, while additional casting will be announced at a later date.
‘The Good Doctor’ (Renewed)
ABC has renewed “The Good Doctor” for a fifth season. The pickup was announced a couple of weeks ahead of the show’s fourth season finale. The medical drama marked the first of ABC’s scripted series to score a renewal for the 2021-22 season.
‘Big Sky’ (Renewed)
“Big Sky” has been renewed for a second season at ABC. The show will see a major creative change behind the scenes. Executive producer Elwood Reid will take over as showrunner, a position previously held by series creator and executive producer David E. Kelley.
‘Young Rock’ (Renewed)
NBC is bringing back “Young Rock” for season two. The show focuses on different chapters of Dwayne Johnson’s life — from his childhood through his college football career and beyond — and explores his relationships with the wild characters of his professional wrestling family. Johnson serves as narrator and executive producer on the series.
NBC is also staying in business with Kenan Thompson. The network has renewed the comedy for a sophomore season. The show stars Thompson as a widowed dad trying to juggle raising his two kids with a high-profile job as the host of an Atlanta morning show.
‘Kung Fu’ (Renewed)
The CW has picked up freshman series “Kung Fu” for a second season. The pickup was announced about a month after the series premiered. The show’s renewal comes as no surprise, as the drama, starring Olivia Liang, has earned strong viewership on the network since its debut.
‘Mayans M.C.’ (Renewed)
“Mayans M.C.” will be back for a fourth season at FX. The “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff was renewed shortly before the season three finale aired. The next season will air sometime in 2022.
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Amazon has renewed its freshman animated series “Invincible” for two more seasons. Based on Robert Kirkman’s long-running comic, the show features Steven Yeun as 17-year-old Mark Grayson, who’s just like every other guy his age — except that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (voiced by J.K. Simmons).
‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ (Renewed)
“NCIS: Los Angeles” will return for season 13. CBS’s renewal of the veteran drama series was concurrent with its order for a brand-new NCIS spinoff, “NCIS: Hawaii.”
‘Call Me Kat’ (Renewed)
Fox has renewed “Call Me Kat” for season two. The comedy stars Mayim Bialik as a woman who decides to ditch her successful career as a math professor in the wake of her father’s death and use her life savings to open a cat café in Louisville, Kentucky. The show will see a behind-the-scenes shake-up in its sophomore season, with Darlene Hunt departing her role as showrunner.
It’s game over for “Hoops” at Netflix. The streamer has canceled its animated basketball-themed series for adults. The show, which only aired for a single season, featured Jake Johnson as a foul-mouthed basketball coach who thinks improving his awful team will turn his life around.
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“Utopia” is over at Amazon. The drama, produced by bestselling author Gillian Flynn, took six years to hit the small screen, originally getting picked up by HBO before moving to Amazon. The show, which follows a group of comic book fans who stumble on a deadly pandemic, earned mediocre reviews from critics in its fall debut. In addition to failing to register with audiences, there was also the matter of poor timing, with the show airing during the real-life COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Feel Good’ (Final Season)
Netflix is bringing back its semi-autobiographical dramedy, “Feel Good” for a second and final season. The critically acclaimed series follows Canadian comic Mae Martin dealing with the challenges of sobriety while also navigating a complicated new relationship. Season two will premiere in 2021.
‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ (Renewed)
Kelly Clarkson’s talk show career is just getting started. The singer will return to host “The Kelly Clarkson Show” for two more seasons, NBC recently confirmed. The renewal will keep the series, currently in its second season, on air through 2023.
NBC is keeping “Transplant” around for another season. The network has renewed the medical drama for a second go-round after it garnered decent ratings in its freshman run this fall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Transplant” is the second-highest-rated first-year drama of the season so far.
‘One Day At A Time’ (Canceled)
“One Day at a Time” has been canceled … again. After previously getting axed at Netflix, the acclaimed family sitcom found a second home at Pop TV. But the show’s run there didn’t last long — Pop TV also pulled the plug on it after a shortened fourth season, which also aired on CBS, this year.
‘The Expanse’ (Final Season)
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Ahead of its season five premiere, Amazon’s “The Expanse” has been renewed for a sixth and final season. The popular series, based on James S.A. Corey’s bestselling novels, originally launched on SyFy, where it aired for three seasons before eventually getting saved from cancellation by Amazon. Production on season six began filming in January 2021.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (Renewed)
Hulu will bring back its flagship drama, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” for a fifth season. The streamer announced the renewal ahead of the show’s season four premiere. In season four, June (Elisabeth Moss) uses her new position as a fierce rebel leader to strike back against the city of Gilead, bringing on some dangerous new problems.
‘Blood Of Zeus’ (Renewed)
Netflix is diving deeper into Greek mythology. The streamer recently renewed its animated series, “Blood of Zeus,” which follows a young man tasked with saving heaven and Earth after learning he’s the illegitimate son of Zeus. The news was announced via one of Netflix’s Twitter accounts, with a message that read, “The Fates have news! Heron’s adventures will continue in season 2 of Blood of Zeus.”
‘For All Mankind’ (Renewed)
“For All Mankind” is getting yet another early renewal. More than two months ahead of the show’s season two premiere, Apple TV+ has confirmed it’s ordering a third season of the alt-history space drama, which explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended. Production on season three will start in spring 2021.
With season two of “Servant” set to air in early 2021, Apple TV+ is looking even further ahead. The psychological thriller, which hails from Academy Award-nominated director M. Night Shyamalan, has been preemptively renewed for a third season. The show follows a grieving Philadelphia couple that is struggling to cope with a rift in their marriage following an unspeakable tragedy.
‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ (Renewed)
“The Baby-Sitters Club” is staying open for business. Netflix renewed the YA series, which is based on Ann M. Martin’s bestselling novels of the same name, for a second season. The streamer announced the news with a celebratory video featuring the cast. Season two will debut sometime in 2021.
Netflix has opted not to renew “Away,” the space drama series starring Hilary Swank. The streamer announced the cancellation in October 2020, about a month after the first season premiered. According to Esquire, the show’s steep budget may have been a contributing factor in the decision, with each episode reportedly costing Netflix over $6 million.
‘Criminal Minds’ (Ended)
“Criminal Minds” came to an end after its 15th season. The long-running drama wrapped up with a 10-episode final season, which concluded in February 2020.
‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ (Renewed)
In December 2020, FX issued a record-breaking renewal for flagship comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The network confirmed the series would return for a whopping four more seasons. The renewal will take the show through season 18, making it longest-running live-action comedy series in history.
‘The Walking Dead’ (Canceled)
After more than a decade, “The Walking Dead” is officially coming to an end. AMC confirmed that the hit zombie drama will wrap up after a super-sized two-year 11th season, which will consist of 24 episodes concluding in 2022. But fans still have plenty to look forward to: Multiple spinoffs, including one centered on Norman Reedus’ character, Daryl, are already in the works.
‘Space Force’ (Renewed)
“Space Force” will return for a second season. The comedy stars Steve Carrell as a decorated pilot who finds himself in charge of a newly formed branch of the military, Space Force, despite his longstanding dream of running the Air Force. Per Variety, season two will begin filming in 2021.
‘Emily In Paris’ (Renewed)
Netflix is officially heading back to Paris. The streaming service has renewed “Emily in Paris” — which comes as a surprise to nobody — for a second season. Though the show, starring Lily Collins, earned somewhat mixed reviews from critics, it garnered significant buzz on social media. Production will reportedly resume in Paris next spring.
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Hulu’s “Woke” will be back for a sophomore season. Inspired by the life of artist Keith Knight, the comedy series stars Lamorne Morris as Keef, an African-America cartoonist whose on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected event changes his entire life.
Get ready for more spy antics from Archer. FXX has renewed the adult animated series for a 12th season. After spending the previous three seasons in a coma — which took him to a variety of time periods and locations, including outer space and the South Pacific — this season will see Archer back in the real world, resuming his espionage work while adapting to the changes he missed over the past three years.
‘The Order’ (Canceled)
Netflix’s horror-drama series “The Order” will not be returning for a third season. Series creator Dennis Heaton announced the news on Twitter.
“For two seasons I was honored to work with an incredible cast and crew on ‘The Order’ for @Netflix,” Heaton wrote. “It was one of the best experiences of my career. Unfortunately, we aren’t returning, but I will always cherish the memories and the props I stole. Thank you all for watching.”
‘Ted Lasso’ (Renewed)
“Ted Lasso” will be back for at least two more go-rounds. Following the comedy’s breakout first season, Apple announced a season two renewal in August, followed by a preemptive season three renewal in October. The show stars Jason Sudeikis as a small-time football coach who gets hired to coach a professional soccer team in England.
‘Filthy Rich’ (Canceled)
Fox’s “Filthy Rich” has been canceled after only five episodes. The drama starred Kim Cattrall as the matriarch of a televangelist family in the South grappling with the fallout after her husband’s sudden death. According to Variety, the network opted to ax the series partly due to rising production costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Brave New World’ (Canceled)
It’s one and done for Peacock’s first major scripted series, “Brave New World.” NBC’s streaming platform has canceled the sci-fi drama based on Aldous Huxley’s iconic novel. The buzzy show, which premiered in July to mostly unfavorable reviews from critics, is currently being shopped to an international partner, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
‘Castle Rock’ (Canceled)
“Castle Rock” won’t be returning for a third season. Hulu is pulling the plug on the anthology series, based on Stephen King’s horror stories of the name. The cancellation comes nearly a year after its second season, which wrapped up in December 2019.
‘The Umbrella Academy’ (Renewed)
Netflix’s comic book adaptation “The Umbrella Academy” will return for a third season. Like the two seasons before it, the show’s third run will include 10 hour-long episodes. Season three will start filming in February 2021, with the series likely set to premiere later that year.
‘Narcos: Mexico’ (Renewed)
“Narcos: Mexico” is continuing its journey at Netflix. The show has been renewed for a third season with a new showrunner. Co-creator and executive producer Carlo Bernard will reportedly replace former showrunner Eric Newman for its next run. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the drama remains a top global performer for Netflix.
‘Siesta Key’ (Renewed)
MTV’s reality series “Siesta Key” will return for a fourth season — although not in its titular Florida location. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production will begin in Sarasota but will eventually move to an “international private resort,” allowing the cast and crew to remain quarantined together while filming. Cast members Juliette Potter, Madisson Hausburg, Kelsey Owens, Chloe Trautman, Brandon Gomes, Amanda Miller and Garrett Miller are set to return to the show.
Lucifer is getting another chance at Netflix. More than a year after announcing the fifth season of the show would be its last, the streamer has reversed course and renewed the series for a sixth season. Star Tom Ellis, who plays the title character, renewed his contract with the show, as did the rest of the regular cast.
The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series came to an end after nearly a decade. The Claire Danes-led drama ended after the eighth season in April 2020. As “Homeland” creator Alex Gansa said, “I am sad to see the journey come to an end, but it is time.”
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— Arrow (@CW_Arrow) June 18, 2020
“Arrow” ended its seven-season run in January 2020. The superhero series, starring Stephen Amell, was a huge hit in its 2012 debut and helped launch the CW’s highly popular DC universe (dubbed “The Arrowverse”), which now also includes The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman.
‘Stranger Things’ (Renewed)
The gang from Hawkins, Indiana, will return for a fourth season — however, it’s unclear when that’ll be. “Stranger Things” season three dropped on Netflix in July 2019. One thing that’s certain: Fans are in for a twist. Netflix released a season four trailer in February that showed a key character’s demise in season three may not have been what it seemed.
Showtime’s “Billions” will return for a sixth season, but not before properly concluding season five. According to Variety, the series will air five new episodes in 2021 to wrap up its last season after its scheduling was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The network has already renewed the series for another season, which will see guest star Corey Still promoted to series regular.
‘The Mandalorian’ (Renewed)
Disney Plus is officially bringing back “The Mandalorian” for a third season. Though the streaming service has not yet announced when the next season will return, the show is reportedly already in pre-production.
‘The Crown’ (Renewed)
Netflix had decided to end its critically acclaimed period drama, “The Crown,” after its fifth season, however it recently changed course and said there would be a sixth season after all. Though the series is an awards season darling, racking up dozens of Emmy nominations over its three-season run, it’s also among Netflix’s costliest shows.
‘The Good Place’ (Ended)
All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately for fans, that includes NBC’s well-reviewed sitcom, “The Good Place.” Creator Mike Schur told TVLine he had long envisioned the show as a four-season run, with the ending planned out since season two. The final season consisted of 14 episodes, rather than the usual 13, with the series finale extended to an hour-long runtime.
After wrapping up its second season earlier this year, Showtime’s “Kidding” won’t be back for another run. The network canceled the dramedy, starring Jim Carrey, in July. “We are very proud to have aired this imaginative, critically-acclaimed and rewarding series,” the channel said in a statement
‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ (Canceled)
ABC is done with its reboot of the late ‘90s program “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” The revival starred Tiffany Haddish as a host interacting with real kids as they shared their entertaining points of view. The show was canceled following a low-rated season that garnered approximately 3.6 million viewers a week.
‘E! News’ (Canceled)
If you're not a morning person, you're about to bE! 🎉 @LillianaVazquez & @Scott_Tweedie are the new co-hosts of our 30 Rock-based morning shows #ENews at 7am + #PopoftheMorning at 11: https://t.co/OKsMoobqzu
— E! News (@enews) December 5, 2019
After three decades on air, “E! News” has been canceled. According to TVLine, parent company NBCUniversal opted to ax the veteran entertainment news show as part of internal restructuring. The company also cited economic hardship due to COVID-19 as another factor in its decision.
‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ (Ended)
After more than a decade on air, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” has been canceled — by the Kardashians themselves. In September, Kim Kardashian West confirmed that the long-running series will be ending with Season 20.
“After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey,” she wrote in a message on Instagram. “We are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years — through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.”
‘The Venture Bros’ (Canceled)
Adult Swim has axed its popular animated series “The Venture Bros.” The channel confirmed the cancellation in a Twitter statement in early September, but hinted that it may be finding another home for the show, with the cooperation of series creators Christopher McCulloch and Doc Hammer.
‘Altered Carbon’ (Canceled)
Netflix has canceled “Altered Carbon” after two seasons. The show, based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel of the same name, followed the adventures of elite interstellar warriors. According to Deadline, the streamer’s decision to ax the show is not COVID-related, but based on its standard review of costs versus viewership.
‘Drunk History’ (Canceled)
After a six-season run, “Drunk History” has been canceled by Comedy Central. The inventive comedy series had initially received a renewal for a seventh season and had even started filming new episodes when production was shut down due to the pandemic. Per Variety, the network opted to ax the beloved series as part of an effort “to move away from live-action scripted shows in favor of adult animation.”
‘The Goop Lab’ (Renewed)
Netflix has renewed Gwyneth Paltrow’s controversial docuseries based on her wellness empire. Season two will reportedly consist of another round of six 30-minute episodes focusing on a variety of lifestyle topics, including sex, intimacy and more. Paltrow will return as one of the show’s hosts and executive producers.
‘The Chi’ (Renewed)
Lena Waithe’s Chicago-set drama “The Chi” will return to Showtime for a fourth season. The show explores the highs and lows of life in the South Side. “This show has definitely taken me on a journey. One of learning, healing and growth,” Waithe said in a statement. “I didn’t know how this season would be received, but the level of engagement and enthusiasm from the fans has been fantastic.”
‘Red Table Talk’ (Renewed)
Jada Pinkett Smith’s popular online talk show “Red Table Talk” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Facebook Watch recently doubled down on the series, striking a deal with Pinkett Smith that will ensure the show’s future through 2022. The platform is also launching a spin-off, “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” to be hosted by Gloria Estefan, her daughter, Emily, and niece Lili.
‘Warrior Nun’ (Renewed)
“Warrior Nun,” inspired by Ben Dunn’s Manga series, has been renewed for season two. The show revolves around a 19-year-old woman who wakes up in a morgue with inexplicable powers. Netflix confirmed the news by tweeting a video of showrunner Simon Barry sharing the news about the renewal to the cast, including Alba Baptista, Toya Turne and more.
‘Selena + Chef’ (Renewed)
Selena Gomez will be back for more culinary adventures. HBO Max has renewed its unscripted series “Selena + Chef,” which follows the star as she learns how to cook a variety of recipes from renowned chefs while quarantined at home.
‘Tough as Nails’ (Renewed)
Reality competition series “Tough as Nails” will return to CBS for a second season. The network confirmed the renewal in August, only a month after the show’s premiere. Hosted by Phil Keoghan, the show follows a group of competitors as they are tested for strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness in challenges that take place in the real world.
‘Doom Patrol’ (Renewed)
DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol” will return for a third season. The new season will stream exclusively on HBOMax and not on the DC Universe streamer.
‘High Fidelity’ (Canceled)
— Hulu (@hulu) December 20, 2019
Hulu has canceled “High Fidelity” after only one season. The show, adapted from the iconic book and movie of the same name, starred Zoe Kravitz. The actress called out the streaming company a day after its cancellation, writing in an Instagram comment, “It’s cool. At least Hulu has a ton of other shows starring women of color we can watch. Oh wait.”
Freeform has canceled its mermaid drama, “Siren,” after three seasons. The network announced the decision two months after the show’s May 2020 finale. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series had seen a small decline in live ratings, although it maintained healthy viewership via digital platforms.
‘Pop Of The Morning’ (Canceled)
— Pop of the Morning (@popofthemorning) February 3, 2020
Also on E!’s chopping block: “Pop of the Morning,” the New York-based morning show featuring a panel of hosts discussing the day’s biggest entertainment stories. Like “E! News,” the show was a casualty of COVID-19, with NBCUniversal seeking to streamline its slate due to financial issues.
‘In The Room’ (Canceled)
— Jason Kennedy (@JasonKennedy1) April 10, 2020
NBCUniversal also opted to ax one of the newest entertainment programs at E!, “In the Room.” The show, hosted by Jason Kennedy, featured interviews with celebrities and offered a look inside their homes.
— Briarpatch (@Briarpatch_USA) April 16, 2020
“Briarpatch,” the USA Network anthology series starring Rosario Dawson, has been canceled after only one season. Though the show earned generally positive reviews, it failed to attract much of an audience. Showrunner Andy Greenwald confirmed the cancellation on Twitter, also suggesting the possibility that it could be picked up elsewhere.
“We had an amazing story planned for [Season 2] and I was lucky enough to work with the most amazing writers and crew, all of whom were itching to get back to work,” he wrote. “I think we were going to do something special. And, hey, maybe we still will. If enough people keep checking the show out on demand, anything’s possible — especially for an anthology series as weird as this one.”
‘New Amsterdam’ (Renewed)
NBC gave “New Amsterdam” a huge show of support by issuing a massive three-season renewal in January. With the second season currently airing, the renewal ensures the show’s future through season five. The show has maintained healthy ratings throughout its sophomore run, averaging 9.8 million viewers live and an additional boost in delayed viewing.
‘Bless This Mess’ (Canceled)
“Bless This Mess” has also been canceled at ABC after just two seasons. The comedy starred Dax Shepard and Lake Bell as a couple who relocates from New York to Nebraska when he inherits his great-aunt’s farm. Shepard took to Instagram to address the cancellation, writing in part, “Man oh man. What a wonderful two seasons we had. I’m sad I won’t be seeing this wonderful group of people on a daily basis anymore. I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun watching a cast perform.”
‘Ellen’s Game of Games’ (Renewed)
— Ellen's Game Of Games (@nbcgameofgames) February 19, 2020
Speaking of Ellen DeGeneres, her game show was renewed for a fourth season in February. Variety reported at the time that the show was among NBC’s top 10 shows for viewership and ratings.
‘Modern Family’ (Ended)
This award-winning sitcom premiered its 11th and final season in fall 2019 and wrapped up in spring 2020. Since the series debuted in 2009, it’s won numerous awards and become a beloved staple for fans eager to see a modern family with contemporary issues depicted on TV.
‘The Masked Singer’ (Renewed)
Fox’s hit reality competition show has been renewed for a fifth season, which will launch in March 2021. “The Masked Singer” has featured plenty of celebs from Seal to Dionne Warwick to football star Rob Gronkowski. Fans will have to stay tuned to see which stars make the cut next.
‘Young Sheldon’ (Renewed)
“Young Sheldon” is getting not one, but three more seasons on CBS. The “Big Bang Theory” spinoff, which is currently airing its fourth season, has just gotten a supersized renewal. The multi-season pickup ensures the comedy will remain on air through at least 2024.
After some back and forth, CBS has officially renewed its hit procedural, “NCIS.” The show has been a franchise staple for the network for over a decade and remains one of TV’s most-watched drama series. Star Mark Harmon, who was reportedly debating moving on from the series, will be back for season 19, although it’s unclear whether he’ll return in a full-time capacity, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
‘Fuller House’ (Canceled)
Fans of “Fuller House” and its predecessor, “Full House,” will say goodbye to the Tanners and their crew of friends once again. Last year, Netflix announced that the fifth season of “Fuller House” will also be its last.
The first half of the final season aired in late 2019, with the second half airing in June 2020. Lori Loughlin, the “Full House” actress who is currently facing fraud and money laundering charges related to the massive college admissions scandal, did not make an appearance.
The CW has also picked up “DC’s Stargirl” for Season 3. The show stars Brec Bassinger as a high school sophomore who leads an unlikely group of young heroes to take on the legacy of DC’s very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America.
‘Dead to Me’ (Renewed)
The brilliant Dead To Me has been renewed for a third (and final) season! pic.twitter.com/G526LJAWO0
— Netflix (@netflix) July 6, 2020
After ending its second season on a cliff-hanger, “Dead to Me” will return to answer plenty of fans’ questions. Netflix has renewed the dark comedy, starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini, for a third and final season.
“I am beyond grateful to Netflix for supporting ‘Dead To Me’ from day one, and I’m thrilled to continue our collaboration,” series creator Liz Feldman said in a statement, according to TVLine.
‘Vienna Blood’ (Renewed)
Victorian thriller #ViennaBlood follows a junior doctor who is researching the criminal mind… 😱
— BBC (@BBC) May 13, 2020
“Vienna Blood,” the period crime drama set in 1900s Austria, will get a second season. Like the first season, the sophomore run will air on the BBC in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the season will again be directed by Robert Dornhelm, who oversaw the first season.
‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (Renewed)
#CurbYourEnthusiasm has been renewed for an eleventh season!
“Believe me, I’m as upset about this as you are. One day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve.” –Larry David pic.twitter.com/oxqf3XzEzK
— HBO (@HBO) June 30, 2020
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” is about to kick off its third decade on air. The long-running HBO show, which first premiered back in 2000, has been renewed for season 11.
“Believe me, I’m as upset about this as you are,” creator and star Larry David said of the news. “One day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve.”
‘Ozark’ (Final Season)
They're going to go out with a bang.
Ozark will be back with an expanded 14-episode final season. pic.twitter.com/otIoUeTXyH
— Netflix (@netflix) June 30, 2020
“Ozark” will be back for one more season. The fan-favorite Netflix drama will get a supersized fourth and final season, consisting of 14 episodes instead of the usual 10. Season four will be split into two parts with seven episodes each.
‘Never Have I Ever’ (Renewed)
❗️❗️ MAITREYI GOT BANGS ❗️❗️ oh yeah, and Never Have I Ever got a season 2 🙃 pic.twitter.com/sHJhjQMmXb
— Never Have I Ever (@neverhaveiever) July 1, 2020
Mindy Kaling’s hit Netflix coming-of-age comedy, “Never Have I Ever,” has been renewed for a second season. The cast confirmed the renewal on Instagram, posting a video from a Zoom call in which star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan shares the happy news with her costars.
‘The Kominsky Method’ (Final Season)
— NetflixQueue (@NetflixQueue) July 2, 2020
“The Kominsky Method” will come to an end after one more season. Netflix has renewed the Chuck Lorre-created comedy starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin for a third and final run.“’The Kominsky Method’ has been a true passion project for me and it’s been an incredible experience to see the warm response from both audiences and critics. I’m excited to wrap up the story with this final chapter,” Lorre said of the renewal in a statement, Variety reported.
‘The Rookie’ (Renewed)
Following strong ratings in its third season, ABC has picked up a fourth season of “The Rookie.” The cop drama stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, the oldest rookie at the Los Angeles Police Department. According to Deadline, the series averaged nearly 10 million total viewers this season.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (Renewed)
ABC has announced that “Grey’s Anatomy” will be renewed at least through Season 18, with star Ellen Pompeo extending her contract to continue playing Dr. Meredith Grey. The medical drama, currently in its 17th season, remains one of ABC’s most-watched scripted shows.
Original cast members Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. are also set to return to the upcoming season, while longtime cast members Giacomo Gianniotti and Jesse Williams departed the show in recent months.
‘The Flash’ (Renewed)
“The Flash” will continue to anchor The CW’s Arrowverse, following the conclusion of “Arrow” last year. The superhero series has been renewed for an eighth season, tying it for the longest-running DC Comics show on the CW. Also coming back for more in the Arroverse: the newly recast “Batwoman,” which has been renewed for a second season, and the ensemble series “Legends of Tomorrow,” which will return for season seven.
‘The Resident’ (Renewed)
After earning only modest ratings in its first and second seasons, “The Resident” continued to see a dip in viewership in season three. According to TVSeriesFinale, the Fox show earns about 3.8 million weekly viewers, approximately 23% less than its preceding season. Despite the decline in ratings, the network renewed the series for a fourth season, which kicked off in January 2021.
‘Carol’s Second Act’ (Canceled)
“Carol’s Second Act” is not getting a second act of its own. In May, CBS canceled the Patricia Heaton-led medical comedy after one season. The 18-episode freshman series didn’t perform as well as the network may have hoped, earning lower viewership than the same time slot last year.
“You” will be back to give audiences the creeps next year. In January, Netflix renewed its addictive stalker drama for a 10-episode third season. With a massive social media presence and enough viewership to land it on No. 5 on Netflix’s list of its top 10 most popular shows of 2019, the hit series was pretty much a shoo-in for renewal. Stars Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti are set to reprise their roles in the upcoming season.
ABC’s “Stumptown” has joined the growing list of TV shows to get axed over coronavirus-related production delays. The network renewed the graphic novel-inspired series earlier this year, but has ultimately opted not to move forward with a second season due to scheduling issues. ABC Signature, the company that produces the series, will reportedly shop the show to other networks and streamers.
‘Proven Innocent’ (Canceled)
Fox’s “Proven Innocent” was canceled abruptly in May 2020. The announcement was made only a day after the legal drama aired its freshman season finale, making it the last episode of the series. The show starred Rachelle Lefevre and Kelsey Grammer.
Showtime’s “SMILF” became marred with controversy in late 2018 after staffers from the show filed complaints of race-based separation and improper crediting and compensation against showrunner and star, Frankie Shaw. Shaw had her creative deal with ABC Studios suspended during an investigation into the alleged conduct. Meanwhile, Showtime ultimately opted to cancel the series, stating, “After weighing a variety of factors, Showtime has decided that SMILF will not move forward for a third season.”
‘Lethal Weapon’ (Canceled)
It’s over and out for Cole and Murtaugh. After three seasons, Fox pulled the plug on its adaptation of “Lethal Weapon.” The move came after a tumultuous year for the series, which fired co-star Clayne Crawford in 2018 over issues with on-set behavior. Though the network hired Sean William Scott as a new lead, the series continued to see a dip in ratings, and star Damon Wayans later suggested he was considering leaving the show. Fox ultimately opted to ax the series once and for all in May.
‘Love, Victor’ (Renewed)
— Love, Victor (@LoveVictorHulu) July 30, 2020
Hulu has ordered a second season of the hit freshman show, “Love, Victor.” The show, a spin-off of the 2018 film “Love, Simon,” was the streamer’s most-watched drama during the week of its premiere, according to Deadline.
— Married At 1st Sight (@MAFSLifetime) August 6, 2020
‘Married At First Sight’ (Renewed)
“Married at First Sight” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In August, Lifetime issued a massive six-season renewal to the flagship reality series, ensuring its future through Season 17. The preemptive renewal comes as “Married at First Sight” continues to deliver strong ratings in its 11th season.
‘Taste The Nation’ (Renewed)
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) May 21, 2020
Hulu is bringing back “Taste the Nation,” the docuseries starring Padma Lakshmi, who also executive produces the series. The show, which earned critical acclaim in its June debut, explores the rich food culture of diverse communities across America. Season two will consist of 10 episodes.
Everyone has someone, for better or worse. #SoulmatesAMC, starring Sarah Snook, Bill Skarsgård, Charlie Heaton, and Malin Ackerman as well as @BreakingBad's @Betsy_Brandt and David Costabile, premieres October 5. #CTAM20 #TCA20 pic.twitter.com/8jGl2xbsLu
— AMC Networks (@AMC_TV) August 7, 2020
AMC’s “Soulmates” won’t kick off its freshman season until October, but it’s already been renewed for season two. The channel has issued an early renewal for the series, which takes place 15 years in the future and centers on a scientific discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet.
— Hunters (@huntersonprime) August 3, 2020
Amazon has ordered a second season of the thriller drama “Hunters,” starring Al Pacino, Logan Lerman and Jerrika Hinton. The show, executive produced by Jordan Peele, follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in New York in the late ’70s.
‘Tacoma FD’ (Renewed)
— Tacoma FD (@Tacoma_FD) August 6, 2020
The shenanigans of Station 24 will continue into season three. TruTV has renewed the half-hour comedy, “Tacoma FD,” following the firefighters of a station house in one of the rainiest cities in the U.S.
‘Perry Mason’ (Renewed)
HBO has picked up drama “Perry Mason” for a second season. The series stars Matthew Rhys as a private investigator in 1930s Los Angeles.
— Warner Bros. Animation (@WB_Animation) August 8, 2020
Hulu is thrilled to be bringing back “Animaniacs.” The streaming service has given its upcoming reboot of the classic animated series a big show of support, issuing a second season renewal months before its fall premiere. The 13-episode second season will premiere in 2021.
‘The Conners’ (Renewed)
The Lanford family is staying together for the time being. ABC renewed the “Roseanne” spin-off for a third season, which kicked off in October 2020.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ (Ended)
Season 12 of “The Big Bang Theory” was also its last. Though the sitcom was continuing to bring in huge ratings in later seasons, Entertainment Weekly reports that star Jim Parsons was ready to walk away from the show and opted out of extending his contract for another two years.
Parsons, along with the other main cast members, posted heartfelt notes to their social media accounts, paying tribute to the show and expressing gratitude to those who worked on it.
‘The Affair’ (Ended)
Season five marked the end for Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning drama, “The Affair.” According to the network, a five-season run was always the plan for the series. However, the last season, which kicked off in August 2019, included some significant changes. Original star Joshua Jackson did not return as a series regular, and Anna Paquin joined the cast as a new key player.
‘Channel Zero’ (Canceled)
SyFy also opted to pull the plug on its horror anthology series, “Channel Zero.” Showrunner Nick Antosca first revealed the news on Instagram, sharing artwork from across the show’s four seasons and writing, in part, “After 4 seasons, Channel Zero is no more at SYFY. I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more… but I can’t complain too much about doing 4 stories I loved with people who I loved working with.”
‘The Ranch’ (Ended)
Another show that reached its end this year is Netflix’s “The Ranch,” which was renewed for a fourth and final season back in August. The Ashton Kutcher-led series was one of the first multi-cam comedies produced by Netflix and the first from the streamer to introduce the model of 20-episode seasons, split into two halves. The first half of the last season, billed as “Part 7,” became available to stream on September 13, while the final 10 episodes launched in January 2020.
‘The Rain’ (Ending)
The Danish original drama “The Rain” will also be returning for one last season. Netflix confirmed the news on social media in June, alongside a promotional poster that reads, “You Can’t Survive Alone.” The show takes place six years after a brutal virus carried by rain wipes out almost all the human life in Scandinavia. Season two consisted of only six episodes (down from eight in its freshman season), but the streamer has yet to confirm the length of its third and final season.
‘The Passage’ (Canceled)
After getting off to a promising start ratings-wise, “The Passage” ended its freshman run with season-low viewership. The decline led Fox to rethink the thriller, which was based on Justin Cronin’s novels and starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar. The network opted against bringing the series back for a second season, canceling it for good in May.
‘Tuca Bertie’ (Canceled)
Netflix has canceled its adult animated series,“Tuca Bertie,” after only one season. The show, which featured Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong in lead vocal roles, earned strong reviews from critics, but that apparently wasn’t enough to draw in viewers. Netflix announced the cancellation in July, with creator Lisa Hanawalt confirming the news on Twitter shortly after.
‘Bojack Horseman’ (Canceled)
“BoJack Horseman” has embarked on its final ride. In September 2019, Netflix announced that the sixth season of the critically acclaimed animated comedy would also be its last. After releasing the first half of its final season last fall, the second half began airing on Jan. 31, 2020.
‘Strange Angel’ (Canceled)
CBS All Access is also starting to make cuts to its roster. In November, the subscription streaming platform, which does not release ratings data, canceled its original period series “Strange Angel” after two seasons. The show was based on the biography “Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons.”
‘Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’ (Canceled)
The “Pretty Little Liars” franchise is over for now. Freeform canceled the recent spin-off “The Perfectionists” in September after only one season. Though there were high expectations surrounding the show, which featured “PLL” alums Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish reprising their roles, it was never able to recapture the blockbuster success of the flagship series.
“Instinct” will not be coming back for a third season. CBS opted against renewing the drama series, which starred Alan Cummings. Creator Michael Rauch announced the cancellation on Twitter, writing, “I’m very sad to relay the news that @instinctcbs won’t be renewed for a 3rd season. Thanks to our incredible crew, cast, writers, producers & all who helped make our show, with respect, talent & kindness. And a giant thank you to our diehard fans for your love, loyalty & excellent taste (is it too soon to ask for a reboot?).”
‘Swamp Thing’ (Canceled)
In June, DC Universe announced the axing of its live-action TV series “Swamp Thing.” The cancellation came just days after the show’s premiere episode aired. It marked the first of DC Universe’s slate of shows to get canceled since its launch in 2018.
‘Will & Grace’ (Ended)
“Will & Grace” has officially come to an end — for the second time. The hit sitcom concluded for good following the conclusion of its 2019-2020 season, which marked the 11th season of the overall series.
“We think of the ‘Will & Grace’ [revival] episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis — 51 is not enough, 53 is too many,” executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan and James Burrows said in a statement prior to the release. “That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of ‘Will & Grace.’”
‘American Princess’ (Canceled)
In August 2019, Lifetime canceled “American Princess” after a single season. The drama starred Georgia Flood as a socialite who runs away from her own wedding and stumbles upon a renaissance fair. The show was Lifetime’s last scripted original on its roster at the time, although the network is reportedly working on creating other shows.
OWN has decided to ax “Ambitions” after just one season. Series star Robin Givens announced the cancellation on Instagram in January 2020, sharing a photo of herself looking serious alongside the caption, writing, “found out last week #Ambitions wouldn’t be returning for a second season…” The modestly rated drama starred Givens as a ruthless Atlanta-based lawyer.
Hulu is bringing back the Aidy Bryant starrer, “Shrill.” The streaming platform has renewed the comedy for a third season, which will consist of eight episodes. The show has been generally well-received, earning largely positive reviews from critics.
Locke and Key (Renewed)
Netflix has renewed its adaptation of the comic book series “Locke and Key” for two more seasons. According to Deadline, the upcoming second season will see heightened stakes for the Locke siblings as they adjust to their new roles as the Keepers of the Keys.
‘Love Is Blind’ (Renewed)
Netflix issued a two-season renewal for its new hit reality series, “Love Is Blind.” The streamer is currently holding online casting and auditions for the show. The third season will reportedly premiere in 2021.
‘The Circle’ (Renewed)
Also coming back to Netflix’s slate of reality shows: “The Circle,” which received a two-season renewal from the streamer in March 2020. The social experiment competition series earned plenty of word-of-mouth following its premiere in January. Season two of the show will premiere sometime in 2021.
‘Station 19’ (Renewed)
ABC issued an early season four renewal to its “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff, “Station 19.” The news comes after the show’s best-performing season, which saw a new showrunner Krista Vernoff take over.
“This addictive, rich show is hitting series highs this year for a reason, and we can’t wait to deliver more great stories to our passionate audience,” ABC entertainment president Karey Burke said of the renewal.
‘Spinning Out’ (Canceled)
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Netflix’s figure skating drama won’t return for season two. The series premiered in January 2020 to middling reviews, and the streaming service confirmed the show’s cancellation about a month later. The decision sparked outrage from fans, who have already started a petition to save the show.
‘Truth Be Told’ (Renewed)
Apple picked up drama “Truth Be Told” for a second season. According to Deadline, the show will return as a semi-anthology, bringing back the central protagonist but focusing on a new story with a new cast of supporting characters. Octavia Spencer will reprise her role as podcaster Poppy Parnell, who takes on a new case in season two.
‘Step Up: High Water’ (Renewed)
“Step Up” spin-off show “Step Up: High Water” will return for season three after it was canceled by broadcaster YouTube. The dance series originally aired two seasons on YouTube Premium before getting axed in August 2019. In May 2020, Starz opted to save the series, bringing it back for another 10-episode season.
‘Prodigal Son’ (Canceled)
Fox has axed “Prodigal Son” after two seasons, turning the May 18 season finale into a series ender. According to TVLine, the thriller’s dwindling viewership was a deciding factor in its cancellation. The show ranked fourth in total audience ratings among Fox’s six original drama.
‘American Housewife’ (Canceled)
ABC has opted not to pick up “American Housewife” for a sixth season. The comedy starred Katy Mixon as wife and mom Katie Otto, who struggles to fit in with her wealthy and snooty new neighbors in the town of Westport, Connecticut.
‘The Goldbergs’ (Renewed)
“The Goldbergs” has been renewed for a ninth season at ABC. The veteran comedy, based on creator Adam F. Goldberg’s own childhood, follows a chaotic but loving family navigating life in the ‘80s. The renewal follows the tragic passing of George Segal, a series regular on the show who died in March 2021 of complications from bypass surgery.
‘A Million Little Things’ (Renewed)
“A Million Little Things” kicked off its previously confirmed third season in November 2020. Set in Boston, the drama centers on a tight-knit group of friends who are left reeling after a tragic event.
‘The Bachelor’ (Renewed)
— The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) June 12, 2020
The search for love will continue on “The Bachelor.” As expected, ABC’s flagship reality competition series kicked off its 28th season in January 2021. This season will mark the first time a Black male bachelor will lead the show. Matt James, 28, says he’s looking for someone selfless, honest and caring — just like his mom. Swoon!
‘Good Girls’ (Renewed)
“Good Girls” has been granted a fourth season. NBC issued the renewal in May, shortly after the show’s third season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. Season four premiered in March 2021.
“FBI” returned for its third season in November 2020. The police procedural follows an elite team of experts who work at the New York office of the FBI. Though the series saw a decline in viewership over the course of its second season, it remains one of the network’s strongest series, particularly in the drama genre.
‘MacGyver’ (Final Season)
“MacGyver” is coming to an end. CBS has announced that the fifth season of the adventure series, based on the 1986 TV show of the same name, will also be its last.
‘Magnum P.I.’ (Renewed)
CBS renewed ‘80s remake, “Magnum P.I.,” for a third season, which kicked off in December 2020. Jay Hernandez, who stars on the show as Thomas Magnum, shared a celebratory Instagram post in honor of the news, sharing a photo of himself laughing on the beach and writing in part, “We can’t wait to get after it with our ohana in Hawaii. MAGNUM P.I. SEASON 3 coming soon!!”
‘The Neighborhood’ (Renewed)
CBS’ “The Neighborhood” returned for a third season in November 2020. Like several other broadcast shows, the comedy’s sophomore run was cut short amid the coronavirus pandemic, with production unable to complete or air the season finale. Despite the shortened season, The Neighborhood is among the CBS’ strongest comedies and was considered a shoo-in for renewal.
‘The Unicorn’ (Canceled)
CBS has canceled “The Unicorn” after just two seasons. Starring Walton Goggins, the show centered on a single dad learning to move on with his life and re-enter the world of dating after the death of his wife.
“S.W.A.T.” is perhaps among the most surprising of CBS’ recent renewals. The crime thriller was considered “on the bubble,” following a significant drop in ratings for the second year in a row. Despite the decline, CBS gave the series another chance, with its fourth season launching in November 2020.
One of the earliest renewals of 2020 went to the procedural, “911.” Fox picked up the drama for a fourth season in April. The renewal comes as no surprise, as both “911” and its freshman spinoff, “911: Lone Star,” rank as the network’s two highest-rated scripted series of the past, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “911: Lone Star” was also renewed in conjunction with its predecessor in April.
‘Bob Hearts Abishola’ (Renewed)
Freshman sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola” returned for season two in November 2020. The CBS comedy, which stars Billy Gardell as a man who suffers a heart attack and ends up falling for the nurse caring for him — Abishola, played by Folake Olowofoyeku — was the network’s highest-rated new series in its freshman season, earning an average of 5.9 million viewers per week.
‘Single Parents’ (Canceled)
ABC’s “Single Parents” has come to the end of its run. The sitcom has been canceled after two seasons, as the network confirmed this spring. The ensemble series, featuring Taran Kimman and Leighton Meester, was considered on the bubble, having earned a small but loyal fanbase throughout its brief run. Fans have already begun campaigning to save the show, with the hashtag #savesingleparents trending on Twitter shortly after the news of the cancellation.
“Schooled” is out for good. In May, ABC canceled the spinoff of “The Goldbergs” after just two seasons. In the ‘90s-set comedy, AJ Michalka reprised her Goldbergs character, Lainey Lewis, as she took a job as a music teacher at her old high school.
‘Man with a Plan’ (Canceled)
After four seasons, “Man with a Plan is over. CBS opted to cancel the Matt LeBlanc-fronted sitcom in May, making it the only established series at the network not to get renewed this season. According to Deadline, the comedy was considered a reliable midseason performer for CBS, but its high production costs ultimately ended up costing it a chance at another season.
‘How to Get Away with Murder’ (Ended)
After six seasons, “How to Get Away with Murder” ended its drama-packed run in May. The show originated alongside “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy’ as part of Shondaland’s “TGIT” lineup on ABC. Throughout its run, “How to Get Away with Murder” not only delivered plenty of twists and turns but also made history along the way. In 2015, star Viola Davis became the first Black woman to win a lead actress in a drama Emmy for the show’s first season.
‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ (Renewed)
Get ready for more musical antics on NBC! The network renewed “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” for a second 13-episode season, thanks in part to its passionate fanbase. Though the series has earned soft ratings in live viewership, it’s one of NBC’s strongest performers in digital and delayed viewing and recently topped USA Today’s annual Save Our Shows poll with immense support. Season two kicked off in January 2021.
‘Katy Keene’ (Canceled)
The CW has opted not to renew Katy Keene for a second season. Though the show wasn’t a big ratings earner, the cancellation still comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the show is within the Riverdale universe and hails from prolific showrunners Greg Berlanti and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind The Riverdale spinoff, is currently exploring options to keep the show going.
‘The Baker & The Beauty’ (Canceled)
ABC has axed its romantic drama, “The Baker and the Beauty,” after one season. Based on the hit Israeli title, the show had a tough time connecting with viewers, ranking as one of the network’s lowest-rated series during its nine-episode freshman season.
‘Last Call With Carson Daly’ (Canceled)
After 17 years, Carson Daly bid adieu to his late-night series, “Last Call with Carson Daly.” The TV host explained on Twitter that he was leaving the series to focus on some of his other projects.
“I want to focus more on @TODAYshow and @NBCTheVoice & other areas I’m passionate about within our company,” he wrote. “For example, The Golf Channel has always been a favorite & we have a few exciting things in the works. I look forward to building on that.” He added that his family will always remain his top priority.
‘The InBetween’ (Canceled)
NBC’s freshman drama “The InBetween,” starring Harriet Dyer, has been canceled after only one season. According to Deadline, the news was not unexpected. Upon its release, “The InBetween” drew some of the lowest ratings of NBC’s summer lineup, and several of the creators and executive producers behind the show have already moved on to new projects.