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 (like “Designated Survivor” and “Sunnyside”) or ended on their own terms with one last season (like “The Good Place”), 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 June 16, 2020
Correction June 16, 2020: A previous version of this article misstated “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail’s last name. We regret the error.
“Black-ish” will be back for a seventh season. ABC issued a renewal for the family comedy in May, along with the two other shows in the Kenya Barris-led universe, “Mixed-ish” and “Grown-ish.”
‘The Conners’ (Renewed)
The Lanford family is staying together for the time being. ABC renewed the “Roseanne” spin-off for a third season. The renewal comes as “The Conners” remains the network’s second high-rated scripted show for the 2019-2020 season.
‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ (Renewed)
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In May, FX issued a record-breaking renewal for flagship comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The network confirmed the series would return for a 15th season, making it the longest-running live-action comedy series in history.
‘Anne With an E’ (Canceled)
Anne’s adventures have also come to an end. The Netflix/CBC drama was canceled after three seasons, with the third and final season debuting in early January on the streamer. Netflix released a statement, saying, “We hope fans of the show love this final season as much as we do, and that it brings a satisfying conclusion to Anne’s journey.”
‘The Mandalorian’ (Renewed)
Disney Plus is officially bringing back “The Mandalorian” for a second season. Showrunner Jon Favreau announced the renewal on Twitter, confirming that the next installment (and a return of Baby Yoda) will likely premiere in fall 2020.
‘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.”
‘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.
‘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.
It’s over and out for Holmes and Watson. CBS’ crime procedural “Elementary,” starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller, aired its final season over the summer of 2019. The series came to an end after seven seasons.
‘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.
‘Stranger Things’ (Renewed)
The gang from Hawkins, Indiana, will return for a fourth season — however, it’s unclear whether that will be in 2020 or 2021. “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.
‘This Is Us’ (Renewed)
Season four of “This Is Us” ended with a dramatic fight between brothers Kevin and Randall. Luckily, thanks to a preemptive three-season renewal through season six, fans already knew they wouldn’t be left hanging. The real question is when the NBC hit will return. The best guess would be September 2020, provided coronavirus shooting delays don’t force it later into the fall season.
‘The Masked Singer’ (Renewed)
Season three of Fox’s singing competition wrapped in May, but it won’t be long before it’s back. The network announced that fans can expect season four in fall 2020. “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.
In August 2019, HBO announced that “Ballers” fifth season, which aired during fall 2019, would be its last. Following the cancellation, star Dwayne Johnson paid tribute to the show in an Instagram video. “To me, the opportunity Ballers created for so many others, is the real gold of our show. I love you, I thank you and enjoy our final season of BALLERS,” he wrote in the caption.
‘Young Sheldon’ (Renewed)
“Young Sheldon” was signed on for two additional seasons in February 2019. Season three of “The Big Bang Theory” spin-off launched in fall 2019 and aired its season finale in April. Season four is expected in fall 2020, though it remains to be determined if the coronavirus will cause any delays.
News of CBS’ renewal of its hit show “NCIS,” along with spin-offs “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” is no big surprise. The show has been a franchise staple for the network for over a decade. The Mark Harmon-led show aired its season 17 finale in April 2020 and has not set a return for season 18 yet.
‘Blue Bloods’ (Renewed)
This Tom Selleck starrer is sticking around. Though there was some question surrounding whether the veteran drama would return, CBS announced in May 2020 that the show would return for its 11th season. As with all returning shows, it will remain to be seen whether it will return later this year or in 2021, due to potential filming interruptions from the coronavirus pandemic.
‘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.
‘Last Man Standing’ (Renewed)
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Fox has renewed the Tim Allen comedy “Last Man Standing” for another season, as the network confirmed in May. The new season will be its third season on Fox and its ninth overall, after previously airing on ABC.
‘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 Rookie’ (Renewed)
ABC’s “The Rookie” was renewed for a third season, though its Sunday night time slot didn’t seem to be doing it any favors in season two. Season two saw ratings drop, albeit only by about 10%, and clearly the network thought the show was worth saving.
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (Renewed)
“Grey’s Anatomy” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Back in May, the show earned a two-season pickup, which will take the long-running medical drama through the 17th season. The renewal comes shortly after leading lady Ellen Pompeo closed a headline-making two-year contract for seasons 15 and 16 and then signed a new deal for season 17.
So is there an end for “Grey’s” in sight? Creator Shonda Rhimes has said that series will continue as long as Pompeo is willing to do the show.
The Entire Arrowverse (Renewed)
Good news for fans of all things DC Comics: The CW kicked off 2020 with a huge bang, giving early renewals to 13 of its shows — essentially its entire lineup. This includes all of the comics-based shows in the network’s Arrowverse, including “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Black Lightning,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Batwoman.”
‘The Resident’ (Renewed)
After earning only modest ratings in its first and second seasons, “The Resident” has 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. However, Fox announced in May that the show would return for a fourth season — though when it will air is to be determined.
‘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.
“Stumptown” will be back for a second round. Though the show earned somewhat lackluster ratings throughout its first season, with an average of 2.8 million weekly viewers, it did have a saving grace in delayed viewing. “Stumptown” earned the strongest gains in DVR ratings of any other freshman series this season, which was apparently enough to convince the network to bring it back for season two. ABC confirmed the renewal in May.
‘Proven Innocent’ (Canceled)
Fox’s “Proven Innocent” was canceled abruptly in May. 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.”
‘Santa Clarita Diet’ (Canceled)
“Santa Clarita Diet” won’t be back for season four. Throughout its run, the show developed a cult following that started a #SaveSantaClaritaDiet Twitter campaign in an attempt to convince Netflix to release another season. Despite their’ best efforts to save the show, the steamer made its cancellation official in April, less than a month after the release of its 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.
Netflix also announced the upcoming end of Joe Swanberg’s episodic anthology series, which follows a set of diverse residents in modern-day Chicago. Following two well-reviewed seasons, the showrunners decided the third season would be its last. Season three aired in 2019.
“Sunnyside” is officially over. NBC canceled the Kal Penn comedy in October, making it the first new series of the fall to get axed. The series got off to a rocky start, with its September premiere earning the lowest ratings of any freshman broadcast series this season. When viewership continued to dip,< the writing was clearly on the wall. NBC will air its remaining episodes on the NBC app and NBC.com.
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Netflix’s cancellation spree continued with its freshman YA series, “Chambers.” Despite featuring a star-studded cast led by Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn, the supernatural drama premiered in April to only lukewarm reviews and lackluster viewership. The streamer confirmed the end of the series in June, stating in part, “Chambers will not return for a second season,” the streaming network said in a statement. “We’re grateful to creator and showrunner Leah Rachel for bringing this story to us.”
After three seasons, ABC’s “Speechless” also reached the end of its road this year. The network opted to cancel the sitcom in May, about a month after the end of its third — and now final — season. Throughout its run, “Speechless” earned generally positive reviews and drew some award season attention, winning an “Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming” prize at the 2017 Television Critics Association Award.
‘Splitting Up Together’ (Canceled)
ABC and “Splitting Up Together” have split up for good. As part of a slew of cancellations in May, the network opted to pull the plug on the family sitcom, which starred Jenna Fisher and Oliver Hudson as a couple who decide to continue living together after divorce. Despite its star-studded cast, “Splitting Up Together” failed to get much attention from audiences, making it one of ABC’s lowest-rated comedies during its run.
‘The Punisher’ (Canceled)
In February, just a month after its second season aired, Netflix canceled one of its last remaining Marvel series, “The Punisher.” The series, starring Jon Bernthal, was one of the few remaining shows from the comic book conglomerate left on the streamer.
Netflix confirmed the news to Deadline, stating, “’Marvel’s The Punisher’ will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew and exceptional cast, including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come.”
‘Jessica Jones’ (Canceled)
In conjunction with news of the end of the “The Punisher,” Netflix also revealed that the pending third season of Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” would be its last. Its cancellation, along with that of “The Punisher,” signals the official end of a multi-series deal between Marvel and Netflix that first started in 2013.
“We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew, for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others,” Netflix said in a statement.
‘Friends From College’ (Canceled)
Say goodbye to your “Friends From College.” The Netflix series, starring an ensemble cast that included Keegan-Michael Key, Colbie Smulders, Fred Savage and several others, has been canceled. The show’s co-creator and director confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, “Friends from College will not be returning for a third season. Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents’ Day!”
The show, which earned middling reviews, is the latest casualty as Netflix continues its efforts to clean house in 2019.
‘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.
‘Orange Is the New Black’ (Ended)
Fans had to say farewell to those orange jumpsuits this summer. In 2018, Netflix confirmed that its Emmy-winning prison dramedy would end with its seventh season. The final season premiered in July, earning rave reviews from critics and viewers alike.
After delaying production to allow star Julia Louis-Dreyfus time to undergo treatment for breast cancer, “Veep” returned for one last season in March 2019. The final run follows Selina Meyers as she faces off against opposing candidate Jonah Ryan to get back into the Oval Office. Though season seven only consists of seven episodes, it’s still packed with plenty of crazy campaign antics.
‘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.
FX’s “X-Men” spin-off returned for a third and final season in June. The season determined the fate of David Haller, the powerful mutant played by Dan Stevens. It also featured notable guest stars, including Harry Lloyd as X-Men founder and Haller’s father, Professor X.
SyFy took a big shot with the costly George R.R. Martin drama, “Nightflyers,” which the network co-produced with Netflix. Unfortunately, its investment didn’t pan out as envisioned. The ambitious show was canceled in February after only one season, despite initial plans for a multi-season story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, low ratings are primarily to blame, with the series failing to break out in an already crowded space of original TV content.
Starz is not bringing the spy drama “Counterpart” back for a third season. Showrunner and creator Justin Marks revealed the cancellation on Twitter, although he also hinted that producer MRC will look for a new home for the series.
“Thank you to everyone who made this journey so special for us. Your tweets, podcasts, and intricate conspiracy theories have made it all worthwhile. Fingers crossed that our wonderful studio, MRC, can find a way to keep the dream alive!” he wrote.
‘The First’ (Canceled)
Hulu’s “The First,” starring Sean Penn, centered on an astronaut crew attempting to be the first humans on Mars. While the buzzy concept and notable cast earned some attention in the lead-up to its premiere, the freshman series never established the viewership that Hulu was hoping for while on air. The streamer announced its official cancellation in January 2019 after only one season.
‘The Deuce’ (Canceled)
HBO’s ’70s-set drama “The Deuce” has also recently completed its final season. The show, which earned solid reviews but modest ratings, wrapped up its story with a third and final season that premiered in September and concluded in late October.
‘I Love You, America’ (Canceled)
Hulu canceled this Sarah Silverman-fronted show after only two seasons. The show, which tackled current events and featured notable guests like Roxane Gay, Patton Oswalt and DeRay Mckesson, earned strongly positive reviews and some award season attention (including an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series). But in the end, the decision reportedly came down to viewership.
“We’re proud of what Sarah Silverman did on ‘I Love You, America,’” Hulu chief Craig Erwich said of the series. “I think the show grew creatively between Season 1 and Season 2. It didn’t acquire a large enough audience despite the critical acclaim.”
‘Trial & Error’ (Canceled)
It looks like the jury is out on “Trial & Error.” In January 2019, NBC confirmed that the goofy legal comedy is officially not getting a third season. The series, featuring Nicholas D’Agosto, John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd, centers on an earnest attorney from New York who relocates to a small South Carolina to defend a professor accused of killing his wife. Following its cancellation at NBC, producing company Warner Bros. TV reportedly shopped the show around to other networks and streamers.
“iZombie” also took its final bow in summer 2019. Star Rose McIver tweeted out the news to fans, writing, “So the fifth season of #iZombie will be our last. I am therefore committed and excited to make it the best one yet! Really proud to be on a show that celebrates the misfits and I pinch myself every day that I get to be a part of the iZombie world with you guys.”
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ (Canceled)
Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” also came to an end in 2019, with the second half of its final season airing early this year. All four seasons of the show have above a 95% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Another show to recently get axed at Netflix is “Travelers,” the sci-fi drama that starred Eric McCormack as the leader of a team of highly trained operatives from the future who travel back to the 21st century. McCormack made the announcement in a video posted to social media in early February, saying, “A lot of you have been asking about the possibility of a Season 4, but many of you have been saying, ‘Look, if this is it, what a moving and surprising and profound ending it is.’ Well, I’m afraid it is [the end].”
‘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.”
‘Mr. Robot’ (Ended)
“Mr. Robot” concluded in fall 2019. Season four of the USA series, which kicked off in early October and wrapped up in November, was also its last. Creator Sam Esmail decided the show had reached its natural conclusion, stating, “Since day one, I’ve been building toward one conclusion — and in breaking the next season of Mr. Robot, I have decided that conclusion is finally here.”
‘The Man in the High Castle’ (Ended)
Amazon also ended its acclaimed series based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel of the same name. According to Deadline, the cast, crew members, producers and showrunners were notified of the decision while filming and working on the show’s fourth season.
Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke confirmed that the season would be its last, stating, “With production ongoing on our fourth and final season, we can’t wait for fans to see how this final chapter in the story unfolds.”
‘Criminal Minds’ (Ended)
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“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. The CBS series confirmed news of the show’s ending via its official Twitter account, writing, “Get ready for a momentous ride: Season 15 will be our epic final season.”
Last year, PBS confirmed that the upcoming fifth season of “Poldark” would double as its last. The show, as well as several cast members, shared photos of the final days on set on Instagram.
“And that’s our final wrap!” the official “Poldark” account wrote in a caption alongside a cast photo. “Thank you for all your support, we can’t wait to show you #Poldark S5 later in 2019.”
‘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.
Season 5 will also be the last for Netflix’s “Lucifer,” as the streamer confirmed in June. Star Tom Ellis revealed that the season will be split into two parts, with each half consisting of 8 episodes. The first half of the season will launch in August.
‘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.
‘Sorry For Your Loss’ (Canceled)
After failing to break through with any of its current series, Facebook Watch is paring back on its scripted content. In January, the streaming platform canceled “Sorry For Your Loss” after two seasons. The drama, starring Elizabeth Olsen as a young widow, earned widely positive reviews from critics but never garnered much mainstream buzz.
In scaling back on its lineup of series, Facebook Watch also opted to ax “Limetown.” The show based on the podcast of the same name starred Jessica Biel as a journalist investigating the mass disappearance at a neuroscience research facility. “Limetown” earned decent reviews upon its release, but it only ran for one season.
‘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.
Netflix’s apocalyptic teen drama “Daybreak” has been canceled. The show, starring Colin Ford, was based on a comic book series of the same name by Brian Ralph. The streaming service axed the series after only one season, co-creator Aron Coleite revealed through a joint statement from producers on Twitter in December.
“No one is as heartbroken as we are that we can’t share more of this ride with you,” it read in part. “But we’re so grateful to have gotten to bring it this far.”
‘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?).”
‘Reef Break’ (Canceled)
In December, ABC canceled “Reef Break” after one season. The show, starring Poppy Montgomery as a pro surfer and former con artist, aired over the summer but failed to attract much of an audience during its 13-episode run. According to TVLine, the series ranked last in total viewership among the network’s summer offerings.
‘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.’”
In December, Starz opted to cancel “Sweetbitter,” the half-hour dramedy based on the book by Stephanie Danler. The series, which starred Elle Purnell, only ran for two seasons, wrapping up its sophomore run last August. Season 2 wrapped up with an average of 92,000 total viewers, down from 163,000 viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
‘Cloak & Dagger’ (Canceled)
Freeform canceled the Marvel series “Cloak & Dagger” after two seasons. The announcement was made in October, five months after the YA drama wrapped its sophomore season. “We are so proud of Marvel’s ‘Cloak & Dagger’ and the trailblazing stories this series told,” Freeform said in a statement. “We are also grateful to our incredible talent Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph for bringing these beloved characters to life, and showrunner Joe Pokaski for his vision.”
‘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.
‘The Detour’ (Canceled)
TBS axed “The Detour” after four seasons. The cancellation was announced in September 2019, leaving the August Season 4 finale to double as the series finale. The comedy, starring Jason Jones and Natalie Zea, failed to become a ratings breakout during its run. In addition to co-starring on the show, Jones also co-wrote the series with his wife and producing partner Samantha Bee.
‘The Guest Book’ (Canceled)
After two seasons, “The Guest Book” has officially closed. After a moderately rated first season, the TBS show saw a near 25% drop in viewership in Season 2, according to TV Series Finale. Creator Greg Garcia took to Twitter to confirm the news of the cancellation in September 2019.
‘No Good Nick’ (Canceled)
Another Netflix show to bite the dust: “No Good Nick,” the family-friendly comedy starring Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin. The series was canceled after a 20-episode first season, which was split into two parts over the spring and summer of 2019. Co-creator David H. Steinberg issued a statement on the cancellation, writing in part, “Making this show has been a life changing experience for us and we couldn’t have asked for a better response from the audience.”
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.
Fox’s ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ reboot, ‘BJ90210,’ has been canceled after a single season. “We are so proud to have reunited in a very special summer event one of the network’s legacy series and casts with 90210 fans across the country,” FOX said in a statement, per US Weekly. “Profound thanks to and respect for Brian [Austin Green], Gabrielle [Carteris], Ian [Ziering], Jason [Priestley], Jennie [Garth], Shannen [Doherty] and Tori [Spelling], who, along with the entire crew and everyone at FOX and CBS Television Studios, poured their hearts and souls into this truly inventive and nostalgic revival.”
Green later confirmed the news on Instagram, sharing a photo of the Peach Pit alongside the caption, “What a fun trip back. Thanks to the fans.”
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,” which debuted in February 2020. The streamer confirmed the news on social media, writing, “More keys, more demons, more aloha.” According to Deadline, the upcoming 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.
‘The Crown’ (Ending)
Netflix has decided to end its critically acclaimed period drama, “The Crown,” after its fifth season. The show was initially expected to run for six seasons, but the streamer has opted to shorten its lifespan. 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.
‘V Wars’ (Canceled)
Netflix has canceled this freshman sci-fi drama after just one season. The show starred Ian Somerhalder as a scientist whose best friend becomes infected with a mysterious disease that transforms him into a murderous predator.
‘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’ (Renewed)
“Prodigal Son” is returning to Fox. In May, the network renewed the freshman drama for a second season to premiere in 2021. The series follows a psychologist who has a unique understanding of how serial killers think, based on his experience with his own father, one of the most notorious serial killers in history.
‘American Housewife’ (Renewed)
“American Housewife” will also return for season five. The comedy was among the 13 series renewed by ABC in May. The series follows a mother of three raising her flawed family in a wealthy Connecticut town.
‘The Goldbergs’ (Renewed)
Also returning to ABC’s 2020-2021 slate is veteran family sitcom “The Goldbergs.” The series has been renewed for an eighth season, as ABC confirmed in May. Though the show saw a slight dip in viewership over its seventh and most recent season, it remains a cornerstone of the network’s comedy lineup.
‘A Million Little Things’ (Renewed)
“A Million Little Things” will continue its run at ABC. In May, the network announced that the show has been renewed for a third season. 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 has been renewed for season 25, but the network still had a surprise in store: 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 news for “DWTS” fans: The long-running competition series is sticking around for another year. ABC confirmed the show’s 29th season renewal in May. This will also be the second year in a row that the series skips airing a cycle in the spring, taking a year-long hiatus before returning in the fall.
‘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. Only 11 of the 16 planned episodes were completed before production shut down, leaving the last episode of the season (which was not the planned finale) to air in early May.
“FBI” will return for season three, as CBS confirmed in May. 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” will soon be back in action! The adventure series, based on the 1986 TV show of the same name, has been renewed for a third season after raking in an average of 6 million viewers per week. The renewal was part of the network’s sweeping, 18-series pickup in early May, ensuring the return of the majority of its drama slate.
‘Magnum P.I.’ (Renewed)
CBS has renewed another ‘80s remake, “Magnum P.I.,” for a third season. 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” will be back for a third season. 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’ (Renewed)
Fans of “The Unicorn” won’t be left disappointed next year. CBS announced that it has renewed the freshman series for a second season. Though the comedy, which stars Walton Goggins as a widower learning to navigate the dating scene, wasn’t a huge ratings breakout in its Thursday night time slot, it did manage to break into the network’s top 10 shows in viewership over the course of its first season.
“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, it looks like CBS is giving the series another chance, opting to bring it back for a fourth season.
One of the earliest renewals of the year 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” will return for season two. 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 — is the network’s highest-rated new series of the 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.
ABC has opted to ax sci-fi drama “Emergence” after only one season. The series followed a chief of police who encounters a young girl with telekinetic powers while investigating a mysterious plane crash. The show ran for 13 episodes but was unable to draw much of an audience, landing as one of the network’s lowest-rated entries of the season.
‘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.
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“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.
‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ (Renewed)
Get ready for more musical antics on NBC! The network has 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.
‘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.
‘Grand Hotel’ (Canceled)
Grand Hotel is closing its doors. ABC has opted against renewing the show for a second season, following middling ratings in its freshman run. The show, executive produced by Eva Longoria, was based on a Spanish format and followed the exploits of the owners and staff of a Miami Beach hotel.
‘Murphy Brown’ (Canceled)
CBS canceled the revival of “Murphy Brown” in May after only one season. The much-buzzed-about reboot brought Candice Bergen back to the iconic titular role that won her five Emmys. But though ratings started strong enough, they quickly started to decline, leading CBS to ax the series after just 13 episodes.
‘She’s Gotta Have It’ (Canceled)
“She’s Gotta Have It” is also over at Netflix. The streamer canceled the Spike Lee adaptation in July 2019 less than two months after its second season premiere. But it may not be over for good — Lee is expected to shop the series to other platforms.
‘The Fix’ (Canceled)
Also not getting a second season: the Marcia Clark-produced legal thriller, “The Fix.” Co-written and executive produced by the O.J. Simpson prosecutor, the series focused on a Los Angeles attorney who gets a second chance at prosecuting a celebrity, eight years after she fails to convict him for murder. ABC canceled the series shortly before the freshman season’s finale episode.
‘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.
Sorry “Suits” fans — it looks like the franchise is officially done on the USA Network. The channel has officially canceled “Pearson,” the “Suits” spinoff starring Gina Torres’ character, Jessica Pearson. The show ran for 10 episodes but simply couldn’t capture the expansive audience that its parent show had. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Pearson” only averaged about half the viewership of “Suits” during the initial airing of each episode.
‘Lodge 49’ (Canceled)
AMC canceled “Lodge 49” after two seasons, making the second season finale its series finale.
“We are so proud to have had Lodge 49 on our air,” the network said in a statement. “This wonderful show gave audiences fresh and unforgettable characters in a world that did not exist anywhere else on television.”
‘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.