Network executives cleared the schedule at ABC and FOX this week, while The CW and CBS also announced their cancellations and renewals. Not all of the cancellations were freshman series, some like Castle and Nashville had a few seasons to attract a steady audience that might be sad to see their characters say goodbye.
ABC completely cleaned house this week, outpacing all of the other networks when it came to shutting down shows. The network cancelled six series in total, clearing the way for new freshman series in the future.
“The Muppets” will not be returning to the network, but the popular characters had trouble from the start. Was it a kid’s show? Was it meant for adults? The Muppets failed to connect with audiences, and the series never got off the ground at ABC. Not to mention that people were outraged when Miss Piggy and Kermit broke up, and groups threatened to boycott The Muppets if they didn’t clean up their late-night act. It’s not easy being green.
Next on the chopping block was “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” one of the more popular shows to get the boot at ABC. The show didn’t pull in the same ratings as “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the series is being removed to make room for new material. If you are a fan of the show’s star, Hayley Atwell, you will get to follow her to a new ABC show called “Conviction.”
“Castle” probably had the largest fan-base of any of the ABC cancellations. The show will end with eight seasons and fans will surely miss seeing Nathan Fillion every week. “Nashville” got the axe as well, so did “Galavant,” but according to their numbers not too many people will care about those cancellations. The same could be said for “The Family,” which never found footing with viewers.
ABC did renew “The Real O’Neals,” which has shown growth since it debuted earlier this year. Other renewals include “American Crime,” the midseason drama “The Catch,” and “Dr. Ken.”
Over at CBS things weren’t as bad, the only series that the network let go was “CSI: Cyber,” a rare miss for the CSI brand. The show will end with its second season. James Van Der Beek fans will miss having him on television, but we expect he won’t stay away long. We still think they should bring back “Don’t trust the B-” but Krysten Ritter has been killing it on “Jessica Jones,” so that may not be possible anymore.
At CBS the network decided that it could do without “Containment,” but it quickly found a replacement. CBS did what everyone knew it was going to do, finally moving “Supergirl” to the CW network. The change will occur at the start of season two, and Supergirl will find a new home with her DC buddies “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” CBS also renewed “Life in Pieces,” which came as a bit of surprise.
At FOX, things were worse than CBS but not as bad ABC. FOX cancelled “The Grinder,” “Grandfathered” and “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Life.” All three comedies failed to impress the network this year, and it only highlights the fact that FOX has had issues gathering comedies that aren’t animated. Speaking of animated, “Bordertown” was also cancelled this week.