Comedies and dramas across all of the major networks had their fates sealed today. ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS announced which shows will not be returning next year, and while you may have already forgotten most of them, a few names stand out on the list.
FOX had the most cancellations today, though the total numbers may change in a week or two. Struggling comedy “The Cool Kids” was one of the first to go at the network. Starring David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, Vicki Lawrence, and Martin Mull, the show won’t be coming back for a second season. It may just be part of the new Disney-FOX deal, but FOX cut ties with the X-Men series “The Gifted.” The Disney deal certainly help the show, which lost half of its viewers in the second season, ending with a 1.95M average. “Love Connection,” hosted by Andy Cohen, won’t be coming back for another season as well. FOX’s “The Passage” was also shut down this week. Starring Saniyya Sidney and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, the show won’t be returning with new episodes. “Rel” is another one-season story, but “Lethal Weapon” lasted three seasons before finally getting the axe. Off-set drama and cast changes seem to have doomed this adaptation, and the final confirmation came out today. “Star” was another show cancelled, ending after three seasons.
ABC confirmed that “The Kids Are Alright” was canceled, as the network decided against giving the show a second season. The network also cut down “The Fix” with Robin Tunney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Scott Cohen. “For the People” made it two seasons, averaging close to 3M viewers a week, but the show won’t be returning next year. “Speechless” was canceled as well, which may come as a surprise to fans. The show only lasted three seasons on ABC and starred Minnie Driver and Micah Fowler. Averaging just 2.3M viewers, it seems unlikely that any other network would pick up the series. The comedy “Splitting Up Together” was cut after two seasons today. Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson starred in the show, which averaged 2.77M viewers. “Whiskey Cavalier” with Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan was added to the list on Sunday afternoon.
CBS cancelled “Fam,” a comedy starring Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell. “Happy Together,” which only had one season, featured Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West. The Dianne Wiest and James Brolin comedy “Life In Pieces” also got the axe. The show only lasted five episodes into season four before CBS announced its doom. The show did average 5.75M viewers, but ratings have been dropping year-over-year. CBS also confirmed that Candice Bergen’s “Murphy Brown” won’t be coming back for another season.
So far, NBC has only canceled “I Feel Bad,” which starred Sarayu Blue.
The list will be updated as more shows are cut from the schedule.
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