It’s almost TV show premiere season in Hollywood, which means that first it’s “ruthlessly cancelling all manner of shows” season. Yesterday alone, Deadline sister site TV Line reported that networks cancelled more than a dozen shows, and they’re expected to keep it up over the next few days.
While many of the shows that were cancelled haven’t really made a dent in pop culture (uh, did anyone watch Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life?), we also lost some longtime fan favorites. There’s still a chance some of them will be picked up by other networks or by Netflix, so if you see your show on this list, look to see if there’s a petition out there!
1. Castle: This genre-spanning show featured Nathan Fillion as a writer working alongside a detective to solve crimes. It began in 2009, and even though a number of cast members had signed on for a ninth season, it was dropped yesterday.
2. Nashville: The country-music TV juggernaut was cancelled yesterday by ABC, but fans can take comfort in the knowledge that the studio in charge of the show, Lionsgate, is shopping it around to other networks.
3. The Family: A somewhat unusual concept, revolving around a man long-presumed dead who returns to his hometown, and the star power of the likes of Joan Allen and Rupert Graves weren’t enough to guarantee this show a second season.
4. The Grinder: Despite starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage as brothers, this show — about an actor (Lowe) who thinks that because he’s played a lawyer he can actually be one — didn’t last more than one season.
5. Grandfathered: John Stamos, families, a fish out of water: This show seemed to have all the hallmarks of sitcom success! But, alas, Grandfathered was one of the many freshman shows cancelled yesterday.
6. Marvel’s Agent Carter: The Marvel universe, which is expanding faster than anyone can keep track, lost one offshoot when ABC decided to cancel this wartime series about Peggy Carter, one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which is the subject of another TV show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
7. Galavant: Apparently Game of Thrones has the market cornered on medieval-ish TV shows right now, because Galavant, a “musical comedy TV adventure,” didn’t make it past its first season.
8. The Muppets: Yes, the Muppets you remember from your childhood were on TV this year, but they won’t be next year. The adult-targeted reboot was cancelled after its viewership didn’t live up to the hype.
9. Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life: Sitcoms about young men figuring out their way in life aren’t terribly groundbreaking, which is perhaps why this particular one only made it to 13 episodes before getting axed.
10. Bordertown: The latest offering from the brains behind Family Guy featured a border patrol agent and his family, living in the fictitious border city Mexifornia, whose next-door neighbors were Mexican immigrants. Given the sensitive nature of immigration and Family Guy‘s tendency to treat such subjects rather insensitively, we can hazard a guess as to why the show didn’t last.
11. Game of Silence: This show premiered on April 12 of 2016, making it one of the shortest-lived series to meet the chopping block this week.
12. Heartbeat: The age of the medical drama just might be over: Once upon a time, any show set in a hospital was all but guaranteed a couple of seasons on the air, but this show, despite airing after The Voice, only lasted one.
13. Crowded: Parents expecting to adjust to an empty nest instead had not only their adult children moving back in with them, but also patriarch Patrick Warburton’s retired father and stepmother. Unfortunately, the show didn’t captivate much interest.
14. Telenovela: Eva Longoria’s show, set behind the scenes of a Latin American telenovela, couldn’t last, but at least we still have Jane the Virgin.
15. Undateable: One of the few cancelled shows that had been on the air for more than one season, this show was based on the book Undateable: 311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won’t Be Dating or Having Sex and starred Chris D’Elia, of Whitney fame.
16. Faking It: MTV’s groundbreaking show explored teenage sexual identity for three seasons, before yesterday’s cancellation.
17. Containment: CW’s quarantine drama Containment, which ran for one season, was promoted as having a limited run, though there was some discussion of it becoming a regular series. Looks like that won’t be happening, though. R.I.P.
18. CSI: Cyber: With the cancellation of poorly performing CSI: Cyber, the CSI franchise’s 16-year run has come to an end. Even James Van Der Beek couldn’t save the show. *weep*
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