7 Veteran TV Shows That Just Got Axed
It’s that time in the TV season once again. Every network is making decisions as to which of the series in each of their lineups will get another season and which won’t be quite as lucky. Several veteran shows have already been canceled this month, from favorite sitcoms to long-running thrillers, and there are still plenty more facing the chopping block. Here’s a look at all of the series that have just gotten axed. This list will be updated, as the networks continue to announce the status of their shows over the coming weeks.
1. The Mindy Project
Fox decided against renewing Mindy Kaling’s critically acclaimed comedy for a fourth season earlier this month. Though the sitcom never brought in big ratings throughout its three seasons on air, it did maintain a small and devoted following – as evidenced by the overwhelmingly angry reaction that occurred on social media, following news of the decision. Still, there’s hope for Mindy’s loyal fans. online streaming giant Hulu has reportedly expressed a serious interest in taking on the show and may even be willing to guarantee two more seasons of the series. No deal has been formally struck just yet, and Hulu has declined to comment on the speculation, so viewers will have to stay tuned to see if the new partnership becomes official.
ABC’s drama will be ending after its season four finale on May 10, which will now also serve as a series finale. The show has seen increasingly declining ratings in recent seasons and has been widely considered to be in jeopardy of cancelation for some time, despite that network head Paul Lee has been a big supporter of the series. Speculation that this would be Revenge’s final chapter grew earlier this month, when one of the show’s two leading ladies, star Madeleine Stowe, was seemingly killed off. Stowe later confirmed that she would not be returning to the show, even if it got renewed. The network made the cancellation official shortly after.
3. Hart of Dixie
Rachel Bilson’s medical dramedy was one of the few CW shows to get the axe this season. The news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to fans as the series, which aired its Season 4 finale in late March, has been struggling in ratings, averaging a .6 in the 18-to-49 demo and 1.6 million viewers. Its end became all the more likely this past winter, when the CW announced the renewal of eight series and Hart of Dixie wasn’t one of them. Some of the show’s stars also seemed to hint at the series cancellation several months ago, tweeting sentimental photos of the cast. The network made the decision final in May.
ABC’s supernatural drama won’t come back to life for a third season. The thriller series started as big breakout last spring, but began losing audience interest soon after. Though the latter half of the freshman season saw a decline in ratings, the show was picked up for a second season anyway. But the sophomore season also proved to be disappointing and was never able to recapture the high viewership of the show’s first few episodes. With viewership considered to dip, the show was considered likely to be canceled. The channel confirmed the decision to ax the series this month.
5. About a Boy
NBC decided to bring Jason Katims’ family sitcom, starring David Walton, to an end after two seasons. The show premiered strong in February of last year, with 8.26 million viewers, but has since seen a significant decline in viewership. It’s sophomore season brought in an average of 3.53 million viewers. The show was clearly in jeopardy earlier this year, when the network decided to trim About a Boy’s episode order by two and then opted to drop it from the schedule, leaving six installments unaired. Now, the show has joined a heap of other NBC sitcoms to get the ax.
6. The Following
Fox has officially canceled the Kevin Bacon drama after three seasons. Though the show was a breakout hit when it debuted in 2013, the series (which produces limited seasons, as per Bacon’s contract) has seen a steady decline in viewership since. Its third and current season has continued to lose momentum, despite strong strong DVR and on-demand appeal. With this in mind, the network made the choice to officially cancel the show earlier this month. The third season finale, which will also double as the series finale, will air on May 18.
7. CSI: Criminal Scene Investigation
CBS has confirmed that it’s canceling one of its longest-running shows, CSI, next season. The show, which has endured a 15-season run, will air two-hour series finale in late September. The episode, which is being billed as a TV movie, will see original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger return as guest stars.
Since it first debuted, CSI has helped make CBS a top-rated network and spurred several spin-offs, including this year’s CSI: Cyber. But whereas earlier seasons used to average around 23 million viewers an episode, its current season is averaging a series low of 11 million viewers. It’s also garnering a series low average in the key 18-49 demo, with a 2.1 rating. The decline in ratings led to the show’s formal cancellation this month.