Will you see them in September?
Some of your favourite television programs, that is.
The big U.S. networks spent the week announcing what’s coming for the fall TV season at their “upfronts.” That meant the end of some of last season’s shiny new things as well as some older series, but there was also good news for some of last year’s new kids on the block.
Here’s a roundup of the shows that are being cancelled and the freshmen shows getting second seasons. (Canadian networks have yet to hold their upfronts, but many of these series aired on CTV, Global or City TV.)
The Peacock network is cleaning house, cancelling one veteran show and a slew of first-timers.
• Community, a comedy about a group of friends at a small community college, has been cancelled (after some drama involving former cast mate Chevy Chase) after five seasons.
One-season wonders include:
• The reboot of the 1960s cop series Ironside, starring Blair Underwood as the wheelchair-bound police detective
• The Michael J. Fox Show, a family comedy starring the Canadian Family Ties veteran
• Sean Saves the World, starring Will & Grace alum Sean Hayes
• The short-lived Welcome to the Family, about two families brought together by a teen pregnancy
• Three mid-season entries, including Believe, a fantasy series by Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity); Crisis, a hostage drama starring X-Files alum Gillian Anderson and autobiographical family drama Growing Up Fisher.
• Dracula returns to the grave after one season.
• Revolution, set in postapocalyptic America, has died after two seasons.
• The Blacklist, a crime drama starring TV and movie veteran James Spader
• About A Boy, a mid-season replacement based on the Nick Hornby novel and 2002 film
The network is pulling the plug on several first-season failures.
• Trophy Wife, a dramedy about a younger blond woman married to a middle-aged lawyer
• Super Fun Night, about the social lives of three single long-time women friends
Mixology, about one night in a Manhattan bar called Mix and the interactions between five men and five women
• Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, a fantasy adventure series and spinoff of Once Upon a Time
• Mid-season replacement Mind Games, starring movie actors Christian Slater and Steve Zahn as characters who run a problem-solving agency
• The Neighbors, a comedy about a New Jersey neighbourhood populated by aliens, has been cancelled after two seasons.
• Suburgatory, a comedy about a single dad raising his daughter in the suburbs, has been cancelled after three seasons
• The Goldbergs, a family comedy set in the 1990s
• Marvel Comics adventure series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The network leading the ratings race recently announced the cancellations of five shows, all of them in their debut seasons.
• Intelligence, an adventure series starring Lost hunk Josh Holloway as a secret agent with a supercomputer chip in his head
• The Crazy Ones, by venerable executive producer David E. Kelley and starring Robin Williams, back on TV for the first time since Mork and Mindy
• Friends With Better Lives, about six friends at different stages in their lives, starring James Van Der Beek of Dawson’s Creek
• Bad Teacher, inspired by the 2011 movie comedy, after only three episodes
• Hostages, a political thriller involving the U.S. president and a doctor whose family is kidnapped
• The Millers, a dysfunctional family comedy starring Canadian TV vet Will Arnett
• Mom, a comedy about a mother and daughter, both of whom are reformed alcoholics
The network got the ball rolling early when it announced in February that the musical talent show The X Factor, which included creator Simon Cowell among its judges, would not be renewed for a fourth season. More recently, several series, all newcomers, were given the axe.
• Rake, starring film actor Greg Kinnear as an unconventional lawyer
• Dads, a comedy about two video game designers whose fathers move in with them
• Enlisted, about three soldier brothers assigned to the same army base
• Surviving Jack, a family comedy set in the 1990s starring Law & Order: Special Victims Unit alum Christopher Meloni as an unconventional dad
• Almost Human, a futuristic crime drama about a cop partnered with an android
• Raising Hope, a comedy about an unconventional family, will not be renewed for a fifth season.
The newest kid on the block network-wise has announced three series cancellations.
• Star-Crossed, a near-future love story between a human girl and an alien boy, after one season
• The Tomorrow People, the remake of a 1970s British series about a group of young people with superhuman powers, after one season
• The Carrie Diaries, a teen drama and purported prequel to the HBO series Sex and the City, after two seasons