Here Are All the Canceled TV Shows From the 2016-17 Broadcast Season

9:14 AM 5/3/2017

by Kate Stanhope

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From freshman entries (CBS' Doubt, Fox's PItch) to long-running series (NBC's Grimm, The CW's The Vampire Diaries), here are all the shows that will not be returning for the 2017-18 broadcast season.

  • '2 Broke Girls' (CBS)

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    The Warner Bros. multicam started out strong for the network but had spent recent years on the bubble. The decision to pull the plug six seasons in came after the Kat Dennings-Beth Behrs comedy sold into syndication.

  • 'American Crime' (ABC)

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    John Ridley's anthology was one of ABC's biggest prestige plays in recent years, winning two Emmys for star Regina King. Despite its critical acclim, the series hit new lows in its move to Sundays for season three.

  • 'APB' (Fox)

    The midseason procedural starred Justin Kirk as a tech billionaire who is given control over the Chicago Police Department. However, exec producer Matt Nix will stay put at Fox next season with his Marvel drama The Gifted.

  • 'Blacklist: Redemption' (NBC)

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    While NBC has found success with spinoffs for Dick Wolf's growing Chicago franchise, the was not true for the first spinoff of the James Spader drama. The first-year Sony-produced series was a soft midseason performer, averaging a 1.2 rating.

  • 'Bones' (Fox)

    A dependable ratings performer for Fox (despite many timeslot changes), the 20th TV procedural had grown expensive with age. Not helping Bones' case? A multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by executive producer Barry Josephson in which he accused the network and studio of cheating him out of profits from the show. (Stars and exec producers Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz later filed their own similar suit alleging the same.) With the show on the bubble and the lawsuits piling up, Fox renewed the drama for a shortened 12-episode 12th and final season.

  • 'The Catch' (ABC)

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    The Shonda Rhimes-produced drama had two name stars in Peter Krause and Mireille Enos. However, the series underwent a major makeover for season two, leaning into a lighter romantic comedy tone and veering away from the case of the week format. However, the show still returned to small numbers and failed to get a season three pickup.

  • 'Chicago Justice' (NBC)

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    The legal drama was the fourth spinoff of Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise, which also includes Fire, P.D. and Med. However, Justice was notably more procedural than its sister series -- instead following in the footsteps of Wolf's first hit, Law and Order. The series launched softly midseason and was subsequently canceled after 13 episodes.

  • 'Conviction' (ABC)

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    The legal drama kept Hayley Atwell on the network after the cancelation of her Agent Carter drama. However, the series opened soft for the network and was eventually moved from its prime post-Dancing With the Stars slot to Sundays. The series did not receive a back-nine pickup and went off the air in January.

  • 'Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders' (CBS)

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    Beyond Borders marked the second attempted spinoff from the widely popular procedural, following the one-and-done Suspect Behavior. The latest iteration, led by former CSI: NY star Gary Sinise, managed to score a 13-episode season two renewal but ratings continued to fall, ending any chances of a season three.

  • 'Doubt' (CBS)

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    The legal drama reunited former Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl with writers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater. The CBS TV Studios series also marked the first time a transgender person portrayed a transgender series regular on broadcast television with the casting of Orange Is the New Black favorite Laverne Cox. However, after opening to a dismal 0.8 rating among adults 18-49, the drama was pulled two episodes into its 13-episode run -- making it the first official cancelation of the season.

  • 'Dr. Ken' (ABC)

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    The odds were already slim for the sophomore multicam when ABC canceled its Friday night companion, fellow multicam Last Man Standing. Like Last Man, Dr. Ken hailed from an outside studio and saw middling returns on a quiet night. 

  • 'Emerald City' (NBC)

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    A modern version of The Wizard of Oz based on L. Frank Baum's Oz book series, the short-order drama had a nearly two-year journey from script to screen and was technically canceled once before. The Vincent D'Onofrio starrer ran for 10 episodes.

  • 'Frequency' (The CW)

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    The freshman Warner Bros. TV drama combined two of the hottest trends, time-traveling and movie-to-TV adaptations. Based on the 2000 Dennis Quaid film of the same name, the low-rated series was not picked up for a back-nine episodes and quietly went off the air in January.

  • 'The Great Indoors' (CBS)

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    The multicam marked Joel McHale's first TV series following the demise of cult favorite Community. However, the CBS TV Studios series failed to deliver in the coveted post-Big Bang Theory spot and was subsequently axed after one season.

  • 'Grimm' (NBC)

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    The supernatural drama was a quiet but steady performer on Friday nights for NBC. Never the less, the network opted to pick up the Universal TV series for an shortened 13-episode sixth and final season.

  • 'Imaginary Mary' (ABC)

    The freshman comedy hailed from exec producer Adam F. Goldberg of ABC hit The Goldbergs, but also hailed from an outside studio in Sony TV. The hybrid live-action/animated half-hour suffered from low numbers right out of the gate.

  • 'Last Man Standing' (ABC)

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    The Tim Allen multicam comedy, which marked a homecoming for the former Home Improvement star, had amassed an older but still impressive audience on Fridays. Now in its sixth season, the show had successfully segued into syndication, but the fact that it hailed from outside studio 20th Century Fox Television ultimately sealed its fate.

  • 'Making History (Fox)

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    The first-year offering was one of several time-traveling series not to make it to season two (see: Timeless, Frequency). Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller saw two of their freshman comedies canceled, also including Son of Zorn.

  • 'No Tomorrow' (The CW)

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    From Jane the Virgin alum Corinne Brinkerhoff, the apocalyptic hourlong comedy drew small numbers, averaging just a 0.3 rating and 1 million viewers. The CBS TV Studios first-year series failed to earn a back-nine pickup and wrapped its run in January.

  • 'Notorious' (ABC)

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    Former USA Network stars Daniel Sunjata and Piper Perabo headlined this soapy drama about a defense attorney and a television producer. Despite landing the high-profile Scandal Thursday timeslot between Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder, the Sony TV series failed to draw eyeballs and saw its episode count reduced from 13 to 10 episodes.

  • 'The Odd Couple' (CBS)


    The multicam reboot starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon impressed in its first season as a midseason replacement. However, numbers fell in season three when the comedy opened in the fall for the first time and CBS quietly canceled the half-hour in May. 

  • 'PItch' (Fox)

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    One of two rookie dramas from Dan Fogelman, the baseball series could not deliver for Fox the way This Is Us did for NBC. Originally eyed for a midseason launch, the 20th TV series moved up to the fall and faced an uneven airing schedule due to Fox's MLB postseason coverage as well as competition from Thursday Night Football. Season one of the series, which was made in partnership with the MLB, ultimately ran just 10 episodes.

  • 'Powerless' (NBC)

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    The Vanessa Hudgens workplace comedy marked the first TV comedy for DC Entertainment. However, the WBTV series opened soft midseason on NBC and was pulled from the schedule with three episodes left to air. 

  • 'Pure Genius' (CBS)

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    The first-year medical drama hailed from Kleenex king Jason Katims, the showrunner behind series Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. However, the drama failed to resonate with viewers and did not receive back-nine pickup. The series quietly went off the air in January and Katims has since turned his attention to the NBC high school theater drama Rise.

  • 'The Real O'Neals' (ABC)

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    A mild success story in season one, the family comedy faced blowback ahead of its sophomore return after star Noah Galvin gave a scathing interview in which he called out much of gay Hollywood and even criticized fellow network star Eric Stonestreet's performance on Modern Family. The episode count was later shortened and the single-camera entry quietly ended its run.

  • 'Reign' (The CW)

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    The period drama about the early years of Mary Queen of Scots was never a huge hit for the network, and also failed to amass critical acclaim on the same scale as Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have done in recent years. The CW confirmed in December that the shortened 16-episode fourth season would be the CBS TV Studios production's last.

  • 'Rosewood' (Fox)

    The Morris Chestnut medical drama was one of Fox's cheapest shows to produce. However, ratings fell steeply in season two when Rosewood was moved from Wednesdays, airing before Empire, to Thursdays. The 20th Century Fox drama was eventually moved to Fridays before it was canceled.

  • 'Scream Queens' (Fox)

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    After opening to modest ratings, season two of the comedy-horror anthology series saw numbers dip further despite A-list additions like John Stamos and Kirstie Alley. The writing also seemed to be on the wall once series stars like Lea Michele, Billie Lourd and Keke Palmer booked other series. Hours before the network's upfront presentation, Fox co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman confirmed there were "no plans" to bring the series back.

  • 'Secrets and Lies' (ABC)

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    After a breakout freshman run, the Juliette Lewis-led anthology mystery was pushed from a 2016 midseason bow to a crowded fall lineup. Numbers for the ABC Studios drama subsequently dropped in season two, leading to the cancellation.

  • 'Sleepy Hollow' (Fox)

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    A year after female lead Nicole Beharie left the Fox Friday procedural, season four fell to an average 0.9 in the demo and 3.2 million total viewers. Even strong international sales weren't enough to save the 20th Century Fox Television drama.


  • 'Son of Zorn' (Fox)

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    The hybrid live-action/animated family comedy was an ambitious first-year offering that featured Jason Sudeikis in the lead voice role. The low-rated half-hour marks a rare miss for prolific producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Last Man on Earth, The Lego Movie), whose freshman Adam Pally comedy Making History was also axed.

  • 'Time After Time' (ABC)

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    Time travel was a hot trend among freshman series for the 2016-17 season (see: Timeless, Making History). However, that trend didn't translate into viewership for the Kevin Williamson-produced entry. The first-year Warner Bros. drama, which centers on the epic adventures of a young H.G. Wells (UnReal's Freddie Stroma) and Jack the Ripper (Revenge's Josh Bowman), opened to just a 0.6 rating and was pulled after five episodes.

  • 'Training Day' (CBS)

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    After opening to tepid ratings, the TV adaptation of the Denzel Washington-Ethan Hawke film was dealt another devastating blow when star Bill Paxton died suddenly during heart surgery. Paxton had already completed work on work on the first 13-episode season, but his death appeared to cement the end of the series.

  • 'The Vampire Diaries' (The CW)

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    The writing had been on the wall for some time, with stars Ian Somerhalder and Bonnie Graham both saying that the eighth season would be their last on the vampire drama. (Although the former later retracted his comments.) Ratings had also been slipping for the once-hot Warner Bros. series, which moved to Fridays for the shortened 13-episode final run.