Series Finale Alert: All the TV Shows Ending in 2018

12:00 PM 11/24/2017

by Lesley Goldberg

From critical darlings ('Veep,' 'The Americans') to signature network shows ('Scandal,' 'New Girl') THR takes a look at the soon-to-be dearly departed.

"The Americans"
"The Americans"
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For a showrunner, there may be no better gift than the knowledge — in advance — that the show they've put their heart and soul into is ending. Such is the case with the below comedies and dramas, the select few that networks — broadcast, cable and streaming alike — informed in advance that their forthcoming seasons would be the end of the road. In many cases, network executives deferred to the creatives about when the timing is right to call it a day. Read on for a look at all the shows that will wrap their runs in 2018. And bookmark THR's handy guide for premiere dates for when the below will be back. 

  • 'Veep' (HBO)

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    HBO's critical gem will wrap with its forthcoming seventh season as production works around star Julia Louis-Dreyfus' treatment for breast cancer. "We don't want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series," the actress told THR in September about the decision to end the comedy. A few weeks later — and the day after she won another Emmy for her role in the David Mandel-run series — the actress revealed her breast cancer diagnosis.

  • 'The Americans' (FX)

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    FX's critically praised drama The Americans will end with a final 10 episodes in 2018. The spy drama, created by Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields and starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as married KGB in the '80s, earned a prestigious Peabody Award, among others, during its run but has never broken through, ratings-wise, despite being a staple on critics' year-end best dramas lists.

  • 'Scandal' (ABC)

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    Shonda Rhimes' game-changing ABC political thriller will close up shop for good with its current seventh season. The Kerry Washington starrer was never designed to go more than eight or 10 seasons, a fact that prolific showrunner Rhimes had been vocal about early on in the show's run. The drama, originally inspired by the life of political fixer Judy Smith, helped cement Rhimes as one of TV's elite showrunners and helped the prolific producer launch an entire night of programming on ABC with her "TGIT" brand.

  • 'You're the Worst' (FXX)

    Never a ratings breakout the Stephen Falk-created anti-rom-com starring Aya Cash, Chris Geere, Kether Donohue and Desmin Borges will close up shop with its fifth and final season in 2018. The series won critical support for its handling of stories including clinical depression and PTSD.

  • 'House of Cards' (Netflix)

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    House of Cards helped put Netflix on the map as a destination for scripted originals. But that may not be its legacy. The series, which is ending with season six, will likely proceed without star and exec producer Kevin Spacey after the streaming giant cut ties with the actor following sexual harassment allegations. Look for Robin Wright to become the focal point of the Media Rights Capital-produced final season.

  • 'Nashville' (CMT)

    Viacom-owned CMT announced that the forthcoming sixth season of country music drama Nashville would be its last. With two seasons on CMT, the series — which killed off star Connie Britton's Rayna James — will finish out with 16 episodes split in two runs of eight, all airing in 2018.

  • 'New Girl' (Fox)

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    Fox is giving the Zooey Deschanel comedy a proper goodbye. The comedy will pick up after a four-year time jump that will see Jess (Deschanel) in a committed relationship with Nick (Jake Johnson). The final eight-episode season will air in 2018.

  • 'The Middle' (ABC)

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    The ABC comedy, produced by Warner Bros. Television, will end its run with a 24-episode season in 2018. The veteran comedy — wrapping with its ninth season — has helped the Disney-owned network open a second night of comedy and serve as a launchpad to several new half-hours during its run. That the reliable performer would end comes as little surprise given the push for ownership, especially on broadcast networks.

  • 'The Originals' (The CW)

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    Julie Plec's The Vampire Diaries spinoff will wrap with its fifth season in 2018 and is set to bow midseason on the younger-skewing CW. While The Originals is ending, showrunner Plec hasn't ruled out yet another spinoff from the vampire franchise that helped define The CW as a home for genre programming.

  • 'Being Mary Jane' (BET)

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    The Gabrielle Union-starrer was one of Viacom-owned BET's first scripted originals. It started as a TV movie before being picked up to series and it will end in the same fashion — with a two-hour series finale one-off. Created and exec produced by Mara Brock Akil and her husband/producing partner Salim Akil, the duo left the series toward the end of its run for a lucrative overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. The series will conclude after a four-season run and three total showrunners.

  • 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce' (Bravo)

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    Bravo's first scripted series, the Marti Noxon drama was based on the book of the same name by Vicki Iovine. The series, starring Lisa Adelstein and Paul Adelstein, was picked up for a three-season renewal and filmed all 20 of its remaining episodes in a short window. Bravo will air the final five episodes in 2018.

  • '12 Monkeys' (Syfy)

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    Syfy's 12 Monkeys reboot will wrap with its fourth season. From showrunner Terry Matalas and producers Universal Cable Productions, the Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull starrer draws just 400,000 same-day viewers before posting solid DVR gains. Season three of the drama debuted in a binge model over three nights in May.

     

  • 'Major Crimes' (TNT)

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    TNT's spinoff of The Closer will conclude with a two-hour series finale on Jan. 16 after celebrating its landmark 100th episode. The decision to comes as TNT, under network president Kevin Reilly, is pushing more into edgier fare and parting with its tried and true procedurals like Major Crimes and Rizzoli and Isles, which wrapped in 2017. "It was not at all my idea, nor did I want to leave the show," creator James Duff said of the decision.

  • 'Portlandia' (IFC)

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    The comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will wrap its run on IFC with its eighth season. "There's still a lot to say with the show, but it seems scary to say it's over," creator/executive producer/writer/director Jonathan Krisel said. "These things never are finite. We’ll work together again. There’s other outlets. We’ll just stop doing it in this form."
     
  • 'Casual' (Hulu)

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    One of Hulu's first scripted offerings, the Lionsgate Television comedy helped drive the streamer into the awards circuit when it earned a Golden Globe nomination for best TV series musical or comedy. Created by Zander Lehmann and exec produced by Jason Reitman and Liz Tigleaar, the final eight-episode fourth season of the dysfunctional family comedy starring Michaela Watkins and Tommy Dewey will air this year.

  • 'Love' (Netflix)

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    The romantic comedy starring Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs will wrap its run with the March 9 third and final season. Created and exec produced by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin (Girls) and Rust, the comedy is produced by Legendary Television.

  • 'The Fosters' (Freeform)

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    The Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg GLAAD Award-winning family drama will wrap its five-season run in the summer with a special three-part series finale. That sets up a new 13-episode spinoff series starring Maia Mitchell (Callie) and Cierra Ramirez (Mariana).

  • 'Shades of Blue' (NBC)

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    The Jennifer Lopez-led cop drama was never a ratings breakout but it brought cache to the network in the form of its star (and exec producer). The cop drama will wrap with its third season in June. "I have enjoyed producing and starring in this beautifully complicated world and playing such an empowering yet flawed character — a woman, a detective, but, first and foremost, a mother," Lopez said. "Now looking at it with a little distance, playing Harlee strengthened me and helped me grow into a more self-assured woman. It's crazy how some parts permeate your soul and change you forever and for that I am grateful. We crafted a poetic three-season arc on how her journey ends, which is true redemption. The way only Harlee could have done it — the hard way, the road less traveled. I thank NBC and all the talented actors, writers, crew and producers for going on this journey with us!"

     
  • 'Once Upon a Time' (ABC)

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    ABC's Disney-fueled fairy tale drama will wrap with its seventh season. The decision comes a year after nearly all of its original stars departed at the end of season six, with creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis opening a new chapter in the show's epic book and bringing in new stars as the show jumped forward in time with an adult Henry (Andrew J. West) and fan favorites like Lana Parilla returning to play new roles.

  • 'Young and Hungry' (Freeform)

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    The Freeform multicamera comedy will wrap after five seasons following a year-plus hiatus. The younger-skewing cable network is also prepping a Young and Hungry TV movie that would wrap up the series. Young and Hungry, created by David Holden, was the last series on Freeform that predated current execs Tom Ascheim and Karey Burke, who have focused on repopulating the cabler with edgier fare, such as The Bold Type and Grown-ish, as the network caters to "becomers," adults 18-34 experiencing a series of firsts like jobs and relationships. Freeform previously announced that veteran The Fosters, which also predated both execs, would end this year as it preps a three-night event to wrap the series.

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