12:15pm PT by Rick Porter
'Empire,' 'Modern Family' and 16 More TV Shows Ending in 2019-20
For both TV writers and the audiences of the shows they create, knowing in advance that a series has an end date can be a gift: All parties involved can plan for the finale and hope that the program sticks the landing.
That's the case with the list of shows below, all of which will end at some point in 2019-20. Their outlets, whether they are broadcast networks, cable channels or streaming platforms, have informed the series that their upcoming seasons will be their last. In many of these cases, network executives deferred to the creatives about when the timing was right to call it a day.
No show on The Hollywood Reporter's list of 2019 series finales is included here so as to avoid duplication. Those listed below will bow out sometime during the 2019-20 season.
Will & Grace (NBC)
The third season of the comedy's revival, and 11th overall, will be its last. Creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick say they and the cast came to the decision together: "We think of the Will and Grace reboot episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis – 51 is not enough, 53 is too many." Ratings for the series also declined sharply in 2018-19, falling by almost half in the key adults 18-49 demographic. The final season is due to premiere in early 2020.
Agents of SHIELD (ABC)
The Marvel TV series, which was initially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but has only tangentially been connected to it in recent seasons, will finish with a 13-episode seventh season in 2020. The show was the first live-action series from Marvel TV and has endured the longest, outlasting the Disney-owned studio's Netflix shows. Agents of SHIELD will finish its run with 136 episodes to its credit.
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
The Shondaland drama starring Viola Davis joins Modern Family in bowing out on ABC in 2019-20 — and will leave Grey's Anatomy and Station 19 as the only remaining shows on the network from powerhouse producer Shonda Rhimes. "Annalise Keating’s [Davis] journey has always had a clear ending," said creator Pete Nowalk. "Knowing I have 15 episodes left to finish her story, and the chance to give all the characters their own killer endings, is a gift rarely given to a series creator and I’m grateful to ABC and ABC Studios for the opportunity and creative freedom."
The Good Place (NBC)
The NBC comedy starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson will wrap with its fourth season, something creator Mike Schur has had in mind for some time. "It was pretty much always four from early on as a general map," Schur told THR. "We spent all of season three checking in and making sure that we were pacing things correctly and there was going to be enough time to do what we wanted, but not too much time so that we were running in place. Toward the end of us shooting season three, I told the studio and then we told the network soon after that. It was completely dictated by the idea and how much juice I thought the idea contained and the pace at which we were letting story unfold and stuff like that."
The family soap starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrance Howard will close out its run after six seasons. The decision to end comes as Fox is now unaligned with any major studio; former corporate sibling 20th Century Fox TV, which produces Empire, is now part of Disney. The show also underwent some turmoil with the saga of actor Jussie Smollett, who is still under contract but may not return for the final season after his legal issues caused him to be written out of the end of season five.
Modern Family (ABC)
The multiple Emmy winner, which has been ABC's flagship comedy for a decade, will end with its 11th season. Though it's still a solid performer for the network, the show's creative team is ready to wind Modern Family down. Co-creator Steve Levitan said the writers "haven't landed" on a finale story yet but will make it top priority when the writers room reconvenes.
Criminal Minds (CBS)
The sturdy crime procedural will work its last case in an abbreviated, 10-episode 15th season. It will reach 325 episodes by the end of its run; it is CBS' second-longest-running current series behind NCIS. The show is a co-production of ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios.
Madam Secretary (CBS)
The drama starring Tea Leoni as the U.S. Secretary of State will finish with a 10-episode sixth season in the fall. "I think it's important to respect the audience," said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl. "It's hard when a show just goes away. We like to be able to do this, and send the show off with a great deal of respect and celebration."
After being very much on the bubble for renewal, the mystery drama from creator Martin Gero and Warner Bros. TV was picked up for a fifth and final season. It is due to premiere in midseason, and the final run will likely push the series past the 100-episode mark seen as the magic number for syndication.
Supernatural (The CW)
The CW president Mark Pedowitz has long said he would keep ordering Supernatural as long as leads Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki wanted to make the show. "Though we're very, very excited about moving into our 15th season, it will be our last," Ackles said in announcing the end of the series. Supernatural is older than The CW itself, having aired its first season on The WB before it and UPN merged to form the current network.
Arrow (The CW)
Joining Supernatural in airing a final season on The CW in 2019-20 is Arrow, which will have a shortened, 10-episode eighth season. The show starring Stephen Amell kickstarted the network's shared DC Comics universe, which now encompasses five shows — including newcomer Batwoman — all executive produced by Greg Berlanti. A sixth DC/Berlanti series, Black Lightning, also airs on The CW but isn't part of the Arrowverse.
The 100 (The CW)
Creator Jason Rothenberg always had a seven-season plan for his CW post-apocalytpic drama series, which will indeed wrap with its seventh season in 2019-2020.
The legal drama will file its last briefs in a 10-episode ninth season. The series, which stars Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty, Amanda Schull, Dule Hill and Katherine Heigl, is USA's longest-running scripted original. The spinoff Pearson, starring Gina Torres, premieres the same day as Suits' final season debuts: July 17.
The period drama, History's most successful scripted original, will conclude in 2019-20 after six seasons and 89 episodes. Creator Michael Hirst — who has written every episode of the series — History and producer MGM have also had discussions about a follow-up show that would continue the story.
Future Man (Hulu)
The comedy starring Josh Hutcherson and Eliza Coupe will end with an eight-episode third season (down from 13 for each of its first two outings). The decision to close out the Sony-produced series came shortly after producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg signed a new deal at Lionsgate.
Strike Back (Cinemax)
The action drama is ending for a second time: Cinemax first ended the show after its fourth season in 2015, then revived it — albeit with a new cast — a little more than a year later. The series will end as the pay cabler's longest-running scripted original.
Schitt's Creek (Pop)
The cult-favorite comedy will wrap up in 2020 with its sixth season on the CBS-owned Pop and CBC in Canada. It's a decision that came from creators Daniel and Eugene Levy, saying the final season will build to an ending they "had envisioned from the very beginning."
You Me Her (Audience Network)
The comedy about a polyamorous relationship will end with its fifth season, bringing the number of scripted shows on the AT&T-owned network to three (Mr. Mercedes, Condor and Loudermilk). You Me Her stars Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard and Priscilla Faia.
The Ranch (Netflix)
The Ashton Kutcher-led, multi-camera comedy will finish after four seasons and 80 episodes — a higher count than most Netflix shows due to its hefty 20-episode-per-season orders. Kutcher said the final season will be split in half (as the first three were), with 10 episodes airing in 2019 and the remaining 10 in 2020.