On the heels of FOX announcing that it’s finished off Brooklyn Nine-Nine (BUT NBC HAS SAVED IT FROM DEATH!), The Last Man On Earth, and The Mick, the other networks have released their own kill lists. Fans of Glee-like shows except serious with murky lighting (Rise), suspiciously attractive FBI cadets with big busts and even bigger secrets (Quantico), and Kiefer Sutherland as POTUS-in-danger (Designated Survivor) are shit out of luck today. Those shows, and several others, have been thrown in the garbage, according to EW.
Poor ratings were the cause of death of most of the canceled shows. Here’s the rundown (via Variety).
Alex Inc. (No one seems to like Zach Braff.)
Kevin Probably Saves The World (Even less people seem to like shows with Jason Ritter.)
Inhumans (Marvel doesn’t always succeed.)
Deception (Um, a magician helps the FBI solve crimes…yeah.)
The Crossing (Steve Zahn shouldn’t have to do TV.)
The Last Man On Earth
Lucifer (That sexy-ass Tom Ellis couldn’t change the fact that they made a bad show out of a great comic.)
The Exorcist (If you can’t put things from a movie in the TV version because they’re way too disturbing for the average citizen watching TV, then you probably shouldn’t have made a TV version.)
Taken (It’s not Taken without Liam Neeson calmly informing someone on the phone that he’s a hot daddy-type coming to brutally kill them.)
Great News (This one was produced by Tina Fey and starred Andrea Martin, so that’s a shame.)
Shades of Blue (Somehow JLo as the most glamorous corrupt cop in the precinct didn’t work out.)
The Night Shift (There was a gay doctor drama and I missed it?)
The smaller networks are also making way for new shows to cancel. CW has canceled Life Sentence and Valor, and Syfy offed The Expanse.
More than a few of the shows had internal problems in addition to dwindling (or no) ratings. Rise was based on Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater by Michael Sokolove. It’s a true story about openly gay high school drama teacher Lou Volpe. This being television, they made the character into a straight guy played by Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother And Stayed On Television For Seemingly Ever Despite Being A Terribly Unfunny Show. So showrunner Jason Katims was accused of “straight-washing” the character which didn’t help its survival. Another indicator that things aren’t going well behind the scenes on a series is when a show has multiple showrunners during its time on the air. Canceled shows that couldn’t keep a boss included Quantico, Designated Survivor,and Taken.
The annual network upfronts in which they introduce all the NEW soon-to-be-canceled shows are on their way, so expect a repeat of this post the same time next year!