Tuesday, June 2, 2020
June 2, 2020

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Which TV shows have been canceled?


The pandemic has thrown a wrench into the annual May ritual known as upfront week. That’s when the networks unveil their fall schedules to advertisers during lavish presentations in New York City.

It’s before and during upfront week that TV fans fret that their favorite show might be canceled to make room for new inventory. And so for the last few years I’ve initiated a “TV Death Watch” to explore which series either are in danger of being axed or have been cut already.

Here is a cursory rundown of what we know so far, including what shows are goners already:


The network didn’t have a typical upfront presentation, but did announce that it had renewed 23 shows for next season, including TV’s No. 1-watched drama (“NCIS”) and top-rated comedy (“Young Sheldon”).

CBS handed pink slips to comedies “Man With a Plan,” “Broke” and “Carol’s Second Act,” along with the cop drama “Tommy.”

CBS previously pulled the plug on “God Friended Me,” which lasted only two seasons. Also not coming back are “Criminal Minds” and “Hawaii Five-0.”


Fox recently announced a fall schedule that it hopes is coronavirus-proof. It’s a lineup that consists largely of sports franchises (football and WWE wrestling), reality series, animated comedies and shows that were already in the can before the pandemic set in.

Of course, Fox is betting (fingers crossed) that the NFL season will actually happen as planned.

That said, a good chunk of Fox’s established shows — including the highly popular “9-1-1” and “9-1-1: Lone Star” — are being held back for midseason and Fox appears to be waiting to see how things shake out before dropping the ax on certain shows.

What we do know is that “Empire” won’t be back, having completed its run a couple of episodes sooner than planned because of the shutdown. Also Fox earlier pulled the plug on “Almost Family,” “Deputy” and “Flirty Dancing.”


The CW recently announced that it will delay the launch of the bulk of its new shows until 2021, although the final few episodes of “Supernatural” are expect to air in the fall.

Previously canceled was “Arrow.” Also, “The 100” will depart after its final season, which begins on May 20.


ABC has yet to release any details on how it plans to approach the fall.

“Emergence,” “For Life,” “The Rookie,” “Schooled,” “Single Parents,” “Stumptown,” “American Housewife” and “A Million Little Things” were all awaiting word of their fate as of this writing.

Already gone are “Modern Family,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” Also, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will bow out after airing one more season this summer.


Uncertainty abounds at NBC which has yet to publicize its fall lineup. We know that “Will & Grace” is done and “The Good Place” has gone to the great beyond.

Let’s just say that fans of “Council of Dads,” “Indebted” and “Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector,” should be nervous.