It’s been a brutal day in the television business. Ahead of next week’s Upfronts presentations in which they will announce their 2019-2020 television schedules, the networks have been canceling under-performing shows, while giving others renewal notices. In the past 24 hours, thirteen series have been canceled, and eleven series have been renewed.
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CBS has made some dramatic cuts to its schedule, canceling four comedies. “Murphy Brown,” “Fam,” “Happy Together” and “Life in Pieces” will not be returning on CBS for the 2019-2020 season.
Fox canceled cop drama “Lethal Weapon,” their retirement home comedy, “The Cool Kids,” and the apocalyptic vampire series, “The Passage.”
ABC has canceled their legal dramas, “For the People” and “The Fix,” and family comedies, “Speechless,” “The Kids Are Alright,” and “Splitting Up Together.”
NBC has canceled their diverse family comedy, “I Feel Bad.”
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After three tumultuous seasons, Fox has canceled “Lethal Weapon,” the cop drama based on the movie series of the same name. The show faced a casting crisis in the second season when co-star Clayne Crawford was fired for abusive on-set behavior. Sean William Scott was hired to replace him, but co-star Damon Wayans announced he was still going to leave after the third season.
The news about Fox’s “The Cool Kids” broke on co-star Vicki Lawrence’s Instagram account, where she wrote, “One last new episode of Cool Kids tonight. End of season 1, end of @thecoolkidsfox We have been cancelled. I’ve had a good #cry I’ll probably have another. I will miss #myboys.”
“The Cool Kids” starred Martin Mull, David Allen Grier, Leslie Jordan and Vicki Lawrence as mischievous retirement home occupants and aired on Fox for one season.
“The Passage” was based on a novel trilogy by Justin Cronin, a former Rice University professor. The series starred Saniyya Sidney as a young girl who might have the cure for humanity and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as the man determined to protect her. The series debuted to strong numbers, but fell off in the ratings in later episodes.
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CBS’ reboot of the Candice Bergen series “Murphy Brown” took direct aim at the Trump Administration, but it seems audiences weren’t interested in real-life politics in their comedy and the ratings were some of the lowest at the network. The series is canceled after one season.
“Fam,” the Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell family comedy was introduced on CBS quietly in the midseason and never gained much traction with viewers. It only aired for one season.
The Damon Wayans Jr. vehicle “Happy Together” was loosely based on pop star Harry Styles’ life. It is canceled at CBS after one season.
The ensemble family comedy “Life in Pieces” was CBS’ answer to “Modern Family.” The comedy featured an all-star cast, including Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Betsy Brandt, and Colin Hanks. CBS is canceling the comedy after four seasons.
“The Fix,” a legal drama created by Marcia Clark about a Los Angeles D.A. who is haunted by the famous actor she was unable to prosecute for murder, has been canceled after one season on ABC. It starred Robin Tunney and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
“Speechless” ends after three seasons. The family comedy which starred Mimi Driver as the mother of a son with cerebal palsy was ABC’s lowest-rated series, though it was celebrated by critics for its inclusiveness.
The divorce comedy, “Splitting Up Together,” has been canceled by ABC after two seasons. The series about a couple whose relationship is sparked alive by their divorce, starred Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson.
“The Kids Are Alright,” a comedy following a traditional Irish-Catholic family in the seventies, has been canceled by ABC after only one season. The series starred Michael Cudlitz and Mary McCormack and was erratic in its ratings.
The news about “For the People” broke on co-star Ben Rappaport’s Twitter account where he wrote in part, “Unfortunately, ABC has decided not to renew FOR THE PEOPLE for another season. We are heartbroken.”
“For the People” was produced by aired Shonda Rhimes’ production company, Shondaland, and aired for two seasons on ABC.
NBC canceled “I Feel Bad” after one season. The family comedy about a working mom who struggles to hold everything together starred Sarayu Blue, and was one of NBC’s lowest-rated series.
But it’s not all bad news. On CBS, the Matt LeBlanc comedy “Man With a Plan” was renewed for a fourth season.
ABC has officially renewed three series from producer Shonda Rhimes: “Station 19,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” “Grey’s Anatomy” was renewed for two additional seasons, and is ABC’s highest-rated drama.
ABC also announced Nathan Fillion vehicle, “The Rookie” will be back in the fall. Family comedies “American Housewife,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Single Paernts,” and “Bless This Mess” have also been renewed. Popular long-running reality series, “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Bachelor” will also return next season.
Therese Odell writes about television at FoolishWatcher.com.