It’s that time of year when the networks are each bringing down the ax on several of their series.
To make room for new shows, executives have been crunching the ratings numbers, reviewing pilots for new series, and making easy and difficult decisions about which shows have to go.
The easy cancellation decisions this year included Katherine Heigl’s low-rated legal drama, “Doubt,” by CBS. Then there was NBC and DC’s critically panned and low-rated comedy experiment, “Powerless.”
Among the tougher cuts this year was Fox’s decision to cancel the low-rated but critically acclaimed “Pitch,” the story of a young woman who breaks into Major League Baseball as a pitcher. In the same vein, Amazon canceled its show “Good Girls Revolt,” about the women who paved the way for today’s female journalists. HBO also couldn’t hang on to “The Leftovers,” which was beloved by critics and fans but couldn’t pull in the necessary ratings.
And then you have the shows that had run their natural course, such as “Orphan Black,” “Girls,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Bloodline,” and “Masters of Sex.”
Here are all the broadcast shows that were canceled and a selection of canceled shows on the streaming and cable networks:
“2 Broke Girls” (CBS)
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“American Crime” (ABC)
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