It’s a great time of year for TV lovers. Plenty of our favorite shows are returning from their mid-winter breaks, while new spring debuts are just around the corner. However, not all is wonderful in TV land. There are many awesome serie
s that have disappointingly become cancelled TV shows. 2017 has several casualties that we’re sad to say goodbye to. Here are 8 television shows we’ll miss this year.
Starring Jake McDorman and Jennifer Carpenter, this reboot of the movie Limitless offered an interesting twist on the typical procedural drama. McDormand starred as Brian Finch, a regular dude who had access to a mind-enhancing drug (NZT) that allowed him to help the FBI solve complex crimes. Unfortunately for fans, we’ll only get one season of this crime drama slash comedy. CBS has added Limitless to its list of cancelled TV shows for 2017.
After 8 seasons, Castle has now been cancelled. With declining viewership over the course of season 8, it’s no wonder ABC decided to cut it for 2017. A host of other issues contributed to the cancellation, including budget problems that meant stars Stana Katic and Tamala Jones could not be re-signed for season 9 and beyond. Cue a huge backlash from fans, and the network and studio realized that Castle would just no longer work.
This popular Showtime series is another cancelled TV show for 2017. Showtime alleges that they always intended Penny Dreadful to have just 3 seasons – however, fans were left confused when the season 3 finale wrapped with the words, “The End”. After tortured heroine Vanessa Ives’ death, creator John Logan explained that there was simply no way for the show to go on, despite growing interest in the show from viewers. For the fans left disappointed, a heads up about the final season would have been nice!
This Netflix Original Series will not be returning for season 3. After season 2 was received less than enthusiastically and got mixed reviews, Netflix and producers had to take a hard look at whether or not the show was worth continuing. Considering the budget for the first two seasons combined was more than $200 million, it likely was a smart financial decision to axe the show. Viewers, however, were left hanging without a proper finale due to the unexpected cancellation.
Person of Interest
Person of Interest had a great 5-season run, but shortly after season 5 was announced, CBS and producer J.J. Abrams confirmed that it would be the final season. However, this cancellation came with a major warning sign: A mere 13 episodes were ordered for season 5. Fans of the show did get the satisfaction of a proper ending – the 5th season was written with the possibility of it being the final season in mind. Luckliy, viewers were not left with a cliffhanger.
The second of Marvel’s ABC drama series was cancelled this past spring after 2 seasons. While it got great reviews from critics, Agent Carter did not get great ratings from the viewing public. Not long after the cancellation, fans put together a petition for Netflix to bring the show back. With over 130,000 signatures, perhaps there’s still hope for this series to make a return?
House of Lies
Known for tackling tough issues like white privilege, police brutality and gender identity, the dramatic yet humorous House of Lies is one of the cancelled TV shows in 2017 that garnered praise for being ahead of the curve. Unfortunately, there won’t be a sixth season of this Showtime series, which filmed its historic finale on-site in Cuba.
The Good Wife
When The Good Wife showrunners Robert and Michelle King stepped down last spring, CBS was still open to bringing the show back for another season. But shortly after the announcement, leading lady Julianna Margulies announced that she would no longer be playing Alicia Florrick, sealing the show’s fate. With 7 seasons under its belt, The Good Wife received plenty of acclaim, multiple awards and a strong female lead for viewers to root for, so it’s sure to be missed.
Did any of your favorite shows not make it to 2017? Let us know which cancelled TV shows you’ll be missing this year!
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