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While a lot of promising additions will be added to our weekly TV schedule in the fall of 2016, it's a sad truth that some shows will have to retire in order to make room for the new. Below you'll find the list of the Top 12 TV shows cancelled in 2016, in alphabetical order.

1. Marvel's Agent Carter

Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this series follows Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and her double life as a secret agent and single woman in 1940s America, while she works as an officer with the Strategic Scientific Reserve. James D'Arcy stars alongside Atwell as Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Howard Stark — who would ultimately become Tony Stark's tutor and the inspiration behind J.A.R.V.I.S.'s artificial intelligence.

After just two seasons and 18 episodes, Marvel's Agent Carter joins the ranks of the best cancelled TV shows of 2016. Although Agent Carter earned itself a good name among fans, ratings had been steadily declining from the initial premiere in January 2015. While the show is over for Peggy Carter, Hayley Atwell has bagged the lead role in another pilot: ABC's Conviction. Atwell will play Carter Morrison, a former president's daughter that gets strong-armed into taking a job investigating cases where there's reason to believe that the wrong suspects have been convicted.

2. Beauty & The Beast

This modern romantic fantasy is about as far away from the Disney version as you can get. Instead, it's loosely based on the 1987 CBS drama of the same name. The show centers around Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), an NYPD detective that witnessed her mother's murder nine years before the show begins, but was saved from a similar fate by a mysterious beast. As a detective, she's led to Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) an ex-soldier that's keeping a bizarre set of secrets.

While most critics found this retelling lacking in comparison to the original Beauty & The Beast series, crummy ratings didn't stop the show from building up a loyal fanbase among CW viewers, many of whom were attracted to the strong female protagonist and contemporary fairytale romance that made it an exciting summer series. The fourth and final season is currently finishing production and is expected to air in midseason or summer 2016 on The CW.

3. Bones

Although technically not cancelled, long-running series Bones found its way onto the list of top cancelled shows in 2016 due to the fact that it will cease production after it's 12th and final season. This forensic drama stars Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance Brennan opposite her FBI Special Agent partner/love interest, Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). Despite the strong focus on heavy subject matter, Bones handles character development and dark comedy as deftly as it does forensic anthropology jargon.

Bones has received two Emmy nominations and maintained a strong fan base throughout its run. Season 11 is currently airing on Fox, with the next episode scheduled for release on May 26. The 12-episode farewell season will air in the 2016–2017 season.

4. Castle

The ABC crime-drama series Castle stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, a best-selling mystery novelist who is brought in for questioning by the NYPD when a murder takes place that is identical to one in his book. He winds up shadowing Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), who's initially annoyed at the partnership, but the two ultimately end up working together toward solving crimes — and falling in love.

Nominated for four Emmy Awards and multiple People's Choice Awards, Castle started out as a midseason replacement series back in 2009. Despite rumors that some cast members had already signed contracts for a potential Season 9, Castle has already ended its run with the Season 8 finale on May 16.

5. Episodes

In Episodes, Matt LeBlanc plays a fictionalized version of himself — richer, pompous, but still hilarious. Two married sitcom creators, Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig), decide to move to Hollywood after winning multiple BAFTAs and high praise for their show. LeBlanc winds up starring in their series, forming a complicated and comedic triangle.

After the disappointing Friends spin-off known as Joey, some fans were skeptical about whether Matt LeBlanc would ever be able to carry his own sitcom again. The seasoned comedy actor set the record straight with Episodes, which was co-created by Friends writer David Crane, along with Jeffrey Klarik. He also won a Golden Globe in the process, and racked up numerous other nominations. Already busy with his new gig hosting Top Gear, LeBlanc is set to star in a new CBS comedy pilot, playing a dad that has to get more involved in raising his kids, ironically titled, I'm Not Your Friend.

6. Girls

With a nod to the holy classic Sex and the City, Lena Dunham added a funny and refreshingly realistic take on the classic scenario of girl best friends trying to make it in New York City. Starring in the series herself as Hannah Helene Horvath, Dunham spun her own life experiences into a story that would be relatable for 20-somethings that don't actually have any money or anything figured out. The series also stars Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet.

In 2013 the HBO series brought home the Golden Globe for Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical, along with a Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series for Lena Dunham. Like Bones, Girls is technically not being cancelled by the network, but has found its way onto the list of top cancelled shows of 2016 due to the fact that it will end its 6-season run with the upcoming 2017 season.

7. The Good Wife

Partially inspired by real-life events, Julianna Margulies stars as Alicia Florrick. When Florrick's State Attorney husband is sent to jail after a corruption and sex scandal, Florrick must go back to work as a litigator in order to support her children.

Margulies has received copious praise for her role in The Good Wife, including an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice TV Award. Having been on CBS since 2009, the show finally ended with the series finale on May 8, 2016. A spin-off series, starring Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, is slated to become available on CBS All Access, starting in spring of 2017.

8. House Of Lies

Don Cheadle starred as the ambitious, cutthroat antihero Marty Kaan, a high-powered business exec in a consulting firm in this Showtime comedy. House of Lies deals with crossover between Kaan's business and personal life. Also starring is Kristin Bell as Jeannie van der Hooven, a business associate with a complex relationship to Kaan.

While the show dropped off in same-day viewership by Season 5, it's always kept up solid numbers from DVR and around award season. Cheadle has been consistently nominated for an Emmy for Seasons 1–4, winning back in 2012. The final episode of House of Lies will be shot in Cuba, and air on June 12.

9. Mike And Molly

Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy star in the CBS sitcom about a couple that met in an overeaters anonymous meeting and fell in love. A conventional sitcom, the series was able to maintain viewership and positive ratings primarily due to the comedic talent of the two stars.

The show is already airing in reruns on FX, and all but the final season is available on DVD. Unsurprisingly, Melissa McCarthy was honored with an Emmy and numerous other nominations for her work on the show. Mike & Molly joined the ranks of cancelled TV shows 2016 when the final episode of Season 6 aired on May 16.

10. Nashville

This ABC musical drama centered around the lives of fictional country music stars in the real-life Music City. Connie Britton portrays Rayna James, a fading superstar, while Hayden Panettiere is Juliette Barnes, a young up-and-comer on the scene.

Despite generally favorable reviews, Nashville faced declining viewership and announced that Season 5 will be the last on May 12. The series finale will air on May 25.

11. Person Of Interest

A wealthy and brilliant software engineer, Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) designs a surveillance mechanism for the government to track acts of terrorism before they take place. When the government decides to disregard information that could protect ordinary citizens from violent crimes, he designs a way to track down those criminals himself. With the help of John Reese (Jim Caviezel), an ex-CIA agent, the pair work to prevent the crimes while trying to avoid detection by the NYPD.

The pilot episode of Person of Interest achieved the highest test ratings of any CBS drama in 15 years, and drew a staggering 13.2 million viewers. Created by Jonah Nolan and produced by J.J. Abrams, the breakout hit maintained relatively high ratings throughout its five seasons and attracted a strong fan following. Unfortunately, the series finale is already scheduled for June 21.

12. Rizzoli & Isles

Based on the mystery novel series by Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT crime drama centering around two heroines: detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander). Based in Boston, MA, the two women with opposite personalities have a working chemistry that enables them to solve the city's most difficult crimes.

Series creator Kevin Reilly felt that it was time to bring the story to a close after the upcoming Season 7, which will air this summer.

13. Royal Pains

Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein) is an ER doctor that winds up taking the blame for an important patient's death. With limited options, he decides to move to the Hamptons and finds himself working as a concierge doctor for rich and famous clients.

One of the highest-rated shows on cable, the series premiere reached an audience of 5.57 million viewers. However, Season 8, which premiered on May 18, is set to be its last.

Which cancelled TV show of 2016 are you most heartbroken over?

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