ByD.C. Fenoff, writer at Creators.co
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D.C. Fenoff

TV. It's a dangerous game. One minute you're the hottest thing that ever was, the next you're buried deeper than a '90s kid's hope for a reboot. But that's just the nature of the beast. In TV land, something bigger and better always comes along.

Either a show can weather the storm or is disappeared due to lack of interest. For the 2016–2017 season, we've seen some duds get the ax and some triumphs remain strong, but the reverse for both can also be true. This year alone we've already had to bid farewell to the likes of Outsiders, , Bates Motel and Bones. It's unfortunate, but with the ending of the current season, it's time to take a look at the latest shows to end up on the chopping block and those who have lived to fight another season.

1. Emerald City (NBC)

  • First Episode Air Date: January 6, 2017
  • Number of Seasons: 1
  • Status: Canceled

NBC did its best to convince viewers that its take on the acclaimed Wonderful Wizard of Oz was going to be the network's answer to . It wasn't. It never seemed to be able to shake that really bad start it got off to. The viewers were just so displeased by what was offered in the first half of the season, they didn't stick around to see as the show attempted and mildly succeeded at bettering itself later on. Despite an impressively talented cast, this one just couldn't live up to expectations.

2. The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC)

  • First Episode Air Date: February 23, 2017
  • Number of Seasons: 1
  • Status: Unknown

Who knew that greenlighting a spinoff for a TV series that itself wasn't doing all that great would be a bad idea? The probability of NBC keeping this one as a filler when goes on hiatus is as weak as the viewership. Despite Famke Janssen's best efforts, this series just can't hold a flame to its original and turned out to be quite the bore when compared to the fast-paced intensity of the flagship show's freshman season.

3. Blindspot (NBC)

  • First Episode Air Date: September 21, 2015
  • Number of Seasons: 2
  • Status: Renewed

Blindspot has been on the steady decline in viewership since it began. While it premiered very strong for the network, over time those impressive ratings began to dwindle and fade. The reception for the show, while it hasn't been the worst, also hasn't been all that fantastic. The show peaked early, yet has miraculously still managed to limp over the line.

4. The Blacklist (NBC)

  • First Episode Air Date: September 23, 2013
  • Number Of Seasons: 4
  • Status: Unknown

has been a staple of NBC's programming for the past four years. It's one of the network's best-performing shows and it has an incredible lead in James Spader, who puts in a phenomenal performance as Raymond "Red" Reddington.

So, what went wrong? Well, according to viewers, the show's shifting focus to Ryan Eggold's character Tom Keen put them off for awhile, preferring instead the back-and-forth between Red and Liz (Megan Boone). The focus on Liz's backstory and the story of her father put a real damper on their dynamic. And so, viewers tuned out.

Hopefully now that the show is getting back to what it does best, fans will return. If the show does receive a renewal for Season 5, you can likely expect the accompanying announcement of a final season, or even a shortened final season.

5. Elementary (CBS)

  • First Episode Air Date: September 27, 2012
  • Number of Seasons: 5
  • Status: Unknown

CBS paired Johnny Lee Miller with Lucy Liu for this buddy-cop take on the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels about crime-solving mastermind Sherlock Holmes. While probably not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about TV series based on classic literature, the show has managed to hold onto a five-season run. Most shows don't even get that. But let's face it, while the buddy-cop genre seems to be dying, perhaps so too should this show, right along with it.

6. The Great Indoors (CBS)

  • First Episode Air Date: October 27, 2016
  • Number of Seasons: 1
  • Status: Unknown

This sitcom starring such talents as Joel McHale and Stephen Fry suffered a huge blow to the ratings when it was moved to its current Monday-night time slot. While not doing bad in the ratings prior to this move, the show was on a slow and steady decline leading up to its season finale. Though its future is not yet set in stone, I wouldn't bet on seeing this particular gang back on the small screen come fall.

7. American Crime (ABC)

  • First Episode Air Date: March 5, 2015
  • Number of Seasons: 3
  • Status: Unknown

Cashing in on the increasingly popular anthology format, gave us American Crime, which boasted an all-star cast, impeccable behind-the-scenes talent and captivating storylines. Having to compete with Ryan Murphy's similarly titled probably didn't help matters. What also didn't seem to help was the fact that viewers just didn't seem totally entranced by what ABC was offering. It's too bad if this show's light does go out; it had some real potential for greatness down the line.

8. The Catch (ABC)

  • First Episode Air Date: March 24, 2016
  • Number of Seasons: 2
  • Status: Unknown

Who would've thought that a show slated for a Shonda Rhimes lineup in the tradition of TGIT ("thank God it's tonight") on ABC would end up on this list? It had the showrunner's perfect recipe for success: a strong female lead, a sexy yet mildly dangerous setting, originality, and a great actress in Mireille Enos. The show never really hooked the viewers when it was retooled as a romantic comedy for Season 2; it seemed what little chance there was for survival went with the theme of the first season. Perhaps the power of Rhimes can salvage the series and push it toward a third season renewal.

9. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' [Credit: ABC]
'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' [Credit: ABC]
  • First Episode Air Date: September 24, 2013
  • Number of Seasons: 4
  • Status: Unknown

Comic book adaptations are everywhere these days. In theaters, on networks, on . The desire for more just keeps growing and probably won't slow down anytime soon. has been on the merry-go-round of cancellation and renewal rumors ever since it began airing. But with both Disney and Marvel putting their full force behind this series, it's highly unlikely it will be abandoned.

10. Once Upon A Time (ABC)

  • First Episode Air Date: October 23, 2011
  • Number of Seasons: 6
  • Status: Unknown

has charmed viewers for six seasons now and as much as it pains us to say, the end is closer than the beginning. This will remain true, even if the show is renewed for Season 7. Though the producers have set the wheels in motion for a potential future, they've also stated that no matter what happens, the fans will have their closure come the Season 6 finale.

11. The Exorcist (Fox)

  • First Episode Air Date: September 23, 2016
  • Number of Seasons: 1
  • Status: Unknown

This Geena Davis vehicle was ill-fated from the get-go. When a show is slated to air on a Friday, it means the network really hasn't put all that much faith in it. Friday night is called the death slot for a reason. had some real potential for growth, even amid its struggle with the ratings. While the project hasn't been officially cancelled yet, an announcement saying as such is likely to come soon.

12. Gotham (Fox)

'Gotham' [Credit: FOX]
'Gotham' [Credit: FOX]
  • First Episode Air Date: September 22, 2014
  • Number of Seasons: 3
  • Status: Unknown

Fox's Batman prequel series isn't one of the more faithfully adapted comic book series currently on TV. It has its own flavor, and that's totally OK. But it tends to put viewers off when so many creative liberties are taken. The best advice for the show's creators is to slow its roll a little. No need to introduce every Batman character ever created before the show even hits Season 4. And if the show seriously plans on turning Barbara Keen into , I'd prefer cancellation so we don't have to see that mess play out.

13. iZombie (The CW)

  • First Episode Air Date: March 17, 2015
  • Number of Seasons: 3
  • Status: Unknown

has been quite the tour de force when it comes to zombie shows — especially when its most prominent predecessor is . It has heart, comedy, drama, and Rose McIver just being her disarming self. While this show definitely has its corny moments, it's ability to keep the laughs and the charm intact are some of the many reasons this series will likely return next season. That and the fact that nobody really seems to be getting tired of the zombie genre as of yet.

Which of these shows do you think is on its last legs? Which do you hope will be back next season? Sound off in the comments below.

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