The sheer volume of TV shows increases year after year, with new creations all vying for the same space. While this does provide variety for us lucky viewers, the environment also leads to a ruthless decision-making process for TV networks, highlighted by the number of canceled shows to mark the end of the 2015–2016 season.
While some — such as The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow — have been firmly cemented for further installments, others have been given the definitive chop. Let's take a look at the big casualties of the TV-show-killing rampage:
1. Agent Carter
The show, which has been well received, has the unfortunate landmark of becoming the first live-action Marvel series to be canceled. Although fans and critics alike would love more episodes, reduced viewing figures have forced ABC's hand.
The MCU series set in 1946 New York focuses on Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), a character introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger. Agent Carter illustrated Peggy's struggle to incorporate her life as a secret agent.
Its cancellation will no doubt upset fans.
Launched in 2009, the crime series set in New York has run for eight seasons. Its peak came in 2011, when more than 13 million viewers tuned in to watch the opening episode of the fourth season. In contrast, the most recent season attracted a little over six million viewers.
The story focused on Richard "Rick" Castle (Nathan Fillion), a novelist who partners with the NYPD after a serial killer uses his works of fiction for inspiration. Castle's relationship with Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) won viewers over, with the pair eventually growing fond of each other in spite of the murky and murderous backdrop.
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises in the announced cull, Nashville has been axed despite having a loyal fanbase and a big-name lead in the form of Hayden Panettiere.
Launching in 2012, the show depicted the lives of singers in the country music capital. Over its four-season run, the show attracted numerous award nominations, and won the Critics' Choice Television Awards for Most Exciting New Series.
4. The Family
Although a highly anticipated 2016 offering, the show never lived up to expectations, as illustrated by dwindling viewing figures: More than 5 million tuned in for the premiere, while the most recent episode attracted only half that.
The premise revolves around the fictitious city of Red Pines, Maine after the son of the mayor mysteriously returns home following a 10-year absence — throughout which he was presumed dead. Although viewing figures flattered to deceive, the cast put on a solid performance and won praise from critics.
5. Marvel’s Most Wanted
The second blow for Marvel comes in the form of this planned spinoff for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has now been left on the scrapheap of the most unwanted, thanks to ABC opting to cease its production.
It was conceived as a show that would follow Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), two characters who were recently written out of S.H.I.E.L.D. with this series in mind.
Other Notable Cancellations
Those five weren't the only casualties of a TV massacre; other cancellations include: The Muppets, Galavant, Grandfathered, The Grinder, Bordertown, CSI: Cyber, Second Chance and Containment.
Undoubtedly, a number of viewers will be left disappointed with the volume of shows that have come to an abrupt end (although, there's a wealth of great TV set to grace our screens this year). Perhaps a byproduct of a saturated market, it looks like networks are sharpening their knives.
Which axed show will you miss the most?
Via: Washington Post