40 Beloved TV Shows Coming to an End & the New Series on the Way

Becky Bracken | Oct 26, 2018 TV
40 Beloved TV Shows Coming to an End & the New Series on the Way

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015)
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The current golden age of television has gifted the world with seminal series that have redefined the way audiences watch their small screens. The rise of the streaming studio system to compete with broadcast and cable has given a wide array of faces and experiences a place to tell their stories for the first time ever -- resulting in shows that resonate deeply with their fans. 

This fall, a new wave of shows will be ending, giving room on schedules for new series while leaving their fans with a mix of emotions. On one hand, saying goodbye to some of television's most groundbreaking and beloved characters is hard. But on the other, the anticipation of something new and wonderful popping into the playlist is like a little gift for channel surfers. It's just a matter of perspective and knowing what's coming up next.

It won't be easy to say goodbye to beloved friends like Kimmy Schmidt, Selina Meyer, Piper Chapman, or Carrie Mathison, the TV character who makes all moms feel better about their parenting. There are always re-runs. But on the bright side, a whole new slate of shows on the way promise new and wonderful stuff, like the new Ava Duvernay project, a new take on a classic from funnyman-turned-entertainment-mogul Jordan Peele, and spinoffs of wildly popular shows.

It can be hard to keep track and stay on top of all the series everyone will be talking about tomorrow. So here's a list of some of the shows winding down this season -- and a whole new crop to get excited about. Just in time for the next binge sesh, these are 40 TV faves coming to an end, and the new shows ready to take their place in our hearts and on our DVRs.

  • Ended: 'Luke Cage'

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    Status: Ended with season two

    Where to Watch: Netflix

    It came as a surprise to everyone -- including star Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and showrunner Cheo Hodari Corker -- that the second season of Luke Cage would be the last. Fans will be left with the season two cliffhanger after Netflix decided to cancel Luke Cage, the show about a Marvel hero dedicated to cleaning up corruption in Harlem.

  • Ending: 'House of Cards'

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    Ending: Final season premieres November 2

    Where to Watch: Netflix

    The final season of House of Cards puts Claire Underwood, played by the steely, statuesque, and wildly talented Robin Wright, in the Oval Office following the death of her husband, President Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey -- who was fired from the show following allegations of sexual assault. Previews of the final season promise thrills, drama, and whole lot of gorgeous Madam President power suits.

  • Ending: 'Jane the Virgin'

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    Ending: Final season premieres in January 2019

    Where to Watch: CW

    It was announced in May CW's Jane the Virgin -- starring adorable Gina Rodriguez -- will end after its fifth season and a total of 100 episodes. The Peabody-award winning show feels like a fun, telenovela romp while tackling big issues like sexuality and teen pregnancy.

  • Ending: 'The Big Bang Theory'

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    Ending: May 2019

    Where to Watch: CBS

    After 12 seasons and becoming the longest-running multi-camera comedy series, 52 Emmy nominations, 10 Emmy wins, and being ranked for years as the number one comedy, The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end.

  • Ending: 'Veep'

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    Ending: Final season airs in spring 2019

    Where to Watch: HBO

    It's sad, but after seven seasons Veep is ending. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and show runner David Mandel have decided the time is right to close the book on the hilarious, hapless Selina Meyer, and her cohort of clowns who make up the show's undeniable magic. Veep's final season is slated to air in spring 2019.

  • Ending: 'Shadowhunters'

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    Ending: Spring 2019

    Where to Watch: Freeform

    This drama of supernatural proportions was canceled by Freeform, with its final 12 episodes scheduled to start airing some time in spring 2019 -- under the title Shadowhunters: The Final Hunt (will end with a two-hour series finale).

  • Ending: 'Homeland'

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    Ending: Final season premieres June 2019

    Where to Watch: Showtime

    After its upcoming eighth season, Homeland will come to an end. Fans have suffered with Carrie Matheson, played by Claire Danes, through thrills, near-misses, triumphs, unbearable tragedy, and jaw-droppingly bad decisions. So the end of her story might feel like a bit of a loss of its own.

  • Ending: 'Orange Is the New Black'

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    Ending: 2019

    Where to Watch: Netflix

    It was recently announced that Orange is the New Black will end after its seventh season. The story of straight-laced Piper Chapman, who after being convicted of a decade-old financial crime, is forced to learn to cope with life behind bars, first aired in 2013 -- racking up awards, acclaim, and devotion from fans everywhere, ever since.

  • Ending: 'Game of Thrones'

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    Ending: 2019

    Where to Watch: HBO

    In its final season, Game of Thrones is poised to wrap up the epic saga in just six episodes -- instead of the traditional 10. Reportedly slated to air sometime in the first half of 2019, the last season promises to be all about who finally lands on that Iron Throne: Jon Snow? Daenerys Targaryen? What about Cersei Lannister?

    Hopefully all will be revealed in due time -- and before the arrival of the White Walkers.

  • Ending: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

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    Ending: 2019

    Where to Watch: Netflix

    Netflix's first, big half-hour hit, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is coming to an end after its fourth season. The first half of the final season premiered on May 30, with the last seven episodes scheduled to be available in 2019. But there's good news for Kimmy fans, the show's storylines will be wrapped up in an upcoming movie, co-written by show bosses Robert Carlock and Tina Fey.

  • Ending: 'Transparent'

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    Ending: Following season five

    Where to Watch: Amazon

    As soon as it premiered in 2014, Transparent and its star Jeffrey Tambor broke new ground on television. But after Tambor was fired in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct, it was decided the show would go on for one more season without him. Details about the final season are still being kept under wraps.

  • Ending: 'The Affair'

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    Ending: Following season five

    Where to Watch: Showtime

    On the heels of the end of season four in August, Showtime announced season five of The Affair will be its last. The often gut-wrenching look at an affair that destroys two marriages (and what it looks like to try and move on) stars Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, Maura Tierney, and Joshua Jackson.

  • Ending: 'Gotham'

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    Ending: 2019

    Where to Watch: Fox

    Batman origin story Gotham will get a fifth, and final season, which doesn't have a premiere date yet, but is slated to air some time in 2019.

  • Ending: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

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    Ending: 2019

    Where to Watch: CW

    Show creators Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna went into Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with a plan of doing only four seasons.

  • Ending: 'Being Mary Jane'

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    Ending: With a two-hour series finale

    Where to Watch: BET 

    Being Mary Jane, starring Gabrielle Union, launched into living rooms with a wildly popular TV movie in 2013. BET has announced in lieu of a season five, the show will end with a two-hour movie, which will serve as the season finale, wrapping up just like it got started. While there's no word as of yet when it will air, reports surfaced production for the series finale began in early 2018.

  • Ending?: 'Fuller House'

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    Ending: Rumors (for now)

    Where to Watch: Netflix

    There's nothing official yet, but behind-the-scenes shake-ups and last-minute replacements have caused show-watchers to wonder if the Full House reboot will end after its fourth season.

  • Available Now: 'God Friended Me'

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    Streaming & airing now

    Where to Watch: CBS

    An unapologetic atheist has his world upended when he receives a friend request from God and becomes a force for good in the world.

  • Available Now: 'Castle Rock'

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    Streaming now

    Where to Watch: Hulu

    Creators behind this horror series include Stephen King and J.J. Abrams, two names that have defined the genre in their own ways. Now they've joined forces on Castle Rock, a town in Maine King often refers in his work to weave some of his best-known characters together for something thrilling.

  • Coming Soon: 'Homecoming'

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    Premiere Date: November 2

    Where to Watch: Amazon Prime

    In this new series for Amazon Prime, Academy Award Winner Julia Roberts plays a caseworker at Homecoming, a facility that helps combat veterans transition back to civilian life. Fast-froward years later, and she's a waitress, asked by a an investigator why she left Homecoming -- forcing her to grapple with the truth.

  • Coming Soon: 'The Passage'

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    When: January 14, 2019

    Where to Watch: Fox 

    Based on the novels by Justin Cronin, The Passage will star Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Amy Bellafonte and center around a secret medical facility.

  • Coming Soon: 'The Real World'

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    Real World reboot
    MTV

    Projected Premiere Date: Spring 2019

    Where to Watch: Facebook Watch

    The show that first aired in 1992, ushering in a new genre (reality television), is set to get new life as a streaming show on Facebook Watch and feature stars from all over the globe.
  • Coming Soon: 'The Twilight Zone'

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    Projected Premiere Date: 2019

    Where to Watch: CBS All Accees

    Bona fide blockbuster maker Jordan Peele is set to host and narrate a revival of TV's cult classic, The Twilight Zone. The series is currently in production with episodes set to stream in 2019.

  • Coming Soon: 'L.A.'s Finest'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: Spectrum

    This Bad Boys 2 spinoff stars Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union, who's reprising her role as Sydney Burnett. She's now a former DEA agent who leaves Miami to join the LAPD. L.A.'s Finest is the first foray into scripted TV by Charter Communication's, Spectrum's parent company.

  • Coming Soon: 'Schooled'

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    Schooled
    ABC

    When: 2019 

    Where to Watch: ABC

    This Goldbergs spinoff is coming in 2019 and stars Brett Dier from Jane the Virgin in a story written by producer Mark Firek -- and set in the '90s.

  • Coming Soon: 'Red Line'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: CBS

    Ava DuVernay is set to grace prime time (again) with a new series, starring Noah Wyle, which explores what happens when a white cop in Chicago shoots and kills a black doctor. Wyle's character, Daniel Calder, is the widower high school teacher dealing with the grief over the loss of his husband and moving on as a single parent of their adopted daughter, Jira.

  • Coming Soon: 'The Hills: New Beginnings'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: MTV

    At the 2018 Video Music Awards, MTV announced The Hills would return in 2019 with new episodes featuring many of the faves all grown up -- and with kids.

  • Coming Soon: 'Carmen Sandiego'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: Netflix

    Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez has found a new job after the end of her popular series. She is set to star in an all-new Carmen Sandiego animated series, slated to start streaming in 2019. Fans of the '90s series will enjoy introducing the addictive and educational show to a whole new generation.

  • Coming Soon: 'Central Park Five'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: Netflix

    This miniseries tells the real-life story of five teenagers, wrongly and viciously accused, convicted, and later exonerated of a 1989 rape in Central Park they had nothing to do with -- told through the tender and unflinching lens of Ava DuVernay.

  • Coming Soon: 'Batwoman'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: CW

    The CW has tapped star Ruby Rose to play Kate Kane, Batwoman, making Rose the first gender-fluid, openly gay star of a show focused on an LGBTQ superhero.

  • Coming Soon: 'Roswell, New Mexico'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: CW

    A reboot of the 1999 teen alien mystery thriller -- starring Rosa Arredondo, Willian Greely, and Jeanine Mason -- is headed to TVs next year.

  • Coming Soon: 'The Code'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: CBS

    The series follows the professional and personal lives of individuals who aren't just the best and brightest of the legal profession, they're also Marines working at Quantico and solving some of the country's toughest legal challenges.

  • Coming Soon: 'The Enemy Within'

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    The Enemy Within
    NBC

    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: NBC

    Erica Shepherd is a former CIA agent considered to be the most notorious traitor in modern American history. Now, she's being brought out of a supermax prison to help stop dangerous crimes and protect the country she once betrayed.

  • Coming Soon: 'Grand Hotel'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: ABC

    This new drama from executive producer Eva Longoria is set in a family-owned luxury hotel in Miami Beach.

  • Coming Soon: 'Fam'

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    Fam
    CBS

    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: CBS

    Nina Dobrev stars in the upcoming series as a woman sick of living with her father who decides to move in with her big sister and her fiancé.

  • Coming Soon: 'The Fix'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: ABC

    O.J. prosecutor Marcia Clark both co-writes and produces this drama about an L.A. district attorney who is handed a major loss in a case where she was trying to prosecute an A-list actor for double murder.

    Sound familiar?

  • Coming Soon: 'Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: Freeform

    This PLL spinoff is based on the book series, The Perfectionists, written by Sara Shepard (she also wrote the Pretty Little Liars series). The series takes place in a perfect town filled with what seem like perfect people -- but it's all just a cover for a deeper secret.

  • Coming Soon: 'Whiskey Cavalier'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: ABC

    The upcoming action-dramedy follows the adventures of Will Chase (code name Whiskey Cavalier), played by Scott Foley, an FBI super agent with a heart of gold.

  • Coming Soon: 'The Village'

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    The Village
    NBC

    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: NBC

    An apartment building in Brooklyn is the backdrop for a group of family, friends, and neighbors who share a special bond and have created a village of their own.

  • Coming Soon: 'Proven Innocent'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: Fox

    A decade after being proven innocent of a crime she was convicted of, Madeline Scott, played by Rachelle Lefever, heads up a low-budget defense firm on a mission to help people like her, who have been wrongly convicted of crimes.

  • Coming Soon: 'City on a Hill'

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    When: 2019

    Where to Watch: Showtime

    City On a Hill is produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and stars Kevin Bacon. The series will tackle the grit and graft of 1990s Boston before a district attorney from Brooklyn comes into town, ready to make change in the city's entire criminal justice system.

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