18 TV Shows on the Chopping Block to Be Canceled

Bethany Quinn | May 10, 2019 TV
18 TV Shows on the Chopping Block to Be Canceled
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Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Saniyya Sidney in The Passage
FOX Network

It's that time of year again, where the fate of our favorite televisions shows is up in the air. It can be quite the stressful time as we are faced with the scary truth that we just might have to say goodbye to some of our favorite characters. Networks are getting ready for their upfronts where they pitch to advertisers to secure money for the next season. No money means no show, and ratings play a huge part in the process. If a show is lagging in ratings, more likely than not it will get canceled, despite it being a cult favorite. Advertisers depend on ratings to sell products after all, right?

The shows listed here are in serious risk of getting the axe (some recently have), and we have to say we're quite surprised by some of them. While we still have our favorite streaming services to rely on, there's something about "old school" network television that's got us all in our feelings. While sure things like This Is Us and Law & Order: SVU were renewed for another season without even a question, new favorites -- like The Passage and Proven Innocent -- are on the chopping block. Even shows that have been on for years are still being decided upon.

Like we said, it's a scary time to be a television fan!

Not every show's fate has been finalized as of yet, so we will sure to keep you posted! Here are 18 television shows that might get canceled.

  • 'The Passage'

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    This show has vampires, a United States government experiment gone wrong, a young hero, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. And yet, Fox just canceled The Passage (sob). The show brought in high ratings for the series premiere, but dropped shortly after. Though there was a rebound toward the end of season in the ratings department, it looks like it wasn't enough.

  • 'Whiskey Cavalier'

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    Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan in Whiskey Cavalier
    ABC

    With huge star power like Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan, ABC simply cannot support their salaries without the show bringing in major ratings. So far, it's been a disappointing run with low ratings. Whiskey Cavalier follows Foley's character, an FBI agent, who teams up with Cohan, a CIA operative, as they attempt to save to world.

    If they can get the chemistry right, ratings should start to roll in.

  • 'The Village'

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    The unrealistic storyline is definitely a hard sell in this NBC drama. Residents of a New York City apartment building form a unconventional "family" of sorts. Despite the numerous differences, the group of neighbors' lives become intertwined. The ratings for The Village are kinda bad, probably because this would never, ever happen in real life!

  • 'Blindspot'

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    Jaimie Alexander in Blindspot
    NBC

    This show has been on the chopping block before, so it might pull through once again. Then again, Blindspot was pulled from NBC's schedule, so it's not looking too good. It stars Jaimie Alexander as Jane Doe, a woman who's found in Times Square with no memory and dozens of tattoos that are clues to her past and more! It's been on the air since 2015.

  • 'Murphy Brown'

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    Candice Bergen and Joanna Adler in Murphy Brown
    CBS

    Fans everywhere were stoked when this hit show from 1988 was getting rebooted. Sadly, Murphy Brown hasn't been going too well as rumors have been swirling (almost immediately) that it's getting canned -- after only one season. It features many of the original cast members, including Candice Bergen and Faith Ford.

  • 'The Enemy Within'

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    Jennifer Carpenter from Dexter plays a former CIA operative who's now serving a life sentence in prison for treason. Morris Chestnut, an FBI agent, is forced to enlist Carpenter's character to help him track down a dangerous criminal. With a captivating plot and a star-studded cast, it's a mystery why viewers don't tune in each week to this psychological thriller series.

  • 'The Fix'

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    Robin Tunney and Adam Rayner in The Fix
    ABC

    Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the famous O.J. Simpson murder trial, co-wrote and produced this series that's inspired by her life. Robin Tunney stars as a Los Angeles district attorney who loses a major case against a Hollywood star who was charged with double murder. Despite the public's interest in cases like this, there just isn't much viewership to guarantee a second season.

    ABC just announced The Fix is canceled after one season.

  • 'For the People'

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    This Shonda Rhimes show premiered in March 2018 and follows a group of young lawyers as they work on some of the highest-profile cases in the country. Despite the success of Rhimes's other shows, this show has not brought in high ratings.

    For the People has been canceled after two seasons.

  • 'Lethal Weapon'

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    While this series, based in the hit movie franchise, has been around since 2016, it's struggled with poor ratings and a bit of drama behind the scenes.  The show's star, Damon Wayans, even said last year that he was quitting. "I'm going to be quitting the show in December after we finish," the actor revealed. "So I really don't know what they're planning, but that's what I'm planning. I'm a 58-year-old diabetic and I'm working 16-hour days."

    Welp, Fox just announced Lethal Weapon has been canceled, so we guess we won't know what happens after that cliffhanger.

  • 'The Code'

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    Ato Essandoh and Luke Mitchell in The Code
    CBS

    This brand new military legal drama stars Dana Delany, a bright young cast and veteran television actress. However, the jury is still out on the renewal of this CBS show. Poor reviews calling it a mediocre version of A Few Good Men may help sway the network in a negative way.

  • 'Happy Together'

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    Amber Stevens West and Damon Wayans Jr. in Happy Together
    CBS

    While there was a lot of buzz around this project, CBS has yet to order more episodes -- so it's not looking good. Happy Together stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West as a couple whose lives are turned upside down when a young pop star moves into their home.

  • 'The Orville'


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    Seth MacFarlane, the man behind Family Guy, created this sci-fi comedy that had a successful first season. Season two did not bring in the same ratings, putting this show on the chopping block despite great acting and witty dialogue. But it lives to see another day as Fox just announced The Orville has been renewed for a third season.

  • 'A.P. Bio'

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    Patton Oswalt in A.P. Bio
    NBC

    Former Harvard philosophy professor, Jack Griffin (played by Glenn Howerton) comes back to his hometown after losing out on a major job. The show has been on for two seasons and has not brought in stellar ratings. Needless to say, it remains in limbo.

  • 'I Feel Bad'

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    Paul Adelstein and Sarayu Blue in I Feel Bad
    NBC

    I Feel Bad is a series based on the book, I Feel Bad: All Day. Every Day. About Everything by Orli Auslander. It stars Sarayu Blue as a woman trying to have it all, be a great mother, and have a great career -- all while dealing with her own guilt. Sadly, it doesn't look like it will live another day as NBC canceled I Feel Bad after one season.

  • 'Abby's'

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    Neil Flynn and Natalie Morales in Abby's
    NBC

    This modern take on Cheers features an unusual cast of characters who find comfort in a makeshift bar in the main character's backyard. While the premise might have been promising at the start, ratings have proven otherwise.

  • 'Bull'

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    Michael Weatherly in Bull
    CBS
    This American drama television series stars Michael Weatherly. It premiered on CBS in 2016, but has seen a decline in ratings since last year after Eliza Dushku accused Weatherly of sexual harassment. She claims she was fired after she came forward with her claims. CBS renewed Bull, though Steven Spielberg left the project amid Michael Weatherly's allegations.

  • 'Splitting Up Together'

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    Oliver Hudson and Jenna Fischer in Splitting Up Together
    ABC

    Ellen DeGeneres produced this comedy that starred Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson as a couple brought back together through the process of divorcing. Season two tanked in ratings, which could be why ABC canceled Splitting Up Together.

  • 'Proven Innocent'

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    This legal drama has quite the case. Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Vincent Kartheiser, and Kelsey Grammer to name a few. It follows the lawyers of a wrongly convicted firm as they try to maintain the innocence of their clients. But the rating just aren't there, so the future of this show is uncertain.

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