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Fall TV preview 2018: Scripted dramas and comedies that won’t be back

September 7, 2018

Fall TV preview 2018: Scripted dramas and comedies that won’t be back

CLEVELAND, Ohio – ABC’s “The Middle,” starring Bay Village native Patricia Heaton, and the CW’s “The Originals” decided to call it quits last season after enjoying healthy and well-received prime-time runs. The producers and stars of these shows got to decide when it was time to wrap up their stories and plan their goodbyes.

Other series weren’t so fortunate last season, having been handed network television’s dreaded version of the pink slip: cancellation. Most of the shows given the much-deserved boot were rank rookies, including CBS’ “Living Biblically” and ABC’s “Inhumans.”

If you don’t remember those stinkers, well, it’s kinder that way. Indeed, these quick cancellations qualify as mercy killings (as in taking mercy on the audience).

Still, cancellation doesn’t have to be the end of the TV trail. It can be something akin to a near-death experience.

Two comedies declared dead will be given new life this season on new networks. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” dropped by Fox in May, quickly was picked up by NBC, which will launch the show’s sixth season at midseason. Comedian Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing,” canceled by ABC last year, is back this season on Fox.

The vast majority of canceled shows, however, will stay canceled. So before turning your attention to what’s new this fall, take a moment to consider those shows that won’t be returning. Here is the list of the scripted shows that won’t be back on the networks this season:

ABC: “Alex, Inc.,” “The Crossing,” “Deception,” “Designated Survivor,” “Inhumans,” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” “The Mayor,” “The Middle,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Quantico,” “Scandal,” “Ten Days in the Valley.”

CBS: “Kevin Can Wait,” “Living Biblically,” “Me, Myself & I,” “9JKL,” “Scorpion,” “Superior Donuts,” “Wisdom of the Crowd.”

Fox: “The Exorcist,” “Ghosted,” “LA to Vegas,” “The Last Man On Earth,” “Lucifer,” “The Mick,” “New Girl.”

NBC: “The Brave,” “Champions,” “Great News,” “Law & Order: True Crime,” “Rise,” “Taken,” “Timeless” (which will be given a chance to wrap things up with a two-part series finale), “Trial & Error” (done at NBC but being shopped to other programmers).

The CW: “Life Sentence,” “The Originals,” “Valor.”

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