Nashville has sung its last sad country ballad. ABC announced that it is canceling the musical drama, along with a whole host of other shows, including newcomer The Family along with fan favorite Castle, whose cancellation was not a surprise in the wake of the announcement that star Stana Katic was leaving the mystery series.
A total of 12 broadcast series were sent to the TV graveyard on Thursday in advance of next week’s fall presentations to advertisers, known in the industry as the upfronts. ABC did the most house cleaning, letting go of musical Galavant along with its attempt an adult reboot of The Muppets, which never found an audience. Agent Carter, which, despite a finely-tuned performance by star Hayley Atwell, was the first Marvel series to be axed. ABC also reportedly passed on picking up the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to the ABC shows, Fox, cancelled the Rob Lowe and Fred Savage comedy The Grinder, along with the John Stamos vehicle Grandfathered, the animated series Bordertown, and Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life. And, yes, there was no second chance for Second Chance.
Earlier in the week, CBS announced it was shutting down CSI: Cyber, which was the last remaining CSI property on television, marking the first time since 2000 that there has not been a version of CSI playing in primetime. The CW cancelled its quarantine thriller Containment, but picked up Supergirl from its sister network CBS.
Fans don’t need to be completely heartbroken, though. Some shows were saved, including ABC’s latest Shonda Rimes show The Catch, the under-the-radar comedy The Real O’Neals, Dianne Wiest’s and James Brolin’s Life in Pieces, and the critically acclaimed American Crime.