The recent demise of Katy Keene brought a delayed close to the gruesome and incendiary annual TV tradition known as the cancellation blitzkrieg.
This nerve-wracking period — which traditionally peaks on the second Friday of May ahead of the broadcast network’s upfront presentations — had been elongated this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of the majority of bubble series learning their fate during a frenetic 24-hour stretch, renewal decisions arrived in fits and starts spread out over the past two months, as the major nets cautiously assessed their needs amid the fluid COVID-19 crisis.
The numbers are no less sobering, however. All told, 25 broadcast series were dispatched to the proverbial MIA Network during the recently concluded 2019-20 TV season (complete list of renewals and cancellations can be found here).
The body count was highest at ABC, which axed series both semi-established (Single Parents), fledgling (Emergence) and presumed dead (Kids Say the Darndest Things). NBC shuttered a half dozen programs, including rookie entries Bluff City Law and Perfect Harmony.
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As you look at the following cancellation list — which does not include shows that “naturally” ended on their own terms, like ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, NBC’s Blindspot and CBS’ Madam Secretary — which fatal blow hit you the hardest? Think long and hard about the options and then choose up to three shows. And hurry up — the polls close this Thursday at Noon EST, with the results being announced early next week!