But… what would have happened next?!
That is the inevitable, sorrowful refrain from the fans of any cancelled TV show. Well, TVLine has the answer to that question, for more than 40 fallen favorites.
Over the years, TVLine’s post mortem interviews have invited showrunners to break down the latest finale and then tease the coming season. But in many instances, that “coming season” never came, because the show wound up getting cancelled — oftentimes unceremoniously, and sometimes quite unexpectedly.
Short of outright resurrection, it’s always nice to have some sense of “closure,” right? So we have rounded up the scoop on more than 40 cancelled shows and what that “next season” would have been about — keeping in mind that, when the axe wound is especially tender (and when there is theoretical hope for salvation), showrunners can be reluctant to completely spoil their plans.
Even so, the handy list below delivers the goods on a wide variety of shows, from the “long gone” (such as Brothers and Sisters and Kyle XY) to the more recently snuffed (like Prodigal Son and MacGyver), from one-and-dones (Lovecraft Country!) and two-and-tossed (God Friended Me!) to longer-running faves (Castle Season 9, we do not mourn thee).
Keep scrolling to review our roundup of what might have been, then share your laments in the comments (and/or invite us to seek out the scoop on other gone-too-soon favorites).