Every year, someone's beloved TV series gets axed. Whether it's due to networks cutting the low-rated stragglers from their lineups or because actors want to move on to something new, it's inevitable that at least a few of the shows we enjoy won't be around the following year. Join Wonderwall.com as we rip the Band-Aid off and find out which of our favorite TV series aren't returning in 2018… starting with "The Mindy Project" starring Mindy Kaling (who also created the show) as Dr. Mindy Lahiri. After the series was canceled by FOX in 2015, Mindy took her show to Hulu where it ran for three more seasons. Ultimately, Mindy was ready for a change and decided to bring her character's storyline to a close. At least she had the sense to bring back Chris Messina (seen here) for the last few episodes. Keep reading to find out if a show you love won't be here next year…
If you were holding out hope that NBC would change its mind and renew "Grimm" after its sixth season, it's time to let that go. The network announced its decision to end the supernatural series back in 2016 and, sadly, followed through. The last episode, "No End," aired on March 31, 2017.
We saw this one coming a mile away. After numerous allegations of sexual misconduct were made against "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey this fall, Netflix made the difficult decision to cancel the series. Unfortunately, that means co-stars (like the very talented Robin Wright, seen here) are also ending their runs. Season 6, much of which was already shot when the allegations surfaced, is expected to debut in 2018.
Update: On Dec. 4, 2017 Netflix announced "House of Cards" will return for a short, final season without Kevin Spacey in 2018.
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It's important to note that FX's "The Strain" starring Corey Stoll wasn't canceled, per se. The show, about a virus that spreads an evil form of vampirism, came to a natural conclusion (according to producers) with its final episode, "The Last Stand," on Sept. 17, 2017.
After three funny seasons on Hulu, "Difficult People" starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner as aging, increasingly bitter comedians in New York, was canceled. The show, which was executive produced by none other than Amy Poehler, aired its final episode, "The Silkwood," on Sept. 26, 2017.
Can't say we're sad to see HBO's "Girls" finally go off the air. The Emmy-winning show ran for six painful seasons and managed to upset a lot of people in the process. The series portrayed a group of unlikable female friends in a mostly white New York City as they rambled through life complaining about their first world problems while occasionally indulging in vulgar sex scenes. The show's last episode, "Latching," aired on April 16, 2017.
Our love for Naomi Watts was not enough to keep her first TV show afloat. Netflix's "Gypsy," which was about a therapist who becomes overly involved in her patients' lives, ran for just one season. Even more shocking is that the series, which also starred Billy Crudup, was cut just six weeks after it premiered on the streaming service. Clearly Netflix is done being the soft pillow for TV shows to land.
Yes, "24: Legacy" starring Corey Hawkins was canceled as of June, but there might be a new version of "24" coming in the future. Producers and FOX execs are considering making the popular crime drama into an anthology-style series. There's no word (yet) on whether the show will indeed reinvent itself or if Corey will be involved.
The Netflix original series "Girlboss" starring Britt Robertson and Ellie Reed was actually a pretty good show. However, it fell victim to bad timing. Based on the early professional life of Nasty Gal CEO Sophia Amoruso, the series could have been a hit — had Sophia's in-real-life reputation not been totally skewered right before the series premiered (her company went bankrupt, endured multiple rounds of layoffs and was accused of firing pregnant women). Now, the clothing designer's empire has crumbled and the show based on her life is no more.
It was a sad day in TV land when viewers learned that "Orphan Black" starring Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany (as 10 different characters, no less) was coming to an end. The show, about a woman's discovery that she's one of many clones, ran for five seasons before airing its final episode on Aug. 12, 2017.
Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore starred in the dramatic horror series "Bates Motel" for five remarkable (and bloody) seasons before it came to an end on April 24, 2017. Although the show received widespread critical acclaim, co-creator Carlton Cuse said early on that the series, based on the "Psycho" thriller, wasn't "a show that should run for 10 years."
Alas, the MTV dramedy "Teen Wolf" starring Tyler Posey and Dylan O'Brien finally came to a close after six seasons on Sept. 24, 2017. Viewers were understandably perplexed when the series finale, "The Wolves of War," didn't wrap up the show, but instead, ended on a cliffhanger. Perhaps there's a spin-off in the future?
After five emotional seasons, "Switched at Birth" came to a close on April 11, 2017. The show starred Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc as two teens who discover they were switched at birth and raised in each other's biological family.
Just when fans find a show they love, Netflix goes and pulls the plug. "The Get Down" starred Jaden Smith as one of several teens growing up in the Bronx during the birth of hip hop in the late 1970s. It only ran for one season before getting axed by the network amidst rumors it was the most expensive series it had ever produced, costing $120 million for 12 episodes.
It was one of the most critically acclaimed series to ever air on ABC. The John Ridley-directed drama "American Crime" starred Felicity Huffman, Regina King and more in a gripping anthology series that tackled vividly real problems like drug addiction, sexual harassment, racism, discrimination, human trafficking and more. The show earned 16 Emmy nominations (with Regina taking home two awards for outstanding supporting actress) and two NAACP Image Awards and probably had many more riveting seasons left to give. But reports revealed the network gave it the ax after Season 3 in 2017 because of low ratings.
It should be noted that we were as shocked as you probably are right now to learn that "Bones" was even still on the air after all this time. The crime dramedy, starring David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, debuted back in 2005 and ran for 12 long seasons before coming to a close this year. The final episode aired on FOX on March 28, 2017.
Sadly, the swashbuckling Starz drama "Black Sails" walked the plank in 2017. The series, which debuted in 2014 and ran for four strong seasons, starred Luke Arnold (and others) in a captivating pirate-centric adventure that aired its last episode on April 2, 2017. It managed to win three Emmys before heading to Davy Jones' locker.
ABC network must stand for "Already Been Canceled" because they're quick to cut shows (even ones that seem like they're holding strong in the ratings department). Unfortunately, that meant one of our favorite new crime dramas, "The Catch" starring Mireille Enos, Rose Rollins and Peter Krause (not pictured), got the ax. Lasting just two seasons, this Shonda Rhimes-created series aired its final episode on May 11, 2017.
Comedy Central's hilarious series "Workaholics" starring Blake Anderson, Adam Devine and Anders Holm officially signed off on March 15, 2017. The reason? The actors, who've been a part of the show since 2011, opted to move on and try something new.
It's an ugly, big truth that "Pretty Little Liars" came to an official end this year after seven gripping seasons. Actresses Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario and Ashley Benson starred in their last episode together on June 27, 2017.
We were really rooting for Amazon's "Z: The Beginning of Everything" starring Christina Ricci and David Hoflin. It was extra tough to learn that months after the series was renewed for a second season, Amazon decided to cancel its order for more episodes on the antics of young Zelda Fitzgerald (played by Christina).
The Netflix family drama "Bloodline" was canned shortly before airing its third season in 2017. The dark series involving sibling rivalries, murder and vengeance starred Kyle Chandler (pictured), Sissy Spacek, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini and more.
The CBS comedy "2 Broke Girls" starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs was nearly renewed for a short, 13-episode final season, but in the end, network execs canceled it after six relatively strong seasons. The chief of scheduling at the network claimed "it was time" for the series to come to an end. The last episode aired April 17, 2017.
Even though The CW announced all the way back in 2016 that "The Vampire Diaries" starring Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley was ending after its eighth season, fans were still praying for a supernatural miracle. In the end, the fantasy-horror drama, which debuted its first episode in 2009, aired its last on March 10, 2017.
Netflix learned a painful lesson about the power of its viewers when it surreptitiously canceled "Sense8" starring Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Toby Onwumere, Doona Bae (and more) after just two seasons. The show was unlike anything ever aired before, involving a group of eight "sensates" who were mentally and physically linked (even though each of them were thousands of miles apart). The storyline was powerfully diverse and included characters of different ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities — making the cancellation even more painful for audiences hungry for inclusive television. Thankfully, all the backlash from frustrated Netflix subscribers resulted in the network signing off on a two hour series "wrap-up" in 2018, giving fans the chance to have a proper goodbye.