Unrenewed’ TV Shows

TV program cancellations are upsetting enough on their own. But when a series has already been renewed, then gets brutally axed?

That’s a degree of sadness that makes you want to devour ice cream straight from the gallon. Some TV shows had their renewal for a second season revoked before the coronavirus epidemic, including HBO’s Vinyl and ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Frustratingly, it is increasingly usual for shows that were picked up for future seasons to be canceled later on as COVID upended the TV industry in 2020 and beyond, disrupting production timelines and finances, among other things.

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(The ever-shifting landscape of new streaming services and corporate mergers has had an impact, too.) The anthology series Why Women Kill on Paramount+ is the most recent to have its future altered; the drama was canceled on July 1, seven months after renewal for Season 3 was announced. In recent years, though, “un-renewals” have also pulled Netflix’s GLOW (sniff!), Comedy Central’s Drunk History, and ABC’s Stumptown from our TV schedules, to mention just a few.

Which Unexpected Cancellation Bums You Out The Most?

Check out the shows that were previously renewed but are no longer scheduled to air, and let us know which ones you still miss in the comments section below.

Blackaf (Netflix)

Season 2 Ordered: June 23, 2020

Season 2 Cancelled: June 23, 2021

Reasons Given: Netflix has not commented on the cancellation of Kenya Barris’ semi-autobiographical comedy, but Deadline reports that the show is currently being reworked (as of June 2021) as a potential film franchise at the streamer, in the vein of National Lampoon’s Vacation. It has been reported that episodes set in Brazil and Mexico are in the planning stages.

BLACKAF (Netflix) The Brink (HBO)

Season 2 Ordered: July 21, 2015

Season 2 Cancelled: Oct. 27, 2015

Reasons Given: HBO claimed at the time that it had decided not to renew The Brink for a second season because “after analyzing our schedule and our programming demands, we, regretfully, determined we cannot give The Brink the attention it deserves.” We are pleased with the inaugural season and hope the best for everyone engaged.

THE BRINK (HBO)Drunk History (Comedy Central) 

Season 7 Ordered: Aug. 26, 2019

Season 7 Cancelled: Aug. 19, 2020

Reasons Given:  Though Season 7 was in pre-production before the coronavirus pandemic arrived, production was finally put down due to COVID-19, causing Comedy Central to reverse the renewal.

Drunk History (Comedy Central)Glow (Netflix)

Season 4 Ordered: Sept. 20, 2019

Season 4 Cancelled: Oct. 5, 2020

Reasons Given:  After production stalled owing to the coronavirus pandemic, many factors — including budget and the safeguards needed to keep the cast and crew of a wrestling series safe from the virus — apparently contributed to Netflix’s decision.

Glow (Netflix)Hindsight (Vh1)

Season 2 Ordered: March 16, 2015

I'm Sorry (TruTv)Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman (Abc) 

Season 5 Ordered: Early 1997

Season 5 Cancelled: June 1997

Reasons Given: Lois & Clark was renewed for Season 5 in the middle of its fourth season, but by the end of the season, its ratings had plummeted. Season 4 ended on a dramatic cliffhanger, and despite hopes for a fifth season, the show was canceled

Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman (Abc) Luck (HBO)