Welcome to May — a month when the “Big Four” American television networks (ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS and often its sister network, The CW), make a bunch of decisions about whether or not shows that are on their schedules will stay there, heading into the next fall season.
It’s also a month when they make decisions on which new shows will go into production for the fall and winter schedules, which means some series just have to go — otherwise there’s not enough room.
Sadly, there have been a bunch of cancellations in the past week or so. We’ve counted up 18 network shows (not including “cable” stations like AMC, HBO, MTV etc.) that won’t be back this fall, much to fans’ disappointment.
18 shows you won’t see back on TV this fall
The Mysteries Of LauraThis Debra Messing-led show lasted for two seasons before NBC decided it was time to find room for a new cop drama. NBC
CrowdedLuckily viewers didn't have too much time to grow attached to this Patrick Warburton, Carrie Preston-led comedy about empty nesters returning home.NBC
HeartbeatThis show was originally supposed to debut in the fall where it would have had more viewers, but star Melissa George got pregnant. It wound up debuting in midseason to not-so-many viewers. NBC
TelenovelaEva Longoria was all about going big or going home with this surreal spoof of a comedy. Sadly, it just didn't hit with audiences. NBC
UndateableWhen this show began to air live in its third season, many Chris D'Elia fans (Justin Bieber included!) hoped it would be successful enough to earn a fourth season. Sadly, it wasn't. NBC
Game of SilenceThis Sleepers inspired series was pretty dark for a summer show, which is why it maybe didn't quite hit with viewers. Or, maybe it was just because the title sounded like the latest reality show?NBC
ContainmentMaybe people just had too many post-apocalyptic type series to choose from and forgot to pass on this one from The Vampire Diaries boss, Julie Plec. The CW
The GrinderRob Lowe and Fred Savage are a dream team... just not on this legal comedy, which narrowly missed a second season renewal. Fox
GrandfatheredIt was only a matter of time before someone did a show about how John Stamos never seems to age. Sadly, that point hit home harder on the Fuller House remake.NBC
Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving LifeBuddy-buddy comedies are so plentiful, it's hard for them to make an impact. Ones with extra-long titles are even harder to remember. Fox
BordertownYou probably didn't even know there was a new animated comedy on the Sunday night Simpsons and Family Guy block. If you did, you can go ahead and forget it.Fox
CSI: CyberAnd that was the way the CSI franchise ended — not with a bang but a whimper. Farewell Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek and co. We barely knew thee. CBS
The MuppetsAs it turns out, leveraging an entire publicity campaign on Piggy and Kermit's breakup wasn't on point. Many said this was "too adult" for longtime fans, who quickly found something else to watch after a few episodes. ABC
GalavantCatchy tunes were enough to keep this comedy around for two seasons, but not three. This was more of a behind-the-scenes decision as opposed to a ratings one as a new entertainment president recently joined ABC. ABC
The FamilyWe loved us some Alison Pill in this drama about a missing boy who mysteriously returns home after a decade, but sadly ABC disagreed and the show didn't get a second season.ABC
NashvilleDespite four strong seasons of the Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere-led series, the gals take their final bow with this month's series finale. Word has it the show's being shopped around to another network, but no one's bitten just yet. ABC
CastleThis one we're kind of relieved about, given the fact that if the show did return for a ninth season, it was going to be without series star Stana Katic, who is one half of the dynamic duo that makes up this show. ABC
Agent CarterHayley Atwell certainly kicked butt as Peggy Carter (and looked fabulous doing it), but ABC decided two seasons was enough of this SHIELD spinoff and passed on a third. ABC