TV networks kill off 32 shows including CSI: Cyber, Castle, Nashville

If you're a fan of the CSI franchise, we have some bad news.

Fans of the recently cancelled
Fans of the recently cancelled "Agent Carter" hope their campaign will win the show a place on another network or streaming service. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, May 15, 2016 – TV networks have so much competition for your attention that their executives can’t afford to be patient with shows no one is checking out.

So say goodbye to the 32 shows on the current list of broadcast series cancellations for 2016.

Over the next few weeks, the television networks will announce their fall TV season schedules. They also announce which new shows they’ve purchased for their schedules. To make room for the new shows, they need to clear out the dead wood on the schedule. Some of those cuts go deep with fans who’ve gotten attached to favorite shows. Others are new shows hardly anyone bothered to check out, but some of their stars deserved a lot better.

There are always a few unpleasant surprises on the list, but there are no real shockers for spring 2016. At the top this year:

"Castle" lasted nine seasons on ABC, but when its lead actress decided to leave, the network called it quits. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless
“Castle” lasted nine seasons on ABC, but when its lead actress decided to leave, the network called it quits. Photo: ABC/Eric McCandless

Castle, ABC: After nine seasons, lead actress Stana Katic decided to leave the show, and it was tough to figure out any way to save it. Better for the show to leave with its head held high.

CSI Cyber, CBS: It’s the end of an era. The last show remaining on the air from the CSI stable signs off after two seasons, leaving the entertainment universe without a CSI show fro the first time in 16 years. The original CSI was the No. 1 rated show in the the U.S. Don’t feel too bad for star Ted Danson. He already has a new job in the NBC comedy “The Good Place” with actress Kristen Bell. This was CBS’s only cancellation.

Nashville, ABC: The country music-themed drama starring Connie Britton had its fans and lasted four seasons.

Bordertown, Fox: One of the rare animated series by Seth MacFarlane that couldn’t generate any audience.

Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris: Harris is one of the most talented men in show business, but this frantic “modern” take on a variety show never let Harris settle into a groove. NBC blew a huge amount of money hyping this failure.

Agent Carter, ABC: A fan campaign is already in full swing to save this show, perhaps at another network or an online service. Lead actress Hayley Atwell already has a new ABC show, “Conviction.” This talented actress deserves another chance at success. But the Peggy Carter fan base is devoted and the character is one of the few memorable female lead characters in the Marvel universe. Despite the obstacles, hopefully Marvel will figure out a way to keep the Agent Carter character alive.

Grandfathered and The Grinder, Fox: John Stamos, a grandfather? We’re all in denial about this. But Rob Lowe and Fred Savage are talented and nearly made “The Grinder” work. Some smart network needs to find them another opportunity.

Could someone please find Neil Patrick Harris a show worthy of his talents? Photo: Chris Haston/NBC
Could someone please find Neil Patrick Harris a show worthy of his talents? Photo: Chris Haston/NBC

The Mysteries of Laura, NBC: The network kept the show on the undecided list until the last minute on Saturday. Most observers thought it would survive. Debra Messing was the only good thing about this series, and after a well-deserved break let’s hope she finds a role that lets her be smart and funny but not kooky.

“Supergirl” moves from CBS to the CW, to the relief of its fans.

Now that CSI: Cyber has been cancelled, it's the first time in 16 years without a current CSI series on the air. Photo: CBS
Now that CSI: Cyber has been cancelled, it’s the first time in 16 years without a current CSI series on the air. Photo: CBS

The full alphabetical list of shows not returning next year:

American Idol, Fox
Angel From Hell, CBS
Beauty and the Beast, CW
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, NBC
Bordertown, FOX
Castle, ABC
Containment, CW
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Fox
CSI: Cyber
Crowded, NBC
The Family, ABC
Galavant, ABC
Game of Silence, NBC
The Good Wife, CBS
Grandfathered, Fox
Grinder, Fox
Heartbeat, NBC
Heroes Reborn, NBC
Marvel’s Agent Carter, ABC
Mike and Molly, CBS
Minority Report, Fox
The Muppets, Fox
The Mysteries of Laura, NBC
Nashville, ABC
Of Kings and Prophets, ABC
Person of Interest, CBS (airs through May)
The Player, NBC
Second Chance, Fox
Telenovela, NBC
Truth Be Told, NBC
Undateable, NBC
Wicked City, ABC (only three episodes)




ABC Returning Series:

American Crime, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Black-ish, The Catch, Dancing with the Stars, Dr. Ken, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Last Man Standing, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Quantico, The Real O’Neals Scandal, Shark Tank, The Bachelor, Beyond the Tank

CBS Returning Series:

The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Hawaii Five-O, Life in Pieces, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Survivor, 2 Broke Girls

Fox Returning Series:

Bob’s Burgers, Bones (final season), Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire. Family Guy, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth, Lucifer, MasterChef Junior, New Girl, Rosewood, Scream Queens, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, The X-Files (unofficial; Fox needs to work out scheduling for actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson)

NBC Returning Series:

The Blacklist. Blindspot, Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Grimm, Law & Order SVU, Little Big Shots, Shades of Blue, Superstore, The Voice

The CW Returning Series:

America’s Top Model, Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, iZombie. Jane the Virgin, The 100, The Originals, Reign, Supergirl (coming over from CBS). Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries

It's the longer running series on prime time TV, and it will be back: "The Simpsons." Illustration: Fox
It’s the longest-running series on prime time TV, and it will be back: “The Simpsons.” Illustration: Fox

On the Bubble

At CBS: Code Black, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Limitless, Rush Hour, The Odd Couple, Undercover Boss

At Fox: Houdini and Doyle, Family Guy (come on, who believes this), and World’s Funniest

At NBC: The Biggest Loser, The Carmichael, Hollywood Game Night, The Night Shift, The Player, Truth Be Told, You, Me and the Apocalypse

If there’s a program you like, tell your friends and family to watch. Get a buzz started with some online conversation. It’s also just as good if you record and watch later. The Nielsen Company now counts DVR or online streaming information in calculating show ratings to the networks, so recording and watching those episodes within the same week still counts.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is president/owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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