This article pertains to shows canceled during the 2020-21 Primetime schedule.
To see the full list of shows canceled over the 2019/20 Primetime period see here.
Life before Covid-19 was good to us. We were just too dumb to know it.
New and returning shows kicked off reliably in September or October. There was a reasonable expectation we would get, fingers crossed, at least 15-20 episodes of aired TV before learning our favorite new show (or indeed our favorite feeble old-timer) had been axed, and that cancelation news would always come gently (Broadcast Networks never “announce” cancelations) in May, giving us sufficient time to process the seven stages of cancelation grief: shock, denial, arguing, gifs, anger, depression, and Save our Show campaigns.
Ah May. That extra special time of the year in TV land, also known as bloodbath month, in which the hopes and hearts of the TV-watching public are bounced like a pinball from season finale to season finale, from upfront presentations (aka “Please like our new show! And please stop asking about our old show!“) to May Sweeps — featuring outlandish plot developments to woo Nielsen-viewing eyes, and from Pilot news to those aforementioned inevitable cancelations.
However TV in the time of Coronavirus now means a whole lot of confusion and delay over announcements regarding the fate of our favorite shows, and the horror of sudden — and early — axings, as Networks execs and showrunners caught in awkward interviews scramble to explain that “rising production costs in the COVID-19 pandemic” was the real villain behind your show’s cancelation.
Although it brings us no pleasure to trumpet the demise of any show, here you’ll find an updated list of TV shows that have succumbed to the chopping block in recent days and weeks, and will therefore not be continuing their 2020/21 Primetime journey.
Bookmark and revisit for updates … if you can bear the heartbreak. This list is updated daily, or as necessary.
The comedy series about a group of friends trying to stay connected through Zoom during the pandemic was the first real scripted cancelation of the 2020-21 primetime Season.
The final 4 episodes of the social distancing comedy series are airing on NBC’s streaming service Peacock and also on NBC.com at the time of writing.
AI thriller NeXt set out to tell the tale of an artificial intelligence run amok, as its creator and an intrepid FBI agent teamed up to thwart its nefarious plans to …presumably take over the world?
A mere 2 episodes aired before news of the cancelation struck.
Remaining completed episodes are set to air on FOX.
Axed after airing 5 episodes, Filthy Rich followed the soapy adventures of a wealthy family of evangelists who, following the death of their patriarch, struggle with a slew of illegitimate children bursting out of the woodwork.
Remaining completed episodes are set to air on FOX.
CABLE AND STREAMING
Based on the British series of the same name, this apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from Amazon which kicked off its freshman season in September 2020, will not be coming back for a second run. The series starred Jock Cusack in his first regular TV role.
Wait! Isn’t this gem of a scifi series still airing right now? Yes, but that didn’t stop Amazon pulling the plug on our favorite Belters and Inners all the same. In November 2020, it was revealed that that show will return for an as well unscheduled 6th season and final season.
CBS ALL ACCESS
Interrogation from digital platformer CBS All Access was canceled after one season. The crime drama, starring Peter Sarsgaard, had launched all 10 episodes on February 6.
Another Stephen King adaptation, this time from HBO, has been given the axe. The news came a full 9 months after the the show ended what many considered a successful first season run of 10 episodes.
The studio is said to be in the process of shopping a potential season 2 to other networks and streamers, as I write.
The Stephen King adaptation from Hulu was canceled after 2 seasons. The Anthology horror series concluded its 10 episode second season run on December 11, 2019.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Netflix announced that CAOS would bid adieu to 2020 with eight final episodes dropping from December 31, 2020.
A fourth and final season of this women-centric wrestling series had already been ordered by Netflix before production on season 4 shut down in March 2020.
As the Covid19 pandemic escalated, the streamer made a decision to call it quits, reversing its previous renewal order.
I Am Not Okay with This
This-superhero-in-the-making dramedy, based on a graphic novel, was another of Netflix’s pandemic casualties, with the streamer pulling the plug after just one season.
Teenage Bounty Hunters
A ten episode first season dropped in August 2020, and appeared to be well-received, even lingering on Netflix’s “Top Ten” list for a time.
However, a juicy season finale twist wasn’t enough to persuade the streamer to stump up for a second season.
Witches battled werewolves in this supernatural drama from Netflix. However the series was canned after two seasons of magic apocalypse.
A squint-and-you-can-just-about-see-it modern day version of Lord of the Flies, this latest Covid casualty explored what happens to a group of teenagers who find themselves in a copy of their town sans parents. The series was axed after one season.