The networks have set off an explosion of pink slips over the last week, canceling 24 different prime time shows.
May is the time when networks reshuffle their upcoming fall lineups so it’s not a surprise that so many shows would be sent packing now.
But this year’s expulsion list includes some surprises including ABC’s Designated Survivor, which starred Kiefer Sutherland as an accidental president following a nuclear attack on U.S. soil. (Will this trigger new rumors of a 24 comeback starring Sutherland in his former role as Jack Bauer?)
Fox cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the Andy Samberg-led police comedy, although NBC (where Samberg became a star at Saturday Night Live) quickly picked up the show. (Lorne Michaels, Samberg’s old SNL boss, and still a major influence at the network as the founder and producer of the late night skit show, could have played a role here, too.)
CBS arguably surprised some viewers, too, with the axing of Kevin James’ comeback sitcom, Kevin Can Wait, after two seasons. Despite declining ratings, and a spate of negative publicity following the abrupt dismissal of cast member Errin Hayes, who played James’ wife, James was once royalty at the network thanks to the success of his King of Queens.
Here is the complete list of shows that have been cancelled in the past week:
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Ten Days in the Valley
The Last Man On Earth
The Mick (pictured above)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Picked up by NBC)
Kevin Can Wait
— Phillip Swann