Scott D. Pierce: In memoriam — a look back at 112 TV shows that got the ax in 2018

(Credit: ABC/Marvel) Lockjaw the CGI dog and Blackbolt (Anson Mount) in “Marvel's Inhumans.”

As 2018 draws to a close, let’s make like the Emmys and the Oscars and do our own “In Memoriam” segment, running down the list of TV deaths that happened this year.

Not actual people. Not characters. A list of shows that died. It’s a long list — 112 shows.

Some of them clearly deserved to die. “Inhumans” couldn't go away fast enough, and the fact that an awful show like “Designated Survivor” hung on for two seasons does not speak well of the television industry.

( Ben Mark Holzberg | ABC ) Kiefer Sutherland starred as president of the United States in "Designated Survivor."

They weren’t all bad, of course. In a world where quality mattered more than viewership, shows like “Alex, Inc.” and “Rise” would have survived.

Some shows went more or less willingly, voluntarily ending for one reason or another. “The Middle” signed off after nine seasons; “Scandal” after seven; “The Americans,” “House of Cards” and “The Mindy Project” after six each; “The Fosters” after five; and “12 Monkeys” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” after four apiece.

They were the exceptions, of course. The people who produce most shows aren't particularly happy when the ax falls.

A few were quickly resurrected. Fox canceled “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and NBC picked it up; Fox also canceled “Lucifer” and Netflix picked it up. Fox added “Last Man Standing” a year after it had been canceled by ABC. Amazon rescued Syfy castoff “The Expanse.” And ABC canceled “Roseanne,” then brought back everyone but the racist-tweeting star as “The Conners.”

Barring other resurrections, the list of shows that we already know will be ending in 2019 includes “The Affair” (Showtime), “Broad City” (Comedy Central), “Elementary” (CBS), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix) and “Veep” (HBO).

What follows is an alphabetical list of the shows that were canceled in 2018. You might want to hum somber music as you read through. And, just for fun, count the shows you never heard of.

(Photo courtesy of Tony Rivetti)/ABC) Zach Braff is the executive producer, director and star of “Alex, Inc.”


• “Alex, Inc.” (ABC), “Alone Together” (Freeform), “The Americans” (FX), “American Vandal” (Netflix), “American Woman” (Paramount), “The Arrangement” (E!)

• “Being Mary Jane” (BET), “Beyond” (Freeform), “Blood Drive” (Syfy), “The Brave” (NBC), “The Break With Michelle Wolf” (Netflix)

• “Champions” (NBC), “Chance” (Hulu), “Chelsea” (Netflix), “The Chew” (ABC), “Code Black” (CBS), “Colony” (USA), “The Crossing” (ABC)

• “Damnation” (USA), “Daredevil” (Netflix), “Dark Matter” (Syfy), “Deception” (ABC), “Designated Survivor” (ABC), “Detroiters” (Comedy Central), “Dice” (Showtime), “Dietland” (AMC), “Difficult People” (Hulu), “Disjointed” (Netflix)

• “Everything Sucks!” (Netflix), “The Exorcist” (Fox)

• “Falling Water” (USA), “Famous in Love” (Freeform), “The Fosters” (Freeform)

• “The Get Down” (Netflix), “Ghosted” (Fox), “Girlboss” (Netflix), “Good Behavior” (TNT), “Good Girls Revolt” (Amazon), “Graves” (Epix), “Great News” (NBC), “Gypsy” (Netflix)

• “Hap and Leonard” (Sundance), “Haters Back Off!” (Netflix), “Here and Now” (HBO), “Hit the Floor” (BET), “House of Cards” (Netflix)

• “I Love Dick” (Amazon), “I’m Dying Up Here” (Showtime), “Imposters” (Bravo), “Incorporated” (Syfy), “Inhumans” (ABC), “Iron Fist” (Netflix)

• “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” (Amazon)

( Jeff Neumann | CBS ) Longtime rival Vanessa Cellucci, played by Leah Remini, and Kevin, played by Kevin James, in a scene from "Kevin Can Wait" on CBS.

• “Kevin Can Wait” (CBS), “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (ABC)

• “Lady Dynamite” (Netflix), “The Last Man on Earth” (Fox), “The Last Ship” (TNT), “The Last Tycoon” (Amazon), “The Leftovers” (HBO), “LA to Vegas” (Fox), “The Librarians” (TNT), “Life Sentence” (The CW), “Love Is” (OWN), “Luke Cage” (Netflix)

• “Marlon” (NBC), “The Mayor” (ABC), “Megyn Kelly Today” (NBC), “The Mick” (Fox), “The Middle” (ABC), “Midnight, Texas” (NBC), “The Mindy Project” (Hulu), “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon), “Mr. Robot” (USA)

• “The Night Shift” (NBC), “9JKL” (CBS), “Nobodies” (TV Land)

• “Once Upon a Time” (ABC), “One Mississippi” (Amazon), “Outcast” (Cinemax)

• “The Path” (Hulu)

• “The Quad” (BET), “Quantico” (ABC)

• “Reverie” (NBC), “Rise” (NBC), “The Royals” (E!), “The Rundown With Robin Thede” (BET)

(Mitch Haaseth |ABC via Associated Press)Kerry Washington, left, and Tony Goldwyn in a scene from "Scandal." After seven seasons, the popular series ended in April.

• “Salvation” (CBS), “Scandal” (ABC), “Scorpion” (CBS), “Sense8” (Netflix), “Seven Seconds” (Netflix), “Shades of Blue” (NBC), “Shadowhunters” (Freeform), “The Shannara Chronicles” (MTV), “Shooter” (USA), “Shut Eye” (Hulu), “Six” (History), “Stuck in the Middle” (Disney Channel), “Superior Donuts” (CBS)

• “Taken” (NBC), “Take Two” (ABC), “Teachers” (TV Land), “Ten Days in the Valley” (ABC), “Timeless” (NBC), “12 Monkeys” (Syfy)

• “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix), “UnREAL” (Hulu), “Valor” (The CW), “White Famous” (Showtime), “Who Is America?” (Showtime), “Young & Hungry” (Freeform)

( Joe Lederer | NBC ) Malcolm Barrett, Matt Lanter and Abigail Spencer star in "Timeless."

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