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American TV networks cancel major series to make room for new shows

tv Updated: May 14, 2016 18:03 IST
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After eight seasons on ABC, Castle ends with a series finale on May 16.(ABC)

A host of popular American TV series including Castle, CSI: Cyber and Nashville are bowing out at the end of the season to make space for new shows.

From May 16 to 19, American networks will officially present their schedules for the 2016/2017 season to the media. Fall is the prime time to clear out their schedules, ditching shows with disappointing viewing figures or series which have run their course to make way for a fresh new line-up.

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ABC has so far been the most drastic in its cuts, slashing six series from its current schedule. The network is cancelling Galavant, The Muppets, Agent Carter, The Family, Nashville and — more surprisingly — Castle. Although the police comedy drama still draws respectable viewing figures, it was axed following fruitless negotiations between the network and the shows’ actors, including lead star Nathan Fillon. The final episode of season eight, set to air on Monday, May 16, with the show’s finale.

CBS, on the other hand, has cancelled CSI: Cyber, the most recent addition to the CSI franchise, which now disappears entirely from the small screen. The show, starring Patricia Arquette, joins The Good Wife, Mike & Molly and Angel From Hell, in this year’s cancellations. The network is also letting go of Supergirl. The superhero series is moving to CW, where it’ll rub shoulders with The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.

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First season survivors

Fox is freeing up Rob Lowe and John Stamos, two in-demand small-screen stars, by axing The Grinder and Grandfathered after just one season each. The first year on screen is decisive for new shows, and many new arrivals struggle to make their mark.

In fact, only a handful of the new shows that landed last fall have managed to thrive. Quantico, The Catch, The Real O’Neals and Dr. Ken are the only survivors among ABC’s 2015/2016 new arrivals. CBS has, for the moment, decided to save Life in Pieces, while Fox will be holding on to Rosewood, Lucifer and Scream Queens. NBC is bringing back Superstore, Shade of Blue and Chicago Med for a second season, while Legends of Tomorrow and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will be returning to CW this fall.

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