After defying the cancellation odds for years, NBC finally decided to shut the doors at Greendale Community College. Even the much-lauded return of series creator Dan Harmon couldn't keep the show's fifth season from feeling a little tired and uneven. Honestly, we're lucky to have had as much of Community as we did, but we can't help but lament the fact that, despite coming thisclose, we may never see #sixseasonsandamovie realized.
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They gave it their all, but, sadly, this hilarious,heartwarming military sitcom about three brothers in uniform never stood a fighting chance. First, Fox scheduled the show in a Friday death slot and then it pushed back the premiere two months. But even after the network took the series off the air four episodes short of its full order, Enlisted's loyal fan base took to Twitter to watch repeats live with the creators and cast. On the day of the show's cancellation, the show trended for three hours after the news broke.
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The writing seemed to be on the wall for this charming family comedy when ABC delayed the 13-episode third season until midseason and got rid of two of the show's regulars. Even worse, days after fans' "pleasant nightmare" came true and the show got the boot, things were, sadly, left unresolved for will-they-or-won't-they lovebirds George and Dallas in the series finale. Although the show's most recent episodes were wildly uneven, replacing the quirky yet beloved residents of Chatswin, and particularly the hilarious Shay family, will be no easy task.
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Trophy Wife (ABC)
With an all-star cast featuring an Oscar winner, an Emmy winner and one of the biggest breakout stars of the season, Albert Tsai, the first-year family sitcom looked like a perfect fit for the coveted post-Modern Family launching pad. Instead, the shows which suffered from a polarizing title, was dumped on Tuesday with little marketing support. (Not surprisingly, it drew terrible ratings,) Although glowing reviews couldn't save Trophy Wife from the grim reaper, at least we'll always have Ace of Base Christmas and Bert Day!
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Raising Hope (Fox)
There are lots of family comedies on TV these days, but few feature a goofy, overwhelmed twentysomething who unexpectedly becomes a dad thanks to his now-deceased serial killer ex-girlfriend. But therein lies the charm of the offbeat, but always funny Raising Hope. From My Name Is Earl's Greg Garcia, the perennial bubble show not only exhibited a very special brand of humor but also featured longtime acting vets Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Cloris Leachman (keep in touch, Maw Maw) in roles far from what they're best known for. Although the show won't get a full season to say goodbye a la The Office or How I Met Your Mother, fans can sleep well knowing that Jimmy and Sabrina did get together and that Hope has zero chance of being as screwed up as her murdering mother. If that's not reason to celebrate, what is?
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They had to run out of things to spoof eventually, right? Currently USA'a longest-running show, the quirky crime series about a (fake) psychic detective and his trusty partner will solve its final case in March after eight seasons. The writing had been on the wall ever since star Maggie Lawson joined ABC’s short-lived Back in the Game last fall. However, this beloved series, known for its great celebrity guest stars and hilarious homage to everything from The Bachelor to Indiana Jones, will not be soon forgotten. Rest assured Psych-Os, we’ll always have “Santa Barbara Skies,” shenanigans and pineapples.
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Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)
Deb Dobkins may have escaped death once (twice, if you count the fateful day when her soul floated into Jane's body). But after Lifetime first axed, and then resurrected, the series in 2013, the cable network announced in February that Diva would be put down for good after the upcoming sixth season, which premieres in March. Although the protests of Drop Dead Diva's incredibly loyal, not to mention loud, fan base nearly single-handedly brought back the show last year, longtime viewers might not put up as much of a fight this time since Lifetime was kind enough to give a little advance notice.
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How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
After eight seasons of slaps, suits, Robin Sparkles songs, and a whole lot of stories about how Ted Mosby almost (but didn’t) meet his future wife, fans finally met her in the Season 8 finale after the show was renewed for a ninth and final season — taking place entirely over Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend. Although the unusual framework made fans nervous, the writers rewarded devoted viewers with countless callbacks (see: the fourth slap), returning guest stars and a Mother-centric 200th episode that gave fans the in-depth portrait of the future Mrs. Mosby they had asked for.
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True Blood (HBO)
Following a slow first season, the supernatural drama’s mix of blood-sucking and fang-banging really caught fire with fans in Season 2. But while fans welcomed early newcomers like Joe Manganiello with open arms (among other things), the universe eventually expanded too much for its own good. The addition of fairies, werewolves and witches — oh my! — confused viewers and made their blood run cold. The drama will rest in peace this summer after seven seasons, but it will always be remembered for its over-the-top story lines and lively, sorry we had to, sense of humor.
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After seven years of complicated romantic entanglements and sexual escapades, Hank Moody (David Duchovny) is about to write his final chapter. The Showtime series will begin its seventh and final season in April with guest stars including Michael Imperioli, Heather Graham and Mary Lynn Rajskub. While Hank will no doubt continue his debauchery, we're hoping the show will once and for all give Hank and Karen the happy ending they've been chasing since Season 1.
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An adaption of the hit Australian series, the dark comedy about a suicidal man and the neighbor’s dog whom he thinks can walk and talk like a human, marked Elijah Wood’s first regular TV role. Wood’s star power, and the great dynamic between him and Jason Gann, drew a long list of A-list guest stars. However, the comedy could never expand its niche audience despite Woods’ post-Lord of the Rings appeal because of its dark tone and the confusing questions surrounding exactly what Wilfred is. Here’s hoping the show gives viewers a satisfying answer, not to mention a few laughs, when it's put to sleep this summer after four seasons.
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Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
After arguably the best season of this Prohibition Era drama in 2013, the show will go out in one final hail of bullets this fall. The tale of bootlegger politican-turned-gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) found its greatest strength by spreading out the narrative to its arsenal of potent supporting characters and then pulling together the disparate stories in one big, always-satisfying conclusion. Although we can't wait to see Al Capone ascend the throne in Chicago or see how brothers Nucky and Eli rectify their broken relationship, ending the show now allows all of those stories to play out in the most powerful way possible.
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Sons of Anarchy (FX)
It’s been in the cards for a few years that this fall’s seventh season would be SAMCRO’s final ride, even though we’re sure FX would love for the ratings powerhouse to keep on going into the club’s golden years. Showrunner Kurt Sutter — spoiler alert! — made it clear the end was nigh when he killed off two of the series most beloved characters in Season 6. At this rate, none of the characters may survive the bloodshed to see the end. On the bright side, Sutter is also working on a Sons of Anarchy prequel.
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The Newsroom (HBO)
Oh, News Night, we hardly knew ye! The highly anticipated newsroom drama from The West Wing and Sports Night's Aaron Sorkin was bashed by critics in its first season, despite stellar performances by Jeff Daniels and Sam Waterston, among others. So when the show returned for Season 2, several story lines took surprising turns before winding up at a season finale that seemed to tie up things a little too well. Although the show will leave the air after just three seasons, the biggest surprise to most is the fact that the show is coming back at all. Viva Don Quixote!
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The Killing (Netflix)
The irony cannot be understated that a show with this title refuses to die. After two seasons, both of which were spent solving the same crime (yes, we’re still bitter), AMC canceled the polarizing crime show only to bring it back for a critically well-received third season several months later. The series never found its creative footing with its begrudging (former) fan base and was axed again. Not long after, Netflix resurrected the series for what they say will be a six-episode final season featuring Oscar nominee Joan Allen as Linden’s nemesis. No matter what happens, just tell us who the killer is!
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The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
Michael J. Fox didn’t have to look far for his first series regular TV role in 13 years. In the highly anticipated sitcom, which resulted in a heated network bidding war and was ordered straight to series, Fox played a local TV news anchor with Parkinson's disease who returns to work after taking time off to be with his family and to focus on his health. Although the show featured a stellar supporting cast, including Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt and Treme’s Wendell Pierce, the show never quite developed a loyal following and its remaining seven episodes were pulled in February.
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Sean Saves the World (NBC)
NBC didn’t need Will & Grace alum Sean Hayes to save the world, per se. The higher-ups just need him to help save the network after several years in last place. Unfortunately, Sean Saves the World pulled in the same low numbers as cult comedies like Community and Parks and Recreation, but never gained a fraction of those veteran series’ fan bases. But the biggest tragedy here is that NBC shut down production in early 2014 before Hayes’ former co-star Megan Mullally was set to film her guest spot — her first appearance with Hayes since Will & Grace. Just Jack would not be pleased.
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Warehouse 13 (Syfy)
Apparently the market for supernatural artifacts isn’t what it used to be. Syfy announced in May that it had renewed the flagship for a fifth and final season comprised of just six episodes to air this summer. The news angered fans, especially since Season 4 hadn't even finished airing. But with such advance notice, we’re confident that Secret Service Agents Lattimer and Bering’s biggest discoveries are still ahead of them.
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Good Luck Charlie (Disney)
The kids network has always followed the adage “all good things must come to an end,” and Charlie was no exception. Like Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place, once the family-friendly series neared 100 episodes, Disney Channel announced that it would be wrapping in February 2014 after four years. The series did not go out quietly. In January, Good Luck Charlie was the first Disney Channel series to introduce a same-sex couple.
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