Well, that was brutal.
A total of 17 broadcast series were laid to rest over the past 48 hours as the broadcast networks began cleaning house in advance of next week’s fall presentations (aka the “Upfronts”).
The body count was highest at about-to-be-sold The CW, which axed seven series this week, including legaciesCharmed, 4400, Naomi, Roswell, New Mexico, In the Dark and dynasty.
CBS shuttered nearly a half dozen programs, including Magnum PI, BPositive and Hello Sam, while NBC pulled the plug on three (including comedies Mr Major and Kenan).
Fox, meanwhile, parted ways with two series, Our Kind of People and Pivoting.
Miraculously, ABC — which in recent years has had some of the largest cancellation hauls — brought back all five of its remaining scripted bubble shows.
“I haven’t seen a bloodbath of broadcast TV cancellations like today in a while,” lamented writer-producer Phillip Iscove (Sleepy Hollow, Station 19) on Twitter. “Absolutely brutal. My sympathies to all the writers, cast and crew out there.”
(For a complete recap of what’s been picked up and cancelled, peruse our handy 2022 Renewal Scorecard.)
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