What An End! The Best TV Series No One Wanted To End In 2023
Television can be an equally rewarding and cruel industry. Thanks to the influence of apps and sites that allow for binge-watching seasons at a time instead of stretching episodes over months, it is increasingly difficult to keep even the popular and successful shows on the air.
Here are some of the best and most popular TV series that have announced their ends in 2023.
Ted Lasso Is Only Kicking Around For Three Seasons
After three successful seasons, Ted Lasso is coming to an end. Despite its success, the creators planned on having it go on for three seasons. Actor Cristo Fernandez, who plays Dani, said this about the show's ending: "It's been an amazing journey."
In 2021, Ted Lasso won its first Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Fans of the show are disappointed that it is ending, but it will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.
Succession Stars "Bummed" Over Its Cancellation
Succession was both a critically acclaimed television series and a successful one too, but its popularity and accolades were not enough to prevent its cancelation after season four.
The show received 48 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won 13. The Star of the show Nicholas Braun expressed what he felt after learning the show was not returning and said, "We're all pretty bummed. I was sad as hell my last day."
The Rumor Gossip Girl Is Over Is True
The Gossip Girl reboot has been canceled after just two seasons due to failing to meet the expectations of the original show. The reboot, which aired on HBO Max, received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike, leading to low viewership and, ultimately, its cancellation.
While some appreciated the new cast and modernized take on the story, others felt that it fell short of the original series. Jordan Alexander expressed her feelings about the show's finale by saying, "Is Just Happy That Gossip Girl Happened."
Declining Ratings Prescribe The End Of New Amsterdam
New Amsterdam, the medical drama series, will not be renewed for a sixth season due to a decline in ratings, according to show executives who said, "The main reason New Amsterdam was canceled was a fall in ratings." Despite its dedicated fan base, the show failed to maintain viewership numbers, leading to its cancellation.
The decision to cancel it by the network left many fans disappointed, but the network defended the decision as a necessary one.
Hunters Will Not Hunt After 2023
Hunters, the Amazon Prime Video series starring Al Pacino, was canceled due to failing to meet the streaming company's expectations.
Despite its star-studded cast and intriguing premise, the show failed to make a significant impact and was ultimately canceled after just one season. The decision has left fans disappointed and wondering what could have been.
Doom Patrol Was Doomed By Mergers And Confusion
HBO ended production of Doom Patrol due to the platform's transition into the comics-only service now called DC Universe Infinite. The decision was made because the show was made exclusively available to HBO Max subscribers and, therefore, no longer fit the platform's new focus.
"The memories I will take with me from this will be unmeasured," said one of the show's stars, Joivan Wade.
The Flash Has Run Out of Time
The Flash was canceled due to declining ratings, high production costs, and the impact of the Warner Bros. merger. Despite being one of the CW's most popular shows, the network struggled to justify the high budget. The merger also caused uncertainty and led to a shift in priorities.
Grant Gustin, who plays the title character, Flash, said, "It's been an incredible nearly 10 years of playing this character and getting to be a part of this show."
Willow Could Not Compete And Was Axed
Willow was cancelled in 2023 due to its high production costs and underwhelming performance compared to shows like The Mandalorian. Despite the excitement surrounding its release, the show failed to generate enough interest to justify its expenses.
The decision was made to cut losses and focus on more successful projects.
Yellowstone Rides Off Into the Sunset After Five Seasons
After four successful seasons, the show Yellowstone will not return, leaving hordes of its devoted fans disgruntled. Star Piper Perabo said of the rumored cancellation, "You know what, I don't know much, but I have a feeling they’re going to end it the right way, and there’s gonna be more of it."
Nevertheless, the fans can reclaim some pride as the show is still remembered for its impact on the entertainment industry.
A Million Little Things Didn't Want To Be A Drag
A Million Little Things will not be renewed after its final season, which was always in the plans of the show's creator, DJ Nash. Although it became popular, Nash intended for the show to have a definitive ending, allowing the story to come to a natural conclusion rather than dragging it out indefinitely.
"We're not a hospital show where new interns can come in...I didn’t want us to become the issue-of-the-week show," said the shows' creator DJ Nash about the end of the series.
Snowfall Melts After Four Great Seasons
FX executives have made the tough decision to end the critically acclaimed drama series Snowfall after four seasons. The showrunners and producers agreed that the story had reached its natural conclusion, and they wanted to give viewers a satisfying ending.
Fans of the show may be disappointed, but they can look forward to an exciting and well-crafted final season.
The Blacklist Of Reasons For Cancellation Is A Long One
The popular NBC drama series, Blacklist, is coming to an end after eight seasons due to what the show's creator, Jon Bokenkamp, referred to as "production churn." This refers to the challenges faced in producing a show for so long, including the strain on cast and crew, increasing costs, and declining ratings.
Recurring star on the show, Deidre Lovejoy, wrote on her Instagram, "Sad news today! It's been a decade of intrigue and action, and I, for one, will be very sad to see The Blacklist family officially go."
Showtime Swears It Didn't Announce Your Honor's End
Showtime's critically acclaimed drama series Your Honor will not be renewed for another season in 2023. The decision was not unexpected as the producers had always intended for the show to be limited.
Starring Bryan Cranston, the series followed a judge's desperate attempts to cover up his son's involvement in a hit-and-run accident. Cranston and not the network leaked the story in his comments saying, "I am currently preparing for the second and last season of Your Honor, which is a limited series that I did for Showtime."
Wu-Tang: An American Saga Was An Inspiration During Its Reign
Hulu's popular drama series Wu-Tang: An American Saga has come to an end, with the streaming service giving no official reason for its cancellation. The show chronicled the rise of the Wu-Tang Clan, from their origins in the streets of Staten Island to their emergence as global superstars.
Featuring an ensemble cast and executive produced by RZA, the show was praised for its authentic portrayal of the group's early years.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Drops Its Mic One Last Season
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will end in 2023 after five seasons, with filming delays caused by the pandemic cited as one reason for the decision. The award-winning series follows the life of a 1950s housewife who becomes a stand-up comedian.
Series star Rachel Brosnahan said on her Instagram about the series coming to a conclusion, "That's a series wrap on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel...It changed my life. I’m eternally grateful. I’ll have more words later, but for now … Thank you and goodnight.”
Star Trek: Picard Takes Its Last Voyage
Star Trek: Picard will end after three seasons, according to the show's creators. The science-fiction series stars Patrick Stewart as the iconic Captain Jean-Luc Picard and follows his adventures in a new chapter of his life.
The show has been praised for its strong performances, writing, and exploration of complex themes.
Titans' Super Powers Could Not Save the Series
The popular superhero series Titans has come to an end, with the restructuring of DC and Warner Bros. being cited as the main reason for its conclusion.
Joshua Orpin played Clark Kent, and Superboy said about the cancellation, "You pour your heart and soul into the work, so much so that to say goodbye to such a character would be like severing a part of yourself."
The Goldbergs' Decade-Long Run Is Over
After ten seasons, the popular sitcom The Goldbergs has been canceled. The original premise of the show revolved around the childhood and adolescence of the main character Adam Goldberg, but with the character aging and eventually leaving that phase of his life, it was clear that the show had to end eventually.
One of the show's co-stars, Wendi McLendon-Covey, shared on her Instagram, "It's been a helluva decade. I don’t have the language skills to convey how much this experience has meant to me. Endless gratitude.
NCIS: Los Angeles Ends After 14 Fabolous Seasons
As one of CBS's longest-running shows, NCIS: Los Angeles has been a fan favorite for 14 seasons. However, the network has made the decision to cancel the series, much to the disappointment of its dedicated viewers. While the exact reasons for the cancellation are unclear, it is likely due to declining ratings and the network's desire to focus on new projects.
Star of the show LL Cool J said on his social media account, "This NCIS Crossover was a huge success! After 14 seasons, it's the perfect time to end @NCISLA on top!"
Carnival Row Was Released During A Difficult Time
The 2023 cancellation of Carnival Row was a harsh blow to fans. Poor ratings and the timing of its 2020 release caused the show could never recover from the damage it left. Unfortunately, despite the fans' online efforts to save the show, the cancellation was inevitable.
Show creators never manage to turn the tide in their favor, and the show quietly faded away.
Riverdale Was Not Worth Renewing
Riverdale's run will come to an end in 2023 due to a lack of investment and executives believing the show has run its course. The decision has disappointed fans who have followed the show's dramatic and suspenseful storyline, leaving them wondering what's next for the beloved characters.
KJ Apa, Archie on the show, told TV Line that he was saddened by the news, adding, "I was a little sad. I try not to think about it, because the more I think about it, the more real it becomes.
Firefly Lane Lands Forever
In 2023, Firefly Lane was canceled due to the show's writers not anticipating a storyline beyond what had already been presented. The cancellation left many wondering what could have been if the writers had planned for a longer run.
Producer and showrunner Maggie Friedman knew the show was doomed when she said, "I know where the end of the story is."
Nancy Drew's Cancellation Is A True Mystery
Nancy Drew has been canceled, but executives have not given any specific reason for the decision. Fans of the popular detective series are disappointed and left wondering why the show was abruptly taken off the air. The lack of transparency from the network has left many frustrated and confused.
Added series star Kennedy McMann: "It has been the greatest pleasure to begin my career as one small part of Nancy Drew's endless legacy."
Manifest's Cancellation Shocked Everyone Except NBC
NBC's decision to cancel Manifest came as a shock to both fans and stars of the show. The series had a dedicated following, and the sudden cancellation left many disappointed.
The cast and crew expressed their gratitude to the fans and hoped for the possibility of a new home for the show. Cast member Luna Blaise said, "In my feels tonight from all the love and support."
Snowpiercer Pulls Into The Garage In 2023
Warner Bros has announced that they will not continue producing Snowpiercer beyond 2023. The decision is believed to be financially based, as the show's ratings have been declining.
Fans of the dystopian drama are disappointed but will remain hopeful that the final season will provide a satisfying conclusion to the story.
A League of Their Own Only Lasted One Season
A League of Their Own, a TV series inspired by the 1992 movie about a women's baseball league during World War II, was canceled after one season. While the exact reason for the cancellation is unknown, it has been speculated that the show's strong focus on LGBTQ+ themes may have led to potential backlash.
The show received critical acclaim but struggled to find a large audience, leading to its cancellation.
Servant Was Never Going Past Four Seasons
M. Night Shyamalan, the creator of the TV series Servant, had a predetermined number of episodes in his mind before the show's cancellation. He had initially planned for 60 episodes and believed airing four seasons would be sufficient.
Once the predetermined number was reached, the show would be canceled. "When the pandemic hit, I got to sit down and work out the show in my head," Shyamalan said.
Cobra Kai Kicks For The Last Time In 2023
As of 2023, the popular show Cobra Kai is set to be canceled after its sixth season, disappointing fans who have followed the series since its debut. However, there are hints from both fans and stars that the show may resurface somewhere in the future, offering hope for those who can't get enough of the franchise.
Star of the original movie and of the series Ralph Macchio said on his social media, "Do you have one more fight left in you? The sixth and final season of COBRA KAI is coming soon to Netflix."
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan The Iconic Series Comes To An End
It has been revealed that the cancellation of the popular show Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan was part of the plan the whole time for the producers.
Also, Star John Krasinski had only signed on for four seasons, so the decision was made to end the series on a high note after its successful run.
Fans Of Fear The Walking Dead Reeling After Show's Cancellation
The Walking Dead creator has confirmed that its spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead will not extend beyond 2023. The show's executives said the series reached its natural course.
According to Robert Kirkman, the original series and its spinoff combined together have created a world of horror with a strong fanbase of horror-thriller fans.