Every year, new Trending tv series are born and old shows die, and two more have recently been added to the list. And the inevitable march of canceled TV shows has already begun in 2022, with Amazon Prime Video canceling I Know What You Did Last Summer.
The most recent canceled TV show news concerns show that has yet to return to the air. The rumored cancellation of the Criminal Minds revival? It turns out that everything is on track, with six of the original cast members agreeing to return. On the other hand, the HBO Max resurrection of The Boondocks appears to have been scrapped. We don’t believe it was canceled by HBO Max, after statements from one of the cast members made the situation even hazier.
Quiet endings have also occurred at the start of the year, with Don Cheadle’s sitcom Black Monday purportedly being canceled by Showtime, as revealed by a cast member on a Twitch feed. While some shows are canceled, others cease due to natural causes — such as after a long run or at the request of the creators. Fan favorites such as Ozark, Black-ish, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, and Peaky Blinders are included in this collection.
Before we get started, there’s some good news: one of CBS’ canceled shows is returning (just on another network). Two more long-delayed shows are also on their way back, implying that this isn’t the end. There are a slew of other TV shows that have been renewed and are set to return in the near future.
The following are the most popular canceled TV shows and series that will finish in 2022.
For one season, Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierny headlined the cast of American Rust until the show was canceled by Showtime. Del Harris, played by Daniels, was in love with a widow whose son was suspected of murder. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review made the news on Jan. 25, 2022. American Rust was only on the air for one season and ended on many cliffhangers, which will most likely go unanswered because the show doesn’t appear to be picked up elsewhere.
Black Monday, a film starring Don Cheadle that attempted to explain how a gang of renegade want tobe brokers could have been responsible for the stock market fall of October 19, 1987, died a peaceful end. On January 20, 2022, co-star Paul Scheer announced the show’s cancellation on a Twitch live, saying “Let’s just say Black Monday was not renewed, as we haven’t mentioned it yet. For months and months and months, that’s been a known factor, but I guess no one has formally stated it. But now I’ve done it.”
Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol
The Dan Brown adaption is the first major Peacock show to be canceled in 2022. Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, which aired for only one season and received mixed reviews online, failed to attract an audience or excite critics. The Lost Symbol seemed destined for the chopping block, with a plot centered on a severed hand and a spin-off from a film franchise that was losing favor with audiences.
Ellen’s Game of Games
Ellen’s other show (more on Ellen’s talk show below) is also coming to an end. NBC has canceled Ellen’s Game of Games, a competitive series in which guests competed in games inspired by Ellen DeGeneres’ morning show interviews. GoG, which aired in prime time for four seasons, was discontinued in 2021 after its ratings fell too low.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
The series based on Lois Duncan’s novel failed to capture the public’s imagination in the same manner that its preceding film did in 1997. The episode portrayed a gang of teenagers who, one year after covering up a tragic car accident, are stalked by a killer. The attempt to update the story for the TikTok era got negative feedback and, worse, failed to trend on social media. When you compare that to another critically acclaimed series about kids in perilous situations (Yellowjackets), it’s clear to see why Amazon decided to cancel it.
Netflix canceled another show early in 2022, just like every other year. Gentefied, a two-season drama from America Ferrara (Ugly Betty), about a trio of Mexican American cousins in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Their stories about newborns, familial separation, and gentrification were axed from a third season.
Star Michael Weatherly has left the CBS legal drama Bull after six seasons as Dr. Jason Bull. Following the departure of the titular star, CBS canceled the show. However, CBS paid actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 million to settle a sexual harassment claim against Weatherly, and series showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron was removed after an inquiry.
Search Party’s spectacular trip has to come to an end at some point. And what a thrilling five seasons they have been! Dory (Alia Shawkat) and her classmates started the show seeking for a missing classmate, and it ended with Dory as a guru selling enlightenment to the rest of the globe. Search Party took some incredible twists and turns along the road, all while remaining absolutely entertaining.
The Expanse has already been canceled once (by Syfy after season 3), so it’s not impossible to believe that the space drama will find a new home following its “final” season on Amazon. The story’s writers, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, have described this as a “stop point.” What this entails in practice remains to be seen.
Ricky Gervais isn’t one for lingering; none of his shows have lasted more than a few seasons or a few dozen episodes. So it is with his dark comedy After Life, which culminates in an ash-disposing road trip after exploring loss. You have to agree, with shows like The Office (UK) and Extras leaving us wanting more, it’s a fairly solid tactic.
Desna Simms (Niecy Nash-Betts) and her Florida salon crew’s manicures don’t stay forever. The manicurists fight their way from painting nails to laundering money to running a criminal organization in this brilliantly amusing and very dark comedy. TNT is shifting away from scripted content, which could be one of the reasons for its cancellation. However, the network’s president has guaranteed that it will be “a little bit of crazy, a lot of fun, and the exhilarating conclusion to a fantastic series run.”
A Discovery of Witches
The fantasy drama is coming to an end for one simple reason: it’s following in the footsteps of Deborah Harkness’ novels. Season 3 picks up with The Book of Life, the final installment in the trilogy, in which witch Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) and vampire Matthew Clairmont (Matthew Goode) struggle for their lives and the lives of their unborn twin babies. They must defeat the deceptive Congregation, put an end to the blood-lusting vampires feasting on Londoners, and locate the miraculous tome’s missing pages.
Isn’t it true that all wonderful things must come to an end? Well, f—- that, because we’re heartbroken to see Pamela Adlon’s critically acclaimed series come to an end. Sam Fox and her three daughters will find themselves in the next phase of their life in the fifth and final season of the FX sitcom. There’s a glimmer of optimism that we’ll see them all again in the future. “This is going to be a wrap on Sam Fox (for now),” Adlon stated. Sam, I want to see you play it again.
Eve’s (Sandra Oh) and Villanelle’s (Jodie Comer) cat-and-mouse game should be entertaining till the end. The assassin and the intelligence operative had danced around each other for three seasons. They start off in quite different places in the final act, with Eve seeking vengeance and Villanelle settling into a new community, but we have a hunch they’ll find their way back into each other’s company.
While the sixth season of Peaky Blinders will be the final installment of the series, the saga of crime boss Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his crew of misfits will continue. Steven Knight, the film’s creator, is preparing a sequel, which will begin filming in 2023. Not only that, but there could be more series set in the Peaky Blinders universe in the future. As World War II approaches, expect violence and mayhem during the flagship’s goodbye.
Despite the fact that Black-ish is coming to an end after eight seasons, various doors are opening. The ABC family comedy has already spawned two spinoffs (Grown-ish and Mixed-ish), with a third in the works (Old-ish). However, waiting for the final part of the flagship series, which follows the antics of Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as the Johnson family’s heads, is still heartbreaking.
This Is Us
Stock up on tissues because the Pearsons will be saying their final goodbyes shortly — and you can bet the emotions will be flowing. The NBC drama will end after six seasons in 2022, as creator Dan Fogelman had planned all along. We should expect a lot of emotion from Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and the rest of the ensemble as we enter the last chapter.
Better Call Saul
We all knew AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel would have to catch up to the events of the original series eventually, but it doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye. The metamorphosis of Jimmy McGill into Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) has been fascinating. While learning more about well-known characters like Saul, Mike (Jonathan Banks), and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) has been fascinating, the best part has been getting to know Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn). We’ve been concerned about her fate since the first season of Better Call Saul aired, and we have a horrible feeling about it heading into the final season.
Grace and Frankie
It’s unusual for a Netflix comedy to make it to a fourth season, let alone a seventh, which is a credit to Grace and Frankie’s tenacity. A huge part of that is the deliciously goofy chemistry between performers Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The first four episodes of the last season were released last year, with the remaining 12 scheduled for release in 2022.
The Irish teen comedy is a damned treat, and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen it (since April 2019). Lisa McGee, the show’s creator, has stated that three seasons were always the intention – short but sweet. To say goodbye to Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), Orla (Louisa Harland), Clare (Nicola Coughlan), Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), and James (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) is sad (Dylan Llewellyn). McGee has hinted that the characters may “return in some other incarnation eventually,” which is a plus.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The daytime’s dance queen is stepping down. “When you’re a creative person, you continually need to be challenged — and as fantastic as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s simply not a challenge anymore,” Ellen DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter of her decision to discontinue her show after nearly two decades. The cancellation of the chat program comes after complaints of a poisonous workplace culture. This September, the final season will premiere.
Ava DuVernay’s drama about a Black family in Louisiana has been a brave and nuanced look at racism, injustice, class, and gender relations. The Bordelons have gone through a lot in the past six seasons, but they’re coming out on top after welcoming a new baby, getting engaged, and defeating unscrupulous businessman Sam Landry in the final season.
According to star Jason Bateman, the award-winning crime drama will culminate with a super-sized season, which “means super-sized issues for the Byrdes.” Ozark season 4 will consist of 14 episodes divided into two halves. The first installment will be released on January 21, and the second will be released in late 2022. Part 2 of our preview of Ozark season 4 is here.
The Walking Dead
Who else imagined AMC’s drama, like the zombies it features, would live forever? The Walking Dead was a big phenomenon until its middle years, spawning two spinoffs and possibly more. However, as more cast members have gone (including star Andrew Lincoln), the show’s popularity has dwindled. There is a final season for everything, and The Walking Dead season 11 will be the final season for this one-time giant.
Dead to Me
The brief run of Phoebe Waller-Fleabag Bridge’s led creator Liz Feldman to discontinue her Netflix program after three seasons. She told Deadline that it “felt like the proper amount.” Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini will reprise their roles to bring the narrative of two friends brought together by murder to a conclusion.
Kelly is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide who covers streaming media, so she effectively works as a TV watcher. She worked as a freelance entertainment journalist for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide, and other publications previously. When she’s not working, she enjoys watching TV and movies, as well as witnessing live music, creating songs, knitting, and gardening.