As the fall TV season shifts into gear and we prepare to welcome some new additions, we are forced to say goodbye to some of our favorites. Some of these series will depart with a proper sendoff while others will be cut short. Though all good things must come to an end, it’s especially hard to see these shows go.
Grab your tissues. These are five TV shows that will not be returning for another season.
Netflix will not be ordering a third season of “The OA.” After an impressive first season, and the long-awaited return of season 2 (which was released on March 22) fans were hooked. Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij brought a vision to life in the mystery drama series that wowed audiences. Fans are still saddened that the show has been canceled. As many picketed outside of Netflix headquarters, one person took their love for the show to an extreme and went on a hunger strike.
In other bad news, people who still had hope for the series were struck down once again when the option for a wrap-up movie was taken off the table. The potential movie was supposed to give audiences some closure after the abrupt ending of season 2. Fans can now only dream that maybe in another reality—or on another platform—the show will go on.
After five seasons and 100 episodes, “Gotham” concluded its run this past April. The final episode was appropriately titled, “The Beginning,” and jumped 10 years into the future. Batman actually had very little to do with it. It makes sense.
After all, the premise of the Fox series was only meant to lead up to the Caped Crusader’s arrival in Gotham city. The two-part finale made way for the next chapter of Batman. When one door closes, another one opens.
Starting this fall, Epix’s “Pennyworth,” which comes from the same people behind “Gotham,” will bring a whole new perspective to the DC Universe. The show looks at the early life of Alfred Pennyworth—Bruce Wayne’s butler. On top of that, “Batwoman,” (starring Ruby Rose) is coming to The CW this October. “Gotham” may not be returning, but fans still have plenty to look forward to when it comes to these heroes.
“The Good Place”
Kristen Bell’s portrayal of Eleanor Shellstrop on NBC’s “The Good Place” has been a breath of fresh air for the past three seasons. So, when word came that the show was going to call it quits after season 4, fans were left with one thought: You’ve got to be forking kidding me.
Series creator Michael Shur says that he knew four seasons (roughly 50 episodes) would be enough. He was tempted to go on with the show for a bit longer, but, in the end, decided that he wanted to go out on a high note. The show continues to receive widespread critical acclaim.
On the bright side of things, this does open Bell up for more seasons of “Veronica Mars.”
Season 7 will be the end for The CW’s wildly popular science fiction show. This fall’s season will finish with 16 episodes, bringing the total number of episodes to 100. Perfect, isn’t it? The bittersweet news came out just days before the season 6 finale.
Showrunner Jason Rothenberg decided a while back that this season should be the last. The idea is to leave fans wanting more. That means that the show’s storyline could go in several directions. Certainly, with Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley recently getting married in real life, fans are still clamoring to see a Clarke and Bellamy romance.
To make matters worse, “The 100” is not the only CW show being floated this season. “iZombie” just ended. Also departing from the network are longstanding shows such as “Arrow” and “Supernatural.”
Speaking of, after 15 seasons, “Supernatural” fans will be expected to “Carry On” without the Winchesters. This show is no stranger to loss (and revival), but this time, fans are likely looking at some real closure—something they never really get from Sam and Dean.
They’ll also likely be looking at some familiar faces. Since nothing stays gone forever on this show, the expectation of former characters coming back for a swan song is pretty high. There are high hopes for the return of characters such as Crowley, Ruby, Ellen, Joe, Ash, and more. However, there is nothing to confirm that yet—only guesses, fanfiction, and dreams.
On the other hand, we know that Rowena (Ruth Connell), Eileen—the deaf hunter from season 11—(Shoshanna Stern), and Adam (Jake Abel) will all be making appearances. As for what happens at the end of the story, it’s anybody’s guess.
During this year’s Comic-Con, The Burn-In found out that Ackles and Padalecki may have had a hand in the show’s ending. Apparently, the Winchesters don’t leave anything to fate—on or off-screen. It looks like it’s team free will, for the win.