While the major networks have mostly announced their new shows and renewals, there are still a few decisions left to be made. On Friday, FOX and NBC cancelled seven major shows.
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On FOX, Kevin Bacon’s The Following will end after three seasons. Currently wrapping up its third and final season Mondays at 8pm, The Following slipped in the ratings as it grew older. But with the death of primary antagonist Joe Carroll in season 3, it seems like a reasonable place to stop. The two-hour series finale airs Monday, May 18 at 8pm on FOX.
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FOX also cancelled freshman drama Backstrom after one season. The Rainn Wilson series received low ratings and was not expected to survive.
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On NBC, the Friday night supernatural drama Constantine is officially dead, as is Katherine Heigl’s State of Affairs. Though it ended its run at mid-season, fans have been hopeful online, attempting to save Constantine, about an angel fighting against the forces of evil. However, the studio may try to find another home for Constantine, so all hope it not lost yet.
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In addition, NBC has cancelled freshman comedies Marry Me.and One Big Happy and sophomore comedy About a Boy. Marry Me and About a Boy ended their runs earlier this spring, with several episodes left unaired in the U.S.This continues NBC’s horrible track record with comedies as new shows A to Z and Bad Judge were axed earlier this season. That means all five freshman sitcoms for the 2014-2015 season were killed after one season.
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In fact, since 2000, NBC has aired 60 new comedies. And so far only seven of them lasted more than two seasons: Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, Community, 30 Rock, The Office and Parks and Recreation, and now Undateable..
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