Biggest TV Cancellations of 2018
Designated Survivor was basically designed for people who missed 24 and wanted to see Kiefer Sutherland back on primetime. The show followed a low-level government employee who went from the “designated survivor” to President after an explosion killed the 13 people ahead of him in the line of succession.
Created by David Guggenheim, the show was ordered straight to series, and was given a full season order just days after the first episode aired. Although there was a lot of anticipation surrounding the show’s initial season, it struggled to find its footing, and ratings steadily declined through the second season until it was cancelled.
When it comes to movies the Marvel Cinematic Universe is nigh unstoppable, but it’s another story when you look at their TV offerings.
While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and the Netflix series outside of Iron Fist and Defenders have done well, nothing could’ve prepared Disney and ABC for the flop that was Inhumans, a Marvel TV show that was the first in history to debut in IMAX movie theaters. The show followed Black Bolt and the rest of the Inhuman Royal Family, but expectations for the show were vastly misaligned. Many people walked into the movie theater expecting a blockbuster film, and instead got a TV pilot. Inhumans ran for eight episodes before it was cancelled by ABC.
Fantasy dramas have been pretty hot in the last few years, but now it looks like our infatuation with pseudo-realism is fading as the TNT show The Librarians, which premiered in 2014, was just cancelled after its fourth season. Based on a series of TV movies that were also produced by TNT, the plot follows a secret society called The Librarians who are tasked with protecting mythical and magical relics.
Even though it was recently cancelled, the fourth and final season was nominated for several Saturn Awards, which celebrate the best science-fiction, horror, and fantasy films and TV.