13 Famous Last-Ditch Efforts to Save (Almost) Canceled TV Series (Photos)

After the sexual misconduct allegations came out against Kevin Spacey, the fate of “House of Cards” was plunged into doubt. As we write this, there has still been no official word on whether it will be cancelled, or if “House of Cards” will move forward without main character Frank Underwood.

But canning the lead actor is far from the most extreme situation a show could face. Plenty of shows have backed away from the cliff over worse — Heck, some have even been resuscitated after cancellation. Check out the gallery below to see shows that were on the brink of (possible) cancellation for one reason or another, and the last-ditch efforts that were made to save them.

 

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After the sexual misconduct allegations came out against Kevin Spacey, the fate of “House of Cards” was plunged into doubt. As we write this, there has still been no official word on whether it will be cancelled, or if “House of Cards” will move forward without main character Frank Underwood.

But canning the lead actor is far from the most extreme situation a show could face. Plenty of shows have backed away from the cliff over worse — Heck, some have even been resuscitated after cancellation. Check out the gallery below to see shows that were on the brink of (possible) cancellation for one reason or another, and the last-ditch efforts that were made to save them.

 

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In Memoriam: 77 TV Shows That Ended in 2016, From ‘American Idol’ to ‘Mythbusters’ (Photos)

In Memorium: 77 TV Shows We Lost in 2016 (Photos)

From the long-running “American Idol” to the short-lived “Of Kings and Prophets,” a ton of shows came to an end this year

Whether they were canceled abruptly or came to an end on their own terms, these 77 shows all finished their run in 2016.

“Unforgettable” (A&E)
(Sept. 20, 2011 – Jan. 22, 2016)

“Undateable” (NBC)
(May 29, 2014 – Jan. 29, 2016)

“Galavant” (ABC)
(Jan. 4, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016)

“Telenovela” (NBC)
(Dec. 7, 2015 – Feb. 22, 2016)

“Agent Carter” (ABC)
(Jan. 6, 2015 – March 1, 2016)

“The Muppets” (ABC)
(Sept. 22, 2015 – March 1, 2016)

“The Mysteries of Laura” (NBC)
(Sept. 17, 2014 – March 2, 2016)

“Mythbusters” (Discovery)
(Jan. 23, 2003 – March 5, 2016)

“CSI: Cyber” (CBS)
(March 4, 2015 – March 13, 2016)

“Of Kings and Prophets” (ABC)
(March 8, 2016 – March 15, 2016)

“Second Chance” (Fox)
(Jan. 13, 2016 – March 25, 2016)

“Recovery Road” (Freeform)
(Jan. 25, 2016 –  March 28, 2016)

“You, Me and the Apocalypse” (NBC)
(Jan. 28, 2016 – March 31, 2016)

“American Idol” (Fox)
(June 11, 2002 – April 7, 2016)

“Togetherness” (HBO)
(Jan. 11, 2015 – April 10, 2016)

“Children’s Hospital” (Adult Swim)
(July 11, 2010 – April 15, 2016)

“Vinyl” (HBO)
(Feb. 14, 2016 – April 17, 2016)

“Deadbeat” (Hulu)
(April 9, 2014 – April 20, 2016)

“I Am Cait” (E!)
(July 26, 2015 – April 24, 2016)

“Limitless” (CBS)
(Sept. 15, 2015 – April 26, 2016)

“The Good Wife” (CBS)
(Sept. 22, 2009 – May 8, 2016)

“Damien” (A&E)
(March 7, 2016 – May 9, 2016)

“Grandfathered” (Fox)
(Sept. 29, 2015 – May 10, 2016)

“The Grinder” (Fox)
(Sept. 29, 2015 – May 10, 2016)

“The Family” (ABC)
(March 3, 2016 – May 15, 2016)

“Castle” (ABC)
(March 9, 2009 – May 16, 2016)

Mike & Molly” (CBS)
(Sept. 20, 2010 – May 16, 2016)

“Faking It” (MTV)
(April 22, 2014 – May 17, 2016)

“Banshee” (Cinemax)
(Jan. 11, 2013 – May 20, 2016)

“Party Over Here” (Fox)
(March 12, 2016 – May 21, 2016)

“Bordertown” (Fox)
(Jan. 3, 2016 – May 22, 2016)

“Crowded” (NBC)
(March 15, 2016 – May 22, 2016)

“Heartbeat” (NBC)
(March 22, 2016 – May 25, 2016)

“Game of Silence” (NBC)
(April 12, 2016 – June 5, 2016)

“House of Lies” (Showtime)
(Jan. 8, 2012 – June 12, 2016)

“Penny Dreadful” (Showtime)
(May 11, 2014 – June 19, 2016)

“Person of Interest” (CBS)
(Sept. 22, 2011 – June 21, 2016)

“The Soul Man” (TV Land)
(June 20, 2012 – June 22, 2016)

“Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” (Fox)
(Jan. 3, 2016 – June 26, 2016)

“Top Gear USA” (History)
(Nov. 21, 2010 – June 28, 2016)

“Marco Polo” (Netflix)
(Dec. 12, 2014 – July 1, 2016)

“Houdini & Doyle” (Fox)
(March 13, 2016 – July 4, 2016)

“Uncle Buck” (ABC)
(June 14, 2016 – July 5, 2016)

“Royal Pains” (USA)
(June 4, 2009 – July 6, 2016)

“Hunters” (Syfy)
(April 11, 2016 – July 11, 2016)

“Maron” (IFC)
(May 3, 2013 – July 13, 2016)

“Containment” (CW)
(April 19, 2016 – July 19, 2016)

“Angel From Hell” (CBS)
(Jan. 7, 2016 – July 23, 2016)

“Hell on Wheels” (AMC)
(Nov. 6, 2011 – July 23, 2016)

“Coupled” (Fox)
(May 17, 2016 – Aug. 2, 2016)

“Feed the Beast” (AMC)
(June 5, 2016 – Aug. 2, 2016)

“Devious Maids” (Lifetime)
(June 23, 2016 – Aug. 8, 2016)

“Not Safe With Nikki Glaser” (Comedy Central)
(Feb. 9, 2016 – Aug. 9, 2016)

“The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central)
(Jan. 19, 2016 – Aug. 18, 2016)

“Rush Hour” (CBS)
(March 31, 2016 – Aug. 20, 2016)

“The Jim Gaffigan Show” (TV Land)
(July 15, 2015 – Aug. 21, 2016)

“Guilt” (Freeform)
(June 13, 2016 – Aug. 22, 2016)

“Roadies” (Showtime)
(June 26, 2016 – Aug. 28, 2016)

“Dead of Summer” (Freeform)
(June 28, 2016 – Aug. 30, 2016)

“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” (FX)
(July 16, 2015 – Sept. 1, 2016)

“Murder in the First” (TNT)
(June 9, 2014 – Sept. 4, 2016)

“Rizzoli & Isles” (TNT)
(July 12, 2010 – Sept. 5, 2016)

“Mistresses” (ABC)
(June 3, 2013 – Sept. 6, 2016)

“American Gothic” (CBS)
(June 22, 2016 – Sept. 7, 2016)

“Tyrant” (FX)
(June 24, 2014 – Sept. 7, 2016)

“Aquarius” (NBC)
(May 28, 2015 – Sept. 10, 2016)

“BrainDead” (CBS)
(June 13, 2016 – Sept. 11, 2016)

“Beauty & the Beast” (CW)
(Oct. 11, 2012 – Sept. 15, 2016)

“Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace” (Adult Swim)
(Aug. 5, 2016 – Sept. 16, 2016)

“Good Girls Revolt” (Amazon)
(Oct. 28, 2016 – Oct. 28, 2016)

“Any Given Wednesday” (HBO)
(June 22, 2016 – Nov. 9, 2016)

“Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
(Sept. 29, 2013 – Nov. 13, 2016)

“Comedy Bang! Bang!” (IFC)
(June 8, 2012 – Dec. 2, 2016)

“Impastor” (TV Land)
(July 15, 2015 – Dec. 7, 2016)

“Rectify” (Sundance)
(April 22, 2013 – Dec. 14, 2016)

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In Memorium: 77 TV Shows We Lost in 2016 (Photos)

From the long-running “American Idol” to the short-lived “Of Kings and Prophets,” a ton of shows came to an end this year

Whether they were canceled abruptly or came to an end on their own terms, these 77 shows all finished their run in 2016.

“Unforgettable” (A&E)
(Sept. 20, 2011 – Jan. 22, 2016)

“Undateable” (NBC)
(May 29, 2014 – Jan. 29, 2016)

“Galavant” (ABC)
(Jan. 4, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016)

“Telenovela” (NBC)
(Dec. 7, 2015 – Feb. 22, 2016)

“Agent Carter” (ABC)
(Jan. 6, 2015 – March 1, 2016)

“The Muppets” (ABC)
(Sept. 22, 2015 – March 1, 2016)

“The Mysteries of Laura” (NBC)
(Sept. 17, 2014 – March 2, 2016)

“Mythbusters” (Discovery)
(Jan. 23, 2003 – March 5, 2016)

“CSI: Cyber” (CBS)
(March 4, 2015 – March 13, 2016)

“Of Kings and Prophets” (ABC)
(March 8, 2016 – March 15, 2016)

“Second Chance” (Fox)
(Jan. 13, 2016 – March 25, 2016)

“Recovery Road” (Freeform)
(Jan. 25, 2016 –  March 28, 2016)

“You, Me and the Apocalypse” (NBC)
(Jan. 28, 2016 – March 31, 2016)

“American Idol” (Fox)
(June 11, 2002 – April 7, 2016)

“Togetherness” (HBO)
(Jan. 11, 2015 – April 10, 2016)

“Children’s Hospital” (Adult Swim)
(July 11, 2010 – April 15, 2016)

“Vinyl” (HBO)
(Feb. 14, 2016 – April 17, 2016)

“Deadbeat” (Hulu)
(April 9, 2014 – April 20, 2016)

“I Am Cait” (E!)
(July 26, 2015 – April 24, 2016)

“Limitless” (CBS)
(Sept. 15, 2015 – April 26, 2016)

“The Good Wife” (CBS)
(Sept. 22, 2009 – May 8, 2016)

“Damien” (A&E)
(March 7, 2016 – May 9, 2016)

“Grandfathered” (Fox)
(Sept. 29, 2015 – May 10, 2016)

“The Grinder” (Fox)
(Sept. 29, 2015 – May 10, 2016)

“The Family” (ABC)
(March 3, 2016 – May 15, 2016)

“Castle” (ABC)
(March 9, 2009 – May 16, 2016)

Mike & Molly” (CBS)
(Sept. 20, 2010 – May 16, 2016)

“Faking It” (MTV)
(April 22, 2014 – May 17, 2016)

“Banshee” (Cinemax)
(Jan. 11, 2013 – May 20, 2016)

“Party Over Here” (Fox)
(March 12, 2016 – May 21, 2016)

“Bordertown” (Fox)
(Jan. 3, 2016 – May 22, 2016)

“Crowded” (NBC)
(March 15, 2016 – May 22, 2016)

“Heartbeat” (NBC)
(March 22, 2016 – May 25, 2016)

“Game of Silence” (NBC)
(April 12, 2016 – June 5, 2016)

“House of Lies” (Showtime)
(Jan. 8, 2012 – June 12, 2016)

“Penny Dreadful” (Showtime)
(May 11, 2014 – June 19, 2016)

“Person of Interest” (CBS)
(Sept. 22, 2011 – June 21, 2016)

“The Soul Man” (TV Land)
(June 20, 2012 – June 22, 2016)

“Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” (Fox)
(Jan. 3, 2016 – June 26, 2016)

“Top Gear USA” (History)
(Nov. 21, 2010 – June 28, 2016)

“Marco Polo” (Netflix)
(Dec. 12, 2014 – July 1, 2016)

“Houdini & Doyle” (Fox)
(March 13, 2016 – July 4, 2016)

“Uncle Buck” (ABC)
(June 14, 2016 – July 5, 2016)

“Royal Pains” (USA)
(June 4, 2009 – July 6, 2016)

“Hunters” (Syfy)
(April 11, 2016 – July 11, 2016)

“Maron” (IFC)
(May 3, 2013 – July 13, 2016)

“Containment” (CW)
(April 19, 2016 – July 19, 2016)

“Angel From Hell” (CBS)
(Jan. 7, 2016 – July 23, 2016)

“Hell on Wheels” (AMC)
(Nov. 6, 2011 – July 23, 2016)

“Coupled” (Fox)
(May 17, 2016 – Aug. 2, 2016)

“Feed the Beast” (AMC)
(June 5, 2016 – Aug. 2, 2016)

“Devious Maids” (Lifetime)
(June 23, 2016 – Aug. 8, 2016)

“Not Safe With Nikki Glaser” (Comedy Central)
(Feb. 9, 2016 – Aug. 9, 2016)

“The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” (Comedy Central)
(Jan. 19, 2016 – Aug. 18, 2016)

“Rush Hour” (CBS)
(March 31, 2016 – Aug. 20, 2016)

“The Jim Gaffigan Show” (TV Land)
(July 15, 2015 – Aug. 21, 2016)

“Guilt” (Freeform)
(June 13, 2016 – Aug. 22, 2016)

“Roadies” (Showtime)
(June 26, 2016 – Aug. 28, 2016)

“Dead of Summer” (Freeform)
(June 28, 2016 – Aug. 30, 2016)

“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” (FX)
(July 16, 2015 – Sept. 1, 2016)

“Murder in the First” (TNT)
(June 9, 2014 – Sept. 4, 2016)

“Rizzoli & Isles” (TNT)
(July 12, 2010 – Sept. 5, 2016)

“Mistresses” (ABC)
(June 3, 2013 – Sept. 6, 2016)

“American Gothic” (CBS)
(June 22, 2016 – Sept. 7, 2016)

“Tyrant” (FX)
(June 24, 2014 – Sept. 7, 2016)

“Aquarius” (NBC)
(May 28, 2015 – Sept. 10, 2016)

“BrainDead” (CBS)
(June 13, 2016 – Sept. 11, 2016)

“Beauty & the Beast” (CW)
(Oct. 11, 2012 – Sept. 15, 2016)

“Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace” (Adult Swim)
(Aug. 5, 2016 – Sept. 16, 2016)

“Good Girls Revolt” (Amazon)
(Oct. 28, 2016 – Oct. 28, 2016)

“Any Given Wednesday” (HBO)
(June 22, 2016 – Nov. 9, 2016)

“Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
(Sept. 29, 2013 – Nov. 13, 2016)

“Comedy Bang! Bang!” (IFC)
(June 8, 2012 – Dec. 2, 2016)

“Impastor” (TV Land)
(July 15, 2015 – Dec. 7, 2016)

“Rectify” (Sundance)
(April 22, 2013 – Dec. 14, 2016)

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