'Community' among series that get the axe
May 9th, 2014
05:25 PM ET

'Community' among series that get the axe

Fans of NBC's beloved comedy "Community" were so achingly close to the fabled six seasons and a movie, but it was not to be.

On Friday, just before next week's upfronts (in which the new fall schedules are announced for advertisers), "Community" was one of a slew of shows canceled and renewed by the networks.

Cast and creators took to Twitter to confirm the sad news and thank the fans and their colleagues for five seasons.

Below, a look at the other casualties, as well as the big winners of the big TV bloodbath.


"Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams didn't fare too well this week, having already seen the cancellation of his "Almost Human" by Fox at the end of April. On Friday, "Revolution" was canceled after two seasons and "Believe" after one.

The network also axed freshman sitcom "Growing Up Fisher" and just-as-shortlived drama "Crisis."

On the flipside, Fannibals had reason to rejoice as their favorite cannibal "Hannibal" will live to kill another season, while "Law & Order: SVU" will patrol New York for a 16th year.


Fox made their decisions on Wednesday night, canceling new sitcoms "Dads," "Enlisted" and "Surviving Jack" in one fell swoop, along with high profile drama "Rake," which starred Greg Kinnear. (And in case there was any confusion, yes, "American Idol" was picked up for another season.)


The "alphabet network" renewed a large number of series on Thursday night, before swinging the axe on Friday. Some shows they renewed – like "Modern Family," "Scandal" and "Once Upon a Time" were obvious.

They also picked up "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for another year, and also announced a companion series "Marvel's Agent Carter" (with Hayley Atwell reprising her "Captain America" role) that will premiere next season.

Also back: "Castle," "Revenge," "The Middle," "The Goldbergs," "Dancing with the Stars," "Shark Tank" and "The Bachelor."

Sitcoms "Suburgatory," "Trophy Wife," "Super Fun Night," "The Neighbors" and "Mixology," however, were not as lucky, and won't be returning.

The CW

The fifth network had some splashy new series, such as the "Arrow" spinoff "The Flash" and the delightfully named comic book adaptation "iZombie" to announce, but that meant a few shows won't be returning.

The "Sex and the City" prequel "The Carrie Diaries" got canceled, along with the human/alien romance series "Star-Crossed" and "The Tomorrow People."

The post-apocalyptic "The 100" however, will return, along with veteran series "Hart of Dixie" and "Beauty and the Beast," never mind poor ratings.


CBS had yet to make any new decisions at press time, though they renewed a number of series back in March.

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