These 5 Network TV Shows Were (Sadly) Nixed — Here’s What You Should Watch Instead

RIP! Here are some replacement shows that should help you get over the loss.

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We take our TV very seriously, and that means serious emotional attachment to our favorite characters. We laugh, cry, and scream bloody murder at our poor televisions on a weekly basis and beyond (raise your hand if you're a passionate live Tweeter). Romantic comedies? Yes, please. Crime scene thrillers? The more, the merrier. So if, like us, the recent string of TV cancellations has left you a little blue, we’ve got solutions.

So far, more than 25 shows have been canceled across the five biggest cable TV networks. Here are a few you might miss and what we think you should watch in their place:

Canceled:

Fox's The Mick is a fun, light comedy about Mickey, a woman who visits her rich sister and brother-in-law to ask for money. She ends up with way more than she bargained for when they end up accused of federal fraud, and inherits custody over her three snobby nieces and nephews. Spoiler alert: She isn’t the greatest mommy figure along the way. The first two seasons were promising with Kaitlin Olson (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) starring as Mickey, but ratings tanked mid-Season 2 and Fox had no choice but to cancel.

What to watch instead:

An animated sitcom that’s less for kids and more for their parents, the crude-ish Bob’s Burgers has been renewed for a ninth season. If you’re not a cartoon person, give this a shot anyway. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

These 5 Network TV Shows Were (Sadly) Nixed — Here’s What You Should Watch Instead
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Canceled:

We're bummed that Fox has vetoed quirky post-apocalyptic series The Last Man on Earth after only four seasons! The unpredictable series is just a little different from any other show that's on TV — it's bold, and that’s why we love it. To add insult to injury, the very last episode ended in suspense. It makes sense for a show based on hopeless characters who never know if they’ll have enough food (fresh or otherwise) to make it through the week, but we can't believe we'll never see the outcome. We're so fond of this one, we may re-watch all four seasons before moving on to something new.

What To Watch Instead:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine! There’s always room for another cop show on network TV. This one — starring Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, and Melissa Fumero — brings a heavenly slice of silly to the oftentimes (way too) serious genre. Although Fox canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine after five hilarious seasons, NBC picked it up just a day later. Season 6 will air in early to mid 2019.

These 5 Network TV Shows Were (Sadly) Nixed — Here’s What You Should Watch Instead
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Canceled:

This NBC action-thriller drama won’t be returning for a third season: Taken (based on the Taken movie franchise) is being shopped elsewhere, according to Variety, and was yanked from its weekly Friday evening time slot in the meantime. Replaced by Dateline, the second season will resume on Saturday nights (eek). It’s likely all downhill from here.

What To Watch Instead:

If you haven't already, give Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) a shot. Unlike other Law & Order shows that focus on murder cases, SVU details sex crimes being investigated by NYPD detectives. The long-running police drama has been renewed for Season 20 (WTH, 20?!) and has a loyal following (averaging 8.9 million total viewers). Might as well hop on the SVU bandwagon!

Canceled:

Life Sentence, The CW’s comedy-drama starring Lucy Hale, has been axed after just one season. The series follows Stella, a young woman who grabs life by the horns when she thinks she's dying of cancer. Things take a turn when Stella realizes she's been cured and has to deal with the repercussions of her "live like there’s no tomorrow" actions. Whoopsies.

These 5 Network TV Shows Were (Sadly) Nixed — Here’s What You Should Watch Instead
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What To Watch Instead:

Like Life Sentence, Jane the Virgin has an interesting medical twist, if you will. The show, which celebrates the accidental miracle of life (by artificial insemination, not actual intercourse), has been renewed for a fifth season on The CW. The show's badass, inspirational characters (Jane, her mom, grandma, father, and multiple love interests) make this series a must-watch. We’re betting on a very long life for this one (older seasons can be watched on Netflix).

Canceled:

ABC’s freshman comedy, The Mayor, follows an aspiring young rapper who runs for mayor of his hometown (and wins!). Considering its uber strong cast (Lea Michelle, Bernard David Jones, Marcel Spears, Yvette Nicole Brown) and compelling premise, it’s disappointing The Mayor will not be renewed for a second season. Maybe it's just not the best time for a new show with a political bent, what with the real-life political dramas we’re dealing with as of late.

These 5 Network TV Shows Were (Sadly) Nixed — Here’s What You Should Watch Instead
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What To Watch Instead:

Black-ish, a comedy-drama also on ABC, follows a successful Black man named Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and his family, who live in upper-middle class suburbia. The hilarious show illustrates what happens when the family starts to lose their African-American culture, and how Dre is determined to get it back.

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