2019’s Complete TV Lineup: What’s Canceled, What’s Renewed, and What’s Ending for Good

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Every year in the early spring, it happens—the chop. Around May, networks make the decision about what is working and what is not. But with all the streaming services out there right now, that “cancellation season” has gotten a bit more flexible. The year started out with announcements that saw the end of much of Netflix’s Marvel universe, while other buzzy series like This Is Us and Killing Eve got early renewals. But when it comes to the favorites, where do they land? Who’s canceled, who’s renewed, and who’s bowing out before the axe can come and off their head?

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American Vandal

Where to Watch: Netflix
Status:
Canceled
Seasons:
2

This was a weird move on Netflix’s part. From an outside perspective, American Vandal looked like a true-crime series that fixated on bathroom humor, but after a couple episodes, it was clear that the mockumnetary-style show was much more layered than a well-placed poop joke. After two seasons of following two students who solve a strange season-long crime, one of Netflix’s smartest comedies got nixed before its time.

Atlanta

Where to Watch: FX
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
2

The third season of Atlanta is definitely happening, but not on the same schedule that viewers are used to. While “Robbin’ Season” received critical acclaim, the series won’t debut in time for the Emmys cutoff this spring. Be on the lookout later this year—the Donald Glover-led series is coming back with a vengeance after that egregious Emmys snub this past year.

Big Mouth

Where to Watch: Netflix
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
2

With two successful seasons in its pocket, Netflix’s animated series that perfectly encapsulates the awkwardness of teenage-dom will return later this year for a third season. While Season One was a hit within itself, the series from Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg gained some major steam in Season Two. Season Three should hit sometime in early fall, but in the meantime, take a buh-bull-baaaath.

Fargo

Where to Watch: FX
Status:
Renewed… Right?
Seasons:
3

While the first three seasons of FX’s Fargo were critically acclaimed, FX has struggled with delays in getting Season Four off the ground. Known for its prestige status, the series has drawn in big name performers for splashy performances. (Kirsten Dunst and Carrie Coon, anyone?) The last word is that Chris Rock will star in the upcoming season, set to debut in 2019.

GLOW

Where to Watch: Netflix
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
2

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling should return later this year with the next installment of their journey to Vegas. If it’s anything like Season Two, GLOW stands to continue its run as one of the most self-aware and daring comedies on television right now. It’s hard to gauge just how popular the show is because of how closely Netflix keeps ratings figures to the chest, but it’s hard to deny how the female-led series is a bright spot on television.

Game of Thrones

Where to Watch: HBO
Status:
Ending
Seasons:
8

Like winter, Game of Thrones came, dominated TV airwaves for eight years, and will bow out at the end of this season. If you haven’t heard… where have you been? After nearly a decade on the air, HBO’s prized series is coming to a close, but you can still find the entire series on HBO’s platform.

Jessica Jones

Where to Watch: Netflix
Status:
Canceled
Seasons:
2

Jessica Jones was critically acclaimed on Netflix, but it got the axe. With Disney coming out with its own streaming service, don’t be shocked if the series gets a revamp somewhere else. Like other Netlix shows, the reason behind the streaming service’s cancellations is a bit of an enigma, but with the Marvel franchise falling under Disney’s umbrella, it’s not out of the question to guess that the parent company comes into play.

Killing Eve

Where to Watch: BBC America/AMC
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
2

Killing Eve is one of those rare shows that had such a powerful start that it got a season renewal at the beginning of its second season. Based off the Codename Villanelle novels from author Luke Jennings, the series has source material to stretch out the critically acclaimed series for a bit. The cat and mouse game between an MI6 agent and serial assassin is slated to return next year, you know, once its second season ends.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
2

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is arguably Amazon Prime’s crown jewel right now. Rachel Brosnahan has now locked in two Golden Globes and the series has nabbed five Emmys. The quick renewal for Amy Sherman-Palladino’s fast-talking comedy isn’t a surprise at all. After a breakout Season One, Season Two focuses on what happens once Midge steps into her full comic potential. Expect a mix of whip smart hilarity and poignant sadness come Season Three.

My Brilliant Friend

Where to Watch:W HBO
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
1

What started out as a limited series has now developed a second season based on Elena Ferrante’s second novel, The Story of a New Name. The prestige series is a slow burn for HBO, but the novels from Ferrante are absolutely inspired. The second season will likely debut this fall.

Narcos: Mexico

Where to Watch: Netflix
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
1

The Netflix companion series to Narcos is getting a second season. The show centers on Mexican illegal drug trade. Though it was originally intended to be a season of the original Narcos, the success and direction of Mexico led to the creation of its own standalone series.

The Punisher

Where to Watch: Netflix
Status:
Canceled
Seasons:
2

The Punisher met the same fate as Jessica Jones and likely for the same reason, which is a shame considering how great it is to see Jon Bernthal starring in anything. While it wasn’t Netflix or Marvel’s most popular franchise, it was decent enough to warrant a season or two more. Keep an eye out for potential new life on Disney+.

Sex Education

Where to Watch: Netflix
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
1

You can’t put a show with Gillian Anderson as a sex therapist on air and not give it a second season. C’mon. The thoughtful teen comedy about a boy who takes his mother’s pushy sex advice and disseminates it at school has been given the green light for a Season Two., and we’re all the more thankful. If you haven’t watched, come for the smart comedy, stay for the outstanding performance from Ncuti Gatwa.

Star Trek: Discovery

Where to Watch: CBS All Access
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
2

Star Trek: Discovery landed a third season on CBS All Access, which is quite a feat. Yes, Star Trek is a bit of a legacy series, but that also stands to make it all the most susceptible to failure. Somehow, Discovery has managed to reinvigorate the series and lean on the charm and strength that Sonequa Martin-Green brings to the show. At this point, it’s this and The Good Fight that position the streaming service as a true streaming contender.

Succession

Where to Watch: HBO
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
1

Succession‘s second season will debut in August, so you have time to get caught up on HBO’s ritzy satirical comedy before a new crop of episodes hits. The series follows a family in flux as their father steps away from the helm of a giant media company. The ensemble cast makes up for what might lack when the novelty of reckless wealthy people begins to wear on you.

The Deuce

Where to Watch: HBO
Status:
Canceled after third season
Seasons:
2

The Deuce is getting to finish on its own terms, but after Season Three, the HBO show about sex work starring Maggie Gyllenhaal will have to hang up its brazier and stockings and go home. Also starring James Franco, The Deuce always had an air of ambition that a lot of other shows lacked—Gyllenhaal’s performance as the entrepreneurial sex worker Eileen comes to mind, specifically. But with all those good intentions, HBO wasn’t willing to give the series more than three seasons.

The Good Place

Where to Watch: NBC
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
3

The Good Place is NBC’s quirky afterlife comedy that could. After three inventive seasons, The Good Place has literally been to Hell (The Bad Place) and back. It’s also been in several other parts of the universe: a concept that might have fallen flat if it weren’t for the outstanding cast and the self-aware nature of the 30-minute sitcom. Michael Schur’s creation starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson will return in the fall with a Season Four.

Transparent

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime
Status:
Canceled after a fifth season
Seasons:
4

Transparent at one time was the comedic juggernaut that Amazon Prime brought to the awards table. But after allegations against Jeffrey Tambor surfaced and the initial interest in the groundbreaking show about Tambor’s character’s transition into womanhood began to wane, the show’s future was up in the air in a bad way. The series has been given a fourth (albeit delayed) final season, but Tambor will not return for it. RIP Maura.

The Twilight Zone

Where to Watch: CBS All Access
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
1

After a short time, CBS All Access renewed Jordan Peele’s reboot of the classic series. Critical response hasn’t been outstanding, but there’s clearly something about it worth keeping around. The anthology series boasts a ton of good names, including Jordan Peele who seems to turn anything he touches into gold, but ultimately CBS All Access’ decision to give it another season is a curious one.

Veep

Where to Watch: HBO
Status:
Ending
Seasons:
7

In the middle of its seventh season, Veep will finish up its run on May 12. Julia Louis-Dreyfus set an insane record for Best Actress wins in the role, solidifying the series and herself as icons in the television industry. The show has been critically acclaimed from the start, though it never developed a large audience like some of HBO’s other titles. Nevertheless, even after Dreyfus and friends turn in their White House badges, you can catch up on the series through HBO.

Westworld

Where to Watch: HBO
Status:
Renewed
Seasons:
2

Westworld is perhaps the most elaborate show on television right now. It’s also arguably the most overhyped. While it’s been renewed for a third season, that season won’t premiere until 2020 (for a number of reasons). But if Season Two is any indication, be prepared for the Westworld universe to continue to grow. And protect Maeve at all costs because Thandie Newton is handily the best part of the series.

Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he primarily writes about entertainment, television, and movies.

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