Network Cancellations 2015: ‘The Following’, ‘Battle Creek’, ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Spinoff, More

The cancellations are continuing to come in today, as the major broadcast networks continue dropping the ax on first-year and veteran shows alike. Hell, in this case, ABC has essentially killed one show before it could even get off the ground.

That show is the planned Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff. which ABC has officially canceled. Not a whole lot was known about the show, other than that it was likely to star Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood in their S.H.I.E.L.D. roles as Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse and Lance Hunter.

However, with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. getting renewed for Season 3, it seems like ABC decided they’d rather not take two of the show’s best new characters from the parent series to start their own spinoff. In addition, the Season 2 renewal for Marvel’s Agent Carter for midseason means that there’d be no place in the schedule for this spinoff to air anyway, unless they could have it ready for this summer to serve as a bridge between seasons for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; however, that simply isn’t possible. The only alternatives would be to either air the show concurrently with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a strategy that doomed Once Upon A Time spinoff, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland; or, to air it at midseason as a bridge between half-seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which would require moving Agent Carter to a different slot. Since that’d be unreasonable, ABC opted to just ax the series altogether. Even though the spinoff had a chance at being interesting from a Mr. and Mrs. Smith-type way, this cancellation ultimately makes sense.

Network Cancellations 2015 'The Following', 'Battle Creek', 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Spinoff, More

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In fact, a lot of the latest cancellations this season make sense.

Despite a ton of hype surrounding its status as Vince Gilligan’s first series post-Breaking Bad, CBS simply felt that Battle Creek wasn’t pulling in strong enough ratings to justify a second season. FOX has also canceled similarly dead-in-the-water procedural, Backstrom, as the show simply never found an audience to begin with. And that’s not all…

FOX has also, finally, canceled The Following. My thoughts on the show as one of TV’s absolute worst are well-documented, but I do hope some of the actors involved are able to find work after this, since that show had a far better ensemble than it probably deserved. But I can’t say I’m sad to see it go. As procedurals go, it was fairly by-the-numbers, and as a serialized thriller, it just wasn’t compelling enough to justify the subsequent season-long commitment.

These cancellations join NBC’s major cancellations of Constantine, About a Boy, State of Affairs, and all its non-Undateable comedies, as well as ABC’s three big cancellations: Forever, Cristela and Resurrection.

More cancellations are sure to come in as the weekend rolls on, particularly with networks gearing up for upfronts next week. We’ll keep you posted on the cancellations as news hits. Until then, let us know what you think about the networks’ decisions in the comments.

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