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TV networks swing the ax

Updated 6:34 PM ET, Fri May 13, 2016
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ABC's country music drama "Nashville" had four seasons before the network swung the ax. Click through to see whether any of your other favorite TV shows were canceled. ABC
ABC's musical comedy series "Galavant" had two seasons. ABC
Weeks after ending the contract of co-star Stana Katic, ABC officially canceled the detective series "Castle." courtesy abc
The 1940s-set ABC drama "Agent Carter," about Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter's work as a secret agent, won critical acclaim and a small, vocal, loyal viewership. ABC pulled the plug anyway. ABC
Rob Lowe and Fred Savage returned to TV to star in "The Grinder," a series about an actor who joins his family's law firm. Viewers didn't flock to it, so Fox dropped it. Fox
The CW declined to renew the epidemic conspiracy thriller "Containment," which was in its first limited season. CW
It wasn't to be for "The Muppets." ABC canceled a series that began with the shocking news that Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog had ended their iconic romance. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Fox ended the John Stamos vehicle "Grandfathered," which saw the heartthrob playing a Lothario who learned late in life that he was both a father and a grandfather. 20th Century Fox
With the cancellation of "CSI: Cyber" comes the end of the CSI franchise, which began on CBS more than 15 years ago. CBS
"Hannibal," NBC's critically well-received prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," was canceled in 2015 after three seasons, but that hasn't stopped fans from being obsessed with it. Showrunner Bryan Fuller said he is pursuing a possible feature film to continue the story. Brooke Palmer/NBC
A&E announced in February that it had canceled the crime drama "Unforgettable." The show had been canceled by CBS before it moved to the cable network. from A&E
CBS landed a coup picking up "Angel from Hell," a new series starring "Glee's" Jane Lynch. However, it couldn't compete in its high-profile Thursday night time slot, and the network ended it after five episodes. Cliff Lipson/CBS
"The Good Wife" has had a critically acclaimed (though not always high rated) seven-year run, and CBS announced on Super Bowl Sunday that this season will be its last. CBS
The sixth season of "Mike & Molly," starring Melissa McCarthy and Billy Gardell, will be both short and final, the actors announced via Twitter. McCarthy was nominated for an Emmy three times and won once for her portrayal of Molly Flynn. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
After 11 years, E! ended "The Soup" on December 18. The show, which poked fun at talk shows, reality TV, home shopping and more odd TV moments, made host Joel McHale a comedy star. Dale Berman/E! Entertainment
2015 saw the end of 22 "cycles" of the CW's reality series "America's Next Top Model," masterminded by Tyra Banks, center. Mathieu Young/The CW
In an unusual move, "Bastard Executioner" executive producer Kurt Sutter pulled the plug on his own FX series after 10 episodes that steadily declined in ratings. Sutter announced it on November 18 in an ad in the Hollywood Reporter: "The audience has spoken, and unfortunately, the word is 'meh,' " he wrote. FX
Critics weren't too thrilled about the '80s-set crime series "Wicked City," and viewers stayed away as well. ABC announced an end to production of the show on November 13, after three episodes aired. Eric McCandless/ABC
While the eclectic and beloved students and staff at "Community's" Greendale Community College wouldn't get to see a sixth season on NBC, Yahoo saved it at the last minute. The recent shuttering of its streaming service, Yahoo Screen, spelled the end of the cult sitcom. So even though fans got part of the much tweeted "#sixseasonsandamovie," they're still holding out hope for a movie one of these days. NBC
The much-hyped "Minority Report" TV series, a follow-up to the Tom Cruise movie, never caught on with audiences. It was never officially canceled, but when Fox cut back its episode order from 13 to 10 in October, the writing was on the wall. Bruce MacCauley/FOX
ABC's creepy summer series "The Whispers" will not return for a second season. ABC
CBS' summer series "Under the Dome" was a big hit in its first season, but ratings fell in its second season. The network announced in August that the third season would be its last. CBS
Fox's summer series "Knock Knock Live," which had celebrities pop up at the doors of ordinary people offering them the chance to win big prizes, lasted all of two episodes before getting canceled. It was a rare flop for host Ryan Seacrest. Courtesy Fox
NBC also went with a live anything-can-happen show in the fall, but "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" ended up falling short of its "The Voice" lead-in, and lasted for only one short season. NBC
The Cinemax series "Banshee" has a devoted fan base, but the network announced that the upcoming fourth season will be its last. Courtesy Cinemax
They can't all be "House of Cards." After three seasons, Netflix pulled the plug on "Lilyhammer." Netflix Original Rubicon TV AS/IMDB
The Swedish comedy "Welcome to Sweden" was canceled midway through its second season airing in the United States on NBC. Creator Greg Poehler (brother of Amy) blamed "craptastically low ratings" in the States. Courtesy NBC
Billy Crystal, right, and Josh Gad teamed up for "The Comedians," which lasted one season on FX. FX Networks
Showtime decided to pull the plug on "Happyish," starring Steve Coogan in a role originally intended for the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Courtesy Showtime
TLC announced in July that the Duggar family's show, "19 Kids and Counting," was officially canceled after the revelation of a molestation scandal involving eldest son Josh Duggar. Some of his sisters were among the victims. D Dipasupil/Extra/Getty Images
Has anyone alerted Drake? TeenNick announced that it's canceling "Degrassi: Next Generation" after 14 seasons. The future rapper, top right, made his name as paraplegic Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian teen series, which ended on TeenNick last summer but return with new episodes on Netflix in 2016. George Pimentel/WireImage/getty images
After 15 seasons, CBS did not pick up "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" for a 16th season. The show practically invented the "crime procedural," and the network aired a two-hour movie to wrap up the series. courtesy cbs