The television industry is extremely cutthroat and competitive. It’s perfectly normal for hundreds of scripts to be thrown out, filmed pilots to go unaired and greenlit shows to be cancelled after only one or two episodes. What’s left is a short list of high performing television shows with great ratings and a strong fan base. Unfortunately, competitive time slots within and between networks can make or break a show. While it’s sometimes not surprising when a new series gets cancelled, there have been times that networks pull the plug on a hit show prematurely or even without warning! Here’s a list of stars who were blindsided by their show’s cancellation.
12. Cast of Nashville
When ABC pulled the plug on Nashville in May 2016, many fans were shocked and upset. The popular musical drama had only been on the air for four seasons and had a small, but fiercely strong fan base. According to online reports, many of the cast members were blindsided by the news. In an interview with Charles Esten, he said he found out about the cancellation when we did! He got the news via text message from series creator, Callie Khouri, right as the news went viral. Thankfully, about a month later the series was picked up by CMT for a fifth season!