I hate that feeling when you realize that something you really enjoyed watching on TV will not be renewed for a follow-up season. Sometimes it is a show that is gaining momentum and you can’t wait to see what is store next, and sometimes the show ends at the right time to roundup all the events that made it so special.
We Will Miss These 5 Shows That Recently Ended:
1. Penny Dreadful
Showtime retired one of their best shows that has grabbed the attention of horror geeks around the globe. The series that boasts with an impressive lineup which include the likes of Eva Green, Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton will not be returning for a fourth season. After the season three finale on June 19, 2016, series creator John Logan announced that Penny Dreadful’s main story had reached its conclusion. The Gothic literature creatures, as pooled with top-notch cinematography and acting, made this show a true gem and something that will be sorely missed.
“Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. They are joined by a core of original characters in a complex, frightening new narrative. Penny Dreadful is a psychological thriller filled with dark mystery and suspense, where personal demons from the past can be stronger than vampires, evil spirits and immortal beasts.”
Banshee was developed as part of Cinemax’s drive to develop an in-house plethora of original content. They succeeded to impress audiences with one of their finest Action/Drama shows to date, and hopefully we can expect more shows of this quality. Banshee was renewed for an 8-episode fourth and final season in February 2015, and the final episode aired on May 20, 2016. We loved the interplay between family issues, crime empires and gangs, all going down in the small fictional, Pennsylvanian town of Banshee. The fight scenes, epic explosions, guts and gore will satisfy every action TV geek fanatic.
“From Alan Ball, creator/EP of True Blood, this exciting new Cinemax action drama charts the twists and turns that follow Lucas Hood (Antony Starr), an ex-convict who improbably becomes sheriff of a rural, Amish-area town while searching for a woman he last saw 15 years ago, when he gave himself up to police to let her escape after a jewel heist. Living in Banshee under an assumed name, Carrie Hopewell (Ivana Milicevic) is now married to the local DA, has two children (one of whom may be Lucas’), and is trying desperately to keep a low profile – until Lucas arrives to shake up her world and rekindle old passions. Complicating matters is the fact that Banshee is riddled by corruption, with an Amish overlord, Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen), brutally building a local empire of drugs, gambling and graft. With the help of a boxer-turned-barkeeper named Sugar Bates (Frankie Faison), Lucas is able to stay on even footing with Kai and his thugs, and even manages to bring a measure of tough justice to Banshee. But eventually, Lucas’ appetite for pulling heists pulls him and Carrie into a dangerous cauldron of duplicity, exacerbated when Mr. Rabbit (Ben Cross), the NY mobster they once ripped off, closes in with vengeance on his mind.”
3. Person of Interest
Person of Interest took a bow on June 21, 2016, after a very entertaining five season run. The show created by Jonathan Nolan, and executive produced by J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Greg Plageman, Denise Thé, Chris Fisher and Nolan is one of CBS’ most critically acclaimed productions to date. The show built its success on the possibility of future artificial intelligence and the impact it could have on future crime and terror prevention. The idea that future generations can prevent impending violent crimes by relying on a machine that could predict who a potential crime victim or perpetrator will be is the stuff geek dreams are made of.
“Lost creator J.J. Abrams brings his brilliant mind to CBS with this chilling crime drama about an presumed dead ex-CIA agent who teams up with an eccentric billionaire, who has created a software program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. The two work together (outside the law) to prevent crimes before they happen and make a difference in the world.”
“Vinyl” is one of those period drama TV shows we have been waiting for, for quite a while I might add, but sadly HBO pulled the plug after only one season. Created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, the series follows Richie Finestra portrayed by Bobby Cannavale, a record executive who is battling to keep afloat his company in the midst of the 1970 rock revolution. Boasting with a stellar cast and equally impressive soundtrack, “Vinyl” really shined with potential as we get see the 70’s music moguls duke it out for the top spots.
“From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new 10-episode drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path.”
5. The Grinder
The Grinder was one of the freshest legal comedy shows to air in years and yet again another good show received the boot after only one season. The TV show created by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel via Fox, stars Hollywood veteran Rob Lowe as Dean Sanderson, an actor who played the role of attorney Mitch Grinder on the long-running TV show, The Grinder. After the successful TV show ended, Mitch tries to fit in with society as himself but ends up working at his brother’s legal firm. He moves in with brother Stewart Sanderson (Fred Savage) and his family to pursue a career as a lawyer by adding his own flavour of TV justice. Despite Stewart’s disapproval of his brother’s new-found passion for the justice system, Mitch continues “to grind” as he enforces his TV justice in real life. The show was highly acclaimed by critics and viewers but never managed to hit the ratings out the park as forecasted by the network.
“In The Grinder, Rob Lowe stars as beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (aka “The Grinder”), with Fred Savage starring as his brother, Stewart. When his long-running hit series comes to an end, he finds himself at a crossroads in life and decides to move back to his small home town thinking he has the experience to take over his family’s law firm.”