12 TV shows set to bid us goodbye this year


  • TV
  • Friday, 16 Jan 2015

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) will be bidding Mad Men fans farewell soon. 

Are you sad to let these shows ‘go’?

With each new year comes a round of new TV shows and, on the other hand, a number of bittersweet farewells. In 2015, viewers will bid goodbye to at least a dozen series, including the critically acclaimed Mad Men, the beloved Parks And Recreation, the long-running Two And A Half Men and the bouncy Glee.

Mad Men

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) will be bidding Mad Men fans farewell soon.

After Breaking Bad, AMC is preparing to send off another of its star dramas. The cable network's very first original series, Mad Men became an emblem of its time, despite its retro setting.

Praised for its visual ambiance, dialogue, character depth and accurate depictions of American society of the 1960s and 1970s, the drama has since 2007 earned 15 Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes.

The New York advertising agency home to Don Draper (Jon Hamm) will return April 5 in part two of The End Of An Era, the seventh and final season of Mad Men.

The Mentalist

After arriving on CBS in 2008, the character of Patrick Jane quickly won over viewers with his psychic and observational abilities. Australian actor Simon Baker's good looks may also have had something to do with the show's instant success.

Australian actor Simon Baker in The Mentalist

Six years later, interest in the mentalist's work with Teresa Lisbon and the California Bureau of Investigations has dropped, particularly in the US, where a mere eight to nine million viewers currently follow the show each week.

Nonetheless, The Mentalist remains a hit abroad. In 2012, it was the world's most watched series, with 58.1 million viewers across the five continents. Its seventh and final season will wrap up on Feb 18.

Two And A Half Men

The most watched comedy in the US just a few years ago, the series has since undergone one major casting change. In 2011, the show officially fired its star Charlie Sheen due to a number of public, self-destructive antics.

Despite his replacement by Ashton Kutcher, the sitcom never returned to its former ratings glory, which included a peak audience of 16.5 million viewers.

Today, Two And A Half Men attracts less than 10 million viewers, far behind The Big Bang Theory, America's favourite comedy. The men of the Harper family will say goodbye in the show's 12th season finale on Feb 19.

Glee

The hit show of fall 2009, Glee will deliver its final performance on March 20 at the end of its sixth season, which premiered Jan 9 on Fox. Faced with a sharp decline in ratings (3.3 million viewers for season five), creator Ryan Murphy opted to cut his losses in 2015.

The comedy has been honored regularly at TV awards ceremonies, and its musically gifted cast led to the sale of millions of records.

But little by little, audiences have turned away from the show's adolescent intrigues, which continued with some difficulty after the death of former star Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson.

Cougar Town

To see Jules and the gang enjoying drinks together one last time, viewers can tune in to TBS. The comedy starring Courteney Cox, known to Friends fans as Monica Geller, actually outlived its first cancellation by ABC in 2012.

But this time there's no way around TBS's decision to end the show after its sixth season, which started this week in the US. Jules and her friends will try to console themselves with a bottle of red wine and a visit from Cindy Crawford, who will play herself.

The cast of Cougar Town.

Edie Falco as ER nurse Jackie Peyton.

Nurse Jackie

After seven seasons on Showtime, the Vicodin-popping nurse will step down in spring 2015. Fans will savour every moment of Edie Falco's final performances as Jackie Peyton, the cynical New Yorker struggling to balance her demanding job as an ER nurse with her catastrophic family life.

The role allowed Falco to add another Emmy to her collection, which already included one earned in 1999 for The Sopranos.

Falling Skies

The Steven Spielberg-produced science-fiction series will end after its fifth and final season of 10 episodes, due to air starting this summer. Introduced on TNT in 2011, the post-apocalyptic drama features former ER star Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, the leader of a group of fighters resisting an alien invasion.

Noah Wyle will no longer be running away from aliens after Falling Skies ends its run.

Parks And Recreation

The NBC comedy's seventh and final season will air from Jan 13 to Feb 24 in the US. Since premiering in 2009, the show on the public servants of Pawnee, Indiana has gained a strong following, in large part thanks to the talent of its creator and star Amy Poehler.

But fans also love the show's unique supporting characters, played by Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones and of course Chris Pratt, who was revealed on Parks And Rec and has since made his way to silver screen stardom in Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Justified

Following an agreement with the producer Graham Yost, Timothy Olyphant decided to put on the uniform of the unsavory US Marshal for the last time. The sixth season of the police series on Raylan Givens's Kentucky escapades premieres Jan 20 on FX.

Bye, Timothy Olyphant.

Hemlock Grove

The first Netflix original series to reach the end of its road, Hemlock Grove will wrap up this year with 10 final episodes. Created by Brian McGreevy and produced by Eli Roth, the drama is set in Hemlock Grove, a fictional Pennsylvania town where the local authorities are investigating a series of strange events.

Their findings lead them to question whether the deeds observed are the work of a man or an animal.

Hemlock Grove is a Netflix series, so Malaysian viewers never got to watch it here. 

Perception

The detective series headlined by Eric McCormack is only three episodes away from its finale. Sacrificed due to TNT's new content direction, Perception will return on Feb 17 with its last unseen footage.

The drama centres on the collaborative investigations of the FBI and a paranoid schizophrenic consultant endowed with an extraordinary understanding of the human mind.

"Whaaat?" Eric McCormack in Perception.

Parenthood

Faced with a steady decline in ratings, NBC opted to cut this series adapted from Ron Howard's 1989 feature. Since its premiere in 2010, the dramatic comedy on the highs and lows of the Braverman family has never been particularly successful, despite the presence of award-winning actors Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) and Peter Krause (Six Feet Under). — AFP Relaxnews

See also: 10 TV series that deserve a second life

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