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The middle of the year is a time for our favourite announcements: Canceled and renewed shows. Did yours make it?

It is that time of year again. Will they, or won’t they? Will my favourite shows get renewed or end up on the chopping block? Reports are hitting the internet like wildfire of shows being canceled.

Here are five fantastic shows (in my humble and objectively correct opinion) that are no longer returning, five that are staying and two pilots that are a maybe.

What shows have been canceled or delayed?

1. Ash vs. Evil Dead

“Ash vs. Evil Dead.” We will miss you, Ash. Photo by Matt Klitscher/ Starz Entertainment, LLC

Why Starz, why!? Why are you taking Ash away from his public? Who will save us from the deadites? This is not groovy, baby! Ash vs. Evil Dead will air its season finale on April 29, 2018.

According to Variety, Season 3 ratings dropped. But, Rotten Tomatoes says otherwise. As of April 25, 2018, the Tomatometer is at 100 percent with an audience score of 97 percent for Season 3.  It has an overall rating of all three seasons averaging 99 percent at the Tomatometer and 94 percent average audience score.

Bruce Campbell announced on his Facebook page he is retiring Ash. But, “Is Ash dead? Never. Ash is as much a concept as a person. Where there is evil in this world, there must be one to counter – man or woman, it matters not.” – Bruce Campbell.

2. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones
Vladimir ‘Furdo’ Furdik in “Game of Thrones.” / HBO

Sorry, but winter has come. HBO have announced the show is taking a year off, with the finale to hit the small screen in 2019.

Why the year off? The series wants to go down in a blaze of glory. David Benioff and Dan Weiss want the extra time to make the final episodes strong. But don’t fret, there are prequels in the works. According to Entertainment Weekly, the shows have talented writers working on them, but it may hit the air in 2020.

In connection with Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin will release a new book, ‘Fire & Blood’, which is a prequel to ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’  The novel is set for publication later this year. But… the book ‘The Winds of Winter’, which would be the sixth book in the series is… well… you know… not done.

3. The Librarians

The Librarians
Rebecca Romijn, Lindy Booth, Christian Kane, John Larroquette, and John Harlan Kim in “The Librarians.” / TNT

Don’t mean to repeat myself, but… WHY, TNT, WHYYYY?

Like with Ash vs. Evil Dead, the series ratings dropped.

But if you are a fan, don’t fret. Not yet, anyway. The series’ executive producer Dean Devlin is looking for a new home for the show.

Where should their home be? Netflix? Hulu? SYFY? CW?

4. The Mist

The Mist
“The Mist.” Photo by Chris Reardon / Spike T.V.

We had a feeling this show would not return for Season 2. When Spike TV reformatted their programming, The Mist didn’t fit.  The fans were not keen on the series either. I forced myself to watch the show because I am a fan of Stephen King.

Maybe if they re-image the series with a different storyline than incest, it might work. What do you think?

5. The Strain

The Strain will not return this year.  The series was not created for the long haul, but for a limited run.

It had a good start in Season 1, and it did well in Season 2, but the show did not do well in Season 3, albeit ending on a good high. See ya.

What series are returning?

1. Grace and Frankie

Gracie and Frankie
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in “Grace and Frankie.” / Photo by Melissa Moseley – Netflix

I know, I know. You weren’t expecting this to be on a list that included my favourite shows. I can be full of surprises.

I binged watched Grace and Frankie on Netflix and fell in love. The fifth season will premiere in 2019. Next season of RuPaul will join the cast.

2. Midnight,Texas

Midnight Texas
Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, Peter Mensah, Yul Vazquez, Sarah Ramos, Dylan Bruce, and François Arnaud in “Midnight, Texas.” NBC/NBC – NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Thank you, NBC. I like the show. I like it better than True Blood.  But it’s experiencing some changes. Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder are now executive producers and show-runners.  Monica Owusu-Breen is stepping down to focus on other projects.

Sarah Ramos, who played Creek Lovell, Manfred’s love interest, will not be returning. Yul Vazquez will not be returning. Vazquez played the Reverend Emilio Sheehan. The producers hope Ramos and Vazquez will return as guest stars, reprising their roles.

3. Stranger Things

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Millie Bobby Brown in “Stranger Things” Photo by Courtesy Netflix

The Netflix big hit series is back. They are working on casting calls and filming as I type this article out. Rumors are flying about that Season 3 will be shorter – only eight episodes. And then a possible Season 4.

Chance are Stranger Things Season 4 will hit Netflix in 2019.

4. Van Helsing

Van Helsing
Kelly Overton in “Van Helsing.” Photo by SYFY, Echo Lake Entertainment, and Nomadic Pictures

Thank you, SYFY.  Production of Season 3 is underway, and rumours have it, the 13 episodes will hit later this year.

We are learning more about the Van Helsing heritage. How would you feel if you woke up and discovered you are a descendant of a famous vampire hunter?

5. Wynonna Earp

Wynonna Earp
Tim Rozon, Melanie Scrofano, and Shamier Anderson in “Wynonna Earp” Photo by SYFY and Seven24 Films

Once again, thank you, SYFY. It seems this season we get to meet Mamma Earp AKA Michelle Earp. Megan Follows will portray the mother.

And two controversial reboot pilots… 

1. The Greatest American Hero

The Greatest American Hero
Hannah Simone in “The Greatest American Hero.” 20th Century Fox Television, and ABC Studios

I was a fan of the 1980s television show. The ABC reboot centres on an Indian-American family whose life is changed when she is entrusted with a suit that gives her superpowers to protect Earth.

2. Charmed

Charmed Reboot
Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, and Sarah Jeffery in “Charmed.” CW Network

The CW show centres on three sisters, Mel, Macy, and Maggie Pruitt. I am still up in the air with this one. I know many fans are not too happy with the reboot, but there are some who are for it.

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Tracie lives in the United States and is an enthusiastic and versatile writer with an academic background in journalism and creative writing. She's an aspiring journalist, screenwriter, and novelist.