Prodigal Son and 12 TV show cancellations of 2021 that still sting

PRODIGAL SON: L-R: Halston Sage and Tom Payne in the ÒSun & FunÓ episode of PRODIGAL SON airing Tuesday, May 11 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Phil Caruso/FOX
PRODIGAL SON: L-R: Halston Sage and Tom Payne in the ÒSun & FunÓ episode of PRODIGAL SON airing Tuesday, May 11 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC Cr: Phil Caruso/FOX /
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GOOD GIRLS — “The Banker” Episode 405 — Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC) /

2. Good Girls

How many seasons: 4

Network it aired on: NBC

How it ended: Beth finally took control of Rio’s empire. After spending a season working with the Secret Service and trying her hardest to stay out of jail, she decided that running the empire was the only way she could thrive.

We ended the series with Beth on the bench with Rio at the park. She made it clear that she was now the boss, and Rio wasn’t going to argue with that.

On top of that, Stan had left for Nevada with his kids, leaving Ruby behind. Annie was behind bars for a crime she didn’t commit.

Why it still stings: Not only do we lose a great show, but we don’t really get all that much closure. The characters were left in a sort of limbo. Sure, there’s no way that these women could have a full happy ending, but it had to be better than what we got.

To make matters worse, it turns out that there were talks of a fifth season. Our female leads were all willing to take a pay cut to make a shortened season possible. One person reportedly wasn’t, and it stings that we lost the show because Brio couldn’t be a thing.

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PRODIGAL SON: L-R: Tom Payne and Michael Sheen in PRODIGAL SON, premiering this fall on FOX. © 2019 FOX MEDIA LLC. Cr: David Giesbrecht / FOX. /

1. Prodigal Son

How many seasons: 2

Network it aired on: FOX

How it ended: Malcolm Bright was in the woods with his father, only to realize that it was really either kill or be killed. Everyone was trying to find them both, with the FBI believing that Malcolm had helped his father escape. Of course, Malcolm’s friends knew he wouldn’t really do that, right?

We were left with Dani coming across Malcolm in the middle of the woods after stabbing Martin Whitly. She asked “what did you do?” and that was it. We were left with that as a cliffhanger, and now we have no idea what’s to come.

Why it still stings: Prodigal Son was a campy crime drama, but it was fun. There were some dark moments, but there were so many hilarious moments that it was clear that this was created for our entertainment. And it certainly entertained.

The problem for the show was the move to Tuesday nights. It’s a hard timeslot for FOX to succeed in. Rather than accept that it’s just a hard timeslot, it canceled an entertaining show on a major cliffhanger. Can we have more of Tom Payne and Michael Sheen on our screens, please?

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Which TV show cancellations of 2021 stung the most? Which show do you still need to be saved? Share your thoughts in the comments below.