Shared from the 2017-05-14 Chattanooga eEdition

Canceled: Network TV shows get the ax

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If the producers of this season’s new time-traveling series had owned actual time machines, they might have made different choices.

Two of the three shows — “Time After Time” on ABC and “Making History” on Fox — were among the series canceled last week. (“Timeless” on NBC was originally canceled until the network reversed its decision Saturday.) More than 20 broadcast shows received the ax.

Networks don’t cancel shows during the season as often as they used to. But that newfound restraint has turned the week before the upfront presentations, when networks introduce the next season’s lineups to advertisers, into an annual massacre as the broadcasters finalize which existing shows will (and won’t) make the cut.

This year’s victims include a low-rated but award-winning critical darling (“American Crime”), a long-running sitcom (“Last Man Standing”), a former buzzy hit (“Sleepy Hollow”) and a couple of highconcept freshman comedies (“Imaginary Mary,” “Son of Zorn”).

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