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It always sucks when a series gets cancelled. There's no worse feeling than investing in a series you love, only for it to end abruptly for one reason or another (ratings, budget, creative differences, creator burnout, uncooperative network heads, etc.).

But it's even worse when a series you're following just stops and... nothing. No word or news, things just grind to a halt and you wait... and wait... and wait. Surely it's just in Development Hell and it will be released after they iron out the details, right? Right? Until eventually, you have to face facts... that series you love so dearly just isn't coming back.

Granted some news might eventually come through the grapevine from the people who work on it in social media, just after a set of time. But more often than not, the clues speak for themselves, people who worked on the products are suddenly doing something else or a different series is incoming. Basically being the signs that the other show they were working on is finito. Again, it sucks, but such is the media business. But there's no worse dishonor for a series of not even getting a confirmation if it had ended much sooner or at all.

Usually a byproduct of Screwed by the Network and often a cause of many an Orphaned Series. See also Failed Pilot Episode for when there's an attempt to get a series going, but never materializes and news of it dries up not long afterward.

Compare Dead Fic, which is usually the fanfic equivalent of this (and yes, this does have the better possibility to continue since these are solely creator-driven, but the continuation relies completely on if the creator is willing to continue or not and there's no guarantee they will). Also see The Resolution Will Not Be Identified, Stillborn Franchise, and What Could Have Been.

New examples should only be added 2 years after the latest entry was released, unless confirmed by Word of God.


Examples:

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    Asian Animation 

    Anime & Manga 
  • The Disney XD dub of Doraemon was quietly cancelled after a long hiatus due to Disney not being interested in it anymore.
  • Heroine Voice ran for only ten chapters from 2015 to 2016 and still hasn't continued since then, with no official explanation for why it stopped. Many consider it cancelled for all intents and purposes.
  • Highschool of the Dead: The series entered a hiatus around 2011 with no real word why from its creators. The artist, Shouji Sato, went on to do another series in the interim, and the writer, Daisuke Sato, just went mum completely. The series did return briefly for one more chapter in 2013 before going back into hiatus again. This went on until 2017 when Daisuke died of heart disease. Without their writer, there was no way for the series to continue and it was quietly put to rest despite ending on a cliffhanger.
  • Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force: While there has never been an official announcement, all signs point towards Force having been quietly cancelled around 2014. The last (half-)chapter was published in July 2013; the series officially went "on hiatus" in September 2013, with zero updates since; the manga's artist Yukari Higa presumably fulfilled her remaining contractual obligations by instead illustrating The Movie 1st supplementary manga between November 2013 and May 2016; and finally, the Nyantype magazine, where Force ran, ceased publication altogether by Kadokawa in November 2017. There have also been rumors and speculations that parts of Force's story arc had been cannibalized by Reflection and Detonation, as a result of a bunch of Seven Arcs employees walking out on Masaki Tsuzuki in early 2013 over Creative Differences and taking the original The Movie 3rd script rights with them; if that is true, then we will likely never see the conclusion of Force as it was originally intended.
  • Nana: Because of Ai Yazawa's persistent health issues, she had to put the series on hiatus. This was back in 2009. She has since briefly resurfaced to do some illustrations for events, a NANA calendar, and made a couple of posts on her Instagram about the series around its 10-year anniversary in 2016, in which she apologized for the long wait and indicated she planned on "doing her best" in the future. As of 2021, no new chapter has been published and no official announcements have been made about Yazawa returning to work. The majority of fans treat the series as being quietly (and understandably) cancelled, despite holding on to the hope that one day Yazawa will provide some sort of ending to the story.

    Comic Books 
  • All-Star DC Comics was intended to be DC Comics's answer to Ultimate Marvel, being a line designed to tell grand, "all-star" stories of DC's most famous superheroes outside of regular continuity, being self-contained tales distilling them to their best elements. Only two ever got released between 2005 to 2008: All-Star Superman (which was a smash success and considered one of the greatest Superman stories ever written) and All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder (which... was not, and never properly finished its intended run). While future books in the line were announced — Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and Green Lantern — none ever saw publication, and the All-Star line was quietly dropped without explanation, presumably due to All-Star Superman being a Tough Act to Follow and ASBAR being bad enough to sink the faith in the linenote .
  • A graphic novel based on ARMS was announced in 2017, but aside from a teaser for the first volume being released on Free Comic Book Day 2018, no other news came for years. In 2021, writer Ian Flynn updated his portfolio, which confirmed that it had been cancelled.
  • Disney Kingdoms: The last series under this Marvel imprint was The Enchanted Tiki Room back in 2017. Some suspect that the poor sales of that series caused the imprint to end prematurely, but whether this actually is the case has not yet been confirmed.
  • Mega Man (Archie Comics): Already struggling in sales, the series ended at its 55th issue and "went into hiatus" according to Archie. But the last issue was pretty much a swan song for the comic doing a brief overview of events of future struggles that they couldn't cover and of later series of the franchise (X, Zero, ZX, Legends, etc) as well as the Short Circuit gag at the end essentially thanking the reader for their support. The departure of many of the staff to work at IDW means a revival will never happen.
  • New Warriors was meant to have a 2020 tie-in miniseries to the Outlawed event. The character designs and names for the announced new team members received intense criticism on the internet and the comic's release day came and went without any word from Marvel.
  • Like the aforementioned New Warriors the COVID-19 Pandemic also saw a planned Punisher vs. Barracuda miniseries, planned to make the titular Barracuda, a villain from The Punisher MAX, a Canon Immigrant end up being scrapped with no sign of it resuming production.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): Both this and its companion series, Sonic Universe, abruptly stopped at its 290th and 94th issue respectively, before likewise "going into hiatus". Unlike Mega Man, there was some hope this would continue, but as things stretched into months and no word other than "they were still in talks", it was looking doubtful more and more. And when several members of the comic's creative team began quietly moving on to other projects, most fans saw the writing on the wall. Eventually the long-standing problems between Archie and Sega hit their boiling point until, unsurprisingly, Sega pulled the rights from Archie. They confirmed breaking ties with them in 2017 and that the series would be rebooted again at IDW. What stings for many fans of this one is that, unlike Mega Man, the Archie Sonic series was never given a finale after being such a Long Runner (unless you count the ending of the Sonic Unleashed adaptation).
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage) appears to have met this fate. Already suffering severe Schedule Slip from 2006 onwards, co-creator Peter Laird's sale of the IP to Viacom in 2009 led to progress on the Mirage series slowing to a crawl. While Laird retained the right to write and publish issues of the Mirage series post-sale, he would only publish a handful of subsequent issues, the last of which arrived in 2014. In 2021, Laird announced on his website that Mirage Studios as a whole had been dissolved, effectively cancelling the series.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia's film adaptations. Initially beginning with a $700 million debut with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the sky was the limit for Disney and Walden Media's films, which seemed destined to compete with The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter film series. However, after Prince Caspian didn't make quite as much as Disney liked (only $400 million), they quietly cancelled The Voyage of the Dawn Treader until FOX picked up the rights and made the film on a lower budget, with an equal return to Prince Caspian. After mutterings of The Silver Chair being a reboot, talk disappeared completely until Netflix announced they were making a new series of their own in 2018.
  • All signs point to this being the fate of Justice League Part 2, what with the acrimonious production and ultimate underperformance of the film, Zack Snyder's departure from the DC Extended Universe, and Warner Bros.'s repeated overhauls of the franchise in the wake of Justice League's frosty reception. While Snyder eventually released his version of the film, Warner Bros. was quick to assert that there would be no follow-ups, all but stating that Justice League Part 2 was no longer happening.
  • Maradonia and the Shadow Empire, the Film of the Book based on the Maradonia Saga, ended on a "Will Return" Caption. However, the Maradonia series as a whole was quietly abandoned after the failure of Shadow Empire.
  • The Mummy (2017) was meant to kick off Universal's "Dark Universe" of films based on their classic monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein, Invisible Man, et cetera). Following the movie bombing at the box office, which was largely credited to Tom Cruise hijacking the production into a vehicle for himself, Universal quietly axed their plans for further Dark Universe movies and did The Invisible Man (2020) as a lower-budget Soft Reboot.
  • RocknRolla: The end credits tease that the characters will return in The Real RocknRolla. While director Guy Ritchie brought the sequel up in a few interviews, nothing ever came of it, quietly cancelling a film series before it even got off the ground.

    Literature 
  • Bad News Ballet—like many mass market Middle Grade Literature series of the 80s and 90s—ended after ten books with no notice of the series ending.
  • The scheduled last book, Everwar of the Cal Leandros series was given a blurb, synopsis, and release date from the publisher, and then failed to ever come out. The author, literary agent, and publisher have never released any news regarding the book, and queries to the publisher go unanswered. The previous book ended on a cliffhanger leading up to the series finale, leaving fans very frustrated.
  • The original 1982-95 run of Fighting Fantasy was planning a major relaunch in 1996, to counter concerns from the publishers that the recent books had become too complicated and unknowable for the target audience. The first book of the relaunch, Bloodbones, was written and completed, and several other titles were in development, but the relaunch simply never happened; the first anyone knew about the publishers' decision was when the planned publication date for Bloodbones came and went without anything happening. (In 2002 the series was picked up by Wizard Books; this led to Bloodbones finally seeing the light of day in 2006.)
  • The last book in the Maradonia Saga, Maradonia and the Battle for the Key, was promoted as though it had been published, but it was never actually released. The series as a whole was quietly abandoned after the failure of 2016's Film of the Book Maradonia and the Shadow Empire, which ended on an orphaned "Will Return" Caption.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • The authors spoke of an upcoming book called Allegiances of the Clans. Fans asked about it later after hearing nothing about it, and the authors said that they thought that perhaps HarperCollins had decided that there wasn't enough info to fill a book.
    • An official online multiplayer game for the books was announced with much fanfare and given a 2010 release date. It allegedly got as far as early beta testing, but never came out, without any word as to what happened.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The revival of Arrested Development presumably ended after the fifth season premiered in 2019 despite no official confirmation from Netflix. Jeffrey Tambor's sexual misconduct allegations, plus Jessica Walter's death in 2021, likely also put the kibosh on there ever being a sixth season.
  • The Betty White Show was one of the earliest examples of this trope. After Betty White refused to fire an African-American tap dancer who was a regular on the show, NBC changed its time slot and quietly axed it by the end of the year.
  • After the completion of its sixth season, CTV announced that Canadian Idol would be going on hiatus in 2009 due to the economic difficulties of the Great Recession. Even at the time, several critics confidently predicted that the show had been Quietly Cancelled because ratings had collapsed and the show was getting too expensive for CTV to produce, especially since it had bet the farm on the broadcast rights for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (which would, fortunately for them, pay off handsomely). Sure enough, after a year had passed, there was no word of a return for Canadian Idol, and no new episodes have aired since.
  • After the deal to move the show to Paramount+ fell through, Clarice's first season ended up being its last. By this point, there was no longer any room in CBS' schedule for Clarice and it wasn't faring particularly well in ratings, so a second season was simply never produced without any official announcement that the show had been cancelled.
  • Cursed originally aired on Netflix in July 2020, after which there was no word on whether it had been renewed or cancelled for a whole year. Fans got particularly worried when they learned props from the show had been sold off in late 2020, given the obvious implication they wouldn't be needed anymore. It was reported in July 2021 that the cast had been released from their contracts, confirming the show was indeed cancelled, though Netflix has never made an official announcement.
  • During the 1989-2005 TV hiatus, the BBC never admitted that Doctor Who had been cancelled, continuously claiming that they were simply waiting for the right time to bring it back. (In the final years of the gap, it's widely believed that the return of the TV series was chiefly being obstructed by attempts to get a cinema film produced.)
  • From Dusk Till Dawn: The third season finished airing in November 2016; partway through the prior month, the cast were released from their contracts, and no official cancellation was ever given otherwise.
  • TBS cancelled The Guest Book in September 2019... nine months after the final episode aired. Additionally, the network didn't make an announcement of the cancellation. The cancellation announcement came from creator Greg Garcia via Twitter.
  • Back in the early '80s, The Incredible Hulk (1977) was renewed for a 5th season, but only 8 episodes were filmed (and aired) before it was unceremoniously cancelled, leaving loyal viewers wondering what happened. Word got out later that it was due to the expense of filming a hero-on-the-run series in different locations every week. Did TPTB not take that into consideration when renewing it in the first place?
  • Inhumans, a live-action series made for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, wound up premiering to abysmal critical scores and horrific ratings after a disastrous Comic-Con presentation and early screening for IMAX. Combined with all this and the numerous behind-the-scenes troubles involving Marvel Television and their frustration at Marvel Studios having been cut off from them by Disney (after one too many instances of Executive Meddling), and with no word of renewal when the series ended in December of 2017 and the announcement that Disney was buying Fox (who had the X-Men and Fantastic Four film rights, hence why the series even existed), the show was subjected to this trope in March of 2018. Little, if any parties at all, were surprised by this considering the circumstances, especially since a Continuity Reboot is in the works.
  • Ink Master got this treatment after thirteen seasons for several reasons. First of all, there was the re-launch of Spike TV as Paramount Network in 2018, which led to a shift in programming away from shows about tattoos (and reality competitions in general) over the next few years. Secondly, there was the scandal surrounding Oliver Peck note , causing him to leave the show. Thirdly, the COVID-19 Pandemic made it impossible to shoot new seasons of the show (as tattooing requires close physical contact), leaving the show high and dry. All of this combined drove Paramount Network to put the show on indefinite hiatus before eventually cancelling it entirely along with a bunch of other series in a brief press statement in September 2020. Nevertheless, since early 2021, there were talks of an Ink Master revival by Paramount+, landing this series somewhere between this trope and Development Hell. Eventually, on August 5, 2022, it was announced that the revival would be premiering on September 7 that year.
  • Julie and the Phantoms debuted on Netflix in September 2020 to decent numbers and quickly built a dedicated audience. Once again, Netflix remained utterly silent about the series' fate and fans only found out the show was cancelled when showrunner Kenny Ortega announced it at a convention over a year later.
  • Lab Rats: Elite Force: Finished its first season and ended on a cliffhanger. It was thought the series would continue, but no word came until months later when one of the actors tweeted that it got cancelled.
  • The first season of The Letter For The King was released in March 2020 and although it largely wrapped up the main storyline, the ending suggests the story would continue and the source material has sequels that could be adapted into future seasons. As of June 2022, there's still no news on if or when a second season will be made; the cast themselves didn't appear to know the fate of the show, with Thaddea Graham stating in 2021 she still thinks there are new storylines the show could explore but they hadn't received any news, and Amir Wilson stating in 2022 that while there was talk of a second season during filming "I just don't think it ended up happening"; many of the main cast subsequently moved on to other projects, while Netflix remains mum on the matter. Given the COVID-19 pandemic started kicking off shortly before the show aired - which would stall production on a new season - it's possible this played a role in its likely cancellation.
  • The revival of French kids show Les Minikeums was quietly canned in 2021 amidst the restructuring of the France 4 channel, which wasn't profitable. The channel itself was almost going to be terminated that year but it is on life support since. All of the sketches that were uploaded on the show's official YouTube account were removed.
  • In 2020, The CW announced a live-action Distant Sequel of The Powerpuff Girls (1998), with Powerpuff tapped to air in 2021. The resulting pilot received poor test audience reviews, the script leaked to a near-universal abysmal response for its dated dialogue and needlessly edgy tone, and shortly afterwards main cast member Chloe Bennet quit. Nothing more was heard about it until 2023, where it was offhandedly said to be no longer moving forward.
  • Ratched was renewed for a second season after its premiere in 2020. After over a year of radio silence, lead actress Sarah Paulson admitted in August 2022 that she wasn't sure if Season 2 was still happening. In June 2023, it was announced that Ryan Murphy was set to leave Netflix.
  • Side Hustle quietly got the ax a few weeks after the second season finished airing. It was confirmed by a couple of cast members on Instagram, but no reason was given why it was cancelled. Although it was speculated that the way Jayden Bartels worded her post about production wrapping up (which was made months before cancelation) that the show wasn't getting renewed.
  • The Neighbors (2015): In 2016, it was announced that there would be a Season 2 of the series. A year later, a trailer for Season 2 was released on YouTube. However, nothing ever came of this.
  • The unfortunate fate of Sherlock. After releasing Season 4 in 2017, no word has come of the series since, and the official stance is that it has gone on permanent hiatus, making it all-but-effectively cancelled. The ending montage is clearly designed as a 'series ender'.
  • In the midst of its third season, Victorious had seemingly been renewed for more seasons. In reality, Nickelodeon had actually cancelled the series under the guise of doing this (it's been speculated that they dropped it after Ariana Grande's music career started gaining ground and wanted to put more emphasis on her with the spin-off Sam & Cat). None of the cast or crew were even aware of this until they learned about it from their fans.
  • The 2017 series of The Worst Witch: Despite no official announcement from either CBBC or Netflix, with no new episodes of the 2017 series aired since August 10th, 2020 on CBBC and October 1st, 2020 on Netflix, and the main cast having moved on to other projects, as well as Jill Murphy's passing on August 18, 2021, fans can easily come to the conclusion that the 2017 series has come to a close.
  • In 2018, it was announced that a Sequel Series to NYPD Blue was in development at ABC. The revival had reportedly reached the casting phase, and was going to focus on Theo Sipowicz, Andy's son, becoming a uniformed police officer investigating the murder of his father. In 2019, it was announced that the pilot episode was being "retooled," and was being eyed as a potential mid-season replacement. At the beginning of 2020, it was reported that the show was no longer in active development at ABC.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Lucha Underground: Ratings steadily declined during Season 4 as the budget slowly spun out of control, both potentially tied to the fantastical special-effects heavy storylines. The producers said the show would have to be rebooted for a fifth season; apparently no one was interested in doing it, as the next season was simply never produced. No word was put out until Vampiro confirmed Lucha Underground was cancelled in an interview a year later.
  • WCW Monday Nitro: following an 18-month-long struggle with declining ratings and evaporating profits, the entire World Championship Wrestling organization was bought out by longtime rival Vince McMahon. The first the fans heard of it was when Vince showed up out of nowhere on an episode of Nitro, teasing his announcement of the buyout at the end of the night. Even then, WCW refused to admit the show was over, instead calling it the "season finale" (even though there's no offseason in pro wrestling).

    Toys 
  • Toy lines and brands are often ended with no more announcement than the products merely disappearing from store shelves. With the rise of the internet these can now be now noticed and documented, but almost every person can remember a brand or toy line they enjoyed as a child that was at stores one day and gone the next. The website Ghost of the Doll discusses multiple doll lines of the 1980s and 1990s; most of them "ended" simply by new toys not being released even if new products were previewed at toy fairs of the time before the end of the line.
  • Unlike the announcement of American Girl's BeForever line in 2014, the depreciation in 2019 was a quiet affair; the writing on the wall came for fans when Molly's BeForever collection was released without much mention to Costco rather than items being released on the website or in stores. The debranding was mostly marked by changing the labeling on the packages to remove the BeForever name, retiring Felicity for the second time, and changing the two-volume imageless books to abridged illustrated versions.
  • Hairdorables stopped adding new animated videos to the official YouTube channel in 2019, only uploading rereleased videos—and never displaying the HairDudeables, little sisters, or the three added girls. The website never updated past the Prom Perfect teen line and Series Five, and Series Six was released with no fanfare in 2022 before the line was ended and social media stopped being updated. Just Play no longer lists the brand on their website, confirming it's been cancelled.
  • My Little Pony has ended almost every new generation by merely letting the toys go out of production. Generation One ended, ironically enough, right after the celebration of the tenth-year anniversary in 1992 though it continued in Europe for several years after. Generation Two in the US markets ended with no more releases after a year of poor reception in the US, though the toys continued to be made for overseas markets much like Generation One and only ended when Generation Three launched. Generation Three—after a poorly received Retool that reduced the characters to a core seven with badly received redesigns—quietly ended in 2010. Generation Four, the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic era, was the only one with a real send off—but that was only the show. The children's toys by then had mostly disappeared from shelves, with product releases aiming at the bronies and older adult fans instead.
  • Neither Monster High nor Ever After High got an official announcement regarding their cancellation; both franchises simply seemed to halt production (the latter in 2017, the former the year after), with no new dolls getting released and the official YouTube channels only posting compilations of previous clips. Monster High would ultimately get rebooted for the third time in 2022 (indirectly confirming that the previous generation had indeed been cancelled), but Ever After High hasn't been heard from since.

    Video Games 
  • Tales of Game's successfully ran a Kickstarter campaign for a sequel to Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden titled Barkley 2: Curse of Cuchulainn back in 2012 and it was supposed to be released in either late 2013 or early 2014. After years of radio silence, in earlier June 2019, it was stated that most of team had left the project at this point with only a few volunteer programmers remaining, due to the whole production going over the scope and collapsing under its own weight. The remaining developers released a barely pre-alpha demo and states they will attempt to continue working on the game. By 2021, the last remaining developer called it quits and cancelled the game for good.
  • ClayFighter: In 2016, Interplay announced a new game in the franchise with a teaser trailer. A few months later Interplay went into bankruptcy and put all their IPs on sale, pretty strongly suggesting that the new ClayFighter wasn't going to be coming out.
  • At the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Bethesda announced a new Commander Keen game for mobile devices, which was criticized for being In Name Only. A year later, all traces of the title were removed from ZeniMax's website.
  • The first chapter of Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient was released in 2013, with clear intentions of periodically releasing additional chapters. However, they never came to pass, with the only signs of life being an Updated Re-release in 2017, and an English translation two years later. With no signs of a second chapter since then, alongside the first game being prioritized for ports, most have given up Dead Patient for dead.
  • In 2011, Eidos Montréal revived the Deus Ex Universe — which had been lying dormant since Deus Ex: Invisible War from 2003 — with the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Eidos Montréal eventually followed up Human Revolution with the release of a direct sequel, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, in 2015, and it was clear by now their intention was to make a full Story Arc over a trilogy of games (dubbed "the Adam Jensen prequel trilogy"). However, despite several members of the development team having briefly listed working on a project labelled "MD2" on their resumes, no further sequels have materialized since, and everything seems to indicate that the "MD2" project was axed by publisher Square Enix at some point in 2017.
  • Divinity: Fallen Heroes was announced in 2017 as a collaboration between Larian Studios (creators and owners of the Divinity IP) and Logic Artists (creators of the Expeditions series, who have since rebranded themselves as Dynasty Studios). In 2019, the game was announced to be on an indefinite hold, as both developers focused on other projects: Larian, on Baldur's Gate III and LA, on Expeditions: Rome. Then, shortly before BG3 released in 2023, Larian confirmed that Fallen Heroes has been quietly canceled at an unspecified point between 2019 and 2023.
  • HUNT the TRUTH: The second season was the final one of the series, and it ran for half the episodes of the prior season, but none of these details were ever stated official in advertising. As such, most listeners didn't learn of the most recent episode being the finale until finishing it, or from a fan trailer made by the series' lead actress Janina Gavankar referring to the new episode as the finale.
  • Despite Mighty No. 9's middling critical and negative fan reception due to numerous technical and game design issues, Comcept insisted at the time that its planned Nintendo 3DS and Play Station Vita ports were still in the works. However, with Comcept being folded into Level-5 in 2017 and neither company having anything to say on the status of the handheld ports afterward (the last on-the-record statements on the matter came from porting studios Abstraction Games and Engine Software), and both consoles being phased out, it's safe to say they're no longer happening.
    • This also applies to sister project Red Ash. Despite claims that a Chinese company had purchased the game and would be producing it, there's been no updates on their end, indicating that it, too, has been cancelled.
  • The unexpected success of Fortnite forced Epic Games to deliver more resources towards it, affecting both Paragon (2016) (which got cancelled and its assets being made available at the Epic Store for developers) and Unreal Tournament 4, whose development halted mysteriously after the July 2017 update, but it wasn't until December 2018 that Tim Sweeney confirmed that the latter game was officially cancelled, though available in a permanent pre-alpha state at the Epic Games Store.

    Visual Novels 
  • Angel Beats! -1st beat- was the first entry of what was planned to be six visual novels meant to expand on the characters, relationships, and plot of Angel Beats!, which had a somewhat rushed pacing due to the studio cutting the planned 26 episode anime into 13. While -1st beat- came out mid-2015, there hasn't been a peep about the next five entries in the years since.

    Web Animation 
  • Among Us Logic was GameToons' second series and the one that put them on the map, lasting all the way until early 2021. While GameToons has not said anything about the status of this series, everything points towards this trope - The source game had since fallen out of the limelight, its release schedule had been taken over by Friday Night Funkin' Logic for the rest of 2021, and the series central joke (Player never winning) was gagged in Episodes 31 and 33.
    • Similarly, GameToons had stopped making Friday Night Funkin' Logic episodes in early 2022 and it has since been overtaken by Poppy Playtime Logic with GameToons also never stating FNFL's status. Unlike with Among Us Logic, however, there doesn't seem to be any reasons for it being quietly canned outside possibly making room for other Logic-themed land-hitters.
  • Nomad of Nowhere: After the finale of the first season, series creator Georden Whitman left production company Rooster Teeth, citing "creative differences" and criticizing the company's alleged moral issues. Though Rooster Teeth initially began production on a second season, it was halted due to production of RWBY Volume 7, as well as the growing controversy around Rooster Teeth. As Rooster Teeth did not have the authority to "cancel" shows they owned the rights to, Nomad of Nowhere was, without any official statement or reports, put on permanent hiatus as the concept is attempted to be sold to another company, with no more of the series coming from Rooster Teeth.

    Webcomics 
  • Team Fortress 2: Since August 28, 2013, only six issues of the webcomic have seen the light of day. Despite the sixth issue ending on a cliffhanger with a "To Be Concluded...", there hasn't been any official updates about the comic since 2017.
  • Wishful Thinking stopped updating after 2018, having been on indefinite hiatus since then.

    Web Video 

  • Hitbox, a video game-themed martial arts showcase, was the first new series from the then-newly established Glitch Productions, preceding Meta Runner by 10 months. However, after six months of nearly monthly uploads, only two more episodes were produced over the next 10 months before going silent altogether. Given how much more animated content Glitch has ended up producing since, between the ongoing SMG4, Meta Runner, Sunset Paradise, Murder Drones, and The Amazing Digital Circus, it’s likely Hitbox was quietly cast aside so more time could be spent working on those shows.
  • Mortal Kombat: Legacy ended its second season with a Cliffhanger of Kung Lao about to fight Liu Kang, with cast and crew members confirming that there would be a third season. Season three was announced for a 2016 release (and leaks claimed it to be a tie-in with Mortal Kombat X that would've had the "Kombat Kids" appear), but that never happened, and it hasn't been heard from since. It's speculated that it was cut short as a result of its production company, Machinima, being bought out by AT&T and dissolved in 2018.
  • Retsupurae had been on a slow decline for its final few years due to scheduling and commitment issues between primary hosts slowbeef and Diabetus (especially with the latter, resulting in a few rotating co-hosts taking his place alongside slowbeef), with the final video upload being an MST on Over Blood with slowbeef and Damehasclass in early 2018. It wasn't until late 2019 that slowbeef gave an update on the channel via Twitter comment, where he claimed that he and Diabetus had talks on the channel's future, but neither was "ready to call it." The two continue to stream individually and even collaborate every now and then, so it's safe to assume that Retsupurae has been quietly abandoned.
  • This was the fate of SBI Rust, albeit accidentally. Fans wondered why no one had played on the server recently until Josh said on Twitter that he had accidentally erased the server.

    Western Animation 
  • 101 Dalmatian Street: While it was initially reported that the show was renewed for a second season before the first aired, the link to the confirmation of the renewal was eventually deleted. The lack of any official announcement led to rampant speculation as to whether or not the show was actually cancelled... until finally in June 2021, it was confirmed that the show would not have a second season.
  • Buddy Thunderstruck simply halted production after Season 1, with Netflix saying absolutely nothing about the show's fate since 2017.
  • Central Park: After the third season wrapped up in November 2022, Apple TV+ stayed silent for a whole year regarding the show's fate. It wasn't until December 2023 that fans found out what became of it when co-creator Josh Gad confirmed on social media that the show had been cancelled.
  • City of Ghosts: After the first season's release, there was no news of whether or not the show would get another season for a long while. Elizabeth Ito moved on to Apple TV, indicating that the show was done.
  • The Disney Fairies franchise was quietly discontinued after the sixth movie, Legend of the Neverbeast, due to the toy line not meeting Disney's expectations. Not helped that the studio that did them, Disneytoon Studios, went under not long after.
  • Cartoon Network burned through Elliott from Earth in less than two weeks in March-April 2021. After a marathon for those who may have missed it, it was never shown again, left on a Cliffhanger, and Cartoon Network remained silent regarding its fate. It was one of the shows removed from HBO Max after the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, nixing any chance of a second season (although its creator leaving CN while the show was still in production certainly didn't help its case).
  • Despite once being Adored by the Network, The Fairly OddParents! ended its tenth season with no fanfare. New episodes aired on Nicktoons instead of Nickelodeon, and the final episode was just a regular 11-minute episode. This was likely due to the constant change to the status quo after Chloe's introduction which was... NOT very well-received, and especially to the awkward shift to Flash animation mid-season.
  • Forky Asks a Question's finale ended in a way that implied there were more episodes to come. Ultimately, the series did not come back for a second season after the first one ended in January 2020. Neither Disney nor Pixar have said anything about the series since. Carl Reiner and Betty White's deaths probably don't help in that regard, either.
  • Futurama: According to Matt Groening, during the original run, the production crew treated each season after the first like it would be their last, and Fox was always rather slow to renew the show. After Season 4, though, nobody at Fox ever gave the crew a cancellation notice when production wrapped up and simply left them in the dark.
  • The Gen Zed promo trailer was released in 2015, promising the show would debut in 2016. Then it just... never did, and no news relating to it ever came out.
  • Glitch Techs was never officially cancelled, but rather had production "frozen" during the production of a second season. However, most of the show's staff was laid off over a year prior to its release and would find work on other projects at Nickelodeon or elsewhere. Consequently, Nickelodeon and Netflix have both maintained radio silence regarding the show's status since 2020, when "season 2" was released, which was actually really just the second half of the first 20-episode production season.
  • Golan the Insatiable ran from 2013 to 2014, and consisted of six episodes. The series was rebooted in 2015 and six new episodes set on the new timeline were produced. After the airing of the second six episodes on FOX, Warner Brothers never actually cancelled the show, and its name sat on a list of other shows they never bothered to mention again. The show didn't hit a particularly big audience or become a large hit, and it seems Warner Brothers felt it was not worth addressing. The show is technically not yet cancelled, but that's only because it's never gotten an official confirmation of its cancellation for either the original season or the reboot season despite the years since its final airing in 2015.
  • H₂O: Mermaid Adventures had its Season 2 episodes air on July 15, 2015. Though it clearly wasn't intended to be the final episode of the series, the show was not renewed for another season with barely any official announcement on its status.
  • Harvey Beaks was not renewed after season 2, with most of the season being banished from Nickelodeon to the less-popular sister channel Nicktoons. Its cancellation only became public knowledge after creator C.H. Greenblatt confirmed on Tumblr that Nickelodeon had pulled the plug (he was NOT happy with how they treated the show).
  • High Guardian Spice premiered in 2021 to wildly negative reviews. Despite the first season ending on a cliffhanger, there hasn't been any news regarding a second season for over two years. The massively Troubled Production on its first season probably isn't helping it get renewed either.
  • This has also become the fate of Huntik: Secrets & Seekers since the early 2010's. Several years have passed with no news for a possible Season 3, even though season 2 ended on a cliffhanger. Its Italian site was noted to be removed, with only a mention of the show on the Rainbow SpA website as proof that it ever existed. It should also be noted that Rainbow SpA has moved on to several new projects in the meantime.
  • Infinity Train: Rather than an official announcement after the show's third book premiered on HBO Max, the show's creator announced on Twitter that the animation staff had all been released and were working on different projects, with the hope that they'd be back together if HBO decided to renew it. However, a couple of months later HBO released an official trailer for Book Four... which apparently had already been completed due to all four books being part of a single production season. The trailer showed no indication of this being the final season, and while there is a completed storyboard for Book 5, it was passed on.
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures. At first, it was stated that Season 2 isn't the end, but ultimately, while an official statement still seems to be absent, there have been no news since 2012.
  • The Life and Times of Juniper Lee: Lasted three seasons, but near the end of the third, the show's final episodes got shuffled onto CN's online service and its finale left open-ended, leaving on an And the Adventure Continues bit as it seems the staff weren't confident that they were going to get another season. The series was never confirmed cancelled but its creator Judd Winick had gone back to writing comic books not long after the show ended, which was pretty much as good a sign the show wouldn't continue.
  • LoliRock was an ambiguous example, as the show indefinitely went on hiatus in 2016, after the second season finale, with no news from Word of God. Fans assumed the show was cancelled, but the former messaged that the show wasn’t cancelled, but there were no plans for a third season. It didn’t help that Marathon, the company behind it, got brought out and folded into Zodiak Kids Studios. Averted, as the creator confirmed there will be a third season.
  • MAD was not renewed for a fifth season despite Cartoon Network not officially declaring the show's cancellation. Since the show is off Cartoon Network's schedule as of 2015, Cartoon Network is focusing on other shows (some of which are Lighter and Softer), and the show's staff has moved on to other projects, it's safe to say it's done for good (Steven Universe, which premiered just before MAD's final episode, was observed to have essentially replaced it on CN's schedule).
  • Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart's first season concluded in 2020, with a second season announced a week later. However, Cartoon Network has never said anything on the matter since, and series creator Parker Simmons has only made a a single, solitary tweet about the subject and has otherwise maintained complete silence about what's going on as well. Cartoon Network almost never mentions the show on their Twitter, actively deletes comments about the show on their Instagram, and the show has since disappeared from their schedule, strongly suggesting the show was cancelled in the interim. Not helping is the fact that it was among the 36 shows removed from HBO Max on August 18, 2022 following the Warner Bros. Discovery merger.
  • Milo Murphy's Law was never officially cancelled, but after some time passed after the end of the second season, the showrunners deduced that if Disney wanted more episodes they would have ordered them within a shorter timeframe. Indeed, the staff briefly returned to Phineas and Ferb with Candace Against the Universe, and Dan Povenmire would later reveal he's working on a new series, Hamster & Gretel.
  • My Little Pony:
  • Nickelodeon generally doesn't announce when a series is cancelled, instead just preferring to keep airing reruns of existing episodes; for this reason, The Angry Beavers had its fourth-wall-breaking final episode "Bye Bye Beavers" cancelled.
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures was a new universe of the game, Pac-Man, featuring a younger Pac-Man, though with a more controversial redesign. The second season ended with Pac finding a secret to the location of his long-lost parents. After a few years without a new episode or video game tie-in, all marketing for the video game series shifted back to the classic designs from the 80s with no official announcement.
  • PBS Kids isn't public about cancellations of their shows. Usually, people find out it's cancelled when it either goes on a very long hiatus, stops airing entirely, or gets confirmed by the creators. For example, Ready Jet Go! had 2 seasons, and was quietly cancelled afterwards. Even Arthur was quietly cancelled sometime in the late 2010s, with the final episodes being held over for a few years. However, due to being one of PBS’s longest running shows, there was at least an official announcement that season 25 would be the show’s final season some months prior to it airing.
  • Pikwik Pack ended its first season in November 2021, but since then, there has been no word on the show's future. Given that two years have passed since then, it's safe to say that the show is over.
  • Happened to the 2010 Pound Puppies series. After season three, the series went on indefinite hiatus without any announcement of its fate. It's presumed that poor sales of the coinciding toy line resulted in Hasbro deciding to quietly wind it down.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Creator Craig McCracken left the original 1998 series after season 4 to work on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, leaving it to Chris Savino (of later The Loud House fame) to run it. After two more seasons, the show just stopped completely, with no finale or news from Cartoon Network on what happened and it was clear the show was cancelled by then. It only briefly came back for its 10th anniversary special, "The Powerpuff Girls Rule!!!", which Craig stated was the proper closeout of the original series.
    • The 2016 reboot series had no official confirmation of its cancellation after ending its third season in 2019. But with its dwindling ratings (which were already barely existent to begin with), failed toyline, and the characters no longer showing up in Cartoon Network's bumpers, along with the staff having moved on to other projects, folks soon pieced together that the three super-powered girls had returned to their graves.
  • The first season of Seis Manos was released on Netflix in October 2019 but despite it ending with open storylines, there hasn't been any news concerning the fate of the series even after the company Powerhouse Animation Studios moved out to other series (Blood of Zeus and Masters of the Universe: Revelation).
  • Sonic Boom: Despite the utter failure of the series' first tie-in game, Rise of Lyric, the cartoon did well enough to get a second season as well as another game attempt with Fire & Ice. However Fire & Ice didn't do well enough sales-wise and, combined with Cartoon Network's atrocious scheduling for the show (the first season was put in an early morning slot and the second got bounced to their Boomerang channel, a channel that very few have), once the second season finished its run, there has been no word since from Sega if the show would continue. Considering a new Sonic series, Sonic Prime, was announced for Netflix a few years later, many took it that meant Sonic Boom, both the show and franchise, were done.
  • This happened in the American release of Stōked. Cartoon Network removed the show from its lineup after "Endless Bummer", the 22nd episode of the first season. The show had four episodes left in the season, and none of season 2 aired in the United States.
  • Sunday Pants was cancelled by Cartoon Network in 2006 with no official cancellation message, after only one month on air. Most likely due to some shorts being considered more profane than a usual show on the network.
  • Thomas & Friends: After the show went through a great deal of poor management and Executive Meddling under Mattel's ownership, on top of being Screwed by the Network in its last few years, the show was quietly and unceremoniously cancelled in 2020 after running for over 35 years, with no official statement on its cancellation from Mattel. According to those who worked on the show, the show's cancellation stems from the Big World! Big Adventures! retool failing to meet expectations. Despite this, it is confirmed that the franchise proper will continue, with Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go, a Continuity Reboot of the franchise, airing in late 2021.
  • ThunderCats (2011) was initially planned for 52 episodes spanned across two seasons. While the second season was initially cleared for landing, nothing was said after the first season (the second half of which Cartoon Network advertised as Season 2, while never officially declaring its cancellation) ended. It wasn't for another nine months that art-director Dan Norton confirmed that the show was not coming back, leaving it to end on a Cliffhanger.
  • Even though the last episode of the first season of TRON: Uprising aired in January 2013, Disney has never officially acknowledged the cancellation.
  • Twelve Forever premiered on Netflix with little fanfare on July 29, 2019, with the news that its animation studio had already closed down before the premiere, and the season ending with And the Adventure Continues. Two months later, showrunner Shadi Petosky announced on Twitter that the series would not continue because it didn't become a huge hit that justified moving to another studio; also, the revelation that series creator Julia Vickerman had been fired for mistreating the series crew and was exposed as having written social media posts with pedophilic/hebephilic tones for years ultimately soiled its reputation so that NO studio would ever touch it with a 50,000-foot pole. Netflix did not comment on the ultimate fate of the series, but Petosky said they were not to blame...
  • Wonder Pets!: The show spent a while petering out of existence. The supposed final episode of the show was broadcast in 2009, and the show stayed on for quite a while after. Then, in 2013, we finally got note of a new half-hour special featuring the characters. Another new regular episode was released in 2015... and then three more in 2016. After that, nothing.

Alternative Title(s): Quietly Canceled

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