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'The Office' ends and other shows get the axe

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Thursday, "The Office" will have its 75-minute series finale at 9 p.m. It's preceded at 8 p.m. by a retrospective that includes cast and crew interviews, audition footage and favorite moments.

I can't speak about the show, as I don't watch it, but I know there are plenty of fans out there. Whether they get the finale they want or not, they can be glad they'll get the end the writers planned. With an official final season, the show has been able to go out on its own terms, not have its end thrust upon it through cancellation.

That's been the fate of a number of shows this week, as the networks have announced nearly all their cancellations and renewals. Here's a look at the shows that got the axe (including some previously canceled ones you might have forgotten about):

ABC: "666 Park Avenue," "Body of Proof," "Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23" (remaining episodes available on ABC.com, iTunes and Hulu), "Family Tools," "Happy Endings," "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)," "Last Resort," "Malibu Country," "Red Widow," "Zero Hour." Ended: "Private Practice."

CBS: "CSI: NY," "Golden Boy," "Made in Jersey," "Partners," "Rules of Engagement," "Vegas."

CW: "90210," "Cult," "Emily Owens, M.D." Ended: "Gossip Girl."

Fox: "Ben and Kate," "The Mob Doctor," "Touch." Undecided, but most likely canceled: "The Cleveland Show." Ended: "Fringe."

NBC: "1600 Penn," "Animal Practice," "Deception," "Do No Harm," "Go On," "Guys with Kids," "The New Normal," "Ready for Love," "Rock Center with Brian Williams," "Smash," "Up All Night," "Whitney." Undecided: "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (likely to return), "Celebrity Apprentice" (debatable; Trump says it's renewed, but no word from NBC), "Fashion Star" (unlikely), "Hannibal" (iffy). Ended: "30 Rock."

And for quick reference, here are the shows returning next season:

ABC: "The Bachelor/Bachelorette," "Castle," "Dancing with the Stars," "Grey's Anatomy," "Last Man Standing," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "The Neighbors," "Once Upon a Time," "Revenge," "Scandal," "Shark Tank," "Suburgatory," "The Taste."

CBS: "2 Broke Girls," "The Amazing Race," "The Big Bang Theory," "Blue Bloods," "Criminal Minds," "CSI," "Elementary," "The Good Wife," "Hawaii Five-0," "How I Met Your Mother," "The Mentalist," "Mike & Molly," "NCIS," "NCIS: LA," "Person of Interest," "Survivor," "Two and a Half Men," "Undercover Boss."

CW: "America's Next Top Model," "Arrow," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Carrie Diaries," "Hart of Dixie," "Nikita," "Supernatural," "The Vampire Diaries."

Fox: "American Dad," "American Idol," "Bob's Burgers," "Bones," "Family Guy," "The Following," "Glee," "Hell's Kitchen," "Hotel Hell," "Kitchen Nightmares," "The Mindy Project," "MasterChef," "New Girl," "Raising Hope," "The Simpsons," "So You Think You Can Dance," "The X Factor."

NBC: "The Biggest Loser," "Chicago Fire," "Community," "Grimm," Law & Order: SVU," "Parenthood," "Parks and Recreation," "Revolution," "The Sing-Off," "The Voice."

In the coming weeks, I'll look at all the new shows the networks picked up, but I have to tell you that, so far, I'm underwhelmed.

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Season finales

ABC: "Grey's Anatomy," 9 p.m. and "Scandal," 10 p.m. Thursday; "Shark Tank," 9 p.m. Friday; "Dancing with the Stars," 9 p.m. Tuesday; "The Middle," 8 p.m., "Modern Family" (with Ann Magnuson), 9 p.m. and "Nashville" (with Brad Paisley), 10 p.m. Wednesday.

CBS: "The Big Bang Theory," 8 p.m. and "Elementary," 9 p.m. Thursday; "Undercover Boss," 8 p.m. Friday; "Mike and Molly," 9:30 p.m. and "Hawaii Five-0," 10 p.m. Monday; "Criminal Minds," 9 p.m. Wednesday.

CW: "The Vampire Diaries," 8 p.m. and "Beauty and the Beast," 9 p.m. Thursday; "Nikita," 8 p.m. Friday.

Fox: "American Idol," 8 p.m. Thursday; "The Cleveland Show," 7:30 p.m. (likely series finale), "The Simpsons," 8 p.m. and "Family Guy," 9 p.m. Sunday.

NBC: "Saturday Night Live," 11:30 p.m. Saturday (with Ben Affleck and Kanye West); "Celebrity Apprentice," 9 p.m. Sunday; "Grimm," 10 p.m. Tuesday; "Law & Order: SVU," 9 p.m. and "Chicago Fire," 10 p.m. Wednesday.

PBS: "Call the Midwife," 8 p.m. and "Masterpiece Classic: Mr. Selfridge," 9 p.m. Sunday.

Cable channels: "Doctor Who," 8 p.m. Saturday, BBC America; "Married to Medicine," 9 p.m. Sunday, Bravo; "Bates Motel," 10 p.m. Monday, A&E.

Series finale: "Rules of Engagement," 8:30 p.m. Monday, CBS.

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Scripted series premieres: "Motive," 10 p.m. Monday, ABC (crime drama focusing on the why not who); "The Goodwin Games," 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fox (siblings compete to earn a multimillion dollar inheritance).

Series premieres: "Surviving Zombies," 9 p.m. Saturday (a company manufactures weapons for the apocalypse); "North America," 9 p.m. Sunday, Discovery (exploring the continent's wilderness); "Life Below Zero," 10 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic (Alaskans living off the grid); "Bad Girls All Star Battle," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen (spin-off competition); "Girl, Get Your Mind Right!" 11 p.m. Tuesday, MTV (relationship advice).

Season premiere: "Master-Chef," 8 p.m. Wednesday, Fox.

Music specials: "Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto," 9 p.m. Friday, PBS; "20/20: Rock 'n' Royalty: Billboard All-Stars," 9 p.m. Saturday, ABC; "Billboard Music Awards," 8 p.m. Sunday, ABC; "Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night," 9 p.m. Sunday, CBS.

Specials: "Mel Brooks: Make a Noise," 9 p.m. Monday, PBS; "The Bachelor's Funniest Moments," 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC.

Online: Charleston native Ann Magnuson starts a four-episode arc on "The Young and the Restless" Friday. See it at www.cbs.com.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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