Quite a few TV shows will be ending in 2019, including several long-running programs that have been on the air since the start of the decade (if not longer). While many of those shows will completely end, some of them will expand into franchises and see their stories continue with prequels or spinoffs, which is another trend in Hollywood that's starting to become more prevalent on television.
In 2018, audiences saw major TV shows such as Scandal, New Girl, and Once Upon a Time come to an end after several seasons on the air, with smaller yet still equally important shows like 12 Monkeys, The Americans, and even Timeless concluding with intense finales throughout the year. Of course, there were also controversial releases such as House of Cards, which wrapped up its story with season 6.
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Now that 2018 is over, it's time to look forward to all the TV shows ending in 2019, a few of which have amassed quite the followings over the years. It's going to be a crazy - and emotional - year for television, that's for sure.
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular dramas on television, and its eight-season story arc - most of which has been centered on a new king or queen taking the Iron Throne - will ultimately end sometime in the first half of 2019. Of course, while this is the end of the main Game of Thrones story taken from George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, the Game of Thrones franchise will continue with an untitled prequel, which is reportedly set to debut sometime in 2020.
Among the many sitcoms on television, Modern Family - a series consisting of an ensemble cast that revolves around three growing families - is arguably one of the industry's best that's currently on the air. The multi-award-winning comedy series first aired in 2009 is in the middle of airing its 10th and final season, which already resulted in one death. At the moment, there's no plan to extend the series beyond the current season, but there's hope amongst the cast that a Modern Family season 11 could happen now that Disney has purchased 20th Century Fox.
One of The CW's non-superhero comic book shows (which is also from DC Comics) is iZombie, a comedy-drama set in Seattle, WA, that follows a medical assistant, Liv Moore, who eats the brains of corpses and uses their memories to help solve their murders. Since she's a zombie, it makes sense - and it makes for some hilarious encounters. But Liv (and other zombies) couldn't stay hidden for long, and now Seattle's zombie story is coming to an end with its fifth and final season airing in early 2019. It'll end up being The CW's first DC Comics show to go off-the-air since Smallville.
Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin have starred in Showtime's award-winning spy drama and thriller, Homeland, ever since it premiered in 2011. While Damian Lewis' former prisoner-of-war Nicholas Brody was the focus of the show's first few seasons, it managed to expand beyond that narrative and take on various aspects of the intelligence community in the United States. And now it's all coming to an end with Homeland season 8 premiering in June 2019 and wrapping up Carrie Mathison's story arc.
Sam Esmail's Mr. Robot premiered in 2015, starring Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, and it marked a turning point for USA Network. Mr. Robot's technological-driven story that also focuses on Elliot's mental health issues is partly why the series became so popular, not to mention award-worthy. But it's time to bring the story to an end with Mr. Robot season 4, which is slated to premiere sometime in 2019. And now that Malek's big-screen career has taken off with his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, it remains to be seen if he'll continue to appear on television or start to appear in more movies.