We’re living in a golden age of horror on TV with shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and Ash vs Evil Dead dominating the landscape, and literally dozens more currently airing or in development. But with the new class of shows waiting in the wings, others will be permanently shuttering production in 2017. In some cases, it’s sad to see shows go; in other cases, folks might be mystified that they lasted as long as they did! In any case, below (in no particular order) are 7 horror series that will be coming to a conclusion next year.
Enjoy them while you can!
Bates Motel on A&E (Launched in 2013, 5 Seasons)
Official Synopsis: Centers on a mother and son who come to a new town so that they can start over and set up a new business, but a lot of mysterious incidents happen, including the unanswered and horrible acts of the son.
A&E’s Psycho prequel had some ups and downs, but eventually built a solid following and will be ending on a high note. The events of the show are about to reach (and perhaps overtake) the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal classic. Especially, Season 5 of Bates Motel will be a Psycho remake, and we already know that Rihanna will reprise Janet Leigh’s infamous role of Marion Crane. While I’ll be sad to see this one go, it’s been a satisfying journey with an appropriate conclusion to a strong story arch.
Black Sails on Starz (Launched in 2014, 4 Seasons)
Official synopsis: Captain Flint and his pirates, twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island”.
Show co-creator Jonathan E. Steinberg feels bittersweet about the conclusion of the Treasure Island prequel, Black Sails on Starz. The show’s producers have enjoyed a great amount of creative freedom, but, like Bates Motel, the events of the show are about to dovetail perfectly into Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling classics. TV definitely needs more gritty, pirate-themed programing. 2017 may bring a fitting conclusion for Black Sails, but the show will definitely be missed.
Orphan Black on BBC American (Launched in 2013, 5 Seasons)
Official Synopsis: A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.
BBC American’s mind-bending sci-fi will wrap up in 2017 after a 5 season run. Per THR:
BBC America president Sarah Barnett said. “Our genius team of actors, writers and producers have, time after time, taken us to a place of awe, delight and utter shock and surprise. Tatiana has been and continues to be a complete revelation, hers is one of the most remarkable performances on television, and she is joined by an extraordinary cast. We can’t wait to take our incredibly passionate audience on one final gobsmacking clone adventure.”
Teen Wolf on MTV (Launched in 2011, 6 Seasons)
Official Synopsis: A somewhat awkward teen is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse himself, as well as the enemies that come with it.
Loosely based on 1985’s comedy from director Rod Daniel and starring Michael J. Fox, Teen Wolf is MTV’s longest running original series; it will conclude in 2017 after reaching 100 episodes. Definitely aimed at Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, Teen Wolf serves as a perfect metaphor for the horrors of high school life. No doubt MTV will be looking for something fresh and new to fill the hole Teen Wolf will leave.
The Leftovers on HBO (Launched in 2014, 3 Seasons)
Official Synopsis: Three years after the simultaneous disappearance of 2% of the global population, a group of people from Mapleton, New York struggle to continue their lives while they cope with loss and the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.
HBO’s series The Leftovers is a unique take on rapture/apocalypse motifs, focusing on the genuine human drama of life forever changed by cosmic events beyond our understanding. It’s a realistic examination of how easily society can crumble when faced with devastating turmoil. The series focuses on a secretive cult with a bizarre interpretation of recent events, and a sinister plan for humanity’s future. I personally love the show, but considering it’s never boasted high ratings, it’s a miracle it lasted this long.
The Strain on FX (Launched in 2014, 4 Seasons)
Official Synopsis: A mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism ravages the city of New York.
The Guillermo del Toro-produced vampire-drama will conclude after a 4 Season run on FX. Based on the novel series of the same name, the show made some truly original contributions to the otherwise played-out vampire subgenre of horror. The show bears all of del Toro’s hallmark Gothic aesthetics, although original key-art that featured a worm burrowing into a woman’s eyeball proved too graphic for public consumption.
The Vampire Diaries on The CW (Launched in 2009, 8 Seasons)
Official Synopsis: A teenage girl is torn between two vampire brothers.
Truth: I’ve never watched The Vampire Diaries because I’m not a 12-year-old girl. The show seems little more than a Twilight rip-off without any werewolves. Good riddance to sparkly, GQ vampires!
Will you be sad to see any of these shows wrap-up in 2017? Which will you miss the most? Sound off in the Comments section!