Over the past year, Disney has been making some major changes behind the scenes as it tries to work out a path to profitability for its streaming services and cut costs after the impact of buying 20th Century Fox, Bob Chapek as CEO, and the Pandemic. 

Disney CEO Bob Iger has spoken out on many occasions throughout the year about wanting to make budget cuts and how it wants to streamline how much general entertainment content it creates in the future, instead focusing on quality over quantity, making a more curated lineup of original programming.

With an eye on making Disney+ profitable by the end of 2024, we’ve seen some major changes to the platform throughout the year, with the introduction of Hulu On Disney+ in the US and a drastic reduction in new originals, plus leaning in more on its traditional linear businesses.

Throughout the year, many shows have been confirmed to be coming to an end; many have already been cancelled and won’t be returning for any new episodes, while some of the more popular long-running shows are getting the chance to finish the story with one final season before they go.

Cancellations within the television industry aren’t new. Every year, every studio makes cuts to its line-up, with even the most successful shows, eventually getting to a point where they no longer continue.  Not every show coming to an end has been a failure; many have run their course after many successful years, with costs escalating and creatives/actors wanting to move onto other projects. 

But there are also plenty of other shows that never got a second season, and some shows got completely wiped off Hulu and Disney+ around the world as part of a $2 billion impairment write-off.     Disney deemed some shows a failure before they even aired and have been sold onto other platforms.

2023 also saw the biggest industrial action in decades, with both the actors and writers going on strike over the summer and into the fall, which put a microscope across every returning show and will no doubt result in fewer shows being created in the future.

Disney isn’t the only studio to be drastically cutting back, as every major studio, including Netflix, Warner Brothers Discovery, Apple and Paramount, has been cancelling shows, as they also look to make the most of their investments, but it has been a particularly bad year for cancellations from Disney’s studios.

Here’s a list of every show Disney has cancelled in 2023:

  • Doogie Kamealoha MD
  • Big Shot
  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
  • Turner & Hooch
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The Wonder Years
  • Nautilus
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • National Treasure: Edge of History
  • Cruel Summer
  • Good Trouble
  • Grown-ish
  • Central Park
  • Saturdays
  • Home Economics
  • Kindred
  • Praise Petey
  • Reboot
  • Single Drunk Female
  • The Company You Keep
  • The Great
  • The Muppet Mayhem
  • The Rookie: Feds
  • The Resident
  • The Watchful Eye
  • Reservation Dogs
  • Up Here
  • Breeders
  • Station 19
  • What We Do In The Shadows
  • Mayans MC
  • Willow
  • True Lies
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
  • The Goldbergs
  • How I Met Your Father
  • Alaska Daily
  • Big Sky
  • Archer
  • Bunk’d

Many of these shows are available to stream now on Disney+ around the world, though some, such as “Willow”, have been completely removed from the platform.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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