After bidding farewell to the likes of 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Gossip Girl' and 'One Tree Hill' last year, 2013 will also see many much-loved shows make the move into TV heaven after either running their natural course or suffering the misfortune of being cancelled before their time. Here's a look at five small-screen favourites which have been confirmed to bow out over the next twelve months.
One of the defining shows of the Facebook generation in the UK, 'Skins' divided opinion when it first aired amidst a blaze of publicity on E4 back in 2007, with some hailing it as a refreshing and innovative look at teenage life and some criticising its unrealistic storylines and charmless lead characters. But despite changing almost its entire cast every two series, it has remained one of the channel's flagship programmes and although a terrible US remake has slightly tainted its legacy, a seventh series, featuring the return of several Skins' favourites (Jack O'Connell, Kaya Scodelario), should see it go out in a blaze of glory.
Once an entertaining, but resolutely gritty, portrayal of a run-down Manchester council estate, Shameless had unfortunately descended so far into farcical parody that it's become virtually unrecognisable from the show Paul Abbott created. Played almost entirely for laughs these days, it's not only lost the heart and soul it once possessed but virtually all its original cast members as each member of the Gallagher family left to be replaced by a series of down-and-outs that were almost impossible to care about. However, with Lip, Carl, Kev, Yvonne and most surprisingly, Fiona, confirmed to revisit Chatsworth this year, the final eleventh series might just be able to restore a bit of pride.
Like 'Seinfeld' and 'Arrested Development,' Tina Fey's behind-the-scenes account of a fictional sketch show never really caught on in the UK despite a whole trophy cabinet of Golden Globes and Emmy Awards. Tucked away in the late-night Channel 5 schedules before transferring to Comedy Central, it's perhaps little wonder why the antics of Liz Lemon have been so ignored. But with a whole host of classic sitcom characters, from moronic loose cannon Tracy Jordan to attention-seeking diva Jenna Maroney to loveable simpleton Kenneth Parcell, not to mention a consistently hilarious and incisive script, '30 Rock' is undeniably one of the best comedies of the 21st Century.
Don't Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23
Another victim of America's ruthlessness when it comes to the chase for ratings, 'Don't Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23' is one of the first major casualties of 2013, having been given the axe midway through its second series. Its final eight episodes will not even be screened in the US, which is a shame as James Van Der Beek's ability to poke fun at himself was one of last year's most surprising revelations, while Krysten Ritter's eponymous 'bitch' was the perfect combination of amusing and deranged. Let's hope E4 can give it the swansong it deserves.
JJ Abrams' mind-bender has been on the verge of cancellation ever since it began in 2008 but has managed to cling for a five-series run thanks to a loyal cult following who became enamoured with its exploration of alternate universes and paranormal activities. Initially an 'X-Files'-esque 'mystery of the week' type of show, 'Fringe' then became so complex that it made 'Lost' look like 'Heartbeat.' But those who have stuck with it have been rewarded with an array of superb performances, particularly John Noble as mad scientist, Walter Bishop, and several intelligent and compelling storylines that never once patronised its audience.