In another sign that shows — even famous ones — can no longer “live forever” on streaming in the new era of media companies re-prioritizing profits, a slew of titles will be leaving Disney-controlled Hulu in the coming days as their license deals expire. For now, there are no plans to renew any of the pacts but that is always a possibility in the future.
The list of departing series includes 20 series from Disney’s 20th Television, including the David E. Kelley Emmy-winning legal shows Ally McBeal, which the studio had been looking to remake, and The Practice, as well as fellow award-winners The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues and Arrested Development.
A slew of catalog titles from Fox and Paramount also are impacted, as well as a couple of properties each from Nat Geo and NBC News. According to sources, the entire WWE hub would expire Sept. 25, and a handful of ABC News titles also will be gone, something which we have not confirmed.
The move follows a major cost-cutting content removal across Disney+ and Hulu in the spring as the two platforms are preparing to combine offerings into “one-app experience” by the end of the year.
Here is the list of confirmed Hulu library series departures:
20th TV shows leaving Sept. 30:
The Bob Newhart Show
Don’t Trust the B—- in APT 23
The Cleveland Show
Hill Street Blues
Son of Zorn
Better Off Ted
Fox shows, most of them departing Sept. 25
I Can See Your Voice (Seasons 1-2)
Alter Ego (Season 1)
Cherries Wild (Season 1)
Beat Shazam (Seasons 4-5)
Masterchef Junior (Seasons 1-8)
Masked Dancer (Season 1)
Crime Scene Kitchen (Seasons 1-2)
Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell And Back (Seasons 1-3)
Cosmos Possible Worlds (Season 1)
Lego Masters (Seasons 1-2)
Masterchef (Seasons 1-12)
The Masked Singer (Seasons 1-8)
Name That Tune (Seasons 1-2)
Next Level Chef (Season 1)
Paramount catalog tittles, departing Sept. 30/Oct. 14:
Basketball Wives LA (Seasons 1-3)
Love & Hip Hop Hollywood (Seasons 1-4)
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (Seasons 1-3)
Acapulco Shore (Seasons 1-4) -October 14 exp.
Catfish Mexico (Season 1) -October 14 exp.
The Hills (Seasons 1-6)
My Super Sweet 16 (Seasons 4-7)
The Real World (one or more seasons)
Sleeper Cell (Season 1)
7th Heaven (Seasons 1-4)
Beverly Hills 90210 (Seasons 1-2)
La Culpa es de Cortés
- Paramount Network Mexico:
Dani Who (Seasons 1)