In 2013, a ton of long-running, popular series will be coming to an end. That means a lot of TV fans will have to find a new show to obsess over. Lucky for you, this quick guide to shows that are ending soon includes some recommendations about other shows you should check out next. If your favorite show is ending, try filling the void with one of these highly recommended shows, many of which are rated low despite their critical acclaim.
You Like: "The Office"
The final season of "The Office" will wrap up this spring. With the Dwight-centric spinoff project dead in the water, "Office" fans have some very excellent workplace comedies to check out. The most logical choice is "Workaholics," another comedy about incompetent, goofball workers in a dull corporate office. While this Comedy Central series focuses on a younger cast of recent college grads, the writing is imaginative and truly top-notch.
Want something a little different? How about a workplace comedy set in the offices of a second-rate spy agency? FX's animated series "Archer" stars beloved voice actor H. Jon Benjamin as the titular spy, alongside comedic titans such as Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, and Aisha Tyler. The scripts are so densely packed with jokes, you'll get immense pleasure watching each episode.
You Like: "30 Rock"
You'll Love: "Parks and Rec"
A lot of people wrote "Parks and Rec" off after its first season, and it's not hard to see why. But the show's quality skyrocketed in Season 2, and has continued to get better each year. This could be the last year for the low-rated show, so "30 Rock" fans who love Tina Fey should check out her "SNL" co-star Amy Poehler in "Parks." Both Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope are wacky, idealistic, and date some pretty entertaining guys, so there's plenty of crossover appeal. And just like "30 Rock," "Parks" has a great ensemble cast. Maybe if enough "30 Rock" fans tune in, the show's ratings will get a boost that ensures a Season 5.
You Like: "True Blood"
You'll Love: "The Vampire Diaries"
Granted, "True Blood" hasn't been canceled, but the upcoming sixth season is far away (and already received a reduced episode order, which isn't a great sign). If you need a vamp-centric guilty pleasure show to fill the void between now and the debut of the next season, "The Vampire Diaries" is your best bet.
Many people dismissed "TVD" out of hand, simply because it airs on the teen-centric CW. That's a shame, because the young cast is immensely talented, and they excel at living truthfully under the imaginary, supernatural circumstances of the show. There's also a great deal of vamp mythology that draws viewers in, plus some amazing character development. Bonus: Ian Somerhalder just can't seem to keep his shirt on. "TVD" may just be the best show you're not watching, and it's got enough sex and blood to please "True Blood" fans.
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