‘Ally McBeal’, ‘The Practice’, ‘Hill Street Blues’ Among Classic 20th TV Titles Leaving Hulu

UPDATED: 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.

‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Bob Newhart Show’
‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Bob Newhart Show’

The list of departing series includes 18 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.

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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. UPDATE: The license agreements for several of the Fox series that were set to depart Hulu on Sept. 25, including The Masked Singer, Msterchef and Masterchef Junior, Lego Masters, Next Lever Chef, Crime Scene Kitchen and Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell And Back, have been extended at the last minute. 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
Napoleon Dynamite
Don’t Trust the B—- in APT 23
Second Chance
Shots Fired
Ally McBeal
Arrested Development
Hill Street Blues
Son of Zorn
The Practice
Out There
Breakout Kings
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)
Masked Dancer (Season 1)
Cosmos Possible Worlds (Season 1)
Name That Tune (Seasons 1-2)

Paramount catalog tittles, departing Sept. 30/Oct. 14:

  • VH1 (entire hub)

Basketball Wives LA (Seasons 1-3)
Love & Hip Hop Hollywood (Seasons 1-4)
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (Seasons 1-3)

  • MTV

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)

  • Showtime:

Sleeper Cell (Season 1)

  • CBS:

7th Heaven (Seasons 1-4)
Beverly Hills 90210 (Seasons 1-2)

  • Comedy Central

La Culpa es de Cortés

  • Paramount Network Mexico:

Dani Who (Seasons 1)

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