Australian actress Rachael Taylor, left, stars in horror series 666 Park Avenue. The show, which airs on Foxtel, was cancelled last week.
Hollywood likes to think it's the land of the happy ending, but the truth is many new television shows get axed before they can sail properly into the sunset.
Two new series which failed to attract strong audiences in the US are hoping to buck that trend.
Seven's Last Resort and Foxtel's 666 Park Avenue were axed last week, but producers from both shows have confirmed they will have enough time to resolve their stories before their 13th - and final - episodes.
The cast of Last Resort, which Seven planned to launch next year.
"We have time to tweak," Last Resort's creator, Shawn Ryan, told US industry website TVLine.
666 Park Avenue's producers, David Wilcox and Matt Miller, said they would finish with an episode in which "all your questions will be answered."
Last Resort is set on a rogue US military submarine and stars three Australian actors - Daniel Lissing, Daisy Betts and Dichen Lachman.
Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer, will wrap up after two seasons.
666 Park Avenue is a Rosemary's Baby-style horror series set in a haunted New York apartment building. It stars Australian actress Rachael Taylor.
Both shows were cancelled before production had begun on their final handful of episodes, but both were allowed to finish their initial 13-episode orders.
Meanwhile, US network Starz has confirmed it will not renew the Kelsey Grammer drama Boss beyond its second season. Industry website Deadline reports that show may wrap up its storylines with a two-hour telemovie.
Some shows are not so lucky, and others gamble that a cliffhanging final episode could generate enough interest to turn the audience tide in their favour and bring about an eleventh-hour reprieve.
But the truth is, many shows simply slam into the wall when the axe falls, leaving fans frustrated by the lack of resolution.
Recent series which were cancelled before they could resolve often complex storylines include the Bryan Fuller comedy/drama Pushing Daisies, the Sarah Michelle Gellar drama Ringer and the Terminator spin-off, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
In historical terms, the problem is not new. The iconic 1980s soap opera Dynasty finished with a cliffhanger, but tried to resolve some of its story threads in a reunion miniseries. Similar revival projects were mounted for other 80s series, notably Dallas, to appease fans.
The critically acclaimed Twin Peaks finished on a flat note, having resolved its "Who killed Laura Palmer?" mystery before leaving other character threads, such as the abduction of agent Dale Cooper's girlfriend Annie (Heather Graham) unresolved.
Joss Whedon's sci-fi series Firefly also finished with unresolved storylines. Whedon later wrote a feature film, Serenity, which tied up some, but not all, of the plotlines.
Some producers have taken inventive steps to give fans the resolution they crave.
Fuller has attempted - thus far, without success - to produce a third "season" of Pushing Daisies in comic book form.
The HBO drama Carnivale was cancelled two years into a story arc that its creator Daniel Knauf had hoped to explore across six years and Knauf later released the show's production paperwork, including a series "bible" which contained answers to some of the show's lingering questions.
Foxtel is already screening 666 Park Avenue and will continue to screen it until the show's 13-episode order has been exhausted.
Seven was not planning to launch Last Resort until next year. In the wake of the show's cancellation, Seven's its plans are not clear.
A resolved storyline would sit in the show's favour if Seven is undecided about whether to invest marketing money and a prized prime-time slot for a show with no long-term prospects.