2011-2012 TV Season Cancellationsby RecceR | created - 05 Oct 2011 | updated - 30 Jun 2012 | Public
I thought it would be interesting to keep track of what shows get canceled and when this TV season (on broadcast only). I'll put them in order of cancellations starting from earliest to most recent. Only official cancellations will be put here. I also have lists for cable cancellations in 2011 & 2012.
---STATS--- ABC: 5 dramas, 2 comedies, 2 reality/talk CBS: 3 dramas, 2 comedies FOX: 4 dramas, 2 comedies, 2 animated, 1 reality NBC: 4 dramas, 4 comedies, 2 reality The CW: 2 dramas, 2 reality
Don't see a show here? It may have been renewed or could be in danger.
If I missed a show, let me know and I will add it.
My three main sources are deadline.com, tvseriesfinale.com & TVline.com
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1. The Playboy Club (2011)
TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama
Centers on the Bunnies and patrons of the original Playboy Club in 1960s Chicago.
Marking the first cancellation of the season! Officially axed on 10/4/11, after just 3 episodes. NBC will air repeats of 'Prime Suspect' in its place until 'Rock Center With Brian Williams' premieres.
2. Free Agents (2011–2012)
30 min | Comedy
Alex is recently divorced, and Helen lost her fiance a year ago. Obviously, these two are definitely not ready to be dating again. So naturally, they end up in bed together one night. Oops.... See full summary »
officially axed on 10/6/11 after 4 episodes. NBC will air repeats of 'Whitney' in its place.
Update As of 1/16/12, NBC released the remaining 3 episodes online.
3. H8R (2011– )
60 min | Reality-TV
Celebrities go head-to-head with civilians who hate them to win their "haters" over.
officially axed on 10/6/11 after 4 episodes. CW will air repeats of 'Ringer' in its place until mid-season.
4. How to Be a Gentleman (2011– )
30 min | Comedy
An uptight writer of a weekly etiquette column is forced to hire a sloppy, rude and crude life coach to jump start his articles. As time goes on, both learn valuable lessons from each other.
Officially axed on 10/7/11 after airing 2 episodes, production shut down after filming 9 episodes. CBS initially planned to burn off the remaining episodes on Saturdays, but was pulled from the schedule on 10/18/11 after one Saturday airing.
5. Charlie's Angels (2011)
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A cat burglar, a car thief, and a dirty cop get a chance to turn their lives around; fighting crime and working for the mysterious Charlie Townsend.
Officially axed on 10/14/11 after airing 4 episodes, production shut down after completing 8 episodes. ABC plans to continue airing the remaining episodes to burn off. UPDATE: Episode 7 aired on 11/10/11, episode 8 is nowhere to be found.
6. Prime Suspect (2011–2012)
TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
About Jane Timoney, an iconoclastic female detective who has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct that is dominated by men.
On 11/15/11, production was reported to be shut down after finishing the initial 13-episode order. NBC is airing the episodes through December, before replacing it with "The Firm" in Jan. 2012. They have all but officially cancelled it, though actors were "allegedly" told the show was over for good.
UPDATE: the final 2 episodes aired on 1/22/12, sealing the shows fate with a new series low.
7. Man Up! (2011– )
22 min | Comedy
Three 21st century men attempt to channel their inner toughness and redefine what it means to be a "real man."
On 12/8/11, ABC pulled the dude comedy from its regular spot and will air repeats of "Last Man Standing" until "Work It" airs in January. No official word on it being cancelled, but considering the poor ratings and the sudden exemption, it's a goner. 5 episodes remain to be seen.
Update: As of 12/14/11, ABC released the remaining episodes online, pretty much admitting the series was over. (source)
8. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003–2012)
TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
A family that has faced hardship has their dilapidated house completely rebuilt while they are away on vacation for a week.
On 12/15/11, after 9 long seasons, ABC officially announced the final episode will air on January 13th, 2012, making it a total of 200 episodes. ABC also said they would reunite the crew for various specials in the future.
9. Allen Gregory (2011)
TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
A super smart seven-year-old attempts to attend regular grade school.
The first cancellation of 2012! On 1/8/12, it was reported that FOX has decided to ground the smart-aleck seven-year-old permanently. However, there is still a future for co-creator and voice of Allen, Jonah Hill, at FOX (he has a live-action show in development).
10. Work It (2012–2013)
Centers on two unemployed car salesmen who realize that they are living in a woman's world, so they decide that to find work again, they must dress as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical ... See full summary »
On 1/14/12, after just two episodes ABC gave the series a swift execution. Reruns of Last Man Standing will air in its place for now, but the long-awaited return of Cougar Town could take its place in the near future. Not that anyone cares, but the remaining episodes will probably just be shelved and forgotten.
Update Yep, Cougar Town is taking its spot.
11. House (2004–2012)
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery
An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits.
On 2/8/12, FOX officially announced the odd-ball doctor series would end with its current eighth season. Ratings and high production costs do have a factor in it all. The series has struggled to lower their budget for some time, but has not been successful. NBC was also rumored to possibly take the series over if FOX cancels it, but NBC’s president made it clear that would not happen due to the high costs. The series is expected to end in May 2012 with an official ending.
Update: FOX announced the series finale will air on Monday, May 21st, 2012, after a one-hour retrospective for the series.
12. Remodeled (2012– )
During the heyday of the "supermodel" era in the 1980s and early 1990s, Paul Fisher was a legend in the modeling industry. With his bigger-than-life personality and often brutally frank ... See full summary »
On 2/9/12, The CW announced the early return of 'America’s Next Top Model.' While not technically official, everyone is saying this is it for the horribly-rated series. The ironic thing is that The CW damaged the ratings of new series ‘Ringer' along with some veteran series so this one could have a chance to gain large traction. Unfortunately, it was just crap with an evil queen running the show. 2 episodes are shelved and for the CW’s sake, they better burn them.
UPDATE: On 5/17/12, The CW announced their Fall 2012 schedule and while still not commenting on ‘Remodeled,’ the series was nowhere to be seen, especially since they even listed mid-season series. Perhaps they will mark this off to another horrible decision they made and will honestly pretend it never happened.
13. Terra Nova (2011)
TV-14 | 46 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying, who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.
On 3/5/12, FOX officially announced the prehistoric drama was not returning for a second season. The first season (which finished airing Dec. 29, 2011) had ratings that were fairly shaky at times, but not horrible and even picked up by the end. People are saying it is the highest rated series to be canceled this TV season. There is a rumor that “higher-ups” at FOX just did not care for it, but who knows. However, 20th Century FOX TV plans to shop it around to other networks. But don’t hold your breath; “Nova” was a huge risk and experiment for broadcast TV which ultimately underperformed expectations.
Update: On 3/27/12, it was reported that Netflix (who was interested in picking up and continuing the series for their streaming service) had given up on handling 'Nova' do to negotiation issues. This was the series’ last inkling of hope, it is very dead now.
14. The Revolution (2012– )
60 min | Talk-Show
Helping viewers to completely transform all aspects of their lives, including family, physical and emotional well-being; fashion, home design; personal finance; food; and jobs.
On 3/12/12, ABC officially announced the poorly rated daytime show would air its last episode on July 6th, 2012. This is good news for General Hospital, which solely depended on The Revolution to fail (it was renewed for the 2012-13 season).
15. Alcatraz (2012)
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 1963, all the prisoners and guards mysteriously disappear from Alcatraz. In the present day, they resurface and a secret agency are tasked with re-capturing them.
On 5/9/12, FOX decided to cancel the J.J. Abrams series a month or so after its freshman run. It debuted with strong ratings, but began dropping a few episodes into the first season and never stopped. By the March 26th finale, the numbers had dropped drastically, but this particular night hit a series low. It had 13 episodes which all aired, leaving many questions up in the air.
16. The Finder (2012)
TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An Iraq war vet suffers a brain injury that triggers the ability to see connections between seemingly unrelated events, objects or people.
On 5/9/12, FOX decided to cancel the Bones “spin-off” with one episode left in its 13-episode, freshman run. It had slipped some in the ratings and the 9pm Thursday slot after Idol was not helping. Then FOX pulled it in March and decided to schedule the remaining episodes of The Finder to air on Fridays at 8pm beginning April 6th, 2012. There was no doubt this show was doomed the second that happened, and that Fridays were just a space where they had burn-off room. On Friday, May 11th, 2012, the season (now series) finale will air.
17. A Gifted Man (2011–2012)
45 min | Drama, Fantasy
Centers on an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the here-after.
On 5/10/12, CBS announced the freshman drama would not be returning. It started off to poor ratings, dropped a bit, finally inching up some and evening off. On 11/15/11, CBS ordered 3 additional episodes, instead of a full-season order (bringing it to just 16 episodes total). It finished its first season run on 2/3/12, averaging the season as the lowest rated scripted series on CBS (out of 22). Considering ‘Medium’ had slightly higher ratings than ‘A Gifted Man’ in the same Friday time-slot and was also cancelled, things did not look great for the series.
18. Are You There, Chelsea? (2012)
A comedy about a 20-something woman based loosely on the outrageous number one best-selling book by Chelsea Handler.
On 5/11/12, NBC cancelled the comedy series based on Chelsea Handler’s book and life. It did well for its debut, but eventually dropped some as time went on. The unofficial series finale aired March 28th, 2012.
19. Awake (2012)
TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
After a car accident takes the life of a family member, a police detective lives two alternating parallel lives, one with his wife and one with his son. Is one of his "realities" merely a dream?
On 5/11/12, NBC cancelled the mystery-drama before finishing its freshman season. It started off with alright ratings, but nothing great at all. Ratings dwindled more and more as the series continued and everyone pretty much knew it was going to get the axe. This marks NBC’s third failure in the Thursday at 10pm slot in one TV season (Prime Suspect & The Firm, which was moved to Saturdays). Not to mention they have been completely unsuccessful in finding a drama for that Thursday slot since ER ended its 15-season run in March 2009. The unofficial series finale is scheduled to air on May 17th, 2012.
20. Bent (2012)
30 min | Comedy
On the surface, Alex and Pete could not be more different. The recently divorced Alex is a hard-working, high-strung lawyer who is raising her 10-year-old daughter, Charlie, as a single mom... See full summary »
On 5/11/12, NBC cancelled the comedy that ran for just 3 weeks. NBC definitely didn’t do any favors for the mid-season comedy, airing all 6 episodes in the back-to-back “burn-off” style, finishing in just three weeks. That is a very unusual way to air a new comedy series and hope it will gain any type of audience, unless the intentions were strictly to “burn-off” the series as fast as possible. The unofficial series finale aired on April 4th, 2012.
21. Best Friends Forever (2012)
After a divorce Jessica goes to live with her best friend Lennon, not realizing she would have so many problems with her boyfriend Joe.
On 5/11/12, NBC cancelled the other mid-season comedy destined to burn-off. It was paired up with Betty White’s prank show, but debuted with unimpressive ratings. The ratings dropped lower since its debut, remaining at nearly the same numbers and not moving. It was exempted after its April 25th airing and then announced to be returning with the final 2 episodes to air on June 1st, 2012.
22. Breaking In (2011–2012)
TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime
A high-tech security firm takes extreme, and often questionable, measures to sell their protection services.
On 5/11/12, FOX officially cancelled the struggling series weeks after pulling it from the schedule. It was originally cancelled in Spring 2011, but was surprisingly given a second chance after all. When it returned in March 2012 (after a 10-month hiatus) for a second season, ratings were not that great. A complete lack of marketing and significant changes are some of the big factors that contributed bad ratings. Then on 4/13/12, FOX decided to cancel their plan of moving Breaking In to its season 1 spot after Idol on Thursdays. Five out of the thirteen season 2 episodes have aired, leaving eight on the shelf. No official word if the remaining episodes will ever be released in some form.
23. GCB (2012)
TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama
Amanda Vaughn is a recently widowed mother of two who, to get a fresh start, moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up to find herself in the whirling midst of salacious gossip, Botox, and fraud.
On 5/11/12, ABC condemned the Christian “Belles” from another season. They were doing fairly decent on Sunday nights, but definitely not a ratings hit by any means. It went down some since the series debut, but was doing well enough for ABC to not give up on them entirely like they have with many others. On 4/8/12, ABC decided to test out ‘GCB’ in the 9pm slot, which will be free in the fall after ‘Desperate Housewives’ bows in May, and it actually did fairly well. It made an even better case for a renewal because it essentially had zero lead-ins, since ‘Once Upon A Time’ was a rerun. In the end, that was not enough for these holy women to survive. This marks the second failure (‘Pan Am’ was the first) at launching a 10pm series on Sundays this TV season for ABC, since cancelling ‘Brothers & Sisters’ after 5 seasons in spring 2011. The unofficial series finale aired May 6th, 2012.
24. Harry's Law (2011–2012)
43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A group of misfit lawyers form an unconventional firm.
On 5/11/12, NBC cancelled the Kathy Bates-lead series. It had struggled since it began as a mid-season replacement in Jan. 2011. After attempting to change things up for the second season by firing the younger cast members, ratings did not improve and dropped lower. NBC's last attempt was moving it to Sunday nights when it returned from its mid-season hiatus to suit the main demo better. Unfortunately, NBC forgot to advertize this schedule change and ratings dropped lower. They also seem to be solely relying on Kathy Bates’ devoted fans to seek out this series. The unofficial series finale airs May 13th, 2012.
25. I Hate My Teenage Daughter (2011–2012)
30 min | Comedy
A story of two life-long friends who realize their children have turned out to be the same type of unlikable bullies that made high school insufferable.
On 5/11/12, FOX officially cancelled the troubled sitcom which was exempted back in March. On 3/21/12, FOX pulled the freshman comedy from the Tuesday line-up. Less than a week prior, FOX decided to cancel the plan to have the sitcom air after American Idol on Wednesday nights in April, and instead they planned to have it go on a hiatus until the summer. However, due to really horrible ratings they pulled it one week before that hiatus. Encores of Raising Hope aired in its spot until Glee returned from its hiatus. Then on 4/3/12, FOX announced ‘Teenage Daughter’ would return in June, airing back-to-back episodes in one hour. Finally, FOX also cancelled those plans and have shelved the 6 unaired episodes. There is no word if the episodes will ever be released.
26. Missing (2012)
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
When a woman's son goes missing under suspicious circumstances, she will do anything it takes to find him.
On 5/11/12, ABC cancelled the freshman thriller with one episode left. The series debuted to not-so-great ratings and never really took off. ‘Missing’ joins a slew of shows ABC has tried to launch in the Thursday 8pm slot such as ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘My Generation.’ The unofficial series finale airs May 17th, 2012.
27. Pan Am (2011–2012)
TV-PG | 42 min | Drama, History, Romance
Period drama about the pilots and flight attendants who once made Pan Am the most glamorous way to fly.
On 5/11/12, ABC cancelled the retro drama long after its freshman run. Most people already came to the conclusion this was going to get the axe. On 11/29/11, one of the lead actresses tweeted they all received "the call" and the show was over with one episode left for Jan. ABC quickly jumped to the press to say that the time-period series is being considered for a season 2 and is not cancelled yet. The actress later tweeted "sorry for the confusion" and 5 more episodes to come from Jan-Feb, 2012. ‘GCB’ took its place in March 2012. The true fate of ‘Pan Am’ was left to linger until May 2012, but poor ratings and high production costs never ended well before. This marks the first (of two) failure at launching a 10pm series on Sunday slot for this TV season for ABC, since cancelling ‘Brothers & Sisters’ after 5 seasons in Spring 2011. The unofficial series finale aired on February 19th, 2012.
28. Ringer (2011–2012)
TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Bridget is six months sober and starting to get her life back on track when she becomes the sole witness to a professional hit. She flees to New York, telling no one. In New York, Bridget ... See full summary »
On 5/11/12, The CW cancelled the mystery-drama series that was supposed to re-launch Sarah Michelle Gellar’s TV career. It started off good, but faded in the ratings after a long hiatus. Because The CW has such little room and they have over-ordered several new series to pilot (now to series), people pretty much knew ‘Ringer’ was a goner. Then add the fact that Gellar is pregnant in real life and that’s a hassle most networks don’t usually take (because they would have to go on a longer hiatus), unless the series is a hit and has been on for a while. The unofficial series finale aired April 17th, 2012.
29. The River (2012)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The crew of a research vessel are on a quest to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon.
On 5/11/12, ABC axed the highly anticipated horror-mystery series after a short freshman run. It definitely did not start off with the best ratings, considering the marketing campaign and hype created for it. It dropped drastically week-after-week and finished its short 8-episode run on March 20th, just up a bit from the previous week. Back on 3/22/12, Deadline.com reported a possible deal that Netflix was considering to keep the series alive for its streaming service. However, things have been very quiet since then and it looks like it may not happen. ‘The River’ joins a slew of horror/supernatural series that ABC failed to successfully launch like ‘The Gates,’ ‘Eastwick,’ & ‘Happy Town.’
30. The Secret Circle (2011–2012)
TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
16 year old Cassie Blake moves to Chance Harbor, Washington to live with her grandmother after her mother mysteriously dies. She discovers she's a witch along with 5 other teens.
On 5/11/12, The CW surprisingly cancelled the witchy drama. While not a ratings hit like its sister series ‘The Vampire Diaries’ (due to having Kevin Williamson as show-runner for both and being based on novels by L.J. Smith), TSC was the #2 scripted series on the network. It outperformed already renewed series like 'Supernatural,' 'Hart of Dixie' and '90210,' yet was cancelled. The unofficial series finale aired May 10th, 2012, and it looks like fans won’t get be getting any closure.
31. The Firm (2012)
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Defense Attorney Mitch McDeere is targeted for execution by the Chicago Mob in retaliation for bringing down a profitable Mob-operated Memphis law firm ten years earlier.
On 5/12/12, news broke out that the struggling series was definitely cancelled by NBC. Back in Feb. 3rd, 2012, NBC pulled the series from its regular Thursday night spot after 6 episodes. They began airing the remaining episodes on Saturday starting Feb. 11th. They stuck repeats of ‘Grimm’ in the slot until ‘Awake’ premiered in April. However, there is a very slim chance of hope. NBC apparently has no say in if the series will continue due to a unique deal; Sony Entertainment and Entertainment One have the final say if the series continues. NBC will just not be the home for the series if it gets a second season. As of right now, the season (likely series) finale is scheduled for June 23rd, 2012.
32. CSI: Miami (2002–2012)
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The cases of the Miami-Dade, Florida police department's Crime Scene Investigations unit.
On 5/13/12, CBS announced its crime procedural was not returning for an eleventh season. ‘Miami’ had been slowly dwindling in the ratings for a few seasons, but saw fairly bad ratings this past season. CBS also showed concern when they ordered just 19 episodes for the drama, as opposed to its usual 22-25. The series launched in 2002, after an experimental pre-crossover with the main cast of ‘Miami’ being guests on the original CSI series. The unofficial series finale aired April 8th, 2012.
33. Napoleon Dynamite (2012)
TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy
Follows the misadventures of an awkward high school teenager and his quirky friends as they struggle to navigate life in rural Idaho.
On 5/13/12, FOX cancelled the animated series months after its short freshman run. It debuted to decent ratings, but was nothing impressive. To make things worse for the series, it aired 6 episodes in five weeks which is not much time to gain a decent following. The final episode aired March 4th, 2012.
34. NYC 22 (2012)
60 min | Crime, Drama
Six diverse NYPD rookies patrol the gritty streets of upper Manhattan.
On 5/13/12, CBS announced its freshman cop drama was officially done. The series launched on Sundays in April to weak ratings and continued to drop. I remember seeing several critics saying it was like ‘NYPD Blue’ or ‘Rookie Blue,’ but without a sole. The cancellation doesn’t come as any surprise though, ‘22’ was this years ‘Chaos’ (a drama CBS waited to launch until April 2011, which was cancelled after 2 episodes). The series was pretty much doomed from the start. Five episodes have aired so far, and it doesn’t look like anymore will be showing up on CBS to even be burned off.
35. Rob (2012)
30 min | Comedy
Centers on solitary guy, Rob, who marries into a huge Mexican-American family.
On 5/13/12, CBS cancelled the sitcom starring Rob Schneider after one season. The series had mediocre ratings and was nothing special apparently, and could not hold on to viewers from its lead-in (‘Big Bang Theory’). It finished its 8-episode run on March 1st, 2012.
36. Buried Treasure (2011– )
Starring antiques experts and appraisers Leigh and Leslie Keno, who travel across the country to help people sell collectibles lying around their homes.
On 5/20/12, FOX decided to officially cancel the non-scripted series nearly a whole year after it last aired. The series ran for just 4 episodes, ending on September 14th, 2011. I’m everyone has completely forgotten about it by this point anyways, just like FOX did.
37. Fear Factor (I) (2001–2012)
TV-PG | 60 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV, Thriller
Doing scary stuff to win prizes.
On 5/20/12, NBC cancelled the reality-competition series again. The series ran for six seasons, ending in 2006. About a year ago, the new “president” of NBC announced the series would be coming back for a seventh season in the fall. It debuted to huge ratings, but was pulled due to a controversial “stunt” that dealt with drinking certain bodily fluids of a donkey. The last episode aired on Feb. 12th, 2012, with 3 episodes left, including the donkey one. This can just go in the books for another dumb thing NBC has done. By that, I mean both bringing the show back in the first place and then cancelling it after getting huge ratings.
38. The Sing-Off (2009– )
120 min | Family, Game-Show, Music
Eight a cappella singing groups compete for a recording contract.
On 5/20/12, NBC decided to cancel another reality-competition series. It ran for three seasons, getting poor ratings. There was also the factor of simply being no room on the schedule, with ‘America’s Got Talent’ in the summer and ‘The Voice’ running for two cycles in the 2012-13 season.