Now that the midseason lineup is well underway and posting some pretty impressive numbers, its time to look at some shows viewers won't find on air this year. Some shows have run their course (Lost), while others viewed too far West off track (Nip/Tuck), and of course the shows that just outright sucked (Eastwick). Regardless of how they made the list, expect them to be chopped off this year's schedule.
The cuts are compiled from various entertainment websites and releases, most notably TV Series Finale. In case you were wondering why you haven't heard of some of these shows, that because they're already gone - they were cut before the midseason began.
If you're having a hard time accepting your favorite show(s) made the list, look at it as mandatory DVR list maintenance. Feeling like its time for revolution, check your site's fan pages - there's scads of petitions on several of these shows (Three Rivers, As The World Turns) to keep them on air. Still need a hug? A majority of these shows are available on Hulu and DVD.
The Beautiful Life (CW)
This was the networks gamble with chemistry: what happens when you add the modeling cache of Top Model with the bitchfest of Gossip Girl. I think they must have flunked that subject because the series about the cutthroat world of fashion fell flat on the runway. After pitiful ratings, the execs called it quits after only two episodes. (Series end date: 9/23/2009).
The Bill Engvall Show (TBS)
To be fair, most people don't know who comedian Bill Engvall is so its no surprise his show made the list. Whether you knew him or not, the series lasted three seasons. (Series end date: 9/5/2009).
Blonde Charity Mafia (CW)
Don't expect this show to make the Brilliant but cancelled list. This docu-series about some young women in Washington, DC never even aired. According to Tv Finale, the show may be sold to another outlet. (uh DOA?).
The Bonnie Hunt Show (syndicated)
Its unfortunate that Bonnie Hunt can't seem to make a show last more than two years. Hunt's impeccable comedic timing and genuine likability should be the perfect combination in a daytime talk show. This is the second time Hunt has sat behind the desk and seems she couldn't gather the momentum needed to get on par with Ellen or Rachel Ray. The Bonnie Hunt Show will continue to run until June, 2010.
This good bro - bad bro drama set in Providence, puts a finger on the ties that bind two brothers, one a up-and-coming politician Tommy Caffe (Jason Clarke) while his thuggish brother, (Jason Issac) has darker aspirations of his own. Showtime opted not to renew the series after three years due to poor ratings even though it won a couple of awards including a Peabody (2007). The third season which never aired is currently available on DVD.
After only one season, Fox decided to pull the only comedy with an African American ensemble cast on network TV. Brothers centered around a retired NFL player (Michael Strahan) who comes home to take care of his kin and run the family business. The show was nominated for three NAACP Image Awards. (Series end date: 12/27/2009).
The Cleaner (A&E)
Benjamin Bratt's return to TV was short lived. After two seasons the execs decided to pull the plug. Maybe Dick Wolf will create a new Law and Order spinoff and resurrect his character. (Series end date: 9/15/2009).
Defying Gravity (ABC)
ABC tried their best to piggyback on the show creator's cultish success with Grey's Anatomy. Unfortunately the "NASA on the streets and bitch in the sheets" plot device was a bit too wonky to develop a following or any real interest. ABC aired seven episodes of the sexually charged space drama. The network plans to air the final five episodes at a later date but even that seems to be lost in space. (Series end date: 9/13/2009)
Joss Whedon's luck with TV has been so-so, but he always seems to land on his feet. This series about a group of programmed femme fatales never had a fan base. Maybe this she-spy action drama will go the way of Firefly and grow a fan base online and at conventions. (Series end date: 1/29/2010).
My mother used to always say If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. So in that vein of reasoning, Eastwick starred Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jaime Ray Newman. The series was thankfully cancelled after 13 episodes. (Series end date: 12/30/2009).
Flight of the Conchords (HBO)
After two hilarious season, Brett Mckenzie and Jemaine Clement decide to take call it quits - leaving on a somewhat high note. According to TV Finale, expect to see the Conchords in a possible HBO special.
The Goode Family (ABC)
Mike Judge's attempt to bring animation back to ABC crashed and burned. This series about an overly enthusiastic green-friendly but dysfunctional family never grew an audience. Comedy Central picked up the series with hopes it can gain viewers in its animation block.
Whoever thought this concept would work should be fired. Kelsey Grammer stars as a Wall Street CEO whos fired from his company and returns with his family to live in his small hometown. People compared this show to Green Acres, without the jokes. ABC shut down production after 10 episodes but only five were shown because of low ratings. (Series end date: 11/4/2009).
Head Case (Starz)
This funny, quirky comedy stars Alexandra Wentworth as an unconventional therapist that attempted to help Hollywood's neurotic movers and shakers. Think In Treatment with a Second City overhaul. The series ran for three seasons and available on DVD.
The Jay Leno Show (NBC)
Now that the dust has settled we can finally say NBC produced the first epic fail of 2010. Leno's show cancellation leaves a huge vacuum for the 10pm primetime slot to be filled after the Winter Olympics. Leno's show wraps up on February 9th and returns to his former gig as host of the Tonight Show on March 1st.
The Jeff Dunham Show (Comedy Central)
This show was strong out the gate but couldn't maintain audience traction. Jeff Dunham may corner the market with puppet comedy but we ain't buying it. The series was cancelled after one season. (Series end date 12/10/2009).
NBC had high hopes for this nighttime soap serial. According to IMDB, Kings was "A modern day, alternate-reality drama about a hero who rises to become the King of his nation, based on the biblical story of King David." The story revolved around a monarchy and its newest nation's hero as he rises to power with all the pitfalls and missteps that accompany his ascent. This slow and expensive series never captured an audience and was cancelled after one season.
The Listener (NBC)
Now that the networks are stuck in paranormal mode, its no surprise to see The Listener, a series about a telepathic paramedic. NBC pulled the series after eight episodes but all 13 were shown online and in Canada. NBC has cancelled the show but its been renewed in Canada. The producers hope to find another outlet in the US.
We've known for quite some time that 2010 was the last time we'd follow the survivors of Oceanic flight 815 on (and off) the island. Still, its a bittersweet farewell. The show has definitely made its mark in television history. Expect the show to gain record breaking numbers leading its way to its finale on May 18, 2010.
This award-winning series has run its course and the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) turned in his badge on a high note. After eight great seasons, the show ended in December. (Series end date: 12/4/2009).
Ryan Murphy's glossy and often grotesque series about Miami (later L.A) plastic surgeons made serial killers sexy well before Dexter ... just saying. After seven seasons the doctors are closing their doors this March. (Series end date: 3/3/2010).
The Philanthropist (NBC)
I never saw a single episode of this show. I think this show was lost in the Jay Leno Show hell hole NBC created. The series revolved around a billionaire playboy (James Purefoy) who decides to use his wealth and influence to help change the lives of others. NBC hasn't officially admitted the series has been cancelled but the "Complete Series" was released in January 2010.
Raising the Bar (TNT)
Mark-Paul Gosselaar's latest TV vehicle, a legal drama has a strong first season but lost momentum in season two. (Series end date: 12/24/2009).
Reno 911! (Comedy Central)
Say it ain't so - no more Dangle! After six seasons, Comedy Central has decided to shut the Reno police department real time comedy down.
Rita Rocks (Lifetime)
MAD-TV stars never prosper. Nicole Sullivan starred as a stay home mom who manages to find time to play in a local rock band. After two seasons, Rita played her last gig. Sullivan is still working as the voice of Drew Saturday on Cartoon Network's adventure quest series, The Secret Saturdays. (Series end date: 12/7/2009).
Robin Hood (2006) (BBC)
BBC's track record for keeping its leading men is still a factor even on this popular series. A retelling of the classic English legend, its title actor Jonas Armstong announced he's leaving the hit show after three seasons. (Series end date: 12/5/2009).
Ruby & the Rockits (ABC Family)
ABAF has had critical success with its dramas but still can't seem to get a lock on a good comedy. A novel premise, Ruby revolves around a teenage girl (Alexa Vega) who tracks down her lounge singer father (David Cassidy) and the two move in with her uncle (Patrick Cassidy) and his family. After 10 episodes, the network decided to pull the plug. (Series end date: 9/22/2009).
Saving Grace (TNT)
Divine intervention sparked the inspiration behind this case-a-week drama but after four seasons, detective Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter) solves her final case. The series lasted four season to a small audience of faithful viewers. The series is scheduled to end Summer 2010.
Surviving Suburbia (ABC)
Bob Saget's curse is still in effect. This sitcom about an uptight dad (Saget) and his slacker friends never found an audience even after a fool-proof time slot after Dancing With The Stars. After one season, the networks cancelled the show.
Three Rivers (CBS)
The concept behind this medical drama may have been the demise of this star intensive series. Three rivers follows the doctors of the hospital who help its patients find organ transplants (eww). No surprise the show never had an audience and was cancelled after eight episodes.(Series end date: 11/22/2009).
The Tonight Show with Conan OBrien (NBC)
The flip-side of the Leno fiasco, CoCo's lackluster ratings were the cause of him losing the coveted late night gig. Will O'Brien resurface with a new show on Fox or Comedy Central this fall, rumors are swirling. (Series end date: 1/22/2010).
Yeah its on the list but according to reports, NBC changed its mind and ordered more episodes of the series even though it struggled with rating. Trauma revolves around a group of San Francisco-based first responders. (Series end date: who the hell knows - its NBC for Christ sake!).
The Tudors (Showtime)
Just like the head (pun intended) of King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), this rich and sexy drama is coming to a dramatic end this Summer. (Series end date: 6/13/2010).
The Tyra Banks Show (CW)
Hmm... which rumor should you believe: The diva host says that shes decided to cancel the show to focus more on producing. Other reports have indicated that the series was cancelled because of budget issues. I'm thinking that latter, but I'm banking Tyra will wait and hold her cards now that Oprah's daytime dynasty is up for grabs next year. (Series end date: TBA).
Ugly Betty (ABC)
What started out as a smart, glitzy and dizzy dramedy spiraled into a pun-riddled train wreck held together by America Ferrera, Vanessa Williams and its ensemble cast and its impressive list of guest stars. After four years, Betty is signing out in April 2010. (Series end date: 4/14/2010).
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