Monday, May 16, 2011

Has Your Favorite TV Show Been Canceled?

 A Guide to What the Networks Axed

Just prepare yourself, because what you're about to see is ugly. In truth, a lot of the shows deserved it, and cancellations were expected, but there are a few sad ones. So without further ado, our complete list of canceled TV shows, updated in real time as news breaks.

CANCELED SHOWS, BY NETWORK:
ABC
'Better With You'
'Brothers & Sisters'
'Detroit 1-8-7'
'Mr. Sunshine'
'My Generation'
'No Ordinary Family'
'Off the Map'
'V'

NBC
'America's Next Great Restaurant'
'The Cape'
'Chase'
'The Event'
'Friday Night Lights'
'Law & Order: LA'
'Outsourced'
'The Paul Reiser Show'
'Perfect Couples'
'School Pride'

FOX
'Breaking In'
'The Chicago Code'
'Human Target'
'Lie to Me'
'Lone Star'
'Running Wilde'
'Traffic Light'

CBS
'The Defenders'
'Mad Love'
'Medium'
'$#*! My Dad Says'

THE CW
'Life Unexpected'
'Smallville'

So there you have it. Some of these are not shocking at all. 'Law & Order: LA' has been in trouble at NBC from the start (needing to reboot in season 1 is never a good sign); Fox's 'Breaking In' wasn't exactly a ratings hit, even with Christian Slater in the lead; and 'Smallville' fans have been mourning the end of the series for a while now.

But there are a handful that will be greatly missed. Fox's 'The Chicago Code' was a chance for fans of 'The Shield' and, more recently, 'Terriers,' to have a piece of creator Shawn Ryan on network TV; and 'Perfect Couples' had yet to find an audience, but to be fair, it also didn't have a regular timeslot.

However it was the mass slaughter by ABC that really got people talking. 'Brothers & Sisters' cancellation rumors have been swirling for a while, but a shorter final season was discussed; 'No Ordinary Family' was grabbing a very vocal (if still small) fanbase; and the ratings for 'Better With You' were getting noticeably better recently. None of that was quite good enough to stay on the air.

At the end of the day, business is business -- even if a show grabs an adequate audience, it still has to make sense for the network's budget and their planned schedule for next season.

There are several shows that are "on the bubble," meaning their fates are still unknown. Keep checking back to see what happens to The CW's 'Hellcats,' CBS's 'Blue Bloods' and 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' and more.

by Maggie Furlong,