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2006 – 2007 Cancelled Shows: Missing TV Series and Upset Viewers

Six Degrees was seen on ABCWhat a TV season it’s been so far. The networks each debuted a number of new shows, many of them serial dramas, for the 2006-2007 season. They looked very promising and lots of viewers were hooked — more were not. From the beginning of the season, the networks have pulled shows off the air quicker than ever before, leaving viewers with the equivalent of television whiplash. Here are the casualties.

Smith – The Ray Liotta series was the first to go. Smith debuted on September 19th and was cancelled due to declining ratings. Only three episodes aired. The four remaining completed episodes, as well as future episode synopses, were released on the CBS website (subsequently removed), and on iTunes.

Kidnapped – NBC’s big serial drama under-performed network expectations and was cancelled after three episodes and pulled from the schedule after five. Luckily for viewers, NBC released the remaining seven episodes online.

Runaway – One of the new CW’s two new series. The drama about a family on the run starred Donnie Wahlberg and was pulled after just three episodes. Three other episodes were reportedly completed but have gone unaired.

Happy Hour – Fox debuted one of the few new sitcoms in primetime on September 7th. The network aired three episodes in September (before the World Series took over their schedule) and one episode in November. Fox has said that 13 episodes have been completed and may be released on DVD at some point.

The Rich List – This was a game show on Fox that has the dubious distinction of being cancelled after just one episode. The single episode aired on November 2nd and was cancelled along with Happy Hour.

Twenty Good Years – This sitcom starred series veterans John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor, was pulled from the NBC schedule after just four episodes. It’s doubtful that we’ll ever see it again.

Justice – Fox’s courtroom drama starring Alias’ Victor Garber was pulled from the schedule after five episodes because of the World Series. Justice returned in October and was pulled in November after three more episodes. The series returned in December for four episodes and has been pulled from the schedule once more. Twelve episodes of Justice have aired and its unlikely that we’ll ever see any more in primetime.

Apple iTunesVanished – FOX pulled their mystery serial drama after nine episodes. It was supposed to return in December but FOX opted instead to bring back Justice. Luckily (for U.S. fans with high-speed Internet access anyway) the network released the remaining four episodes online. Few viewers felt satisfied with the storyline’s rushed resolution.

Six Degrees – This was the first of ABC’s serial dramas to be pulled in the 2006-2007 season. Six episodes of the J.J. Abrams series have aired. At the time, it was said that Six Degrees would return in January but that doesn’t look very likely at this point.

The Nine – ABC then pulled another serial drama after just seven episodes. The Nine was a character drama that focused on a 52-hour bank robbery/hostage situation and its repercussions. ABC has said that it will air the remaining six episodes in 2007 but there are no firm plans to return the series as yet. Seven episodes are available on iTunes

3 lbs – The Stanley Tucci medical drama was moved up from a midseason replacement show to replace CBS’ cancelled Smith series. It lasted just three episodes before being cancelled itself. Those three episodes are available on iTunesiTunes while CBS has said it will release unaired episodes on their website.

Show Me the Money – The William Shatner game show seemed to be a success initially but its popularity declined at warp speed. Six additional episodes were ordered and then quickly cancelled. Five episodes have aired to date.

Help Me Help You – Ted Danson’s new sitcom about an egotistical therapist and his patients was recently cancelled after nine episodes. Four episodes are unaired. Help Me Help You was replaced by episodes of fellow sitcom Big Day but that show looks like it’s headed for cancellation as well.

Day Break – The Taye Diggs dramatic series was heavily hyped by ABC and brought in to take the place of Lost until it returned in February. Unfortunately, Day Break was pulled after six episodes. ABC planned to air the seven unaired episodes online but that was reportedly delayed due to music licensing issues. Now, it seems Day Break has been purged from the ABC website completely. We’ve started a petition. Will fans ever be able to see the resolution to the deja vu series? Time will tell so stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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alex January 26, 2007 at 9:36 pm

who watches 2 1/2 men??? That show is not funny, boring, and very very lame!! It’s terrible and yet somehow the highest ranked comedy. If you watch this, you don’t know comedy.

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Trish January 26, 2007 at 11:25 am

I loved Justice! It was the best new show of the season. It just needs to be on CBS. Also, 6 Degrees was starting to come together. I’m hoping someone, somewhere will pick up Justice. I think they are trying to have serial shows because of 24s popularity. Every show seemed to be a serial. Justice was a complete show each week! Bring it back!

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Lore January 22, 2007 at 3:40 pm

I couldn’t believe they cancelled Justice, I was already hooked!!

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claudine January 19, 2007 at 7:59 pm

you people are crazy to take of justice of the air this was one of the best show ever what is wrong with you bring it back please .9pm on fridays is my favorite hour because of justice

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Jenn January 19, 2007 at 6:39 pm

I am very upset that they cancelled Justice. It was one of my favorite shows, not only for the actors that were in it, but also because of the plots. I loved that they showed you what actually happened in the end to show not all things were right. Sometimes network television personal tick me off.

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Christina Calloway January 19, 2007 at 5:00 pm

I think FOX made a huge mistake by cancelling “Justice”. I wish that they give this show a second chance. Maybe some other network would pick up the show in the future I hope.

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Melanie January 19, 2007 at 8:23 am

What the hell?! Why did you idiots cancel “Smith”??!! It was a very different and adult-like show…I really liked it! Awesome characters and great acting!! The show had intelligent writing and OMG was the blond surfer guy HOT!!! I’m a 50 year old broad but that man made my boat float. Anyway…why don’t you t.v. execs EVER give shows more time to catch viewers. There’s so much crap shows still on the air…I don’t get it?

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Jeff G January 17, 2007 at 5:44 pm

I cannot believe that those morons at Fox cancelled yet another great show “Justice” when they still air crap like “American Idol.” I am about done with Fox entirely, everytime they put on a good show they turn around and cancel it for no good reason. They got lucky to score a Jerry Bruckheimer production and the wasted it. That is why CBS is the most watched network station, the executives at fox should be cancelled. All they have now is “Bones” and “24” if they lose those I will never watch Fox again.

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mbcln January 16, 2007 at 6:27 pm

I think they were all worth cancelling except maybe 3lbs., I watched Vanished and Runaway but only because there wasn’t much else on. Ever feel like your watching the lesser of two evils? I think they at least should have given 3lbs. more than three episodes. Tucci could have probably reigned in a lot more than expected with time.

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JMB January 16, 2007 at 6:41 am

The network scheduling totally sucks! Go back to the “old days” when the scheduling worked! I only watched Justice from this list but I’m ticked off that it’s been cancelled. If it weren’t for TiVo, I wouldn’t be able to watch most of my shows because they’re always trying to compete with another show. Hey, network execs, get a flippin’ clue and stop following like lemings. Schedule your shows in the less preferable timeslots and you can OWN them.

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Ronny B January 12, 2007 at 11:34 am

I think The Nine started out good and then got a little boring. 6 Degrees was a great show and surprises me to be cancelled. Along with 3lbs, 20 good years, 30 rock, I think we had TOO MANY FREAKIN’ SHOWS with numbers in the title.

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cynthia pringle January 11, 2007 at 1:18 pm

i think six degrees,the nine,and 3 lbs should all be given second chances

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Sydney Myers January 9, 2007 at 9:05 am

This is for all the devoted fans of “The Nine”. Alright, so every year adult t.v. viewers find less and less available to them in terms of intelligent programming. But once in a while a truly great drama does come along and this season it arrived in the form of an original, well-acted and well-written drama called “The Nine”. The perfect show for a more mature audience – an audience with the intelligence and patience for gradual character and story development. A smart show where the viewers can challenge themselves to figure out just what did happen in that bank and try to do this before everything is eventually revealed. But now its fans aren’t even sure if the entire story will even be revealed as this extraordinary show sits in limbo on hiatus. Hitaus for this incredible adult-oriented dramatic series while idiotic shows such as “Supernanny”, “Wife Swap” and “Lost” remain on the air? C’mon ABC…don’t you want to have any intelligent viewers tune in to your network (remember that half the country did not vote for “W”). Or perhaps you just don’t want your sponsors to have our business? If there’s room for all these simple-minded reality shows then there has to be at least one hour a week available for “The Nine”. So, in the tradition of almost cancelled shows such as “Seinfeld”, “MASH”, and “St. Elsewhere”, devoted fans around the globe have kept this show from being officially cancelled and will continue to fight for its return. Its worth it!

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Fantasy_Faery_T January 8, 2007 at 5:46 pm

JUSTICE WAS AND IS AN AMAZING SHOW NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT!!!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT WAS PULLED!! IT WAS SUCH A PERFECT SHOW!!!!
THIS IS HORRIBLE!!!!!

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Josiah January 7, 2007 at 9:32 pm

Arrested Develoment was cancelled in the 05-06 season, all of the shows mentioned have been cancelled in the 06-07 season! read the title of the article people before bringing up a show that was cancelled in the 05-06 season!!!

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