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2006 Cancelled Shows: Lots of NBC Cancellations

Following one of NBC’s worst seasons, the peacock network is understandably making quite a few changes for the fall season. There are a number of interesting shows on the schedule which includes Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60. Will the new shows and the addition of Sunday Night Football help return the National Broadcasting Company to its ratings glory days? Time will tell. Here’s what won’t be returning:

ConvictionThe Apprentice: Martha Stewart – This show didn’t quite gel and the result of having two versions of The Apprentice on the air at the same time, seemed to weaken both.

The Book of Daniel – This controversial Aiden Quinn show was cancelled before airing all of its initial six episodes. Click here for previous coverage.

Conviction – Though not technically a Law & Order spin-off, this series did feature Law & Order: SVU actress Stephanie March in her role as Chief Cabot. All thirteen episodes have aired and it won’t be returning with more. The series is available on DVD.

E-Ring – Expectations for this Jerry Bruckheimer political/military drama, that starred Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Hopper, were high but never established a large enough audience. Of the 20 episodes produced, only 14 were aired. It’s unclear if NBC will air these during the summer.

Fear Factor – After six seasons and 142 episodes, NBC is pulling the plug on the guilty-pleasure show that’s all about making contestants and viewers both scared and sick. Fans of the show can see it return in reruns on NBC in June.

Four Kings – The Seth Green comedy never caught on — despite a large promotional campaign (alongside the better-received My Name is Earl). Seven of the 10 episodes have been aired and there are no current plans to return it to the schedule.

Heist – It seems like someone stole this show’s ratings. NBC aired five of the six produced episodes of this action-adventure drama and it won’t be returning.

Inconceivable – One of the early fatalities of the 2005-06 season, this doctor drama was pulled back in October of 2005. Only four of the 10 produced episodes have aired.

Joey – A ratings disappointment for the network (which may have had unreasonably high expectations), the Friends spin-off aired only 14 of its 22 second season episodes. It seems unlikely that the rest will be aired during the summer. The first season is available here.

SurfaceSurface – This sci-fi series about strange sea creatures seems to have been eclipsed by ABC’s Invasion (which has also been cancelled). All 15 first season episodes have aired and any plans for season two have been permanently deep-sixed. The first season is available here and you can also download Surface on iTunes.)

Teachers – This mid-season comedy about New Jersey teachers won’t be returning for a new semester, uh, season.

Three Wishes – SingerAmy Grant’s show about small-town wish-fulfillment didn’t achieve Extreme Makeover-sized ratings and won’t be returning for another season. It’s been off NBC since December of 2005 but CMT (Country Music Television) has reportedly acquired the rights to air the reruns.

The West Wing – This venerable White House drama had its series finale on May 14, 2006. You can read previous coverage here or a recap of the final episode.

Will & Grace – The groundbreaking and often bawdy sitcom aired its last episode on May 18, 2006. You can read coverage here or a recap of the final episode.

Crossing Jordan was planned to be a mid-season replacement but has been moved onto Friday night on the fall schedule. Scrubs has been renewed for 22 new episodes but won’t return until early 2007. TV Series Finale home page

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Moony Smith October 17, 2009 at 11:12 am

Seriously, I liked Surface. I just finished watching the entire first season and I am ready for the rest… disappointing to say the least.

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Lav January 9, 2009 at 6:53 pm

I still can’t get over cancelling Star Trek Enterprise! What were they thinking?

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Chris November 20, 2008 at 9:48 pm

I cannot believe NBC canceled Medium! What are you thinking? Seems they always get rid of shows with some substance. Patricia Arquette was refreshing and wonderful to watch as Allison.

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Margaret October 19, 2007 at 6:47 pm

My God they took off Medium!!!! I’ve been waiting for the new season to start, so I got on-line to see when it was to begin… No, my favorite show!

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Rebecca September 18, 2007 at 8:16 pm

I can’t believe I didn’t know this, but Medium was canceled. How can pukey Ghost Whisperer stay on, but Medium get dumped? NBC has created some GREAT shows and without a doubt, they always dump the great ones and end up keeping the crap ones.

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jen August 28, 2007 at 8:53 am

what a dissappointment “Joey” was. I dont know about you but i felt like it came and went like an unwanted guest. it sort of took away from the magic of the Friends finale.

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MTC August 22, 2007 at 9:26 pm

What in the Blue Blazes……I can remember a time that TV Execs would give a TV show a chance and the viewer would really fall for a show / actor group……now we can expect to have a new show (usually great ones) snagged before they can even get enough to have re-runs ????
M*A*S*H
Happy Days
All In The Family
etc. had people behind them that had the patience to make them great

GROW a Backbone !!

mtc

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Bonita Kolb August 18, 2007 at 12:39 pm

PLEASE~~~PLEASE~~~PLEASE~~~BRING BACK ~~~INVATION~~~ALL THE PEOPLE I KNOW WILL NOT LOOK AT FOX UNTIL IT COMES BACK~~~~PRETTY PLEASE~~~WITH SUGAR ON TOP~~~THANKS

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Anonymous April 22, 2007 at 4:59 pm

BRING BACK CONVICTION! IT WAS THE BEST SHOW EVER MADE MY NBC AND ITS RIDICULOUS THAT IT WAS EVER CANCELLED! ALL OF THE ACTORS DID AN AMAZING JOB WITH THEIR ROLES! THE SHOW WAS FANTASTIC! I NOW WANT TO BE A PROSECUTOR BECAUSE OF THIS SHOW…NBC MADE A HUGE MISTAKE, AND I HOPE THEY REALIZE HOW GREAT A SHOW CONVICTION REALLY WAS.

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Anonymous April 22, 2007 at 4:57 pm

BRING BACK CONVICTION! IT WAS THE BEST SHOW EVER MADE MY NBC AND ITS RIDICULOUS THAT IT WAS EVER CANCELLED! ALL OF THE ACTORS DID AN AMAZING JOB WITH THEIR ROLES! THE SHOW WAS FANTASTIC! I NOW WANT TO BE A PROSECUTOR BECAUSE OF THIS SHOW…NBC MADE A HUGE MISTAKE, AND I HOPE THEY REALIZE HOW GREAT A SHOW CONVICTION REALLY WAS.

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Elizabeth E. April 18, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Wow. Without a doubt – CONVICTION! A younger generations Law & Order. It’s too bad, NBC should reconsider. If it’s about a time slot. Well, here’s a thought… “Maybe” NBC can – Oh, I don’t know replace — The Apprentice: Donald Trump show. No Offense Mr. Trump, but the applicant’s on your show one way or another will land a job – after all they are college graduates. Why not just leave the air time to those who have actually chose a career in the entertainment field. My personal opinion… I could careless if a contestant is hired to work for you. How would that benefit me? NBC – Please, “Conviction” was indeed one of your Greatest Shows Ever!

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PBJ4theg-hash March 13, 2007 at 9:13 pm

yeah seriously was a great show although some episodes were much stronger than others this show was a breath of fresh air from the hundred cop melodramas on television. The acting was outstanding. It was a great spring show and NBC is making a mistake by cancelling it. On another note FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is the best thing to hit TV since The sopranos People check this drama out, even females will really love this incredible drama. This show along with Kyle chandler ought to win emmy awards

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Sueileen March 5, 2007 at 10:23 am

BRING BACK CONVICTION!!!

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Anonymous February 19, 2007 at 3:28 pm

BRING BACK CONVICTION!

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Don Lowe February 7, 2007 at 1:46 pm

BRING BACK CONVICYION. I am sure that it got a better shake by the ratings people than The apprentice. Trump has enough exposure and we are all tired of reality TV. Give us shows with substance, like…CONVICTION

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