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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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Anonymous October 11, 2006 at 11:01 am

bring back related

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d bowers October 11, 2006 at 6:55 am

What is the problem, u get a good show like SMITH, u don’t give it time. . BRING BACK SMITH, I AM SO TIRED OF ALL OF THESE REALITY SHOWS. RAY L AND THE CAST ARE EXCELLENT. I WAS LOOKING FORWARD FOR THIS ONE TO STAY.

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Shawn October 11, 2006 at 1:58 am

I can’t believe that shows like Apprentice are left on, and Excellent shows like SMITH and Joey never get a chance to take off… NBC seems to be making many mistakes, as well as CBS. too bad…

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alison October 10, 2006 at 7:02 pm

PLEASE BRING BACK CONVICTION. ENOUGH OF THE REALITY STUFF. THE CHARACTERS HAD GREAT POTENTIAL. MOVE IT TO TUES. OR WED. FOR BETTER VIEWING, BUT ILIKED IT AFTER LAS VEGAS.

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Meryl October 8, 2006 at 6:13 pm

How about a suspense or msytery show that ISN”T a series? Something like the old “Thriller” or “Outer Limits”?

The problem with NBC is that they completely disregard women viewers. “Family” programming is geared to children and “evening” programming is directed at men. All they show is sports and “reality” shows with scantilly clothed models and lots of female “victims”.

NBC has one good program ….”Medium” which they have decided to eliminate in favor of MORE FOOTBALL untill the season ends in January.

For now I am mostly watching CBS. I guess “Ghost Whisperer” is pretty good viewing…perhaps by January I will have found something to watch on Sunday nights. Not EVERYONE likes Football or T&A!

Half of the television audience is WOMEN…Why doesn’t NBC have anything on that we want to watch!

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Trevor October 3, 2006 at 12:06 pm

For information about “Medium,” check out this article.
Medium: Did NBC Cancel the Patricia Arquette Series?

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Deb S October 2, 2006 at 8:04 am

Is it true that “Medium” is being canceled? I loved that show. Also “Invasion” was a great show as well.

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David S September 30, 2006 at 8:52 pm

The bright people at NBC that cancelled Conviction should be put on trial, and face the legal eagles of Conviction. Obviously, by canceling the show they were trying to inflict cruel and unusual punishment on the American viewers.

In the same light, I think the authorities at ABC should be impeached. Commander and Chief was the next West Wing. Obviously, they (ABC) must be getting the same advice as President Bush, faulty-poorly thought out- and just plain dump.

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Randy September 28, 2006 at 10:07 pm

I seriously doubt some NBC exec will be reading message boards but I totally agree Conviction was a great show. I only watch sports, a couple of sitcoms and only one serious show…Conviction!!! This show really got my attention and NBC will regret not giving it a chance. Deal or No Deal is picked up but not Conviction?? No wonder NBC is way behind the other networks.

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sherre young September 28, 2006 at 9:42 pm

How could you possibly cancel Conviction after the
extremely suspenceful two hour finale. I’m a big
NBC supporter, but this was defenitely a screw up!!! You left us hanging!
Bring back Conviction!!

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Chris G. September 28, 2006 at 7:59 pm

Please bring back “Reunion” it was just started to get interesting, and bring back “Invasion”. Why do all the goods get taken off?

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Logan September 27, 2006 at 7:42 pm

OMG! WTF?? This is just like Lyon’s Den! I get interested and hooked into a good show with a quality cast and interesting plot and they pull the plug. What a bunch of incompetent thugs. The cost of developing and pulling shows has got to be high. No more NBC for me. See ya.

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Jerry Hintz September 27, 2006 at 4:39 pm

Surface and Invasion, bring them back. My family loved them.

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Duane & Vicki Reynolds September 26, 2006 at 7:20 am

Please bring back “Surface”. Our family loves this show, or put it on Sci-fi, but continue with it.

Thank You,
D & V Reynolds

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Lynn L. Cunningham September 25, 2006 at 7:15 pm

I am really disappointed in the canceling of the tv show, “Medium” starrring Patricia Arquette and other talented actors.

It seems to me that all that is on TV anymore are just for the 25 to 30 years old or younger or the yucky millions of reality shows.

I myself and alot of other friends of mine no longer are going to watch the junk you have replaced decent shows with. Lynn Cunningham and I am really angry.

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