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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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dannie December 27, 2006 at 10:40 pm

I agree, BRING BACK CONVICTION. It’s december already. The season’s out, people have bought it. AND WE WANT THE SHOW BACK.

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martha e hernandez December 5, 2006 at 4:32 pm

i just hate when there are so many good shows been cancelled, like, studio 60, please bring it back we need good shows, not those reality shows hate those.

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Hailey November 15, 2006 at 6:50 pm

NBC,
It’s November, people are still begging for Conviction to come back. This should be a sign it has a good chance of doing pretty well, even better if given a new night. Give it another shot, pretty please?

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Michele November 11, 2006 at 6:56 am

I am really upset to see that Surface will not be returning. It was definitely a good show. If not for nothing, at least return the show to finish it through…….

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chandler November 10, 2006 at 8:19 pm

Come on another good show canceled. This is getting ridiculous!!!!!!!

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Michelle November 3, 2006 at 10:49 pm

I APPARENTLY ALONG WITH A KAJILLION OTHERS THINK YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY INSANE TO HAVE NOT RENEWED CONVICTION!!!!!IT WAS THE BEST NEW SHOW TO COME ALONG SINCE CSI.PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!!

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alan November 1, 2006 at 7:00 am

what the hell is going on with NBC. you took away conviction, which was one of the best shows on tv, and added studio 60. good move there…..

thank you NBC for being complete retards. it’s not like you have other shows that are doing so good that you couldn’t put conviction in there somewhere. thursday is the only day NBC is good so pick any other day and put conviction on it.

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Joe D October 25, 2006 at 5:04 pm

Bring back Teachers and Smith. Teachers was great, very funny. Real life stuff mostly the teaching professionals.

Smith, very excited for this show, then 2 and out. Who makes these calls??? Is TIVO counted into viewers watched? I know a lot of people that only watch through tivo.

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Randy Gomes October 22, 2006 at 1:16 pm

Nobody mentioned the death of “Teachers”. This was a funny show with one of my favorite actors on TV and radio, Phil Hendrie! This show deserves one more chance.

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trish October 17, 2006 at 6:01 am

Please bring back “Conviction”. I didn’t realize it wasn’t coming back. It’s a great show, good story lines, new faces, captivating and believable. This is a keeper!!!!!!!!!

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Tom October 16, 2006 at 7:54 pm

I cannot believe conviction was cancelled!! I have been looking for it all month!!! It had a lot of potential!

BRING CONVICTION BACK!!

Tom

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carrie October 16, 2006 at 9:38 am

i cant believe surface was cancelled…it was one of my fav shows to watch….bring it back…

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Michael Sebright October 15, 2006 at 6:11 pm

Please bring back Conviction. This was by far one of the best law dramas ever.

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ginger October 13, 2006 at 6:54 am

How in the world could you put all your eggs in one basket with a show like Studio 60…that is the biggest disappointment of the season for me and cancel a wonderful show like Conviction?

Who’s in charge over there 4 years old with an attention span of a 2 year old? GET A CLUE!!!

You better order up 20 more episodes of Medium to fill some empty slots and bring back Conviction to fill the other ones.

PITIFUL MANAGEMENT!!!

ginger

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Annmarie October 11, 2006 at 11:17 am

BRING BACK CONVICTION. IT WAS A GOOD SHOW THAT I REALLY ENJOYED WATCHING INSTEAD OF ALL THESE REALTIY TV SHOWS.
BRING IT BACK

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