2008 – 2009 Cancelled TV Shows: 10 FOX Series That Won’t Be Back for 2009 – 2010

King of the HillFOX announced its new schedule for the 2009 – 2010 season earlier this week and, other than the renewal of Dollhouse, there weren’t many surprises. If you count in the numbers for American Idol, the network is still doing very well with viewers in the 18-49 demographic.

New shows that are on the way for next season include Brothers, Human Target, Past Life, Sons of Tucson, and The Family Guy spin-off, The Cleveland Show.

Shows that will be back next season include 24, American Dad, American Idol, America’s Most Wanted, Bones, Cops, Dollhouse, Family Guy, Fringe, Glee, House, Kitchen Nightmares, Lie to Me, The Simpsons, So You Think You Can Dance, and ‘Til Death.

King of the Hill has been cancelled but, because FOX still has some leftover episodes, the network has indicated there are plans to air a few next season.

So You Think You Can Dance is also airing over the Summer. It’ll be joined by returning reality shows like Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, Hell’s Kitchen, and The Moment of Truth. Joining them will be new series Mental and More to Love.

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As is the case every year, there are a handful of shows that won’t be returning next season. Some had already been cancelled while we only suspected that others had been slashed. And the unlucky ones are…

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
The Jeff Foxworthy-hosted game show pits the knowledge of adults against precocious pre-teens. The show is set to return with new episodes in late June but that’s supposed to be the end of the show’s run. For those who enjoy the series, a syndicated version will begin airing in September on MyNetworkTV.

Do Not Disturb
A sitcom based in a posh New York City hotel. With bad reviews and few viewers, FOX pulled the plug after three installments aired. Three episodes, including the pilot, were never broadcast.

Don’t Forget the Lyrics!
This sing-a-long game show is hosted by the always-energetic Wayne Brady. It returns to the FOX schedule for the Summer months but they aren’t making any more episodes.

Hole in the Wall
A strange game show in which contestants try to quickly contort their bodies to match the cutouts in a rapidly moving wall. There were 26 episodes produced and, to date 18 of them have aired. They may air at some point but there won’t be any more produced.

The fourth network’s answer to Saturday Night Live lasted 14 seasons before FOX pulled the plug. Producers want to find another home for the series but thus far, they don’t appear to have been successful.

Osbournes ReloadedOsbournes: Reloaded
This strange reality show revolves around the crazy Osbourne family interacting with audience members and outrageous acts to create crazy stunts and comedy. Based on the poor performance of its March 31st preview episode, FOX has cancelled it. Five additional episodes were shot. They may see the light of day at some point but no others will be made.

Prison Break
The network says that Michael Scofield and frenimies can finally stop running. The prison drama is ending after four seasons. A two-hour follow-up movie has made and is coming to DVD in July. FOX may or may not air it as well.

Secret Millionaire
A reality show in which millionaires go undercover in depressed areas and end up awarding money to people in need. The network has said there’s a chance that it may be revived someday but, for now, it’s dead.

TerminatorSit Down, Shut Up
From creator Mitch Hurwitz, this animated series reunites several Arrested Development castmembers. Unfortunately, the series wasn’t beloved by viewers or critics as much. Four episodes have aired, leaving nine on the shelf. Again, they may air but there won’t be any new ones made.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
This sci-fi action series lasted just 31 episodes before having its plug pulled. Though you’d think that there’d be a big audience for a small-screen version of the Terminator franchise, not many viewers tuned in.

Will you miss any of these cancelled shows? Has FOX made any mistakes or have they gotten these right? See any they shouldn’t have renewed but did? Leave your comments below!

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  1. MR says

    “So You Think You Can Dance is also airing over the Summer. It’ll be joined by returning reality shows like Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, Hell’s Kitchen, and The Moment of Truth. Joining them will be new series Mental and More to Love.”

    As far as I can see, this says that some of the shows cancelled will be airing this summer. Then they add “Joining them will be…” If I understand this statement correctly (which I hope I do), then it’s just stating that Mental is a summer program, not that it is canelled. I’m assuming this is correct since it’s not specifically listed under the canceled shows. I hope so, this is one show I absolutely love. So, even if I’m wrong, lets not burst my bubble just yet 😛

  2. Catherine says

    I can’t believe they are cancelling Mental. We’ve looked forward to it every week since it started. It is intelligent, funny and informative. It is head and shoulders above most of the drivel on tv these days. And how refreshing to see mental illness treated with dignity. Say it ain’t so!

  3. leni says

    I’m confused, admittedly a normal state for me. I’m reading all these comments about Mental being canceled but find no reference to that in this article. the season finale did seem to be a series finale as Jack has quit and is on his way out of town but I’m sure that could be explained away next season. Please, please say it will be back, it’s the one watchable show left on Fox.
    I’ve always enjoyed a couple of hours of TV in the evening while I unwind from the day but there’s nothing left to watch. I rarely watch network television these days, I didn’t think this would ever happen, I actually would rather watch the ridiculous reality shows on the cable networks than anything else,

  4. Mark says

    I am simply stupified by the fact they cancelled Mental. It was truly one of the best shows I have seen on TV in years.

  5. MJ Engstrom says

    Typical network bull… I can not believe that Fox has cancelled TSCC, but then again why not. After all, this is the same network that has cancelled so many of the shows that they suckered me into watching for some period of time or got me all jazzed up only to cancel what appeared to be the start of a great show. Some examples for me were:

    Harsh Realm

    Oh hell, I’ve worked my self into a frenzy now I’ve lost my train of thought and can not recall my list – but you get the picture. An what makes matters worse is that this is not isolated to just the mental midgets at Fox. ABC, CBS & NBC are all as guilty… Let’s see… there has been “Freaks & Geeks”, “Surface”, “Threshold”, “Life on Mars”, “The Unusuals”, “My Own Worst Enemy”, “Journeyman” and the list goes on and on.

    Recently, I’ve found that the cable networks have been producing some pretty good shows and unlike the “Big Four” networks these networks like USA & TNT seem committed to their viewers – at least as far as I can see. Maybe we should start supporting them more and the big four less and less.

  6. Jennafer says

    I am quite upset that Mental is being canceld. It is one of the few shows on TV that I actually enjoy watching.

  7. ljm says

    In a season of truly awful television, I discovered “Mental”, and am very disappointed that this half-way intelligient show is being taken off. Makes me want to turn off the tv and take up a hobby.

  8. A random fat dude says

    Why are they stopping King of the Hill? I like that show WAY more than Family Guy. House, Cops, Hell’s Kitchen, and Kitchen Nightmares are my favorite shows that are staying on FOX, I wish they would keep King of the Hill and Sit Down, Shut Up, those were some of my favorite cartoon shows on the network. They should consider doing to these 2 shows what they’re doing to 5th Grader: put em on MyNetworkTV so we can keep watching them!!!

  9. YaredBT says

    “I will never watch fox again” makes a compelling argument, albeit noticeably lacking a reference to the departure of the “The Loop” [can I get an Amen or a resurrection]. To be fair his criticism is incendiary and overtly hostile to the LowestVonuniBrowser’s (American Idolizers), but it is necessarily so. The feigning kowtow of Foxed-up Programming reads like the faux Broadcaster’s guide to Environmentally-friendly Entertaintment. Reduce(scripted content) – Re-Use[old-hats…as long as they perform speculatively well… forever, and involve Seacrest, and require little more than a text and waiting for a results show (Fringe, Lie to Me hold on to yours)] – Recycle: see Re-use; also Reality TV, & anything that has performed remotely well anywhere]. This screed in enriched pablum form is stated thus. New media and the recession don’t bode well for an industry content to cutting out content’s throat [to see if it has a voice] just because it doesn’t perform irrationally well and profitable[you know after the buzz has settled down to little more than a groundswell of loyal viewership]. The dissipation of Nielson Rating Points is more likely the viewers time-shifting via a Hulu or DVR apparatus (DishNetwork, DirecTV, Cable, Tivo, etc.) rather than pure desertion. I genuinely think your metrics[methodology] are not doing your viewers, advertisers, and ultimately your shareholder and our culture a service. The coveted segments are not necessarily going to flock to a box @ a certain time each week, so set reasonable expectation [like stable or incremental growth], utilize other delivery option, and create new eyeball counting systems that understand that this and other 27 year old fully employed individuals [male] is willing to watch 75-85% of his television via Hulu with 100% of their ads viewed. Because they are both short enough to not be avoidable and few enough to not break the show’s flow. Of the remaining 5-15% of actual television I watch maybe 0-1% of the commercials are viewed. I assure you my DVR skips well. Do the foxing math and compel advertisers to compensate appropriately before more people say “you know what I will never watch Fox again”… and mean it.

  10. I will never watch fox again says

    I seriously am never watching fox again. I’ve been contemplating this for a few seasons…but I’ve made my decision. From a guy who’s been a vegatarian for three years (and loves meat), hasn’t shopped at wal-mart for six years (even thought I’m broke), and hasn’t been to mcdonalds in over a decade (bic mac’s…mmmmmm)…it’s done…absolutely no more fox. I’ll cut my losses with 24…it’s getting a little old anyway so it will probably be around for about 10 more years. That’s all that’s left. House is okay…but not good enough to keep me. Terminator: SCC had me…Prison Break had me…Arrested Development had me…Firefly had me…Futurama…Family Guy (the first time, I’ve lost interest by now)…Dark Angel…
    I’m just sick of them catering to American Idiots…with constant two hour specials and twice a week at that…and giving me little gems of something with an IQ over 85…only to yank them away, unresolved, a few episodes later.

    I’ts about the same as watching half of a really good movie and no one bothered to make the second half.

    I’m done wasting my time…unless they can spend several years undoing what they’ve already done wrong. F%#@ fox and it’s sub-par entertainment.

  11. angelina says

    When will they bring back the other 5 shows of Osbournes reloaded?They just aired one episode.The show was funny but was cut short.

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