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. Nour says

    Mental is great. You shouldn’t cancel it. I LOVE IT. It is a new and diffrent show with new ideas.I really enjoyed watching it and I hope to see another season.

  2. ken says

    I liked mental– sorry to see it go but whats new !!!! who and what sould be on t.v it’s the bright ones that tell us what to watch ha ha they get paid to much and make the wrong choice -like i said what’s new

  3. Cathy says

    I think House needs to get out of the hospital for a few episodes. Its hard to keep things interesting in the same old “House’s or Cuddy’s offices” and “Somewhere in the hospital” sets. Chase the patients down, send them on a man hunt. Make House have sex with 13 or whatever her number is. Give them all amnesia for a day, or get a virus that turns them all into vampires….I don’t know, do something. I love House and I love Hugh Laurie and the entire rest of the crew better than anything else, well not more than Poirot or the Tudors or Sense and Sensibility of course. Turn that script bag upside down and give it a shake. I’ll keep watching no matter what.

  4. Gary Scott says

    Mental is great.

    Maybe a bit too much like “House” but so much more watchable. I’m tired of house getting the blank stare….and realizing the solution. Hospitals would be sued if they tried all the solutions House tries on patients before he FINALLY lands on the right answer.

    Please keep Mental. We do not need any more reality shows. “More to Love” – really? It is an offensive concept. I will NEVER watch one minute of it.

  5. fightgurlx says

    I think Mental was better than House in recent years. House has gotten to crazy and way too unbelievable. I this had happened to a doctor, not to mention the head of a department at a teaching hospital, in real life he would never practice medicine again. and DON’T get me wrong… I LOVE HOUSE. I have the first four seasons on DVD, but come on are the riders just running out of people to give Lupus to? Mental on the other hand has the opportunity for many shows as there are more psychiatric conditions than autoimmune conditions. Also, Chris Vance is a wonderful actor who is fully vested in his character and is very believable. This is a fresh new take on the recent multitude of medical dramas.

  6. Smith says

    Wow, indeead. Do you feel better now? On the bright side we can still watch american idol. Who needs character development and plot?

  7. anon says

    wow…. mental is quite possibly one of the least intelligent, unwatchable piles of crap on tv atm. parking it right next to house was a huge mistake. all it did was go to show how little quality the show has in comparison and highlight the fact that they tried to cash in on house’s popularity with a poorly made and even more poorly acted copy.

    terminator was their own fault… show only toned down the complicated multiple timeline episodes waaaayy too late in its run for most people to give it another chance. got decent towards the end of the second season but too much of it had already been ruined. i enjoyed it the whole way through… but the same simpletons who enjoy mental dont have the brain power to follow half the storylines in scc.

  8. Anonymous says

    I can’t believe Mental is being cancelled. It is the one decend show on TV by FOX. The season finale was something that could lead to the next season… so please try to keep Mental from cancelling.

  9. Jason says

    Frankly, I’ve never been a huge Terminator fan. But, I have to say, I’m really surprised Terminator SCC didn’t get more viewers. I loved that show. I wish Fox didn’t have to cancel it but, with as few viewers as it got, I suppose I can understand that.

    However, cancelling Mental was nothing more than a declaration from Fox that they are the all-time biggest idiots in the industry. The only show that Fox has on it’s network that can even compete with the promise that Mental has shown is House. And, let’s face it. House is an absolutely amazing show. I love it. But, how many more seasons can even it go on, before the morons at Fox screw that up to?

    Fox has had some of the best shows on television. The problem is, they’ve cancelled half of them. If anyone can find a way to get rid of the idiots working at Fox and replace them with trained chimps, let me know. Even that would be an improvement. Are they drunk when they make all their business interactions?

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