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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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Judy January 31, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I liked Mental for the caring but not for the backstabing. I know you can’t have one without the other but clean up the backstabbing.


Jaime January 31, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Why get rid of mental that was a good show what is wrong with these networks looks like fox will be the next one to lose me period for watching it I already gave up on cbs for getting rid of moonlight thank God for USA & SyFy & HBO for having some great show i’m finding more & more I like on cable then on network


Mad TV Defender January 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

What, the HELL is wrong with you Fox???
You plan to keep The Cleveland Show and gawd f***ing awful Dollhouse but you get rid of Mad TV??? Who do you people think you are???
That is just wrong! Lots of people love Mad TV and any of the fans could probably agree that the show was not the one to go! I’ll admit the show is not the same ever since Aries Spears and Michael McDonald left but it was still the better sketch comedy over Saturday Night Live!

Everything is going downhill from here…


eali November 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Hi Dear


vicky November 19, 2009 at 7:23 am

anybody knows something of the season 2 of MENTAL? is there going to be one or not?


admin November 19, 2009 at 9:23 am

@vicky: No word yet but the ratings weren’t good.


David November 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm

one major fal that fox will always make is cancelling good shows like terminator the sarah conner chronicles, “you try but you will die” fox


rachael November 12, 2009 at 8:22 pm

I truelly enjoyed watching Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. It was my favorite show on tv. I set my DVR and made sure i wouldn’t ever miss it. And now i just found out its canceled. That is really messed up. I love the terminator saga. Im a follower of the show because it followed the story so well. Networks always get rid of the wrong shows and keep the stupid shit….


skip November 11, 2009 at 3:10 pm

terminator was one of the best sci-fi programs on t.v. It was amazingly written and the cast was superb! Doll house is awful! Another huge mistake! Please sell terminator to another network so I can watch it.


Susie November 10, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Prison Break was another of my favorite series. I never missed ONE episode…. I was truly sorry to see it end, although I feel it could have lasted much longer….. I AM happy, however, that at least there was an ending. I wasn’t happy with how it ended, but, again, happy to at least see an ending…… And it was an “okay” ending.


jbk October 17, 2009 at 10:43 am

Comment: These were good choices which seems a bit uncharacteristic for Fox. For once Im happy to see all the shows end. But with what theyre working with now they could cut another 7 or 8 shows and I would be happy. Especially if Til Death was included in that cut.

Blah Blah Blah: King of the Hill and Madtv should have been canceled long ago. Fox has had some great dramatic shows recently. House MD still has plenty more life in it but Prison Break was like a never ending movie. I was waiting for it to end in the first season. It should have just been a movie but then it would only be another lame prison movie. The Terminator show was a fucking terrible idea. It didnt make sense if you try to connect it to the story in the movies so as a fan I couldnt bare to watch. I dont even know what the rest of these shows are really except for Bones. Bones is alright. 24 is another long movie… I didnt catch Sit Down, Shut Up. It seems like they barely gave it a chance and that well may be another one of their big mistakes. Fox makes lots of mistakes.. like canceling Arrested Development.


Mad TV Defender January 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Well Sit Down, Shut Up wasnt all that funny. It was too much dry humor. the Terminator Show and all the other “serious shows” that were cancelled i have never seen in my life but they most likely didnt return due to no ratings.
and DON’T… say Mad TV and King of the Hill should’ve been cancelled a while ago!
Compared to what Family Guy and every other comedy/animated show on Fox are becoming, they need(ed) Mad TV more than ever!

Fox is retarded lol.


Anonymous October 14, 2009 at 8:19 am

canceling Terminator and Mental are BIG mistakes


Elaine Bisbey October 3, 2009 at 12:09 am

Keep Mental on. It is intelligent t.v.


thatoneguy February 4, 2010 at 9:38 am

Mental is only “intelligent t.v.” if you are completely brain dead. I would think intelligent t.v. would be a show that dont treat its viewers like ignorant sheep that wont ever question the stupidity of a show.


Josh February 5, 2010 at 2:18 am

Just to point out the obvious you must have a lack of intelligence for typing .” I would think intelligent t.v. would be a show that dont treat its viewers like ignorant sheep….”. Pretty sure it’s suppose to be doesn’t.


Anonymous September 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm

i thought r u smarter than a 5th grader wz gettng old but mental wz the shit! i want it back!! also y the hell wud they cancel dont 4get the lyrics?!


Anonymous September 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm

American Idol Is like Superstar in my tv only in my language.Superstar is Better Than American Idol!Anyways Paula Abdul Got Fired From American Idol


tonja September 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm

well im irritated about terminator, happy about dollhouse, and house well anyone who thought house wasnt comming back has problems…. As for american idol… im gonna watch it only bcause of Ellen!!! Idol has just went to hell!!!


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