2008 – 2009 Cancelled Shows: NBC Cancels 10 Television Series

American GladiatorsThe peacock network has just unveiled their plans for the Summer months. Two disaster mini-series, Meteor and The Storm, will debut as will new scripted shows like The Philanthropist, Merlin and The Listener. They’ll be joined by a new version of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Great American Road Trip. USA Network’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent will return to the network as will NBC’s perennial hit America’s Got Talent.

While there are lots of new shows in the network’s future, it’s been confirmed that there are even more that won’t be returning. The unlucky shows are…

American Gladiators — A revival of the 1989 syndicated game show, this series pits amateur athletes against “gladiators” in contests of strength and agility. When NBC announced its year-round schedule last April, Gladiators was set to return for season three in Summer 2009. In the meantime, the series performed poorly in the ratings and execs changed their minds about its future. It’s been rumored that Gladiators may eventually return but it won’t be on NBC. TV show dates: January 6 — August 4, 2008.

America’s Toughest Jobs — A reality show in which contestants try difficult and dangerous occupations. The winner takes home the combined first year salaries of all of the sampled jobs. The series performed poorly in season one and was shuffled to Saturday nights for its final installments. TV show dates: August 25 — October 25, 2008.

The Baby Borrowers — Based on a UK series of the same name, five young couples get a feel for what it’s like to take care of a baby for three days, then a toddler, a pre-teen, a teenager, and an elderly person. The network took a lot of flack for “borrowing” infants and didn’t even get good ratings. TV show dates: June 25 — August 6, 2008.

Celebrity Circus — Pop culture stars are trained in circus acts and then perform for judges and home viewers to stay in the competition. Antonio Sabato, Jr. won the first season’s competition but there won’t be a second year. TV show dates: June 11 — July 16, 2008.

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Celebrity Family Feud — Al Roker (The Today Show) hosts the newest version of the classic TV game show with celebrity families competing for cash prizes that are given to charity. Six episodes were produced and aired but not enough people watched. TV show dates: June 24 – July 29, 2008.

Fear Itself — This series is an anthology of horror/suspense stories, directed by well-known directors like Stuart Gordon, Brad Anderson, John Landis, and Rob Schmidt. Unfortunately, the series couldn’t scare up many viewers and NBC only aired eight of the 13 produced installments. TV show dates: June 5 — July 31, 2008.

Last Comic Standing — A reality show competition that seeks to find the most talented stand-up comedian. The winner receives his own comedy special and a development deal with NBC. Created by Peter Engel (Saved by the Bell), Standing has been hosted by Jay Mohr, Anthony Clark, Bill Bellamy, and Fearne Cotton. The series ran for six seasons and 59 episodes. TV show dates: June 1, 2003 – August 28, 2008.

Momma’s Boys — Co-executive produced by Ryan Seacrest (American Idol), this reality show centers around a group of mothers who help to choose a mate for their complacent sons. All six episodes of season one aired and there won’t be any more. TV show dates: December 16, 2008 — January 19, 2009.

Most Outrageous Moments — Used mostly as filler by the network, this series showcases humorous clips from television and everyday situations. A few unaired episodes will pop up in the coming months (May 19th, July 21st, July 28th, August 26th, and August 28th) but no other original episodes will be produced. TV show dates: February 8, 2005 — TBD.

Nashville Star — A reality competition that ran for five seasons on USA Network before moving to NBC. Billy Ray Cyrus hosted the most recent run, season six. The show’s been cancelled by the peacock network and there’s been no mention of the series returning to its original cable home. TV show dates: March 8, 2003 — August 4, 2008.

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  1. CMFX says

    Really, they cancelled Last Comic Standing, it had great ratings & who doesn’t need some comedy in this type of economy !!!

    Well, just goes to show you why NBC is tanking in the ratings, they are cancelling all the good shows. & I think Conan won’t bring in the audience unfortuantely for them either. I am looking forward to Jay Leno’s show in the fall, we need more comedy!

  2. says

    I really wish you would give Last comic standing another chance {renew it} You never seem to get to a city close enough to me but I think I have learned how to email my video to you so at least I could be one of the best of the worst auditions! Little old lady whose not a wanna bee anymore {I think} Just call me shorty. Terry obrien

  3. Rod says

    I miss My own worst enemy. To cancel it after just a few episodes was the epitome of stupidity.
    But to pull the plug on Life, which has some of the best dialogue and acting from the lead (actor) that I have seen in a very long time is just …..!!! NBC needs to pull its head out of its collective ass and get some fresh air.

  4. John says

    I think NBC needs to get a clue. They cancelled Las Vegas, now they just announced they have cancelled LIFE, now they are talking about cancelling Knight Rider??? Come on NBC! Maybe you should cancel some of those junky reality shows and leave the good shows alone!!!!

  5. Morgan says

    They should release the remaining Fear Itself episodes on DVD and then all 13 episodes for future syndication. That show had promise, but you could tell it wasn’t supported by the network from the start. How lousy to not even bother airing its final 5 episodes.

  6. Dave says

    I was disappointed to see My Worst Enemy go the way of the dodo. Is it just me, or is nothing sticking to NBC besides the Olympics? Well, Knight Rider seems to keep going. Maybe they should reprise the A-Team as well.

  7. Steve says

    Thank christ they canceled half the reality show and revival garbage. Now if they could only bring themselves to stop greenlighting more of it then they might actually have a brighter future ahead of them.

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