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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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Pete Hunt March 4, 2011 at 12:23 am

The country music industry has a huge crowd to entertain !!! Get it together people !!!


peg robinson July 16, 2010 at 11:58 am

will men in trees ever be coming back?


Angel July 16, 2010 at 7:35 am

bring back KINGS!!!!!!!!!


Tom Andron July 16, 2010 at 2:56 am

Anyone know how I can get Journeyman, season one on DVD?


Roy February 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm

AHHH! I hate NBC! My Name Is Earl, dead? Now Heroes on target? It’s not definite yet if Heroes is being thrown out but god does it beat Smallville. No offense to Smallville fans, that show doesn’t appeal to me man. I think that guy from the backstreet boys is in it, right? Overall we all gotta say, it sucks to see your favorite tv shows cancel.


jess November 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I got 19 people interest in las vegas and we hate the way it ended!!!!!!!!!!
Why to do shows have to end so reality shows can take over! please but a stop to it and bring LAS VEGAS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


walter17 September 5, 2009 at 11:34 am

to 21, you didn’t read it right. it doesn’t say merlin — which i like, isn’t being cancelled. it says it’s being introduced. so ha.


kathy dixon August 23, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Do not cancel The Philanthropist not Merlin. These two shows will bring you to the top again.


Dianne August 7, 2009 at 12:01 pm

KINGS is one of the best shows in years. I am beyond disappointed that is has not been renewed. With an extremely rate talented cast, I am saddened that we cannot have this quality storyline to follow.


Dork Boy July 30, 2009 at 5:49 am



WHO&CHO July 13, 2009 at 7:19 am

I MISS MY NAME IS EARL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jason July 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Honestly, who even watches NBC anymore? I have never seen such a fantastic network 10 years ago with Seinfeld, Friends, and the like plummet to pathetic levels with ‘I was a moderate celebrity 20 years ago and nobody cares one way or the other if I get out of here.’ They are more concerned with putting terrible ‘reality shows’ on TV because they are cheap to make and all network executives care about it making an extra dollar. I’d love to see the networks shut down and these people lose their fortunes.


Char July 1, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Iwish they’d bring bacl Las Vegas or make some sort of spin off. We never got to see how it ends and it is an awesome show!!!


Chad June 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I wish that yall could have kept Knight Rider. I liked that show very much.


Jess June 29, 2009 at 11:33 am

Please bring back Las Vegas or ATLEAST give us some closer! I have watched every episode and I want to know how it ends!! Not Fair NBC!!


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