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

The UnitCBS has announced their new schedule for the 2009 – 2010 season. The network has the most viewers overall so they don’t have to make a lot of changes. But, because they’re in such good shape, they can still afford to shake things up a bit. That means dumping some shows whose ratings weren’t too bad.

The network has also picked up Medium which was cancelled by NBC. CBS says that they’re targeting a younger demographic next season but their choice of new shows doesn’t wholly reflect that philosophy.

With the largest number of returning shows of all five networks, CBS has renewed 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Flashpoint, Gary Unmarried, Ghost Whisperer, How I Met Your Mother, Medium, The Mentalist, NCIS, The New Adventures of New Christine, Numb3rs, Rules of Engagement, Survivor, and Two and a Half Men.

Returning this Summer are Big Brother and Million Dollar Password (which is unlikely to return for season two). New series for the Summer months include Do You Trust Me? and Jingles.

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Next season, the Tiffany network has a fair number of new shows on the way as well. They include Accidentally on Purpose, Arranged Marriage, The Bridge, The Good Wife, Miami Trauma, Three Rivers, and Undercover Boss. You can also expect the NCIS spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles.

And now, for the shows that won’t be back next season. Interestingly only a couple of these had really bad ratings. When you’re at the top of the heap, you can be choosy.

Eleventh Hour
A brilliant biophysicist helps the government investigate strange cases. The ratings weren’t too low and the show has a devout following but CBS execs cancelled it after 18 episodes.

The Ex List
A psychic tells a young woman that she’s already dated the man of her dreams and, if she doesn’t marry within a year, she’ll always be alone. The series was pulled after four installments but all 13 episodes were completed for a possible DVD release.

Game Show in My Head
A hidden camera show from Ashton Kutcher in which everyday people perform crazy stunts in public to try to win up to $50,000. The show enjoyed a brief eight episode run in January and won’t be back with more.

Harper's IslandHarper’s Island
This murder mystery show started out pretty strong but quickly lost viewers. CBS is burning off the existing 13 episodes on Saturday nights. If there was going to be another season, it would have revolved around a new mystery.

Swingtown
A drama that follows three families in the swinging seventies. CBS ran it during the summer months and it attracted a small but devoted audience. The network tried to find another outlet for season two but couldn’t.

The Unit
This beloved military drama followed the lives of both a special forces team as well as their family members at home. A victim of cost-cutting measures, Dennis Haysbert and company won’t be returning to fight again.

Without a TraceWithout a Trace
This venerable crime drama about the FBI’s New York Missing Persons Squad is about to go missing itself. Due to budget cuts and sinking ratings, the show won’t be back for season eight.

Worst Week
Thankfully, we got to see unlucky Sam and his bride have their baby together. Unfortunately, we’ll never get to see if Sam’s klutziness is hereditary. The show has been cancelled after 15 episodes. There was talk of renewing the show as a cheaper, multi-camera sitcom but it didn’t work out.

Will you miss any of these cancelled shows? Has CBS made any mistakes or have they gotten these right? See any they shouldn’t have renewed but did? Please don’t forget to leave your comments below!

Note: CBS later changed the name of new series Miami Trauma to Miami Medical.

Here are updated cancelled/renewed listings for the five networks: ABC | CBS | The CW | FOX | NBC

 

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Britney December 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I hate CBS with a passion! I havent watched CBS since, why would someone in their right mind cancel The Unit that was the best show ever to be on tv.

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Anonymous November 19, 2011 at 10:58 am

I can’t believe you cancelled The Unit. It was the only TV series I have ever gotten into and thoroughly enjoyed. I still think you should bring it back. Season 5 and beyond…

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your face puncher May 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

hell yea. and the people saying sell it off. it wasnt there show so they cant sell it. but yes i support your movie idea

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mr-stephen1 March 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

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Zack March 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

Bring back the show you cant run a tv company. your buisness suppose to relay on the viewers and what they want we want the series back go suck each other balls CBS aka Canclelation Bull Shit Station.

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Ryan March 7, 2011 at 6:55 am

Bring back The Unit.
That show was by far one of the best shows I have seen. I’m sick of you guys canceling the shows that we all love.
Please get a another tv company to take over for the return.
This show was so real you can relate to it in real life. Stupid mistake of canceling the show. Like many others would agree with me

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jt February 13, 2011 at 9:08 am

this show was awesome!!!! I am not military vet but I must say I really enjoyed The Unit. The show was getting too real for tv…bring it back on another network

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Mary Anne Chappell February 11, 2011 at 2:34 am

Cancelling the Unit was a huge mistake. And so are you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Eugene January 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I can’t believe that CBS cancelled the UNIT, it was a great series. Bring it back you dirtbags. The ending sucked it could have been done better.

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missy January 9, 2011 at 6:18 am

Why did they cancel Without A Trace? It was an awesome show and shouldn’t have been touched! Ratings weren’t bad at all.

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Julia January 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I cant believe the unit has been cancelled!
:’;(

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Ace December 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm

BRING BACK THE UNIT… i live in Canada and thats one of the show besides 24 that i would look forward to watch and now you guys have screwed over my Sundays.

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Screwed Over Fan November 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Why did you cancel the unit? It was a great show, and the only TV show that I watch besides new and SNL. Great godforsaken decision. I’m not alone, either. My firends loved that show, and so did my relaitves. And I know quite a few veterans and service men who enjoyed that show. You really should have thought it over before doing that.

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Dissappointed Vet November 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Cancelling THE UNIT was NOT COOL! Very unprofessional. You have no idea how big a military fanbase you had. Some of my buddies not in service started watching it and it’s like they began to understand what we go through. I didnt buy all that “ratings” bullcrap of an excuse you had to give such an abrupt discharge. Sell it to another network. Us military vets were you’re hardcore fanbase and cancelling the show was as disappointing as a CE failure.. honestly

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Kevi Kevv November 16, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Cancelling “The Unit” was the DUMBEST THING idea to date. And glimpsing how the season finale would have turned out, you would think they would have the decency to give a soldier his final run let alone LISTEN TO VIEWER OPINION! (u wouldnt belive how many petitions i seen. i wonder who even sees em.. bastards) The show felt straight out authentic! It was fantastic. I want it to run 2011 nuff said

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