$#*! My Dad Says: Reactions to Series Cancellation

Bleep My Dad Says canceledAfter months of being on the bubble, CBS cancelled $#*! My Dad Says after just one season of 18 episodes. Though the sitcom has better ratings than Rules of Engagement and CSI: Miami, those shows will return but William Shatner and company will not.

Last week, Shatner told his fans that he was holding his breath waiting to hear about the renewal. After the cancellation news broke, Shatner wrote to his Twitter followers, “Thank you to all for the outpouring of love you have shown $#*! My Dad Says. I thank all of you for watching.” Not surprisingly, the 80-year-old actor is already busy with several new projects. He’s currently asking his followers to identify specific scenes for a new Star Trek documentary called The Captains.

Justin Halpern, the creator of the Twitter feed that spawned the TV show wrote on his blog, “It was a bummer until I remembered that I got a TV show based off a Twitter feed and a book and was basically the luckiest asshole who ever roamed this earth.”

According to Halpern, here’s what transpired when he called his no-nonsense father:

“Hey. What do you need. I’m busy,” he said.

“Do you have a second?” I said.

“Is this Justin?” he said.

“Yeah. Who’d you think it was?”

“Didn’t know. Just picked up the phone.”

“You didn’t know who it was and you answered the phone with ‘Hey. What do you need? I’m busy’?” I asked.

“Lets people know not to f—- around with my time,” he said.

“My show got canceled,” I said.

There was a moment of silence on the other end of the line and I wasn’t sure if he heard me. I was about to say it again, when he spoke.

“Well. F—-. Sorry to hear that, son.”

“Eh, it’s OK. It happens. It was crazy I got a show on the air in the first place.”

“Well, I liked it. It was kind of s—tty at first, but I thought it got a lot better. You know what show I like? Cheers. That was a good show,” he said.

“That was a good show,” I said, wondering if that was part of a larger point he was about to make.

“Also I liked The Simpsons. At first I thought, it’s just a stupid cartoon for pants-s—tters, but I was wrong, great show.” (Pants-s—tters is how my dad refers to toddlers.)

“Well, I just wanted to let you know. I know you’re busy so I’ll let you go,” I said.

“I’m 75. If you’re busy when you’re 75, you f—-ed up the first 75 years. I want you to know that I’m proud of you. You didn’t put a bullet through Bin Laden but I’m proud of you. You’re a bust-ass kid.”

“Thanks,” I said.

“And let’s not forget the big picture here. You don’t have to live with me anymore. One less person crawling up your a— every morning. That’s all anyone can f—-ing ask for.”

What do you think? Are you upset the sitcom won’t be back for season two next fall?

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  1. Mark says

    There are a lot of shows with worse ratings that did not get the axe…even on CBS. This one is almost up there with Jericho…nice call Moonves (friggin moron)

  2. Mike says

    Shatner is better left at the controls of the Enterprise.
    His ventures into other frontiers have been less than astronomical.

  3. hypothesis says

    It is sure hard to find anything on television since all those cancellations
    Do You KNOW? How does the “Nielsen ratings system ” work?
    Anyone out here understand, in each situation, how do the rating system really works?
    Hypothetically situation,
    Old King Cobra watches News, Drama,sports ,playboy channels and he DVR “No Ordinary Family” to watch, next day with his children age 2,4, 10
    But 20 year old wife watches “No Ordinary Family” a week later, by herself. The Wife also gone during the day time because she was busy, running around, spending King Cobra’s money.
    So she, DVR’D her soaps but was home in time to watched bachelor and American Idol
    but DVR’D, Cougar Town. So which one is rated and how? Is DVR’S only counted if the wife watches. Kids 2,4 and 10 watches the DVR event, are they counted? Is a DVR event counted at all? Dose DVR’S event have a particular time in which day it is watched, to be counted?
    Is any DVR’S counted as much as live?
    Do people still watch live TV?
    Do they count 50 plus year old people as whole a count or do they have to have “100” of “50 plus” to count as “one”? 50 plus people counted at all? How many 50plus people dose it take to turn a light bulb?
    Was the Nielsen ratings system been around ever since radio days?
    Was the Nielsen ratings system base on a study, how people might have spent their money,
    back in The Great Depression days?
    Haven’t they found that Studies, like Nielsen ratings system often proved wrong, and way off
    base? People alone with the time has changed a great deal.
    Hasn’t technology changed along with People and spending since way back when?

  4. extinction says

    Is the Nielsen ratings system, truly understand and welcoming the convenience and its popularity of DVR’S events? With the importance of improving Nielsen ratings system are they considering DVR events of an individual. Wouldn’t it prove to be ,more accurate of its calculation then the Nielsen ratings system ? Do you think Nielsen ratings system calculates, in all the ways people view programs, like DVD’S,internet and even on cell phone? Is the Internet and DVD’S hurting, networks and causing rating, at its all time lowest ratings ever? Is mass cancellation the only avenue for the networks? Aren’t viewers still falling off the networks like fly? Will the networks ever realized in these las 10 years with over 300 canceling and still they can’t seem bring back mass viewer they once had before game boxes and interne and cell phones? Will networks ever realize how important it would be to keep, the ones of us, whom are still trying to hang on while Nielsen tornado wipe-out? With Series Show, about to go extinct ,dose that make Networks like the dinosaur?

  5. Fred says

    it does not surprise me the show was cancelled with better ratings than CSI Miami. Violence sells much better than comedy to the American public.
    Monkey see….monkey do.

    Fortunatley Shatner is way above it all and can move on without a skip, always a pistol..
    I have enjoyed his efforts all along. Thanks Captain!

  6. 8bithero says


    If you honestly think it was pulling in money in advertising and they cancelled it because of the name, I have a bridge here in Brooklyn to sell you. It’s all about the dollar.

  7. Amanda says


    If you read the reason it was cancelled it wasn’t due to ratings, it was due to the title of the show. I think that is an awful reason to cancel a show, especially a show which had outstanding ratings.

    If people don’t have a problem watching all the crime shows about murder, rape, battery, child molestors, then why would they have a problem with a title? This show took away from all the other crap that is being aired now days.

  8. Richard says

    The show’s ratings were much better than the horrible “Rules of Engagement” and after about episode 10 it really found its stride. This is the one cancellation of any network that I regret, because when I tape Thursday nights on CBS, I have to leave a hole to not waste time between Big Bang and CSI.

  9. 8bithero says


    Those “jerks” are the American people. Nobody was watching this show. The reason shows get cancelled is simple:

    Low ratings=Less advertisers=Less money=Lost money=Cancelled show.

    Why pump more money into a show than you take in?

  10. dahlhalla says

    Well, another stupid move for CBS! Why don’t they give a show a chance? It was a funny show, and I liked it. Who are these jerks that think they know what America likes and dislikes? Sometimes people just like to watch a funny show that doesn’t require any deep thinking or the need for a degree in criminology or medicine to understand. Frankly, I’m sick of having to vote to see the outcome of a show, or watch TV with a container in case I get sick from all the HD blood and gore that can be seen on every drama these days.

  11. Jules says

    I really liked this show boo on who decided to cancel.. sometimes it just a time slot issue what is up with you programming all the popular shows on the same night and time on every channel. Thank goodness we can at least record our favorites..

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