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33 Ending or Cancelled TV Shows for the 2010 – 2011 TV Season

Canceled TV showsNOTE: Additional TV shows have been cancelled since this posting. For the most recent list, go here.

Has your favorite TV show been cancelled? Here’s a list of television series that won’t be back for the 2011–2012 TV season. If your favorite is on the list, you have our condolences.

This list encompasses shows that have been cancelled so far, covering those that get the ax between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011. In some cases, the last episode of a show aired months earlier but the network didn’t get around to canceling the series until later. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, try the 2008–2009 page, the 2009–2010 listings, or maybe you’ve gotten lucky!

Now, let’s bow our heads and remember these fallen series…

18 to Life (The CW)
A comedic series, about a pair of teens who get married on a dare, didn’t register with US viewers. It’s already been renewed in Canada for a second season. Though the series was confirmed as cancelled in the US, producers have been told that the remaining season one episodes will be run in December and the network might be interested in season two.

100 Questions (NBC)
This sitcom went through a lot of changes before it got to the small screen and was postponed until after the regular season. The ratings were terrible so it was cancelled after six episodes. The last one aired on July 1, 2010. We never saw Charlotte Payne find her match.

As the World Turns (CBS)
This venerable soap opera was incredibly popular in its day but has been struggling for years now. After 54 years on the air, viewers have had to say goodbye to the residents of Oakdale. The last episode aired on September 17, 2010.

At the Movies (syndicated)
Movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert began this TV show in 1986 under the title Siskel & Ebert & the Movies. The title changed several times over the years. Siskel died in 1999 and Ebert had to step away during his battle with throat cancer in 2006. Other hosts replaced them but couldn’t recapture the magic of the original sparring critics. It was cancelled and the last episode aired on August 14, 2010. Ebert later announced that he and his wife had plans for their own version of the series.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Cartoon Network)
This animated series teams the caped crusader with lesser-known heroes and often pays homage to the Adam West TV show from the 1960s. It lasted for two seasons before being cancelled.

Big Love (HBO)
The series about a Utah man and his wives comes to a close after five seasons on the air. The last season of episodes will begin airing on Sunday, January 16, 2011.

Breakthrough with Tony Robbins (NBC)
A feel-good show in which motivational speaker Tony Robbins works with troubled families on a personal level didn’t connect with viewers. NBC cancelled the summer series after two episodes. The remaining four installments were released online.

The Bridge (CBS)
This is a Canadian TV show that follows a cop who’s elected to head the police union. While it’s popular enough in Canada to be renewed for a second season, CBS buried it on Saturday nights and, not surprisingly, it didn’t find an audience in the US. CBS cancelled it after three episodes but CTV will air season two.

Caprica (Syfy)
The Battlestar Galactica prequel didn’t bring many viewers so it was cancelled after one season. The final five episodes will air in a marathon on January 4, 2011. On the positive side, another prequel is in the works and will be more similar in tone to BSG.

Dark Blue (TNT)
A cop drama, which stars Dylan McDermott as the leader of an undercover unit, wasn’t much of a success in season one but the cable channel still renewed it. The ratings got lower in season two so TNT cancelled it. The last two episodes aired on September 15, 2010.

Entourage (HBO)
A comedy-drama that follows the acting career of Vincent Chase and his boyhood friends from Queens, NY. The pay-for-view cable channel has announced that season eight will be the TV show’s last. The final batch of episodes are expected to air in Summer 2011.

Friday Night Lights (DirecTV’s Channel 101, NBC)
Centered around high school football in Dillon, Texas, it’s been announced that the critically-acclaimed (but ratings-challenged) television series is ending after five seasons on the air.

The Gates (ABC)
The summer serial revolves around a gated community that’s populated by people with supernatural secrets. Though vampires and magic are very popular with viewers, this one didn’t catch on. It won’t be back for a second season.

Gravity (Starz)
A comedic and dramatic look at an out-patient program for suicide survivors, this television program never found a large audience. It was cancelled after 10 episodes with the last one airing on June 25, 2010.

Hannah Montana (Disney Channel)
Miley Cyrus has decided to call it quits and move on after four seasons. The final episodes are expected to air by Spring 2011.

Huge (ABC Family)
Nikki Blonsky stars in this drama about a summer weight-loss camp called Camp Victory. The series didn’t get enough viewers for the cable channel so it was dropped after just 10 episodes. The “series finale” ran on August 30, 2010.

JONAS LA (Disney Channel)
The trio of Jonas brothers may still be popular with the pre-teens but their TV show never caught on. It began as JONAS with the boys attending school on the East coast. The moved west and the show’s title changed but the ratings didn’t get better. No season three.

Larry King Live (CNN)
In June 2010, venerable interviewer Larry King announced that he would be leaving the grind of hosting his own nightly show after more than 25 years. His program will be replaced by one hosted by British television personality and journalist Piers Morgan.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA)
Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe return for this venerable crime drama’s final season of eight episodes. They will air in 2011.

Lone Star (FOX)
The critics and some viewers loved it but Lone Star never found an audience. Revolving around a con man who has a conscience, FOX pulled it after two nights of disastrously bad ratings. There are four episodes left unaired.

Medium (CBS)
The network saved the show when NBC cancelled it after five seasons. It performed decently on Friday nights last season but, this year, the ratings have taken a serious hit. CBS cut the season order to 13 installments and that will be the end of it.

My Boys (TBS)
Revolving around a female sports writer in Chicago, this sitcom ran for 49 episodes and four seasons. TBS cancelled it so we’ll likely never find out how the story of PJ and her friends comes to a close.

My Generation (ABC)
A new drama that follows a group of high school students some 10 years after they graduated. The series stumbled out of the gate and ABC pulled it after two episodes had aired. The remaining six have been released online.

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (HBO)
Produced in conjunction with the BBC, this series follows a small detective agency in Botswana, run by Mma Ramotswe. The show is finished as a TV series after seven installments but may return as a pair of movies.

Outlaw (NBC)
Jimmy Smits has had some good luck and some bad luck on TV. Unfortunately, this drama about a former Supreme Court Justice was ignored by most viewers. NBC cancelled it after four episodes had aired. The remaining four installments were shifted to Saturday nights.

The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
The queen of daytime talk is stepping down and will launch new programming on the new OWN cable channel in Fall 2011. The final episode of Winfrey’s syndicated show will air on September 9, 2011

Party Down (Starz)
Following a group of aspiring writers, actors and misfits as they work as a catering team, this series ran for two seasons and 20 episodes. The last episode, which was hardly watched, ran on June 25, 2010.

Persons Unknown (NBC)
A group of strangers find themselves trapped in small town and are under constant scrutiny of security cameras. The show tanked in the ratings on Monday nights and was shuffled off to Saturdays, the TV graveyard. NBC promoted it as a self-contained series but plenty of things were left unresolved by the end. The finale aired on August 28, 2010.

Rubicon (AMC)
A conspiracy thriller that takes place in a government intelligence agency was highly praised but not highly watched. The 13th and final episode aired on October 17th.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime)
Star and executive producer Billie Piper signed a deal for the fourth and final season of this UK series. They’ll begin airing on ITV2 in late January 2011. There’s no word yet on when they’ll run in the US.

Smallville (The CW)
After 10 seasons, it looks like Clark Kent will finally become Superman. Will we get to see the man of steel slip on the familiar blue and red tights before the end? We’ll have to wait and see.

Undercovers (NBC)
An action-comedy series that revolves around a husband and wife spy duo never really got off the ground. The peacock network has decided against ordering anymore episodes, effectively cancelling the TV show.

The Whole Truth (ABC)
This legal series starring Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney had lousy premiere numbers and the ratings seemed to sink lower every week. It’s not known if the network will get around to airing all of the episodes.

What do you think? Are there any shows on this list that you’ll particularly miss?

 

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COLLEEN December 31, 2010 at 12:45 pm

P.S. I SUPPOSE SOME PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW WHAT GOOD ENTERTAINMENT REALLY IS.

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COLLEEN December 31, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I AM VERY SAD TO HEAR THAT DARK BLUE AND UNDERCOVERS ARE BEING CANCELLED. MY HUSBAND AND I REALLY LOOKED FORWARD TO WATCHING THESE PROGRAMS.

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Laila Bruni December 30, 2010 at 7:26 pm

The Whole Truth was excellent. Should have been allowed to develop a following.

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Gregory Anderson December 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm

The problem with is the networks dont leave the shows on long some are only on for one or two shows then canceled give the show time to get a following and get people watching it. I was looking at the list of canceled shows most I had never even heard of they were not on the air long and word did not get around about them.

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Becky December 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm

The Gates! I loved that show! Why would they take it off! :(

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Donna Tucker December 30, 2010 at 11:41 am

The Gates and Outlaw are both excellent shows. Very very sad

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Stormy December 30, 2010 at 1:04 am

I loved The Gates…too bad its getting cancelled. I am absolutely sick of the reality shows, they are so boring. Its hard to find anything decent to watch on TV any longer. I really liked Medium as well, they will replace that time slot with something not worth watching. I am not sure how the executives decide which shows to keep on, but clearly there is a problem. Oh well, I guess I will have to read more if they aren’t going to have anything decent to watch on TV.

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Anonymous December 29, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I’m angry that Undercovers got booted but The Event, which will be off the air for about three months hasn’t. Sick of NBC screwing around with their programming. It’s not the first time and likely won’t be the last.

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viola December 29, 2010 at 4:41 pm

i will miss outlaw loved the show

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tina b December 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm

i liked medium..just junk on tv now..i rent movies…heck with the networks and all their comercials for stupid stuff during stuped shows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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lorraine December 29, 2010 at 10:00 am

i would love to see under covers i dont understand its better than alot of show on tv that save for next year i love this show cant believe its gone it will be miss sexy sexy boris

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Cathy December 29, 2010 at 2:30 am

Gotta be kiddin, Medium. I am sick of reality shows, talk shows, comedy sit coms, Nothing on tv anymore. Thank Goodness for LMN. Never watch abc, nbc/ my day ends at 8pm need a good 1 hour show before bed, Like I said LMN

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Martin December 28, 2010 at 2:02 am

Rubicon was great – easily my favorite show but I had a feeling others might not like it.

What about bored to death? That was hilarious and I hope it keeps going – Danson is brilliant in this – though the show title is not doing it any favors because it is anything but boring – should be something like Private Dick or I’m really a private detective, honest.

Most of the others I never watched – I tried Caprica but couldn’t get to the end of even one episode. Hannah Montana was great family fun and shouldn’t really be in this list as it isn’t really being cancelled.

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nicole December 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I want the Gates back on!! There is nothing on in the summer like that!! =(

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TraceyMac December 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Are you kidding me, The Gates? I LOVED that show… so sad :(
Vampires and magic as you say are so popular now so I am shocked!
Bummer about Terriers, I didn’t know that was cancelled as well. Boo Hoo…

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