89 Ending or Cancelled TV Shows for the 2010-11 TV Season [part 1]

Canceled TV showsHas 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!

Note: Go here for the latest 2011-12 season list.

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

$#*! My Dad Says (CBS) NEW
This William Shatner sitcom performed well but it wasn’t good enough for CBS. All 18 episodes have aired and there won’t be any more.

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 was renewed in Canada for a second season but has now been cancelled there as well.

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.

All My Children (ABC)
A staple of the ABC daytime schedule since 1970, the network has decided to pull the plug. The last episode will air in September 2011. Note: It was later announced that the soap will continue as a web series.

America’s Most Wanted (FOX) NEW
After more than 20 years on the air as a regular series, the network is dropping it in favor of drama repeats. AMW will return four times a year in the form of two-hour specials.

America’s Next Great Restaurant (NBC) NEW
This reality series stumbled right out of the gate so it’s no surprise that it won’t be back next season.

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. That started airing in early 2011.

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.

Better with You (ABC)
Sandwiched between The Middle and Modern Family, this freshman sitcom just didn’t measure up. It’s now been canceled after one season.

Big Love (HBO)
The series about a Utah man and his wives comes to a close after five seasons on the air. The last episode aired on March 20, 2011.

Boston Med (ABC) NEW
A docu-drama medical show that follows the lives and cases of real-life doctors in Beantown. Though the network didn’t describe it as such initially, a representative has confirmed that this is a limited series and there won’t be a second season. The final episode aired on August 12, 2010.

Breaking In (FOX) NEW
After starring in two short-lived dramas on NBC and ABC, Christian Slater decided to try a sitcom on FOX. Though many liked the series, it’s now been cancelled too. Note: FOX later reversed their decision and picked it up for a second season of 13 episodes which will air in early 2012.

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.

Brothers & Sisters (ABC) NEW
The family drama was on the bubble last season but was ultimately renewed. The ratings dropped this season so it won’t be coming back for season six.

The Cape (NBC)
This superhero series started out okay but the ratings dropped very quickly. NBC cut the season order to 10 installments and released the final episode online only. The upcoming DVD release confirms what we already know, it’s been canceled.

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

Chase (NBC) NEW
This action series didn’t catch on on Monday nights and did worse on Wednesdays. Thankfully, NBC decided to air the remaining episodes on Saturday nights so fans could see the whole season.

The Chicago Code (FOX) NEW
A cop drama from Shawn Ryan, this series just never caught on with a big audience. The network decided to can it after one season and 13 episodes.

Countdown with Keith Olbermann (MSNBC)
The news commentator announced on-air in January that the show was ending and he was leaving the cable channel. It’s believed that this came about as a result of Olbermann being suspended a couple months earlier for making contributions to three Democrat campaigns, a violation of company policy. He later became the Chief News Officer for Current TV.

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CBS) NEW
The network has had great success with procedural spin-offs but this one just didn’t work out. It’s ending after one season of 13 episodes.

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.

Dating in the Dark (ABC) NEW
This reality series ran for two seasons and tried to answer the age-old question “is love blind?” by letting some men and women get to know each other in the dark. Once the lights are turned on, will they feel the same way about one another? There are 12 episodes and the last ran on September 13, 2010.

Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC) NEW
This gritty cop show just never caught on though many felt it was the best new series of the season. It won’t be coming back.

The Defenders (CBS) NEW
The Vegas lawyers get themselves and their clients out of a lot of scrapes but couldn’t escape cancellation. Like most others, it’s the victim of low ratings.

Note: The Closer was included on a former version of this list because it was announced that season seven would be the final season. Then, TNT decided to extend the season and break it up so that the last episodes won’t air until Summer 2012. Some of the cast may continue in a spin-off without Kyra Sedgwick.

For more, be sure to check out part two, part three, and part four of this list.

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

Canceled and renewed TV show

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  1. Poppy says

    Apart from Stargate Universe which I felt had some potential but lost its way fairly quickly I did not see a single show I am going to miss.

    They cancelled some great shows a while back that now we will never get to see and brought in a load of rubbish. I for one want to see the end of Arthur or Camelot or what ever the teenage angst slaughter of the Arthurian Legends is called.

    Oh and get rid of the freaking teenage hormone driven vampires so over them.

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  3. Frank says

    So FOX and the other networks canned some of my favorite TV shows and now I am looking for something else to watch in the evenings this Fall. Terra Nova premiere’s next week. The concept is obviously not new but nonetheless it looks entertaining. The problem is I read that the cost to produce the show is extremely high. With that said is it safe to say that Terra Nova too will be canned if it does not maintain the number one time slot in the ratings? And speaking of ratings… What is really the point of using ratings anymore anyway? With hundreds of channels to watch and the ability to record and the ability to watch shows on Demand isn’t it time to change Nielsen too?

  4. Mary says

    Detroit 1-8-7 was a fantastic show. It should have been renewed to allow the characters to continue finding their audience. Usually a quickly cancelled show has some obvious problems but this show was just plain good in every way – great cast, excellent writing. Ignorant decision to cancel.

    Criminal Minds spinoff Suspect Behavior — I was afraid “they” would can this after one season as “they did Law and Order L.A. Crim Minds had some missing pieces — and some pieces that should have been missing. I kept hoping that we would learn the back story of, for example, Garafalo’s character. She was so stiff and dark (which went with her character) but it would have been great for example to see her on her off time as a darkly funny stand up comic. They went behind scenes on the wonderful oscar winning lead but his back story was to similar to his FBI character — no break from the over-intense oddness. They also needed to get rid of the pretty blonde. She did not fit. She looked like she had botox (whether she did or not) and pretty is fine but she had no depth and was a distraction.

    All that being said — I wish some revamping would have been done to CM Suspect Behavior – ditto to Law & Order L.A. (they screwed that up when the d.a. became a cop again – what? Silly. Bad casting too – Skeet Ulrich left a hole. The lead prosecuting attorney could have carried this show – he is fabulous. The decision makers need to grow courage (bigger ovaries/bigger balls – whatever).

  5. Frank says

    The Chicago Code was a cutting edge new drama… The Event, was an entertaining Sci-fi, the SyFy channel had Caprica and Star Gate Universe. What is the point of starting a new show only to cancel it after one season? If a network is going to cancel a series at least have the courtesy to the viewers to give us an ending before canning a show.

  6. jennifer miller says

    i LOVED Chiago Code! it was #1 on my Tivo season pass! it was new and although another cop show, a bit different! Jennifer Beals was great!

  7. angel says

    i’m so mad man they take off all the good show and keep these what would you call it trash on if your not going to go all out for it than don’t bring it on i mean it they should see it all the way i hate that they leave you with this feeling that your missing something and i hate it here you are waiting for a season thats never going to come it makes me really mad

  8. Shirley says

    I agree to many reality shows and not enough comedy or drama tv. Like Brothers & Sisters it had a good fan base and was good. The Defenders was a good show as well I was just getting really into it and now you cancel it. Why not cancel all the reality shows they are getting very boring. Like Big Brother, Savior, those dating shows were every one hopes in bed and never gets married. Very boring.

  9. hal says

    criminal minds suspect behavior is better then the original Criminal minds, should definitly be brought back, Same with chicago code great show should be left alone

  10. Sean M says

    They keep canceling good shows, it’s no wonder they don’t get good ratings. No one wants to invest time getting into a good to only have it cancelled after a year or two. They probably do this on purpose so they dingbats to invest money in producing a good quality show!

  11. Barbara says

    It shows where the intelligence of the American people has gone, somewhere we can never find it. All the God awful stupid reality shows with men and women barely talking with any intelligence at all replaces shows like Detroit 187 and some of the other shows that are gritty with good writing good acting I think the powers to be that are putting these shows on want to show the world how stupid we’ve become I watch BBC thank God they have such good programs and then I watch all the old shows over and over because their good. ie Mash, Law and Order, you get my point. What a sorry situation..Netflix will make a fortune..

  12. Sally Ellison says

    I can not beleive Fox cancelled “Human Target”, one fo the few decent, entertaining programs on network TV. Some Advice… if you want to keep a series based on ratings, maybe you should try schedule the show on the same night and the same time instead of constantly bumping it for every routine, boring, redundant talent program that is on every other channel, every night of the week. This would have been a great ratings program if Fox had given it the slightest chance. Now we are going to have X factory along with all the other talent shows, and reality and crap shows that the networks are know for, no wonder everyone is forced to buy premium cable. I am outraged by the crap that the networks renew and the good programs they let go, because they never gave them a real chance. Bring back Human Target, put it on a regular schedule at a regular date and time every week for a whole season, do alittle promotion, alittle advertising, and it will be a top rated show.

  13. Shari Spears says

    I love The Closer and Chase. I will hate to see The Closer end and I hated to see Chase end. Both were great dramas.

  14. Julie Rae says

    What a mistake to cancel The Defenders. It was entertaining and good story lines. I also hate the reality shows. Dumb, dumb, dumb. The networks keep all the junk and cancel all the good shows. Maybe that is why USA, TNT & A&E are so successful. They have great shows, especially USA.

    • Sally Ellison says

      I agree with you whole heartedly about the good programs the networsk are cancelling and the crap, redundant, boring and annoying programs they are keeping, and duplicating… the talent and reality shows that they are constantly bumping the good programs for, so the good programs never get the ratings, becuase you never know when they will be on again, because so stupid executive decided we had to watch another singing audition. The whole things is ludicrous, and extremley annoying. Now we are stuck with talent shows and reality shows every night of the week while they cancel every decent, entertaining program.

      • Elena says

        I totally agree with Sally. I am so tired of all the foolish reality shows. I cannot understand what the fascination is. I so much prefer shows that take me away from my everyday life. Transport me with good stories and actors/actresses. Chase, The Closer, Detroit 187, Human Target were/are great – so entertaining. It’s getting so that I hate liking a show because I know it will be cancelled.

    • captainbob says

      sorry to break it to you all but the defenders is a REMAKE, that’s right it’s a REMAKE of the show with the same name from the 70’s so nothing new just re hashed crap.

      • says

        captainbob » It’s not a remake. The first Defenders was produced in the early 1960s and was a drama. Aside from the title and the fact that it centers around lawyers, there’s no similarity to the 2010 show.

        • captainbob says

          if they knew there was a show from the 60’s that people remember called the defenders and they had to have known this fact unless they were from Mars and then made a new show with the same name, which your right has no similarities to the original.
          But why didn’t they call it by a different name so there would be no confusion? sorry either way the new show was stupid and dim whited. don’t be mad.

          • says

            captainbob » I understand your point of view but using Defenders as a title isn’t a big stretch considering the show’s about lawyers. The people who remember the original are certainly in the minority and wouldn’t confuse the two. It was in black and white and isn’t on DVD. As far as I know, it’s not even being syndicated.

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