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123 Ending or Cancelled TV Shows for the 2011-12 TV Season (part 1)

cancelled TV seriesHas your favorite TV show been cancelled or will it be back for the 2012–2013 TV season? If your favorite series is on the list below, you have our condolences.

This list encompasses shows that have ended or have been cancelled and won’t be back for the 2012-13 season. It covers those that have gotten the ax roughly between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012. In some cases, the last episodes of shows 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 2010–2011 listings, the 2009–2010 listings, or maybe you’ve gotten lucky!

This list used to include Breaking Bad but, since the last half of season five won’t air until 2012-13 we’re putting it on the 2012-13 list.

Because there have been so many cancellations, we’ve split this list up into three pages. This is the first. You can also check out page two and page three.

Most recent additions: The Buried Life, Dog Whisperer, How to Rock, and Teen Mom.

Now, let’s take a moment to bow our heads and remember these fallen TV series…

3 (CBS)
The network pulled the reality series after just two episodes aired. CBS may get around to releasing the remaining installments.

101 Ways to Leave a Game Show (ABC)
We’ll never find out what the rest of the “ways” were. The last episode of the competition series aired on July 26, 2011.

Against the Wall (Lifetime)
This family cop drama didn’t catch on with a large enough audience so it was canned after one season on the air. The last episode aired in September.

Alcatraz (FOX)
The ratings started off strong but faded over the course of the season. It’s been cancelled and all 13 episodes have aired.

All-American Muslim (TLC)
This docu-series follows the lives of five Lebanese American Muslim families who live in Dearborn, Michigan. The show started off with decent ratings and positive reviews. Viewership had declined significantly by the end of the eight episodes so it wasn’t renewed.

Allen Gregory (FOX)
Co-created by and starring Jonah Hill, this animated series aggravated lots of people but didn’t keep enough of them coming back week after week. FOX aired all seven episodes and there won’t be any more.

Are You There Chelsea? (NBC)
This sitcom started out okay but quickly lost steam over the course of 12 episodes.

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (Disney XD)
After two seasons, the animated series is coming to an end. It’ll be replaced by a new show, Avengers Assemble, in 2013.

Awake (NBC)
It started out strong and had good reviews but viewers tuned out over time. It won’t be back.

Bent (NBC)
Execs contended that they weren’t burning through the six episodes when they aired them in three weeks. Regardless, the sitcom won’t be back for a second season.

Best Friends Forever (NBC)
The peacock network pulled the plug on future airings of this sitcom due to low ratings.

Blue Mountain State (Spike TV)
There won’t be a fourth season of the football comedy as the cable channel has decided to focus on reality programming.

Bored to Death (HBO)
Starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson, this show revolves around a man with writers block. The ratings dropped a lot in season three so HBO opted not to give it a fourth season.

Breaking In (FOX)
The sitcom was saved once from cancellation but won’t be rescued again.

Breakout Kings (A&E)
The show lasted for two seasons. The ratings started out strong enough but declined over the course of the 23 episodes.

Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures (Nickelodeon)
This kids’ sitcom was cancelled after one season. Only 18 of the 26 episodes have aired to date.

Bud United Presents: The Big Time (ABC)
This reality competition ran for seven episodes at 3pm on Saturday afternoons.

The Buried Life (MTV)
The guys’ travels have come to an endat least in this incarnation.

Buried Treasure (FOX)
Leigh and Leslie Kelso may continue travelling the country in search of rare antiques but they won’t be seen on FOX.

Camelot (Starz)
The ratings weren’t great and there would have been production challenges in making a second season so the cable channel pulled the plug. The drama lasted 10 episodes.

Cash Cab (Discovery)
The game show that gave taxi passengers a chance to win cash prizes has ended after seven years on the air.

CHAOS (CBS)
A comedic action series, this show was delayed until late in the season. When it finally debuted, few noticed. CBS burned off most of the episodes on Saturday nights.

Charlie’s Angels (ABC)
The original series was a big success for ABC but this one flopped. Production was shut down after eight episodes and the show was cancelled.

Chuck (NBC)
Has there ever been a time when this TV show wasn’t in danger of being cancelled? NBC decided to renew it for a fifth and final season of 13 episodes, giving the cast and crew ample time to craft a series finale.

The Closer (TNT)
Kyra Sedgwick supposedly made the decision to end this top-rated series after seven seasons on the air. Though Brenda Leigh Johnson will depart, some of the characters will continue in a spin-off called Major Crimes.

Combat Hospital (ABC)
This series was a disappointment for the network and they only aired 12 of the 13 episodes. They cancelled the show and Shaw Media, who produces the show, couldn’t find another American outlet to help pay for a second season.

Countdown with Keith Olbermann (Current TV)
Using the same name from his long-running MSNBC show, Olbermann lasted less than a year before parting ways with Current TV.

CSI: Miami (CBS)
After 10 seasons, David Caruso can give back the sunglasses. The show ended with 232 episodes total.

Damages (DirecTV)
The show was picked up for two seasons when FX dropped it. It turns out that season five, airing Summer 2012, will be the show’s last.

Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Rather than wait until the ratings dropped any further, the network agreed to close down Wisteria Lane after eight seasons on the air.

Dog Whisperer (A&E)
After more than 150 episodes and nine seasons, the Cesar Millan program is coming to a close. The series finale will air on September 15th.

Dog the Bounty Hunter (Nat Geo Wild)
A show that helped to put the cable channel on the map is ending after eight seasons.

Dragon Ball Z Kai (Nick)
This animated series ended after one season and 97 episodes. It’s being replaced Dragon Ball GT.

Ebert Presents: At the Movies (PBS)
Continuing the format of film criticism that was made popular by Ebert and Gene Siskel, this weekly program reviews a number of new and classic films. It didn’t find enough financial support and ended up being put on hiatus.

Escape Routes (NBC)
Sponsored by Ford, this competition series didn’t garner much interest on Saturday nights.

Eureka (Syfy)
Based on the ratings, this show was apparently too expensive to continue producing. The fifth and final season will air in mid-2012. After the cancellation announcement came down, the cable channel ordered an additional episode to allow Eureka some sort of proper finale.

Ev and Ocho (VH1)
Envisioned as a follow-up to Basketball Wives, this series follows Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and Evelyn Lozada’s relationship. It was cancelled before any of the 11 episodes had aired.

Expedition Impossible (ABC)
This summer reality competition lasted 10 episodes and one season but the network apparently felt that a second season was, well, impossible.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
Ty Pennington and his crew are getting a little rest. The network has cancelled the reality show but will still air it as occasional specials.

Fear Factor (NBC)
Joe Rogan won’t have to witness any more disgusting stunts. NBC has dropped the series again.

The Finder (FOX)
This Bones spin-off stumbled out of the gate and just never caught on. It’s been cancelled after 13 episodes.

The Firm (NBC)
This highly-promoted legal series was a ratings disappointment and NBC burned off the remaining episodes on Saturday nights.


Want more? Check out page two and page three.

Lists of cancelled or renewed TV shows by network: ABC | CBS | The CW | FOX | NBC

What do you think? Are you surprised that any of these shows have been cancelled? Which one(s) will you miss the most?

 

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Paula June 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I am so sick of them taking all the good scripted shows and puting on these stupid reality shows . I agree with Shannon. Ringer was excellent and rookie Blue, Desperate Housewives, In plain sight, Breakout Kings and the worst part cancelling OLTL(ABC you suck)! I will not watch any reality shows ! I’d rather watch reruns !

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vicki June 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I will miss
HARRY’S LAW,THE GIFTED MAN,WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, MEMPHIS BEAT,MISSING, PRIME SUSPECT,AND UNFORGETTABLE.

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Linda Swingle June 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I love Memphis Beat, Unforgettable and In plain Sight what is wrong with these people. Bring our shows back.

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Shannon June 18, 2012 at 12:01 am

I guess what is learned here for me is to not stick to our get hooked on any show… Most of my favorite shows are canceled. I am tired of checking something new out or liking it because they’ll only cancel it anyway! Good thing though… I am no longer vested in any network and watch a lot less tv.

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Monica June 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I absolutely love Ringer, Camelot, Desperate Housewives and I also like A Gifted Man. These shows satisfied all my watching needs – catchy crime, historical drama, fantastic comedy and bit of soap opera. Kelly Collins reads my mind. I have been saying for years and years similar thing about retailers in Australia. They are finally starting to realise now in tougher economic times to cater for mature people – the ones with money. Maybe some time in the future the TV producers will get it too. There is a big difference between movies and TV!

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Linda Donadel June 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Will surely miss Ringer, Secret Circle, Unforgettable, The Firm, Gifted Man & CSI Miami.
Good shows. Networks have no clue. What about us older folks. Forget the kids-they’re too busy on cell phones or out doing who knows what. We need good shows.
I’m done watching.

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CC June 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I will really miss the gifted man and so will 6 of my friends.
We also really liked the firm. Why do they do this to us?

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mick June 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

going to miss Eureka , The finder,terra nova , The secret circle ,Unforgettable , Chuck. And you are going to replace them with reality shows ? Hum, Maybe i’ll just buy a new xbox or something instead of wasting money on cable bill !

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Melisa June 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Like the Gifted Man..

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Melisa June 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I also liked A Gifted man and In plain Sight.

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Melisa June 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I will miss Memphis Beat.

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Melisa June 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I loved watching the Closer.

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Melisa June 15, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I will miss prime suspect.

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Deanna June 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I will miss Prime Suspect. I tuned in out of curiosity and was pleasantly surprised at how flawed but likeable the characters were. I wish more people had given it a chance.

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paul June 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

house,harrys law,tera nova,breakout kings,combat hospital,sanctuary . oh my god, whats left (reality shows) sorry can’t stand them. guess I can save on my cable bill.

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leanne June 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I am very disappointed that A Gifted Man was cancelled. I really enjoyed that show.

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Kelly Collins June 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I am very upset to hear that A Gifted Man is being cancelled. It was an excellent show that really stood out in the sickening array of “reality” or singing contest shows. To add insult, they use a comment that there not enough young viewers. Hmmm…smart move…diss the older viewers…the ones with the money to buy what those advertisers are selling in those commercials!!!

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