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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.

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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Velma July 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I will definately miss Eureka. It is an incredibly well written show that is interesting, clean, funny, relaxing and has such wonderful characters that you can’t help but care about them. That is the basis for any good book or show. Mindless reality shows that cost the networks next to nothing to produce can never compete with shows like Eureka. Way back in the day when they were trying to sell people on the idea of paying for cable tv, the whole idea was that if you payed for tv instead of just getting it free with the antenna you could pick which shows you wanted to watch and there wouldn’t be any advertising because the customer, not the advertisers would be paying the operating costs. The cost of cable and satellite keeps going up, it’s filled with advertisements, and the quality of the shows keeps going down. In this day and age where everyone is trying to find ways to cut back their expenses, maybe the people in charge should wake up and realize that there are a lot of choices other than tv for entertainment these days. If all the good tv shows are cancelled and replaced with cheap, boring reality shows they are making the decision easier for people to drop the monthly expense of cable or satellite. I say, KEEP EUREKA AT ALL COSTS!!!!!


Cassidy July 8, 2012 at 10:46 am

I miss icarly and extreme makeover home edition


MG July 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I really hate that Eureka’s ending. Even though they’ve given us ample warning, we’ve had years to include the characters in our families and feel like they’re friends. There are still so many things they could do with it and they could cut costs by filming the way Sanctuary does (also on Syfy), with green screen. It’s a huge fan favorite and Syfy keeps putting on these new stupid shows that no one likes. Why not stick with what people love and what works?


mommie dearest July 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

What shows i will miss most are the Closer, Missing, A Gifted Man, Pan Am and Combat Hospital. All good drama shows insteady of those stupid reality shows if the networks would let them find their audience. Come on Networks , What else can you come up with that are better then these shows.


Jurgen July 6, 2012 at 6:27 am

I will miss Breaking Bad and Terra Nova. And I’m hoping for new Prison Series for years.


Monet July 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I can’t believe they cancelled Combat Hospital…now where am I gonna get my medical TV show fix…first House and now this!!!! Come on people what’s a nurse gotta do??!!!!!


bitemore July 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

Let’s see… shows I loved: The Finder, The Closer, The Firm, In Plain Sight, House, CSI, Miami, Unforgettable, Awake, Alcatraz… Out of all those, 5 were new offerings. I will miss them all, but I have learned a couple of things in this process: 1) I will have a LOT more time to do other things and 2) I will never again watch a show in its first season. I am sick and tired of falling in love with new shows only to have them yanked out from under me. Networks need to think of this before they jerk viewers around… but they don’t care. Since they don’t care, why should I?


Ross July 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I hate NBC. They don’t give anything a chance. Awake was awesome.


And Alcatraz? Damn.


Colleen June 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I’m so sad” Missing” will be missing from the fall line-up. It was the only show worth watching! Ashley Judd was fantastic in this role and who doesn’t love Sean Bean.


Ann June 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

WTH!!! I LOVED GCB!!! I had no idea the show wasn’t doing well in the ratings…that’s too bad, I enjoyed this show a bunch!!


Linda June 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Going to miss Terra Nova, Harry’s Law and The Closer


sandra June 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm



Jon Colgrove June 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

The Closer and Memphis beat will be me at least


rosa June 23, 2012 at 3:53 am

I will miss harrys law and a gifted man.. i enjoyed those since i am really tired of all the reality shows


Carrie June 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm

The River was a good show I was looking forward to for the fall.


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