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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579 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Nicole says

    iCarly :'(
    Make it or Break it
    The Hard Times of R.J Berger :'(
    Secret Circle
    Dragon Ball Z Kai
    Fear Factor (again!!!!!!??!!!)

    This is not fair …I love all these shows. They will really be missed ….I’m sick of all these horrible reality shows. Thats all they make nowadays and its really a shame.

  2. Jan Katz says

    I really liked Harry’s Law. One of the best inadvertent seen. Why are you introducing new idiot shows? I’ve had it withthe reality garbage. Also am a loyal fan of daytime ” Days”

  3. Jacli Salazar Primo says

    There are several shows I will truly miss, some shows like In Plain Sight, The Closer and Harrys’ Law were already great and just getting greater. Some like Desperate Housewives had lost their way and had finally found their voice again. Some like The Finder, Pan Am and Ringer had barely had a chance to shine. All these shows were great, great balanced writing, fantastic direction, superb acting. Oh and another thing all these shows had in common? The networks kept missing with them and moving them around. Cheers, Friends and Seinfield had low ratings in the beginning too, but they weren’t shifted around every two seconds so people had a chance to get to know and love them. Maybe if the networks didn’t shuffle their shows around like cards they could actually develop an audience. Also, they didn’t exactly go out of their way to advertise those shows either. Unique shows like The Finder and Ringer are gone but Kendra on Top lives on, sad, very, very sad.

  4. Kebles says

    I was really starting to dig The River, especially the final three episodes, which were as creepy as anything ive ever seen on Tv. If the first half had been as good as the second they would probably have had a winner. Its a shame that everything is going reality, although I can u derstand the reasons why. They are cheap to produce, you can use lower costing amatuers, and if they fail, who really gives a rats Ase.

  5. James says

    The networks have no souls.

    They introduce mysteries as ” who can solve the mystery of….” and then cancel it without so much as a word–and they wonder why no one watches. If people knew the time they invested paid off maybe these shows would have loyal viewers.

  6. Carol says

    Cannot believe they cancelled GCB. laughed out loud every time I watched it. Bought the video and love watching the shows again. Have to buy the book next! They only had it on for 10 episodes and did’t really let people know it was on. I found it when I tuned in thinking Reveng was on that night! Hope one of the other stations picks it up!

  7. Marion says

    So sorry to see Awake end. It made an excellent Mini Series. The creator (his name escapes me but I’m going back to find it) did an excellent job and wish we could see more of his work.

  8. meme1 says

    ok im gonna say this again you have cancelled all our favorite shows. this really sucks. not alot of pleasures in life these days and now no good tv at home either. crap

  9. Fran says

    Harry’s Law cancelled-Really? I positively loved this show. Harry’s Law had it all–a super great cast,humor, and real-life drama. Why does a show like this get cut and all the stupid reality and comedy shows are kept on? Why?I really hope NBC doesn’t cancel Days of our Lives!

  10. v says

    well i loved men of a certain age and damages. so sucks. both great shows…. too many people watching reality tv now a days…why didnt one of the stupid jersey shows get cancelled lol

  11. Bart Tonckens says

    This is Bart all the way from Amsterdam – Holland.

    Man how could you cancel such a fast pace exiting, very professional serie.. My whole family loves it…! We recon its the best series for a while…!!
    You better cancel all those American Idol **** and all other talent contests. Only the brainless youth watch that kinda stuff..
    Please please please bring back ‘Missing’ for more seasons to come…!! Or please let another network pick this serie up. As ‘Missing’ is far far far away from being a dead serie.. It tastes like so much more after ‘Becca’ got missing in the end of the last episode..

    Crossing my fingers,
    Bart (Amsterdam-Holland)

  12. shan marie says

    I will sorely miss HawthoRNe the cliffhanger left us just hanging. I would like a 2-hr show to end the series.
    Harry’s Law was well written and had a great cast. It was a great comedy and drama, the best of both worlds. This should never have been cancelled !!!!!!!!!
    Santuary was a show my husband and I waited on friday to see.
    Terra Nova left us with gasping with anticipation for the next week.
    Pan Am was my guilty little pleasure that I watched w/o my husband.
    My husband and I loved to watch the Marriage Ref. It was enjoyable and unbelievable.

  13. Sue says

    There are a few shows I will really miss. I loved The Finder, Memphis Beat, Chuck & In Plain Sight. The networks don’t give the shows enough time. I really enjoyed those series. Do we really need so many reality shows? Come on, Dance Moms, Sister Wives, Toddlers & Tiaras? They insult your intelligence.

  14. Tina M. says

    Yes there at least 13 shows I liked to watch and now they are gone, what replaced some of them? Stupid bad reality shows that what. Give me a show with a good cast that work well together and keep me watching every week, that’s what I need and want. As always it’s all about the money not about what the people want.
    1. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
    2. CSI: Miami
    3. Chuck
    4. The Closer
    5. The Firm
    6. Harry’s Law
    7. Missing
    8. Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns
    9. Unforgettable
    10. Prime Suspect
    11. HawthoRNe
    12. In Plain Sight
    13. The Protector (didn’t even get to see)

    So sad, truly sad.

  15. Jackie says

    I cannot believe they canceled Breakout Kings, Harry’s law, and Memphis Beat. Don’t know why I am surprised, the networks do what they want, not what we want. I loved those shows!

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