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. gerald says

    Bring back Chuck, it ended badly and we the FANS want a CHUCK move.. give sarra’s memory back and the house they wanted. the rest the writters can come up with s story.

  2. Bethany says

    I am an insomniac with multiple DVRs in my home that record almost constantly, and I watch every one of them daily. That being said, I will watch a WHOLE lot of tv every single day. And with all the amazing shows that I took the time and energy to become vested in all being tossed to the side to make way for I am guessing more reality programming, well I sure am glad I have the full cable package. SciFi has been just amazing all summer long. And Destination America consistantly holds my interest. Oh, and you simply can’t go wrong with Tru TV’s World’s Dumbest and then there is MTV and their shockingly good shows like Akward and Teen Wolf, and now the Inbetweeners (I know, another show stolen from BBC, but whatever it is good) ABC Family seems to keep at least one show a week that I like to watch (however they too have started canceling a few too many and are in danger of losing me there as well.). I don’t know if anyone is picking up a theme here but so far I am only naming cable channels. That is exactly what canceling the good shows on network television is doing. I have always gone out of my way to watch network tv, weather I have had cable or not. But these days there is no point. Even if I like a show on network tv, it is nearly a garuntee that it won’t be around long enough for me to really get involved with. And if it is, the night it airs, or the timeslot for the night whatever will change so often I won’t be able to find it when it is actually on. Get a clue network people. We don’t like these games you love to play with us. If we can’t find your shows, or don’t believe that a show is going to be given a chance to grow and flurish, we simply won’t bother to try any more.

  3. lynn ware says

    I am sorry that everyone has to suffer, all of these shows that have been canceled are shows with substance such as the gifted man -harrys law-csi miami-breakout kings.I guess these shows are going to be replaced by reality shows that are stupid. SORRY GUYS YOUR NOT CATERING TO THE OLDE.R CROWD.

  4. Danny says

    I enjoyed watching Missing I thought Asley Judd did a great job lot of action. I also liked Blue Mountain State it reminded me of Animal House it made you laugh. Where else can you see guys in jock straps putting a oreo between there butt crack and walk the length of the football field in a race and if you drop the oreo you had to eat it.

  5. JT says

    My wife really miss Are You There Chelsea Not fair not to let it run longer considering h all the garbage compitition, and BS reality shows that should be removed

  6. bobbie and bob says

    yes why cancel unforgetable gifted man and harrys law these were great series and to leave us hanging on gifted man is unforgetable

  7. Joan says

    I am going to miss Unforgetable, The Finder, Harry’s Law, In Plain Sight, and Who do you think you are. These were all different. Aren’t we tired of the old cop and doctor shows?

  8. laurie says

    I’m going to miss Harry’s Law. I really liked that show, but I guess there wasn’t enough violence,sex, or brawling to attract whatever demographic they are looking for. TV networks should wake up, there are people over 40 who watch TV too. Everyone doesn’t want to watch these dumb reality shows that are everwhere.

  9. Fay says

    I despise network TV because there is nothing worth watching , cable’s TNT is the best thing on even with all the reruns. Love it. I wish they would pick up The Gifted Man, Harry’s Law and Unforgettable.

  10. Tracy says

    I’m disgusted w/ TV anymore. Everytime I like a show it ends up getting cancelled before it even has a chance. In this case. Every single show that I was looking forward to watching this fall has been cancelled (Pan Am, Ringer, Secret Circle, and Who Do You Think You Are). I’m sick to death of reality shows and there’s nothing else to watch.

  11. Bev Patrick says

    They cancelled A Gifted Man because they had enough of an audience, but that audience was not young enough for CBS? They cancel Unforgetable, Memphis Beat, NYC 22. Don’t give shows a chance anymore. We are watching more of the off broadcast stations than regular (CBS,NBC,ABC) due to the fact that you start watching a show, get into it and the next thing you know: it is gone. No finish, goodby, just leave you hanging. If it’s not reality, then it must not be entertainment! REALLY??? Just stop it. At least put a finish to what you start. The major networks are gonna lose their audience due to stupid stunts just like this that they keep repeating over and over again.

    • Terri says

      I agree! NBC and ABC, CBS They haven’t a clue! Really whats this about the younger audience maybe someone from the major networks get a clue who pays the cable bills. They canceled a lot of shows that had real potential. Stop already with the Realality show. Here’s a clue there not real!

  12. linda says

    i am so so sorry that harrys law is being canceled. we the “old people” are who watch tv and i hate reality shows. there are very few shows i love and harry was one of them.

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