This list encompasses TV shows that have been cancelled or have ended and so 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 installments of the TV shows aired months earlier but the network didn’t get around to cancelling 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!
Now, on to the obituaries…
Free Agents (NBC)
The second NBC series of the new fall season to be pulled, this Hank Azaria sitcom fell to a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic, despite much stronger lead-ins. For whatever reason, audiences just rejected this one.
Friends with Benefits (NBC)
The peacock network delayed this sitcom until the middle of the summer, an indication that they had no faith in it. The ratings were indeed terrible and they only aired 12 of the 13 episodes.
Not enough viewers were interested in watching this dramedy about a former mean girl who returned home to Texas.
Gene Simmons Family Jewels (A&E)
The cable channel decided to pull the plug after seven seasons, likely due to a steep decline in ratings.
A Gifted Man (CBS)
Starring Patrick Wilson, this show had a lot of viewers but not enough young ones for CBS.
Good Vibes (MTV)
The animated series had a bumpy ride to the small screen, having started as a pilot of FOX. Unfortunately, the ratings weren’t high enough to warrant a second season.
The Hard Times of RJ Berger (MTV)
This high school series was barely renewed for a second season and the ratings only got worse in year two. Despite leaving some shocking and unresolved storylines without a conclusion, RJ and his pals won’t be back.
Starring Jada Pinkett Smith, this medical drama lasted three seasons and ended on a major cliffhanger. Sadly it’s been cancelled and won’t be back.
How to Be a Gentleman (CBS)
The sitcom did decently by most standards but CBS has big hit comedies and new ones have to meet a high standard. CBS cut the season order to nine episodes, shut down production, and shipped the show to the Saturday night graveyard.
How to Rock (Nickelodeon)
The cable channel has decided that 24 episodes are enough for Kacey (Cymphonique Miller) and her bandmates.
I Hate My Teenage Daughter (FOX)
Not many people watched this sitcom and the network pulled it prematurely.
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (IFC)
A comedy about a worker who bluffs his way into a senior sales position lasted for two seasons and just 12 installments.
I’m in the Band (Disney XD)
The comedy about a 15-year-old who joins his favorite adult band ended after two seasons and 41 episodes. The last one aired on December 9, 2011.
In Plain Sight (USA)
The cable channel announced that season five would be the last for Mary McCormack and company. The series finale aired on May 4, 2012.
It’s Worth What? (NBC)
Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, this game show ran for one season and nine episodes.
Jane By Design (ABC Family)
After one season and 18 episodes, Jane won’t have to figure out how to juggle school and work.
John King, USA (CNN)
This news program began airing in March 2010 and was replaced in June 2012. The host will continue with CNN and focus on the presidential election.
The Joy Behar Show (CNN)
Her cable show has come to an end but you can still see outspoken Behar weekday mornings on The View.
Karaoke Battle USA (ABC)
The winner of season one will be the only winner that this series ever has. The sixth and final episode aired on September 16, 2011.
The fourth season of this reality series is the last. It ran for 45 episodes with the finale airing on November 20, 2011.
The Killing (AMC)
Based on a Danish series, this show ran for two seasons and 26 episodes. Many viewers were upset when the show’s murder mystery wasn’t solved at the end of the first season and the ratings dropped for season two. Fox Television Studios said that they planned to shop it to other outlets.
Lopez Tonight (TBS)
George Lopez’s sitcom ran for six seasons but his late-night talk show barely lasted two seasons before being cancelled.
Love Bites (NBC)
This anthology series about amour was conceived to revolve around two women in search of love. Off-camera problems created delays, what aired was very different, and most people ignored it.
Man vs Wild (Discovery)
After seven seasons and 76 episodes, the adventures of Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls have come to an end — at least on this show.
Man, Woman, Wild (Discovery)
Special Forces survival expert Mykel Hawke and his savvy journalist wife Ruth England took on many challenges but didn’t make it to season three. The last episode aired on January 19th.
The Marriage Ref (NBC)
Hosted by Tom Papa, this non-scripted show last two seasons and 20 episodes.
The Martha Stewart Show (Hallmark)
The daytime show started as a syndicated series and was nearly cancelled but was picked up by Hallmark as part of a bigger deal. It wasn’t a success for Hallmark so they’ve canned it.
Men of a Certain Age (TNT)
Though beloved by some critics and viewers, this drama never caught on with a big audience and lasted just two seasons.
Minute to Win It (NBC)
The game show won’t be back for another round. It lasted two seasons and 66 episodes.
Mistresses (BBC America)
A show about a group of female friends, this TV series ended in February after three seasons on the air.
A former CIA Agent goes searching for her missing son but didn’t find enough viewers.
You can also check out page one of this list and page three.
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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