It happens every year. The networks and cable channels cancel TV shows to make room for new series that will hopefully attract lots and lots of viewers. The 2011-12 season is no exception.
This list encompasses shows that have been cancelled or have ended 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 some 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 the UK’s Skins but, since the last season won’t air until 2012-13, we’re holding it until the 2012-13 list.
Now, let’s take a moment to bow our heads and remember these fallen TV series…
Napoleon Dynamite (FOX)
The cult movie was very popular in its day but not enough people were interested in seeing an animated version.
NYC 22 (CBS)
We won’t get to see these police rookies become seasoned cops.
NY Ink (ITC)
The cable channel pulled the plug on this tattoo TV show after two seasons and 18 installments.
One Tree Hill (The CW)
This venerable series has continued to endure despite some major cast changes. The network decided to pull the plug following the ninth and final season of 13 episodes.
Pan Am (ABC)
Like the Pan Am airline, this TV show will fade into history.
The Playboy Club (NBC)
This NBC TV series stumbled right out of the gate and was pulled after three episodes. It wins the distinction of being the first network TV series to be cancelled of the Fall 2011 crop.
Prime Suspect (NBC)
The remake stumbled right out of the gate and the ratings just got worse. NBC aired all 13 episodes and had no reason to order any more.
The Protector (Lifetime)
A drama about a single-mom police detective, this TV series never caught on with a big audience and the cable channel decided not to order a second season.
Q’Viva! The Chosen (FOX)
This reality competition aired in primetime on Saturday nights before being pushed to late night.
Remodeled (The CW)
The network thought this might be a good show to pair with America’s Next Top Model. The network was wrong.
Ringer (The CW)
This Sarah Michelle Gellar series started out strong but the ratings fell as viewers tuned out.
The River (ABC)
The thriller series left viewers “up the creek” with plenty of unanswered questions.
Rob tried to fit in with his new family but the network didn’t think his show was a good fit with the network.
The Secret Circle (The CW)
It looked like this show would be a good companion for The Vampire Diaries but many viewers tired of it and tuned out.
The Sing-Off (NBC)
The a capella competition ran for two successful seasons during the holidays but the third aired last fall and did very poorly.
There was an uproar from some parents groups when this show premiered. That died off and so did viewer interest. It certainly didn’t help that many sponsors pulled their ads from the show. The cable channel cancelled it after one season.
Take the Money and Run (ABC)
A pair of regular people try to keep a suitcase filled with cash hidden from a team of cops and detectives. Not enough people were interested so it’s been cancelled.
Teen Mom (MTV)
The reality series that follows the original cast of 16 and Pregnant came to a close on August 28th.
True Jackson, VP (Nickelodeon)
Like many other Nickelodeon shows, this kids’ sitcom came to a close after 60 episodes and three seasons.
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (TBS)
This sitcom was based on Perry’s 2008 film comedy of the same name. It lasted for five seasons and 140 installments. The series ending aired on November 18, 2011.
A female police detective that remembers almost everything. CBS cancelled it after one season and 22 episodes.
Note: The network later revived the show. It will return for a 13 episode second season for Summer 2013.
Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC)
Airing on Friday nights, this feel-good genealogy program lasted for three short seasons.
Who’s Still Standing? (NBC)
Hosted by Ben Bailey, this trivia game show lasted for nine episodes and one short season.
Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)
After four seasons, the three Russo kids have competed and one was crowned as the wizard of their generation. The series finale aired on January 6th.
Work It (ABC)
This sitcom premiered to poor reviews and ratings. The numbers got even worse in week two so the network pulled it off the air.
You Deserve It (ABC)
Hosted by Chris Harrison, this game show revolves around contestants trying to win money for other deserving people. It lasted for six episodes.
Zeke & Luther (Disney XD)
The skater sitcom ran for three seasons and 72 installments. The two-part finale aired on April 2, 2012.
You can see page one of the cancellation list here and page two here.
What do you think? Are you surprised that any of these shows have been cancelled? Which one(s) will you miss the most?