The Good Guys: FOX TV Show Cancelled; No Season Two

The Good Guys canceledTo no surprise, FOX’s The Good Guys has been cancelled after one season and 20 episodes. The series stars Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks as an unlikely team of Dallas detectives.

The Good Guys debuted last Spring to a disappointing 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.93 million total viewers. Over the summer months, the ratings seemed to drop each week, hitting a low of a 1.0 rating and 3.42 million viewers.

Despite the poor showing, FOX kept the series on the fall schedule. On Friday nights, the numbers continued to slide. Good Guys hit a series low on October 22nd with a 0.6 rating and just 2.31 million viewers. Episodes typically ranked in last place for the demo in the timeslot. Realistically, no one has been expecting a second season renewal.

The series was shot on location in Dallas. Janis Burklund, head of the Dallas Film Commission, says that her high-ranking contact at Fox Television Studios has confirmed the show’s cancellation. The network hasn’t officially cancelled it but the production studio won’t be making any more episodes. The local area hasn’t had much luck this season. FOX’s Lone Star was cancelled after just two episodes and the episode order for NBC’s Chase has been reduced.

TV show supportOf The Good Guys, Burkland said, “We liked the show. And they had a great experience here. But the ratings weren’t good. I asked if there was any shot at cable, and he said there didn’t appear to be any shot at that either, and I think it would have done well on cable. It’s not the kind of show network viewers understand — it’s too quirky. It’s one of those shows where either you get it or you don’t. Where cable viewers are more apt to go sampling and try out different stuff, network viewers are looking for more traditional shows. And it had a horrible time slot.”

The TV show’s sets are still intact at a local Dallas studio but will likely be struck in January. The final episode of Good Guys, titled “Partners,” aired on December 10th.

Update: Hanks confirmed the cancellation via his Twitter account on 12/27/10.

What do you think? Are you sorry that Good Guys has been cancelled and won’t be back for season two?

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  1. Arbend says

    Very funny! Those two guys had a great chemistry togerher. The older guy was extremely funny to me! Too bad it didn’t get the numbers needed to stay on but really should have given them one more season and marketed it a lot better! Sad for me….

  2. Vitor says

    Dan after resolve a crime always said: “Let’s hunt some punks!”
    I learn that Dan never give up, but people didn’t understood the message and killed the one of the best shows of the TV.

  3. Lilly says

    love the show. saw it on netflix for the first time in 2012. great writing. terrific acting. a real shame that it didn’t make it.

  4. kyle says

    One of the best shows on Tv. I will miss it. I blame all the people who did not even give it a chance. It was a show a head of its time.

  5. rey says

    they should give it another try am sure there be more people watching its a pretty good show better than so other shows out there but if they do bring it back they should have the same cast

  6. PJ West says

    So sad to see such a great show gone after only one season, Watched in 2012 on Netflix. Had no idea of its existence in 2010!

  7. Aleksa says

    This show was, by far, a breath of fresh air from nonsense like Criminal Minds and CSI if you ask me. The most fun I’ve ever had in a mystery series since Monk, which while some of the humor and mysteries lack the same ingenuity as cases from Monk, are almost twice as hysterical and fast. I really hope this show will be resurrected somehow. Sadly, I don’t see that happening.

  8. Troy says

    This is BS!!! Everybody loved that show!!! My parents even liked it!!! They hate everything!!! The networks screwed up big time!!!

  9. gg says

    OMG, I LOVED this show!!! Darn it, everything that I liked, that was kinda offbeat, seems to have been canceled. I read that Memphis Beat was also canceled. C’mon, TV people, PLENTY of people loved The Good Guys!!!!!!

  10. osalina says

    I feel this show was histerical and I was sad to hear that the opinion of over 2 million viewers is not enough for these greedy network executives. I also feel time slots have a lot to do with success and given a chance it could be a great success.

  11. Unhappy Brit says

    I have only watched this show recently after a friend lent me a copy (shut up SOPA … rearrange that and you get Soap, much funnier show), anyways… it was with the exception of 30 rock and cougar town one of the funniest and inventive shows of seen in years. If only american networks wern’t so obsessed with ratings, surely the revenue that is generated from selling the show abroad is enough for these greedy folk. Follow the example set by the BBC in good old blightly, first series let the show build up a good fan base, second series look more at ratings. Using the US standard they would have been denied Doctor who, Being human (uk version obviously) and Life on Mars and other low rating starters… wake up american tv networks the world is changing and so must you and bring back heroes, geeks everywhere miss it.

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