As I do every year, I would like to post my thoughts and reviews on the cancelled shows from the previous TV season. Remember as always that the summer shows from 2016 will be posted in next year’s post, although I might double post some of them here. Some shows are also never actually cancelled officially so that explains why I have some of them listed that might not otherwise be mentioned anywhere else but my blog. Summer shows from last year that are cancelled or weren’t brought back will be mentioned in this blog. Any summer shows cancelled from this season will probably be in next season's cancelled shows post, although you might see it posted twice.
Undateable: Why I’ve seen it- I had a dream about it so decided to start watching it. Noteworthiness- This is the first primetime drama to go live for every episode, which it was for this season. This is also based off of some sort of book. Description- While it was a bit hard for sure to tell what the show is about, it seemed to be about people who couldn’t really find dates, although maybe they had gotten past that point by the time that I decided to start watching. It is probably best described as a group of friends who hang out at a bar type of show. Notable People- One of the actresses from Rules of Engagement was in this show. Pros- The cast is good and the show is quite funny a lot. There’s more good to it with the plots as well. Cons- Some say that it was better before it went live, although I don’t know if that’s true or not as I hadn’t seen the show then. I will say that the live format lead to some goofs in the show. Note to Parents- This is kind of acceptable, although there may be the usual stuff that would worry you. Recommendation- I like this show and would watch it again. Cancellation reasons- It got low ratings that didn’t improve with the revamping of the show, so it was cancelled. Once again, the longest running NBC comedy was cancelled. NBC’s longest running comedy is now The Carmichael Show. Similar shows- The Big Bang Theory and New Girl. DVD suggestion- I would buy it if you can. Reception: mixed. Grade: B-.
American Idol: Why I’ve seen it- My family originally liked it. Noteworthiness- It is very popular with some people, at one point being the most watched show on television, unless you don’t count reality shows like it. It was also voted by people at www.tvseriesfinale.com the runner-up of what long running show should be cancelled. The judges are famous, no matter who they are. Far enough in the game, you can vote as many times as you like for who you want to win. Description- This is a reality competition where we vote for our favorite singer. Pros- We get to choose the outcomes at some point. The bad people early on can be funny for us. Inside jokes are present a lot. Cons- The voting system, where you can vote as often as you like for whoever you want, is seriously flawed. Most contestants are never heard from again even after winning the show. We are always going to dislike some of the judges’ and voters’ decisions on who should win. Note to Parents- This show is all over the place with whether or not kids can watch as the earlier ones in the season tend to have lots of swearing but there is nothing bad in the episodes where one can vote. So make your own decision with that. Recommendation- I don’t like it. Watch it at your own risk. I’d say that you should avoid it. Cancellation reasons- I honestly don’t know why they cancelled it. It seems like a surprise and illogical cancellation to me. Maybe it was over a worry of declining quality more so than declining viewership. Similar shows- The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance? DVD suggestion- I don’t think that they would release this show to DVD. Well, parts of it are released, but I don’t think a whole season would be. If they do release it, don’t bother buying it. Reception: mixed then positive. Grade: F.
Bordertown: Why I’ve seen it- It first aired with a show that I normally watch. Description- This is an adult animated cartoon about people that live near the Mexican border and how a white family and Mexican family interact with each other. It mostly focuses on race relations. Notable People- The creator of this show has worked on Family Guy and still might. Also, Hank Azaria from The Simpsons is also on this show. Pros- The show is interesting and what you would expect from a FOX animated comedy. Cons- It can be dull and relies on stereotypes too much. Note to Parents- Like all FOX shows, a teenager can watch this, but any younger age is best avoided. Recommendation- Take it or leave it. You aren’t missing anything by missing it and you probably wouldn’t hate it if you watched it. Cancellation reasons- Low ratings as usual got the best of it. Similar shows- Family Guy, Last Man Standing, The Real O’Neals, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Life in Pieces, Mom, and 2 Broke Girls. DVD suggestion- I’d put this as a toss-up. Reception: mixed to negative. Grade: C.
Live with Kelly and Michael: Why I’ve seen it- I honestly can’t remember why I started watching it, although it was probably just because of how others in my family had seen it. Description- Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan cohost a morning talk show that is live on the east coast at least. Notable People- Kelly Ripa, former soap opera star, is on the show as the longer tenured of the two hosts. She remains a cohost now. Michael Strahan, former sports player, current sports commentator, and now a full time cohost of Good Morning America, is the more recent regular cohost. He is the one who left. Pros- The show is quite interesting with Kelly’s bubbly personality. It is fun to watch and has interesting guests. Cons- The format isn’t that good, as it has a really long first segment and then various other shorter segments. Note to Parents- This would typically air when your kids are at school. If they are off, then it might be something that they could watch, although there tends to be minor sex stuff in it from time to time. Recommendation- I’d say that you should watch it if you either have time for it in the morning or you are awake when it airs. Special Note- This show isn’t technically over. Michael Strahan has left the show and it will continue with just Kelly as a host until they find a new cohost by on air auditions. There were various and conflicting reasons as to why Michael left the show. It was mostly just so that he could spend time doing other things although possible rumors of tension between him and Kelly are also possible reasons why he left. So the show is continuing without him and just Kelly now which I why I have it mentioned on the cancelled shows. It remains on air syndicated in the various morning hours of the day on various networks throughout the country. Similar shows- Live with Kelly (the same version of this show now without Michael), The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. DVD suggestion- This won’t be on DVD so you won’t be able to watch it. If it was released, it would be worth getting. Reception: positive. Grade: B.
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?: Why I’ve seen it- I forget why I first watched it in its original run. It was probably because I found the show idea to be interesting. I watched it after it returned to TV because I liked the original version and not much has changed. Noteworthiness- The show was originally in primetime before, but then moved to syndication for a while. After a hiatus from new episodes, the show has returned this summer. Description- This is a game show where adults compete with the help of real fifth graders to answer questions found in actual grade school textbooks. Notable People- Jeff Foxworthy, a well-known redneck comedian, formerly of Blue Collar TV, is the host of the show. Pros- The show is quite interesting to watch. It is funny seeing adults fail at basic questions. Cons- The show seems to have a set format which can make things, like whether or not someone succeeds in the show, predictable when it airs. Some of what happens can be mean to the contestants. Not all of it seems far. Note to Parents- This is pretty much acceptable for kids. After all, they would allow pretty much all of this show for fifth graders. Recommendation- I think that this is a good show to watch. Special Note- This wasn’t actually cancelled officially, but it was on the summer schedule last season and didn’t return for this season so it is probably cancelled. It could return for new episodes sometime like it has in the past. But it is over for now even though they didn’t cancel it the second time. Similar shows- Jeopardy and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? DVD suggestion- This probably won’t be on DVD since I don’t think that game shows are put on DVD. If it were, then it would be something I’d consider buying. Reception: positive. Grade: B.
Angel from Hell: Why I’ve seen it- I typically watch a CBS show at least. Description- A woman is guided by a different woman who may or may not be a guardian angel. Notable People- Jane Lynch, formerly of Glee and current host of Hollywood Game Night, is the so called guardian angel. Pros- The show is different. Cons- The show wasn’t really good. It failed to stand out as quality entertainment. Note to Parents- I have no idea what to put here. I’d say that it might be questionable, but I don’t care enough to know. Recommendation- I would not watch it again, although it wasn’t that bad. I’d say that you should probably pass with this one. Cancellation reasons- Despite having higher overall ratings than 2 Broke Girls (which aired in the same timeslot and wasn’t cancelled), the ratings for this show just wasn’t good enough. Similar shows- none. DVD suggestion- It won’t be on DVD, but you shouldn’t buy it anyways. Reception: average/mixed. Grade: D. It mostly aired during the hiatus of Survivor so it doesn’t have a real replacement. It would if it wasn’t pulled so close to when it started airing.
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life: Why I’ve seen it- It was originally paired with a show that I normally watch. Description- It’s hard to tell what this show is about. From what I understand, it is the misadventures of Cooper Barrett and his friends. Notable People- Liza Lapira, who was in NCIS, Dollhouse, Traffic Light, Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23, Super Fun Night, and Battle Creek, is a character in this show. Pros- It can be interesting and fun to watch. Small parts are funny. Cons- The show can be weird and not make sense. Note to Parents- Since this is a FOX comedy, it might be best to avoid letting your kids watch this. Teenagers should be okay, but not much younger than that. Recommendation- I’d say that you can watch it if you want to. It doesn’t really stand out as either good or bad. Cancellation reasons- The ratings were terrible so they got rid of it. Similar shows: New Girl, Jane the Virgin, and The Last Man on Earth. DVD suggestion- It might be nice to own and I might get it if it were released, but I doubt that it would be. Reception: average/mixed. Grade: B-.
The Astronaut’s Wives Club: Why I’ve seen it- I was interested in it. Noteworthiness- This show is based on historical events so it has a true story angle to it. It is also based off of a book. Description- This show is about the wives of various astronauts, set in the 1960s. Notable People- The show also stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, who, before she was married, starred on the show Reba, before going on to have important roles on other shows like Better with You, Animal Practice, and Privileged. Pros- The show is interesting and pretty informative. Cons- I don’t know what spoilers one could learn about this show by looking up the history about it. I don’t know what of it is accurate. Note to Parents- I can’t remember there being anything objectionable in it regarding whether or not kids should watch it. Maybe there was in some places, but I don’t think it was bad for kids. Recommendation- I say that this is good to watch. I’d recommend it to people to watch. Cancellation reasons- It was low rated and that was pretty much the main reason. Besides that, the creator admitted that it was never supposed to last beyond its original planned run it had. Similar shows- Fresh Off the Boat and The Goldbergs. DVD suggestion- I’d say that you should probably buy them, that is, if they are ever released in the first place. Reception: mixed. Grade: A.
The Briefcase: Why I’ve seen it- As expected, this was watched by me because it was a CBS show. Description- This is a reality show. Two families are given a briefcase full of money and they have to decide whether or not to keep all the money, give all the money away, or a combination of the two. What they don’t realize at first is that there is another family making the same decision and they are deciding whether or not to share money with each other. Pros- I find this show to be pretty interesting as it shows the more human side of people. Cons- There are problems that could be caused with families since there are always two people on each family that have to make decisions and it could cause them to have big disagreements. Many have criticized this for taking advantage of the less fortunate. Note to Parents- Sometimes questionable stuff for kids show up. I’m not sure what to say since this is the typical primetime show in terms of material. Recommendation- I believe that the show is pretty good and can lead to nice decisions so you should watch it. Cancellation reasons- The backlash regarding this show was so bad that many were petitioning it to be cancelled. Despite that, it was the typical low ratings that got the best of it. Similar shows- DVD suggestion- none. This won’t be on DVD. If it were, it might be an interesting buy. Reception: overwhelmingly negative. Grade: B. It doesn’t really have a replacement as it aired during the gap between the end of Survivor and the beginning of Big Brother.
Extant: Why I’ve seen it- I thought that it would be interesting, plus my devotion to the CBS network. Description- It is hard to tell what this show is about, but it’s a science fiction show that involves aliens and a pregnancy of a human by an alien. There are also side stories with robots as this is a show set in the future. Notable People- Haley Berry, who is famous for movies, is the star of the show. Grace Gummer, who is one of Meryl Streep’s daughters (and famous in her own right) is a character on the show. Pros- The storyline of what they have told us is pretty good. It is interesting. Cons- With an unexplained mystery behind the show, it can be hard to tell what the real point of it is. There was a cliffhanger ending. Note to Parents- There’s enough in here that your kids should avoid watching, although there’s not as much as there otherwise could be. Recommendation- I say that you should probably watch it. Cancellation reasons- Low ratings were the cause as usual. Similar shows- BrainDead, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Supernatural, The 100, and iZombie. DVD suggestion- I’d put this at a toss-up. Reception: generally favorable. Grade: B. With it being a summer show, it won’t be have a typical replacement. American Gothic is taking over its summer timeslot.
The Family: Why I’ve seen it- I thought it would be interesting based on the promos for it. I generally like missing person dramas. Description- A family’s life is turned upside down when a person claiming to have been a missing boy they thought was murdered shows up. But is he who he claims to be? Notable People- Joan Allen was in this show, although I can’t think of how she was famous easily in this review. Pros- This show is pretty good and interesting with its gripping storyline and interesting characters. Cons- The show is too mysterious for its own good. Various plots were not resolved in the end. Note to Parents- This is too gruesome for kids as the main part of it focused on kidnapping and rape. There was also a lot of sex in there. Recommendation- I did like it at a point, but after its bad ending, I won’t be watching it again. Cancellation reasons- The ratings were terrible as was its timeslot so it was cancelled as a result. Similar shows- Law and Order: SVU, Blindspot, Scandal, and Reign. DVD suggestion- This would have been something I’d recommended, if it had resolution to the story. It won’t be on DVD anyways. If only the story were resolved, then I would recommend it. Reception: mixed. Grade: C+.
Community: Why I’ve seen it- I thought that I would like it. Noteworthiness- It was cancelled by NBC but revived by Yahoo Screen. Description- This show is about the random adventures of a group of friends at a community college. Pros- The show is quite interesting and funny. Cons- It can be random and weird at times. Note to Parents- I’d say that this is borderline on whether or not your kids should watch this. Normally it is okay and good to watch for preteens and older. Recommendation- I suggest that people watch it. Cancellation reasons- It didn’t do that well online and most of the cast went away to other projects. There still might be a movie in the future due to the motto of the show being six seasons and a movie. Special Note- There might be some sort of possibility that it wasn’t cancelled and will continue making new episodes. I don’t think that will happen, though. Also, it technically aired sometime last season and not this season so this is another late cancellation notice. Similar shows- The Simpsons, Family Guy, and The Big Bang Theory. DVD suggestion- Yes, get the DVDs of this show. Reception: mostly positive. Grade: A.
Original review of Community with possibly outdated information: Community: Why I’ve seen it- It got my interest and the show I normally watched was showing a rerun. Description- This is a show about people at a community college and what unusual things happen there. Pros- The show is pretty interesting and not the type of thing typically shown on television. Cons- It’s hard to understand all of it and missing out on the earlier seasons make it feel like you missed out on something good. Recommendation- I’d say that you should watch it. Cancellation reasons- The network loved to screw with it so when that caused the ratings to suffer, they cancelled the show because of it. Similar shows- The Simpsons and Family Guy. DVD suggestion- I’d say that you should probably get them. If you can get only one cancelled show from NBC on DVD, then this should be the one. Reception: mostly positive. Grade: B. UPDATE: While still cancelled by NBC, there will be new episodes airing online. I hope that this doesn’t affect the DVD releases and it will still be available to buy on DVD. It won’t be free online. It was free on TV since every show on network television is. My DVD recommendation stays the same, however, even if you can’t end up buying the sixth season. The strangeness about this cancellation might change my rule of only one cancelled show per season per network so that I can get the two great cancelled shows from NBC next season that I know that I would want. (Those shows are Parks and Recreation as well as Parenthood, which you will read more about in the next season’s cancellation blog post.)
Mike & Molly: Why I’ve seen it- Curious about the show, plus my devotion to CBS. Description- An overweight couple finds romance with each other although the show evolved past that. Notable People- Chuck Lorre, creator of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, is not the creator, but he is an executive producer and probably helps with a lot of the episodes. Billy Gardel from Monopoly’s Millionaire Club is the main actor. Melissa McCarthy from various movies is the main actress. Pros- Finally a love story for fat people. The characters that you know are going to be together actually get together. A lot of it is Emmy material. Cons- The acting and writing could use some work. About half of it is complete crap. Expect for the leads, the cast is mostly worthless. Note to Parents- This probably has the standard amount of stuff that you’d find objectionable. Recommendation- You can watch it if you want to. It’s better than nothing although it isn’t all that good. Cancellation reasons- There were different factors involved in the show’s cancellation. For one, the network hasn’t cared about it for a while by always delaying it until midseason. Then a problem happened when Melissa McCarthy got famous for her movies. Ultimately, there would have been too much wrangling in potential future contracts for a new season so they cancelled the show as it wouldn’t have aired before a decision to renew the contracts of the cast members could be made. Similar shows- The Carmichael Show, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Last Man Standing, The Real O’Neals, Black-ish, Life in Pieces, and Mom. DVD suggestion- I’d pass on this one. It wasn’t really as good as it could have been. Reception: mostly positive. Grade: C-. It was replaced by both Kevin Can Wait and Man with a Plan as it aired for one hour when it ended.
Under the Dome: Why I’ve seen it- I like the CBS network and nothing else was really on during the summer. Noteworthiness- This is based off of a book by Stephen King. He helps with this show. This was first pitched to the Showtime network which passed on it and gave it to CBS. Description- For some odd reason, a dome traps people in a small town underneath it. Notable People- Dean Norris, from Breaking Bad, is on the show. There are probably others. Pros- The show is interesting science fiction. It keeps you into the show. The secret lives of the characters are pretty good storytelling. The mystery of the show is gripping. Cons- A lot of people don’t like it. It seems to drag on without a real purpose to it. I don’t think that they ever explained what they needed to. One wonders what the point of it is in the end. The ending was incredibly stupid. Note to Parents- Kids should definitely not watch this although teenagers might be okay. I think that they aired a content advisory warning before most shows. Recommendation- I use to like the show and would have recommended it at one point, but it is now dead to me after its terrible ending. Cancellation reasons- This show got too low ratings as it went on. Similar shows- Grimm, Blindspot, BrainDead, Lucifer, Scream Queens, Sleepy Hollow, Wayward Pines, Supernatural, The 100, and The Vampire Diaries. DVD suggestion- I might have suggested this at one point, but then the show was affectively dead to me after its terrible series finale. Reception: mixed. Grade: B+. BrainDead was the next summer show that aired in its old timeslot so that can be considered the main replacement.
Why I’ve seen it- When Code Black was replaced by
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders for the rest of the season, I sought something
new at that timeslot, so I started watching this. I was always interested in
this, but never started watching until this year. Description- This show is
similar to soap operas in a way as it is about various cast members who work in
the country music industry. Notable People- Hayden Panettiere, who was in
movies and has a music career, is a character on the show. Pros- The show is
interesting. Cons- There is too much sex involved in it. Note to Parents- This
is possibly okay for teens, but not for kids. Recommendation- I’d watch it if
you can. Special Note- While this show was cancelled by ABC, a fan campaign to
bring it back was actually successful and it will move to the network CMT as
well as Hulu. So it will continue for future seasons, but not on network
television anymore. Similar shows- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Reign, The Voice, The
Catch, The Bachelor, Grey’s Anatomy, Jane the Virgin, and The Bachelorette. DVD
suggestion- I’ll probably get it, but I don’t know yet if I will. I say that
others should get it too. Reception: highly positive. Grade: B-.
Limitless: Why I’ve seen it- It aired on CBS and I always tend to watch a CBS show at least once. It looked interesting too. Noteworthiness- This is based off of a movie called Limitless and set in the same world that it is. It also shares a character from the movie who has a recurring role in the show played by movie star Bradley Cooper. Description- This show is about a person who uses a mysterious drug and helps the FBI with different cases. Notable People- Hill Harper, who was on CSI: New York, was a character on this show as well. Pros- The show is quite likable. It can be funny at times. It is interesting and good. The last episode was good and seemed to wrap everything up. Cons- With it being another in a line of informant works for law enforcement shows, you can sort of see it being predictable. It can be weird. Note to Parents- This is kind of objectionable in some places. It depends on what you’d normally find offensive in a show or not. I don’t think it’s as bad as others. Recommendation- I would say that you should watch it if you still can as it was good. Cancellation reasons- Honestly, the cancellation came as a surprise as it seemed to be in a good position all season. I guess the network wanted other shows instead of this one. Similar shows- Elementary, The Big Bang Theory, Scorpion, and Blindspot. DVD suggestion- If this show is ever released on DVD, it would be a good thing to get, but I just don’t know if it would be released. Reception: mostly mixed. Grade: A. It was replaced for a while by some of the last season of Person of Interest and will ultimately be replaced by Bull.
The Meredith Viera Show: Why I’ve seen it- It worked out well for me to see it at the time that it aired in my region. Description- This, simply put, is a talk show hosted by Meredith Viera. Notable People- Meredith Viera was previously on The Today Show and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Pros- This show might appeal to the more everyman type of person. Cons- A lot of daytime talk shows run the risk of being too bland for one reason or another. This show falls prey to that. It seems too boring and uninteresting focusing mostly on lame topics instead of something that will keep a person coming back all the time. Note to Parents- I haven’t seen enough of it to make a judgment call as to whether or not kids can watch it. It is probably okay for them, but I honestly don’t know. Recommendation- I would pass on this show. I found it dull and uninteresting. Cancellation reasons- The ratings must have been too low or something like that. Similar show: Rachel Ray. DVD suggestion- There won’t be DVDs, not that it would be any good anyways. Reception: mixed. Grade: F.
Rookie Blue: Why I’ve seen it- There was nothing else to watch during the summer at the time so I watched this. Noteworthiness- This is a Canadian show that airs sometimes in America. Description- A bunch of rookie cops (or, at least they were rookies when the show started) solve a bunch of cases. Pros- The show gives you something different to watch on TV sometimes. Cons- It’s hard to know when this is on making it easy to miss. Note to Parents- There’s enough in here that’s objectionable for kids to watch, although teenagers and older probably can. Recommendation- This show is pretty good and you should watch it. Cancellation reasons- I’m not entirely sure why it was cancelled. I think that they wanted to end it so they did. Low ratings probably had something to do with it as well. Similar show: Quantico. DVD suggestion- I would get the show myself, but only if there were room for it on my wish list. Reception: mixed. Grade: B.
The Player: Why I’ve seen it- I basically watched it as my normal show wasn’t back on yet due to Thursday Night Football. Description- It’s hard for me to explain what the show is about. From what I can tell, it steals a bit of plot from a Liam Neeson action movie by having a person team up with other people to help fight against various bad guys while looking for his wife or ex-wife who may or may not be dead. Notable People- Wesley Snipes, who was in movies, is a character on the show. Pros- It keeps the cast small for a change and keeps you interested. Cons- It didn’t have much of a plot and what plot it did have wasn’t resolved. Notes to Parents- This has the standard objectionable material in it, such as sex and violence. Recommendation- I honestly don’t know what to put here. I didn’t like it much after the lack of an ending. Cancellation reasons- The ratings were terrible and they cut back the number of episodes that it originally had ordered. They made the cancellation official later. Similar shows- The Blacklist, Shades of Blue, Gotham, Scorpion, The Amazing Race, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. DVD suggestion- It won’t be on DVD and I wouldn’t get it after the ending. Reception: fairly negative. Grade: C.
The Grinder: Why I’ve seen it- This was a last minute addition to my schedule as it worked for me to watch it. Description- A TV lawyer works with a real lawyer in different cases. It’s a comedy. Notable People- Rob Lowe, who was in Parks and Recreation as well as various movies, was a character on the show. Pros- The show is funny and quite interesting. Cons- It seems that there could be more to it than there is. Notes to Parents- I haven’t seen much of it to know for sure, but I’d have to say that this is probably mostly okay. Recommendation- I would watch it and wish that I was watching it sooner than I did. Cancellation reasons- While it might not make as much sense to some people, it was mostly just FOX wanting to keep other comedies over this. Similar shows- none. DVD suggestion- I’m not sure if it will be out or not, but I would recommend it if it is. Reception: highly positive. Grade: B.
Rush Hour: Why I’ve seen it- It’s a CBS show and I normally always watch a CBS show. Noteworthiness- This is based off of a movie series of the same name starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Description- Based on the movie series of the same name, this show is about a black cop and Asian cop who team up to fight crime. It is mostly drama, but part comedy. There are differences between this and the movie series such as different characters used besides the main one. Pros- I’d say that it’s enough different from the movie that it doesn’t just seem like a carbon copy of this. It seems interesting and funny. Cons- It seemed like they could do better in some places and put more into the show than they did. Notes to Parents- This probably has the standard amount of violence that you’d expect in a show. There was some sex, but not too much. Recommendation- I think that others can watch this. Cancellation reasons- It premiered too late, and thus, failed to find an audience. Similar shows- Hawaii Five-0, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. DVD suggestion- I would buy it, but it won’t be released. Reception: mixed to negative. Grade: B+. It will be replaced by Pure Genius.
Grandfathered: Why I’ve seen it- It worked for me to see it once as none of my regular shows were on except the comedy that this is paired with. Description- A lady’s man learns that he has a son and granddaughter. Notable People- This stars John Stamos who is mostly known, to me at least, from being in Full House. Pros- This is different. Cons- It has the bad smut that’s all too common on TV these days. Note to Parents- The cons section mentions what you need to know about this show. Recommendation- Don’t watch this. It’s bad. Cancellation reasons- It mostly struggled in the ratings so they got rid of it. Similar shows- Dr. Ken, Last Man Standing, The Real O’Neals, Modern Family, Jane the Virgin, Mom, Life in Pieces, 2 Broke Girls, The Carmichael Show, and Family Guy. DVD suggestion- This won’t be on DVD, although it wouldn’t be worth getting anyways. Reception: positive. Grade: F.
Unforgettable: Why I’ve seen it- I watch all shows on CBS at least once and that was the network that originally aired this show. Description- A woman who can’t forget anything helps people solve crimes. Pros- The show is interesting. Cons- The show isn’t much different from other shows like it. I don’t think that they ever resolved the storyline they once had. Recommendation- I don’t know what to put here, especially now that the show is cancelled. It is good, but maybe not good enough to watch long term. Cancellation reasons- It was pretty much low ratings. Plus, it had survived two previous cancellations by CBS so the third one by A & E was not the charm. Similar shows- none. DVD suggestion- I’d probably pass on them. Reception: mixed. Grade: C.
Review of Unforgettable after its second cancelation by CBS probably containing outdated information: Unforgettable: Why I’ve seen it- I watch everything on CBS that I can and that’s why I watched this. Noteworthiness- This show was cancelled for a while and then was brought back as a summer series. While it was cancelled again, it was actually brought back by A & E for more seasons. Description- A detective with a memory condition that makes it impossible for her to forget something helps solve crimes with other people. Notable People- Poppy Montgomery from Without a Trace is on this show as the main character. Jane Curtin, who was in the original cast of Saturday Night Live, among other things, is another character. Pros- The show is quite interesting considering the format of it that you probably wouldn’t see on other shows. Cons- The recurring storyline has been pretty much ignored in the newer seasons and I don’t think that it was resolved beforehand. Recommendation- I’d say that you should probably watch it. Special Note- As noted above, this show technically still lives on, despite being cancelled by CBS twice. New episodes will premiere sometime on A & E in the future. As to why CBS didn’t continue making new episodes? That was because of low ratings, as usual. Similar shows- none. DVD suggestion- I’d pass on it, even though I liked it, to an extent. I could never really tell what happened with the original storyline. Reception: mixed. Grade: B-. This being a summer show, lacks a typical replacement, although The Good Wife took over its old time slot.
Review of Unforgettable after its first cancelation by CBS which probably contains outdated information: Unforgettable: Description- A woman cop has a memory where she cannot forget anything. She is also trying to solve the death of her sister. Why I've Seen It- It was on CBS, the best network dedicated to quality programming. Pros- It's a very unique type of show that doesn't show up that often. Cons- It can seem unrealistic at points. The show doesn't really end and probably won't be picked up by another network (but it could still happen, even if it's unlikely). Recommendation- It was fun while it lasted, but it isn't on anymore. Cancellation Reasons- There just weren't enough viewers for whatever reasons. I guess the unforgettable show is something they'd rather forget. Similar Shows: none. Grade: C.
Of Kings and Prophets: Why I’ve seen it- I thought that it might be good. Noteworthiness- This is based off of the story of David and Saul from the Old Testament. Description- Similar to AD, this is a show based off of the bible, this time on the story of David and Saul from 1 & 2 Samuel. Pros- The show isn’t the usual type of show. It is an interesting show despite it adding to the story. Cons- I’m not sure when the show focused on stuff that was actually in the bible, but I haven’t read that part of it yet to know for sure if it did focus on that or not. Meanwhile, it is rather violent with its content and is not something the whole family should watch (should your family still have young kids in it, that is). Note to Parents- As stated in the cons section, the show is very violent and required a viewer discretion is advised warning. There was also sex in it and it can be as violent as the story in the bible is written. Recommendation- I honestly don’t know a good recommendation for it as it didn’t last long enough for me to form long term thoughts about it. Cancellation reasons- There were production problems that prevented this from airing in the fall as originally planned. Now production problems are never a good thing. They didn’t even air the rest of the episodes (in the US at least). The ratings were terrible and a lot of people that it was targeted for were against the show. Similar shows: Modern Family, Jane the Virgin, Reign, Scandal, and The Blacklist. DVD suggestion- I honestly don’t know what to put here, even in the rare event that it is released on DVD. Reception: mostly negative. Grade: C-.
The Island: Why I’ve seen it- I was interested in it. Noteworthiness- This is adapted off of British show of the same name with around the exact same premise. Description- A reality show, the Island is about a bunch of men who are isolated on an island while seeing if they can form a society. There’s not a competition aspect to it. Pros- The show stays interesting since it shows real people with important things to do. Cons- It wasn’t supposed to have eliminations, but people seem to keep going out every episode. It could be scripted with no possible penalty to be faced if it is. Note to Parents- The only problem seemed to be real world violence. Recommendation- I thought that it was pretty good to watch for the short time that it lasted. Cancellation reasons- Actually, this show wasn’t cancelled officially, but when a summer show doesn’t come back the next year, that means that the show is cancelled even if it is never made official. There was little interest or investment in the show so they got rid of it. Ratings weren’t good either. Similar shows- Survivor and The Amazing Race. DVD suggestion- I doubt that this would be on DVD, but it might be a good buy if it is. Reception: somewhat positive. Grade: C.
The Muppets: Why I’ve seen it- I like the Muppets. Noteworthiness- This is the third regular TV series that I remember the Muppets, or these particular Muppets, starring in. Description- Basically put, this is a half hour mockumentary about the Muppets. Notable People- Bill Prady, who co-created The Big Bang Theory, is a creator of this version of the show. Most of the regular Muppet voices are here as usual. Pros- This show is the good type of humor that you’d expect from the Muppets. Everything that you’d love about the Muppets is in here. Cons- I’m not sure if the format of this works as well as it could. It had a bit of a cliffhanger ending, although that could always be resolved with the next Muppet movie. Recommendation- I’d say that you should watch it if you can because I like it. Cancellation reasons- There were numerous problems with the people who made the show and the original showrunner was replaced midway through the season. Enough people didn’t like the show for it to do well. The ratings were bad, despite it doing better in the ratings than the show that replaced it and was renewed for a second season. The Muppets will endure, just not on TV for the moment. Similar shows- Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, and Modern Family. DVD suggestion- I would recommend buying the DVDs if this ever is released to viewers. Reception: somewhat favorable. Grade: A.
The Good Wife: Why I’ve seen it- It was mostly due to a dream implying that I should watch it. It fit with my schedule more following the cancellation of The Forgotten. Description- It originally started with an arrest of a public office holder in Chicago and revealed that he had an affair on his wife. The show, however, is about his wife and her journeys as a lawyer as well as other cast members. It is set in Chicago. Notable People- Juliana Margulies, from ER and other shows, is the lead character Alicia. Others might be present. Pros- It is an interesting show with a recurring storyline. It stays as best as possible with Democrats by neither downplaying them nor making them the best. It is a good courtroom drama at times. The editing is great. Cons- You’ll be confused watching it without knowing the recurring storyline. It is a weird blend of fiction and reality and can be hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. It can be very confusing with its plots. A whole episode can go by without you understanding what happened in the episode. Christianity has a weird representation which is seemingly from the views of non-Christians. It is very subtle and hard to catch some things in the show. If it weren’t set in Chicago, the courtroom aspect would be even more unrealistic than it already is. A lot of people didn’t like the ending. Note to Parents- I would steer clear of letting young people watch it. Maybe teens could, but not any younger than that. Recommendation- Watch this if you have a chance too. Cancellation reasons- This show was always on the bubble so they finally got rid of it despite it actually having decent ratings still. The showrunners were on their way out, so they probably wanted to end it on their terms instead of some other writer’s. Similar shows- BrainDead, Reign, Madam Secretary, Jane the Virgin, and Scandal. DVD suggestion- I would get it if you can. I know that I’ll probably get it. Reception: positive then a bit more critical. Grade: B-. This show will be replaced by two comedies: the returning Life in Pieces and the new show The Great Indoors.
Note about blog: http://adamdeckergoodwifetvshow.blogspot.com/ I have a blog about The Good Wife. Now that the show is over, you might be wondering what I’m going to do with this blog. Well, I’m not actually going to end the blog. I’m going to continue posting it with cast updates regarding where people from that show are now. That will include reviews of shows that they are on. I will do my best to update all of that information in that blog and this blog. I thought that I would tell you about this as it will affect this blog. Keep an eye up in the notable people section as any required review of mine for that blog will mention a major actor, actress, or the creators of The Good Wife.
Boom: Why I’ve seen it- I thought that it would be interesting and what I wanted to watch wasn’t coming in. Description- A game show, Boom is about people trying to cut the right answers to questions to avoid exploding a sort of bomb. This show is based off of a foreign game show. Pros- I like that people are playing as a team and you get more than one mistake that you can make. The show is quick and informative. Not much is obvious in the edit. Cons- Promos can give stuff away. It is a problem that you can’t walk out with your total earning prior to the final question with the toughest bomb. Note to Parents- I don’t remember there being anything objectionable for kids in this show. Maybe some of the questions were bad, but I think that this is okay for them. Recommendation- I like the show and think that others should watch it. Cancellation reasons- This wasn’t cancelled officially. Despite doing well enough in the ratings, it wasn’t enough of a hit to be brought back the next summer, thus signifying its unofficial end. Similar shows- none. DVD suggestion- It would be nice on DVD, even though it probably won’t be released on DVD. Reception: mixed. Grade: B-.
Second Chance: Why I’ve seen it- I thought that it would be interesting. Description- A dead man is brought back to life in order to help save someone’s life while trying to figure out the mysterious circumstances regarding his death and help solve other crimes as well. Pros- The show is interesting and different enough. Cons- It can be similar to other procedurals with supernatural twists. The ending leaves stuff to be desired. Note to Parents- Teens can watch this, but with the sex, violence, and viewer discretion is advised warnings, young kids shouldn’t watch it. Recommendation- Originally I would have said that others should watch this, although after the bad ending, I won’t be recommending this anymore. Cancellation reasons- The ratings were terrible from the very beginning and it was isolated to Fridays were FOX doesn’t give jack shit about shows. It can be a bit of a surprise that it aired all of its episodes. Similar shows- The Blacklist, Blindspot, Grimm, Gotham, Wayward Pines, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries. DVD suggestion- I’d lean against this simply due to its bad ending. Reception: mostly negative. Grade: B.
Castle: Why I’ve seen it- Recommended by my brother and not that great a devotion to any other show at the time. Noteworthiness- Tie-in novels under a character’s name that are referenced on the show have been published in real life. One of these novels was supposedly going to be turned into a show, but it appears that nothing came of it. Description- A writer of novels assists the police in solving murders and other crimes in New York City. It is also about the love of the two main characters who work together and will stop at nothing to solve any case. Notable People- Nathan Fillion, known for his work on Firefly, and other shows, is the title character, Richard Castle. Pros- It is a semi-unique drama with good comedy and recurring storylines. Cons- It can take a while for some plots to be returned to in the storyline. Basic plots get repeated constantly. The ending could have been better than what it was. Note to Parents- While not as violent as some other shows, it did have the standard sex problems that you’d see in a show. This has the same amount of what you’d expect from a primetime show. I’d say that teenagers can watch this, but not much younger. Recommendation- Watch this show. It is very good. Cancellation reasons- This show was always on the bubble so its cancellation was inevitable. There were tensions between the two leads when they weren’t filming that lead to problems. It seems that this show was either doomed to be cancelled this season or have a terrible next season without some of the characters the show had always had. Similar shows- Elementary, The Blacklist, Blindspot, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Lucifer, Grimm, and Sleepy Hollow. DVD suggestion- Despite the bad ending, I’d still recommend this show to own on DVD. Reception: positive. Grade: A.
Truth Be Told: Why I’ve seen it- This aired after a show that I normally watched and there were no alternatives for me that one night. Description- From what I can gather, this show is about two married couples and the friendship between them. I’m not entirely sure what else the show is about or why it is called Truth Be Told as I only saw one episode. Pros- I thought that parts of it were funny. Cons- The overall plot of the episode I saw was pretty stupid. I didn’t like it in the long term. Note to Parents- I do not think that this is appropriate for kids, although teens might not have any problems with it. It’s the standard amount of objectionable stuff. Recommendation- I’d lean against watching this. Cancellation reasons- The episode order was cut after low ratings and it burned out the last episodes on Christmas. When the order of episodes is cut, that means that it is cancelled, even if they don’t own up to it at first. Production was shut down shortly after the cut, also a sign that the show is over forever. Similar shows- America’s Funniest Home Videos, Dr. Ken, The Odd Couple, Black-ish, The Carmichael Show, Mom, Last Man Standing, The Real O’Neals, Life in Pieces, and 2 Broke Girls. DVD suggestion- This won’t be on DVD or worth owning if it was. Reception: generally negative. Grade: D.
Last Comic Standing: Why I’ve seen it- Originally, I watched this because my aunt was in the live studio audience of one of the episodes and we wanted to see her in the audience (we did). Since we didn’t know when she’d appear, we started watching at the beginning of the second season and we were too interested in the rest of the season by the time we got to the episode my aunt was in so we kept watching. I haven’t seen much of other seasons so I don’t know what all has changed. Noteworthiness- This show has been cancelled twice and brought back twice it so it could be brought back again in the future like it has in the past. Description- A bunch of people compete for a comedy deal of some sort. This is a reality show. Notable People- The hosts and judges of the show constantly change, but are typically notable. I’d mention who they are, but you would have better luck just looking up the information for yourself. Some of the contestants become notable after they appear on the show. Pros- The show can be quite good, especially if the contestants are good. Cons- The jokes are only as good as the person who makes them meaning if a contestant isn’t that good, then you won’t be amused. The format is a bit confusing, although they might have improved on it from when I used to watch. Note to Parents- Since a lot of the jokes would be sex related, then this isn’t good for kids, although teens would probably like it. Recommendation- If you have time to watch it, then you might as well tune into it. If not, then you wouldn’t be missing anything. Cancellation reasons- I’m honestly not sure why this ended for the third time, but I guess that the network felt that they had other shows more worthwhile to air instead. Similar shows- none. DVD suggestion- I don’t think that shows like this are released to DVD, although it would be nice to own if it were. Reception: somewhat positive. Grade: C+.
Agent Carter: Why I’ve seen it- I have interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that this is part of. Noteworthiness- This is a sequel to the movie Captain America featuring one of the characters from it. It is set in the past in the same world as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Description- This show is mostly about one of the early agents of what would become S.H.I.E.L.D. Pros- You get to learn more about the Marvel Cinematic Universe by watching this show. This show was pretty interesting. Cons- It may seem like only an old fashioned Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It ended on a cliffhanger, although that could be resolved elsewhere in the universe of this show. Recommendation- If you are a fan of Marvel movies, then I’d say that you should watch this. After the ending, I’m not sure if I’ll watch it again, although it could be resolved elsewhere. Cancellation reasons- The ratings were terrible the first season, yet it was still brought back. It did not improve in ratings for the second season so they had to cancel it. Similar shows- Sleepy Hollow, Fresh off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Quantico, iZombie, Madam Secretary, Blindspot, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. DVD suggestion- I’m not sure that I would buy this unless you get everything else in the Marvel Universe already. Reception: highly positive. Grade: B-.
Why I’ve seen it- I thought that it looked good and I
watch every show on CBS at least once. Noteworthiness- This is adapted from DC
comics. It might have future links to the shows The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow,
and Arrow as it did have a crossover with The Flash. Description- Superman’s
cousin, a female, becomes a superhero herself fighting various alien outlaws
and other supernatural creatures. Pros- This show is quite good and
interesting, seeing a previously unknown superhero get her own story. Cons- There
could be potential flaws with trying to appeal to feminists and being
politically correct. Note to Parents- From what I’ve seen thus far, this show
is pretty acceptable to a younger audience, although there still might be more
violence than they would need. Recommendation- I think that this is a good show
and worth watching. Special Note- I’m not entirely sure of this show was in
fact cancelled from CBS or not or if it is just randomly moving to the CW for
seemingly no good reason. The show will continue with new episodes on the CW
and not be ending forever as it could be. You’ll see more updates about it
later. Similar shows- Madam Secretary, iZombie, Grimm, Gotham, The Flash,
Arrow, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. DVD suggestion- I might get them,
but I’d wait until the show ends to give you a full-fledged suggestion here.
Reception: highly positive. Grade: A-. On CBS, it was momentarily replaced by
Mike and Molly and will ultimately be replaced by two comedies: Kevin Can Wait
and Man with a Plan. On the CW, it replaces, for the moment, Reign.
Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris: Why I’ve seen it- I was interested in it. Noteworthiness- I think that this is based off of a foreign show of some sort. Also, every episode of it was live. Description- This is simply put, a variety show full of various whatnot hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Notable People- Frequent host and former star of How I Met Your Mother, Neil Patrick Harris, is the host of this show. There were other famous guests in each episode. Pros- The show was interesting and always had a set format that it followed. Cons- The episodes that I have watched seemed sporadic and all over the place. It wasn’t bad, but it might have lacked a real point. Note to Parents- There probably wasn’t too much bad in here for kids, although there might have been enough that young ones shouldn’t watch. Teens, for course, can watch this. Recommendation- It is good so I say that you should watch it if you can. Cancellation reasons- The network didn’t really have long term plans for it, although it probably would have lasted longer if it did better in the ratings than it did. Similar shows- Live with Kelly, Saturday Night Live, and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. DVD suggestion- This would be worth buying in the unlikely event that it does wind up on DVD. Reception: somewhat positive. Grade: C+.
CSI: Cyber: Why I’ve seen it- I watched this for various reasons, among them being that this is part of the CSI franchise which I like, it originally airing at a time when nothing else good was on, and it airing on CBS. Noteworthiness- This is a spin-off of CSI, being promoted as the next generation of it. Description- This drama deals with cyber crimes. Notable People- It has Patricia Arquette who was on Medium. It also has Ted Denson from Cheers and the original CSI, playing the same character moved to this division. Pros- I like this show a lot. I think that it has a lot of potential and is living up to it. Cons- It may not be realistic, which is a common complaint about any CSI show. Note to Parents- The show is violent a lot. I’d say that some teenagers could watch this, but not much younger than that. Recommendation- I like this show and think that others should watch it as well. Cancellation reasons- There were many factors that brought forth its demise. It had terrible ratings and was quite possibly the lowest rated show on the network. The reception for this was terrible. It also had the worst timeslot of any show on television which resulted in two cancellations last season. All in all, it had nothing going for it so they got rid of it and probably the whole CSI franchise itself, although they will probably try to reboot the franchise with a new show sometime in the future. Similar shows: NCIS, iZombie, Hawaii Five-0, Scorpion, Blindspot, and Quantico. DVD suggestion- I would buy this myself. Reception: negative. Grade: B+. It was replaced for a while by Rush Hour and will ultimately be replaced by Pure Genius.
Note about blog: http://adamdeckercsicyber.blogspot.com/ Like my Good Wife blog, this blog will also be changed to cast updates and will incorporate reviews from this blog if it had the actors or any of the creators of this show on it. I will still update it even though the show is over. Also be on the lookout for any posts and blog about new parts of the CSI franchise, if there ever are any.
Minority Report: Why I’ve seen it- I was interested in watching it. Noteworthiness- This is inspired by and set after the movie Minority Report. It is in the same universe, but there are some differences here and there. One does not have to see the movie to understand this show. Description- A continuation of a movie of the same name, we see a precog (a person with unusual powers of seeing the future, typically seeing potential future deaths) team up with an FBI agent to prevent future crimes from happening. Notable People- It starred Wilmer Valderama from That 70’s Show and Awake. Pros- The show is very interesting and worthwhile. Cons- There are differences between this and the movie that could be considered errors to some people. One might also wonder where they are going with this. Note to Parents- The show can be a bit gruesome with its deaths. I wouldn’t let people younger than teens watch this. In fact, I think that it always airs with content advisory warnings. Recommendation- I think that this is worth your time to watch. Cancellation reasons- It did bad in the ratings and the episode order was cut, signifying its end. Similar shows: Blindspot, Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, iZombie, and Legends of Tomorrow. DVD suggestion- I doubt that this would be on DVD, although, if it were, it would be worth owning in my mind. Reception: mostly negative to mixed. Grade: A.
Other cancelled shows
Hannibal: When I remembered that this show still actually existed and that the network was neglecting it then I randomly thought: this show will get cancelled. Well, it turns out that random hunch was right. I’ve never understood the appeal of shows about murderers. I’ve heard rumors of other people trying to pick up this show, but as far as I know, that went nowhere and the show is in fact cancelled.
Welcome to Sweden: This show was notable for having Amy Poehler’s brother in it. I never saw it so I didn’t know if it was any good or not. It might have been good, but I don’t know. I’m not entirely sure what it was about. I would have liked to see it, but never did.
Knock Knock Live: This was some sort of summer show that didn’t make much sense to me. It featured Ryan Seacrest in one of his many hosting roles. I’m not entirely sure what it is about so I decided not to watch. In fact, a record number of people didn’t watch this, resulting in its cancellation.
Galavant: I never saw this show as I was never really that interested in it nor did I understand what it was about fully. It might have been good and funny or it might have been incredibly lame. I’ll never know for sure what it was in terms of quality. It was a musical comedy of some type. I didn’t care enough to watch and thus never did.
Coach: This was a planned series on NBC that wasn’t made for whatever reason even though it was originally planned to be part of the schedule. I’m not sure what happened so I might have to do more research into why it was cancelled. Research has proved that, as usual, there was generally no interest in it, so it was cancelled before it was made.
Mr. Robinson: This dumb looking NBC comedy aired during the summer of 2015. I don’t know what it was about, just that the promos for it made it look dumb which is never a good sign. If you typically ever end up watching a show like that, it will most certainly be bad.
Person of Interest: I have decided that since the final season is mostly airing during the summer, I will mention more about it in the next season’s cancellation post. Its cancellation seems quite possibly the oddest of the season as it was randomly degraded to midseason and never started airing until nearly a year after its last new episode. The closest explanation that makes sense to people regards ownership in television. Since CBS does not own Person of Interest, it appears that they cancelled it before what would be its final season would be since it had enough episodes for syndication money that would go to WB and not CBS. Whether this is true or not is irrelevant as the show is cancelled. Its most basic replacement can be described as the show Bull, although it is complicated to track the replacement for sure. BrainDead can also be considered a replacement to it since it aired at two timeslots this summer, for a while at least.
Beauty and the Beast: I know little to nothing about this show other than the fact that many people online hated it and it got terrible ratings. Despite these bad ratings, it kept getting renewed for a while, but the network couldn’t afford to keep it anymore so they announced that the next season would be the last one. I’m not sure what it’s replacement is yet. If it has one, I’ll find out next summer.
America’s Next Top Model:
The cancellation of this means that it
no longer shares the record of longest running CW show that it held with
Supernatural. (It had actually started on UPN before Supernatural started on
the WB. It was technically longer on the air by that measure, even if it wasn’t
regularly on the schedule the way Supernatural was. It was the only reality
show that I know of that changed networks. Regardless, for now, the CW’s
longest running show is Supernatural, a show that has been on a year longer
than the network has been around. Supernatural started on the WB. This means
that no show from the UPN is still in production.) Now, to actually talk about
this show, some of my family members were interested in watching it, but I
never was. My sister actually knows a contestant from it. This was a reality
show hosted by Tyra Banks about finding a good model. I’m not sure what the
benefits of the show is. Regardless, the network seemed to have lost interest
in it by cutting back the number of seasons that it had and then ultimately
canceling the show. UPDATE: This show has been picked up for future
seasons with a new host on VH1. We’ll see how long that lasts. Anyways, on the
CW, its replacement is the returning show The 100 and eventually Frequency.
The Whispers: This ABC horror drama aired during the summer. I wasn’t interested in it as I’m never interested in horror type shows. There’s not much that I can add here. It related to imaginary friends that were actually real. But I don’t know much else about it.
Containment: This was a CW shows that premiered too late and thus ended as a result. There were too many renewals already on the network’s schedule so it only makes sense that this was DOA. I probably wouldn’t have liked it, although I wasn’t able to watch it in the first place anyways. This will be replaced by the new show No Tomorrow. On the summer schedule, it was replaced by the returning Mad TV.
Wicked City: What might have been a record late first (official) cancellation of the fall shows, Wicked City was put in a bad place by reasons beyond its control. The delay of the show Of Kings and Prophets to midseason messed up part of the schedule. With Quantico moving to Sundays before it started, the Tuesday slot, which was bad last season for ABC, but the whole main season instead of just part of it, became pretty dull before they moved up the premiere for Wicked City, a planned midseason replacement. (Man I really hope that sentence makes sense to someone.) Long story short, it took longer than it should have for this show to start and that’s why it got low ratings and got cancelled. Of course, this was after four other shows were unofficially cancelled, but you’ll see them mentioned elsewhere in this post. Sometimes the sign is clear that a show has been cancelled but the network still waits until fucking May to make it official. And don’t get me started on all the summer shows that get cancelled without so much as a recognition as to it ever existing in the first place. They just don’t bring it back and expect us not to notice it was ever part of the schedule in the first place. Plus, it was a show about a couple who kill people, so it sounds bad enough to deserve being cancelled.
Blood and Oil: I couldn’t tell what this show was about, other than that it had a lot of sex in it for some reason. Surprisingly, that didn’t actually appeal to people this time. The network cut back its episode order and pretty much ended it once it finished airing. It’s another failure for its time slot.
Famous: This is another line in shows that were cancelled before it aired, in this case, was even made. It would have aired on FOX if it ever had life to it in the end. I’m not even sure what to think of shows like this and sometimes wonder why I even mention them at all.
Heroes Reborn: This show was, based on its title, a redone version of the show Heroes. It could have lasted longer than just one season if it did well in the ratings. But it didn’t, so they cancelled it. Then they made it seem like there was only supposed to be one season of this.
Crowded: NBC decided to air this show on Sundays where nearly all of their failures air since they stopped putting the Celebrity Apprentice on that night. While some of their shows that season actually lasted into the next one, this show failed.
The Game: This was one of the two first new shows that aired on the CW, although it had a link to a UPN show. After airing for a while on the CW, it was cancelled with the network’s other last remaining comedy, Everybody Hates Chris, and the shows were replaced on the CW by The Vampire Diaries while no new comedies aired on the CW until they brought back Whose Line is it Anyways? After leaving the CW network, it moved to BET for a while and survived a major cast change. Ultimately, it ended sometime last year and it may actually belong with those cancelled shows instead of this one.
Telenovela: When NBC promoted that Superstore was doing well in the ratings, what they didn’t tell you was that this show was failing in the ratings compared to it. So, this show was clearly the failure of the two and it was cancelled after its run ended.
Game of Silence: I had originally planned on watching this show but then I decided that I didn’t have enough time for it in the end. I don’t know whether or not I would have actually liked it in the end, but it struggled in the ratings and was cancelled because of that.
Heartbeat: There were delays in this airing as it was originally supposed to air in the fall but was then pushed back into later midseason in favor of a different medical drama (part of the Chicago franchise). This didn’t last long as a result.
Monopoly’s Millionaire Club: This was a syndicated game show hosted by Billy Gardell, the Mike in Mike and Molly. It appears that he’s lost two jobs this season. I never understood what it was about or like based on what little I saw of it. Guess others didn’t like it either.
You, Me, and the Apocalypse: I don’t know if this was supposed to be along the same lines as The Last Man on Earth in terms of format and premise. This show didn’t work in the ratings so it was cancelled like so many other shows before it.
The Mysteries of Laura: Despite low ratings in its first season, it was renewed for a second. Things did not get better for it and then it was cancelled. I know nothing about it except that my newspaper’s local TV reviewer hated the show.
Wife Swap: Actually, this one might have been cancelled last season and I’m just now getting around to noticing that it was cancelled. But I completely forgot to mention Wipeout in this blog (although it might have predated the history of this blog anyways) because I didn’t know that it was cancelled at first until I realized that it was no longer part of the schedule (and I don’t think that it was officially cancelled either). This show sounds strange and seemed to only occupy the schedule when something else was cancelled. It then had a celebrity version at some point and was then cancelled, possibly, or at least the production stopped forever. Why would anyone find this type of show interesting?
American Grit: This was a FOX reality show that was on the schedule for this season and then not announced in the schedule for the next season. That means that it was cancelled, even though it isn’t official in any way. I had planned on watching it at one point, but never did as I felt that I didn’t have time for it anymore.
Significant Mother: This was a comedy on the CW, a network known for never airing comedies. If you ever saw this show, you’d know why they don’t do comedies. It’s because this is the best that they can do and it failed miserably. A sad truth about this terrible show, besides the fact that they aired every episode of it, was that it was never officially cancelled, although this isn’t coming back for more episodes in the future. With it being a CW summer show, it is hard to tell what would have been its replacement and it could be reruns of something anyways.
Dates: This was another dumb summer show on the CW. Like a lot of these shows that you are seeing, this wasn’t actually cancelled officially, but it probably won’t ever be coming back. I don’t know what this show was about since I never saw it.
Food Fighters: Yes, this was actually a show, but I don’t know much about it other than the fact that it existed and never returned so it is cancelled even though there was never an official announcement about that. I don’t even know which network this aired on.
Bullseye: Here’s another de facto cancelled show that wasn’t actually cancelled officially. It was some sort of contest to see if people could hit a target in different situations. Yes, this was actually a show. I thought that it was a joke at first, but no, it was a real show. If you don’t believe me, you can look it up for yourself. I never saw it as I wasn’t interested in it, but like many FOX shows, it didn’t stick around after it lasted a short while during the summer.
A Wicked Offer: This was a summer CW show that I never saw. They got rid of it without so much as an official cancellation to it. It seemed to be a lame reality show (and that’s saying something) so it makes sense that it isn’t coming back again for future seasons. I have no idea what would have replaced it, if anything official replaced it at all.
World’s Funniest: Here’s yet another show that wasn’t renewed or cancelled that might as well have been cancelled since it probably isn’t coming back for next season anyways. It looked like a rip-off of the MTV show Ridiculousness, this one hosted by Terry Crews. I’m surprised that anyone would have watched this crap, although it seems to have ended without so much of a notice as to that fact.
Repeat after Me: This was a hidden camera show inspired by the antics of Ellen DeGeneres. This aired entirely last season and is a late cancellation notice by me. I was confused because I thought that it might have been renewed, but it never was. It was also never officially cancelled either, but since a lot of shows aren’t, I’m putting it on this list anyways.
Golan the Insatiable: This was a weird animated FOX show (aren’t they all, though?) that I never really cared about so I never watched it. It wasn’t actually cancelled, but it might as well be since it isn’t coming back for new episodes, now at least. It could come back later, but a summer show like this isn’t probably doing much in the future.
Save My Life: Boston Trauma: I don’t even want to reference another show like this that aired during the summer, never came back, and wasn’t even officially cancelled. It was an ABC show. I didn’t include it with the cancellation reasons list as I’m not sure I care about much. But, I will mention it so I don’t forget any other cancelled shows.
Extreme Weight Loss: Here’s yet another summer show that wasn’t officially cancelled by the network that aired it. They are still accepting future applications to it, although they did the same with Pirate Master and that never got a second season.
I Can Do That: This show was officially renewed for a second season, but the season never came and, thus, it is cancelled. I don’t know why any network would renew a show but then never bring it back, but they care very little about it and I’m not even sure it’s worth mentioning.
Now there’s a lot of spillover from one season to the next. I will mention whatever summer shows are cancelled from this summer in the next season’s cancellation post. While The Messengers aired mostly during the summer, it premiered late enough last season for me to not mention it again. I could miss shows that were cancelled again, but I feel that I did well enough even if I didn’t actually get them all. Some of them are never officially cancelled. Look at Cedric’s Barber Battle. They still have two unaired episodes of that, and we all know that it is never coming back with new episodes.
List of every cancelled show: American Idol, Angel from Hell, Hannibal, Welcome to Sweden, Knock Knock Live, The Astronaut’s Wives Club, Community, Under the Dome, Coach, Mr. Robinson, Extant, Beauty and the Beast, America’s Next Top Model *, The Whispers, Wicked City, The Player, Minority Report, The Briefcase, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Blood and Oil, Truth Be Told, Mike and Molly, The Meredith Veira Show, Heroes Reborn, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Supergirl *, Game of Silence, Heartbeat, Telenovela, Crowded, Undateable, Second Chance, Bordertown, The Grinder, Monopoly’s Millionaire Club, Grandfathered, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Containment, CSI: Cyber, The Family, Galavant, Agent Carter, The Muppets, Nashville *, Castle, Famous, Of Kings and Prophets, Rookie Blue, Live with Kelly and Michael *, The Mysteries of Laura, The Island, The Game, American Grit, Last Comic Standing, Unforgettable, You, Me, and the Apocalypse, Wife Swap (late notice of cancellation), Limitless, Rush Hour, Boom!, Golan the Insatiable, Significant Mother, Dates, Food Fighters, Bullseye, a Wicked Offer, World’s Funniest, Repeat after Me (late notice of cancellation), Save My Life: Boston Trauma, Extreme Weight Loss, I Can Do That, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
Cancellation Reasons: Bad ratings (Knock Knock Live, The Astronaut’s Wives Club, Under the Dome, Coach, Extant, Beauty and the Beast, America’s Next Top Model, Wicked City, The Player, Blood and Oil, Truth Be Told, Heroes Reborn, Undateable, Second Chance, Bodertown, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Containment, CSI: Cyber, The Family, Galavant, Anger Carter, The Muppets, Nashville, Castle, Of Kings and Prophets, The Mysteries of Laura, Rush Hour, Crowded, Heartbeat, Telenovela, Minority Report, The Briefcase)
Bad reviews (Knock Knock Live, Beauty and the Beast, The Player, The Briefcase, Truth Be Told, The Good Wife, Undateable, Second Chance, Bordertown, CSI: Cyber, Of Kings and Prophets, The Mysteries of Laura, Minority Report, Under the Dome, Extant), Ruined by advertisements (Angel from Hell, Mr. Robinson, Wicked City, Blood and Oil, Truth Be Told, Game of Silence, Telenovela, Crowded, Grandfathered, The Grinder, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Galavant)
Never advertised (Hannibal, Coach, Person of Interest, Second Chance, Bordertown, Containment, Famous, The Island, Last Comic Standing, Wife Swap, Dates, a Wicked Offer, Word’s Funniest, Repeat after Me, Food Fighters, Bullseye, Monopoly’s Millionaire Club), Bad title (Angel from Hell, Knock Knock Live, Extant, The Player, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Truth Be Told, Game of Silence, Crowded, Undateable, Bordertwon, The Grinder, Grandfathered, Galavant, Famous, Rookie Blue, The Game, American Grit, You, Me, and the Apocalypse, Wife Swap, Limitless, Rush Hour, Boom, Golan the Insatiable, Significant Mother, Dates, Food Fighters, Bullseye, a Wicked Offer, World’s Funniest, The Whispers, Wicked City)
Barely existed (Angel from Hell, Hannibal, Knock Knock Live, Coach, Mr. Robinson, The Whispers, Wicked City, The Player, Minority Report, The Briefcase, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Blood and Oil, Truth Be Told, Game of Silence, Heartbeat, Telenovela, Crowded, Containment, Galavant, Famous, Of Kings and Prophets, The Island, American Grit, You, Me, and the Apocalypse, Wife Swap, Boom, Golan the Insatiable, Significant Mother, Dates, Food Fighters, Bullseye, a Wicked Offer, World’s Funniest, Repeat after Me)
Bad timeslot (Angel from Hell, The Astronaut’s Wives Club, Extant, America’s Next Top Model, Wicked City, The Player, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Blood and Oil, Truth Be Told, Heroes Reborn, The Good Wife, Game of Silence, Heartbeat, Crowded, Undateable, Second Chance, Grandfathered, Containment, CSI: Cyber, The Family, Bordertown, Of Kings and Prophets, American Grit, You, Me, and the Apocalypse, Rush Hour, World’s Funniest, Repeat after Me, The Grinder)
Hated by network (Angel from Hell, Hannibal, Beauty and the Beast, Minority Report, Truth Be Told, Mike and Molly, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Second Chance, Undateable, Bordertown, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Containment, CSI: Cyber, The Muppets, Wife Swap, Rush Hour, World’s Funniest, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Blood and Oil), Crappy show (American Idol, Angel from Hell, Mr. Robinson, The Meredith Veira Show, Grandfathered, Famous, Wife Swap, Golan the Insatiable, Significant Mother, Dates, World’s Funniest), Retooled (Extant, Mike and Molly, The Meredith Veira Show, Heroes Reborn, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Undateable, Agent Carter, The Muppets, Castle, Of Kings and Prophets, Live with Kelly and Michael, Last Comic Standing)
Uninteresting (American Idol, Angel from Hell, Hannibal, Knock Knock Live, Mr. Robinson, Beauty and the Beast, World’s Funniest, Grandfathered, Containment, Famous, Galavant, The Mysteries of Laura, You, Me, and the Apocalypse, Wife Swap, Golan the Insatiable, Significant Mother, Dates, Food Fighters, Bullseye, a Wicked Offer, Repeat after Me, Monopoly’s Millionaire Club America’s Next Top Model, Crowded, The Whispers, Blood and Oil, Truth Be Told, Mike and Molly, The Meredith Veira Show, Telenovela, Wicked City)
Reality (American Idol, Knock Knock Live, America’s Next Top Model, The Briefcase, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Famous, The Island, American Grit, Last Comic Standing, Wife Swap, Boom, Dates, Bullseye, a Wicked Offer, World’s Funniest, Repeat after Me, Monopoly’s Millionaire Club, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?)
Summer (Hannibal, Welcome to Sweden, Knock Knock Live, The Astronaut’s Wives Club, Under the Dome, Mr. Robinson, Extant, Beauty and the Beast, The Whispers, The Briefcase, Containment, Famous, Rookie Blue, The Island, American Grit, Last Comic Standing, Rush Hour, Boom, Golan the Insatiable, Significant Mother, Dates, Bullseye, a Wicked Offer, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?)
Fridays (America’s Next Top Model, Second Chance, World’s Funniest), Midseason replacement (Heartbeat, Angel from Hell, Of Kings and Prophets, Game of Silence, Telenovela, Crowded, Second Chance, Bodertown, Containment, The Family, Galavant, Agent Carter, You, Me, and the Apocalypse, Wife Swap, Rush Hour, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life)
Dead on arrival (Angel from Hell, Knock Knock Live, Mr. Robinson, Wicked City, The Player, Minority Report, Blood and Oil, Truth Be Told, Crowded, Second Chance, Containment, Famous, Of Kings and Prophets, The Island, Rush Hour, Golan the Insatiable, Dates)
Bad lead-in (Wicked City, Telenovela, Crowded, Second Chance, Galavant, Rush Hour, World’s Funniest), Competition (Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Containment, Game of Silence, Wicked City, Crowded, Grandfathered, The Muppets, American Grit, The Player, Heartbeat, Heroes Reborn, Castle, Rush Hour), Low network budget (Supergirl)
Unofficially cancelled (Famous, American Grit, Wife Swap, Boom, Golan the Insatiable, Significant Mother, Dates, Food Fighters, Bullseye, a Wicked Offer, World’s Funniest, Repeat after Me, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?), Surprise cancellation (American Idol, Supergirl, Rookie Blue, Live with Kelly and Michael, Last Comic Standing, Limitless, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?), Never even aired (Coach)
Left on its own term or wasn’t cancelled (Live with Kelly and Michael, American Idol, The Astronaut’s Wives Club), Shows you didn’t know existed (Hannibal, Welcome to Sweden, Knock Knock Live, Coach, Mr. Robinson, The Whispers, Monopoly’s Millionaire Club, Famous, Of Kings and Prophets, The Island, Golan the Insatiable, Food Fighters, Bullseye, a Wicked Offer, Significant Mother, Dates)
Obvious cancellations (Angel from Hell, Hannibal, Mr. Robinson, Beauty and the Beast, America’s Next Top Model, Wicked City, The Briefcase, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Truth Be Told, Mike and Molly, The Meredith Veira Show, Heroes Reborn, Person of Interest, World’s Funniest, Game of Silence, Heartbeat, Telenovela, Crowded, Bordertwon, Grandfathered, Containment, The Player, CSI: Cyber, Galavant, Agent Carter, Famous, Of Kings and Prophets, The Mysteries of Laura, The Island, You, Me, and the Apocalypse, Rush Hour, Golan the Insatiable, Significant Mother, Dates, Food Fighters, Bullseye, a Wicked Offer)