TV Squad Ten: Series that should be canceled

by Isabelle Carreau, posted May 6th 2009 11:03AM
Grey's Anatomy
Earlier this week, I let you know of the ten shows I thought should be renewed. Now it's time to reverse the question and think about the shows that shouldn't be renewed. Yes, there are some shows that should end now, either because they have annoying characters (*cough* Meredith Grey *cough*), are not treated properly by their network (insert here pretty much all shows on FOX), have been on TV for too long and have a hard time being original (I'm talking about you Survivor), etc. ER would have been a prime candidate for this list, but NBC finally made the right decision and ended the show a few weeks ago. Note that my list includes some shows that have received early renewals. Still, I think they should be canceled asap. So what other shows, besides ER, I think should bite the dust? Let's find out!

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Shows that should be canceled

    10. Survivor

    I've been watching this reality series since the premiere of the first season and haven't missed an episode since. Even if I'm still entertained by the series, mostly because of great casting (Coach is definitely a wacky and entertaining character), I can admit that the show is stalling a bit. I find myself bored by the reward and immunity challenges, mostly because they are similar to ones seen in the past. Also, the locations they're choosing are really beautiful, but not as different as one seen on a previous season. After 18 seasons, it's difficult for a show to be "new," which is why I think the show should be canceled. CBS already ordered seasons 19 and 20, so let's hope they do Survivor: North Pole to really shake things up ... They probably won't, since it means no contestants in bikinis ...

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    9. Ghost Whisperer

    As much as I've tried to convince you all to keep watching the show even if they killed Jim off and added the character of Eli, I must admit that it may be time to retire Ghost Whisperer. The show is about to have Melinda and Sam/Jim 2.0 go through major events that will reaffirm them as a couple and family, so now would be a good time to retire the series with a happy ending. Let's face it, even if the show is still entertaining, it's not what it used to be, and the ghost-of-the-week storylines will soon start to repeat themselves. Unless the writers plan to give us loads and loads of backstory on Grandview, the ghost world, etc., next season so that we have an incentive to watch, I believe it's best to have Ghost Whisperer go through the pretty light.

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    8. The Bachelor

    I don't buy their "most dramatic rose ceremony" ever anymore, as they have been saying it almost every week since the series premiered years ago. We get it, the ladies (or men if it's a Bachelorette edition) will fight, scream, cry, bitch, etc. Same old, same old. What I want is a show that will have a couple be a couple at the end of the series so that I feel like I didn't waste time watching every week. Sadly, The Bachelor's track record is mostly filled with couples that split up after a few weeks.

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    7. The Unit

    Don't get me wrong, I love The Unit but it needs to be put on my list because of CBS. The network doesn't seem to be ready to love the show as it should and treats it badly (change of air dates/times, midseason push, etc.); therefore, I believe the series should retire before CBS decides to renew it for a few episodes and doesn't air all of them.

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    5. At least one Law & Order

    As is the case for CSI, the Law & Order franchise is a popular one. NBC has not treated the three current versions of the show lately. CI was sent to sister network USA while new episodes of the original series and SVU were scheduled, unscheduled, etc. Since NBC is not ready to fully commit to all three series, it should cancel at least one and focus on the other two. Plus, canceling one could mean that a show which deserves to be renewed may very well be renewed.

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    6. At least one CSI

    I get it, people love their procedurals, and the CSI format is a winning one. But since I want CBS to keep The Mentalist, NCIS and add the NCIS spin-off to its 2009-2010 schedule, one of the CSI needs to go, especially since the network has many other procedural shows. CSI: NY seems to be the least loved of the three CSI shows, so please have CBS cancel it and replace it with a non-procedural show to help spice things up in its lineup.

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    4. Brothers & Sisters

    I fell out of love with Brothers & Sisters around midseason this year. I'm tired of the repetitive storylines and the bickering between the brothers and the sisters. We got the lost sibling storyline last year and they had to repeat it this year. I get that the core of the show is the drama that the brothers and sisters live, but do they have to whine and fight so damn often? The Walkers are at their best when united, so why not give us that with drama? I've already stopped watching B&S around February, so ABC can cancel it and make space for a renewal of Castle or another show less annoying than B&S.

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    3. Private Practice

    I must admit that the series is better now than it was last season and that the post-Grey's Anatomy timeslot is more fitting since, after all, PP is the GA spin-off. However, as much as I try to love the show, it pushes me back and I can't seem to put my finger on exactly why, since I'm a fan of most of the cast members. One thing I know is that I don't care much about the cases of the week, even if the writers are trying to make them more interesting and filled with ethical dilemmas. PP is the type of show I watch because I hope it will succeed some day (Tim Daly must finally have a show that will last, no?), but that I wouldn't notice if it were missing from the weekly lineup.

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    2. American Idol

    Let's face it, Idol is one of the most watched show in America, so it's no surprise that FOX has already renewed it. But do we really need another Idol season? The show not only takes two or three nights a week from our lives, but also most of the winners don't have such a successful career afterward (I think the contestants who don't win have a better track record). Is it worth watching week after week when the winners don't become successful? I know the people behind the show made a few tweaks here and there -- adding a fourth judge, more "good" auditions against "bad" -- but it's still too similar year in and year out. Season 8 will wrap up soon; wouldn't it be a good time to end the show, as well? I guess money decided it wasn't a good idea ...

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    1. Grey's Anatomy

    I cannot take one more minute of Meredith whining. I've reached my limit. Add to that the fact that I'm tired of the off-the-set antics (Katherine Heigl wanting to leave, then stay; T.R. Knight complaining of not enough storylines; the whole Washington gate ordeal; etc.), and you have the two main reasons why I think Grey's Anatomy should be a goner.

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agree..we need fresh and educated entertainment that can teach us to become more natural and happy, harmony with nature.

June 20 2009 at 7:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frank Rogers

I agree totally with you entire selection, spot on. Number 6: CSI New York would be a start, its like watching paint dry.

May 13 2009 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


May 13 2009 at 8:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to LINDA's comment

Well sorry to say darlin but maybe you should get into some better shows. Grey's Anatomy, although went out on a good note this season is absolutely terrible. PP is just a failed attempt from Shonda and company to milk the Grey's Gravy train for all it's worth.

Ive never seen Brotheres and sisters tho, so i cant say anything about that.

May 26 2009 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Don Healy

Make it easy - Just cancel NBC - the Nothing But Crap Network. Come on - Biggest Loser, Howie Do It, Deal or No Deal, Anything with Donald Trump! Their programming executives should be sent to Gitmo once Obama does not need it anymore.

May 13 2009 at 1:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bros & Sis ... isn't Rebecca related to them? Please clarify.

CSI Miami ... most characters act like chip on shoulder. That got OLD after one show

May 09 2009 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to jec's comment
Isabelle Carreau

They thought for a while that Rebecca was related to them but turned out she doesn't have Walker blood.

May 10 2009 at 3:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

PLEASE get rid of CSI Miami; almost all of the characters act like they are about to fight anyone they are talking to. That is SO old now. There is no range in most of the characters.
The only interesting character, played by Eva La Rue, is usually sidelined.

I'm a bit lost regarding Brothers and Sisters ... isn't Rebecca related? And now she's dating one of the family? I'd appreciate any help in clarifying that relationship.

May 09 2009 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Every single one of these shows has more fans, and therefore are more deserving of TV time than Friday Night Lights.

May 07 2009 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh Isabelle! I don't think anyone has ever made me a fan that quickly. Truly great list, we must match up on taste because I hands-down agree with each and every choice. Well done!

May 07 2009 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guess Who

AMERICAN IDOL - for the love of God just kill it and bury deep in the cold ground.

...a guy can dream.

May 07 2009 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Grey's Anatomy,YES! Please cancel ASAP. Or just get rid of Heigl.

May 07 2009 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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