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More NBC Cancellations: 'Outsourced,' 'Perfect Couples,' 'Chase' & More

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 13th 2011 4:45PM
Outsourced is cancelledThe networks are cleaning house in preparation for next week's Upfronts presentations of new shows, cancelling existing shows faster than anyone can keep up.

The latest shows to get shut down? NBC has axed freshman Thursday night comedies 'Outsourced' and 'Perfect Couples,' as well as drama 'Chase' and reality series 'School Pride' and 'America's Next Great Restaurant.'

While rapid-fire press releases and rumor confirmations have been the norm for getting the news out the past few days, 'Outsourced' star Rizwan Manji actually took to Twitter before news of their cancellation broke:

@Riz_Manji: "Before it hits the trades-Outsourced isnt coming back.Sad to see it go-hopeful that this opportunity was a step towards others! Thanx all!"

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Fox Cancels 'Human Target,' 'Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code' and More

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 11th 2011 8:30AM
Fox logoIt's that time of year again, the upfronts, when TV networks decide which shows live and which shows die. This year Fox has become the first network to announce which shows are being culled, and it's bad news for Christian Slater. Again...

Fox announced that it's cancelling five of its live action shows: 'Human Target,' Lie to Me,' 'The Chicago Code,' 'Traffic Light' and 'Breaking In.' It also dropped the ax on some of its drama pilots, including the much talked-about 'Locke & Key' and 'Exit Strategy.'

Angry fans turned to Twitter to vent as the news broke late Tuesday, with 'Human Target' fans being among the most vocal. In fact, according to THR, they tweeted so vociferously that the show became a Top 10 trending topic.

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FX Cancels 'Lights Out'

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 24th 2011 3:59PM
Lights Out CanceledFX has KO'ed its freshman boxing drama 'Lights Out,' Entertainment Weekly reports.

The series debuted in January to 1.5 million viewers, but numbers declined steadily. The March 22 episode was seen by just under 700,000 viewers.

Holt McCallany, Pablo Schreiber and Stacy Keach headlined the boxing drama.

'Lights Out' received generally favorable reviews, however our own Maureen Ryan called it "frustratingly uneven," but it had "its moments."

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Could 'Off the Map' Be Canceled?

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 1st 2011 6:20PM
Rachelle LefevreOne more sign that ABC's "medical drama in paradise" 'Off the Map' might be hard to find on your TV schedule come fall: star Rachelle Lefevre has signed on for a new pilot.

According to Deadline, Lefevre landed the lead role on NBC's new period drama pilot 'The Crossing.' The actress will play a war widow in a post–Civil War Missouri town, though the casting is in second position to her role on 'Off the Map.' That means, should both shows get picked up for the 2011–2012 season, she's contractually obligated to return to 'Off the Map.'

It's not uncommon for actors on bubble shows -- which 'OTM' most certainly is -- to start making contingency plans. But often the actors turn out to be correct in their worst case scenario predictions.

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Five Popular Shows That Should End This Season

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 28th 2011 5:30PM
CSIWhen is it time for a popular TV show to come to an end?

If the show is still getting good ratings, the network might not want to lose a hit. But fans could counter that the quality has deteriorated over time. Another reason for a show to end is if the star leaves the show and it naturally has to end with them (as will likely be the case with 'Two and a Half Men').

All of those scenarios are covered in this list of five shows that are still popular but probably should end this season anyway. Now, all of these shows won't be ending this season -- in fact, all but one have been renewed -- but from a pure storytelling viewpoint, it might be time for them to be over.

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End of the Road: TV Shows That Got Canceled or Retired in 2010

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 21st 2010 5:00PM
Sometimes, losing a TV show is like losing a close friend. You get used to seeing it every single week, and you can't imagine your life without those characters and that world.

Then again, sometimes a show just needs to end. Maybe it ran too long -- or just enough -- and it's actually OK that it wont' be on air anymore.

Here's the ultimate list of all of the shows that saw their last episode in 2010. (Note: these are just the shows that had their last episode this past year, not shows that have been canceled but still have episodes to air in 2011, such as 'Oprah' and 'Stargate Universe.')

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Hardly Knew You: The Short-Lived Shows of 2010

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 20th 2010 5:40PM
'Lone Star,' which garnered huge pre-season buzz, was cancled by FOX after only two episodes.Not everything is a long-running classic in the fickle world that is television. You may feel that your show has the right mix of acting, writing and directing to be a favorite for indefinite first-run and syndicated airings, but the viewers may have other ideas.

And when that happens, your show could disappear before the cover art is even dry for the complete series DVD set.

The year 2010 had no shortage of these short timers. In fact, the 2010-2011 season has already seen not one, not two but three series that bowed out after only two episodes. This, despite long-promoted hype and pre-season buzz. Mentioned here are the 2010 programs that had shorter runs than the presidency of William Henry Harrison.

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Syfy Closes the 'Stargate' ... For Now

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 17th 2010 6:00PM
syfy stargate universeThe transformation is complete: The SciFi Channel, for better or worse, is now officially Syfy.

The cable network canceled 'Stargate Universe,' its last remaining space-set sci-fi drama yesterday. Luckily, Syfy isn't shelving the remaining 10 episodes of 'SGU's' current season; those will hit the air as scheduled starting next spring. But the cancellation still stings -- hard -- for fans of the show, fans of the long-running 'Stargate' franchise, and fans of science fiction TV.

'Stargate' has been a part of the cable network since 2002, and it represented the last "true" science fiction Syfy had to offer. While 'Stargate SG-1' and 'Stargate Atlantis' delivered fun, action-adventure science fiction, 'SGU' offered a kind of entertainment that's quickly disappearing from TV – serialized sci-fi drama.

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'Ace of Cakes' Canceled After 10 Seasons

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 22nd 2010 12:30PM
Duff GoldmanPrepare to gasp: Food Network's 'Ace of Cakes' is coming to an end.

All the gasping done? Great. The cake series starring Duff Goldman and his crew at Charm City Cakes will end after its season 10 airs in January.

Goldman announced the news on Charm City's blog. "It's true: All good things must come to an end. 'Ace of Cakes'' 10th season, set to air in January, will be our last," Goldman wrote."

The series has been in production for five years and featured dozens of celebrities and Hollywood projects from 'Lost' to '30 Rock.' Season 10 will feature a 'Price is Right' episode and the final episode will showcase Charm City's cake for the 25th anniversary of 'Back to The Future.'

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'Rubicon' Canceled By AMC After One Season

by Kelly Woo, posted Nov 11th 2010 2:22PM
RubiconAMC has canceled the critically-acclaimed series 'Rubicon' after one season.

The political thriller, which debuted Aug. 1, never garnered big ratings. Its season finale was watched by 1.04 million viewers; comparatively, 2.44 million viewers tuned into 'Mad Men's' finale the same night.

"'Rubicon' gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story, and we're proud of the series," AMC said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team."

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NBC Cancels 'Undercovers'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 4th 2010 4:20PM
UndercoversNBC has canceled 'Undercovers.'

According to the Live Feed, the J.J. Abrams spy series will air its final three episodes in the coming weeks.

A few weeks ago, NBC handed out back nine orders to new shows such as 'The Event,' 'Outsourced' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' but left 'Undercovers' off the list.

The series, starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, dazzled advertisers and critics with its trailer, but failed to impress when full episodes began hitting the screen. Hailed as one of the most diverse new shows of the fall (both the show's leads are black), the series never gained traction in Nielsen ratings.

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Is 'Life Unexpected' Canceled? CW Passes on More Season 2

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 3rd 2010 10:40AM
Life UnexpectedWell, this could be the end of the line, 'LUX' fans. The CW has passed on the back nine episodes of 'Life Unexpected,' making season 2 a 13-episode season.

Whether it'll be a season or series finale in January remains to be seen. According to Zap2It, The CW will make the official decision in May, but it's not looking good. When The CW handed out full season orders to other fledgling shows such as 'Nikita,' 'One Tree Hill' and 'Hellcats,' leaving 'Life Unexpected' in limbo, it wasn't a good sign.

'Life Unexpected' executive producer Liz Tigelaar confirmed the news on Facebook. "Hey peeps. It's true, it's real, no back nine," she wrote. "But stranger things have happened when people are invested. So keep watching. We still have half a GREAT season to show you and who knows!!!" [sic]

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'Caprica' Is Cancelled by Syfy

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 27th 2010 6:39PM
Due to low ratings, Syfy has cancelled the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel 'Caprica.'

Syfy is pulling the show from its broadcast rotation immediately, and the remaining five episodes of the show's first season will air some time in the first few months of 2011, according to the network.

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Is 'Medium' Canceled? CBS Cuts Season 7 Short

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 27th 2010 10:30AM
MediumIf only Allison had seen this coming: CBS has cut 'Medium's' season 7 episode order to 13 episodes. Is this it for Allison DuBois?

According to Deadline Hollywood, CBS has not canceled the Patricia Arquette series -- yet. Its keeping all options open.

The series about a mom of three who can speak to the dead has done well in syndication on Lifetime and is averaging more than 6 million viewers on Fridays at 8PM.

This isn't the first time 'Medium' has faced danger. The series originated on NBC, but was almost perpetually on the bubble. Its last season on NBC averaged 8.45 million viewers.

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Canceled Shows: TV Cancellations 2010

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 26th 2010 3:10PM
TombstoneFind out which TV shows have been cancelled, which shows look doomed and which shows have been given more episodes or renewed.

And check back throughout the fall for more TV cancellation news ...


• Lone Star
• My Generation
• Outlaw
• Undercovers
• The Whole Truth

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