Before the full force of the summer television season begins, let’s take a look back at some of the television series that were canceled this year – and whether or not we’re actually sad to see them go.
From CSI: Miami to cross-dressing workplace comedy Work It! (remember that show?) come with us as we reminisce about both the tragic, and merciful, TV show fatalities of 2012.
Alright, who accidentally canceled CSI: Miami?
CSI: Miami‘s need to survive isn’t based on any obligation to conclude some epic storyline, but is rather based on the fact that the show is like television’s dessert. You know, the one that you sneak when no one is looking. Even if you didn’t watch it, the Internet memes alone are enough to keep the series alive.
Alright, fine… I guess we can cancel it. But I hope you know what you’re doing.
Geek references and Christian Slater? More, please! At least, that’s what fans of the show said after Fox originally announced Breaking In‘s cancelation last year. Then Fox gave the series a last-minute reprieve, promising that it would return in 2012. Everyone cheered!
When Season 2 premiered… nobody tuned in. Where did everyone go? We kind of dropped the ball on that one. Our apologizes, Breaking In. To be fair… Megan Mullally wasn’t exactly a great addition to the show. Christian Slater had things under control. But we just didn’t watch. Sorry.
Let’s just pretend this never happened and work on getting Slater in a show that won’t get canceled.
Step up, TV… You hooked up Kiefer! Again! Christian Slater loves kids that don’t talk… ask him.
Criminals catching criminals on cable television? Perfect. Breakout Kings was actually a great show, and its cancelation is unfortunate. But for whatever reason, it wasn’t working. People were watching… just not when the show aired. It’s a small thing – but important.
Instead of fighting for a third season, let everyone go their own way. They’ll find their way back eventually. Jimmi Simpson likely being the first. If there’s any actor ready for a breakout role, it’s him.
Hurley from Lost, the Jurassic Park guy AND time-traveling criminals? Sounds great! Produced by J. J. Abrams? Amazing!
Fox’s Alcatraz may not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly did have an extremely compelling plot. Unfortunately, the intriguing mystery behind Alcatraz was overshadowed by too many formulaic episodes, which rarely resulted in questions being answered.
Allowing a new series to find itself is crucial in the first season – and Alcatraz barely accomplished that by its final episode. A second season may have been rewarding for some viewers, but there’s a point when the value of an answer to a question is outweighed by the time commitment needed to receive it.
Following the ridiculous cancelation of Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, it’s hard not to fight for any show that brings comedians together to talk about anything – even marriage. Trying to solve martial fights on primetime television is… something. That being said, NBC’s attempt at a panel show was actually funny.
Take away the moments where Tom Poppa and the panel aren’t talking and The Marriage Ref would be a great show. Of course, then it wouldn’t be The Marriage Ref. Even though there were always hilarious conversations between great comedians and actors, everything else about the series was skippable. Still waiting on news of The Green Room with Paul Provenza.
The tale of Terra Nova stretches across multiple television seasons. Promising an amazing prehistoric story with amazing visuals, television audiences were waiting with anticipation for its premiere.
Certainly the best visuals on network television, Terra Nova’s need for digital effects meant that – when there wasn’t any money left in the budget – the stories were contained in a confined space. With few strong characters to help drive a story that had its own share of problems, Terra Nova’s future was always shaky.
If Netflix had saved it, would the eventual conclusion ever have been as satisfying as you hoped it would be? With Lost fans split over the finale of that series, would Terra Nova really have been the series that delivered?
High-concept shows that attempt to expand the scope of television are always welcom. With NBC leading with Awake and Fox having Touch, hopes were high that ABC would complete the broadcast trifecta with The River. The show had the guy who created Paranormal Activity (Oren Peli), and the dude from Dresdin Files (Dresden Files)!
Once you realize that The River is Oren Peli’s first project since the original Paranormal Activity in 2007, many things about the series begin to make sense. With odd visuals and an extremely weak story, The River never really gave audiences a compelling reason to care about what was going on. BTW, they find the guy. They do some spirit stuff. The spirit traps them. Spooky!
Why is this show on the list? Better question: Why did this show make it to air?
There’s no deeper philosophy here than ABC wanting follow through on a series they picked up. Let’s see where this show is going: Bosom Buddies lasted two seasons – and that was with Tom Hanks. If Tom Hanks can only pull off two seasons of dressing as a woman, it would have been interesting to see what ABC’s plans were with 3 or 5.
This show was canceled after two episodes – that’s not how you treat a lady. Even if she is a man underneath.
Two Sarah Michelle Gellars? Whose dream am I in?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer may hold a place in many viewers’ hearts, but what was going on with Ringer? Everyone loves a bad girl, but this show got downright confusing. Trying to fight through poor storylines and weak characters might have allowed some to survive the run of the series – and I applaud you brave souls.
…Until next time, SMG.
This show has been on the air for four years and EVERYONE has at least heard the name – but how many people know what a Wizard in a Waverly Place is/means? Exactly. Now that the show is off the air, we’ll likely never hear about any wizards or anything again… and that name will fall into your unconscious, without ever being given explanation. Remember The Naked Brothers Band? Yeah, me neither… but I remember hearing about them.
Turns out that Waverly Place is the name of a road in Manhattan. The wizards (three teenagers) live above a sub shop that the family owns. All three are wizards and have magic powers – but only one can keep them. Crazy, right? That doesn’t mean I’m going to watch it… but that’s crazy.
While it may be sad to see a television series get canceled, there’s always a new one around the corner. Perhaps they won’t have the same sunglasses talents that were shown in CSI: Miami, but there’s always hope.
With the summer television season beginning next week, you’ll have a break from all of these cancellations until September.
Fingers crossed for Work It 2!