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Cancelled Shows 2012: Several Network Programs Get the Axe

"One Tree Hill", "Alcatraz", and "House" won't be back next season

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Cancelled Shows 2012: Several Network Programs Get the Axe
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Cancelled Shows 2012: As always, there are a lot of them, and I’m sure some of the choices won’t be popular with fans. Of course, that’s always the case around this time of year, when networks are trying to figure out what to keep and what to kick to the proverbial curb for the upcoming fall season.

Honestly, none of the cancelled programs should come as much of a shock, though the list of departures is sure to ruffle a few feathers. I know a few people that will be quite upset that “Alcatraz” got the boot, though nobody should be shocked that the animated version of “Napolean Dynamite” was cancelled. Besides one lonely individual, I can’t think of a single person who actively watched it.

Other shows that didn’t make the cut were “Rob”, “Are You There, Chelsea?”, “The Finder”, “The Firm”, “House” (finally), and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. The first wave of cancellations came through Friday afternoon, though the list has been amended several times since this morning.

However, a few programs managed to survive the season with their productions intact. In addition to obvious choices as “Big Bang Theory”, “Bones”, “Family Guy”, “Glee”, and “Fringe”, other shows that will return this fall are “Mike & Molly”, “Modern Family”, “Parenthood”, “Community”, and “Parks and Recreation”. For those of you who enjoy watching a network brutally whip the rotten, putrid corpse of a once-reliable horse, “The Office” has been renewed for yet another season.

To fill the void left by those shows that are, for all intents and purposes, dead and buried, a handful of titles have been announced. Included in this list is the reboot of “Beauty and the Beast”, “Friend Me”, “Guys with Kids”, and “The Carrie Diaries”, the latter of which is a prequel to the hit HBO series “Sex and the City”.

For a complete list of shows that made the cut, swing by TV Guide and have a good, hard look at the fortunate few that managed to hang around for one more year. The list of current cancellations have been included below.

Cancelled Television Programs 2012
Alcatraz (Fox)
Allen Gregory (Fox)
Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC)
Awake (NBC)
Best Friends Forever (NBC)
Bent (NBC)
Breaking In (Fox)
Charlie’s Angels (ABC)
Chuck (NBC)
CSI: Miami (CBS)
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC)
The Finder (Fox)
The Firm (NBC)
Free Agents (NBC)
GCB (ABC)
A Gifted Man (CBS)
H8R (CW)
Harry’s Law (NBC)
House (Fox)
I Hate My Teenage Daughter (Fox)
Man Up! (ABC)
Missing (ABC)
Napoleon Dynamite (Fox)
NYC 22 (CBS)
One Tree Hill (CW)
Pan Am (ABC)
The Playboy Club (NBC)
Prime Suspect (NBC)
Remodeled (CW)
Ringer (CW)
The River (ABC)
Rob (CBS)
The Secret Circle (CW)
Terra Nova (Fox)
Unforgettable (CBS)
Work It (ABC)

Cancelled Shows 2012: Several Network Programs Get the Axe


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  • Five Foot Gremlin

    The only good thing about Are You There Chelsea? was Laura Preppon’s tits.

  • lovedvd

    Hmmm, seems that all the programs that actually have story lines are being canceled. I’ve loved Chuck and House but they have run their course so I’m ready to let them go. But…GCB was just getting started and very funny. Gifted Man, Pan Am, Prime Suspect and Unforgettable are all really good shows. And we are left with the Bachelor and Bachelorette!!! The WORST – couldn’t even make it through one episode.

  • Andrea

    Which new shows weren’t cancelled?

  • Five Foot Gremlin

    And ”Dancing With The C-List Actors and Who-the-hell-are-you’s” is still on???

  • Susan

    I’m bummed. They didn’t even give them a chance. Now what am I going to watch when Awake, CSI-Miami, A Gifted Man, Harry’s Law, Missing, Prime Suspect, Ringer and Unforgettable? I dislike the reality shows. I do enjoy Dr Oz, Anderson, The View, 20/20, Nightline, 60 Minutes,

  • Frances Evans

    CBS-CSI Miami, Unforgettable, NYC22, A Gifted Man: NBC-Prime Suspect, Awake, HARRY’S LAW: Fox-THE FINDER….APPARENTLY THE ONE DOING THE CANCELLING DON’T KNOW WHAT PEOPLE ARE WATCHING. WELL, I AM TIRED OF GETTING JERKED AROUND INVESTING TIME WATCHING SHOWS THAT DOM’T EVEN MAKE ONE FULL SEASON. INSTEAD THE STUPID SHOWS STAY ON AND GOOD SHOWS GET REPLACED WITH MORE STUPID SHOWS. WISH WE HAD A DIRECT LINE TO THE IDIOTS WHO ARE MAKING THESE DECISIONS. I REMEMBER HOW SHORTLIVED THE UNIT WAS (EXCELLENT SHOW CBS). I NOW WATCH MORE CABLE LIKE USA, TNT, FX AND SUCH.

  • Dolores F.

    Um…a correction. I read that House is QUITTING and is NOT being cancelled. But either way it has been one of the BEST shows EVER on television! And the same is true of Harry’s Law(except the cancelling part). I suspect that HL is being cancelled due to sexism and ageism, as the main character is a post-menopausal woman. But then so am I. I only watched NBC for Harry’s Law, so I guess I won’t be watching THAT lame network anymore. I hope that some smart network like Lifetime or OWN will pick it up. As for House, I just hope Wilson lives!

  • http://explorer marie hindee

    I am sorry to see Missing and Harry’s Law get cancelled. Bachelor/Bachloret should have been on that list.

  • ck

    Amazing………… cancelling Terra Nova, Alcatraz, Missing, Prime Suspect, CSI Miami and Chuck…… And keeping crap like ANY REALITY (Phony as Hell) Show is just stupid. Proving once again the American Public is being dumbed down by the “R”s……… Pathetic……

  • juanita

    shoot i liked are you there chelsea and rob…go figure they are cancelled…the gifted man was good but it was done

  • linda Young

    unforgettable, body of proof, and missing are best and they are getting cancelled? i love those shows!

    im 65 yrs old and i enjoy my shows and every year my favorite getts cancelled. what can i do.????

    • laura

      How can we pay for tv if everything leaving i love csi mami i never miss one show and now its gone im very sad. What am i going to watch now

  • What???

    “”One Tree Hill”, “Alcatraz”, and “House” won’t be back next season”

    i don’t watch One Tree Hill, but Alcatraz and House??? COME ON!

    Direct TV will not like this, coz i’m downgrading my subscription.

    • LIgirl

      House wasn’t exactly cancelled. Those involved decided not to film another season. We fans will have to make do with reruns.

    • Jen

      House wasn’t even cancelled. They’ve been saying ALL SEASON that it was the last season of the show, at least in the last few episodes. The writers decided to finally end it, especially when Lisa Edelstein quit.

  • http://vexxarr.com Vexxarr

    Correction: Chuck was not cancelled. This was its series ending. LAST season it was announced that this season was the capper. Very different situation. Likewise Fringe wasn’t renewed as such. This was a negotiated end to the show. Fringe will get a truncated 13 episode season. Funny that Eureka isn’t mentioned as it is cancelled in exactly the same way that fringe and Chuck aren’t.

  • opinionated_bookworm

    I’m very sorry to see a few of these are leaving. I really loved GCB, made me laugh and had a great cast. Also sorry to see Unforgettable on the list, I liked that one too. And NYC 22 seemed promising, they barely gave it a chance. Probably will fill up the spaces with more stupid dating shows. Makes no sense at all to me.

  • http://explorer marie hindee

    Shows like Harry’s Law, Missing, are so much better than shows like Bachelor, Bacheloret, etc. Why would quality shows like this get cancelled. I apparently am not the only one that thinks this way. Cancel shows like America has Talent,Look who can dance. all boring and not worthy of my time.

  • carolyn

    oh boy is my mom gonna be mad; she LOVES house!

  • GMO

    Well ABC, the only show I will be DVRing of yours is Modern Family! Cougar town is moving to TBS, so i’m darn happy about that! NBC cancelled the last show I watch of theirs which was Prime Suspect! I hope USA, TNT, or AMC pick that show up. It was well written and the actors were superb! Network TV just Sux these days. Cable now has all the great shows. Heck shows on the history channel are now better than network TV!

  • James Hardman

    GCB was stupid enough to be funny. Alcatraz was good. Missing was good. CSI: Miami was good. Harry’s Law was good. I may have missed a few. They’d better review the list.

  • Diddle

    CSI:MIAMI…..REALLY….WTF? This is ridiculous!!

  • Thewhite

    Man, I’m just so glad they kept Parenthood on. I love that show, especially the scenes with Jabaar he is so freaking cute and beautiful. I can watch him four hours.

  • http://Yahoo Bert Burkhardt

    I am pretty sure I know why NBC has the most cancelations. The network both entertainment and news is way to far gone. Fox has some issues because they go overboard trying to be cool. Does Glee really have that much of an audience? I sang in Junior High and High School but come on. I guess I have to avoid Fox. CBS has the shows that ae destined to run a long time. If they take NCIS off there really isn’t a reason to stay tuned for NCIS Los Angeles. Sometimes Hawaii 5-0 is good but there are times I gotta have Gretta. Please stop Law & Order. It’s getting so dramatic that it’s hard to surf channels. I guess I could delete the channel from my list but that may be too drastic. I will miss House but it was time.

  • Marilyn

    Keeping those stupind reality shows will force me to watch my DVD’s again & again. Enjoyed A Gifted Man, ***Harry’s Law, Missing, Ringer, Secret Circle. Glad I have TBS, USA LFM, etc. Major networks loosing nighttime viewers!

    • LIgirl

      Oh, I am so happy to see that at least one viewer agrees with me about reality shows. There is nothing real (or entertaining) about them.

  • Phillip Deitzler

    One of my favorite shows ever. Can’t believe you’re canceling Unforgettable.You people at CBS are getting as bad as NBC!! What a bunch of a-holes.

  • dorothy

    fox suck, can not believe they taken off the finder, and a couple other good shows, i would rather see voice be cancel, not the finder and the other good show, no more reality shows get rid of them make your writers earn their money

  • Tina

    I can’t believe the Secret Circle is not coming back on. It was a great show and my daughter and I tuned in every week. How about dumping some of those reality shows and keeps these on.

  • http://yahoo.com Ashley

    I’m still mad about them canceling The Gates!.. Man I loved that show!!!

  • Laurie

    why don’t you get rid of all the reality shows? There the worst possible shows there is!! They all end in divorces anyway

  • Ernie

    So many great shows like 2 Broke Girls, Mike and Molly and Hawaii 50 show us 3 new episodes then all show reruns at the same time so its no wonder other shows get cancelled because one cannot get into the rhythm of tuning in to their favorite show without getting a rerun. Then the viewer is forced to check out a different show, like it then stay there for the duration. Thanks networks, no wonder you can’t figure out viewers likes and dislikes.

  • Eric

    Are you kidding me????? Alcatraz and the River???? I loved those shows. Sad, but not shocked to hear that Terra Nova got cut.

  • Dixie

    I can’t believe that you’re taking off Prime Suspect, Missing, Harry’s Law ( which I have been watching since it came on), & Alcatraz….. You guys always take off the good shows, and leave the very stupid shows on!!! I don’t get it….I guess you guys would rather have our children watch the stupid shows that have all the cussing and nudity in them… yes most shows do have alot of cussing, but like Beavis & Butthead, shows like that… you wonder why our kids are like the way they are, DUH!!!!!

  • Megan

    Awake and missing were the best shows on tv. Cancel stupid shows like desperate housewives,jersey shore,teen mom,and those singing shows and make room for quality drama/suspense shows

  • Sui Lan

    You gotta be kidding, CBS screwing up again! CSI Miami? That’s a good show, what are they thinking, I guess they have no brains! They cancelled “Cold Case” back then, but can’t cancel their re-runs on TNT, that was another stupid move. The ones their keeping is shitty and boring! Stupidity and brainless!!!!!

  • clint

    i watch Alcatraz all the time -was a good show…

  • LIgirl

    I tried watching Terra Nova, I really did. It was terrible. Rob was a little better, probably because I like Cheech Marin.

  • tim richter

    Wow! lets just get rid of everything! harrys law is great, i think rob, bent & best friends forever are good. harrys law being cancelled really surprises me. lets get some more reality crap to fill the slots! NBC needs to check themselves.

  • Eileen

    So sorry to see “Harry’s Law” on the list. Love David E. Kelly & Kathy Bates. Will definitely miss “Tommy Jefferson”, too. Too much reality TV & not enough good dramas.

  • Ape

    why did you put finally next to house? it was a great show and it didn’t really get the axe its been around for like 15 years! By the way Allen Gregory was by far the worst show out of all of them.

  • Lady D

    not CSI Miami this is my favorite show
    this just crazy!!!!

  • Rick

    I’m still bummed that “Brothers and Sisters” was axed last season. The travails of that bunch warmed up my lonely Sunday nites! Get rid of the Housewives reality shows—awful.

  • Mick

    Alcatraz, The River, The Firm and Terra Nova in my mind were all shows that should be rescued by another network. Perhaps HBO or Showtime would like to pick these up and do them cable-style which would put them over the top with viewers in my mind. These were interesting shows and they all deserve another chance.

  • Mike

    The River should of never been canceled. In time it would of been comparable to Lost.

  • http://yahoo.com BJ

    Yes cancel all the good shows and keep all the reality bullshit on TV, this really amazes me how they can get rid of the shows that keeps you mind goig, and then put all the mindless irrelevant crap on TV. This crap really kills me. This is the reason why I don’t watch TV, TOO MUCH GARBARGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MartyCPA

    I’m sad to CSI Miami go but I’m not that surprised. CBS really messed up a good thing when they moved the show to Sunday nights and allowed the football schedule to push back the show until … whenever. I couldn’t even get my DVR to record a full episode the last two seasons.

  • Peg Stevens

    I very disappointed that the Gifted Man and Harry’s Law are being can
    celled and we have to continue with likes of Mike & Molly and the
    Big Bang Theory. The Office isn’t much and never has been, wouldn’t
    mind seeing Undercover Boss go either.

  • colaroaster

    tv is a wast of time and money. get rid of it and get a life. it will change you if you let it

  • Arleen

    Can’t believe GCB is cancelled, it was a fun show. I’m a Christian and I got that it was satire ! The Finder & Alcatraz? Really ~~ get rid of the Bachelor, Jersey Shore, Kardashians and all the other idiotic reality shows, reality, REALLY??? Not in any sense of my reality.

  • Don

    Bring back Alcatraz!

  • Pat

    Harry’s Law- How can they- Great writing, chemistry with casting, great show- Oh yeah, I know- It’s NBC.
    I hope another channels picks Harry’s Law up.

  • Sharron Gallagher

    I can’t believe CSI Miami was cancelled, they should have cancelled CSI (Las Vegas)instead. one of my favorite shows…..glad big bang is coming back….that show is so funny!

  • http://Yahoo Terry Maynard

    The Finder and Harry’s Law are too good shows that makes our evening tv passable, however you keep the stupid inane shows on. Where are your Brains

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