The worst part of being an avid TV-watcher is getting into a show only to have it mercilessly cancelled by a network. You don’t care if your favorite cast is bringing in advertising dollars—you just want to know what happens next. Such is the TV game, and this season is no different.
The major networks have all cancelled TV shows leading into fall—some of your favorites might not have made the cut. Let’s say goodbye and good luck to some of our favorites that are gone before their time.
Happy Endings, ABC: This ensemble comedy about six friends in Chicago (no, don’t compare it to Friends) was critically acclaimed by the likes of The Huffington Post and The Frisky, but none of that paid for a prime time slot. Happy Endings was bumped from Wednesday to Friday—a kiss of death considering the show’s target audience—to Sunday. After three seasons, Brad, Jane and the gang got the ax. But don’t cry just yet! According to industry news, ABC is in talks with USA Network to save the show.
Smash, NBC: Another victim of poor time slotting. The Friday-night Broadway fest originally did well in first-season ratings, but it never could quite nab the same attention during the following seasons, with a huge 71 percent drop from initial ratings. I guess we’ll never know whether Ivy or Karen was the reigning queen bee.
Rules of Engagement, CBS: To be fair, it seemed like CBS kept Rules of Engagement around for seven seasons as a perpetual schedule fixer, plugging the show into different time slots whenever there was a hold. Still, the last season premiered with healthy, if not robust, numbers of 9.4 million viewers. Unfortunately, the show couldn’t keep up the momentum, so David Spade will be pounding the pavement and looking for another regular gig. We’re not worried about Patrick Warburton though—he’ll always have voice-over work.
Up All Night, NBC: In a broadcasting first, it was one of the stars of the show who effectively pulled the plug on her own cast. Christina Applegate, who played Reagan, announced that she wouldn’t be coming back for a third season, citing creative differences stemming from the show’s future course. The producers floundered for a while and there were rumors that they might still hang on—the show was still doing well in ratings—but it couldn’t be saved.
Go On, NBC: The Friends curse strikes again! Most of the cast have had to deal with cancelled TV shows following the mega-hit Friends. While Matthew Perry did find a little success with his comedy Go On, the momentum just wasn’t there. It was a funny show and had excellent characters, but never really gained traction without a lead-in from ratings smash The Voice. NBC canceled most of their newer comedies, including 1600 Penn, Whitney, and Guys with Kids, and is rumored to have an entirely new comedy ready for fall—let’s hope it does better than the last round.
Find Jae Curtis on Google+