Gone Too Soon? TV Shows Cancelled In Midseason
Theses television shows aired to much hype but they didn’t make it through one full season before the networks decided to pull them from the air.
“666 Park Avenue”
If you were one of the few people that were a fan of “666 Park Avenue,” then you were probably confused after the show disappeared from the TV schedule. Despite a lot of buzz, the show failed to capture a big enough audience. “666 Park Avenue,” which guest featured Whoopi Goldberg, was canned less than two months after it debuted. But fans left wondering what happened on the show were given some closure the following summer when the last four episodes aired on another network.
“Manhattan Love Story”
With “How To Get Away With Murder” being the most talked about and anticipated new show of the fall 2014 TV season, it’s understandable that other shows could have gotten lost in the shuffle. “Manhattan Love Story” was one of the first shows that ended up on the shopping block. The show aired in September but was pulled off of the air after just four episodes.
The word “selfie” suddenly became so popular, it makes its way into the dictionary in 2014. So the good folks over at ABC probably thought it was a good idea to create a show with the same name. They couldn’t be more wrong. The show followed a social media expert who realized she was disconnected from the real world. It was up against some stiff competition after landing on the schedule on Tuesday nights. Five weeks after “Selfie” first aired, ABC announced that the show was cancelled.
Back in the day being a flight attendant came with a certain level of prestige. Called stewardesses then, there was no better airline to work for than Pan Am. In 2011, ABC decided to create a show featuring pilots and stewardesses from the airline during the commercial Jet Age of the 60’s. Although the network pulled no punches when it came to promoting the show, “Pan Am” failed to find a stable audience. By the spring of 2012, executives were scrambling to find a replacement on the television schedule.
“GCB” was surrounded by controversy before an episode even aired. The show was based on the book “Good Christian B*tches” and of course religious and conservative groups were up in arms that such a show would make its way onto the television screen. The dramedy, which starred Kristen Chenoweth, originally aired as a mid-season replacement after ABC execs decided to put “Pan Am” out of its misery. But “GCB” couldn’t shake the negative criticism and it was pulled off of the air within six weeks.
“Red Band Society”
Like a lot of other shows, “Red Band Society” was based on another show made outside of the U.S. but instead of going across the pond for inspiration, Fox looked north of the border. Based on a medical teen drama from Canada, “Red Band Society” followed a group of teens that lived in the pediatric ward of a hospital. The show starred Octavia Spencer and Astro, the rapping teen best known as being a contestant on “X Factor,” was cancelled after the tenth episode aired.
What would happen if 15 strangers were chosen to live in isolation for a year with orders to build their own society? That was the basis for Fox’s “Utopia.” The show first aired this past September and it was originally scheduled to air two nights a week. But the ratings weren’t there and “Utopia” dropped down to one day a week before it was pulled off of the air altogether less than two months after it first debuted. The show was shot at Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita, CA and even though the people were kicked off, the animals that appeared in the show were allowed to stay.
Kate Walsh hasn’t starred in a successful show since “Private Practice.” And after “Bad Judge” was pulled off of the air after just episodes, she’s going to have to keep waiting. The show followed the life of a tough as nails judge who partied harder than the defendants that appeared before her in court. Even though Will Ferrell and Adam McKay (the writer behind “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights” and “The Other Guys”) were executive producers of the show, “Bad Judge” was cancelled a month after it debuted. However, NBC announced they will continue to air the series full 13-episode order.
“A To Z”
In “A to Z,” Andrew, an internet dating site employee, was desperate to settle down and in walks no nonsense lawyer Zelda. The two instantly fall in love with each other and the show followed their relationship timeline. That is until it was cancelled. “A to Z” debuted on October 2nd but on Halloween, NBC decided to pull the show. However, the few fans of the show will be able to see the entire 13-episode run because the network decided to air all of them.
A lot of jobs have a lottery pool where several employees put in cash to play the same numbers. “Lucky 7” followed seven employees working at a gas station in Queens, NY. They played regularly and dreamed of what they would do if they ever won. The show was supposed to follow them as they figured out money may solve some problems but it also created new ones. But “Lucky 7” was cancelled after just two episodes. The following year, ABC released all eight episodes on iTunes.
“I Wanna Marry Harry”
“Joe Millionaire” tricked a group of women into thinking they were vying for the love and attention of a very rich and eligible bachelor when in fact he was a construction worker. “I Wanna Marry Harry” followed the same premise but the unsuspecting group was American women and the eligible bachelor was a Prince Harry lookalike. The show was banking on the naivety of the women hoping that they wouldn’t be able to pick out the real heir to the throne in a police line-up. The show was cancelled after the fourth episode.
“Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23”
Rarely does a show with a curse word in the title last for too long on the air and “Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23” was no exception. A small town girl with big city dreams moved to New York City for a dream job only to find out the dream job doesn’t exist and her roommate turned out to be a female con artist with a penchant for partying. The show originally aired as a mid-season replacement but after seven weeks, “Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23” needed a substitution of its own after it was pulled from the air.
Fox decided to stack a show full of funny people in hopes of creating a hit but the experiment crashed and burned. The premise paired two teams of celebrities against each other to sing, dance and create comedy sketches while overcoming multiple mental and physical obstacles. Steve Carrell, Andy Dick, Jason Alexander, D.L. Hughley and Tom Green were some of the celebs on the show but very few people were interested in watching. “Riot” was one of the lowest watched shows ever on one of the big four networks and was pulled off the air after four episodes.
“Do No Harm”
The Dr. Hyde/Mr. Jekyll premise has been done time and time again but NBC thought they were putting a brand new spin on an old theme. By day Dr. Jason Cole was a successful neurosurgeon. But exactly 12 hours later his raging alter ego kicked in and wrecked havoc on his life. The show was a midseason replacement and it debuted in early 2013. But after a very weak debut and even weaker ratings the next week, the show was put out of its misery after two episodes.
The executives over at Fox were so excited about “Hieroglyph,” they decided to forego the pilot stage and ordered 13 episodes of the show. “Hieroglyph,” which was supposed to be an action-adventure timepiece in Ancient Egypt, was slated to begin production in March. But a few months later, Fox didn’t like where things was headed and shut things down indefinitely, making “Hieroglyph” a show that was cancelled before it even aired.