Top 10: The Most Disappointing Cancellations of 2010-2011... So Far

By Staff

May 12, 2011

Fox cleaned out its closet this week by canceling five shows, many of which were likable programs. With the scent of fresh blood still in the air, we thought we'd take a look at the most disappointing cancellations of the season so far—and we say "so far" because the networks will announce their fall lineups next week, and that will certainly change the makeup of this list.

10. The Chicago Code

Why we're sad it's gone: Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield, makes compelling television. Though there are plenty of cop shows on the TV beat these days, The Chicago Code was distinctive for network TV. We'll also miss its adoration of its main character: The Windy City.
What went wrong: Cable is the true home of tough cop shows. If the cops of The Chicago Code sang and danced and made out with each other more often, it might have had a shot.

9. Caprica

Why we're sad it's gone: Sure, it got off to a shaky start. A really shaky start. But things cleaned up a lot toward the end, and Caprica did what all shows should do: made us think.
What went wrong: People were expecting another Battlestar Galactica. We did not get another Battlestar Galactica.

8. In Treatment

Why we're sad it's gone: There was zero action, and every episode was pretty much just people sitting on couches talking. But the critically acclaimed series was like a well-crafted stageplay, with an emphasis on acting and depth of character.
What went wrong: See the first line of the paragraph above.

7. Lie to Me

Why we're sad it's gone: While the show didn't exactly knock it out of the park on a weekly basis, it was interesting as far as procedurals are concerned. And Tim Roth was a joy to watch as Dr. Cal Lightman, a character who became more and more intriguing as the series progressed.
What went wrong: Fox didn't help things by throwing it around the schedule.

6. Human Target

Why we're sad it's gone: The fights! The wisecracks! Chi McBride!
What went wrong: We don't know!? Who doesn't love fights!?!? Who doesn't love wisecracks? Who doesn't love Chi McBride?

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5. All My Children/One Life to Live

Why we're sad they're gone: Their cancellation signals big changes in the daytime TV landscape: the end of the soap opera and the rise of talk shows that feature a bunch of "celebs" squawking about subjects they have no business talking about.
What went wrong: Soap operas had their day, but so did the dinosaurs. I blame technology!

4. Traffic Light

Why we're sad it's gone: Again, this wasn't an amazing show, but it did prove to be one of the standout "handful of friends" romantic-comedies we were bombarded with this season. Plus it had tons of potential.
What went wrong: Dudes don't like rom-coms. They're supposed to like fights! And wisecracks! And Chi McBride!

3. Lone Star

Why we're sad it's gone: Imagine this: a challenging drama on network TV that isn't about cops, lawyers, or doctors. That was Lone Star. Fox took a big chance on it, critics loved it, but ratings were so bad it only lasted two episodes. We're sad not just for the show, but for the genre. No network will try out cable-style drama ever again.
What went wrong: It was on network TV and not cable. (Alternate reason: People are idiots.)

2. Stargate Universe

Why we're sad it's gone: It was one of the last true sci-fi shows on Syfy, and it was starting to get really good, but Syfy is trying to push out the nerds. Now there are cooking shows on Syfy. Cooking shows!
What went wrong: Network re-branding, dude. Nothing personal. It's just business.

1. Terriers

Why we're sad it's gone: The characters felt real and believable, and the setting and details were within our reach. In a day where over-the-top is standard, Terriers' subtlety created an air of intimacy that we sorely miss.
What went wrong: The name, the marketing, all that. Terriers was a hard show to sell because it wasn't easily definable. Without flash and pizazz, viewers just didn't tune in.

Which of this season's cancellations have bummed you out the most?

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  • Raven86 Jan 16, 2012

    I'm really going to miss Lie to me, Stargate: Universe, and Human Target!

    Cancel Hell's Kitchen, 90210.. cancel most of the reality shows.. they're frelling boring.

    I'm actually happy that All My Children got canceled.. it's like all the characters in that soap opera were on stupid pills & libido pills. stupid pills + libido pills - condoms= sexually transmitted diseases & viruses.. Yet some how the characters never contracted a single thing. Frell, it's like that in all the U.S. soap operas (they suck).

  • FETROOM Jun 12, 2011

    Which of this season's cancellations have bummed you out the most? The Chicago Code

  • AmyFCM Jun 04, 2011

    Chicago Code... hey, at least give it a second season chance. And Lie to Me... got a bit weird the second season but was better the third. They just do not give shows a chance any more.

  • idlegossip May 24, 2011

    LIE TO ME - of all the shows I watched this one was interesting if only for Tim Roth, you never knew what you were going to get with him.

  • Rumenka2009 May 22, 2011

    HUMAN TARGET - they were good with all jokes and fights

  • chett51 May 22, 2011

    Stargate Universal is/was one of the best sci fi programmes. we should campain to get it reinstated

    while we are at it V

  • RenoDX May 18, 2011

    SGU, I will miss it more than Conan's beard. We need more Sci-Fi on SyFy. SGU and even Caprica had potential that was confused it's first season to separate it from its predecessors. They final got going and got cancelled. SyFy is Fox but they add a year on to the good show before they cancel them

  • ErikFeenstra0 May 18, 2011

    ps. if they keep going this way, canceling all the good shows half way the season, soon all will do what i already do, and watch all programs when i want to, from harddrive. i got sick and tired of th resceduling all the time, missing episodes, and the never ending comercials, now i download all good stuff.

  • ErikFeenstra0 May 18, 2011

    Lie to me and Terriers were awsome serials, i realy cannot understand that serials like csi has about 6 spinoffs, and all those have the same boring thing week in week out, and as soon as a serial is a little different , they get canceled. the chicago code was good to, not great, but good. chase was great, but also gone... of course.... seems like i got a nose for serials that get canceled... i need to go work for a network, and safe them a lot of money.

  • dcfriedm May 18, 2011

    Human Target was one of my favorites. Chicago Code was also excellent. Both should have been renewed instead of some of the junk that was kept. Typical broadcast networks, throwing out the baby and keeping the bathwater.

    I'm a big science fiction fan, but the only program I watch on that network now is Merlin. What wrestling and cooking shows are doing there, I can't figure out, except that the corporate empty suits view all channels as the same.

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