Top 10: The Most Disappointing Cancellations of 2010-2011... Updated!

By Staff

May 19, 2011

Last week we named the ten most disappointing cancellations of the 2010-2011 season... through last week. But since then, networks have opened a can of cancellation on several other shows, and we couldn't let that last list stand there incomplete. Here's our updated take on the shows we'll miss the most next fall.

10. Detroit 1-8-7

Why we're sad it's gone: Cop shows are a dime a dozen, but what differentiates the good ones from the bad ones are the characters. Detroit 1-8-7 underwent some changes early on, but one thing that didn't change was its diverse range of interesting cops. Plus, television is always worse when Michael Imperioli isn't on it.
What went wrong: Cop shows don't have the sizzle they used to. Nowadays, audiences flock to specialized police procedurals featuring mind readers and cadaver scrapers.

9. 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.

8. V

Why we're sad it's gone: Just as it realized it wouldn't be coming back, V really found its footing as a campy good time full of corny special effects. It was never meant to be serious science-fiction—it was just humans versus lizards. It's too bad the show embraced that idea too late.
What went wrong: There wasn't enough Queen Anna tail-stabbing action early on, and the show failed to build an audience.

7. Brothers & Sisters

Why we're sad it's gone: We're going to miss the excellent cast, which included Calista Flockheart, Sally Field, and Rachel Griffiths. But really we wanted to see this show go out with a final season and the closure it deserved.
What went wrong: Though it enjoyed a happy life, it simply ran out of steam.

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?

NEXT: The 5 Most Disappointing Cancellations of 2010-2011


5. 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!

4. The Event

Why we're sad it's gone: The Event had two types of fans: Those who loved the political intrigue and sci-fi elements, and those who viewed it as an enjoyable trainwreck. Despite coming at the show from different angles, both groups found it wildly entertaining. But the thing we'll miss the most? Finding out what this "Event" was.
What went wrong: It tried to be Lost, it tried to be 24, but ended up looking lost and filling an hour with only 24 minutes of relevant story.

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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  • Seferino Jul 04, 2012

    Lie to Me and V, Why cancel it? no respect for the audience

  • PijuckRakkand Apr 03, 2012

    Lie to me is great show and tim Roth is the real performance,sorry to know it stop show :(

  • MicheleDerwin Feb 09, 2012

    Amazon has listng for a fourth season. What happened? did they cancel at the last moment? very sad if they did.

  • KarenObendorf Jan 14, 2012

    Lie to Me is the most dis-appointing...Tim Roth was terrific and I looked forward to seeing him and his his every week...there aren't many shows I look forward to, but this was one of them.

  • KathlineGreen Jan 07, 2012

    I was really upset to learn Lie To Me had been cancelled. I watched every episode on Netflix just to make sure I was caught up!! Great show! Especially for those who don't really trust their own "lie detector". It helps them to feel more confident when suspecting lies.

  • ladiava Jan 04, 2012

    Lie to Me was equivalent to House. Why cancel it? Very disappointed.

  • furiousfunk Nov 05, 2011

    I still want to beat the crap out of SyFy executives for cancelling Stargate Universe and replacing it with Wrestling, Ghost Hunter and Cooking Shows. SyFy has been destroyed by BBC America because at least BBC America shows actual Science Fiction shows like Star Trek TNG, Battlestar Galactica and their scifi shows from Britain

  • jahlioness Jun 11, 2011

    I just have one thing to say, why don't the networks asks US th Viewers with shows to stay. and those with the most votes voila. i mean at the end of the day we watch tv shows, not the network bosses.

  • teamcoltra Jun 04, 2011

    For those of you who will be missing V. Check out which has a great chance at putting V on TNT

  • mcbeck2 Jun 04, 2011

    I have to agree that the cancellations of Detroit 187 and Human Target were extremely disappointing. These were both very high quality shows, of which there are way too few. Both had sharp writing and great characters. Human Target was a terrific action show, with lots of clever repartee and interesting stories. Detroit 187 was reaching NYPD Blue standards within the first season. Michael Imperioli's character was another Andy Sipowicz, a captivating heart and soul of an impressive ensemble cast. It seems such a waste for really well done shows like these to be cancelled when the TV industry spends so much money on junk. I am actually missing these shows, and I hope the actors know the cancellations had nothing to do with the quality of their work.

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