NBC Cancels Awake, Are You There, Chelsea?, Two More

After a flurry of renewals in which it looked like NBC might begin to stand for "NoBody's Canceled," the network made some room for new shows by cancelling a quartet of freshman series, reports TV Line. And not one of them was a surprise.

Let's get the worst news out of the way first: Kyle Killen's drama Awake, received the bad news a day after one of its best episodes aired. The show looks to be on track for a thrilling finish, which makes its cancellation extra disappointing. There are lots of reasons we could insist on for why Awake didn't make it—it was too good for network TV, it was too high-concept, it had a crappy time slot—and it's probably a nasty combination of all of them. That doesn't change the fact that (in my opinion) it was the best new drama on network television this season, by a long shot. I'll miss you, Awake.

Three comedies also got dumped. Are You There Chelsea?, Best Friends Forever, and Bent won't be returning to television next season. The latter two were practically canceled before they aired, as NBC barely promoted them, only ordered short, six-episode seasons, and scheduled them pretty weirdly. Bent burned through its season faster than any show in recent memory, with pairs back-to-back episodes churned out over the course of three weeks. Are You There, Chelsea? was paired with Whitney on Wednesdays, where both shows tumbled. But Whitney was renewed for a second season earlier today.

There are still two more episodes of Awake left. Perhaps a surge in viewership or chatter on the internet will draw the interest of another network to dive in and save it. I'm totally on board with a save-the-show campaign.


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I loved Are You There, Chelsea why would they cancel that.
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TLC has great shows like cake boss but cmon honey boo boo or todler and tiarras when did TLC stand for trashy little children
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I really hate NBC sometimes they cancel all the shows I like are you there chelsea and awhile ago black donnellys but other shows that suck stay on
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come on doesn't anyone know Good tv when they see it anymore!! im sorry they canceled are you there chelsea and awake I really hope they dont cancel whitney.
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I'll miss Harry's Law!
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Great story line, great writing, great acting......of course "Awake" was canceled!
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I am sooooo super disappointed in this cancellation. This has been one of the most thought provoking shows I have seen in a long time. I was actually dreading having to wait all summer to see this show again, and now I learn that I will never see it again just stinks :( I'm hoping that NBC changes its mind, or another network sees this as a big mistake and decides to pick up the show!!



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I LOVED Awake!! I am very, very disappointed it was cancelled. I thought it had an intriguing story line and amazing characters. JUST MAKES ME SAD!!!! Come on, NBC... you can do better at selecting what needs to go and what needs to stay. Seriously... you kept Whitney over Awake.... terrible decision!!
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Typical!!! I almost know from the beginning which show will be cancelled by how much I like it. Awake is a great tv series that "god forbid" stimulates a little bit your mind and keeps you wondering what will be next. Maybe those qualities are toom uch for the average viwer so of course it is cancelled... Shame!!!
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I think awake was a great series and well presented. You could always tell which reality you were watching unlike some others . Such a shame networks cancel the good shows so quick. Ill miss awake
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I liked "Are you there, Chelsea?" but it at least ended with some dignity. I would watch more if they produced it.
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I'm quite saddened by NCB cancelling awake. For me it was the best series this season. Haven't enjoyed a series like this in quite some time. Maybe the audience it targets don't tune in on the time of its airing? Can't we start like a petition to get it renewed for a 2nd season?
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The day is coming when TV will be just reality TV as great shows like Awake get cancelled and most series can't get further than one or two seasons...
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Ah, and I forgot, an actor like Jason Isacs, in a show, a very good one, make the show excellent, how can they make it to him?
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I am really touched by the AWAKE drama, and TOUCH really sucks and got another season!!!

As u said, maybe AWAKE is too good to be true, and so the NBC network cant face it...

Please, someone save this show!
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OBAMA ???



ok i'am out.. ^^
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i haven't been able to catch awake (except for the premiere)... really hoping it caught on. i hope another network saves it.
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Awake is one of the best shows that has ever been on tv. How could NBC be so damned selfish??!!
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how horrible....awake was the best show this season!!!!



Make sure to "Like" awake on facebook and like the save awake facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/SaveAwakeOfficial
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You've got to be kidding. Canceling Awake. Who makes these stupid decisions?
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That really suxx!! - I really like Awake.. why do they always cancle the good shows and let all the crappy once run forever :-(
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"Ditto" for me with regards to Awake. There are only 2 shows I watch religiously....and Awake is one of them. The premise is really clever & really well executed. I REALLY hope another channel is smart enough to pick up on this show. By the looks of this thread....it comes with a built-in audience!



Consider this my petition signature!
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awake was one of the BEST shows this season... cant believe they are cancelling it.....



and sign the petition!!!
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FFs.
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Yeah....Awake is a good show..... has to be saved.....
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Booooooooooo. I like bent and best friends even though they weren't great but Awake was a solid show. It is probably the best new show this year, maybe not my favorite, in terms of story and acting. (Frowny face)
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I'm on board with the save the show campaign too!! I love Awake
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Awake is one of the best programs on tv....can we not have a series that makes one think and question our world and our relation to it??
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They killed Awake right when it starting making sense, right when was getting good. I'm guessing that this decision is based on earlier episodes, when people were confused as hell and didn't made sense.
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"NBC = No Brain Cells...Awake is the best thing to happen to TV in ages."



totally !!!!
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I can't believe they're canceling this show! It has been more consistently good than any other show I've seen all year! But, then again, they always cancel shows like this...
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No NBC for intelligent people....

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Awake canceled and "Whitney" passed REALLY...-
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And "whitney" passed REALLY.....
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I guess 2 million plus viewers meant nothing to NBC. There will be a whole lot more people to discover this show later and fall in love with it, alas..it will be too late.

Second season would be so good. I will savor the last two which are supposed to be the best.

Will the EMMY consider canceled shows or just the popular ones? Awake and Jason Isaacs really deserve the awards.
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NBC = No Brain Cells...Awake is the best thing to happen to TV in ages. It has one of the best story lines I have ever seen and I'm still none the wiser as to which side is the real life and which is the dream. NBC, you are nuts!
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DeborahAdams3,....

nbc = no brain cells

getting our kids dumber everyday
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Awake has the most predictable ending on TV, and much better shows have been cancelled before. Deal with it people, I stopped watching after 3 episodes and am glad I did
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Guess you fit in with the NBC=No brain cells.
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nbc = no brain cells



3 ep critics = ....?
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Note your predictions somewhere, watch till the end (finale is yet to come though) and share your views..





This show requires full attention of the viewers. There's lot to think about and to understand. Such amazing show doesn't deserve so early goodbye.
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NBC Sucks sometimes, Awake is thrilling and only getting better. I hope TNT picks it up, they always recognize good drama.
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NBC is probably making room for another reality show. I'm so upset over "Awake" being cancelled.This is one of the best dramas ever."Awake" has the potential to be like ABC's "Lost";a real blockbuster.They need to let this show find it's audience,maybe re running the early episodes over the summer to attract new viewers.Other than that,I can only hope a cable station picks it up.
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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT AWAKE?? CAMPAIGN-WISE??
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Sign the following petition to have Awake renewed.



http://www.thepetitionsite.com/464/685/456/save-awake/



Tell NBC how disappointed you are and that Awake needs to carry on.



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I guess it's true. Networks care more about the viewers who aren't watching rather than the viewers who are.
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Hey Tim, I was curious, what is the best way to go about raising awareness for this show on the Internet? So far these petitions I've seen don't seem to be gaining much traction...
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Sign the following petition to have Awake renewed.



http://www.thepetitionsite.com/464/685/456/save-awake/



Tell NBC how disappointed you are and that Awake needs to carry on.



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I only watched 2 eps of Chelsea's show and the biggest problem is Chelsea's humour is made for cable. It was never going to work on network television and the show was based on her books which do not contain network material. I think the show should of been more of a mockumentary type thing as well.



As for Awake, another great show that belonged on cable going to network heaven. Sigh.
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NBC, you morons. how dare you to cancel such amazing show???!!! why???!!!



Finally something new and those guys killed it. SHAME.
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This is ridiculous!!! Every new show I've gotten into inhte last year has been cancelled. Awake was awesome.
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Why would you cancel Awake that show was brilliant WHY!!!
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I still can't believe a show that aired in March gets murdered in May, are NBC nuts.



I'm still shocked to say the least.
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It's not nearly as bad Killen's last show on NBC, it got canceled on the second episode.
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Totally gutted by the cancellation of Awake :(
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Sign the following petition to have Awake renewed.



http://www.thepetitionsite.com/464/685/456/save-awake/



Tell NBC how disappointed you are and that Awake needs to carry on.
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OK I'm no. 74, let's get this juggernaut rolling
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Noo...how dare NBC cancel Awake!
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Awake is a great show... I can not believe they are going to cancel the show...What the HELL are they thinking...NBC you are a BUNCH OF IDIOTS.
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