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.
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?
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!
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.)
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.
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?