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

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?

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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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Lie to Me and V, Why cancel it? no respect for the audience
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Lie to me is great show and tim Roth is the real performance,sorry to know it stop show :(
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Amazon has listng for a fourth season. What happened? did they cancel at the last moment? very sad if they did.
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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.
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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.
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Lie to Me was equivalent to House. Why cancel it? Very disappointed.
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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

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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.
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For those of you who will be missing V. Check out www.facebook.com/ProjectAliceV which has a great chance at putting V on TNT
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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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I don't usually comment or blog but I'm compelled to add my two cents. Why don't the networks get that the public appreciates good casting and especially good writing!! I'm heart broken over losing Lost, The Unit and Prison Break and now Human Target, The Event and V!!! There are plenty of reality shows (too many) and plenty of CSI's. Why cancel a good thing?? I don't get it. Why not at least complete a story? People will get tired of being disappointed and left dangling waiting for a conclusion!! I, for one, am beginning to think if I enjoy a show it will automatically get cancelled! I might as well add one more complaint...why are the networks hell-bent on competing with each other by loading up their best shows on the same day at the same time to see who wins? Has it ever occurred to anyone that you might get fantastic ratings by putting a good show on a night that isn't already saturated and keeping it there? I have 2 DVRs and on some nights that isn't enough! Really, who's making these decisions?? I have faith there are many good writers out there but what idiots are running the networks? Have a clue!
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I'm gonna miss The Event, Human Target, Off the Map, The Good Guys, Hellcats and a couple of other shows, but most of all I'll miss Terriers :(
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I don't care about any of these so-called 'top 10'. But if there was one show I wished was spared from the chopping block it would have to be FlashForward.
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besides Lie to Me the rest of them WERE GARBAGE
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I can't believe that Chicago Code is not being renewed .. just when it was getting meaty! The Event should at least come back for one more season, if for no reason but to tie up loose ends. Heck .. it too was beginning to get it's teeth. What's wrong with these networks? Just no longer let a show climb out of it's training shoes of a first season to get into it's interesting teen years in the second and thereon next seasons. Let's get some patience please!
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Chicago Code and Detroit 187 as well. Looking at the fall schedule, I will be watching a lot more "reality" shows on cable. Not that much looks interesting, and I don't trust the networks to allow the shows to attract viewers. NCIS was allowed a chance to attract viewers and it's now #1. Other networks need to do the same. So I will trust CBS alone. Sorry for all you ex-Syfy fans. Not my style, but there seems to be a lot of love out there for the show, and it's a specialty network so it's even less fair. I'll miss my dramas.
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V ! I really wanted to know the end of the story
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I absolutely hate that Lie to Me and Lone Star are gone. This has been a rough year for shows.
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Detroit 1-8-7, Human Target, and Lie to Me. WTH is wrong with these networks? Can any of these cancelled shows end up on cable?? I would gladly pay extra (not much though..I'm on a budget...) to continue having these shows!!!
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I agree with Traffic Light. It was ok but a bit to rom com, same with Mad Love way to Friends like. Breakin In did not make it on the list but i'll miss that the most.
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I watched Terriers, Lone Star, Detroit 1-8-7, Lie To Me, Human Target, Brothers & Sisters. I loved Terriers! your right no glitz and glam however a couple of regular guys trying to make it, and not to likeable characters at that. The writing was good, stories sorry to see it go. Detroit 1-8-7 What can I say, I like cop shows and I liked this one. It was just starting to develop. The actors on the show are superb the show deserved another season. Human Target Hell I never knew when it would show up or where too bad I liked the show!
Brothers & Sisters what happened? the show went all crazy weird this year!
Lie To Me another show I never know when it is never going to show up is it on the same night?
Lone Star 2 shows? Seriously? It was actually interesting something different than the same old stuff. WHY DO THEY DO THAT? Are THEY that stupid? If you want me to watch a show every week leave it in the same place and time. It's a simple concept.
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If its not on HBO, Showtime or AMC don't bother starting a new series. The major networks aren't going to change without a complete collapse of viewers. Stop watching them and once they have little viewership for all their stuff they might come around. TV sucks for the most part and we continue to invest our time and get screwed over and over. I'm just going to download tv from torrents and that way they won't get ratings or viewer support.
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I was ripped when I found out Chicago Code was dumped. I don't get it. I was hooked from day one.
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How could they cancel Lie to Me and Human Target?? Those shows were great! I just don't get the networks sometimes. First CBS was canceling things all the time. Now it's Fox. This is why I hate getting into new things. Ugh.
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The Event, Lie to me and V
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I really don't understand!!! The Event, V, Human Target, Lie to me , Detroit 1-8-7 must be another season...The networks SUCKS!!!
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Accept for brothers & sisters lone star they were all good shows. But the best was Human Target and Terriers
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I don't understand the logic of networks starting shows midway through a run (ie in like January instead of September) then canceling them after a few episodes like Chaos and Breaking In. Both great shows with a lot of potential but weren't given much room to grow. Why not save them till May when all the regular shows end, or something to that effect?
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Human Target is the most fun show I know and everyone agrees with me off my friends. I thought I had read that the show would be renewed and now this. Please make this a dream and let another season start :(
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I want "V" and "The Event" to come back. I hate how new shows are introduced and then they are just thrown away by the networks!
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"V" needs a good ending!!! Not an open one. When the story was moreinteresting, ABC cancelled it what for? Their new series don't seem very interesting.
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Undoubtedly... "HUMAN TARGET"... it was a REAL "delight" 2 watch the chemistry between Mark Valley, Chi McBride & Jackie Earl Haley. This without mentioning the GREAT action sequences and the evolution of each character's own storyline (like GUERRERO's revelation of him having a son or CHANCE's and ILSA's "personal" relationship). It's a real shame viewers didn't really appreciate the show's REAL value. Besides, I just hope Mark Valley gets a break as he's one of TV's most underrated and it seems as his shows ("KEEN EDDIE" another SUPERB show which was UNJUSTLY cancelled) don't seem 2 kick off with audiences... it's a REAL shame.
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For me the great lost was THE CHICAGO CODE, lovely show with good story, great cast and perfect rhythm.
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Wow. Even in the comments, there's no love for Lights Out. that was by far my favorite new series last Fall, and even though it was obvious it was doomed from the start, I was still sad when the finale came to a close. It's too bad that FX keeps putting out great shows that end up getting canceled. I still hope to see some great low concept series from them, but probably not until after they get the high concept stuff out of their system (Powers, American Horror Story, Wilfred). I like that kinda stuff as much as any TV addict, but lord if I can't get enough subtle, understated dramas with believable characters with eroding moral codes.
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I loved detroit 187. It was said there were very interesting characters

The scripts that presented were plausable. also.
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i terriers would get another season, also i think V should have had another season to actually end it i hate watching most of something and then it gets cancel with out a proper end. also thought good guys could have had another season its not like fox has got that many comedy shows that were better than good guys
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Brothers and Sisters will be the show that I miss the most, because that to me was actually an excellent show.
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Of that list I will only miss Terriers.

Human Target was just OK early on and went downhill with new characters.
Lie to me was just OK, take or leave it for me.
SGU/The Event/V were just weak/silly SciFi blah
Lone Star. Come on, a terrible soap with unlikable characters. Did anyone care?
I Never saw the others.

Terriers was a realistic drama that made me care, but apparently not enough other people did.
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there were many cancelations that not just bummed me but some really ticked me off. Detroit 187 and chigaco code were just what they were a cop show but it was more about the characters than the cases. The networks and I hate to say it really needs to listen to the REAL ppl that watch these show. Heck I will say it I liked the Good Guys there it is out, terriers did miss its mark but it was great. The event had more going for it than V but both could have been saved Syfy hint hint....
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Some are sad, some i won't even miss. But even though i liked Traffic Light after giving it a second chance i knew it was doomed from the pilot. It's such a stupid move to put an entire scene + same script from a show the same channel cancelled last year ('Til Death) in the pilot. It makes people think if they can't even write new jokes or old jokes in a new way, why watch it then. I think that's factor.
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Didnt know Terriers was canceled..waiting in vain for it to return hopefully this summer...my morning is truly bummed now.. shoot i loved every one of these shows(hopefully there are some unaired episodes that will show up on hulu or netflix...fingers crossed) except brothers & sisters.. never heard of lone star or traffic light, Bah at Stargate...I've had a grudge against all things stargate since the cast the crying game guy as Ra in the movie...yes that long...
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I will miss stargate universe the most. I've watched the other stargate shows and this one I believe was the best. It's a shame that the only scifi shows that were thought provoking, (Caprica and Stargate Universe), could not survive on the Syfy network. I will also miss Human Target which I found to be a really entertaining show.
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Human Target, V, Stargate Universe and Terriers and several others you did not mention. Good Guys is a major one. I'm tired of reality shows. I live in reality all day. I watch TV and movies to take a break from everyday crap.
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the event
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Lie to Me and Chicago Code.
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Stargate Universe
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On this list i lost 4 i like :( The Event , V , Detroit 1-8-7 , and Human Target.
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Detroit 187 and Chicago Code are simply too complex for most TV watchers.

We have become a society seeking mindless programs.
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For me, it is tied between "Lie to Me" and "Terriers".
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For you to include the dismal Traffic Light but not Outsourced, IMO, discredits the entire list.
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