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Did your favorite TV series get cancelled in 2014?

It’s that time of year again; the endless cycle of renew or cancel that TV viewers dread. Every May U.S. TV networks present their Fall TV schedule and list of new or renewed programs to the press and advertisers. The sometimes convoluted formula that network execs use to decide whether a series should be renewed for another season doesn’t always sync up with what viewers really want. Think of it like the Presidential elections; specifically the 2000 election. The candidate with the popular vote doesn’t always win. The same is true with television, a number of factors determine which shows are cancelled including what percentage of a certain demographic are watching as well production costs.

"Community" on NBC.
"Community" on NBC.
Justin Lubin / NBC
The TV networks cull thier schedules of underperforming shows. Pictured (l-r): Marc Blucas and Tricia Helfer in "Killer Women" on ABC.

The 2013-14 television season certainly turned out to be one of the most interesting in recent memory. I can’t remember a time when all of the broadcast networks had at least one sci-fi/fantasy series on the air at the same time. CBS and The CW were the two networks with the fewest cancelled shows. As previously reported, NBC’s lineup of first years with the exception of “The Black List” and “Chicago P.D.” were axed.


The Alphabet net cancelled 12 shows including the crime drama produced by Sophia Vergara, “Killer Women” starring “Battlestar Galactica’s” Tricia Helfer and Michael Trucco and former “Buffy” star Marc Blucas. I won’t rehash the drama surrounding its cancellation, it’s still a sore subject. “The Assets” and “Lucky 7” were cancelled very early into their run. Both were cancelled after only two episodes. A bit of good news, the six remaining unaired episodes of “The Assets” are scheduled to air over the summer starting late June. ABC’s list of cancelled show are:

  • Killer Women
  • Lucky 7
  • The Assets
  • Mind Games
  • Super Fun Night
  • Trophy Wife
  • Mixology
  • The Neighbors
  • Back in the Game
  • Suburgatory
  • Betrayal
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland


The Eye network had the fewest cancellations for its size this season. The most disappointing of the cancellations were “The Crazy Ones” starring “Buffy” herself; Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams in his return to television. The network obviously had high hopes for the series. However industry reports indicated the series was pretty expensive to produce and that was a significant factor in its cancellation. The other series a lot of viewers were grieving over, “Intelligence”. The series centered on a man with a microchip implanted in his brain started off with promising ratings. However as the series progressed the numbers were less than spectacular. The show received a lot of hype because it was the first major project for its stars Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and Josh Holloway (Lost). CBS’ cancelled the following shows:

  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Bad Teacher
  • The Crazy One
  • Intelligence
  • We Are Men
  • Friends with Better Lives


The cancellation of J.J. Abrams futuristic cop drama “Almost Human” was the biggest disappointment from Fox this season. The series starring Karl Urban (Star Trek) and Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man), is set 34 years into the future where crime has reach an unprecedented rate. Law enforcement are forced to deploy android police officers paired with human partners to combat high tech criminals. Despite the good rating on its premiere, the series didn’t perform as expected. However the total number of viewers weren’t that bad. I suspect a number of factor contributed to its cancellation not to mention the creative difference behind the scenes that led to one showrunner to leaving. Fox’s list of cancelled shows include:

  • Raising Hope
  • Enlisted
  • Riot
  • The X Factor
  • Surviving Jack
  • Dads
  • American Dad
  • Rake
  • Almost Human
  • I Wanna Marry Harry

The CW

As a kid I was hooked on reruns of the British sci-fi series “Doctor Who” and “The Tomorrow People”. So in the early 90’s I was so excited when Nickelodeon revived “The Tomorrow People’ which aired for three short seasons. When The CW announced plans to again resurrect I was convinced that it would be a winner. With the resources of a big network behind it and a decent cast and writing; I had faith that the series would do well. Unfortunately the series relied too heavily on the backstory of the lead characters to drive the plot. Even for The CW, the ratings weren’t spectacular after the second episode; sometimes barely breaking over a million viewers towards the end of the 22 episodes. The CW cancelled the following:

  • Nikita
  • Star-Crossed
  • The Carrie Diaries
  • The Tomorrow People

It’s always frustrating when your favorite show is cancelled and your left with either a cliffhanger or no closure to the story you’ve invested your time in. The networks can be pretty crappy that way. But there is something you can do; especially if you really disagree with a cancellation. Write the networks, join a Twitter or Facebook campaign to save a TV series or better yet start your own. There are some instances where campaigns have saved shows from the TV graveyard.

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