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Which Newly Canceled Shows Are You Going to Miss the Most?

May 27, 2014 by  

As we say goodbye to the 2013-2014 television season (and look ahead to the 2014-2015 season), there is the unfortunate fact that as per usual we had to say goodbye to a lot of shows. Some were planned (BREAKING BAD, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, etc.), and others…not so much.

Television is kind of a crazy medium to get invested in. For (most) books and movies, there’s a set beginning, middle, and end for each story, so even if only five people actually view it, the full story is still there. Not so much in TV. Even long-running shows can be canceled at the drop of a hat, and the number of series that get to end things wholly on their own terms still is minimal.

This year was a weird/sad cancellation wave as nearly every broadcast network canceled the genuine bubble show I cared about the most. (The sole exception: NBC.) Loving a whole lot of TV means losing a lot of TV as a general rule, but it’s still sad.

The loss of something like ABC’s SUBURGATORY hurts on a different level than a first-year show does: on one hand, I’m thankful for the three years we got to spend in Chatswin with those amazing characters (and the crazy talented writer/actors who brought the show to life), but there’s a bit of frustration when shows that are three seasons long get pulled without proper closure. (SUBURGATORY, in this case, wrapped its eventual series finale before season 3 even debuted on ABC.)

But then there are the losses of the baby shows, which if they aren’t yanked after a couple of episodes, almost always have the feeling of being a big tease of what could have been:

  • I adored Fox’s ALMOST HUMAN, even if the episodes airing out of order led to an occasional lack of cohesiveness. (And while I have about 50 questions about the Wall, Dorian’s memories, the Insyndicate, etc. I am glad the series didn’t end on a massive cliffhanger.)
  • Fox’s ENLISTED also faced airing out of order, but it was heart-warming, charming, and funny…and the last four episodes of the show were yanked and will only start airing this Sunday. I’m hopeful the show will end on a fitting note.
  • CBS’ THE CRAZY ONES had one of the funniest pilots of the year (Kelly Clarkson singing dirty jingles!), and while I’m not sure it was ever as consistently hilarious as the pilot was, it still ended the season as one of my favorite new comedy shows.
  • On a bittersweet note, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE ended up being one of the best CW shows (and not just of the new ones) last season, but it took a few episodes to really get going…and, really, the midseason move to Mondays just ended up being too much for the show to overcome. And while there were cliffhangers for TTP, it wasn’t as catastrophic as I feared it might be.

And, honestly, there are easily a dozen other shows I’m sad we lost. I could probably spend all day writing about it…but enough from me. Which shows are you most sad we lost this season?

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5 Responses to “Which Newly Canceled Shows Are You Going to Miss the Most?”

  1. Linds on May 27th, 2014 5:48 pm

    The Tomorrow People. Most definitely. The CW is blowing wank about ‘social media’ fanbase outweighing RATINGS.

  2. Donna on May 27th, 2014 6:12 pm

    I really enjoyed Friends with Better Lives, Trophy Wife and Enlisted. I am sad to see Suburgatory leave too! I really don’t know why I bother watching network tv, they don’t give that many shows a chance these days. I don’t have the time or patience to watch hours of dramas every night. I love having short funny shows to fill in the gaps.

    Oh and I really liked Star Crossed. I didn’t expect to like it, but I am really sad it’s been cancelled!

  3. Matilda on May 27th, 2014 6:13 pm

    Definitely Enlisted. I’m so mad they never gave it a fighting chance.

  4. Kath (@canakatydid) on May 27th, 2014 6:25 pm

    I will never get over the abrupt cancellation of the AMAZING “Enlisted” (too many thoughts on that subject to write about that here!) and I will also miss “The Crazy Ones” (how do I go on not knowing whether or not we will have a Sydrew?!) and “Trophy Wives” (no more Bert!!!).

  5. Bunai on May 28th, 2014 11:43 pm


    This show had potential and Kevin Reilly just didn’t see that. It was treated unfairly and by that I mean FOX did everything in its power to knock down its ratings but this little show wouldn’t budge.

    FOX doesn’t deserve your viewership, but its shows need support. Better to encourage these shows to thrive elsewhere than support it on a network that clearly doesn’t want to give them a chance.

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