On Sun, 19 Dec 2010 15:44:48 -0500, Ken from Chicago =
[SPOILER ALERT for the series and and season finales of LOST, MAD MEN,=
and kinda BATTLESTAR GALACTICA]
1) LOST's pointless, irritating, arbitrary, character-wasting, =
rerun-episode-watching-negating, character-wasting series finale. =
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA showed how to combine traditional scifi with =
traditional fantasy (hello, from the beginning of the reboot =
mini-series, they've been pointing to the cylon God--and he has a plan=
Lost combined the two in the worst way possible.
After ... ABC=E2=80=99s castaways from Lost finally off the air, NBC fel=
t they =
were poised to become the next leader in serial dramas with their newest=
prime time offering, The Event.
Since its premiere, The Event has steadily dropped in viewership week to=
week. So why is a show that put so much money into advertising faltering=
Short answer: The Event isn=E2=80=99t that exciting or interesting.
2) LOST's final time-wasting season, with its sidevers-er, excuse me, =
its afterverse stories that added little to the show and its living =
3) MAD MEN's season finale. Really? After an entire season building a =
healthy, mature, relationship with the consultant, Don dumps her and =
proposes to his secretary--because Anna left him a ring in her will? T=
level of coincidences surpassed the cheesiest of romcoms.
"And let's be honest, is it fun to watch?" - Damon Lindelof
33 Ending or Cancelled TV Shows for the 2010 =E2=80=93 2011 TV Season
18 to Life (The CW)
A comedic series, about a pair of teens who get married on a dare, didn=E2=
register with US viewers. It=E2=80=99s already been renewed in Canada fo=
r a second =
season. Though the series was confirmed as cancelled in the US, producer=
have been told that the remaining season one episodes will be run in =
December and the network might be interested in season two.
100 Questions (NBC)
This sitcom went through a lot of changes before it got to the small =
screen and was postponed until after the regular season. The ratings wer=
terrible so it was cancelled after six episodes. The last one aired on =
July 1, 2010. We never saw Charlotte Payne find her match.
As the World Turns (CBS)
This venerable soap opera was incredibly popular in its day but has been=
struggling for years now. After 54 years on the air, viewers have had to=
say goodbye to the residents of Oakdale. The last episode aired on =
September 17, 2010.
At the Movies (syndicated)
Movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert began this TV show in 1986 und=
the title Siskel & Ebert & the Movies. The title changed several times =
over the years. Siskel died in 1999 and Ebert had to step away during hi=
battle with throat cancer in 2006. Other hosts replaced them but couldn=E2=
recapture the magic of the original sparring critics. It was cancelled a=
the last episode aired on August 14, 2010. Ebert later announced that he=
and his wife had plans for their own version of the series.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Cartoon Network)
This animated series teams the caped crusader with lesser-known heroes a=
often pays homage to the Adam West TV show from the 1960s. It lasted for=
two seasons before being cancelled.
Big Love (HBO)
The series about a Utah man and his wives comes to a close after five =
seasons on the air. The last season of episodes will begin airing on =
Sunday, January 16, 2011.
Breakthrough with Tony Robbins (NBC)
A feel-good show in which motivational speaker Tony Robbins works with =
troubled families on a personal level didn=E2=80=99t connect with viewer=
s. NBC =
cancelled the summer series after two episodes. The remaining four =
installments were released online.
The Bridge (CBS)
This is a Canadian TV show that follows a cop who=E2=80=99s elected to h=
ead the =
police union. While it=E2=80=99s popular enough in Canada to be renewed =
for a =
second season, CBS buried it on Saturday nights and, not surprisingly, i=
didn=E2=80=99t find an audience in the US. CBS cancelled it after three =
but CTV will air season two.
The Battlestar Galactica prequel didn=E2=80=99t bring many viewers so it=
cancelled after one season. The final five episodes will air in a marath=
on January 4, 2011. On the positive side, another prequel is in the work=
and will be more similar in tone to BSG.
Dark Blue (TNT)
A cop drama, which stars Dylan McDermott as the leader of an undercover =
unit, wasn=E2=80=99t much of a success in season one but the cable chann=
el still =
renewed it. The ratings got lower in season two so TNT cancelled it. The=
last two episodes aired on September 15, 2010.
A comedy-drama that follows the acting career of Vincent Chase and his =
boyhood friends from Queens, NY. The pay-for-view cable channel has =
announced that season eight will be the TV show=E2=80=99s last. The fina=
l batch of =
episodes are expected to air in Summer 2011.
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV=E2=80=99s Channel 101, NBC)
Centered around high school football in Dillon, Texas, it=E2=80=99s been=
that the critically-acclaimed (but ratings-challenged) television series=
is ending after five seasons on the air.
The Gates (ABC)
The summer serial revolves around a gated community that=E2=80=99s popul=
ated by =
people with supernatural secrets. Though vampires and magic are very =
popular with viewers, this one didn=E2=80=99t catch on. It won=E2=80=99t=
be back for a =
A comedic and dramatic look at an out-patient program for suicide =
survivors, this television program never found a large audience. It was =
cancelled after 10 episodes with the last one airing on June 25, 2010.
Hannah Montana (Disney Channel)
Miley Cyrus has decided to call it quits and move on after four seasons.=
The final episodes are expected to air by Spring 2011.
Huge (ABC Family)
Nikki Blonsky stars in this drama about a summer weight-loss camp called=
Camp Victory. The series didn=E2=80=99t get enough viewers for the cable=
so it was dropped after just 10 episodes. The =E2=80=9Cseries finale=E2=80=
=9D ran on =
August 30, 2010.
JONAS LA (Disney Channel)
The trio of Jonas brothers may still be popular with the pre-teens but =
their TV show never caught on. It began as JONAS with the boys attending=
school on the East coast. The moved west and the show=E2=80=99s title ch=
anged but =
the ratings didn=E2=80=99t get better. No season three.
Larry King Live (CNN)
In June 2010, venerable interviewer Larry King announced that he would b=
leaving the grind of hosting his own nightly show after more than 25 =
years. His program will be replaced by one hosted by British television =
personality and journalist Piers Morgan.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA)
Vincent D=E2=80=99Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe return for this venerable cri=
me drama=E2=80=99s =
final season of eight episodes. They will air in 2011.
Lone Star (FOX)
The critics and some viewers loved it but Lone Star never found an =
audience. Revolving around a con man who has a conscience, FOX pulled it=
after two nights of disastrously bad ratings. There are four episodes le=
The network saved the show when NBC cancelled it after five seasons. It =
performed decently on Friday nights last season but, this year, the =
ratings have taken a serious hit. CBS cut the season order to 13 =
installments and that will be the end of it.
My Boys (TBS)
Revolving around a female sports writer in Chicago, this sitcom ran for =
episodes and four seasons. TBS cancelled it so we=E2=80=99ll likely neve=
r find out =
how the story of PJ and her friends comes to a close.
My Generation (ABC)
A new drama that follows a group of high school students some 10 years =
after they graduated. The series stumbled out of the gate and ABC pulled=
it after two episodes had aired. The remaining six have been released =
No. 1 Ladies=E2=80=99 Detective Agency (HBO)
Produced in conjunction with the BBC, this series follows a small =
detective agency in Botswana, run by Mma Ramotswe. The show is finished =
a TV series after seven installments but may return as a pair of movies.=
Jimmy Smits has had some good luck and some bad luck on TV. Unfortunatel=
this drama about a former Supreme Court Justice was ignored by most =
viewers. NBC cancelled it after four episodes had aired. The remaining =
four installments were shifted to Saturday nights.
The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)
The queen of daytime talk is stepping down and will launch new programmi=
on the new OWN cable channel in Fall 2011. The final episode of Winfrey=E2=
syndicated show will air on September 9, 2011
Party Down (Starz)
Following a group of aspiring writers, actors and misfits as they work a=
a catering team, this series ran for two seasons and 20 episodes. The la=
episode, which was hardly watched, ran on June 25, 2010.
Persons Unknown (NBC)
A group of strangers find themselves trapped in small town and are under=
constant scrutiny of security cameras. The show tanked in the ratings on=
Monday nights and was shuffled off to Saturdays, the TV graveyard. NBC =
promoted it as a self-contained series but plenty of things were left =
unresolved by the end. The finale aired on August 28, 2010.
A conspiracy thriller that takes place in a government intelligence agen=
was highly praised but not highly watched. The 13th and final episode =
aired on October 17th.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime)
Star and executive producer Billie Piper signed a deal for the fourth an=
final season of this UK series. They=E2=80=99ll begin airing on ITV2 in =
January 2011. There=E2=80=99s no word yet on when they=E2=80=99ll run in=
Smallville (The CW)
After 10 seasons, it looks like Clark Kent will finally become Superman.=
Will we get to see the man of steel slip on the familiar blue and red =
tights before the end? We=E2=80=99ll have to wait and see.
An action-comedy series that revolves around a husband and wife spy duo =
never really got off the ground. The peacock network has decided against=
ordering anymore episodes, effectively cancelling the TV show.
The Whole Truth (ABC)
This legal series starring Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney had lousy premie=
numbers and the ratings seemed to sink lower every week. It=E2=80=99s no=
t known if =
the network will get around to airing all of the episodes.
Vic Mackey and Darla / Rita are stuck in very disappointing live actio=
version of THE INCREDIBLES. They deserve better.
CAPRICA didn't learn to improve and came back with the same pointless =
meandering boring stories.
STARGATE UNIVERSE finally started getting really interesting and =
embracing its scifi roots--so natch it's only then does it get canned.=
HUMAN TARGET dumps Bear McCreary, and if that wasn't stupid enough, th=