TV BackTalk: Did Your Favorite Show Escape The Ax?

It’s hard to be a freshman TV show in this day and age. You are either a smash hit that everyone watches, a show on the cusp that the network feels has the gas to last at least one more season or a show that has a slew of loyal fans but doesn’t have the ratings to back it up. Just before summer hits, we find out which shows had just enough strength to stick around for another season. Every year I find myself invested in a great show that somehow finds that ax dropping on its head and this year, both ABC and The CW managed to do that to me. Consider me totally disappointed.

If you hadn’t heard by now, ABC decided to cancel it’s hilarious southern dramedy GCB which starred Leslie Bigg, Kristin Chenoweth and Annie Potts. The show was intended to help fill the void of Desperate Housewives after it’s final curtain call next week. It seems however that the power of the Christian voice is strong and many opposers were able to cut viewership and have the alphabet cut the show. It’s really too bad because I thought the show was absolutely hilarious and had some real potential. Another favorite show that got removed was the CW’s film noir, Ringer. I have to say the show did go through some peaks and valleys but definitely ended with a bang in the last 3 or 4 episodes. Plus, who doesn’t love some Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Another show the CW cut that I was shocked about was The Secret Circle. In a year where vampires, witches and all things in between ruled the airwaves, I thought for sure this series would get a pick-up. To my surprise, the teenage/young adult network opted out and chose to renew it’s other freshman newbie, Hart of Dixie starring Rachel Bilson. Want to know if you’re favorite show will be back next season? Check out a full list of renewals and cancellations below.

ABC

Renewed:

  • Once Upon a Time
  • Revenge
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Modern Family
  • Castle
  • Suburgatory
  • The Middle
  • Dancing With the Stars
  • Shark Tank
  • Happy Endings
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos
  • Wife Swap
  • Scandal
  • Body of Proof
  • Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23
  • Private Practice
  • Last Man Standing

Cancelled:

  • Desperate Housewives (Final Season)
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Man Up!
  • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
  • Work It
  • Cougar Town (MOVES TO TBS)
  • GCB
  • Pan Am
  • Missing
  • The River

NBC

Renewed:

  • Grimm
  • The Voice
  • Smash
  • Law & Order: SVU
  • Parenthood
  • 30 Rock
  • Community
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Whitney
  • Up all Night
  • Fashion Star

Cancelled:

  • Chuck (Final Season)
  • Free Agents
  • The Playboy Club
  • Prime Suspect
  • The Firm
  • Best Friends Forever
  • Bent
  • Are You There Chelsea?
  • Awake
  • Harry’s Law

CBS

Renewed:

  • Survivor
  • The Amazing Race
  • Big Bang Theory
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Blue Bloods
  • NCIS
  • NCIS: LA
  • Person of Interest
  • The Mentalist
  • Criminal Minds
  • The Good Wife
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • CSI
  • 2 Broke Girls
  • Mike and Molly
  • The Amazing Race
  • 60 Minutes
  • 48 Hours Mystery
  • Two & A Half Men

Cancelled:

  • How to Be a Gentleman
  • A Gifted Man

THE CW

Renewed:

  • America’s Next Top Model
  • Supernatural
  • 90210
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Gossip Girl
  • Nikita
  • Hart of Dixie

Cancelled:

  • H8R
  • One Tree Hill (Final Season)
  • The Secret Circle
  • Ringer

FOX

Renewed:

  • Family Guy
  • The Simpsons
  • The Cleveland Show
  • American Dad
  • Kitchen Nightmares
  • The X Factor
  • Bones
  • Glee
  • New Girl
  • Raising Hope
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • Fringe
  • Touch

Cancelled:

  • House (Final Season)
  • Allen Gregory
  • Terra Nova
  • Alcatraz
  • The Finder
  • I Hate My Teenage Daughter
  • Breaking In

Which shows are you the most disappointed got cancelled? Sound off below.

  • Louis

    Uggghhh, I am soo sad that Ringer and GCB got cancelled as well, I loved those two. Especially with the Cliffhanger ending of Ringer’s first season! I mean I was soo looking forward to a confrontation between Shiabhon and Bridgette. 🙁

  • How is Glee getting renewed?

  • It’s also interesting to see that CBS is cancelling the least, meaning they are the shows that everyone watches the most.

    I’m living about GCB…

  • I mean LIVID…sorry fat fingers.

  • Ed

    WHY GCB? WHYYYYY…. :'(

  • Homegirl No5

    Sundays just won’t be the same without hearing Sharon Peacham scream “Pastor Tudor!” 🙁

  • samson

    thats why I ll stick to the crime channel and maybe music

  • Bennyi

    NOOOO GCB 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • Gregg

    I cannot believe Harry’s Law has been canceled, and yet shows like The Voice and Smash somehow escaped the axe?! Incomprehensible!

  • Juri G

    NO GCB?! Oh the blasphemy!!!! Where’s this world headin y’all?!

  • Marck

    No more GCB?!
    Where is our God now, Carlene?!

  • Wes

    Disappointed over GCB. To be honest, the writing was really uneven, especially in the first couple of episodes. It seemed to be hitting it’s stride and then came that awful finale. I tried but couldn’t convince any of my friends to watch. I’m going to miss Cricket!

    I’m so glad Hart of Dixie was renewed. I know it’s fluff but all of the quirky characters have grown on me…maybe it’s from growing up in a small Southern town. And, I love Wade!

  • Ro

    RINGER!!!!!!! noooooooooooooo

  • FGP

    Sad about GCB and SHOCKED about The Secret Circle! The season finale had a great set up for what could have been a great 2nd season!

  • adam a

    I have been venting about this on facebook for 2 days already….loved Ringer, Alcatraz, GCB, Harry’s Law….I can’t believe that reality TV has been renewed when scripted television is so much more better……and I was having a love hate relationship with Secret Circle all season….but the last minute of the season finale made it all worth it, and now I am not getting any payoff!

  • Regen

    I’m glad that Glee & Smash get renewed. I just happen to love music drama series!

  • Justin

    RIP Are You There, Chelsea 🙁

  • Ryan

    I love Sarah Michelle Gellar but Ringer seemed doomed mid season. I had an easier time suspending my disbelief to enjoy Buffy…Ringer’s plots just didn’t seem believable in the world the show tried to create.

  • Jay

    Even though I’ve enjoyed watching The Secret Circle, I was not surprised to find out it got canceled. They just did not have the same chemistry and characters that give gravity to shows like Vampire Diaries. I didn’t like that they had to chant stupid phrases to do magic like saying “lock, unlock, lock, unlock” while holding hands because they were powerless alone…. They have some eye-candy characters but their acting were weak and they made the two main characters the least likeable. And overall just weak plot.

  • Awake was such a good show with an interesting plot. Such a shame

  • clifford

    Harry’s Law, GCB, AND The Firm?! WTF. T_T

  • ethan mcewan

    awwww i really liked Alcatraz why is that not getting renewed i am disappointed it didn’t even get close to all of the missing prisoners

  • Lydia

    This is like 3 years in a row that I get hooked on a new Sci-fi show just to have it cancelled. They were so wrong to cancel Terra-Nova!!!! I hope another network picks up what FoX is too blind to appreciate. I also watched the Firm and Awake. I really liked those shows too but had a bad feeling they wouldn’t make it either. Terra Nova I didn’t expect :'(