Lots of people hate to learn that their favorite TV program gets axed, sometimes there's nothing you can do to save them. But here's my list of the worst network/cable TV cancellations of all time:
(cancelled by TNT in 2011 after two seasons) - I've first heard about the cancellation while surfing on the internet, along with the cancellations of fellow shows Hawthorne
and Men of a Certain Age
. I used to watch MB religiously (except the pilot episode in 2010 which I've watch in reruns because I was vacationing in Charleston, SC) it had a great cast Jason "Earl Hickey" Lee as Det. Dwight Hendricks, with Sam Hennings as Det. Charlie "Whitehead" White, D.J. Qualls as Officer Davey Sutton, Abe Benrubi as Sgt. J.C. Lightfoot (dissapeared after season one without explanation "Chuck Cunningham Syndrome"), Celia Weston (who's from my stepfather's hometown of Spartanburg, SC) as Dwight's widowed mother Paula Ann who lost her husband in the line of duty years back when Dwight was a kid, Leonard Earl Howze as Det. Reginald Greenback, and last but no least Alfre Woodard as Lt. Tanya Rice. It tooked place in Memphis, but filmed in New Orleans, LA (due to Tennessee State tax issues). MB was a great show to turn in to every week during the summertime. Axing MB and renewing Rizzoli and Isles
for a 3rd season is a BIG mistake. MB shouldn't been axed in the first place. The cancellation of Memphis Beat
is the reason I've sort of boycotting TNT by not watching TNT much anymore.
2.)All My Children
/One Life to Live
(Cancelled by ABC thanks to TPTB Brian Frons in 2011, AMC aired it's last episode on 9/23/2011, OLTL in 1/13/2012) - It was the worst cancellations in ABC's history. Lot's of soap fans (soaps are declining recently) protested ABC by not watching the network's new shows or boycotting ABC. The VP of Marketing of Hoover Vacuum Cleaners boycotted ABC's decision by pulling their ads off the network to save those shows. It failed. Both shows were replaced by The Chew
and the now cancelled The Revolution
. Some of OLTL's characters showed up on GH (I call it The Llanview Invasion!).
/As The World Turns
(both cancelled by CBS in 2009, ATWT's final episode was 9/17/2010) - Was the end of an era for P&G Producions.
(cancelled by ABC in 1971) - Left viewers with the final episode of Parallel Time 1841 instead of returning to 1971 present day Collinsport. RIP Jonathan Frid
(cancelled by FOX in 2012) - It was one of the great short-lived shows (I've never seen the whole series) because Degrassi-alum Landon Liboiron was in it. Too expensive to produced, it was axed by Murdoch's company.
(cancelled by NBC in 1999) - Marked the end of the era for NBC Daytime when AW got axed for now-defunct Passions. 35 year run that AW had with that made Linda Dano a household name.
(cancelled by Nickelodeon in 1997) - It was one of the great sci-fi shows that Nick had. Now Rebecca Herbst (who was in the second season replacing Jewel State as her sister) is on GH as Liz Webber.
(cancelled by CMT in 2010) - It was a great comeback for Ed "Lou Grant" Asner, starring Melissa Peterman. Ironically it was CMT's first sitcom that axed after one season sadly.
(cancelled by NBC in 2010) - It was Jimmy Smits comeback to NBC since his LA Law days. But instead it was short-lived after 8 episodes aired. It was a great courtroom show about a Supreme Court Judge (Smits) resigns from the high court to be a lawyer.
(cancelled by NBC in 2010) - It was a great medical drama on the network which had Nick-alum Michelle Trachtenberg as one of the nurses in it. Also a recurring role from Ryan's Hope/ST: Voyager alum Kate Mulgrew. Very missed TV show.
What's yours on the list?