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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Television Cancellations 2008: The Official List

As we ramp up for the summer blockbuster season, E! Online has done us all a favor and compiled a complete list of all the shows that have been cancelled this year. Keep in mind that shows that ran 3 episodes or less are not included.

I'll keep my commentary short and sour. Networks don't know how to weather a storm. The writer's strike hit like a million megaton bomb and the corporate heads running things behind the scenes acted without patience in one short sighted move after another. They cancelled shows that didn't get a chance at winning an audience, changed their schedules around, misused advertising dollars and overall botched damage control all around.

If you want an example of how it can be done right, go take a look at the BBC's summer schedule, then check back in the fall. You'll see some of the best world class programming spanning several publicly funded channels. North American broadcasting has a lot to learn, here's the proof.

ABC

Big Shots
Carpoolers
Cashmere Mafia
Cavemen
Just for Laughs
Men in Trees
Miss/Guided
Notes From the Underbelly
October Road
Oprah's Big Give
Women's Murder Club


CBS

Cane
Jericho
Kid Nation
Moonlight
Power of 10
Secret Talents of the Stars
Shark
Viva Laughlin
Welcome to the Captain


CW

Aliens in America
Beauty and the Geek
Crowned
CW Now
Girlfriends
Life Is Wild
Online Nation
Pussycat Dolls Present


Fox

Back to You
Canterbury's Law
K-Ville
Nashville
New Amsterdam
The Next Great American Band
The Return of Jezebel James
Unhitched

NBC

1 vs. 100
Amne$ia
Bionic Woman
Clash of the Choirs
Journeyman
Las Vegas
My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad
Phenomenon
Quarterlife
The Singing Bee

I agree that some of these shows are turkeys, there are a few every year. However, if you watch television at all and have checked out a few of the new shows I bet there are a few cancellations that burn a little.

RL

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