Tele-Tuesday #7 – Spring Cleaning


May sweeps used to indicate that the television industry saved the best for last.  The networks broadcast non-stop, action packed, cliff-hanging story lines every night of the week hoping to pull in the largest ratings of the year before announcing which shows would be receiving pink slips.  Times have changed, and today’s May sweeps ultimately means knowing which shows will return, and which shows will be swept away before the season finales have all aired.

Recent years prove that no show is safe: many shows are done after only one season, “One & Done”; some shows make it through the toddler years, a minimum of two or three seasons; some programs have aired for years, even decades with multi-generational loyal followers; and, some are still awaiting their destiny.  Television’s broom was very busy this year….

One & Done

 $H*! My Dad Says, 18 to Life, Better with You, Boston Med, Breaking In, Chaos, Chase, Chicago Code, Dating in the Dark, Law & Order: Los Angeles, Mad Love, Mr. Sunshine, My Generation, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map, Outlaw, Perfect Couples, Persons Unknown, Scoundrels, Skating with the Stars, The Cape, The Defenders, The Event, The Gates, The Good Guys, The Paul Reiser Show, The Whole Truth, Traffic Light, Undercovers

Terrible Twos & Threes

Dark Blue, Human Target, Life Unexpected

Seasoned Veterans

 Big Love, Brothers & Sisters, Entourage, Friday Night Lights , Last Comic Standing, Smallville

And the Answer is (Updated 5/18/11):

Criminal Minds (RENEWED),  Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (CANCELLED), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (RENEWED), CSI: Miami (RENEWED), CSI: NY (RENEWED), The Good Wife (RENEWED), Hell Cats (CANCELLED), The Mentalist (RENEWED), NCIS: Los Angeles (RENEWED), Nikita (RENEWED), One Tree Hill (RENEWED),

Still Awaiting their Destiny: Flashpoint and Wipeout

On a positive note, not all chivalry is dead: some shows have earned advance notice that next season will be their last.  Thank you networks; thank you for allowing the writers to close out a series appropriately for the loyal fans.  This doesn’t happen all that often, just ask Law & Order.

All My Children – Last episode September 2011


Chuck – 13 episodes 2011/2012

  The Closer – Final season begins July 11,  2011

  Law & Order: Criminal Intent -Currently airing on USA

One Life to Live – Last episode January 2012

Seems a bit insane, doesn’t it?  What are the morals of today’s Tele-Tuesday?  Don’t get too attached to freshman television series, and no television show is safe from May sweeps.

The TV world’s information is so very scattered right now, and the networks will undoubtedly continue announcing changes in the days to come.  In the meantime, here are a few websites to check out for more information:

 TV Series Finale

Hollywood Reporter

Which of these cancellations came too soon?  Over the years, what television series has been cancelled that you still mourn?  Which network do you think sweeps the most shows in the trash before giving the audience a chance to watch week in and week out?  I’d love to hear from you!

25 Replies to “Tele-Tuesday #7 – Spring Cleaning”

  1. I don’t really watch a lot of TV so I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t watched a lot of these new shows that are getting sudden cancellation. (I read this blog to find out what I need to watch!) However, I’m sad to see The Closer on the future list. Sure, they had a great run, tons of awards, a terrific show — and I love that a female character and her girly vice of chocolate has gotten such respect. The cast and crew can go out with their heads high. Still, a little sadface from me…

  2. I can’t believe All My Children and One Life to Live are going! I can’t say I watch them, but back in the day I was an All My Kids addict. 🙂

    I’m so glad you do this post each week so I can keep up with the world of TV, even though I swore it off for 2011. You’re Tele-Tuesdays are my little spot of TV addiction.

    As a side note, if my mother-in-law was still alive she would be BLOWING HER STACK over the cancellations this season, particularly Friday Night Lights.

    1. How can you swear off tv for an entire year??? That’s like taking away the air that I breathe. 🙂 I’m so glad I’m helping you…and I love you for always supporting & encouraging me!

  3. LOL, I watch SO little TV I’m often in the “gone before I knew it was there” group. Thank goodness for Netflix! I do enjoy your weekly posts, at least I don’t feel completely out of the loop 🙂

  4. Awww, I’m sad to see Mad Love on the list. We actually liked that show. 😦 The series finale of Rescue Me is in September too. We are die-hard Rescue Me fans, but it’s had seven seasons and we knew it was coming last year, so I guess we’ll just have to move on. PS: I’m still bitter over the Conviction cancellation. 😉

  5. Well, this was a bit of sad news. We have RARELY watched TV shows as a family in my house, but this past season we had turned on No Ordinary Family. Alas, it is gone!

    I guess we’ll need to scope out another family show to try out. The series wasn’t amazing, but it was pretty good, I thought. Not worth canceling just yet.

    It seems like all of the networks don’t put enough effort into helping a series succeed. They don’t give shows enough time to develop and gain a following. You’re either hot or not in the first few weeks.

    Some of my favorite series over the years, however, didn’t catch on immediately. Apparently, Seinfeld didn’t have great ratings its first season. But it’s an icon now.

    1. I’m not surprised to see No Ordinary Family go – but it hurts me because it is one of the very few actual FAMILY programs out there. After watching the first episode, I called my mom and said, “have the boys watch No Ordinary Family. I think they’ll love it.” They did (my three nephews are 13, and twin 9 year olds). The boys would sit down with my mom & dad on Friday nights and watch the recorded episode….NOF had great family values, and fun superhero tricks. I’m sad to see it go.

  6. My television viewing time is limited, and when I do get a chance to sit down to watch something, stupid reality shows are all I can find. Brothers & Sisters and The Mentalist are the only ones from the list I’d hate to see go from the big “3” networks. I’ve switched to watching other networks and TiVo is my best friend. Seems times are changing in every nook of our entertainment industry.

  7. There seems to be, with the studios, a sense of “if this doesn’t work we can always try something else.” I still remember TV seasons running Sept.-May and reruns throughout the summer. Now if a show is not working it’s gone after 2-3 episodes and something else, often just as bad, is rushed into production and put out for our “entertainment”. It’s hard to create viewer loyalty when a show will likely be gone after one season.

    I’m very sad to see Human Target gone but I’m grateful that Chuck will be around one more season so they can wrap things up on a series that’s never failed to entertain me. As for shows I still miss I can think of three: Cupid (the original), It’s Like You Know, and The Class.

  8. I love Brothers and Sisters! I agree that a well-planned series ending is better for the fans. Maybe it isn’t for the network because people who know a series is ending won’t be starting it? Thanks for this post – so comprehensive. Cool! You are our t.v. diva, Tiffany!

  9. Let me tell you, I’m STILL mad about Firefly being cancelled. And what’s worse? Equally awesome Dark Angel got cancelled to make way for it. So I got stabbed in the heart twice. Grrrrr.

    Sorry to see V cancelled too. I think the next season would’ve been like watching Final Battle every week. At least Fringe is coming back.

  10. I was done when they – without any warning at all – cancelled Ghost Whisperer. I decided then not to get that attached to a TV show ever again. I’m not sure what’s going on with the networks – are they that incompetent??

    Thanks for joining the Tuesday Train!!

  11. I think killing Mr Sunshine and The Paul Reiser Show was premature.

    Mr. Sunshine had some insanely talented people, and it was getting funnier as it went along.

    The Paul Reiser Show – what, two episodes? Come on, give the show a chance to find it’s rhythm.

    There are plenty of shows (with comedy) that aren’t hilarious right out of the gate, but become awesome later. Not saying that would have happened here, but now we’ll never know.

    Past shows I miss that were cancelled too soon…

    FIREFLY. Seriously. That was just dumb. I own the DVD set and get a little angry every time I think about it. 🙂

    Sports Night. Amazing writing. Amazing actors (Josh Charles and Peter Krause together…so good). And sadly, no one was watching.

    Was Journeyman the one with the time traveling guy? If so, agreed. Cancelled way too soon.

    (Glad to have stumbled upon your blog 🙂 )

  12. No Ordinary Family, Friday Night Lights.
    I DVR anything I want to watch and get to them when I want to just relax. No Ordinary Family was fine at the start and I can see why it will be axed. Friday Night Lights was just great everytime but it has had problems right after the first year. Surprised it lasted 5.

  13. Hi Tiffany. I love your Tele-Tuesdays. I think they were to quick to axe No Ordinary Family. That’s one of the few shows that actually got us in the same room now and then with our teens. And I still mourn Firefly. I’m one of those die-hard dreamers who hopes Nathan Fillion will buy the rights and start up the show again. I really enjoy your blog. Adding you to my blogroll.

    1. THANK YOU! That means a lot coming from you, seriously. And, your blogroll? I’m on a cloud righ tnow…

      I agree 100% about No Ordinary Family….an actual family show that everyone can watch – poof – gone!

  14. There was a Paul Riser show?? Seriously?

    Why was Breaking In cancelled? I just saw it for the first time last night (hubby was sleeping so I got to watch what I wanted). I’m just happy Fringe is coming back!!

    1. I heard Fox was giving Breaking In another chance the day of the finale. I haven’t heard the outcome, but I laughed my butt off AGAIN!

      What did you think of the Fringe finale? I thought it was great, until the very end with the Watchers implying Peter was dead…I mean, c’mon! I keep waching b/c of JJ and we all know he’s coming back. I thought it insulted the viewers.

  15. I’m going to miss All My Children and One Life to Live the most since I’m an avid soap opera watcher. At least my favorite one, General Hospital, is still around for the time being. All the women on my mother’s side of the family watch the ABC soaps so we’re going to miss them, plus family memories that go along with them. Sigh.

    For the first run shows, I’m going to miss $#!t My Dad Says and Chase. For other shows, I’ll miss Smallville, but honestly, I haven’t been watching it the last few seasons. I did watch the finale and loved it. I’ll also miss Closer. I love Brenda.

    I’m glad to see that my CSI shows and NCIS shows are still around along with the Mentalist. I’m also glad about Chuck.

    1. Hey, Melissa! I’ve heard rumors that The Cloer is consider a spin-off for Capt. Rader….should be interesting if that’s the case. I guess we’ll see in this final season ready to air what type of storylines her character gets! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hey, Clay from PA! I really like what the writers did with the season finale of Chuck, and I can’t wait to see what the final 13 episodes bring next year! I will be very sad to see it go….thanks for stopping by!

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