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Canceled TV Shows: What’s Not Returning Next Season?


Photo credit: © 2009 NBC/Krasnoff Foster Productions

Photo credit: © 2009 NBC/Krasnoff Foster Productions

It’s that time of year again when all of the TV networks decide which shows will be coming back next season and which shows will bite the dust. Let’s take a look at the shows that will not be returning next season:

“Community” (NBC)

In many ways, it is a miracle that “Community” lasted as long as it did, considering that the show was never a hit in the ratings during any of its five seasons on the air. While there has been talk of Hulu picking up the show for yet another semester at Greendale, nothing has been confirmed yet.

 Photo credit: Fox, Warner Bros. Television

Photo credit: Fox, Warner Bros. Television

“Almost Human” (Fox)

This freshman sci-fi drama about human police officers teaming up with android partners starring Michael Ealy and Karl Urban was never able to connect with the audience.

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Photo credit: Gettyimages

“Trophy Wife” (ABC)

While “Trophy Wife” received consistently great reviews from the critics, all of that praise never translated into significant ratings. Thus, the show was axed after only one season.

Photo credit: NBC, Warner Bros. Television

Photo credit: NBC, Warner Bros. Television

“Revolution” (NBC)

What do you do when you have a smash hit show that follows “The Voice”? If you are NBC, you put it on a different night where viewers can’t find it. Then you repeatedly take it off the air for long periods of time. After two seasons, bad scheduling finally turned the lights out on “Revolution” for good.

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Photo credit: Gettyimages

“Dads” (Fox)

If you are wondering what that sound is, it is the collective cheering of nearly every TV critic on the planet. Few shows have ever received more scathing reviews than Seth MacFarlane’s crass and politically incorrect comedy. The fact that it had weak ratings didn’t help matters either.

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Photo credit: Gettyimages

“The X Factor” (Fox)

While the British version of “The X Factor” is a smash hit that is going into its 11th season, the U.S. version of Simon Cowell’s singing competition never matched its success across the pond. It also never came close to being the phenomenon that “American Idol” once was.

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Photo credit: Gettyimages

“Believe” (NBC)

Despite being produced by Hollywood heavyweights J.J. Abrams and the Oscar-winning director of “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón, this drama about a girl with special powers failed to find an audience. It is yet another show produced by Abrams that has fallen victim to early cancellation.