Which New Fall Broadcast TV Show Will Be Canceled First? (Poll)

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September 17th, 2012

Update October 10, 2012: Though it came in a distant sixth, Made in Jersey was first to be cancelled.

The cancellation bear has awoken after his summer hibernation and he's hungry.

The new broadcast primetime shows have already begun premiering, so it's  time to throw your hat in the ring and guess which new broadcast primetime show you think will be caught by the cancellation bear and canceled first!

Because comment thread lawyers are everywhere, let's be clear that for the purposes of this poll "canceled" means removed from its initially scheduled timeslot, either off the air entirely or rescheduled to a burn off timeslot, even if the network *claims* the show will return later (two seasons ago those who answered The Whole Truth in the "next to be canceled" poll ended up being correct, it was removed first among the shows noted and never returned, despite initial ABC claims to the contrary).

What's your guess?

While this poll allows just one answer per person, feel free to expand your choices in the comments.

9/19 Update: You can also guess which new show will be given a full season order first.

  • Ultima

    I think The Mob Doctor gets cut after the Oct 1 episode. Then Fox has baseball all the way through October, the election in the first November week (all of which will cause The X Factor to air on just about any day like last year – including Mondays)

    The Mob Doctor will air on 8 October as well (and wouldn’t be preempted by election night coverage, which is on a Tuesday). Still, I agree that if it is a bomb, FOX won’t bring it back in November.

    Also, FOX’s tentative schedule only has The X Factor airing on Wednesday and Thursday this year, although repeats are listed on different days as alternative programming to “if necessary” MLB playoff games.

  • Spencer

    I actually liked Guys with Kids….

  • Ultima

    First canceled:
    1. Chicago Fire (Early Oct)

    You do realize that Chicago Fire doesn’t even premiere until 3 October, right?

  • Ben

    Dear Bill Gorman; Mob Doctor will air it’s first episode tonight, but, the early reviews (at Metacritic for example), are terrible. The idea sounds stupid, and putting the mob and medical into one program will probably mix together about as well as oil and water. Which is to say not at all.

  • Ultima

    On the other hand, why wouldn’t Ben and Kate be easily replacable if they have The Goodwin Games waiting in the wings?

    I don’t think The Goodwin Games is waiting in the wings. One of the leads, Becki Newton, is still in a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother (also produced by FOX).

  • Guardian Owl

    Revolution with a female protagonist following NBC’s biggest current show the voice and Kripke as showrunner, I think it has a chance to do good enough to hang in there. Never underestimate the appeal of an adorable monkey in Animal Practice.

    As much as I like Jordon Spiro, I think Mob Doctor is going to be the first to go.

  • Michael

    Okay based on reports…this is what will make it to Season 2:

    CW: Emily Owens MD, Arrow
    ABC: Last Resort, Maibou Country (last show in)
    CBS: Vegas, Partners
    NBC: Go On, New Normal, Chicago Fire
    FOX: Ben & Kate, Mindy Project

    Meaning the following shows are gone after less than one year

    CW: Beauty & The Beast (6-7 Episodes)
    CBS: Elementary (Full) and Made in Jersey (about 10 Episodes)
    ABC: Nashville (4 Episodes!! Horrible show) The Neighbors (I’ll give this a full year) and 666 Park Avenue (6 Episodes)
    NBC: Animal Pratice (8 Episodes) Guys W/ Kids (1st episode GONE TWO EPISODES!)
    Revolution (Voice cannot save it after about 10 Episodes)

    So there ya go! :)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Dear Bill Gorman; Mob Doctor will air it’s first episode tonight, but, the early reviews (at Metacritic for example), are terrible. The idea sounds stupid, and putting the mob and medical into one program will probably mix together about as well as oil and water. Which is to say not at all.”

    My comment was about the earlier commenter who “heard The Mob Doctor did horribly”.

    Mob Doctor could easily DO horribly tonight, but as of now, it hasn’t DONE anything.

  • David Howell

    The New Normal, because it started at Free Agents levels and did so before anything else could even get going.

    And just as with Playboy Club last year, the PTC are going to claim credit for it!

    Partners could be this year’s HaTeBAG, and CBS have higher standards to uphold and the #1 utility half-hour in television (Rules) on the bench. I would not be shocked if it goes first either.

    The WC won’t cancel anything because they can’t go any lower than what they’ve got. ;)

  • Michael

    Oh and Animal Pratice probably won’t be the first to go, cause that Monkey is adorable and funny. I cannot see it being like “Scrubs” but I wouldn’t can it just after seeing the ‘preview’ show…I actually kinda liked it ;)
    That one might be the one show this season I’ll be sad to see go. The Neighbors doesn’t look that bad either….I mean ABC has 2-3 other bad comedies that have done worse on Tuesday Nights so we’ll see.

  • rob60990

    “You do realize that Chicago Fire doesn’t even premiere until 3 October, right?”

    October 10th ;)

  • Chudbeagle

    based on current appearance Ellen barkin should be on Animal Practice. Good lord-she looks like an Ice Road Trucker combined with a botoxed ghoul.

  • Carmen

    In order of cancellations:


    1) Animal Practice – As usual, it can be stated, “what the hell is NBC thinking?”
    I feel bad on this one solely because I like Joanna Garcia Swisher, but if she is not careful, she is going to wind up as the ‘queen of lifetime movies’ in the future.
    This is a terrible, terrible choice for her coming off of 2 shows lasting only a year or so (Privileged, Better With You).

    2) Guys With Kids – The trailers look horrible

    3) The New Normal – It doesn’t look all that good so far, and may suffer from the “Cougar Town” effect. That is, the name will drive off more potential viewers than TPTB hope it attracts.
    It does have a relatively easy spot on the schedule, though, in that it (aside from NCIS LA) it is facing softer competition than many other new shows this season.

    4) The Neighbors – Hard to tell, but the trailers look weak.


    1) The Mob Doctor – I just don’t think it will take. I could be wrong.

    2) Revolution: – Depends on how they set it up and the story line it takes. If they make the same mistake as Terra Nova and focus on an unhappy teenager and family then it will soon be gone.
    If they make it realistic and plausible it might work.
    But my prediction? It’s gone before the end of the season.

    3) Vegas – Even though it is on CBS and has a bankable star in Dennis Quaid, I think it is not the right time to launch another show about Las Vegas. CBS will keep it for a year, however, possibly ending on Friday night.

  • omabin


    How many episodes is Becki Newton in for HIMYM exactly? I would actually like to know how does that work. As I mentioned in my last post, I was under the impression that midseason shows filmed their episodes at the same time as fall tv shows, but if that’s the case as you are saying then I am wrong. Does anyone know how it is? It would actually make a difference when it comes to predicting which shows will be replaced earlier during season.

    @Michael, fun idea, even though I disagree with a lot of your predictions. I would say:

    Arrow: early renewal
    Emily Owens: on the bubble (I say it’s eventually renewed)
    Carrie Diaries: canceled
    Cult: canceled
    Beauty and the Beast: canceled

    Mob Doctor: canceled
    The Following: renewed (assuming the stars are not signed up for one season only)
    As for the comedies, I think Fox will not have more than 4 hours of comedy in the 2013/2014 season, and assuming they will premiere at least one more comedy adn that Raising Hope ir around for syndication, that means that only 1 of the 3 newbies will stick around. Goodwin Games is the underdog at this point as it is premiering midseason and all, but it is hard to tell at this point. I would give Mindy the edge.

    Vegas: somehow disappointing ratings given the stars involved, but renewed and races towards a pile of Emmys, a la Good Wife
    Elementary: renewed
    Made in Jersey: canceled
    Partners: canceled
    I don’t know enough of their midseason show to try them.

    Last Resort: it’s a make it or break it, hard to predict, but I will say canceled, unfortunately
    Nashvile: it’s no Revenge, but still renewed
    666 Park Avenue: renewed
    Zero Hour: canceled, unfortunately (I am looking forward to this one, but it has zero buzz)
    Red Widow: canceled, it’s the Missing of this season
    The Neighbours: canceled
    How to Live with Your Parents/Family Tools: canceled
    Maliby County: renewed

    Revolution: Bubble, but it’s renewed
    Chicago Fire: Canceled
    Go On: Renewed
    The New Normal: Bubblish, but renewed, a la Up All Night
    Animal Practice: Canceled
    Guys with Kids: Canceled, unless moved to Fridays very very soon, where it may have a chance
    Do No Harm/Hannibal/Infamous: they actually sound good, but depends too much on schedule, promotion, etc, so it’s very hard to tell. If one of these three suceeds they will be happy I think
    1600 Penn (why this one isn’t on fall schedule on an election year is behind me): renewed (I am taking a bet with this one, but if they do it properly, even as a midseason, it can do well on an election year)
    The other midseason comedies I am not familiar with.

  • Ultima

    “You do realize that Chicago Fire doesn’t even premiere until 3 October, right?”

    October 10th

    I knew that! That’s why it was supposed to be funny. Swing and a miss on my part! :(

  • Michelle

    I figure The Neighbors will go, along with Animal Practice and the Mob Doctor.

  • catocony

    I handicap it this way – it will most likely not be CBS, since they tend to hang on to shows a bit longer. It probably won’t be Fox, since with the baseball playoffs, they have a dozen ways to temporarily can a show without really doing so.

    So, I would bet on a new show from ABC or NBC, and one not produced by the home studio. So, a non-Universal new show from NBC would be my bet, if there are any, and the same for ABC, something not produced in-house.

  • Cyrax86

    I voted for The Mob Doctor, partly to pay homage to the Lone Star fiasco from two years ago but I guess it can very easily be one of the DOA shows indeed.

    I doubt Animal Practice will be among the first to quit, there’s a lot of bias because people have seen the pilot, but then again I didn’t think The Playboy Club last year would have been the first either.

    And many seemed to have forgotten that Last Resort premieres in a legendary disastrous timeslot, where two years ago My Generation was pulled after 2 episodes as well…

  • Carmen

    @ CrimTV

    “I can’t believe Once Upon a Time was voted as second most likely to be cancelled first and now it was one of the highest rated dramas last season lol!

    Very true. It totally underscores why it is sometimes difficult to judge how a show will perform based upon a trailer and/or a 4 line description.

    OUAT is a great example of not judging a book by its cover.

  • Potato

    I said Animal Practice. It was a tough call between that and GWK but the behind the scenes problems (switched showrunners twice already) puts it ahead for me– with so much scrambling it’s hard to see it getting any better than the awful pilot. Oh, and a lot of people already hate it because of the Olympics closing ceremony.

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