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.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I might guess that the first show canceled won’t be one of those I listed…”

    Did I leave a rookie show out, or are you playing crazy?

  • David

    Guys with kids, don’t want to watch shows about kids, liked Parenthood at first but got annoyed with all the kid stuff, don’t have kids and don’t want to watch a show with kids as the subject except Raising Hope more about the adults than the kid.

  • Matt

    I will say The Mob Doctor will go the same direction as Lone Star and be canned after two weeks.

  • The Yipster

    This was a tough one. Obviously I’m not going to watch every single pilot, but I read the synopsis’ of each new show. To me, “Guys With Kids” stands out as being the worst of the bunch. “Animal Practice” and “The New Normal” are the runner-ups and I’m confident that these shows won’t make it into the New Year.

    As for the rest of the shows, it’s pretty much a toss-up. I can guarantee the new CW shows will last a full season.

  • Kath

    To think Fox let their #1 Drama and star Hugh Laurie go for the piece of trash called The Mob Doctor!!!

  • Jcc

    Wow great show !! – I watched mob doctor tonight – I’m amazed on how many people can be wrong about a tv show -even though the ratings might not be good tomorrow – all of you are wrong that it’s not a good show ! I now know not to read into these comments !

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “To think Fox let their #1 Drama and star Hugh Laurie go for the piece of trash called The Mob Doctor!!!”

    1. House wasn’t their #1 drama last spring. Both Touch and Glee were better rated from Jan-May, 2012.
    2. They probably had no idea what would go into its timeslot when they knew it was going away.

  • Captiosus

    I remember how bad the Animal Practice post-Olympic “premier” was, so that got my vote.

    I almost voted for Revolution. Too many parallels can be drawn between it and Terra Nova – specifically in terms of poor acting and a complete lack of direction with writing. My prediction for Revolution is that it’s going to go the exact same route as Terra Nova: Contrived plot lines to try to draw in younger viewers (especially with its poor aping of “The Hunger Games”), too many plot holes and/or cliffhangers left unexplained for too many episodes wearing down even the most supportive of viewers, an over reliance on special effects to try to prop up the show, all while meandering around trying to find any kind of real footing throughout the season.

    At this point, I’m almost certain Revolution will make it through at least one season, but I don’t expect renewal. Stephen Spielberg’s name attached to an eerily similar project couldn’t keep a show above water; J.J. Abrams’ name doesn’t have the same kind of clout.

  • Brian

    I said Elementary because I don’t really think the premise will cut it.

  • Nikos

    how ridiculous was the Mob Doctor?

  • a p garcia

    There are so many god awful programs to choose from. AP,GO,the Neighbors, Partners and the list goes on. My choice is The Neighbors. One thing is certain, “The Bear” will not go hungry.

  • a p garcia

    I didn’t realize The Neighbors will air after MF so I will change my vote to Partners.

  • Nick


    1. House wasn’t their #1 drama last spring. Both Touch and Glee were better rated from Jan-May, 2012.

    Whaaaat? Glee’s a drama?

  • ksw

    I am disappointed about the Guys with Kids number. Did anyone actually SEE it? It is laugh out loud funny.

  • Agnes

    I voted Partners. It won’t appeal to its target market with its laugh track and lack of humor whilst the traditional CBS market won’t take a bite at this. Epic FAIL.

    Mob Doctor would be a good candidate too except FOX have nothing to put in its place.

    The Neighbours could pip Partners but it screens 2 days later than Partners, giving Partners the edge.

  • ReallyTired

    Made In Jersey. This is an easy one.

  • omabin

    @Tom, Sorry for the late response as well.

    A+D) I honetly hadn’t thought about it in this perspective, but makes total sense, so now I agree with you. The exception might be NBC comedies though they have just ordered so many that they seem bound to be ready to use some of them for some comedies that ill sooner rather than later fail. This being said, I now share your view regarding replacements. And yes, that also brings new light as far as I am concerned for the reasons behind the renewal of Body of Proof, Touch and Unforgettable (even if I don’t think Fox would move Touch back to Mondays, its ratings would just be worse than repeats I think). Rules of Engagement I think it also exists because of syndication, but yeah, serves both purposes.

    B) Well, but then what would they do with the other multi cam sitcom? I don’t know, I just dont see them breaking the LMS/MC pairing. If you tell me they will move it to Tuesdays, I might believe it (as much as that hurts, as that would mean my beloved HE and A23 would be gone), but I just cant think of a scenario in which they break them to randomly insert one in the Wednesday block.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Whaaaat? Glee’s a drama?”

    Lots of chatter about that. I’m in the “it’s a drama” camp, but I cannot put up that much of an argument with folks in the “its a one hour sitcom camp”.

  • Annie’sGotAGun

    Anyone who thinks Last Resort will be canceled first is out of there mind or thinks to highly of Chuck Lorre and Simon Cowell. Last Resort is a critic darling, and is widely considered by the majority of critics to be the best tv pilot of the season.

  • Holly


    Last Resort is a critic darling, and is widely considered by the majority of critics to be the best tv pilot of the season.

    I’m pretty sure they said the same thing about LoneStar…

    I like the pilot and I don’t think it will be first to be canceled, but critical praise does not necessarily mean good ratings.

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