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

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October 11th, 2012

10/12 Update: In a turn of events that wasn't anticipated by the cancellation bear, NBC sitcom Next Caller was canceled prior to being aired! So, while this poll began as "What show will be canceled second?", it's now "What show will be canceled third?". It's the same poll with all the earlier votes already in it, just with a different number in the title.

Alhough it came in a distant sixth in our initial "Who'll be canceled first" poll, Made in Jersey was indeed the first show of the season to be cancelled.

Which show will be next on the menu of the Cancellation Bear?

Better to Follow The Bear, Than Be Chased By Him. This season you can follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in a little more back and forth banter than we do on our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.

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.

  • Honey Badger

    Shouldn’t the poll be Which New Broadcast TV Show Will Be Canceled Fourth?
    Already cancelled:
    CBS Made In Jersey
    NBC Mid-season “Mockingbird Lane”
    NBC Mid-season comedy “Next Caller”

  • NCJeff

    Does a show that hasn’t even aired count as a cancellation?

  • Sarah


    It does not.

  • Ultima

    @Honey Badger
    NBC Mid-season “Mockingbird Lane”

    Mockingbird Lane was never picked up to series, so it cannot be canceled.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Does a show that hasn’t even aired count as a cancellation?”


    It does not.”

    ::The challenge flag has been thrown::

    The ruling on the field is that a show that has episodes ordered/produced can be deemed canceled even if it doesn’t air.

    ::booth review underway::

    Ruling on the field upheld. “Next Caller” was canceled.


    Start the 25 second clock.

  • Dan

    Its pretty rare that a show gets cancelled before airing episodes but its not uncommon. In 2006 CBS decided not to air drama Waterfront and NBC never aired The Singles Table. If it makes people feel better Next Caller probably would have been cancelled anyway and in terms of comedies since 2009 out of all 4 networks only ABC has renewed a midseason comedy (Happy Endings) the other networks have not. My personal opinion is that NBC ordered way too many comedies this year likely being desperate because their two longest running comedies are ending (The Office, 30 Rock) and they have nothing else.

    I’m gonna say Animal Practice will likely be the next cancellation but if not I have a theory. NBC can easily pull it and replace it with Whitney making Wednesday at 8 multi camera comedy hour. But then what happens to Community. Instead of keeping Community for midseason, NBC could move the dying Up All Night to fridays to burn off the remaining 13 episodes along with Animal Practice freeing up a slot for Community.

    8:00 Whitney
    8:30 Guys With Kids
    9:00 SVU
    10:00 Chicago Fire

    Effective November 7 I don’t expect GWK to get more eps but I’m sure it will air all episodes and it does build on Animal Practice. If Whitney does better than it may get a full season but this way the show will get a chance.

    8:00 30 Rock
    8:30 Community
    9:00 The Office
    9:30 Parks and Recreation

    Effective November 1 The classic lineup returns. 30 Rock will finish by Dec/Jan freeing up a slot in the schedule while Community gets a chance to not air on Fridays and possibly get a full season. If not the show may end after 13 eps but now it gets a fair shot.

    8:00 Animal Practice
    8:00 Up All Night
    9:00 Grimm
    10:00 Dateline

    Effective November 2 Both Up All Night and Animal Practice can simply burn through their remaining 13 episodes. I ndoubt they will “pull” Up All Night and at this point for both shows a Friday burn off seems like the best solution to be rid of the shows by December and by January the slot can be free for another show.

    Without pulling any comedies, I think this is a fair way for NBC to do what’s best for their schedule. We know Animal Practice and Up ALl Night wont get more episodes since thye are the worst performing comedies so they should be moved to fridays. Whitney and GWK makes a good hour so we could see how they work out and returning Community to thursdays restores the lineup.

  • Dan

    @Ultima – That was different. November 5 implies that They have their minds settled on Mob Doctor returning even after seeing last mondays numbers, CBS already had the third episode of Made In Jersey scheduled but saw the numbers for friday and quickly axed it. Fox saw the numbers for Mob Doctor and did they pull it yet. Don’t think so. Its very doubtful that Fox will pull Mob Doctor in the next few weeks before Nov 5 without seeing the numbers for Nov 5.

  • Dan S

    I have to admit Mob Dr is lasting longer than I thought possible. I remain convinced AP is the next show currently airing that will get pulled from the schedule next. I can’t see it lasting all 13 episodes since it’s already been beaten by the CW once. Don’t be surprised to see Whitney replacing it before its season premiere. Community could replace UAN & put that show out of its misery as well.

  • Sarah

    Fox should pull the plug on Mob Doctor.

  • Dan

    @Dan S – If Community replaces UAN and Whitney replaces Animal Practice than I could see both being burned off Fridays at 8. They could easily pull Animal Practice and not air the episodes but if they pull Up All Night, they likely wouldn’t just air that series on Fridays alone.

    @Bill – I wouldn’t call that a gunsmoke rule violation. If you compared it to 5 or more seasons ago maybe but its necessary to look at a troubled slot if its the same slot that shows are getting axed in over the course of 3 seasons. While the circumstances are different My Generation was axed after 2 episodes, Charlie’s Angels got to burn off all of its episodes. Last Resort is doing similarly crappy but it has lasted this long. Since none of ABC’s dramas are turning out to be hits I could see ABC letting Last Resort ride into December and air all 13 episodes, like what they did with Eastwick or last season’s Pan Am. I could see 666 Park Avenue getting a bridge, similar to A Gifted Man or Detroit 187 and if anything to save face Nashville will get a full year. Last resort isn’t working but if its doing better in that slot than the previous year’s occupants that could keep the show on the schedule for now and through November, but I still believe it will be axed.

  • Honey Badger

    @ Bill Gorman
    “The challenge flag has been thrown::
    The ruling on the field is that a show that has episodes ordered/produced can be deemed canceled even if it doesn’t air.
    ::booth review underway::
    Ruling on the field upheld. “Next Caller” was canceled.”
    Thank You for the explanation and ruling. Good Call. The fans are all happy and applauding the decision.

    NBC is one strange network. I think the monkey from Animal Practice” is running the network.
    1. NBC sure made it confusing with canceling Next Caller prior to being aired, even though several episodes were produced.
    2. NBC downgrading ‘Mockingbird Lane’ to a NBC Halloween Special, after $10 million dollars spent on the pilot and the signing of one year contracts with – Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa and others.
    a. And after all that “THR reports that the creatives behind the scenes “had different visions” for the $10 million pilot, and the net result was the network did not have the confidence to proceed with “Mockingbird” as a series”.
    b. Shouldn’t they have gotten the creatives different visions ironed out before spending $10 million dollars, signing contracts and producing the pilot?

    The only thing keeping NBC from being a complete disaster is The Voice, Sunday night Football and Revolution.
    With shows like The Office, 30 Rock, and Parks & Recreation in final season, NBC is in trouble.
    If the NBC executives were replaced by the Cancellation Bear,, NBC would be in better shape.
    Animal Practice, 30 Rock, Up All Night, Guys With Kids, etc. all with very low ratings and getting beat in ratings by CW would be canceled. And Rock Center would have been cancelled long ago.
    Who would have thought Jay Leno primetime would have had better ratings than so many NBC prime time shows

  • Dan

    I think NBC is in the process of revitalizing its lineup. Thursday is in Trouble as is Wednesday but Fri-Tues seems fine due to The Voice (which is NBC’s godsend). Drama wise NBC is doing OK with Revolution and SVU and Chicago Hope are both holding up. Parenthood and Grimm are still doing great for the network so unlike last season they don’t have any drama failures. NBC tried the 13 episodes “lets test these shows and see what works” on Almost all of their comedies and we know this. Two veterans are ending (The Office and 30 Rock), two freshman series are thriving (Go On and New Normal, two comedies are doing OK compared to other shows (Parks and Recreation, Guys With Kids), two comedies are failing (Animal Practice and Up All Night) and two comedies haven’t even premiered yet (Community and Whitney). I will say this though, it is pretty rare to see a network with 10 comedies on their fall schedule, (ABC came close with 8) and FOX has the most in a while with 4.

  • chezmoi

    Was Bionic Woman one of the first to be cancelled a year or two ago?
    Clearly shows with British Female leads such as Made In Jerrsey and Bionic Woman are doomed to be cancelled. Or is it just a coincidence?

  • a p garcia

    TMD should be canceled execpt FOX hasn’t got around to it. I don’t think Next Caller counts since it hasn’t aired and will never air. Since Mockingbird Lane is a one time event, I don’t think it should matter no matter how hungry the bear is.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Was Bionic Woman one of the first to be cancelled a year or two ago?”

    5 years ago. Our first season with the site. Time flies when you’re having fun.

  • 728huey

    Animal Practice will be the next series cancelled, though TMD certainly deserves it more. But with FOX airing the NLCS and World Series for the next three weeks, they can hold off on the cancellation announcement (and any potential replacement for November sweeps) until the World Series is in full swing. GWK will probably be pulled from the schedule but won’t be officially cancelled until spring, when they burn off some remaining episodes.

  • Dan

    No one could have anticipated Next Caller but NBC orders way to many comedies every year anyway. The question is will Animal Practice be pulled or simply moved to fridays. And I noticed Fringe goes on a break after its November 16 airing. Could it be possible in December that Fox might use that slot to burn through the remaining Mob Doctor episodes. Like the fall 2009 season I think this May be the fall that more shows are likely burned through their initial orders rather than being pulled first. (Besides Made in Jersey)

  • Toni

    “Partners” has gotta go. It’s not even mildly amusing. Just irritating. Even the clapping music is annoying!

  • Brian

    I think Fox realizes it’s now safe to cancel The Mob Doctor. Even though I think they’ll be more likely to burn off the episodes than to just close up shop.

  • tscchope

    Fox doesn’t have to officially cancel The Mob Doctor. Just air what’s been ordered and then don’t order any more. Does a show have to be officially cancelled for the bear to getthe credit?

    From what has been posted , it would appear NBC is back to picking up flops.

    It’s most unfair to include single CW shows. Why would by bear nibble on individual shows, when it’s just as likely to dine on the whole network?

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