As of this writing, no new series has been taken off the air yet in the 2016-17 season. ABC has cut the order for "Notorious" and made it a Dead Show Walking, but the Cancel Bear doesn't eat until shows come off the air.

So while the Bear bides his time this season, let's look back at the past decade and try to remember the shows that came off the schedule first. It might not be easy.


"Smith" (CBS): A post-"Sopranos," pre-"Mad Men" attempt at an antihero drama fizzled after three episodes. Co-stars Simon Baker and Jonny Lee Miller would land better CBS gigs in later years.


"Nashville" (FOX): Not the Connie Britton soap: It was a docuseries about would-be country stars in Music City and lasted just two weeks.


"Do Not Disturb" (FOX): A sitcom set in a hotel starring Jerry O'Connell and Niecy Nash was done after three weeks, freeing up co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson to read for a little show called "Modern Family" the next season.


"The Beautiful Life" (The CW): An attempt to replicate the high-glam hijinks of "Gossip Girl" crashed and burned after just two weeks, a situation that would be almost unthinkable on The CW of today.


"Lone Star" (FOX): Easily the most critically praised show on this list, "Lone Star" and its double life-living main character (James Wolk) was often called "cable-like" in its ambition. Ratings were cable-like too, and the show disappeared after two weeks.


"The Playboy Club" (NBC): Networks had the great idea of doing dramas set in the early 1960s four years after "Mad Men" debuted. ABC's "Pan Am" didn't make out of the 2011-12 season either, but "The Playboy Club" was done first after just three episodes.


"Made in Jersey" (CBS): Basically, it was "My Cousin Vinny" but with Marisa Tomei's character as a lawyer working in a posh Manhattan firm. No wonder this lasted just a couple weeks.


"Lucky 7" (ABC): Nearly all the main characters got rich in the pilot thanks to a lottery jackpot. Flash-forwards to months later showed they were all still miserable. "No thanks," said audiences. It was gone in two weeks.


"Manhattan Love Story" (ABC): The gimmick of this rom-com is we could hear the leads' inner monologues. Which turned out not to be very interesting. ABC closed the book after four weeks.


"Wicked City" (ABC): Since it already had an awards-bait anthology in "American Crime," ABC went for sexy thrills with this would-be crime anthology set in early '80s Los Angeles. It ended after three weeks and the lowest 18-49 rating on record for a Big 4 network.

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