After the Writers Strike, Who’s Not Coming Back?

CavemenWhen the writers strike was in full swing, the networks were hesitant to cancel any of their series, no matter how poor the ratings were. They needed whatever original scripted content they could get.

Now, with the strike expected to end tomorrow, the networks have some tough decisions to make. Based on past ratings, which shows should be put back into production? Is it more economically feasible to relaunch an existing show with a big marketing campaign or start from scratch with a new series?

We’ll know more in the next couple weeks but, for now, it looks pretty certain that these shows won’t be coming back:

Big Shots — The ABC drama received poor reviews and lousy ratings in its post-Grey’s Anatomy timeslot. Of the 13 ordered episodes, only 11 were completed and aired.

Bionic Woman — NBC had high hopes for this series but the ratings seemed to drop each week and it’s not a cheap show to produce. Because of the writers strike, only eight episodes were produced and aired.

Cane — This CBS drama never caught on despite the star power of veterans like Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, Nestor Carbonell, and Rita Moreno. All 13 produced episodes have aired. There’s a sliver of a chance that it could be back in the fall but USA Today has reported that it’s finished.

Carpoolers — ABC’s sitcom has dropped from an audience of nine million to less than four. Of the 13 episodes produced, 11 have aired thus far. The remaining two are still currently on the schedule.

Cavemen — The much-maligned ABC sitcom aired for six episodes. There are seven left on the shelf but it’s pretty certain that the show’s gone for good.

K-Ville — The FOX drama’s been off the air since December. One of the 11 produced episodes hasn’t aired.

Life is Wild — The CW drama was a ratings disaster on Sunday nights so it’s no surprise that its fate is sealed. All 12 produced episodes have aired.

We’ll keep you posted as things change so stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page


  1. 3. kristineb said,

    February 12th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I also heard that journeyman is being cancelled, there are so many shows on tv that are just plain stupid and they keep getting renewed i cant understand it what they need to do is get rid of some of these shows i wont mention any names where the characters act like a bunch of idiots or shows that have so much smut that kids arent even able to sit down and watch tv with their parents anymore. journeyman is such a great show and shows some originality and also shows someone that helps situations for the better.

    Editor: You can read about Journeyman here.

  2. 2. kristineb said,

    February 12th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    i cant believe that cane is being cancelled it is one of the best shows on tv, how can we convince the network to bring it back

  3. 1. lisa said,

    February 12th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    please don’t cancel life is wild because its a awsome show to watch with families. i have been watching it ever since they aired it. in now i’m waiting for a second sesson because this show deserve another sesson. so please don’t cancel this show

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