TV spring cleaning: ‘Community,’ ‘Suburgatory,’ ‘Revolution’ cancelled

Say what? 'Community' is being cancelled after five seasons by NBC.
Say what? 'Community' is being cancelled after five seasons by NBC. Photo: NBC

SAN DIEGO, May 12, 2014 – The big five broadcast networks are slashing their prime time schedules, sending many first-year series and a handful of veteran shows to the cancellation list.

There is no cancellation that should shock its fans like the decision last year by CBS to cancel “CSI: Miami.” Fans are still commenting online a year later, upset about the show ending right in the middle of a cliff hanger.

The only show that comes close may be on NBC. Cult comedy “Community” is being cancelled after five seasons by NBC, the most veteran show on the list. Before you get too upset about it, this is the kind of show that might live on in an alternative format on Amazon, Netflix and Hulu who would be happy to have “Community’s” fan base. So if you want this to happen, the time to speak up is now.

Another comedy biting the dust is ABC’s “Suburgatory.” It never captured the ratings of its fellow comedies “The Middle” and “Modern Family.”

Shows barely saved from being cancelled including “Nashville” on ABC, which will be back for a third season. ABC was relunctant because the state of Tennessee where the series is produced had reduced its tax subsidies, but it made a new deal with production company Lionsgate TV for renewal.

Also surviving is “Hannibal” on NBC, whose younger hardcore fans helped; and “Once Upon A Time” on ABC, for the same reason.

See which shows ended up in TV heaven:

Situation comedy "Suburgatory" is ending after three seasons for ABC.
Situation comedy “Suburgatory” is ending after three seasons for ABC. Photo: ABC

ABC cancelled:



“Super Fun Night”

“The Neighbors”

“Trophy Wife”

"Sex and the City" fans never warmed up in big numbers to this prequel show about Carrie Bradshaw's high school years.
“Sex and the City” fans never warmed up in big numbers to this prequel show about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years. Photo: CW

The CW cancelled:


“The Carrie Diaries”

“The Tomorrow People”

Bring in big talent like Robin Williams is no guarantee of TV success, as CBS learned with "The Crazy Ones."
Bring in big talent like Robin Williams is no guarantee of TV success, as CBS learned with “The Crazy Ones.” Photo: CBS

CBS cancelled:

“Bad Teacher” (yes, already)

“Friends With Better Lives”



“The Crazy Ones”

"Almost Human" never fulfilled the hopes Fox had for this futuristic series. Photo: Fox
“Almost Human” never fulfilled the hopes Fox had for this futuristic series. Photo: Fox

Fox cancelled:

“Almost Human”




“Surviving Jack:

“The X Factor”

NBC is pulling the plus on "Revolution" after two seasons.
NBC is pulling the plug on “Revolution” after two seasons. Photo: NBC

NBC cancelled:




“Growing Up Fisher”

“Sean Saves the World”


“The Michael J. Fox Show”

“Welcome to the Family”

Comedies with big name stars were big disappointments. Robin Williams, Sean Hayes, and Michael J. Fox weren’t enough to convince viewers to stick around and watch.

Other shows didn’t do so badly in the ratings, including “Almost Human” on Fox, but the network has some other promising new dramas in the wings such as “Gotham,” “Empire” and “Red Band Society.” Fox had to make room and so this series was sacrificed to the ratings gods.

The year’s big winner without a doubt: “The Blacklist,” the highest rated new TV series of the 2013-2014 season and the first new show to be renewed. NBC plans to move it to Thursday night where it can help other new shows gain an audience, leaving “The Voice” to lend its ratings power to other new shows. America loves the brilliant and creepy Raymond “Red” Reddington, and the quirky actor James Spader who brings him to life.

Which shows are you disappointed to see cancelled? Which shows escaped that you wish weren’t returning instead? Tell us in the Comments section. And if you are still upset about “CSI: Miami,” you are welcome to express yourself.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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  • acmaurer

    Sorry to see “Revolution” go but once they revealed the big secret of the nano-things, I suppose it was inevitable. After you’d highlighted the series in the headline I’d hoped to read some details in the story.

    • Al, it was a simple matter of ratings for “Revolution,” just a numbers game and nothing more complicated. NBC is in the fortunate position that its shows are doing very well overall, so the network doesn’t need to hang onto subpar performers. Follow the money. I was a loyal “Revolution” viewer, I enjoy stories about dystopian societies. But the last few months the show was unrelentingly dark, and it had gotten to be like a novel I wasn’t really enjoying any more but felt an obligation to finish. Same for “Hostages” and “Believe,” although they lost my interest a lot faster than “Revolution.”

  • ccordelia1

    I am still upset that CSI Miami was cancelled 🙁

  • lightningbarer

    There’s not an option there to say none of the above, I am not sad at seeing any of these going away forever.

  • Edward Hickey

    Revolution should went with a shorter season 12-16 shows to cut the fat & widen budget per episode. I wish it had been either renewed or cancelled sooner to wrap-up the story. It was the only Nbc show i watch other than Grimm & Shield but Revolution was my favorite but with way too many captures & escape it started to remind me of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World tv series lol

  • Stainmaster Zinc

    Of all the shows that got canceled I can’t say I’m sorry to see any them leave.

    I watched Growing up Fisher the most: About 3 episodes before I couldn’t suffer watching the Mother for one more second.

    As I Veteran I really wanted Enlisted to work. The show’s relation to reality is akin to Then Senator Obama pledging to reduce the National Debt.

    All of the shows left that were canceled I watched about the equivalent of the commercials shown in a normal a single 30 minute TV Program. Not the 30 minute show itself, the normal amount of Commercials shown in a 30 minute program.

    Goodbye and good riddance.

  • kara

    Neighbors. Funny, different and great casting! I wasn’t sure about the concept until I watched. Too bad more people couldn’t! Good bye Bird/Joyner-Kersey and Weaver families!

  • Tiberian_Fiend

    RIP Almost Human. You were one of the few TV shows left worth watching. I didn’t even know most of these shows existed.

  • vanpastorman

    We really liked The Tomorrow People. What a shame.

  • chicago joe

    So long community. I heard that HULU maybe picking them up for a 6th season. (fingers crossed) I actually watch and enjoyed surviving Jack a few times. It was starting to grow on me. also going to miss Suburgatory