The Great Television Slaughter of 2011

Every year, the television industry axes some much-loved series and some that really need to go.  This year, the cancellation of "Detroit 1-8-7" has caused a lot of uproar in these parts, as would be expected.  The crime drama brought a lot of media attention to the city, both positive and negative -- but ultimately, being the setting of a major network television show was a source of pride for Detroiters and even those in the suburbs.

 

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Alas, though, the television industry needs to make money just like the rest of us, and "Detroit 1-8-7" was not the hit that ABC wanted it to be. But it was not the only casualty of the 2011 season. 
 
Long-running favorites like NBC's "Medium" and "Friday Night Lights" and ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" hit the chopping block, as did the CW's "Smallville", which I used to watch way back in the day when I was just a little tyke of 14. 
 
Some of the new shows that were cancelled were tired and typical, like "Mad Love" and "Better WIth You".  Others suffered from the fact that there are multiple shows with the same premise premiering in one season ("Perfect Couples", "Traffic Light" and "Happy Endings" . . . all are remarkably similar).
 
Some, though, simply don't have the audience, regardless of the quality. Remember "Arrested Development" and "Firefly"? Both shows were cancelled before their time, and now have cult followings. So there's still a chance that your favorite show of 2011, though cancelled, can live a healthy life in re-runs and appearances at Comic-Con.
 
Check out TV Guide's list of canceled and renewed shows here. Which shows do you wish had survived? Which are you glad to see go? Let it rip!
 
Stay awesome,
 
Janelle