Shows Getting The Axe For 2013


You know that feeling of scrolling through the guide on your TV and thinking, “That show is seriously still on?” That’s basically how I feel every time I see an advertisement for any scripted series on Lifetime (cough, cough The Client List). Or every once in awhile a quote from a TV show that you haven’t watched in 6 months pops into your head and you say to yourself, “Is that ever coming back on?” We’ve all experienced the gut wrenching pain of finding out that a show you’ve invested in is all of a sudden getting cut. In a sea of Real Housewives and Dance Moms, it’s difficult for a scripted series like 1600 Penn to stay afloat. Gulp down that glass of wine and get ready to brace yourself. These are the shows awaiting their turn in line at the guillotine for 2013.

  • Reality:

America’s Best Dance Crew – This show has shockingly been on for 7 seasons, can you believe that? Either way, Mario Lopez is a like little Mexican cockroach that can not be stopped.

 Dirty Jobs – After 10 years on air, The Discovery Channel has decided the give the show the axe.

Buckwild – We all know by now that Buckwild will not be returning to MTV due to the unexpected death of cast member Shain Gandee. 

American Guns – I had no idea this show existed, but apparently I’m alone in this because it’s had decent ratings. The Discovery Channel canceled the series due to the large number of shooting events happening in the news.

Jersey Shore – We’re all aware by now that the Jersey Shore’s most recent season would be it’s last. 

Ready For Love – You’ve probably heard by now that the Eva Longoria produced series was canceled after only 3 episodes and about 2 months of press. It’s unheard of for a show of it’s caliber to be offed so soon. 

American Chopper – This is not a first time cancellation for this series. It was famously canned once before and picked up a second time. 

What Not To Wear – Before there was Honey Boo Boo, there was Stacy and Clinton. After 10 years of the 360 degree mirror, TLC has decided to give the show the axe.

Mob Wives Chicago – The Bravo housewives formula of adding additional city spin-offs to successfully shows has never seemed to work for Vh1. The Chicago installation of the popular Mob Wives series was canceled after only 1 season.  

Bachelor Pad – After just 2 years, Bachelor Pad will not be receiving a rose from ABC. 

America’s Most Wanted – This show fills the category of both “that’s still on?” and “what ever happened to that show?” After 23 years the FOX network decided to pull the plug on the iconic television show due to a drop in ratings. 

  • Scripted

DexterShowtime has decided to make season 8 the last and final season of the hit drama.

90210 – Due to low ratings and horrible scripts, The CW has given the show the boot after 5 years on the network.

Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23 – This show has struggled in ratings since it’s premiere 2 years ago. People seem to be more interested in the name than anything else. The show has been given its final eviction notice for 2013.

Breaking Bad – 2013 will be the last and final year for the hit AMC drama.

30 Rock – Tine Fey’s long running NBC comedy aired its final season this past October.

Whitney – Whitney Cummings has struggled to keep this show afloat since it’s premiere. NBC has finally decided it may be time to end it. 

Enlightened – Laura Dern’s Showtime dromedy has been cut due to low ratings. 

Private Practice – Kate Walsh announced that she would be leaving the show in 2012 and since then the ABC drama has failed in keeping a captive audience. 

The Office – Primetime television’s highest rated comedy is coming towards the end of its 9th and final season. 

Fringe – After 5 seasons die hard fans will have to say goodbye to the Fox drama. 

666 Park Avenue – Another example of an ABC show with a great concept getting axed due to poor writing and a slope in ratings.  

Ben and kate – Fox, a network that once led comedy in the 80’s, fails to keep up with the success of shows like The Office and Parks and Recreation. Another one bites the dust. 

Secret Life Of The American Teenager – Though the show has proven itself in ratings, ABC Family decided to cut the show from it’s 2013 lineup.

Boss – There was controversy last year over Kelsey Grammer not being nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in the Starz series. A few months later the network has decided to continue on without the hit drama.

The Big CShowtime tends to start a series off as a drama, then lead it in a more comedic direction. The Big C has sloped in ratings due to these changes, and will soon be airing its 4th and final season. 

Animal Practice – After only 1 season, NBC has decided to part ways with this comedy. 

1600 Penn – This NBC comedy didn’t pick up the audience the network was sure it would, and was unfortunately given the axe after only 1 season. 

Guys With Kids – The Jimmy Fallon produced sitcom was given the axe after only 1 season due to poor ratings (and a laugh track). 

  • Talk Shows

Anderson Live – The silver fox’s CBS daytime talk show has been giving the cut by the network, but will continue to air through summer of 2013. 

Kathy- Kathy Griffin’s late night Bravo talk show has been canceled after only 2 season. Rumors are swirling that Kathy and Anderson are actually working on a project together, but has yet to be confirmed.  

The Ricki Lake Show  – After an unsuccessful return to daytime TV, Ricki’s syndicated program will not be returning for 2013. 

Attack Of The Show – The G4 network has done a clean sweep of it’s programming, and its setting out to appeal to a different audience. As a result this show will not be returning after 8 years. 







Who will be the next…great host of a reality competition show?

We, as Americans, have a big decision to make in the next few days. It’s a decade long question that we have been asking ourselves for so long that it almost seems natural to wonder. Some of us have known the answer for years. Some of us have drifted back and forth over time. Some have not been forced to care until now, and I feel sorry for those lost souls. Come September 12th we’ll all be asking ourselves the same exact question…Britney or Christina? I look back at the late 90’s and pity myself, and anyone else under the age of 17. The Britney VS. Christina era was a tough one to live through. I made the decision at a young age to run with Britney, and I haven’t stopped to take a breath since then. Through thick and thin, from 1998 to 2012, I’ve teetered on obsessive compulsive. Let’s just say that the most time we’ll ever spend together will be in court for my future restraining order. I’m one of those “I want to know what your hair smells like” fans. It’s needless to say that my decision has been made for months (technically years). It will, however, be interesting to see how the rest of the country weighs in.


The Voice:


A solid contender, with a devoted fan-base. The great thing about the voice is that it’s already proven itself to be a concept that works. The judges get along, and bicker just enough to make them feel like a pseudo family. And if that isn’t enough, Cee Lo brings his cat to judging with him. The only problem is that The Voice is the only talent competition show not shaking up their concept this season. It’s what we’ve seen a million times from them, so the incentive to watch isn’t as strong. Also, Christina is usually judged negatively for her presence on The Voice. Whether it’s her not so flattering appearance, rumors of her not getting along with the judges, or treating contestants poorly. Her career also seems to be at a sort of stand still. Her last studio album “Bionic” was received poorly, not only in the U.S., but in the U.K. as well. We only got to hear two singles from the album. The second was so unsuccessful that a third was scrapped and plans for a tour were shelved. A rumored upcoming demo was leaked a few weeks ago, and the song was actually pretty great. Christina was also photographed filming the music video for the upcoming single. Maybe this season will help turn xtina’s career in a more positive direction.

The X Factor


Where do I even begin? The X Factor didn’t get off to as hot of a start as Simon Cowell thought it would. He was quoted last year saying that the show would be the highest rated of the season. The first U.S. season did extremely well, but not by the ridiculously high set standards of Mr. Cowell. They decided to shake up the judging panel a bit, and by a bit I mean a whole lot. Paula Abdul got the boot and Nicole Scherzinger was sent overseas to judge the U.K. version of the show. Demi Lovato and Britney Spears were added to the judging panel with the intention that Simon would achieve what he initially wanted last year. The ratings for the upcoming season premiere are going to be absolutely mind-boggling. The big, bright, glittery, pink elephant in the room is going to be Britney’s presence on the show. This is the most exposed Britney will be to the public since her “recovery” in 2009. She’s been on an extremely short leash since her father took control as her sol conservator. Generally, people seem to root for Britney no matter what she does. We’re all hoping to see a glimpse of her former bubbly, full of life self. My personal theory is that the drug cocktail used to keep Britney “in order” seems to sedate her a bit. I also think nerves and anxiety play a big role. I’ve given it to god, and all I can do is pray that she’ll do okay. I’ll also be waiting in her bathroom shower to congratulate her, no matter how well she does.

The one thing I do know for sure is that I’ll have to read about what happened on The Voice the following day, because I wont be watching.