News of more TV cancellations is now coming down from both the networks and cable channels, with some that fans are finding downright shocking.
Most recently, CBS announced that “Medium” will not be renewed for an eighth season, a development that was not unexpected but still perplexing, since the show about a crime-fighting psychic was getting lower, but still decent, ratings for a Friday night series.
Other surprising cancellations include cable fan favorites “Ace of Cakes” and “Caprica.” The Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” centered on the adventures of a high-end cake business, while “Caprica,” a prequel to “Battlestar Galactica,” just didn’t catch on with Syfy viewers.
Here’s a look at show finales and cancellations that have been announced in fall 2010:
“Medium” – Alas, no season eight for the supernatural crime drama starring Patricia Arquette, based on real-life psychic Alison Dubois. The final episode will air on Jan. 21, 2011.
“Ace of Cakes” – This Food Network reality series will air its final season starting in January 2011. However, the word is that there may be another show being developed for cake master Duff Goldman in the near future.
“Caprica” – Syfy will air the final five episodes of the sci fi series all in one shot, back to back on Jan. 4, 2011. Although it was a prequel to the successful “Battlestar Galactica,” ratings dropped during the show’s debut season.
“Running Wilde” – The new FOX sitcom about a wealthy playboy and the object of his affection just didn’t catch on with viewers, and so no more new episodes have been ordered. The remaining episodes will air in November and December 2010, with the final two episodes wrapping it up on Dec. 28.
“Entourage” – HBO’s acclaimed series about a group of friends in Hollywood will have its eighth and final season. The final six episodes are being scheduled to run in summer 2011.
“Hannah Montana” – The Disney Channel series that launched the career of singer/actress Miley Cyrus comes to an end in spring 2011. Reportedly this was Cyrus’ decision.
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” – One of the many “L&O” spinoffs, this one starred Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe. Its final episodes will air in 2011.
“Dark Blue” – TNT announced recently that there will be no season 3 for the gritty undercover cop drama. The final episodes aired on Sept. 15, 2010.
“Friday Night Lights” – The series based on the film about a high school football team in Texas has bounced back and forth the past few years between NBC and DirecTV, and it has been announced that its fifth season will be its last. Episodes began airing Oct. 27, 2010, on DirecTV and will also be seen at some point on NBC.
“Smallville” – In its tenth and final season on the CW, it’s rumored that Clark Kent may finally embrace his destiny as Superman.