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What Will Be The First Cancelled Show Of 2014?

Reid Nakamura |
October 9, 2014 | 6:53 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Red Band Society may be one of the first fall shows gone. (Twitter/@JarettSays)
Red Band Society may be one of the first fall shows gone. (Twitter/@JarettSays)
Every fall, the networks trot out dozens of new shows, hoping viewers will find something they like. More often than not, this means they premiere a bunch of terrible shows that won’t last until December. Predicting which one will be the first to get cancelled can sometimes be more fun than actually watching any of the new series. This year, any number of shows could be the first to get the axe, but here are five frontrunners:


No matter how much a show improves on its pilot episode, bad buzz is hard to overcome. The initial concept of “Selfie”—a contemporary take on the play “Pygmalion” in which a social media-obsessed narcissist is made over into a better person by a coworker—is a weird, outdated take on technology and the internet. The show’s potential viewers, many of whom who use social media every day, scoffed at the silly premise and the show has been struggling in the ratings ever since. Even if “Selfie” somehow manages to become a less ridiculous show, too many people have already written it off for it to make a comeback.

“Manhattan Love Story”

Cursed with a “Selfie,” lead-in, “Manhattan Love Story” has been getting killed in the ratings, dropping 40 percent between its first and second episodes. Much of this can probably be attributed to the fact that the show is completely forgettable. Aiming to be a cute rom-com narrated by the lead characters’ inner-monologues, “Manhattan Love Story” ends up being little more than a bland retread of tired romantic comedy tropes punctuated by overbearing voice over. 

“Red Band Society”

“Red Band Society” is about a bunch of sick kids living in a hospital. The show works overtime to avoid being too depressing—often with the unfortunate side-effect of glamorizing life with cancer—but it can’t escape the fact that sick kids are depressing. People loved “The Fault In Our Stars,” but no one wants to watch it again and again, week-to-week. With fewer than 3 million viewers for its last episode (compare that to the 10 million who chose to watch “Modern Family” instead), “Red Band Society” isn’t long for this world.


It’s clear that everyone wants “Mulaney” to work. Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney’s former boss at “Saturday Night Live,” executive produces the show and Fox chose to break up its powerhouse “Animation Domination” Sunday block and air the show after the reliably strong “Family Guy.” Everyone wants “Mulaney” to work, but it just doesn’t. John Mulaney is a very funny writer and stand-up comedian, but he is a very bad actor. None of the jokes land and the multi-camera format feels completely dated. It’s no wonder the show lost nearly 50 percent of “Family Guy’s” audience and it’ll be no wonder when Fox finally gives up trying. 


In its first two weeks “Stalker” has attracted a decent number of viewers. Though it lost a few in its second week, “Stalker” still managed to win the hour for CBS, besting “Chicago PD” on NBC and “Nashville” on ABC. Whether “Stalker” can keep those viewers around in weeks to come is another question entirely. Week-to-week, “Stalker” spends the majority of its time showing its victims running and screaming, being tormented by their stalkers. Watching the show is a miserable experience and sooner or later, people will figure out that they have better things to do with their Wednesday nights. 

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