A rundown of TV shows that got the hook

Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gillar starred in

Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gillar starred in "The Crazy Ones."

Jim Slotek, and Bill Harris, QMI Agency

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JIM SLOTEK, QMI Agency

Some years back, a comedian friend got himself cast as a co-star on a Fox sitcom. His description of the pay: "It's like a truck comes and dumps money on my front yard every day."

I suggested he hang onto that money. Sure enough, the sitcom only lasted 13 episodes, and, for him, that ship never sailed again.

Here's a look at some network shows that got the hook this year.

WE'LL KIND OF MISS:

1. The Neighbors. Aliens in a gated golf-course community. A real throwback to the stupid-sitcom era, but for me that was part of its charm. The show actually got an Emmy nomination for the episode where the Zabvronians saw Cats on Broadway and returned with the knowledge that it was appropriate for humans to break out into song and dance. Surreal on a Community level. Which brings me to...

2. Community. As far as many were concerned, it was "No Pierce, no Troy, no show." It also didn't help that exec producers the Russo brothers quit to do Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Still, even a second-rate Community episode held more appeal to me than Two and a Half Men. Go Human Beings!

3. Intelligence. To me, the show about a super-soldier with the Internet wired into his brain was finding its way the way Person of Interest once did. It took that show a few seasons before the writers seemed to realize the grandiose possibilities of their premise. With a little patience, Intelligence might have reached that point too.

4. Trophy Wife. This sitcom was actually one of the best-reviewed new shows of the season, and the episodes I caught were well-written, believable and funny. The premise, a step to the left from Modern Family, worked seamlessly with Malin Akerman's natural comedy skills. We will see her again in a hit.

5. Okay, I'm looking at that list of 40 shows and I've got nothing. That's it.

BOMBS AWAY!

1. The Crazy Ones. Robin Williams is still funny. But this is one of those sitcoms where the leads (Williams and Sarah Michelle Gillar) have so little chemistry that it's like a game of tennis where they hit lines back and forth. Soulless.

2. A bad year for Ryan Seacrest. His gig as host of The Million Second Quiz ended in far less time than that. Ditto the comedy he produced, Mixology. And American Idol, which was renewed, had its worst ratings ever. Better hang onto that radio gig.

3. Another bad year for Christian Slater. Mind Games was his fourth failed TV show -- after My Own Worst Enemy, The Forgotten and Breaking In.

4. Best pedigree for a failed show: Believe (created and directed by Alfonso Cuaron, produced by J.J. Abrams), about a girl with super-powers on the run from the authorities.

5. Is Christopher Meloni the new David Caruso? He left a guaranteed salary on Law & Order SVU for the movies (42, Man of Steel), and came back to TV to discover lightning doesn't strike twice. R.I.P. the coming-of-age sitcom Surviving Jack.

6. Ironside. In one episode, the wheelchair-bound detective solved a crime because he could see a clue from where he was sitting that a standing detective would miss. Yep, it was that stupid.

BILL HARRIS, QMI Agency

Maybe we should refer to this year's list of cancelled shows as The Walking Dead. After all, these days just about anything can come back to life.

A broadcast network doesn't want a certain TV show any more? Almost immediately there are rumours and negotiations to extend that show on a cable channel or through an online outlet. I used to be able to say that a particular series was definitively done. Now I'm reluctant to stick a fork in anything, for fear that I might hear it squeal.

But as of this specific moment, these shows are kaput, or at least scheduled to be kaput. Check back with me in an hour.

WE'LL KIND OF MISS:

1. Two and a Half Men. You can't really define this as a cancellation in the traditional sense, with a scheduled departure at the end of next season. But you don't need tiger blood flowing through your veins to concede that any show that lasts a dozen seasons deserves some respect.

2. Suburgatory. I always thought that with such a deep cast (Jane Levy, Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Chris Parnell, Ana Gasteyer, Allie Grant, Carly Chaikin) this sitcom probably should have been funnier than it was. It had its moments, though.

3. The Michael J. Fox Show. Well, I guess I should alter the premise slightly. I'll miss Michael J. Fox, the guy, being on TV. I wish this had worked out for him. But even with all the goodwill, this series just wasn't funny enough to stick.

4. Super Fun Night. I just wish Rebel Wilson and pals had ended up making the edgy show they wanted to make, with the same tone as the pilot, rather than focus-grouping it to the point of sweet blandness.

5. The X Factor. But not for the reasons you might think. I'll miss it because it was a show that I could completely ignore. Now they might replace it with something that I'll have to worry about. Dang.

BOMBS AWAY!

1. Dracula. I like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but this foray into the vampire genre made the biggest mistake you can make with a series called Dracula. It wasn't scary.

2. Dads. Okay, this show wasn't for me, but I didn't hate it with the intense heat of a thousand suns, as did many of my cohorts in the critics community. Nonetheless, I acknowledge that all those poop jokes couldn't have been good for society as a whole.

3. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. A fellow critic referred to this as an "unnecessary spinoff." Truer words never have been spoken, and that's no fairy tale.

4. Revolution. I truly enjoyed this show for about half a season. But this is what happens sometimes when creators and producers and directors with movie sensibilities try to make TV series. As Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids) has opined, never start your first season without knowing what your second season is.

5. Hostages. This might have had the silliest premise in the history of television, and this is a medium that gave us The Flying Nun. The creators must have thought that a strong cast (Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan) would distract us from the ridiculous plot. Nope.


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