The following is a list of shows that were cancelled or announced their final seasons in 2012:
666 Park Avenue (airing a few more episodes in 2013)
666 PARK AVENUE is a supernatural drama series starring Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn. The series was created and produced by David Wilcox, and was loosely based upon the novel of the same name by Gabriella Pierce. The series follows a couple who learns that the Manhattan apartment building that they just moved into, including its upscale tenants, might be possessed by a mysterious demonic force.
ALCATRAZ is also a supernatural series that starred Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill and Parminder Nagra. Jumping between eras, the series focused on the Alcatraz prison, which was allegedly shut down in 1963 due to unsafe conditions for its prisoners and guards. The show’s premise was that both the prisoners and the guards disappeared in 1963 and have abruptly reappeared in modern-day San Francisco, where they were being tracked down by a government agency.
ANIMAL PRACTICE is an American television comedy series that starred Justin Kirk, Joanna Garcia-Swisher, Bobby Lee, Kym Whitley, Betsey Sodaro and Tyler Labine featuring the misadventures of a veterinarian.
AWAKE is an American television police procedural fantasy drama starring Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Dylan Minnette, Steve Harris, Wilmer Valderrama, Cherry Jones, DB Wong and Laura Innes. The show featured a police detective who lives in two separate realities after a car accident. In one reality, his wife survives the accident; in the other reality, his son survives. Michael does not know which reality is “real”, and uses colored wristbands to differentiate the two and it provides an uncanny ability to solve crimes using details from both realities.
BENT is an American romantic comedy television series created by Tad Quill for NBC starring Amanda Peet, David Walton, Jeffrey Tambor, Margo Hashman, Jesse Plemons and Joey King.
BOSS is an American political drama television serial created by Farhad Safinia. The series stars Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies, a degenerative neurological disorder, along with co-stars Kathleen Robertson, Connie Nielsen, Jeff Hephner, Troy Garity, Hannah Ware, Jonathan Groff, Rotimi, Tip Harris, Sanaa Lathan.
BREAKING IN starred Christian Slater, Bret Harrison, Alphonso McAuley, Odette Annable, Erin Richards, and Megan Mullally. It showcased eclectic team of geniuses and thieves who work at a high tech security firm are assigned to break into various high tech security systems by their owners in an attempt to find any flaws in said systems.
BREAKOUT KINGS is an American drama television series that aired on A&E Network starring Laz Alonzo, Domenick Lombardozzi, Malcolm Goodwin, Serinda Swan, Jimmi Simpson, Brooke Nevin. It follow an elite team of criminals recruited direct from their prison cells to track down prison escapees.
CHUCK is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak, starring Zach Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Vik Sahay, Scott Krinsky, and Mekenna Melvin. The series is about an “average computer-whiz-next-door” named Chuck, played by Zachary Levi, who receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend now working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); the message embeds the only remaining copy of the United States’ greatest spy secrets into Chuck’s brain.
COMMON LAW is an American comedy-drama television series created by Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, starring Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as two Los Angeles Police Department detectives who can’t stand each other and are ordered to see a couples therapist to remedy the situation.
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is an American television comedy dramedy-mystery series created by Marc Cherry, starring Brenda Strong, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Marcia Cross, Nicholette Sheridan, James Denton, Ricardo Chavira, Doug Savant, Shawn Pyfrom. The main setting of the show is Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional American town of Fairview in the fictional Eagle State. The show follows the lives of a group of women, seen through the eyes of their dead neighbor, who committed suicide in the very first episode. The storyline covers the women’s lives between 2004-2008 and later 2013-2017. They work through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their — at the surface — beautiful and seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood.
Emily Owens M.D. (airing a few more episodes in 2013)
EMILY OWENS, M.D. is an American medical drama television series created by Jennie Snyder Urman, starring Mamie Gummer, Michael Rady, Justin Hartley, Aja Naomi King, Kelly McCreary, Necar Zadegan. The series follows the life of Emily Owens, a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, where she realizes that her med-school crush Will Collins and her high school nemesis Cassandra Kopelson are also interning. Emily has to struggle with her affections for Will while trying to battle it out with Cassandra to land the coveted spot as the research assistant of the world-famous cardiothoracic surgeon, Gina Bandari.
EUREKA is an American science fiction television series that premiered on Syfy starring Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, and Jordan Hinson. The show is set in a fictional town in the Pacific Northwest called Eureka, Oregon. Inhabited almost entirely by scientific geniuses, most residents of Eureka work for Global Dynamics—an advanced research facility responsible for the development of nearly all major technological breakthroughs since its inception. Each episode features a mysterious accidental or intentional misuse of technology, which the town sheriff, Jack Carter, then solves with the help of town scientists.
FAIRLY LEGAL is a USA Network television series starring Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams, Baron Vaughn, and Ryan Johnson. It focused on a young woman Kate Reed who changes her profession from lawyer to mediator and works at the San Francisco law firm her father started. At the beginning of the series, Kate’s father has just died, leaving his young widow Lauren in charge as Kate and the firm adjust to the loss. Kate and Lauren, who are approximately the same age, generally engage in comical banter while attempting to work together, and the development of their relationship is a central focus of the series. Kate also pursues an on-again/off-again relationship with her ex-husband Justin who is an assistant District Attorney.
Fringe (airing a few more episodes in 2013)
FRINGE is an American science fiction television series starring Anna Torv, John Noble, Josh Jackson, Jasika Nicole, Lance Reddick, and Blair Brown. Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop, and Walter Bishop, Astrid Farnsworth form the key members of a Federal Bureau of Investigation “Fringe Division” team based in Boston, Massachusetts under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses “fringe” science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, which are related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe.
GCB is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Robert Harling, produced by Darren Star, and starring Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb, Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols and Annie Potts. Based on the semi-autobiographical novel “Good Christian Bitches” by Kim Gatlin, the series centers on a recently widowed woman who moves her family back to the upscale Dallas, Texas, neighborhood where she grew up.
GOSSIP GIRL is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, was narrated by the omniscient blogger “Gossip Girl”, voiced by Kristen Bell, and revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City. It starred Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Chace Crawford, Penn Badgley, Kelly Rutherford, and Matthew Settle.
HARRY’S LAW is an American legal comedy-drama television series created by David E. Kelley, starring Kathy Bates, Adam Branch, Chrisopher McDonald, Mark Valley, Karen Olivo, Justine Lupe, Brittany Snow and Ami Ameen. It revolved around Harriet Korn, a fired patent lawyer, and her group of associates as they come together to form a unique law firm in a rundown shoe store in Cincinnati, later moving into a larger office with the help of prestigious lawyer and friend Thomas “Tommy” Jefferson.
HOUSE is an American television medical drama starring Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Lisa Edelstein, Jennifer Morrison, Kal Penn, Olivia Wilde, Amber Taymblyn, Odette Annabel, and Charlyne Yi. It featured Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius who leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey.
I Hate My Teenage Daughter
I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER is an American sitcom starring Jaime Pressly, Katie Finnerman, Kevin Rahm, Aisha Dee, Kristi Lauren, Eric Sheffer Stevens and Chad Coleman. The series followed two mothers who fear their daughters are turning into the kind of girls who tormented them in high school.
In Plain Sight
IN PLAIN SIGHT is an American dramatic television series on USA Network starring Mary McCormack, Fred Weller, Paul Ben-Victor, Tangie Ambrose, Lesley Ann Warren, Nichole Hinz, Rachel Boston, Cristian de La Fuente, Todd Williams, Holly Maples, Josh Malina. The series revolves around Mary Shannon, a Deputy United States Marshal attached to the Albuquerque, NM, office of the Federal Witness Security Program (WITSEC), more commonly known as the Federal Witness Protection Program. Shannon must find ways to balance her professional life of protecting witnesses, her professional relationship with her partner, Marshall Mann, and her problematic personal life.
Jane By Design
JANE BY DESIGN is an American comedy-drama television series on ABC Family, starring Erica Dasher, Andie MacDowell, Nick Rouz, Rowly Dennis, David Clayton Rogers, India de Beaufort, Meagan Tandy, Matthew Atkinson, Smith Cho, and Bryan Dechart. The series follows the life of Jane Quimby, a teenager who had to be mistaken for an adult to finally get her fashion dream job and work with a world-famous designer, Gray Chandler Murray. She is now juggling between two secret lives: one in high school, and one in high fashion.
Last Resort (airing a few more episodes in 2013)
LAST RESORT is an American military drama television series created by Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek for ABC, starring Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Daniel Lissing, Dichen Lachman, Jessy Schram, Autumn Reeser, and Robert Patrick. The series is about the renegade crew of a U.S. Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, the fictional USS Colorado. Following the maritime pick up of a U.S. Navy SEAL team off Pakistan’s coast, the Colorado receives an order to launch nuclear ballistic missiles at Pakistan. When the Colorado’s Commanding Officer, Captain Marcus Chaplin, asks for confirmation of the firing order because the orders were received through a legacy Cold War secondary communication channel, only to be used in the event that Washington, D.C. has already been destroyed, two nuclear missile strikes are subsequently made on Pakistan by other U.S. forces. Realizing that they’ve been declared enemies of their own country, the Colorado seeks refuge on the island of Sainte Marina declaring a 200-mile exclusion zone around Sainte Marina. Now the crew must find a way to prove their innocence and find out who in the U.S. government has set them up so that they can finally return home.
Made In Jersey
MADE IN JERSEY is an American legal drama series that premiered on CBS, starring Janet Montgomery, Kyle MacLachlin, Kris Polaha and features a streetwise attorney born and raised in New Jersey makes the transition from the state prosecutor’s office in Trenton to a posh New York City law firm, where she must defend her clients while surviving her colleagues’ skepticism and her Italian American family’s constant interruptions.
Make It Or Break It
MAKE IT OR BREAK IT is an American television drama series starring Alya Kell, Cassie Scerbo, Josie Loren, Susan Ward, Neil Jackson, Candace Cameron Bure, Peri Gilpin, Chelsea Hobbs, Johnny Pacar. It focused on the lives of teen gymnasts who strive to make it to the Olympic Games.
Merlin (airing a few more episodes in 2013)
MERLIN is a British fantasy-adventure television program by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps, starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Katie McGrath, Angel Coulby, Richard Wilson, Anthony Head and John Hurt. Merlin is a young wizard tasked with protecting King Uther’s son, Arthur, who will bring forth a great kingdom and Uther’s deep-rooted hatred of magic alienates his ward Morgana turning her into the greatest enemy to ever face Camelot.
MISSING is an American mystery thriller drama television series, starring Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis, Sean Bean, Nick Eversman, Adriano Giannini, and Tereza Voriskova. The series follows Rebecca “Becca” Winstone, a widow and retired CIA agent with an 18-year-old son, Michael. In 2001, when Becca and her husband Paul Winstone were active CIA agents, he was killed in a car bombing witnessed by their son. In the pilot episode, Michael informs his mother that he has been accepted to a summer architecture program in Rome, Italy. Becca, who now lives an ordinary life running a florist shop, is hesitant to let him go but gives in. After not hearing from him for over a week and receiving a call from the architecture school informing her that Michael has moved out of his dorm room, Becca travels to Rome to track him down; but she finds herself in the middle of an international conspiracy involving the CIA and an Interpol agent who was once her lover.
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill is an American television drama created by Mark Schwahn, starring James Lafferty, Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Sophia Bush, Paul Johansson, Lee Norris, Jackson Brundage, Austin Nichols, Robert Buckley, Shantel VanSanten, Stephen Colletti, and Tyler Hilton. The show was set in the fictional town of Tree Hill in North Carolina and originally followed the lives of two half-brothers, Lucas Scott and Nathan Scott, who compete for positions on their school’s basketball team. Though the series evolves and follows the loves and travails of all the characters as some come and go during the shows long run.
PARTNERS is an American comedy series that aired on CBS, starring Michael Urie, David Krumholtz, Sophia Bush, and Brandon Routh, premised on the idea that although they could not be more different, Louis and Joe are lifelong friends and partners in an architecture firm, trying to balance their professional and personal lives.
POLITICAL ANIMALS is a six-episode American miniseries created by Greg Berlanti, starring Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan, Brittany Ishibashi, Ellen Burnstyn, Ciaran Hinds, and Adrian Pasdar. It focuses on Elaine Barrish, a divorced former First Lady and Governor of Illinois, who is the current Secretary of State who struggles with dealing with hot bed political issues while trying to keep her family together and mounting her own run for the office of President.
PRIVATE PRACTICE is an American medical drama television program starring Kate Walsh, Paul Adelstein, KaDee Strickland, Taye Diggs, Amy Brenneman, Brian Benben, Caterina Scorsone, Benjamin Bratt, and Tim Daly. A spin-off of GREY’S ANATOMY, the series takes place at Seaside Wellness and chronicles the life of Dr. Addison Montgomery, as she leaves Seattle Grace Hospital in order to join a private practice, in Los Angeles. Private Practice also revolves around Addison’s co-workers at Seaside Wellness, formally Oceanside Wellness, and how they deal with patients, and the practice while still finding time to live their everyday lives.
RINGER is an American television series that premiered on The CW, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played twin sisters Bridget Kelly and Siobhan Martin. It also co-stars Nestor Carbonell, Ioan Gruffudd, Kris Polaha, and Mike Colter. Bridget Kelly is a recovering drug addict and stripper in Wyoming. She is under FBI protection of FBI as a federal witness in a murder case. But she flees to New York to meet her estranged twin sister Siobhan, who appears to commit suicide, allowing Brigit to assume her identity and hide in plain sight.
SANCTUARY is a Canadian science fiction-fantasy television series starring Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Ryan Robbins, Christopher Heyerdahl, Agam Darshi and Emilie Ullerup. The show centers on Dr. Helen Magnus, a 157-year-old teratologist, and her team of experts who run the Sanctuary, an organization that seeks out extraordinarily-powerful creatures and people, known as Abnormals, and tries to help and learn from them, while also having to contain the more dangerous ones.
Saving Hope (not picked up in U.S., continues in Canada)
SAVING HOPE is a Canadian television supernatural medical drama starring Erica Durance, Michael Shanks, Daniel Gillies, Huse Madhavji, Julia Taylor Ross and Kristopher Turner. The show’s central character is Dr. Alex Reid, a doctor whose fiancé, Dr. Charles Harris, is in a coma after being in a car accident. The show follows the life of Charlie in his coma state, and Alex dealing with patients, and “hoping” that he will survive.
Spartacus (airing a few more episodes in 2013)
SPARTACUS is the title of a New Zealand produced, Starz television series, starring Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Peter Mensah, Nick Tarabay, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca, Dustin Clare, Katrina Law, Dan Feuerriegel, Brett Tucker, Lucy Lalwess and Pana Herma Taylor. Its story follows Spartacus after he and his fellow gladiators kill their master Batiatus and escape from his gladiatorial training school or ludus.
TERRA NOVA is an American science fiction drama television series starring Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams, Allison Miller, Landon Liboiron, Naomi Scott, Rod Hallett, Alana Mansour. The series is initially set in 2149, a time when overpopulation and declining air quality worldwide threatens all life on Earth. After scientists discover a rift in spacetime, they begin sending people in a series of “pilgrimages” 85 million years into Earth’s Cretaceous past, to a different “time stream”. The series follows the Shannon family as they travel 85 million years into the past to an Earth of a parallel universe.
THE CLOSER is an American television police procedural, starring Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Tenney, Mary McDonnell, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Philip P. Keene. The series follows Brenda Leigh Johnson, a Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and CIA-trained, Brenda has a reputation as a Closer—the nickname given to interrogators who not only solve a case, but obtain confessions that lead to convictions. Deputy Chief Johnson sometimes uses deceit and intimidation to persuade a suspect to confess. (The show continues as a spin-off series MAJOR CRIMES starring Mary McDonnell.)
THE FINDER is an American procedural drama television series starring Geoff Stultz, Michael Clarke Duncan, Mercedes Masohn, and Maddie Hasson. The series was created by BONES creator/executive producer, Hart Hanson, and based on “The Locator” series of two books written by Richard Greener. The character of Walter is an eccentric but amusing recluse in high demand for his ability to find anything. He is skeptical of everything. He suffered brain damage after surviving a roadside bomb explosion, which explains his constant paranoia and compulsion to find things—and for asking offensive, seemingly irrelevant questions to get to the truth.
THE FIRM is a Canadian-American one-hour television drama starring Josh Lucas, Molly Parker, Callum Keith Rennie, Juliette Lewis and Tricia Helfer. It is a sequel to the 1991 John Grisham novel of the same name and its 1993 film adaptation. The television adaptation is set ten years after the novel and film featuring an attorney who unknowingly was hired by an organized crime enterprise’s legal team. He became a whistleblower to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and brought down the corrupt Memphis law firm with Chicago mob ties. The TV series begins as the McDeere family emerge from witness protection to encounter old and new challenges.
The Inbetweeners (MTV series)
THE INBETWEENERS is an American sitcom developed by Brad Copeland for MTV. The show stars Joey Pollari, Bubba Lewis, Mark L. Young, Zack Pearlman, Alex Frnka and Brett Gelman. The show focused on the misadventures of teens in high school. The show is a remake of the original UK series of the same name.
The L.A. Complex
THE L.A. COMPLEX is a Canadian drama series starring Cassie Steele, Andra Fuller, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Jewel Staite, Joe Dinicol, Chelan Simmons, Georgina Reilly, Dayle McLeod and Michael Levinson. The series follow Abby Vargas, an aspiring actress who moves to Los Angeles with nothing but her dreams of being a famous actress and all the people whose lives she intersects with along the way — including a rap star, a Hollywood golden boy, a comic, a stripper, a child actor and more.
The Mob Doctor
THE MOB DOCTOR an American television drama starring Jordana Spiro, Zach Gilford, William Forsythe, Floriana Lima, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Zeljko Ivanek, James Carpinello, Jesse Lee Soffer and Wendy Makkena. The series is based on the book “Il Dottore: The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor” by Ron Felber. The series follows Grace Devlin, a surgical resident, who juggles her hospital duties with protecting her brother from the Mob. Grace works off her debt by helping anyone they demand.
THE RIVER is an American paranormal/action/horror/found-footage television series starring Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Bruce Greenwood, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes and Paulina Gaitan. Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole went looking for “magic” deep in the uncharted Amazon basin and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of children who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln, he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole’s emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother, Tess, Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer, Clark, film the mission documentary-style.
The Secret Circle
THE SECRET CIRCLE is an American supernatural teen drama based on the book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith, starring Britt Roberston, Thomas Dekker, Gale Harold, Phoebe Tonkin, Shelley Hennig, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Chris Zylka, Louis Hunter, Ashley Crow, Joe Lando and Natasha Henstridge. Set in the fictional town of Chance Harbor, Washington, the series focuses on Cassie Blake who, after moving to Chance Harbor, discovers that she is a hereditary witch and soon after joins a secret coven of five others. Her attempts to adjust to the new town are crushed when five of her classmates, Adam Conant, Diana Meade, Faye Chamberlain, Melissa Glaser, and Nick Armstrong, reveal to Cassie that she comes from a long line of witches and is the final member of their coven; with her they are able to unlock the full extent of their powers. But as the circle soon finds out, their powers attract dark and dangerous attention that constantly puts them in harm’s way.
The Secret Life of the America Teenager
THE SECRET LIFE OF AN AMERICAN TEENAGER an American teen drama television series starring Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Francia Raisa, Daren Kagasoff, Greg Finley II, Megan Park, India Eisley, Molly Ringwald, Mark Derwin, Anne Ramsay, Steven Schirripa, Michael Grant and Cierra Ramirez. The show explored the ramifications of a teen that had sex in high school and consequences of that decision and how it affected all the lives around her.