10 New Fall Shows That Will Be Cancelled by Christmas

by Corey Chapman @chapmanrunner on September 5, 2013

in Television

Yesterday, we reviewed 10 shows that were a safe bet to get a second season– shows you could invest your time in and DVR space to. Today we tackle shows that probably wont make it out of 2013 alive.

Based on the summaries provided by tvguide.com and preview featurettes available online, these ten network shows have been deemed DOOMED by Mr. Serious:


Sean Saves the World (NBC) 
Will & Grace alum Sean Hayes stars as a father who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter while dealing with a temperamental new boss. Better Off Ted‘s Victor Fresco will write and executive-produce with Hayes, and Hot in Cleveland‘s Todd Milliner.

This show might have stood a chance if it came out a couple of years after Will & Grace took its final bow. But 7 years later? (Yes, Will & Grace has been off the air for 7 years.) Sean Hayes  is the perfect supporting comedic actor, I just don’t think he has what it takes to carry a show. The only thing going for SStW is that its NBC, and… wait, that’s not a good thing.



Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) partners with Sleepy Hollow’s sheriff (Nicole Beharie) to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil. Fringe‘s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will write and executive-produce. Orlando Jones and Katia Winter will also star. John Cho will guest-star.

As a big fan of Ichabod Crane and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I want this to work. I really do. I just don’t see how it sustains an audience much after Halloween, when the fad wears off. It just screams fish out of water solving mysteries. At least the headless horseman will be in it! I don’t think that will be enough.



We Are Men (CBS)
A young guy (Chris Smith) finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys — Kal PennTony Shalhoub and Jerry O’Connell among them — he meets in a short-term rental complex. How I Met Your Mother‘s Rob Greenberg will write and executive-produce with Ericand Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men).

The ONLY thing this has going for it is that its on CBS and it has a nice time slot (Monday nights after How I Met Your Mother-which is in its last season) Other than that, the show sounds like a retread. I am not sure anyone wants to spend 22 minutes having Jerry O’Connell dispense sage advice to the new guy.



Mind Games (ABC)
From Awake‘s creator Kyle Killen, the project is a provocative workplace ensemble about the complicated relationship between two brothers — Steve Zahn and Christian Slater — who head an agency that uses the real science of human motivation and manipulation to solve its clients’ problems. Megalyn EchikunwokeGregory MarcelWynn Everett and Cedric Sanders will also star. Ron Rifkin will guest-star.

Christian Slater is television poison. Breaking In, My Own Worst Enemy, The Forgotten. None of these shows made it out of the first season. Lets add Mind Games to that. (Sorry, Steve Zahn!)



Mixology (ABC)
Set in a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept comedy from the writers of The Hangover chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love all over the course of one night. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore will write and executive-produce.

This might be the second network series cancelled. I don’t think “Set in a sexy Manhattan bar” and “high-concept comedy” should ever be put in the same sentence. Has there been any buzz on this show… at all? ABC might have better off calling it “Vibeology” and casting Paula Abdul as a former pop star trying to resurrect her singing career. MC Scat Cat would co star.



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Kevin Hellions September 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I see Goldbergs is on Hulu already. Looks awful. I really want to try Dads and had no idea its in that slot. Throw it on on Sundays with the rest of Seth’s audience!

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) September 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

That time slot is murder! Good call with Sundays, maybe Fox will smarten up after it gets its butt kicked and move it to Sethday.

Dex (@Dex1138) September 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I think with Green & Ribisi, Dads could last at least a season. I hated The Neighbors the first time I watched it but after a few eps I got into the weirdness of it and am looking forward to its return (presuming I have my info right).

Dads has to hold out. I mean, with the Cleveland Show gone, McFarlane needs another show on the air, right?

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) September 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Does he need another show on the air? I mean, really?

Nemo September 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Agreed. I thought The Neighbors was going to be ridiculous, and not last a season. But, after watching it a few times. It is actually quite funny

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) October 1, 2013 at 1:39 pm

thanks again for joining the conversation here at UnderScoopFire, Nemo!

Will September 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I’m pop culture guy and I haven’t even heard of most of these. Good post!

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) September 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

Thanks Will!

guest September 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm

You don’t have to pretend to be cool.

T2H September 6, 2013 at 3:38 am

Maybe a Joanie Loves Chachi-type sitcom featuring Paula Abdul and Mc Skat Kat as recently-enamoured star crossed lovers. Namely “Opposites Attract.” But she likes the movies, sadly. And only he, likes TV.

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) September 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

And with Paula’s popularity on the decline, the show would be cancelled by Halloween. Straight up!

ClarenceRHM September 6, 2013 at 10:05 am

For NBC, the only way they’ll cancel shows quickly is if they have record-setting lows (e.g. Do No Harm). The Peacock has settled for some shows hovering around the abysmal 1.0 18-34 rating for the past few seasons.

Sean Saves the World is given the key 9PM slot where The Office used to be. If Sean’s show can’t perform, it’ll be a major embarrassment for NBC. Especially since NBC Thursday is almost a clean slate. Also, Dracula airs Fridays (not very competitive night) after Grimm, so it’ll have to do very, very badly.

ABC: First, Killer Women isn’t slotted for Fall, but midseason. I will say that Killer Women can be a first-season hit on ABC given the right time slot. The Goldbergs looks lame at a glance; I thought it was an adaptation of the early 1950s sitcom named “The Goldbergs.” Mind Games & Mixology are mid-season shows.


FOX: Sleepy Hollow’s on Mondays? If so, it won’t get yanked early unless the early ratings are horrific (e.g. Lone Star). Monday nighters Terra Nova and Alcatraz finished their seasons then got cancelled by the May upfronts. Dads looks lame, but I can see it sticking around a full season because of Seth McFarlane.

CBS: We Are Men looks like a stinker bigger than Rob Schneider & William Shatner’s failed sitcoms. Friends with Better Lives isn’t slotted this Fall and nothing’s confirmed when it’ll air.

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) September 6, 2013 at 10:22 am


Thanks for dropping the knowledge! Looks like these shows technically wont be cancelled by Christmas if they HAVE DEBUTED BY THEN! Appreciate the info.

And thanks for your detailed breakdown of the shows by network!

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) September 6, 2013 at 10:23 am


Lamar the Revenger September 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Good. I forgot to get the New Season Fantasy league started up again. I agree with your predictions, but I definitely think some will be gone sooner.

Corey Chapman September 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

What league are you talking about, Lamar??

Rick September 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I know a writer on mind games who says it’s a mess. The showrunner is never there and they are turning out mid-level comedy. This shouldn’t be a big surprise on a Slater show.

Corey Chapman September 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Slater= TV poison!!!

David Schmitt September 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

After Freaks and Geeks I need never see another ‘Set in the 80’s” show. You can’t top perfection.

Corey Chapman September 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Freaks & Geeks has its own wing in the USF TV Hall of Fame. Not sure if you caught this from last week:

http://underscoopfire.com/greatest-scene-television-history/ (from head honcho Howie Decker)

Howard Decker September 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm


Mary Sue September 29, 2013 at 2:07 am

I disagree about Sleepy Hollow. That show is Good and so far, I think it’s getting a nice amount of praise.. I’m hoping Dracula fairs well. I’m surprised you didn’t have Agents of Shield on the list. Now that was a boring premiere.

Howard Decker September 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

You didn’t like it? I think it met my expectations, which were tempered. I think it will certainly ramp up a bit, but I have managed expectations for that as well.

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) October 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I enjoyed the SHIELD premiere. Lots of potential there. And I could have my first misfire with Sleepy Hollow! But lets wait until Halloween fever has died down and see if the Craniacs (trade mark pending) still show up in droves. Thanks for the comments, Mary Sue!

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) October 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

SLEEPY HOLLOW renewed for Season 2! Mark the date and time- barely into October and I have my first mistake!

Kevin Griffith October 5, 2013 at 1:19 am

You completely missed “Lucky 7”.

Corey Chapman (@chapmanrunner) October 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

While researching the shows this summer, I came across it but didnt feel strongly that it would be a giant turd or a moderate hit. Clearly, it was craptastic.

YL Parker October 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I don’t like Sleepy Hollow. Plot line seems farfethced that he would team up with a cop. I tried watching it,boring.I’m surprised it got renewed.

Corey Chapman October 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I have yet to catch an episode, but hear good things from those watching weekly. I will probably check it out over the summer, see if its worth watching live for season 2.

Advizor54 October 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Except for Sleepy Hollow (on my DVR) and “The Goldbergs” (no on the DVR), I didn’t even know that most of these shows even existed.
Dracula, Mixology, Killer Women, and the others haven’t’ appeared on my radar at all and I watch my share of TV and am a big Internet fan. If they can’t get a little good press about Broklyn Decker, they deserve to be cancelled.

The shows may stink, but they certainly haven’t given them any support. My only hope is that Sleepy Hollow makes it. The rest will vanish without a trace.

Corey Chapman October 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm

You havent missed Mixology, Killer Women, or Dracula. When I wrote the article, I was under the impression that they were ALL fall shows. Not the case. Dracula does premiere this Friday night. Killer Women and Mixology are being held over as mid season replacements.

advizor54 October 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm

OH good, I was afraid I was more oblivious than usual.

Hadam10Rose October 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Well you were wrong about Sleepy Hallow, renewed for a second season, first new show of the year to get that. But you were right about We Are Men, just wrong about the timing, it was caned after two episodes.

Corey Chapman October 24, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Completely missed the mark with Sleepy Hollow! I was quietly rooting for it to be a hit. Glad its going to get a second season. Maybe I will start watching it now. As always, thanks for your comments and thanks for visiting the site!

Joey October 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Great article with great research. One show here has been canceled, Sean Hayes’ show is likely to be canceled, though with NBC putting Parks and Rec on hiatus to extend The Voice until Sean Saves the World starts, that will likely boost its ratings. Two shows listed here have already had full season pick ups or a season two renewal, and the rest haven’t and likely won’t premiere until winter or spring. The Goldbergs is a total crapshoot. Its ABC, so who knows what they’ll do. Suburgatory has been kept alive with worse numbers.

Corey Chapman October 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Thanks for the comments, Joey! Its a fun game to play- guessing what shows the networks will keep/dump based on their “trailers.” Appreciate you visiting Under Scoop Fire!

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