NBC Cancels New Shows Without Even Giving Them a Chance

Say What!? 44

Effective immediately, NBC has canceled two shows that just premiered a few weeks ago. The cop drama with Blair Underwood, Ironside, and the comedy Welcome to the Family. Man that was fast. I hadn't even been able to watch my DVR'd version of either yet. Yikes ... maybe I am part of the problem. But really -- is it fair to cancel them after just three episodes? The shows barely had a chance to build up a following. For all we know Ironside could have been the next Breaking Bad.

The first few episodes of Breaking Bad ... meh ... not so great. But once you allowed the story to develop -- boom. You have Anthony Hopkins writing love letters about it and Emmys galore. Ah ... network television. This is where we are, I suppose.

So with those shows cancelled — bring on the replacements. The struggling (but loved) Community will take the 8 p.m. Thursday slot left open by Welcome and another cop drama, Chicago PD, will fill the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot. But none of that will happen until January. So be prepared for lots of SNL and Dateline specials.

What did you think of the shows that were cancelled? Did they deserve to be crushed after just three episodes?


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D.j. Lord

its nbc..they dont have time to wait...4th place and sometimes 5th place behind univision...their entire tuesday night line up combined lost to the 8pm showing of the o reilly factor on fox news a few months back...

Eddie... EddiesMama1983

TV just isn't the same anymore. The networks always come up with lame shows, then cancel them after the first or second episode. The only shows that seem to thrive anymore are reality shows. But honestly, how many Real Housewives or Duck Hunter shows do you need? 

Deborah Williams

I had not even seen Ironside yet and was looking forward to watching it for the first time.... What a lame move. too soon....

CLM3345 CLM3345

I really like Ironside! I'm really disappointed in this decision.

youth... youthfulsoul

I'm really sick of the networks doing this. I invest my time in their new shows just to have them yanked. So irritating. Can't they just let a season play out. Sheesh!

Kathy Sharpe

they deserved to have a chance,especially,Ironside,I really started to liked that show,and Im a pretty good judge of shows

Kathy Sharpe

Please keep Ironside !! Geeeez!!

nonmember avatar D. BAIER

NO - NO - NO- NO - NO

cmjaz cmjaz

This is why cable series are kicking the butts of the networks. No one is willing to invest starting to watch a new series on the networks, only to have the carpet yanked under their feet. The networks need a different strategy before people will only watch cable series, knowing that they are at least givin a chance to fail. BTW, I tried watching CWs The Originals. Too many bad actors on there. But they're still going after 3 or 4 episodes. Just crazy to yank a good show after 3 esp (Ironside)

nonmember avatar Tamara

I just started getting into "Ironside" WTF! How can we as viewers stop the madness and allow a show to run the full season before deciding to cut the show???

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