Ask anyone who loves to watch TV shows, and they can wholeheartedly attest: a great deal of TV shows get the axe by the major networks each year. While there are some equally as surprising viral successes that confound us all (like white trash reality TV shows featuring rotund starlets like Honey Boo Boo), there are plenty of well written and fabulously casted TV shows that are granted a seat at the executioner’s table, too. For a change of pace, and a little bit of fun, join us as we take a quick look back on the most notoriously epic fails for TV shows over the past year. This special two part series will continue with our look back on movies that cost and lost at the box office for 2012. So be sure to stick around after you finish reading this tidbit.
The setup couldn’t have been more intriguing: prisoners vanishing from the most ominous prison and then suddenly resurfacing many years later. There were just a few problems with this thin plot: it was diluted and not very interesting. Despite attempts by Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien, and Bryan Wynbrand to make their roles convincing, the only thing that was apparent was that the show vanished from TV networks.
House of Lies (Showtime)
A rock star cast – Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, Dawn Olivieri, Glynn Turman – was still unable to keep this show’s hopes afloat. Cheadle’s character was difficult to believe, and the cheap attempts at humor made the plot even duller. In the end, it would see the chopping block.
The Killing (AMC)
AMC is, perhaps, best known for The Walking Dead, as, seemingly, this is the only show they’ve come across in recent years that makes it to a fourth season pickup; hint: Hell On Wheels. Unsurprisingly, this flop-buster was no shocker, either. A talented cast – including: Mirielle Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Brent Sexton, Michelle Forbes, Eric Ladin, Kristen Lehman, Jamie Anne Allman – helped keep the show alive, notably from epic performances by Mirielle Enos and Joel Kinnaman. Ultimately, this detective saga wouldn’t get picked up for another run by AMC, however.
Kourtney & Kim Take New York (E!)
This show is testament to the notion that the Kardashians were never really all that fun to watch. Keeping Up With the Kardashians seemed to rub their pompous and rich lifestyle in the faces of many. The uncouth actions and demeanor of these women is telling of their short-lived stint on E!. Even more telling is that their second run of reality TV also saw the executioner’s axe.
2 Broke Girls (CBS)
This show can be summed up in three easy motions: cheesy, racist inclined humor, obnoxious screen chemistry, and overuse of the term “rape” under a comedic connotation. All said and done, the only raping being done was by the network axing this show.
Jersey Shore (MTV)
The epitome of in-your-face reality TV shows featuring poorly spoken, ill mannered and privileged 20-somethings that live an extraordinary lifestyle, and seemingly are incapable of getting along with one another. How the show ever made it this far to begin with is a blatant mystery, considering it lacks any reasonable microscopic notion of substance whatsoever. As a closing in our year in review, perhaps the most applauded TV show flop was this boisterously lame concoction that reminds us of every reason why we never joined a fraternity in college. Then again, if you like fraternities, you may enjoy this show, and still have the options to catch reruns of it.
Stick around for our Year in Review on Silver Screen Flops, and find out what the biggest losers in the movie industry were for 2012.