9 New TV Shows That Are Just Asking To Be Canceled

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You know when a new TV season is approaching and you start hearing the plots of upcoming series or watching trailers and promos, and there are some that make you go, “Ooh I’ll try that one out,” and then there are others that make you go, “Nope, I give it like five episodes”? Well, this post is in honor of that second feeling.

There are plenty of new shows starting this Summer and into Fall that just look… not so great. And it’s so hard imagining them being good or watchable that you figure they’ll be canceled before you can say “Wait, that was a show?” Here are just nine examples I’ve found in looking through the plots for upcoming series. I know that some shows you expect to hate but they end up being great, so go ahead and mock me if these turn out to be awesome and/or successful. I’m not a psychic!

1. Undateable

This one premieres on NBC tomorrow night at 9/8c. It’s a multi-camera sitcom about men dating. Wow, we’ve never seen that before. And boy oh boy does the humor in that trailer look clever and original. I’m blown away.

2. The Night Shift

This one premiered last night on NBC, and while I didn’t personally watch it, based on this trailer and reviews, it seems generic and cliched and like a million other shows we’ve seen before. Grey’s Anatomy already did the “doctors dating” thing, and while it’s had a long run, there are only so many of them that will last.

3. Jane the Virgin

You might want to be sitting down when you hear about this new show premiering on the CW in the fall. It’s adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela about a young woman who is artificially inseminated by a doctor during a checkup. Oh, and the guy whose sperm it is also happens to be her boss and her former crush. I just… This is a show, guys.

4. Selfie

I’m sure a lot of Doctor Who fans will be excited to see Karen Gillan on TV again, but this one, which premieres this Fall on ABC, looks pretty terrible. It’s a modern take on My Fair Lady in which a self-centered, social-media obsessed young woman with a really annoying Valley girl voice tries to become a better person. If you can make it through the whole trailer, I’m impressed with your willpower.

5. Manhattan Love Story

Another show about young people dating, this one also on ABC. I think we have enough shows about young people dating, okay TV?! This one at least seems to have good production value, and Analeigh Tipton is adorable (remember her on Top Model?!) but it doesn’t look like the kind of thing that could really sustain itself over more than a couple of episodes.

6. Black-ish

Another ABC show. Damn ABC, what happened? The first comment on this trailer is “this looks sooooooo cancelled,” and that’s really all you need to know. But I’ll leave you with this plot description: “an upper-middle class black man who struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father and his own assimilated, color-blind kids.” That sounds a lot smarter than the trailer proves it to be.

7. The Mysteries of Laura

I’m gonna be honest, most of the reason I think this NBC show will be canceled is because it stars Debra Messing. Ever since Smash I don’t have much confidence in her. Also Matthew Perry is proof that stars of classic shows don’t often fare well in later projects. And that Gaga joke at the end of the trailer made me cringe so hard.

8. The McCarthys

When you pitch me a multi-camera sitcom on CBS, I’m immediately going to refuse to watch it. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be canceled, as Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men have proven. But this one looks especially terrible. It’s about a sports-obsessed family with a gay son who (surprise surprise) knows nothing about sports. Hilarity obviously ensues.

9. Constantine

In the battle of the DC comic book shows, it’s between this NBC series and FOX’s Gotham, and if only one survives, my money’s on Gotham. It has so much buzz surrounding it and, well, it’s Batman.

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    • Olivia Wilson

      Wait, is The Mysteries of Laura a family comedy or a serious police procedural?

      • Mar

        It’s a combination of both. It deals with a recently divorced mother who is one of the most brilliant detective in the precint an has to balance her personal and profesional life while solving crimes. At least that’s the original version,.

    • capoupascap

      I really want Constantine to do well….I’ve always found him to be an interesting character and I think Hannibal proves NBC can do dark and gritty well and since they sadly have nothing people really watch maybe they can give it more time to develop.I just hope people will watch it (caveat: I can’t watch the trailer right now so I may revise my opinion once I actually can, and I haven’t seen it before). The rest sound pretty awful though, especially undateable and selfie.

    • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

      Nooo Constantine has a definite following. I’ll be watching it, not Gotham.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Well I hope it ends up being good!

    • TJ

      I’m soooo sad about the Karen Gillan show. I really came to love her in Doctor Who but that show just looks absolutely awful.

      • TJ

        On the plus side, Broadchurch with David Tennant is coming to the US (although I’m not sure why they need to remake it…)

      • Nbl

        Because ‘Murica, that’s why ;)

      • TJ


    • CMJ


      Um, is the premise of this show based on someone getting inseminated without consent? Um….what?

      • mlg555

        My thoughts exactly! That sounds like a soap opera story line, how I miss those. Maybe I’ll check it out.

      • dulce

        It’s because it is based on a soup opera called Juana la Virgen.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        There are no words.

      • Samantha Escobar

        That, plus a healthy dose of stereotypes about Latina women!

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      Oh, how happy am I that I gave up television six years ago. Lots of cable money right into my retirement fund!

    • Jem

      I will watch Selfie because, duh, Amy Pond. But it’s kind of a shame to hear her talk with that ridiculous accent. I love her Scottish accent. Also, can I say that it is refreshing to see John Cho in a lead role and it’s not about him being Asian? He’s just a lead because he’s a good actor? That’s so awesome. There are so few leading male parts that aren’t the same cookie cutter white guy.

      But also, I don’t know how they will sustain this for a show. A movie maybe, but not a show.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Yeah that’s the problem with a lot of these shows. The concepts don’t seem like the kind of thing that could last more than an episode or two.

      • http://maitribathbody.com/ Maitri

        Also, John Cho is smoking hot. So that helps.

    • Mar

      Man, the Mysteries of Laura looks nothing like the show its’s adapted from. Los misterios de Laura, a spanish crime show.The whole point of the show is that Laura is a normal woman with a interesting job, she has fight with her mother, deals with her failed marrige..
      She is not a middle aged Terminater like in the trailer.

    • JenH1986

      Wouldn’t the gay son who grew up in a sports obsessed family know about you know sports because he grew up in a sports obsessed family? My dad was an avid golf watcher. I freaking hate it. HATE IT. I could still tell you who the relevant players were, what was going on with them, etc. So…this for me is just as confusing as a show about a woman who is inseminated without her permission. Which is just…gross.

    • Beebop

      Oh wow, those are just… just so awful. Especially The Mysteries of Laura and The McCarthys. Question: if they are all a family that have grown up and not moved even a street away from each other, why do they have different accents?

      Luckily for me I’m in New Zealand, so the chances of any of these making it over here are slim to none.

    • x

      #7 such a copy from a Sapnish sitcom ahah Los misterios de Laura… try and not be so obvious please…

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/MartheevManor Jason Bales

      I’m not sure I agree with your assessment of Constantine as I think you may be putting too much stock in Gotham. Yes it’s Batman, but it’s Batmanless Batman. Constantine looks WAY more exciting and actually has the character in it. This was my concern for Gotham when I first heard about it, and I’m not the only one expressing those fears/doubts/grumblings. I’m interested to see how it does, as only ratings will tell the true story whether or not these fears are valid. Either way though, I see there being room on the tv landscape for both.

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