Network TV schedules usually seem really crowded at the end of the school year, with the full-season shows finishing up their runs while the mid-season replacements struggle to conclude their seasons by the end of May sweeps. As such, it’s time for a little clearing of the schedule to get rid of shows that shouldn’t exist anymore and make room for next season’s biggest hits. Here’s my take on 14 shows that premiered in the 2011-2012 season, excluding already-renewed shows like “New Girl,” “Smash” and “2 Broke Girls” and already-canceled shows like “Terra Nova.”
It’s October, which means that most of the new shows from this pilot season have premiered, some of them with extremely good numbers. There haven’t been as many early or memorable cancellations as usual. Could we be looking at a repeat of 2004, when such gems as “Lost,” Grey’s Anatomy,” Desperate Housewives,” “House” and “The Office” premiered?