Axed in 2012

By David Knox on January 3, 2013 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 36

2012-12-29_2026They are the shows that left our screens, that said goodbye, or that signalled the end is nigh.

Whether axed by networks, not-renewed, or had the pin pulled by the creatives themselves, here are the shows that we’ll remember,and more than a few we’ll happily forget.

The Game Plan (AFL)
Letters and Numbers
Mandarin News Australia
Tricky Business
Everybody Dance Now
The Circle
The Gruen Transfer (superceded by Gruen Planet)
TEN Morning News
Auction Room
Marngrook Footy Show
The Shire
Excess Baggage
I Will Survive


Terra Nova
CSI: Miami
A Gifted Man
Breakout Kings
Dog the Bounty Hunter
Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels
Fairly Legal
666 Park Avenue
Last Resort
Dirty Jobs
Emily Owens MD
So You Think You Can Dance (US Results show)
Men of a Certain Age
An Idiot Abroad
The Ricky Gervais Show

The Secret Life of an American Teenager
Private Practice
The Big C
Breaking Bad

Australia’s Got Talent
The Killing (US)

Being Lara Bingle
Brynne: My Bedazzled Life
Don’t Tell the Bride
Young Talent Time
The Amazing Race Australia
Project Runway Australia
The Farmer Wants a Wife


  1. sjp January 7, 2013 at 7:42 am -

    David: Weeds actually finished in 2012 (

  2. Ladian January 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm -

    Has Tangle definitely been axed? I have just finished watching this on DVD and am completely blown away with what a phenomenally good show it is. Catherine McClements in particular is amazing. I really hope they get the funding for season 4

  3. tvf January 4, 2013 at 9:57 am -


    I enjoyed GCB. Sad it only lasted one season as there was nothing quite like it on tv.

  4. Joshiia January 4, 2013 at 1:02 am -

    Desperate Housewives

  5. BarrieT January 4, 2013 at 12:39 am -

    The circle was really good…TEN are idiots.

  6. Mac January 4, 2013 at 12:21 am -

    The Mole is definitely a way of Seven distracting TARA fans with a cheaper (yet hopefully just as excellent) Grant Bowler fronted reality game show. I’m excited as for it, but TARA won’t be back I reckon.

  7. vitieddie January 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm -

    A Gifted Man was very good … sad to see it go

  8. NicH January 3, 2013 at 11:20 pm -

    I will eat my own hat if I will Survive returns.

  9. idiotbox January 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm -

    Noooooo Dexter can’t end!!! Please say they’ll change their minds and keep it going. Devastated at that news :(

  10. Daniel January 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm -

    Gotta agree with ya Bazza. Breakfast did have flaws but at least it gave you the news and a few genuine laughs each morning unlike the other two.

    Today and Sunrise are really just an excuse for advertisements, self-promotion, and nonsensical giveaways. The ABC’s show is also pretty poor – far too serious for that time of the morning.

    The sooner Ten launch its new Breakfast show the better. Fingers crossed it tries something different and doesn’t try to copy the other 2 networks.

  11. David Knox January 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm -

    Nope, doesn’t look promising.

  12. Ziyi January 3, 2013 at 7:55 pm -

    Cmon Seven bring back The Amazing Race Australia, David do you know if Seven is planning to update you guys anytime soon about its future?

  13. Pegasus January 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm -

    GCB got the axe too.

  14. Glory Days January 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm -

    Damages was brilliant, but a logical time to end. Dexter will be sad when it finishes, but the actors must be wanting to move on.
    Shameless went a few seasons too long and why they kept adding eps to each season was weird as the story lines were really lank in some areas.

  15. aplourey January 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm -

    Awake, as well. One show I will miss for a long time.

  16. tmorgan96 January 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm -

    RIP House. Miss ya.

  17. HardcorePrawn January 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm -

    Channel 4 (in the UK) have announced that this year’s series of Shameless will be the last.
    With so many of the original cast now gone, and the story-lines getting ever more fantastical, there have been a lot of comments in the UK saying that the show has ‘jumped the shark’, so it’s probably for the best that it is going.
    SBS are still a few years behind in their coverage though so we’ll probably still be watching it in 2015.


  18. dan January 3, 2013 at 3:15 pm -

    Didn’t RPA finish this year disgusting treatment by nine of one it longest ever running shows

  19. Bella January 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm -

    I miss Letters and Numbers and The Circle too.

    Thanks for the reminder of So You Think You Can Dance US results show. I was trying to figure out why they had it all in one.

  20. cnrmlj January 3, 2013 at 2:56 pm -

    30 Rock is also finishing this month.

  21. David Knox January 3, 2013 at 2:38 pm -

    Pretty sure Damages was announced in 2011. It’s always tricky to know whether to wrap these when they are announced or when they actually leave Aus screens.

    And yes, Beverly did confirm IWS end.

    Shameless is UK.

    Some other titles there I had forgotten, thanks.

  22. dede January 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm -

    Fringe is about to end and there are rumors that due to the massive ratings of Dexter it might not end this year.

  23. Kev January 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm -

    I’m surprised at the amount of promotion Seven is currently giving Last Resort considering it’s already cancelled.

  24. Swanny January 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm -

    The Office is ending in 2013 as well.

    RIP to Dexter this year, been an awesome run :(

    Glad House ended in 2012 as well. Brilliant show that had done its time.

  25. mellowman January 3, 2013 at 11:36 am -

    David I thought in your interview with Beverley McGarvey on 29th October she confirmed I Will Survive is gone? “It’s fairly obvious that we won’t be doing shows like The Shire and I Will Survive. Some other shows we haven’t decided yet.”
    On another note, it’s sad Dexter is coming to an end this year.

  26. mistaken January 3, 2013 at 11:30 am -

    Is that the US or UK version of Shameless that has been cancelled?

    I haven’t seen the UK version but love the US version. Brilliant telly.

  27. Josh777 January 3, 2013 at 11:21 am -

    I loved all the following and it’s going to be sad to see them go: House, Terra Nova, Alcatraz, CSI: Miami, A Gifted Man, Victorious, Fairly Legal, Emily Owens MD, Leverage, The Secret Life of an American Teenager, Merlin, and Private Practice. At least House & CSI Miami were given an ending that didn’t leave any unanswered questions, unlike Terra Nova, A Gifted Man, etc. Very happy to see Unforgettable has been given another season, even though they are only keeping 3 original characters and ditching the rest. Hopefully The Amazing Race Australia is renewed as it is the best Aussie reality series on TV!

  28. User_Name January 3, 2013 at 11:07 am -

    I already miss House. Dexter, Weeds and Breaking Bad all ending too is sad. That is a huge chunk of the few quality things on tv gone for good.

  29. effdee January 3, 2013 at 10:06 am -

    I miss Letters and Numbers, and The Circle.

  30. HardcorePrawn January 3, 2013 at 10:05 am -

    With Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s habit of culling their own shows while they’re still popular, were ‘An Idiot Abroad’ & ‘ The Ricky Gervais Show’ genuinely axed, or have the creators just moved onto new projects?

  31. jonasboi January 3, 2013 at 9:59 am -

    is that Shameless uk?

  32. joshyboy January 3, 2013 at 9:56 am -

    Add the office and jersey shore to that list

  33. Bazza January 3, 2013 at 8:48 am -

    You know, after a week or three of sitting through the gormless-grin-fest that is Today, or listening to Kochie’s pious pontifications… I am actually starting to miss Breakfast. More thyan anything I miss a weather presenter who isn’t attempting to double as a clown.

    The ABC offering is ok, but it’s a tad on the ‘dry’ side.

  34. Sacs January 3, 2013 at 8:26 am -

    Your original list has omitted the excellent and underrated series Damages, which aired the fifth and final season in the second half of 2012. I for one will certainly miss the quality writing and acting.

  35. Ruddeger January 3, 2013 at 7:52 am -

    American Chopper

  36. mellie0105 January 3, 2013 at 7:37 am -

    Really gonna miss some of these shows, especially Men of a Certain age which I’ve only just begun watching thanks to foxtel, it was definitely cut short. Cougar Town was another on the ‘axed but rescued’ pile too.

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