This topic sort of goes hand-in-hand with the previous "mishandled shows" thread but this one specifically deals with the cancellation of shows. Feel free to contribute your own. Angel : Series creator pressured their network CEO for renewal a couple of months ahead of time. CEO had to give a quick answer and thought it safer to say "nay". Network confirmed a few months later that if he had waited, they would have renewed. Batman : NBC was about to rescue the show but discovered all the sets had already been destroyed. They didn't want to spend hundreds of thousands to rebuild them so... Clone High : Maxim magazine mentioned it in a humor piece where they faked outrage at Ghandi being portrayed as a hyperactive teenager. Some Googled and confirmed. It was bad timing as MTV's execs were touring India, back then. Their Indian broadcasting license was threatened to be pulled so MTV canceled the show. Deadwood : HBO wanted series creator Milch to focus on his new series so they asked him to finish this one in 6 episodes instead of the usual 12 he wanted. They couldn't come to an agreement but finally got two 2h TV-movies greenlit... which is akin to 4 episodes' running time. Longmire : A&E had a hit with 4.1 million viewer tuning in for the premiere and still 3.7 million in season 3 but the network found the average age of viewers to be 61 and couldn't sell to advertisers who care primarily for much younger demographics. Luckily, it was picked up by Netflix. Police Squad : The pre-Naked Gun comedy was canceled by ABC's president because its sight gags required “the viewer had to watch it in order to appreciate it.” Reading Rainbow : Funded by PBS, CPB, and the Department of Education, it was canceled (i.e. funding was pulled) as the show taught a love of reading instead of *how* to read. Outsiders and Underground : Small-time network WGN America had a couple of respectable hits averaging about 0.7-0.8 million viewers. Bean counters decided to change the network's philosophy and replaced them shows with some averaging 0.2-0.3 million viewers instead. Awesome. Veronica Mars : Averaging 2.5 million viewers, its highest viewership yet, in its 3rd year, The CW opted to cancel it mid-season to replace it with "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll." Young Justice : A cartoon superhero show canceled due to poor toy sales as, apparently, that is where most of their production budget came from. Any others?