TV's 'Anticipointments' of 2011: Television's Biggest Letdowns of the Past Year

ABC's 'Cougar Town,' NBC's 'Community' Gets Midseason Bench
NBC, ABC

NBC’s Community and ABC’s Cougar Town both have small, but extremely loyal fan bases that couldn’t wait for them to return. But, they’ve never been able to get the ratings numbers they needed. To make room for new shows, they’ve both been pushed off their respective networks’ midseason schedule with no air date to speak of. That’s show business, sure, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it.

STORY: 'Community' Cast Members Voice Optimism and Frustration Over Midseason Bump

STORY: 'Cougar Town' Missing From ABC's Midseason Schedule

 

 

As one of the publications plugged into the entertainment industry, The Hollywood Reporter knows what television viewers are most looking forward to. And it’s always a bummer when all the anticipation goes unrewarded.

THR Year in Review: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Modern Family' Among THR Critic Tim Goodman's 10 (OK, 29) Best TV Shows of 2011

This year’s list of 2011’s biggest "anticipointments” (see how we did that?) includes the shows that made the most noise only to fizzle out once it hit our TV sets, such as The CW’s Ringer or Fox’s Terra Nova.

It also includes some of the promises made by networks, producers, and executives that never really panned out, such as Simon Cowell’s goal of The X-Factor’s 20-million viewers or the promise to soap fans that All My Children and One Life to Live will live on via the Internet.

THR Year in Review: 2011's Biggest Rule Breakers

We’ve not only looked at ratings and critical appraisals, but we’ve also looked at what our readers were most vocal about – such as the midseason benching of NBC’s Community and ABC’s Cougar Town.

Click Here for THR’s full list of TV’s biggest “anticipointments.”

Email: Jethro.Nededog@thr.com; Twitter: @TheRealJethro

Email: Leslie.Goldberg@thr.com; Twitter: @Snoodit