In terms of cancelations, 2014 was a more forgiving year than most. Like every year before it, there was a long list of TV shows axed from the schedule, but there were fewer long-running programs cut than usual. 2014’s list of cancelations skewed heavily towards shows that had 1 season or less under their belt. While this helped to spare shows with years of plot and devoted fan-bases, the focus on cutting new shows is a bit of a double-edged sword. While their lack of viewers means their cancelation won’t affect too many people, quick cancelations also put an end to shows that may have gone on to be memorable or significant in their own right. It’s difficult to say which if any of the following shows could have gone on to do great things but there’s little doubt that the following 10 programs had the most shocking cancelations of 2014.
Despite its awful, pandering name, Selfie had started to find its groove when it was abruptly canceled by ABC in November after airing only 7 episodes, with low ratings cited as the reason. A romantic comedy starring Karen Gillan and John Cho, Selfie was a surprisingly insightful and timely program that explored the current cultural obsession with social media fame and friendships. Gillan and Cho had real chemistry and a romantic subplot was hinted at but never shown, given the show’s brief lifespan. Despite the show’s potential, it’s speculated that the terrible title likely pushed potential viewers away, which is interesting given just how prevalent the term “selfie” is in the cultural lexicon.