Women Created Shows That Have Been Canceled

Women Created Shows That Have Been Canceled

The last couple weeks have been a bloodbath when it’s come to television cancellations. Great women created shows like Ann Biderman’s Southland on TNT didn’t make it. Here are some of the women created shows that got canceled this season with a focus on the main networks. We hope to see more great work from these talented women on our television screens again soon.

All cancellation information is from TV By The Numbers.

NBC: 

Smash – Theresa Rebeck

Deception – Liz Heldens

Whitney – Whitney Cummings

Up All Night – Emily Spivey

Guys WIth Kids – Co-Creator Amy Ozols

FOX:

Ben and Kate – Dana Fox

The CW: 

Emily Owens M.D. – Jennie Snyder

CBS: 

Made in Jersey – Dana Calvo

CSI: NY – Co-Creators Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn

ABC:

Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23 – Nahnatchka Khan

How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) – Claudia Lonow

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Comments

Linn D.

WHOA. Fellow W&H readers. Time out. There's a lot of Fox/Kevin Reilly bashing on this post. Not Cool. This is the same channel that is airing The Mindy Project and New Girl. Both female created/showrunner shows. Both picked up for another season. We are not helping ourselves by bashing executives if we do not honor the facts. "Every show on Fox is some misogynisitc crap." "Kevin Reilly basically put out the word no women working for me." How is anyone going to take us or this blog seriously, if we change the facts? I do agree more women directors need to get jobs on TV, and I will try and support the TV shows that promote females behind the camera (here's looking at you Nashville). But to write incorrect information does not help our cause… to get more female talent working in Hollywood (in front and behind the camera).

Maria Giese

The shows that are cited made have been created by women, but look how many women were hired to direct episodes! There seems to be some kind of disconnect going on. These talented women show creators don't seem to trust talented women directors. (Check out "Women Directors: Navigating the Boys' Club" to see more statistics about women directors).

NBC
Smash – Theresa Rebeck – 32 episodes: 9 episodes directed by women
Deception – Liz Heldens – 11 episodes, 1 episode directed by a woman
Whitney – Whitney Cummings – 38 episodes, 4 episodes directed by women
Up All Night – Emily Spivey – 35 episodes, 4 episodes directed by women
Guys WIth Kids – Co-Creator Amy Ozols – 17 episodes, 3 episodes directed by one women

FOX:
Ben and Kate – Dana Fox – 16 episodes, 3 episodes directed by women
90210 – The CW: 114 Episodes, 31 episodes directed by women
Emily Owens M.D. – Jennie Snyder, 13 episodes, 4 episodes directed by women

CBS:
Made in Jersey – Dana Calvo – 8 episodes, zero directed by women!
CSI: NY – Co-Creators Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn – 295 episodes, 7 directed by women

ABC:
Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23 – Nahnatchka Khan – 20 episodes, 6 episodes directed by women
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) – Claudia Lonow – 9 episodes, 1 directed by a women.

deejae

Even show's like ABC's hit series, "Once Upon A Time," one of my favorites that started its first season with incredibly strong leading female characters, fell back into targeting the male market in their season 2 when they brought in a whole slew of additional male characters and the women got pushed into the backseat while the boys took over the 'hero' spots in the show.

Chappy

It's a mess and the networks are self destructing before our eyes. If they want to shed more viewers then fine. Every show on Fox is some misogynisitc crap. Apparently Kevin Reilly believes the failure of Mob Doctor means women won't watch Fox or women can't lead TV shows on his network. It was really just a badly conceived show that Reilly loved. When his JJ Abrams shows failed Reilly didn't decide JJ Abrams or men don't belong on Fox. Women have to speak up and be more aggressive about the truth. Instead we cower and go oh well…

Singra

Fox didn't pick up a single show new show created by a woman or about a woman. Kevin Reilly basically put out the word no women working for me. It's the truth.
ABC picked up one or two. NBC one and CBS one. CW has a couple. Its never been worst statistically.
Please do a story on this.
Drama was a bloodbath. Most of the shows center around men from male writers. Not sure there is one female centric show except on CW.
The trend is that women will be shunted over to CW like Lifetime.
They ask why audiences are leaving in droves from network. It's because it's all created by white men for white men hoping their girlfriends or wives will watch.
Scandal was tossed on mid season because ABC brass hated it. Hated it.
They didn't think anyone would watch an African American woman because JJ Abrams had an African American woman co lead on a show that failed a few years back. And the belief is JJ can't fail. It must be the womans fault. The African American womans fault.
So the audience finds Scandal and loves it.
ABC has their only hit.
The problem is they don't learn the lesson.
Leave the creators alone to do their job. Women will watch women created by women.
So will men.
It's a kick ass show.
She doesn't have to be lady like. She doesn't have to behave networks dictate female characters must behave.
Yes CBS has a list.
The WGA recently put out a study in March that at the rate hirings and payment is going it will take 42 YEARS for women WGA members to be on a par with men. 42 YEARS!!!!
Please do a story on that.
Love you Melissa!

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