“The Grinder” did not deserve to be cancelled. Pretty much everyone agrees on that — including Fox executives who remain proud of the Rob Lowe sitcom, but couldn’t rationalize sticking with another low-rated comedy. Critics adored it. Fans were enamored. There just weren’t enough of them. So when news came down late last week that “The Grinder” was indeed, resting, outrage flooded the Internet. And rightly so.
But some shows were ready to go. Aside from the obvious critically-panned one-and-done efforts, some which didn’t even finish the season, there were series more than ready to be laid to rest. Indiewire’s TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers have dug through the rubble of last season’s broadcast slate to highlight both series: the ones that needed another year, and the ones that got too many already.
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