Tonight marks the official start of the 2012-2013 season, which will run through May of 2013. A handful of new shows have already premiered and some returning shows are already back on the air. But over the next few weeks the networks will unveil the bulk of their new and returning programming. And that means before long — perhaps as early as next week — the first cancellation will be announced. Last season NBC’s The Playboy Club had the dubious distinction of being pulled first, after three episodes were broadcast. During the 2010-2011 season the first cancellation was FOX’s Lonestar after just two episodes aired. And during the 2009-2010 season The Beautiful Life: TBL on The CW was the first cancellation, also after only two episodes. So what will be the first cancellation and first new obscurity this season? FOX’s The Mob Doctor drew terrible ratings for its premiere least week and it will no doubt do just as badly (and likely worse) tonight. That makes it the heavy favorite to be pulled. If it somehow manages to hang on for a few more weeks, what other shows could be the first to fall? Animal Practice on NBC? The Neighbors on ABC?
It’s interesting to note that none of the first shows to be cancelled over the last three seasons have been released on DVD, which I found puzzling given that at one point it seemed like the networks/studios were putting everything on DVD, regardless of how many episodes were produced (or left unaired after cancellation struck). The unaired episodes of The Beautiful Life: TBL were available on YouTube at one point but I don’t believe the unaired episodes of The Playboy Club or Lonestar were ever made available, which again I find surprising.