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Stop One Show!

It's the time of year when the networks start plotting their schedules for next season, checking out new pilots and deciding what shows to bring back. It's always a frustrating time for me, as I wonder why so many terrible shows make it back year after year.

At the end of the week, we'll learn the winner of Kristin Veitch's annual Save One Show campaign, which will help boost the winning show's chances of renewal. Meanwhile, I'm starting a poll of my own: the Stop One Show contest.

If you could pull one show from the air to make room for a quality series, which would it be? Unlike Kristin, I don't have the ear of the networks, so I can't promise that your vote will do anything to get the winner (loser?) kicked off the air. But I do promise to write about the show with all the ire and vitriol it deserves.

I've stocked the poll with some of my least-faves, limiting the candidates to scripted series only; I don't think I could possibly choose just one reality series to cancel. And I'm sticking with the broadcast networks' primetime shows; sorry, but "Pimp My Ride" and "Maury" don't count. Obviously, this is all in good fun, so if I've listed your favorite show among the candidates, please don't take it personally. You can vote here, but first you can check out the candidates if you

"ER": The show is just a shadow of what it was in the Carter/Greene/Ross/Susan years. After 13 seasons, all of the original main characters have moved on; I say the show should follow suit.

"American Dad": I'm pretty tolerant of Fox's Sunday animated lineup, but I really don't understand why you would watch this when you could put on "Family Guy" instead?

"Ghost Whisperer": I'm sorry, but "Jennifer Love Hewitt is hot" is not a good enough explanation.

"War at Home": This show is a thorn in my side. It causes me physical pain every time I hear Michael Rapaport snivel about how men and women are different and kids ruin your life. Make it stop!

"My Name is Earl": Sorry, Jason Lee fans. I know "Earl" has become a staple of NBC's Thursday lineup, but frankly, I think it's the weak link. NBC can definitely do better.

"CSI: Miami": It might be one of the best comedies on TV, except it's meant to be a drama.

"Medium": I like to see my Arquettes succeed, but this show is nowhere near as good as many of the dramas NBC is threatening to cancel.

"George Lopez": It's nothing personal, George. It's just that ABC has put more episodes of this show on the air in place of almost every show they've canceled this year, and I'm over it.

"Law & Order": Yes, it started one of television's biggest franchises, but the rotating cast of female counterparts lost me a while ago. Sam Waterson's eyebrows deserve more!

"Prison Break": This show has its fans. But it should have lasted for one season, and as TV Guide critic Matt Roush recently wrote, there's nowhere good for it to go now.

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demeter demeter 10 years
Ghost Whisperer? That's a good show, and it's a lot more interesting than Medium!
clarapl clarapl 10 years
Why is Fear Factor not on all this list? Or, the most boring and pointless show of all time, Big Brother? (Or are they off the air already? I don't actually have a TV...)
Adrian-Ryce Adrian-Ryce 10 years
I feel so conflicted. I voted for George Lopez cuz I really do truly hate that show but there are so few minority representations on network television that I would almost feel bad if it was to get canceled. (I have watched most of the shows on this list but I felt more compelled to vote off one of the shows I just assume sucks and thus far have refused to watch (Ghost Whisperer, Medium) so I decided to let them be, since I can't really explain why they should go.)
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 10 years
ER should have ended at lifetime ago, it has long outlived it's welcome.
dogg dogg 10 years
ER is still on TV? That's the time I lost my bag of Super Silver Haze!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I think you've got the makings of two lists there... Shows that used to be good and are way past their prime and need to retire and shows that were never any good in the first place. And also My Name is Earl, which to me doesn't belong on any of those lists. I think someone is bitter that Andy Barker PI didn't make it and is taking it out on poor, old Earl. Compared to so many half hour comedies on tv, Earl is definitely one of the better ones rather than being a retread of a played out format.
BellaCalla BellaCalla 10 years
You put mostly really good shows on here!!! There are so many other crappy shows that should be cancelled before these.
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
Medium and Law and Order?! Love 'em both. I'll acknowledge that the premise of Medium is pretty lame, but the delivery is great. Also, it is one of the few shows that has a leading woman who isn't a size zero who isn't comic relief and/or viewed as gawky/unattractive (I lurve Ugly Betty and the point that people shouldn't be judged by superficial things, but something has to be said about a show that depicts a mom who is curvy and over 30 and wearing some great clothes and looking fabulous--just 'cause you're a mom doesn't mean you have to wear "mom jeans.") Medium also has the only Arquett I can stand--the other sister resembles skelator, and the guy is a freak.
lala788 lala788 10 years
i can't believe you put BRISON BREAK on of the show you want to stop , it's one of my favorite show, no don't stop her...
mello1177 mello1177 10 years
I do not watch any of the shows listed escept Everybody Loves Earl. I love that show and I love Jason Lee. I stopped watching Law and Order and ER a long time ago, but I like John Stamos so I keep planning on trying ER again. So any of the other shows besides Everybody Loves Earl or ER, I guess.
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
me, too. although sometimes I giggle at his expressions when he says some of his lines. and the lines, themselves. I still love "H". :D
missyosigirl missyosigirl 10 years
no.... i love csi miami! i love horatio!!! :D
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