'Cult' and Other Canceled TV Shows Whose Final Episodes Never Aired

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It's been a sad couple of weeks for fans of the CW's freshman thriller "Cult." After the network pulled the show from its schedule due to low viewership, "Cult" fans hoped that the network would set a date when the remaining six unaired episodes would be available to watch.

As of April 17, the CW has yet to announce when (or if) these episodes will air. The network has also yet to announce whether the remaining episodes will be made available on streaming services, such as Hulu.

For the time being, it seems like "Cult" is destined to become yet another canceled TV show whose final episodes may never see the light of day. Here are some other past TV shows that were canceled before their final episodes aired.

"Day One"

Think of this short-lived NBC series as a sort of proto-"Revolution." The plot of "Day One" revolved around a mysterious global event that destroyed modern infrastructure. The show was originally supposed to air in 2009, with the show given an initial order of 13 episodes. Strangely, the episode order was later cut to just four episodes, and then cut back to a single "backdoor pilot" television movie. Ultimately, "Day One" never aired in any of these formats.


Given Kelsey Grammer's long tenure on comedy juggernauts like "Cheers" and "Frasier," it's odd to think about one of his star vehicles fizzling on impact. And yet, that's exactly what happened with the 2009 ABC comedy "Hank." Starring Grammer as a Wall Street CEO who lost his job, the show lasted just five episodes before being pulled. Another five unaired episodes exist, though it is highly unlikely they will ever see the light of day.

"Blonde Charity Mafia"

This reality series followed three women who were obsessed with planning and prepping for charity events. The series was developed by Lifetime in 2008, and then sold off to The CW. After the episodes had been filmed, The CW backed out of airing the series. As of 2009, no U.S. channels have shown any episodes of the series, though the show did air in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and a few other foreign countries.

"12 Miles of Bad Road"

Of the many shows HBO has canceled over the years, the loss of the promising series "12 Miles of Bad Road" was especially sad. This story of a Texas real estate matriarch with a dysfunctional family, "12 Miles" featured great talents like Lily Tomlin, Gary Cole, Eliza Coupe, and Ron White. Unfortunately, the show was produced during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike. By the time the strike ended, HBO had lost interest in the project. The general public has never seen the six unaired episodes.
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