When the sun rose this morning, none of the major broadcast network schedules look anything like they did just two short weeks ago, as this week’s upfronts presentations caused the usual panic before sacrifices were made quickly and viciously. Tons of huge shows were laid out and lifeless when the smoke cleared after the first wave of cancellations hit last week, and then more dropped like low-rated and over-budgeted flies over the next few days.

Here are 10 more unfortunate series that did not survive to make it to their respective networks’ next fall or midseason premiere slates. They’ll all be replaced in a few months, and unless another network or streaming service steps in to offer a second chance – you’ll be hearing those words again later – this could be the very last time you hear about them.

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Rush Hour, CBS
Remaking one of the top action comedy film franchises would seem like a safe bet for a network getting in on the film-to-TV trend. Unfortunately, CBS chose Rush Hour, whose big screen success was based largely on the exclusive-to-them talents of stunt-maestro Jackie Chan and the decibel-imploding mania that is Chris Tucker. Actors Jon Foo and Justin Hires just couldn’t compare, and the dynamic of a Chinese cop partnered with a black cop doesn’t have the on-screen exoticism it once did. Mediocre stories couldn’t make up for any finer points, and the below-5 million weekly audience did not compute with CBS’ execs, and the show was cancelled without a chance for Season 2.

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Undateable, NBC
Undateable was quite the odd duck on NBC, debuting in the midseason in 2014 to low ratings and middling reviews, but still outlasting other comedies debuting in that season. The second season got shifted to Tuesday nights, where the ratings and word of mouth grew, and the success of a live episode inspired the creative team to make the show live each week, which opened up a slew of possibilities for how the cast could interact with fans via social media as the show was airing. Unfortunately, NBC put Season 3 on Friday nights, where the ratings once again plummeted, and the announcement that Season 4 wasn’t happening was unsurprising.

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Heartbeat, NBC
Heartbeat is one of the entries on this list that is most likely to make you tilt your head to the side and say “That was a show?” Debuting just under two months ago, Heartbeat stars Melissa George as a heart-transplant surgeon at a research hospital where progress is a frequent occurrence, and they do things like give stem cell treatments to car accident victims who talk backwards. Dipping ratings and critical panning sealed this series’ fate right out of the double doors, but NBC did let eight episodes pass before officially calling the time of death on the medical drama.

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