It’s only mid-October and already five shows have gotten the axe from their networks.  As we’ve seen in the past, cancellation isn’t simply about what’s good and what’s bad, there is a lot more that goes into it.  Here’s a look at who’s DOA and who’s next:

NBC dug a shallow grave for The Playboy Club after only three episodes making it the first cancellation of the season.  The attempt to replicate Mad Men clearly didn’t pay off perhaps due to censorship restrictions on broadcast network make it impossible to air the type of show The Playboy Club was.  Mad Men is able to get away with a lot more on AMC and if Playboy had gone the cable route, it might have made it.  Also, the conservative outcry at this “controversial” show was just too much.  I’d really hate to believe this is why it was cancelled, but never isn’t just the Jews who run Hollywood.  Needless to say, I’m disappointed to see it go, especially as the first cancellation.

The Playboy Club was followed quickly by two much more deserving shows, H8R, the CW reality show hosted by Mario Lopez, and NBC’s sitcom, Free Agents, in which two lonely-hearts have an office romance.

H8R was one of two reality shows premiered this fall and was unfortunately put up against the other one, The X Factor in the same timeslot.  Clearly CW didn’t believe in this one from the start.  It made it a total of seven minutes for me as I was forced to watch a Kardashian try to win over her biggest hater.  Why does she care?  More importantly, why do I?  And that question made me turn off the television.  There is some discussion that H8R will air next summer.

Free Agents actually made my list of possibly first cancellations because the premise sounded more like a bad Lifetime movie (yes, there are good Lifetime movies, they usually involve Amish women or pregnancy pacts) than a television show.  It wasn’t a surprise to see yet another British remake disappear from primetime.

Though not officially cancelled, CBS’ How To Be A Gentleman has halted production and been moved to Saturday nights so we can pretty much consider that a flat line.  Even though the ratings weren’t that low, it failed to live up to expectations and was quickly scrapped from its Thursday night timeslot with lead-in The Big Bang Theory.  The first twelve minutes of the pilot were almost unbearable and if I wasn’t such a big fan of creator David Hornsby (“Cricket” from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), I would have turned it off right then and there.  I’m sure most people did.

The latest cancelled show is ABC’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels which premiered to low ratings that simply went further downhill.  This is no surprise, despite the success of Hawaii 5-0, as it was up against NBC’s Thursday night comedy block and The Big Bang Theory.  It was going to take more than bikini-clad detectives to beat that.

Despite these fatalities, many new shows have already been given full season pickups including NBC’s Up All Night and Whitney (which goes to prove that a show doesn’t have to be good to make it), ABC’s Suburgatory and Revenge (proving my point once again), Fox’s New Girl, CBS’ 2 Broke Girls and CW’s Ringer, Hart of Dixie and Secret Circle.

So what will be the next to go? With most of the sitcoms already having been picked up or cancelled, it’s all about the dramas.  Prime Suspect and A Gifted Man are both hurting for ratings at this point so my money is on one of them taking the next fall.

Still premiering this week are Man Up, Once Upon A Time and Grimm, all of whom have a large chance of floundering.  Keep your eyes watching, because you never know what’s going to disappear next.