A list of show’s that although brilliant got canceled well before their respective endings.
Ever wonder what get’s a show cancelled? Is it that not enough people watch the show, or is it that the networks can’t re-sign the actors Maybe they just think that something better is just around the corner. The most annoying thing about it is that you the viewer puts countless hours into getting to know the fictional personalities that provide us with the escape we need to getaway from the monotony of the everyday grind. In the end you feel cheated like that one night stand you wish never ended, clueless and left wanting. I have felt this far too many times and here are my five most heart breaking cancels that make me wish I never got involved in the first place.
Counting down from number five, October Road. This show really does a great job of making you fall in love with small town America. It follows a writer Nick Garrett, who left his small town for the excitement of the world not to return for 10 years. While he was gone he wrote a best selling novel, mocking the people and town that he grew up in. Coming back to teach a class at the local university. He is brought back to the friends and family he left behind whom aren’t too happy to see him. Starring Brian Greenberg and Laura Prepon who are the high school sweethearts that have a spark on the screen that is just incredible, they literally steal the spotlight in this heart renching and lovable drama. This is one you’ll sit down to please your girlfriend and end up falling in love with the small town of knights Ridge. I have to say a few good things came from this show, It Introduced Brian Greenberg to Television which breeded the amazing new show “How to Make it in America”. Which is one season in and scheduled for a second season. It also pared a few actors for the new show “Happy Town” Which is a Mystery that really keeps you guessing.
Number four, Brought to us by Mike Kelly the man behind the OC and Jericho. “Swingtown” is a provocative betrayal of life in 1976. It fallows three couples and their families in a Chicago suburb who explore new freedoms and seek connections with each other in the midst of the socio/sexual revolution. This show is riddled with amazing actors like Molly Parker, Jack Davenport, Grant Show, Lana Parilla, Josh Hopkins and Michael Rady Just to name a few. This throwback drama really brings to light the lavishness and excitement of a time not so long ago. It glamorizes the sexual revolution in a way that makes me wish I lived 35 years ago. This is a must watch even though it does leave the story line gaping open and leaves you wanting so much more. It was extremely frustrating to watch this show come to an end but in the end I am glad I got to spend 13 awesome episodes exploring the sexual liberties of the 1970’s.
Number three on my list should please the Sci-fi generation as we all felt the whiplash of disappointment in seeing Firefly get cancelled in 2003. In this high action Sci-fi adventure we follow the adventures of the ship known as “Serenity” who is Captained by Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds played by Nathan Fillion, a former galactic war veteran. Mal and his crew of hired transporters, ensign Zoe Warren (Gina Torres), Zoe’s husband, pilot Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne (Alan Tudyk), former combat soldier Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin), young engineer Kaylee Frye (Jewel Staite), former Alliance medical officer Simon Tamm (Sean Mahr), his teenage sister River (Summer Glau) (Both on-the-run from the Interplanetary government “The Alliance”), the beautiful “companion” Inara Serra (Moreena Baccarin) and religious man Shepherd Book (Ron Glass). As a team they do legal or illegal jobs (smuggling, protecting, guns-for-hire, robberies) as the Serenity crew travels across the outskirts of Outer Space for food, money and anything to make a living on, as The Serenity crew tries to stay under the radar of The Alliance and pulls dangerous jobs in the Alliance controlled star systems. This show was definitely the Pioneer of it’s genre leading the way to show’s like Battlestar Galactica and several series of Stargate the latest being “Stargate Universe”. As disappointed as I was when this show was cancelled I was very happy to see the writers at least take responsibility as they went to write the movie Serenity which tied up many loose ends in the show firefly. If you haven’t had a chance to check this one out, I would suggest picking up the box set and checking it out.
Number Two on my list is a show that I am currently in the midst of and enjoying immensely, I don’t know how I’m going to feel at the end, It depends on how much is left undone. The show I speak of is “Studio 60″ It’s a very smart show, It has many big names like Mathew Perry, Amanda Peet, Steven Webber, Nate Torrence, D.L. Hughly, Just to name a few. It follows the cast, crew, Producers and executives of a prime time network NBS (National Broadcast System) as they produce the hit comedy “Studio 60″, the show being similar to SNL (Saturday Night Live). What they seem to do best in this show is character development. Not to mention the acting is fantastic. Unfortunately it only made it one season and was cancelled in 2007. In my opinion Aaron Sorkin the show’s creature hit it out of the park with this comedic drama, and I really hope he brings another show to TV. His latest creations have been on the big screen including titles like “The Social Network” and highly anticipated “Money Ball” Staring Jonah hill and Brad Pitt.
And now to number one, my biggest disappointment in cable TV. Even though it went 6 Season’s this show stopped airing with one of the main characters getting arrested for the murder of another main character. Without lending a clue as to who really did it, “The L Word” left us wanting Soo much more. This show follows the lives and loves of a small, close-knit group of lesbians living in Los Angeles as well as the friends and family members that either support or loath them. From All star appearances of some TV’s greatest female actresses, Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Laurel Holloman, Mia Kirshner, Katherine Moening, Pam Grier, Erin Daniels and Daniela Sea. This show was a hit, Millions watched these woman live it up in Los Angeles. At first when I started watching this show with my girlfriend I really thought this was a chick flick, but boy was I wrong. It’s witty and Intelligent with great writing and even better acting. I was honestly angry when it got cancelled, not only that it had gotten cancelled but that it was cancelled in the middle of a season. In an attempt to save itself by itself I mean the network that aired the show, they put a lame 6, 9 minute web segments trying to allure to who the murderer actually was but in the end we still don’t know. It was to be followed up by a show called the farm which would have followed Alice the one who was arrested for the murder as she deals with life in a correctional institution. From what I was able to find on the web, this show “The Farm” Was actually created and shot but never released? I think the fans of this show should be entitled to at least being able to download this in an attempt to give us closure.
All in all, I am constantly being disappointed by show’s being cancelled without a resolution. I don’t understand how networks expect us to put all this time into a show to be left utterly unsatisfied. So I personally fight back by no longer watching TV on Cable, I refuse to put my time into watching the advertisements that make these people rich. I know I am only one viewer but maybe there will be other’s out there like me who will no longer put up with it. I download all my show’s via torrent now. It allows me to watch a season uninterrupted by commercials or waiting for next week’s show. Now I am sure I have left a lot of shows off my list so I do want mention a few more. So In their Memory here are some other shows I highly suggest watching as they were absolutely brilliant but cancelled well before their end. Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Journeyman, Jericho, Arrested Development, Men in Tree’s, The Nine, and Windfall. All great show’s, So I hope you get some enjoyment out of watching some shows that you may have never watched, I have thoroughly enjoyed all of these show’s. In writing this I hope maybe a network executive might stumble across this and Just think about the next time he cancels a show that so many people have let into their homes and hearts and has his writers at least give it some sort of ending. All I ask is for a ending, and Considering the countless hours I have poured into the shows listed above, I don’t think an ending is too much to ask for.