By Candace Havens
This is the week the networks go to New York and announce their slate of programming to advertisers and the press. It’s also the week most fans find out their shows are canceled. It sucks. You’ve invested time, and possibly your heart, into a show that hasn’t made it. If you really loved it, there’s a good chance you want to scream or punch someone.
I’ll be posting the changes and updates for the upcoming network schedules on my author page (https://www.facebook.com/candacehavensbooks) so you can see what’s on the way and that sort of thing, but I thought I might talk about some of my favorite shows through the years that have been cancelled and I’d love to hear about yours.
The biggest one that got me this year was the cancellation of “The Blacklist: Redemption.” I loved that show. It took a few episodes for them to find their way, but it was the relationships that made that one sing. Alas, NBC has canceled it. They kept “The Blacklist,” which, even though I adore me some James Spader, I feel has already run its course. And I’m happy about another show that was on the bubble but survived, and that’s “Blindspot.” I know that show is crazy, but I breathed a sigh of relief. It’s on Fridays this next season, so it probably doesn’t have long.
I’m reaching back in time for these two. “Pushing Daisies” (2 seasons) and “Eli Stone” (2 seasons). I feel like both of these were shows before their time. They were so innovative and clever. The same with Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” (1 season) Look at how that one has lived such a long life thanks to streaming and DVDs. It has legions of Browncoat fans. Fox messed up big time with that show, which was most definitely before its time. The same thing happened with Whedon’s “Dollhouse.” That one took a bit more time to figure out where it was going, but it was a fun show. Speaking of Fox canceling shows that were just finding their groove, I felt the same way about “Almost Human” and “Terra Nova.” We were just starting to see where those shows were going when they were canceled.
Some of my other faves that didn’t make it past the first or second season include: the original “Twin Peaks,” “Reaper,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” “Dead Like Me,” “Carnivale,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “Profit,” “My So Called Life,” “Wonderfalls,” “Bunheads,” and “Brimstone” to name a few.
I want to hear about some of your favorites that might have met the ax a little too soon.