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TV shows canceled too early

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by NDJournalist, May 15, 2013.

  1. NDJournalist

    NDJournalist Active Member

    One of the cruel things about getting attached to a television show is the fact that at any moment it can end prematurely, without a proper conclusion, simply because it doesn't attract enough viewers.

    Another cruel thing is there often isn't an answer after the fact. The writers, for some reason, nor the producers tell us what would have happened had it been allowed to reach that conclusion. Another cruel thing is the fact that conceptually brilliant shows often don't work long term because the viewers are too stupid to know a good thing.

    Two such shows stand out in my mind:
    1. Fox's "Drive," which lasted four episodes and was the tale of some sort of cross-country death race hybrided with a large sum of prize money;

    2. CBS's "Joan of Arcadia," which ended far too prematurely and left every viewer pondering its meaning.

    I'm sure there are others like this (Jericho, John Doe or Smallville, anyone?), so what rings in your mind?
  2. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    That lasted, like, nine seasons.
    Might as well put Law & Order on the list.
  3. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    It's Your Move - 1980s Jason Bateman sitcom
    Body of Proof

    There was an alien conspiracy show that was on after Lost. I can't remember the name of it, but I remember being really surprised when it only lasted one or two seasons...

    The most obvious answers that will be listed here are:

    Freaks and Geeks
    My So-Called Life
  4. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Sports. Motherfucking. Night.
  5. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    EZ Streets
  6. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    Keen Eddie.
  7. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    Better Off Ted
  8. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Are you thinking of "The Nine"?
    Wasn't about aliens, but a bank robbery and its aftermath. They tried to get into some conspiracy stuff and bad decisions made by the survivors. It was very much in the same vein as Lost, where they'd show flashbacks to the robbery and then bounce back to the present. It was gone after a season which, of course, left plenty of dangling plot threads.
  9. NDJournalist

    NDJournalist Active Member

    The worst thing is when the endings don't make sense and you're left hanging, as you are with "Joan" and "Drive."
  10. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    24, obviously.
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    The Nine was pretty good too... I think the show I'm thinking of is "Invasion"
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    How many seasons did that get? Was it two or three?
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