Okay, here’s what really grinds my gears: TV studios cancel shows way too early. I’m not talking about ‘hey, they could have squeezed one more season of How I Met Your Mother or Lost out’ but I’m talking about ‘hey, the premiere episodes wasn’t record breaker so we’re cancelling it after two episodes.’
Fun fact: If Seinfeld premiered this year, it would have been cancelled midway through the first season. Why’s that? Because most shows need some time to breath, to come into their own, and to find an audience. Even the much beloved Star Trek: The Next Generation started rocky and didn’t hit its stride until season 2 or 3.
Let’s take a look at he cancelled shows that I was watching this year:
Cheesey? Sure, but the cast was delightful. The show harkened back to the good ole times when sitcoms were about witches, monsters, or genies. I should consider it lucky we even got a second season, but ABC shoved it in the Friday Night death slot, which only few shows ever recover from.
Another show that lasted enough to get me hooked on. At least it got Jane Levy enough exposure to star in the great Evil Dead remake/reboot/sequel/whatever it was.
Super Fun Night
A fat girl, her nerdy friend, and her lesbian friend star in awkward city misadventures? Count me there. But apparently I was the only one. One short season flew by, and I looked forward to watching more zany fun from the crew. Oh well.
Based on the movie of the same name, this series features a fantastic cast with great timing. This one had the potential of being a real super star, but CBS cancelled it after airing two episodes. Not cool.
Friends With Better Lives
Probably my favorite show on this list. Much hyped by CBS as the new Friends, they cancelled the show after three episodes. This was the biggest mistake on the list. James Van Der Beek, please find a vehicle that lasts. And Kevin Connolly, please continue to be hot well in your forties. Thank you.
I watched this one because hey why not? I liked the cast, but it was cringe worthy. Fox, this was a good decision. Well played, for once.
What do you do with a feel-good comedy about the military with a hot cast (I’m looking at you, Chris Lowell) and a quirky sense of humor? According to Fox, you throw it on at a random Friday Night Death Slot with little fanfare and air the episodes out of order. No surprise the show was cancelled after that treatment. The series should have been paired with Brooklyn 99 and found an audience. Poor move, Fox.
Fox took the series, gave it a new showrunner and a new night, and only gave it one season. I guess we were lucky to have that one extra season. The show probably had run its course.
A victim of circumstances. American Idol’s been slipping, and the first season was shortened due to scheduling conflicts. This nostalgic look at the early 1990s couldn’t find the audience that The Goldbergs (similar style to the early 1980s) found.
For a series that’s been on the bubble since the first season, I considered every year to be lucky (even the year of the gas leak). Of all the series on the list, this one is the only one with a chance of continuing on somewhere else (I’m looking at you, Netflix).
The Michael J. Fox Show
I was a fan, mostly because of the star. Give him a better vehicle and start over. I agree with this one.
Sean Saves the World
I actually really liked this one, and it definitely got better as the season progressed. The cast started to gel together and the writing improved. Of all the sitcoms cancelled, I think this one had the best shot of really growing into a lasting series. I’ve no doubt Sean Hayes will find something new, and I’m pleased Tom Lennon’s already in for the Odd Couple remake.
That about sums it up for me. Any of you agree/disagree? Did you love one of the other dozens of shows that got canned that I never watched? Let me know.
This is Elliot Arthur Cross wishing you better luck for your favorite series next season.