Dear Television Executives, Stop Canceling My Damn Television Shows

  • SumoMe


Dear Television Executives,

Stop canceling my damn television shows!  So here we are a few months into the new season, and you are already giving up on your new round of bright-eyed freshmen shows.  Look, this is really starting to piss me off.  I am a huge fan of zoning out to the alpha waves – relaxing on my couch each evening – but you are starting to make it difficult to enjoy good TV.  It has gotten to the point where I won’t even start watching a new show until after a few months, just to see what the buzz is.  I have gotten burned too many times in the past.  But this year, I will admit, you got me.  I did not watch a single new show until early November, but since my DVR was filling up so fast, I checked out what the so-called “critics” were saying and decided to watch Last Resort.  (Also 666 Park Avenue, but let’s be honest, even I could tell that show was a brick.)

I watched the first episode of Last Resort the first weekend of November, and I was hooked.  I caught up on all the episodes I had missed over that weekend.  Guess what, November 16 you issue a press release saying that the show has been cancelled.  WTF?  I hear you will air the 13 episodes filmed, and then what?  We can play a guessing game as to what happens next.  I tell you what happens next:  Next year, I won’t watch a damn single new show until after season one, when I know the show will be picked up for season two.  Screw you Mr. Network Executive!  If you are too chicken shit to commit to a whole season with a beginning and end, then count me out.  I am sticking my money in Hulu, Netflix and itunes, and I am betting I am not alone.  It’s gotten so bad that there’s even a website to tell you if your show has been canceled.  How proud you must be!

The following is a list of the shows in the last two years that I got into, and you quickly got out of, leaving me hanging.  You will notice that there are no sitcoms on the list.  Don’t get me wrong, I like a good sitcom, but it is the cliffhanger shows that really irk me when you pull the plug with no ending (alright, maybe Outsourced, because that shit was funny)……….

Awake – Michael lives in two separate realities after a car crash…uh, completely not believable, but I like watching a good crazy.

The Firm – Loved the book, loved the movie, so I thought I would give the show a chance.  Stuck around because Juliette Lewis is a train wreck I cannot look away from.

Missing – Man this was a suspenseful show!  I love Ashley Judd.  In the last episode, she got kidnapped…we will never know which hot guy she decided on.

The River – This show was some scary shit.  We had to watch it after the kid went to bed because it freaked her out.  The episode with the creepy doll turning its head scared the crap out of me….

Ringer – Sarah Michelle Gellar is money, especially when she plays two characters on the show.

Terra Nova – There were dinosaurs.  Need I say more?

The Event – I was totally into this, extraterrestrials and all.  I should have known better, but was blinded by Jason Ritter’s awesomeness.

The Gates – Vampires, witches, werewolves and a succubus living in a lovely suburban gated community.  A commentary on why I live near downtown.

Scoundrels – A thieving, conniving family of grifters.  I like anything that makes my family seem less dysfunctional.

Flash Forward – I thought this was the new Lost.  Instead, I was lost.

I am not saying this is a list of gems or anything.  In fact, some are complete shit, but they are your shit, and you should give them an ending and stop pissing your customer base off.



So I might watch a little too much TV…again, I am guessing I am not alone.  What is your favorite TV show that got canceled before its prime?


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  1. I feel your pain, Jennifer, and I could not agree more. It seems like I go through this every season – fall in love with a new show, stress out about the ratings every week, then have a hissy when it gets cancelled. Fortunately, the new shows I glommed on to this year (Nashville and Beauty and the Beast) have both been picked up for a full season. I was with you on being totally bummed about Ringer’s cancellation last year. I LOVED that show! It was so clever, campy, and fun, and Ioan Gruffudd and SMG were gold together. SIGH

    Off the top of my head, I’d say that the two shows I was most upset about being cancelled were Pushing Daisies and Moonlight. The writers’ strike did both of those shows in because they lost momentum when they were off the air for so long. It was really unfair, but then the decisions of TV network executives never make any sense to me!

    • Jennifer Coy says:

      You are definitely a girl after my own heart. I have also picked up Nashville and Beauty and the Beast, and am pleased they have been picked up. I am very much looking forward to our twitter discussions on all things TV!

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