Brilliant but cancelled! still in denial….will write more when i’m no longer in shock

January 28, 2009

After the recent cancellation of “Arrested Development” I started thinking – why have there been so many amazing shows that end when “Private Practice” and “Gossip Girl” still earn air time. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to wrap my head around that

About two years ago, I was personally affected by the TV industry’s decision to cancel a certain show – “Veronica Mars.” Upon hearing the decision, I think I cried, screamed, kicked and then ate a pickle for comfort. How could ANYONE cancel a brilliant show like Veronica Mars?

Seriously, if you have never seen it then I highly recommend that you do (it’s in my store!). Until then….a moment of silence for “Veronica Mars,” a brilliant, yet cancelled piece of amazingness.

…which is then followed by…

Clemmons: Oh. [fake laugh] Your father has generously offered to donate a pair of boots for our school fundraising auction.
Logan: Not the ones made for walking? God, I love those boots.

(see:  Wikiquote)

So, my question is – what cancellation made you scream, kick, and eat a pickle? Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks (or undeclared), Rainbow Brite – take your pick but explain why!!

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3 Responses to “ Brilliant but cancelled! still in denial….will write more when i’m no longer in shock ”

  1. Lonnie on January 30, 2009 at 3:09 am

    if I was a freudian, I would say: not shocking that you went for the pickle ms. falic.

    if I were a smart man, with taste, I would say: VERONICA MARS? you’re crazy. three clever lines inserted into a blah plot? i could just go to my statistics lecture for that.

  2. revisingproust on January 30, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Lonnie, I cannot believe your sacrilege.

    i hear you’re fond of carrot picnics so it’s a wonder that i’m going to say this: GET YOUR EYES CHECKED (or your brain).

  3. jdl on January 30, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve all but stopped watching new shows because the shows I like are inevitably cancelled. Quick list of semi-recent shows I’ve liked that were cancelled after their first or second season:

    1. Studio 60 – Aaron Sorkin’s post-West-Wing drama about an SNL-type show (cleverly hidden by basing it out of LA instead of NYC). Unbelievable cast (Amanda Peete, Steven Weber, Bradley Whitford, Matthew Perry, Sarah Paulson, D.H. Hughley, Timothy Busfield), great writing. Never found an audience, and NBC didn’t help by moving its slot around and giving up on it so quickly. Lasted one season.
    2. Boomtown – Another pretty good cast (Donnie Wahlberg, Mykelti Williamson (Bubba from Forrest Gump), Neal McDonough), and an interesting spin on the cop show. They showed you the story from the perspective of each of the characters, and not until the end did you know the whole story. Clever, but the network didn’t trust it; they gutted the format for season 2 and I think cancelled it halfway through the second season.
    3. Sports Night – Another Sorkin show with an excellent cast (Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman, Robert Guillaume). The network (ABC in this case) didn’t really know what to do with this one, either: is it a comedy or a drama? Show about a sports show where you didn’t really need to like sports to like the show. I’ll admit that I only really found this show after it was cancelled. The one episode that I had seen was a “letter-writing” episode, which was not a good format for turning a newcomer on to the show. Lasted two seasons.

    I’m sure there are others, but these are the ones that I can think of right now.

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