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Geddlo 08-30-10 01:58 PM

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Thanks for the info!

MrSmearkase 08-30-10 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Geddlo (Post 10346481)
With regards to ratings and stuff, how many millions of viewers is deemed successful?
To me, 4-5 million is quite a lot. It's just something I don't get.

I can't give you an iron-clad answer, but it's all relative to what network it is on, what time it is on, how much they've spent on advertising, etc.

the big train 08-30-10 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin (Post 10346397)
For me:

Not mentioned:
Sports Night - it had its flaws in both seasons (laugh track in 1, inconsistent characters in 2) but I think they could have ironed things out in season 3. Plus, since it's basically a fake sports news show, it could have gone on for years like the show it mimicked, Sports Center.

I agree with this one much more than the Studio 60 mention in the original post. The problem with Sports Night is that it had all the makings of a comedy, but was much more of a drama. Maybe things would have worked out better once they got past all the drama about whether or not CSC would survive.

As much as I liked Sports Night and The West Wing, Studio 60 was a chore to watch. I do not miss that show.

mortalplague 08-30-10 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Double_Oh_7 (Post 10346052)
I think the point of the thread is shows that should have been given time to find an audience, or shows that still had some life/potential in them.

Pretty much lol, I did not intend to mean these shows were pulled just to make way for new shows unjustly. I understand that some did not have great ratings. Yes some of the shows did have good runs, Two guys and a girl, and Ed were great. They are on the list cause i love Tom Cavenaugh and Ryan Reynolds would loved those characters and wouldn't mind seeing more. Scrubs deserved to be cancelled after season 6 and got a finale for season 8 as mentioned, But it was brought back with a new cast and it's a shame they didn't give the new show a chance. The problem really was that Zach braff was attached at the beginning. I really started to love the New characters when Zach left. For the most part many did have great potential and some should have been given a better chance. the writer strike is responsible for alot on my list. I too would have liked to have seen where Freaks and geeks would of gone if it had another season or 2. So you can add shows that even tanked like Do Not Disturb but then again lol if you add that one your credibility as a tv goer is shot :p

ChrisHicks 08-30-10 03:42 PM

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While I think of a top 10 there is one show from years ago that I'd still like more of that didn't last really long(since most shows mentioned in here had multiple seasons with the exception of L&O which lasted longer than some members here have been alive) which was The War Next Door on USA Network. A single 13 episode season and then poof, gone.

Sessa17 08-30-10 05:43 PM

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#1 for me is Farscape. Fucking Stargate has been on for 37 seasons and still sucks, and the most innovative sci-fi series since Star Trek first aired gets canned after 4 seasons :hairpull:

#2 would be Angel. Show could have gone in so many directions and kept getting better with every season.

Original Desmond 08-30-10 06:41 PM

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Angel
24
Threshold
Still Standing
Off Centre

Johnny Fever 08-30-10 07:12 PM

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My recent favorites that were already mentioned
1) Life on Mars (horrible closure but atleast we got one)
2) Tru Calling (for season 2, they get some Buffy writers and then they cancel it just when they are taking the show in a better direction
3) My So-Called Life (brilliant show!)

A few more that lasted just less than a season
4) Day Break

from the 90's
5) Dark Skies
6) The Hat Squad
7) The Flash

from the 80's
8) Something is out there
9) V - The series (it sucked but I wanted a resolution to that cliffhanger)

from the 70's
10) Kolchak the night Stalker

DJariya 08-30-10 07:16 PM

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Day Break got screwed airing-wise as it got cancelled before the series finished. But, as some of you here probably already know the series did complete it's run and ABC posted all the remaining episodes online. Also, it was designed as a 13 episode 1 season self contained series and it ended with closure. Plus, it also got a DVD release.

Johnny Fever 08-30-10 07:38 PM

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Originally Posted by DJariya (Post 10347129)
Day Break got screwed airing-wise as it got cancelled before the series finished. But, as some of you here probably already know the series did complete it's run and ABC posted all the remaining episodes online. Also, it was designed as a 13 episode 1 season self contained series and it ended with closure. Plus, it also got a DVD release.

I'm pretty sure that the series was designed to be longer than 13 episodes and got cut down to the 13 when the show premiered and the ratings were low. They were some early plot points being developped in those early episodes that were completely dropped midpoint and / or were never explained properly in the later episodes. But it was nice to get a closure and an actually DVD release, especially for us Canadians who couldn't watch online at ABC the unaired episodes. Had the series caught on like "24", then there's no reason they couldn't have developped other stories for future seasons. Too bad, I really liked it.

Vipper II 08-30-10 07:47 PM

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Law & Order - at the very least it should have been given one more season. It's not as if NBC has been churning out much else in the line of quality.

DJariya 08-30-10 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Johnny Fever (Post 10347172)
I'm pretty sure that the series was designed to be longer than 13 episodes and got cut down to the 13 when the show premiered and the ratings were low.

No it wasn't dropped to 13 episodes because the ratings sucked for the 1st few. It was supposed to fill in for Lost during the winter for 13 weeks. Remember Lost aired 6 episodes in a row and then said it was coming back in February. So, Day Break was designed to fill in that time period. There was a poster here who actually worked on that series and I believe he confirmed that.

I believe if the show was a hit, which unfortunately it wasn't, the producers would have created a new arc for Taye Diggs character, but that seemed a little out there considering how the show finished and basically wrapped up everything.

gmanca 08-30-10 07:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Johnny Fever (Post 10347117)
5) Dark Skies

I wish I would have seen this show more than I did; it was on Saturday nights which was tough for me to catch as a kid. But it had a great premise.

Drexl 08-30-10 07:56 PM

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Mr. Show
Arrested Development
Stella

Johnny Fever 08-30-10 08:01 PM

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Originally Posted by DJariya (Post 10347196)
No it wasn't dropped to 13 episodes because the ratings sucked for the 1st few. It was supposed to fill in for Lost during the winter for 13 weeks. Remember Lost aired 6 episodes in a row and then said it was coming back in February. So, Day Break was designed to fill in that time period. There was a poster here who actually worked on that series and I believe he confirmed that.

That would be FinkPish. But then David Levine says the producers originally planned it to be 22. Just did a quick search in the dvd talk forum and he mentions that it was originally conceived to be 22 episodes. here's the link http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/52...arch-11-a.html. 22 or 13 episodes, either way I wish the show had caught on and we'd gotten a season 2.


I believe if the show was a hit, which unfortunately it wasn't, the producers would have created a new arc for Taye Diggs character, but that seemed a little out there considering how the show finished and basically wrapped up everything
Considering how well "24" worked, I think the producers could have come up with some great stuff for season 2 and beyond for day break

lyonc 08-30-10 08:18 PM

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The O.C- I wish it had gotten a 5th season since season 4 was so good.
The Comeback- Lisa Kudrow was hilarious in this

coli 08-30-10 08:19 PM

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I remember FOX cancelled Tru Calling as that show actually was getting interesting mid-season. I remember they brought in Jason Priestley and the show went from predictable to unpredictable, and then Fox nixed it after a few episodes in Season 2.

DJariya 08-30-10 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by coli (Post 10347255)
I remember FOX cancelled Tru Calling as that show actually was getting interesting mid-season. I remember they brought in Jason Priestley and the show went from predictable to unpredictable, and then Fox nixed it after a few episodes in Season 2.

I agree that Tru Calling didn't get a fair chance. Season 1 had 20 episodes and they brought in Jason Priestly and yes it did get much more interesting. But, actually they only filmed 6 episodes in season 2 and FOX shut down production before the show even premiered. IIRC they just burned them off afterwards.

But, FOX was operating under a different regime back then. FOX's current president actually gave Eliza's other show Dollhouse 2 seasons (26 episodes) when it probably would have been pulled early on back then.

mortalplague 08-30-10 08:36 PM

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yeah dollhouse was the lowest rated show in a very very long time to be renewed despite it's low ratings. The second season was very well done and i'm very glad that got an ending. Yeah for Daybreak and other shows most of the time they order 13 episodes and if it does well for the first few they order the back 9. If i remember correctly since it was getting axed they redid the 13th episode to give it some sort of closure.

starman9000 08-30-10 08:36 PM

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Odyssey 5 is another show I wish would have gotten a few more seasons. That is one of my favorite 1 and done sci-fi shows.

crankyman 08-30-10 08:46 PM

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i liked better off ted.

Tscott 08-30-10 08:46 PM

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Here's ten shows that I actually watched the episodes as they aired only to see them die prematurely:

It's Your Move - The original tragic Jason Bateman show
My So-Called Life
Freaks and Geeks
Strange Luck
The Others - supernatural thriller given short shrift on NBC
Wonderfalls - at least I'm glad I'm able to watch all 13 episodes on DVD when only 4 aired on FOX
Joan of Arcadia - really enjoyed this show and things were really getting interesting at the end of season 2
Firefly
Dollhouse
Mercy - my latest encounter with bitterness at the networks

aynrandgirl 08-30-10 08:53 PM

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Babylon 5. The constant threat of cancelation totally screwed up and compressed the story arcs, especially in S4 and S5.

The aforementioned Farscape.

Harsh Realm. Canceled just as the conspiracy was getting up to speed.

Prey. Debra Messing's breakout role before Will & Grace.

Goldberg74 08-30-10 08:59 PM

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Philly :rip:

MrSmearkase 08-30-10 09:11 PM

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I forgot to mention Party Down

Had a third season been greenlit, it would have proceeded without Adam Scott and Ryan Hansen, although I believe this show could have sustained a rotating cast of characters and been just fine. You would need constants, though; Ken Marino and Martin Starr would have been the logical characters to anchor the show through different casts, IMO.

Sad to see it go :(


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