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Cancellation Watch 2012/13

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by RunnerFL, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. ts7

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    I watched the first episode of "Last Resort" and liked it but had serious concerns that it appealed to too small an audience. I have recorded every episode in hope that it would make it or at least be given an opportunity to tie up loose ends and make a graceful exit. Unfortunately that doesnt look to be the case so I will probably delete them all before I can get interested and even more disappointed.

    Too bad a law couldn't be passed that forced producers and broadcasters to guarantee a series finale that tied up all the loose ends when a show was cancelled.
     
  2. Nick

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    Not watching a program because it might not garner sufficient viewership is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Dumping a season's recorded but unwatched episodes, or even half a season's worth is crazy.

    Go figure! :rolleyes:
    That's what we need -- more laws!!! :nono:
     
  3. ts7

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    Only if you are a Neilsen household


    That was intended to be tounge-in-cheek. ;)
     
  4. spartanstew

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    Exactly.

    Not to mention that I have a DVR full of shows that I don't have time to watch. I'm not going to spend that time on a show that is already cancelled when I can watch a show that has another season instead.

    You only have to be bit by the "John Doe" bug once.
     
  5. pablo

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    I too don't get this notion of not watching a season of a series just because it was cancelled. Last Resort will still air all its 13 episodes. Adhering to this standard means missing out on a lot of one-season wonders that were cancelled way before their time (see Freaks and Geeks, my own personal Top-10 series of all time).
     
  6. mreposter

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    The show was on before my time, but I still have sleepless nights wondering what happened to Mr. Ed. ;)
     
  7. RunnerFL

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    If you don't start watching it, which I haven't, it's impossible for you to "like the show". That's the whole point. Why start if you know it's a loser and was cancelled?
     
  8. RunnerFL

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    Starting to watch a show you know has been cancelled is comparable to going on a vacation with no destination. You just drive around and never go anywhere.

    And I'll continue watching it since I've already started. I haven't even started watching "666 Park Avenue" so why start?

    It's not a standard, it's a choice that I've made.
     
  9. RunnerFL

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    Glue factory
     
  10. frederic1943

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    From IMDB Mr. Ed trivia: The horse that played Mr. Ed is said to have died in 1979 at the age of 30, 33 or 34 (depending on the source). Other, equally reputable, sources give the horse's date of death as 1968, 1973 and 1974.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054557/trivia
     
  11. SayWhat?

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    We found out a little about Tabitha Stevens, but nothing about Wednesday Addams.
     
  12. frederic1943

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    Here's Lisa Loring's (Wednesday Addams) bio on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0521006/bio
     
  13. pablo

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    It's your right what you watch and how you spend your time, of course, but if something piques your interest and you decide to forgo it just because it was cancelled, well, I think you might be missing out. I'm not saying "666" is any kind of unrecognized masterpiece (I haven't seen it and never planned to), but TV history is full of shows that had the plug pulled on them way too soon, yet they still survive with fans rewatching the episodes they did get over and over (again, see Freaks and Geeks - I'm sure there are many others). So what I'm saying is, the fact that it was cancelled shouldn't be the only deciding factor.
     
  14. RunnerFL

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    The fact that it has been cancelled is the major deciding factor. I don't like wasting my time, do you?

    You seem to be missing the big point here. I have never started watching "666 Park Avenue". Why start now?

    What's the point it starting to watch a show that has subplots and mysteries if those subplots and mysteries are never solved? That would be like watching LOST only up until season 4. It would also be like taking your first bite of a Twinkie, falling in love with it, and then find out you can never have any more.

    I don't see "666 Park Avenue" being the next Freaks & Geeks or Firefly.

    I'll never understand why every year someone decides to question me and my decision to delete recordings of a show I've never watched because it's been cancelled. Last year I made a deal with someone giving me a hard time about deleting such a show and I actually watched it. Guess what? It was a complete waste of my time and was lame in the end. Oh, and I can't even remember what the show was called now.
     
  15. Lord Vader

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    OK, my sister-in-law is officially furious that Last Resort has been canceled. When I told her, she yelled at me, "No f-in' way! How am I going to see the hottest guy on TV?!?"

    She's apparently referring to Scott Speedman, who plays Sam the XO. I Googled him then told her she can always get all the Felicity reruns. :lol:
     
  16. The Merg

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    But there are plenty of shows that do wrap things up even after being cancelled. Life on Mars is one for instance. Also, Firefly was a terrific series that was cancelled after one season.

    And while you might not see 666 Park Avenue as the next Firefly, how would you know that if you don't give it a try?

    - Merg
     
  17. RunnerFL

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    Why take the risk? I already know it's a failure.

    I tried that last year with whatever show it was and it wound up to be a waste of my time.

    Guys, it's too late. You can stop berating me now. The episodes are gone!
     
  18. phrelin

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    Well, yes and no. We're not a Nielsen household and record everything for later viewing. So what we do is irrelevant to the survival of a show. And we belong to an irrelevant demo for live viewer statistics anyway. I've gotten pretty philosophical about the cancellation cycle and practical about recording new shows.

    I've recorded most new drama shows this year, watched the first episode, and in some cases then moved the rest of the season to date to an external hard drive.

    I judged "666" as a likely ratings disaster. So now I can dump the recordings. No loss. My wife liked "Last Resort", so we've been watching it partly because after watching the first episode I figured it should be a 13 episode show - it should be properly wrapped up in the last two episodes.

    During the debate and baseball playoff/series period, we did get caught up on "Chicago Fire." The other two I've gambled on by watching some episodes are "The Mob Doctor" and "Elementary." I liked Jordana Spiro in "My Boys" and she's again proving to be a talented actor in "The Mob Doctor" which may or may not make it on Fox. "Elementary" is quirky enough to make it and is fun to watch. CBS is promoting it.

    "Vegas" I wasn't sure about so it's all on the EHD along with "Revolution." If indications are they'll be picked up, we may watch them during the holiday rerun season. Or not. There's so much to watch anyway.
     
  19. The Merg

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    I'm not berating you for not watching, but at the same time you can't berate people for watching. To me, TV is entertainment. If a show is cancelled, but the episodes I watched entertained me, that's fine with me.

    And not all shows get that happy ending. There are plenty of shows that get a second or third year and then get cancelled without the ability to wrap everything up. Are they failures then too?

    - Merg
     
  20. mrro82

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    Watching a known cancelled show is like watching a show based on the Titanic. Pointless because you know how it ends so why bother?
     

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