Posted by Anna Sugden Jul 22 2012, 6:40 am
Apologies for the late blog this morning – been down with a migraine for a few days and then had visitors, so completely lost track of the date!
Our lovely Bandita Jo talked a few weeks ago about how frustrating and disappointing it was when a show went on too long or ‘jumping the shark’!
I’m here today to talk about the frustration and disappointment of networks cancelling a show before they should. The reason for this being my utter dismay that NBC have cancelled the fabulous series ‘Awake’, starring the lovely Jason Isaacs.
It’s an original, clever series about a man who was in a car accident and who seems to have two lives. In one, his wife survived and in the other, his son survived. He goes to sleep and wakes up in one world. Goes to sleep again and wakes up in the other. Which is reality and which is a dream? He’s a detective and the crimes he solve in each world also overlap or share features.
I’m not doing the show justice with that description! If you get a chance, and like that kind of show, it’s well worth checking out! It’s one of the sharpest pieces of writing I’ve seen in a long time; at least once an episode, they catch me out with a clever twist. And, of course, there is the fabulously talented and yummy Jason Isaacs.
Why on earth did NBC cancel this show? The short answer is the familiar ratings – though it did well and was critically acclaimed, the ratings didn’t stack up against the shows it was scheduled to compete with. *sigh*. I’m not a fan of a lot on TV, so it’s especially annoying to find something I love only to realise it’s been cancelled!
A number of Firefly fans will have the same complaint. I just got the series to see what the fuss was about and have to agree. This show deserved at least another series!
Similarly, ‘Shark’ starring James Woods and Jeri Ryan. A legal show with a fun twist. Some sharp writing and clever acting … doomed after only 2 series!
Here in the UK, there was another legal show I loved called North Square … cancelled after one series.
Now, before you think I’m the kiss of death to a great show, I’d like to point out that my other favourites have all lasted well! Sad as I am to see The Closer finish, it did well with 7 seasons. Similarly NYPD Blue, West Wing, Leverage, In Plain Sight, Castle and, of course, White Collar.
How about you? Are you frustrated about any TV series that were cancelled before they had a chance to get going? Any shows you’d like to see brought back?