Written in 2010
It's Sunday, and our TV viewing for the evening is planned. Are there any ABC shows in our line up tonight? I think not. I am not even bothering with "Desperate Housewives" this year. After I saw the props for the "plane crash" last year I realized watching the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" was a better deal. So what if you took Vanessa Williams from your other canceled show "Ugly Betty" and threw her into the loop. Mark Cherry, I just don't care anymore. (Update-Housewives is now canceled- wait, so is Ugly Betty)
I am a media statistics junkie, no doubt about it. Who else has the Nielsen and TV ratings sites bookmarked? To tell you the truth ABC, you really disappoint me. All that Disney money, and this is the best you can come up with?
You made me wait for months to watch any new episodes of "Lost" and "V". What was that all about? Did you not notice that everytime you did that you "lost" viewers? Or did it go over your head? Okay, now let's talk about the shows you cancelled.
Let's see...where do I start?
"V?" Yes, you tried to ditch it, but gave it a "pity" renewal and then it disappeared Then there was: "The Gates", "Pushing Daisies", "Life on Mars", "Eastwick", "Invasion", "Boston Legal", and the list goes on.
Now let's talk about our beloved "Boston Legal". It is correct to say it had been on for a few years, but the reason out there for canceling it was because the people watching the show were over 40. Yes, I guess that is a "no no", because we old folks don't buy all those new fangled things featured in some of your ads. Now, Mr. Shatner is on the new show "$h*! My Dad Says".
Well personally, that show is not all that funny and it should have stayed on Twitter. Yes, it was one of the highest rated shows last week, but I can see it crashing faster than the Yodeler on "The Price is Right". After all, "The Big Bang Theory" was the lead in show. Okay, not your network, but Captain James T. Kirk still can pull them in, even if he is old. (Update- $h*! was cancelled too- thank goodness)
If the show Seinfeld had been on in recent years there is no way it would have become a cult classic. It's fate would have been cancellation after the first three episodes. If that had happened, maybe "Curb Your Enthusiasm" would not be on now.
You do not appreciate good writing. Let's take "Flash Forward" for example. Quite possibly one of the best new shows last year. If you had stayed with it I know it would have captured some of the devastated "Lost" fans. But you didn't. Yes, you just canceled it, just like "Happy Town". Do not even get me started with that show. You could not even find room to air the last two episodes. I wanted to sic "The Magic Man" on you, as I was forced to watch the last two episodes online.
Do you know what I am doing now because I am so upset that "Lost" is gone? I am watching " Hawaii 5-0" just to see Jin from Lost . Last Saturday I fondled the new Weezer CD with Hurley's picture on it, and cannot wait to see him on "How I Met Your Mother."
Yes ABC, I agree you have your "Dancing With the Stars" and "Extreme Makeover-Home Edition." (Update- DWTS is losing viewers and EMHE is cancelled) but your viewership is fed up with how you handle your new shows only to ditch us midway through.(Update- how about that brilliant show The River?)
I am going to tell you the truth. I did not start watching "Modern Family" until mid season last year because I was afraid. Yes, afraid to love this show, only to get hurt if you cancelled it like a scorned lover. It is clearly one of my favourite shows now. Please do not do something stupid with it.
So tonight I am watching "Empire Boardwalk", "Mad Men", juggling "The Amazing Race", and then "Dexter" on Showtime.
Seems like a trend does it not? That is right, it is mostly all cable shows. They get critical acclaim, have 1-2 million viewers, and do not cancel a show after a couple of episodes. Most new cable shows are given an allotment of 13 shows, and have half the budget and staff of network shows.
So ABC, you and I have one heck of a toxic relationship now, and I am extremely leery of you. Instead of searching for the next best thing, let your new programs grow. You might be surprised!
To misquote one of my other favourite canceled shows not on your network.
"If you save the cheerleader, you might just save the world." -Heroes
This blog was dug up and reposted because:
666 Park Avenue: Not Only Is It Canceled, ABC Won't Air Final Episodes Until Summer
666 Park Avenue is going to leave a lot of fans with lingering questions. It was already canceled, and now ABC has decided to pull the remaining episodes from its Sunday timeslot, replacing them with Happy Endings and Don't Trust to B--- in Apartment 23.
This will take effect in January, with the final episodes of 666 airing in the summer. That means both Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B will air twice a week — Sunday nights from 10 to 11 p.m. and then from 9 10 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Happy Endings and Don't Trust to B--- in Apartment 23 instead? I just don't care about that ABC!
Linda Seccaspina 2012
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