30 τηλεοπτικές σειρές που κόπηκαν νωρίς

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Οι περισσότερες τηλεοπτικές σειρές καταφέρνουν να έχουν πολλές σεζόν, δεδομένης και της μεγάλης τους επιτυχίας ειδικά τα τελευταία χρόνια. Υπάρχουν ωστόσο και ορισμένες οι οποίες κόπηκαν, παρόλο που πολλοί περίμεναν το αντίθετο.

 

Σε ένα άρθρο από το TVLine που βρήκαμε, υπάρχουν 30 τηλεοπτικές σειρές που ακυρώθηκαν πολύ νωρίς και σίγουρα προκάλεσε έκπληξη, μιας και οι περισσότερες εξ’ αυτών άρεσαν και είχαν επιτυχία. Κρατήσαμε και το αυθεντικό κείμενο του σχολιασμού.

ABOUT A BOY (NBC, 2014–2015)
”Despite its nonexistent ratings, the Jason Katims-produced comedy was light-hearted, fun and family-friendly. (How has David Walton not been cast on a new show yet?)”
— Rebecca Iannucci

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BETTER OFF TED (ABC, 2009–2010)
”One of the best and most clever comedies ABC has ever put on the air, Ted never failed to make me laugh.”
— Vlada Gelman

BUNHEADS (ABC Family, 2012–2013)
”At least Sutton Foster went on to star in Younger… but we’d rather have this show back.”
— Rebecca Iannucci

THE BRADY BRIDES (NBC, 1981)
”My unconditional affection for the Brady franchise blinded me to this spinoff’s weaknesses. Deep down I knew it was terrible. But it was the kind of throwback terrible I could get lost in for way more than the 10 episodes it was given.”
— Michael Ausiello

THE BRIDGE (FX, 2013–2014)
”Season 1 of this gritty, conflict-across-borders drama showed its promise, deftly exploring the cultural and moral differences between Diane Kruger’s rigid El Paso police detective and Demian Bichir’s Mexico lawman. Season 2, though, truly mined the show’s strengths, freed as it was of the original whodunit, and — thankfully — ended with a good degree of closure, before the plug got pulled.”
— Matt Webb Mitovich

CLONE HIGH (MTV, 2002–2003)
”This Bill Lawrence-created series about a high school for clones of historical figures was nothing short of genius. In its first (and only) season, it gave us a rock opera, an unforgettably violent John Stamos cameo and a love square that, sadly, will never be resolved. (In the final scene, Abe Lincoln walked in on JFK and Joan of Arc [Abe’s crush] in bed together, which only happened because Joan thought Abe was with Cleopatra. But he wasn’t!!!)”
— Andy Swift

CUPID (ABC, 1998–1999)
”Jeremy Piven was unspeakably charming as the possibly-sent-from-Olympus (or possibly insane) Trevor, a man God on a mission to bring together 100 couples in order to return to the paradise from whence he came. We’d like to think this Rob Thomas project coulda thrived if only half the people who’ve wasted money on unspeakable Kate Hudson rom-coms through the years had ignored their fear of the wacky premise and gotten swept up in Piven’s chemistry with Paula Marshall’s prickly therapist. Then again, a remake of the series a decade later bombed in the ratings, too, so, maybe we’re the crazy ones?”
— Michael Slezak

DEAD LIKE ME (Showtime, 2003–2004)
”An ominous sign of things to come for fellow Bryan Fuller-created series Pushing Daisies and Hannibal?”
— Rebecca Iannucci

DEADWOOD (HBO, 2004–2006)
”To quote Al Swearengen’s favorite expletive, I’m still f—ing pissed at HBO for not only killing this show before David Milch could complete the story, but reneging on its promise to give us two wrap-up movies. For f–k’s sake. ”
— Michael Ausiello

DIRT (FX, 2007–2008)
”It might have been a guilty pleasure, but the FX drama — starring Courteney Cox as tabloid maven Lucy Spiller — was also a few years ahead of its time. (Think pre-Kardashians.) The show took a creative nosedive in Season 2, so its untimely cancellation wasn’t a total surprise, but it was still a bummer.”
— Andy Swift

DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC, 2007–2009)
”One-and-a-half scattershot-scheduled seasons didn’t seem nearly enough to make the most of this sudsy premise, in which a do-right lawyer is charged with following in his murdered father’s footsteps and minding the muddled matters of a super-rich New York City dynasty. DSM will perhaps best be known for the actors it employed, including one-day Parenthood patriarch Peter Krause, the always engaging Donald Sutherland, Seth Gabel as a hard-partying bad boy, Natalie Zea en route to appearing in everything, and even a young Chloë Grace Moretz (not pictured)!”
— Matt Webb Mitovich

FIREFLY (Fox, 2002)
”Sure, we were lucky to get Serenity — but we would’ve gladly followed Mal to the farthest reaches of the gorram universe just for more time with our favorite space cowboys.”
— Kimberly Roots

FREAKS AND GEEKS (NBC, 1999–2000)
”’Don’t know what you got until it’s gone’ surely is on a sign hanging in the halls of NBC somewhere, given that this smart, funny dramedy — a pointed essay on high school life that had someone for everyone to identify with — invariably lands on ‘Cancelled Too Soon’ lists such as this, despite airing barely 15 episodes. (That the slighter Square Pegs had even marginally better longevity is a crime.) The silver lining, as oft the case with hastily hooked TV shows: Cast such as Jason Segel, John Francis Daley, Busy Philipps and some guy named “James Franco” would be freed to fulfill their professional destinies in other ways.”
— Matt Mitovich

GROSSE POINTE (The WB, 2000–2001)
”Darren Starr’s hilarious roman a clef about the soap opera behind the scenes of a Beverly Hills, 90210-esque teen drama was perhaps a bit too meta to capture the 2000-2001 zeitgeist, but if The CW ever decides to crack the comedy code again, we’d strongly advocate for a remake.”
— Michael Slezak

HAPPY ENDINGS (ABC, 2011–2013)
”Now that the entire cast is essentially available — R.I.P. Weird Loners, One Big Happy, Marry Me and Benched — a revival of any kind would be ah-mah-zing.”
— Rebecca Iannucci

KINDRED: THE EMBRACED (Fox, 1996)
”Long before Twilight was a sparkle on Robert Pattinson’s torso, Fox’s drama about rival vampire clans in Los Angeles — starring the late Mark Frankel — did the whole fanged-angst thing better, broodier and sexier.”
— Michael Slezak

THE L.A. COMPLEX (The CW, 2012)
”From the team behind Degrassi: The Next Generation, this dramatic satire about making it in Hollywood went for the jugular, tackling issues like homosexuality in hip-hop way before Empire. Unfortunately, the Canadian import also boasted one of The CW’s lowest-rated premieres ever, so maybe I should just be grateful it lived as long as it did.”
— Andy Swift

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (ABC, 2004–2005)
”Before Kelly Osbourne was trashing celebrities up and down the red carpet, she counted herself among the cast of this short-lived, fourth wall-breaking teen drama. Fortunately, the rest of the show’s stars — Sean Faris, Missy Peregrym, Chris Lowell, Jessica Lucas and Busy Philipps, among many others — have kept busy ever since.”
— Andy Swift

LONE STAR (Fox, 2010)
”The presence of dreamboat-on-the-rise James Wolk wasn’t enough to draw folks into this ambitious, complex drama-slash-soap opera. It was enough for me, mind you. It was more than enough for me.”
— Michael Ausiello

MY SO-CALLED LIFE (ABC, 1994–1995)
”Brian or Jordan?! We’ll never truly know which guy Angela ended up with.”
— Vlada Gelman

PARTY DOWN (Starz, 2009–2010)
”Weren’t we promised a follow-up movie ages ago? Whatever happened to that?”
— Rebecca Iannucci

PROFIT (Fox, 1996)
”Ahead of its time — definitely before the rise of antiheroes on cable — this Fox series was deliciously dark and twisted. I still can’t get the image of Adrian Pasdar sleeping naked in a cardboard box out of my head.”
— Vlada Gelman

SELFIE (ABC, 2014)
”Like Cougar Town and Trophy Wife before it, this 2014 rom-com was saddled with a polarizing title that — in a society that makes judgements based on 140 characters or less — undoubtedly crippled sampling. (The trailer’s exploding barf bag surely didn’t help.) And that was a shame, seeing as Karen Gillan and Henry Cho were positively charming in this modern-day riff on My Fair Lady.”
— Matt Webb Mitovich

SMASH (NBC, 2012–2013)
”Did you really think we’d make a list of cancelled-too-soon shows without lamenting this hot mess? Say what you will about its ugly scarves and mishandling of the phrase
‘I’m in tech,’ this is the only show in our gallery to receive a one-night revival on Broadway. In my (admittedly warped) mind, it’s as iconic Marilyn Monroe, herself..”
— Andy Swift

TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (Fox, 2008–2009)
”The crazy Season 2 finale cliffhanger set up a heck of a potential story: John travels to the future, where he meets his dad-to-be Kyle Reese, uncle Derek and a human version of terminator Cameron. Sadly, we’ll never get to see it.”
— Vlada Gelman

TERRIERS (FX, 2010)
”Every time the addictive, peppy theme song comes up in my workout shuffle the bandaid gets ripped open and the wound gets re-infected. There’s even puss and stuff. It’s gross. And it hurts. And it’s all FX’s fault.”
— Michael Ausiello

THRESHOLD (CBS, 2005)
”Lost amid a TV season that launched the similarly themed Invasion and Surface, this 2005 alien-invasion drama boasted the best cast of the bunch, including Carla Gugino, a pre-Cougar Town Brian van Holt, Star Trek: TNG fave Brent Spiner and, yes, the man who would one day be Tyrion, Peter Dinklage. Not even being the first test subject for a strange new enterprise called “after-broadcast online streaming” could save Threshold from its nine-and-done fate..”
— Matt Webb Mitovich

TROPHY WIFE (ABC, 2013–2014)
”ABC’s charming, frequently hilarious ensemble comedy about newlyweds Kate and Pete (Malin Akerman and Bradley Whitford) juggling his two ex-wives and three kids (including Albert Tsai’s scene-stealing Bert) managed to air all 22 episodes, but it never really stood a chance. Not only was it stuck with a woeful title, but ABC moored it in a Tuesday-night death slot — never once capitalizing on a screamingly obvious promotional synergy by pairing it with the completely compatible ratings behemoth Modern Family.”
— Michael Slezak

WITCHES OF EAST END (Lifetime, 2013–2014)
”This one still hurts to think about; not since Charmed had a witch-centric series so effectively balanced supernatural drama with family drama. But the real tragedy is the myriad cliffhangers that will never be resolved: Will Freya ever find out that Killian and Dash switched bodies? Who killed Frederick? And is Wendy trapped in hell forever?!”
— Andy Swift

WONDERFALLS (Fox, 2004)
”This underrated Bryan Fuller creation was cancelled after only four episodes, which is a shame, because it remains the auteur’s funniest show. (And no, the cow creamer did not tell me to say that.)”
— Vlada Gelman

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