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The 5 Worst Geek-Friendly TV Cancellations This Year

With the fall TV season descending upon us faster than you can say “Allons-y”, I’d like to take a look back at what I feel were some great shows that should not have had their final curtain call or were ended really poorly. Do you agree? Which show will you miss most? Hit the jump and discuss!

Goonies 2, a pimped-out Star Wars garage, Odette Annable as Megan Fox as Xena – and that was just one episode! I was really enraged surprised by this one getting canned, especially when you look at the precious 18-49 ratios and find that it fared better than the renewed Cleveland Show, Bob’s Burgers, Raising Hope, American Dad and nearly doubled Fringe’s pull.

Then there’s the amazing cast. Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum absolutely steals every scene as Annable’s obnoxious boyfriend and it’s almost worth it just for that. As if that weren’t enough, you get Bret Harrison (who you’ll remember from V and Reaper) as the lovesick Cameron, recruited by Christian Slater (can we please get him a series that will stick?) to work with the team at Contra Security. If you haven’t seen this show, you need to go to Fox’s website and check it out right now (Ep. 5 is definitely a must see). Go ahead, I can wait.

NBC + a superhero show. I knew this wasn’t going to end well, but I couldn’t help my love of caped vigilantes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it was a great piece of TV history. It had its share of cheese and nonsense, but I remember a time when that used to be ok and TV didn’t have to be so goddamn serious, and you could enjoy the campy-goodness.

I thought David Lyons did an amazing job with what he was given and he was quickly nipping at Alex O’Loughlin’s (Hawaii 5-0) heels as my favorite Aussie import. James Frain’s portrayal of Chess was a perfect mix of narcissism and psychosis. Last, but not least, you also got the beautiful and talented Summer Glau (Firefly) as the ultra-mysterious Orwell.

Don’t get me wrong, numbers were terrible and there was no saving it. The reason it’s on here is because of the way NBC handled it. Rather than letting it run through its original 13 episode order and allowing the story to come full circle, it was cut to 10 leaving fans with a massive cliffhanger. Not to mention the added insult of not even airing it – you had to go to nbc.com to watch it. Not cool, man.

I had been waiting for someone to wise-up and give Mark Valley his own show and was still missing Chi McBride after ABC pulled the plug on one of the most amazing series ever Pushing Daisies.  So when I heard they were teaming up for an adaptation of the DC Comic, with Watchmen’s Jackie Earle Haley to boot… Hell yeah, I was there!

Granted this show did at least make it past a first season, but Fox and Warner Bros. really screwed themselves by switching show runners. I firmly believe that we’d be gearing up for a third season had they not re-tooled the show to add in an unnecessary female element (not to mention scrapping the much-cooler original theme music). Supposedly it was an attempt to make it more girl-friendly, which to be honest is completely offensive. Maybe if they had added the characters in slowly instead of dumping them in our laps it would have been okay. Personally, I felt like I was watching a completely different show and apparently I wasn’t the only one. Hence, it makes the list.

I really wish NBC would leave these kinds of shows to their sister station, SyFy (though they probably couldn’t afford the production costs). I honestly don’t even know why any of the big three, for that matter, even bother picking up these types of shows when they have no idea what to do with them. Whether it’s poor promotion, ever-changing time slots, or some other network dumbassery, it’s always the fans who suffer.

This show and its cast of TV veterans had a lot of potential, but the decision to put it on hiatus when the ratings dipped a bit really put the final nail in the coffin. There was an attempt to wrap up some of the nagging questions in the finale, but room was definitely left for a lot more. There is still a glimmer of hope for a movie wrap-up, as was recently revealed at the TCA press tour , but I’ve heard that tune one too many times before.

Oh look, another show that was killed by being put on hiatus… While I was always a fan of the original series myself, this wasn’t bad for a reboot. You had some great familiar sci-fi faces in Firefly’s Morena Baccarin, Joel Gretsch (The 4400) and Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) just to name a few. As an added bonus, we also got our favorite actors from the original series Jane Badler and Marc Singer.

I don’t know about everyone else, but it seemed to me that maybe the writer’s got a heads-up about halfway through writing the season finale that they probably weren’t coming back. The first half-hour wasn’t very exciting and then all Hell broke loose and there were multiple murders, alien babies and the cliffhanger ending that left the world in a state of “bliss” with Visitor ships on the horizon. Thus, it makes the list.

Now, I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Hey, you forgot about ___!” It’s true I did leave off a few obvious series like Chuck and Eureka for example. The reasoning behind that is, those series are at least being given the opportunity to wrap up their storylines.  Forlorn fans are not subjected to having to search around for a half-assed decent piece of fanfic to find a conclusion to their beloved shows. I’d also like to give a special mention to geek favorites Stargate Universe, No Ordinary Family and Lie to Me for unceremoniously getting axed as well.

NOTE: As I am wrapping this article, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Breaking In has been brought back by FOX with an order for 13 new episodes. The only shows that have come back after cancellation are Family Guy and Futurama. I was squealing like a 12 year old who just saw Robert Pattinson. I can only hope it fairs as well as the others and continues for many, many seasons. Now you have an even better reason to check it out!

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  1. Lexi
    August 25, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Great article! Love it!

  2. Misty
    August 25, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Great job, Nikki! Nicely written article, and done in a fun way which was very enjoyable to read!

  3. Emerald
    August 25, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Fantastic article, really well written. 🙂

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