So here I am on vacation thinking of making a vacation playlist, but feeling easily distracted. So I headed over to Stasha at Northwest Mommy to see what her Monday Listicles was going to be. Imagine my surprise when I saw that this week’s list is going to be:
Talk about being at the right place at the right time. Well I’m definitely in the right place. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. But I mean – What?! – of course the Woody Allen in me says it’s Kismet. So thank’s for sending a vibe my way Stasha, it would have been a bummer to miss my own list and I am so psyched you picked my topic – even more psyched to do it. Cause you know I had that list of cancelled TV shows in my brain already or I wouldn’t have asked.
So, in no particular order. The Shows That Should Have NEVER Been Cancelled:
The Starter Wife – One season USA? ONE SEASON??? This show rocked. It rocked so hard, Debra Messing…need I say more? The life of an ex-wife of a film making mogul in a world where she doesn’t matter anymore. A star-studded cast, an amazingly funny show… USA I will never forgive you.
GCB – If you never got to watch this show, you missed some seriously good humor. Apparently the religious right (which I don’t usually slam) found this show to be over the top. WHAT??? Not even one whole year…. not even. In its series finale, GCB drew 5.6 million viewers!! Come on!
Star Trek Next Generation – OK I’m pulling the Star Trek card. Sorry, I just can’t help it. My devotion to this show, and the devotion of MILLIONS of other people. “Although the cast members were contracted for eight seasons, Paramount ended The Next Generation after seven, disappointing and puzzling some of the actors, and an unusual decision for a successful television show. Although doing so let the studio begin making films using the cast, which it believed would be less successful if the show were still on television, the main reason was that additional seasons would likely have reduced the show’s profitability due to higher cast salaries and a lower price per episode when sold for stripping. The decision also encouraged viewers to watch Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the forthcoming Star Trek: Voyager, both of which were much cheaper to make than The Next Generation. The show’s strong ratings continued to the end; the series finale was ranked No. 2 among all shows that week, between fellow hits Home Improvement and Seinfeld.” -wiki
Better off Ted – I’m sorry I do not want to offend anyone, but this show just may have been the funniest show of all time. Thank you Wikipedia for working for me: Better Off Ted revolves around the employees of a stereotypically evil company. The company, Veridian Dynamics, experiments on its employees, twists the truth, and will stop at nothing to achieve its goals. It has been mentioned that Veridian has swayed presidential elections, created killer pandas and robots, weaponized pumpkins, and that there are only three governments left in the world which are more powerful than Veridian. Although not promoted as such, and rarely the focus of storylines, the show’s frequent references to futuristic technologies, killer robots, sentient computers, etc., places Better Off Ted at least partially in the science fiction genre.
Eureka – OK so there’s no Star Trek anymore…no Better Off Ted, but there was Eurkea. Eureka was the perfect blend of sci-fi and humor. So awesome…so amazing…so addictive! And then BOOM! Thank you so much syfy network for ruining my life! Once again I’m letting The Syfy Channel do the work for me: With the help of Albert Einstein and other trusted advisors, President Harry S. Truman commissioned a top-secret residential development in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest, one that would serve to protect and nurture America’s most valuable intellectual resources. Thus, the town of Eureka was born. But for all its familiar, small-town trappings, things in this secret hamlet are anything but ordinary. The stereotype of the absent-minded professor exists for a reason, and most of the quantum leaps in science and technology during the past 50 years were produced by Eureka’s elite researchers. Unfortunately, scientific exploration is rarely what one expects, and years of experiments gone awry have yielded some peculiar by-products.
Men in Trees – Anne Heche starred in this funny – just plane old good TV show. The storyline according to IMDB: A relationship-advice guru, upon learning that her fiancé is cheating on her, decides to stay in a small town in Alaska, the most recent stop on her book tour. It’s in this remote town, where the ratio of men to women is ten to one, she realizes she can truly learn about the subject she thought she knew so well — how to find, and keep, a good man.
Twin Peaks – If you haven’t seen this show, I don’t even know how to describe it. I do know that the pilot episode was ranked the #25th best TV episode of ALL-TIME by Tv Guide. Yet it was cancelled? Two Seasons? Huh?
Samantha Who? – I really loved this show. So funny such an original story line. And Christina Applegate? How could you not love her? Stolen from IMDB: “ABC’s” new hit comedy series “Samantha Who?” is certainly funny and the plot theme is centered around a neat concept of amnesia of a young lady named Samantha. It’s something that we as viewers hope never happens to us, that being memory loss, and then all of a sudden we awake and slowly have to learn about our friends and family. The big questions as the show goes on how will the new Samantha be a fun loving angel and nice girl trying to regain place of memory, or will she return to her devilish and partying ways of being promiscuous and wild.
$#*! My Dad Says – I’m sorry, but you had me at William Shatner. This show was seriously funny. Seriously, and Will said some things I would have liked to have said. Thank you wiki: Ed is a very opinionated 72-year-old who has been divorced three times. His two adult sons, Henry and Vince, are accustomed to his unsolicited and often politically incorrect rants. When Henry, a struggling writer and blogger, can no longer afford his rent, he is forced to move back in with Ed, which creates new issues in their tricky father-son relationship. As weeks go by Henry is unable to find a job as a writer, mostly due to the lack of good material. He finally lands a job, when during his interview Ed interrupts with an irrational phone call that sparks the interest of the eccentric editor conducting the interview. Henry is ultimately hired, but is forced to continue living with Ed in order to have readily-available material via his father’s unsolicited rants, hence the title $#*! My Dad Says.
Remington Steele – And then there was Pierce Brosnan. I am not so shallow as to say that the ONLY reason I watched that show was because I got to watch this handsome debonaire heart-throb with the sexy british accent. I actually watched this show because my secret desire was to be a Private Detective, and if Laura Holt could do it, so could I. So get this, they cancelled the show in the 5th season while it still held the #2 spot! Then the outpouring of outrage by viewers caused the network to re-instate the show. HOWEVER, Albert R Broccolli had already contacted Pierce Brosnan and offered him the part of James Bond in the movie The Living Daylights. So they created the last season as a series of 6 made for TV movies, and that was the end. It was bittersweet. I lost my favorite show, but I gained my second favorite James Bond. So there’s that. (Meanwhile, I feel my desire for that show is satisfied by Castle now on ABC, it’s like Remington Steele only backwards and with the cops)
For the fact that I have no time at all to watch TV these days – thank you blogging – I do have a varied and intense history with television. I am a child of the 70’s, which by it’s nature means a child of television, so of course I take it personally when my favorite show’s are cancelled. TV is my mother after all.