Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cancellation 101

The 2009-2010 TV season has had a wake of shows that have come to their natural end and some that have been cancellled. I'll discuss a few of them within the next couple of days as well as some of the hopefuls for 2010-2011 TV season.

Nine seasons is a long time for any show to run and Scrubs has finally hung up it's stethoscope forever as ABC have pulled the plug on the long running comedy. I loved this show when it started and while later seasons haven't been as brilliant, it was still a decent show to have on the air but cancellation wise, I'm not upset. Zach Braff mentioned months ago that the show wasn't coming back for a tenth season and given that most of the main cast were either leaving or reducing their episode count, the news isn't a bad thing really.

Heroes - another rightfully canned series. When this show aired, it had so much potential but it didn't take long for the cracks to appear. Season 1 was utterly brilliant, some of the best TV ever but the second season was a hot mess that suffered badly from the writer's strike in 2007 and while Seasons 3 and 4 both tried to recaptured the allure of the debut, it just wasn't enough. There'll be a TV movie to tie up loose ends but effectively, this show is done.

I never got into FlashForward but I was surprised that it got pulled after one season. I actually thought it was a huge hit for ABC but it seems the ratings quickly tanked after initial episodes and have been on a slide ever since. Another cancellation I can't get upset about to be honest. Give it's general concept, maybe being a one season wonder isn't a bad thing after all.

Smallville may be coming back for a tenth season but it will be it's last season, according to new reports and sadly, will not feature Allison Mack. So we have another 22 episodes for Clark to tell Lois who the hell he really is and for him to become Superman. As well as more opportunities to see Oliver Queen shirtless as well (not my fault the show has an affinity with his chest more than Justin Hartley's acting). The ninth season is set to debut on E4 pretty soon as well and the Zod stuff while not bad (good casting with Callum Blue) is nowhere near as gripping as the Doomsday stuff from the previous season.

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