SAN DIEGO, May 12, 2014 – The big five broadcast networks are slashing their prime time schedules, sending many first-year series and a handful of veteran shows to the cancellation list.
There is no cancellation that should shock its fans like the decision last year by CBS to cancel “CSI: Miami.” Fans are still commenting online a year later, upset about the show ending right in the middle of a cliff hanger.
The only show that comes close may be on NBC. Cult comedy “Community” is being cancelled after five seasons by NBC, the most veteran show on the list. Before you get too upset about it, this is the kind of show that might live on in an alternative format on Amazon, Netflix and Hulu who would be happy to have “Community’s” fan base. So if you want this to happen, the time to speak up is now.
Another comedy biting the dust is ABC’s “Suburgatory.” It never captured the ratings of its fellow comedies “The Middle” and “Modern Family.”
Shows barely saved from being cancelled including “Nashville” on ABC, which will be back for a third season. ABC was relunctant because the state of Tennessee where the series is produced had reduced its tax subsidies, but it made a new deal with production company Lionsgate TV for renewal.
Also surviving is “Hannibal” on NBC, whose younger hardcore fans helped; and “Once Upon A Time” on ABC, for the same reason.
See which shows ended up in TV heaven:
“Super Fun Night”
The CW cancelled:
“The Carrie Diaries”
“The Tomorrow People”
“Bad Teacher” (yes, already)
“Friends With Better Lives”
“The Crazy Ones”
“The X Factor”
“Growing Up Fisher”
“Sean Saves the World”
“The Michael J. Fox Show”
“Welcome to the Family”
Comedies with big name stars were big disappointments. Robin Williams, Sean Hayes, and Michael J. Fox weren’t enough to convince viewers to stick around and watch.
Other shows didn’t do so badly in the ratings, including “Almost Human” on Fox, but the network has some other promising new dramas in the wings such as “Gotham,” “Empire” and “Red Band Society.” Fox had to make room and so this series was sacrificed to the ratings gods.
The year’s big winner without a doubt: “The Blacklist,” the highest rated new TV series of the 2013-2014 season and the first new show to be renewed. NBC plans to move it to Thursday night where it can help other new shows gain an audience, leaving “The Voice” to lend its ratings power to other new shows. America loves the brilliant and creepy Raymond “Red” Reddington, and the quirky actor James Spader who brings him to life.
Which shows are you disappointed to see cancelled? Which shows escaped that you wish weren’t returning instead? Tell us in the Comments section. And if you are still upset about “CSI: Miami,” you are welcome to express yourself.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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