Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Total Bummer: Cancelled and Soon-To-Be-Cancelled TV Series That We Were Totally Watching, Dude!

Please don't make me give up seeing this pretty face every week... *SOB*
Each TV season starts with viewers trying to watch everything, revisiting old faves and checking out new potential faves. As the season progresses, you lose track of some shows, forget to watch others, totally bail on the worst, and fall madly in love with both good series and guilty pleasures. Then suddenly the networks pull the rug out and cancel a show, and you're like, "DUDE!!! I WAS TOTALLY WATCHING THAT! AUGH!!"

It's that time of year when catastrophes both large and small have already happened, and there's more bad news on the way as your favorite stations decide once and for all what's going to make it to next season. Here are some of the already trash-canned, and still-in-the-air-likely-to-go-in-the-waste-bin shows we're completely bummed about:

"Sean Saves the World": Out of all the new half-hour comedies, and honestly, out of most of the old ones, this was the series I consistently watched and looked forward to. It was a simple, old-school workplace comedy that had amusing situations, funny physical humor, and was just a heck of a lot of fun. Sean Hayes was simultaneously adorable and hilarious, Thomas Lennon is an insane comedy genius, and Linda Lavin is just Awesome, let's be real.

NBC bailed on this one back in January. While you can't dismiss the fact that many people still won't tune in to gay-themed shows, the downfall of "Sean Saves the World" may also have been that it didn't suit the current taste for overly dark, raunchy, and/or downright uncomfortable humor.

"Almost Human": I was a skeptic when this human/android buddy cop show first hit the airwaves, but Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, and Lili Taylor totally sold me. A mixture of gritty police drama and sometimes eerie, thought-provoking sci-fi, this series had the potential to get into some quality "Star Trek" territory. With characters you enjoy spending time with, some delicious sex appeal, and goofy bromance moments thrown in, this show had successful cult fave written all over it.

Fox canceled the show at the end of April. The viewership was actually decent for "Almost Human," but like many gone-too-soon series, it fell victim to a network that already had too many new shows in the pipe ready to take its place. Fans have started a petition to get another network to pick it up, you can join the (currently 11,000+) sci-fi lovers in the cause at Change.org.

"Star-Crossed": I'll admit it--I totally ripped on this show when I first watched the pilot. But there was enough there in the plot, and alien boy Roman (Matt Lanter) is so damn pretty, I tuned in again. And I got kinda hooked. The twists, turns, drama and melodrama really ramped up as the series progressed, and the aliens turned out be full of a lot more mystery than we'd even hoped for. It would be a shame if we weren't allowed to both enjoy and mock all the guilty pleasure goodness of human/Atrian relationships/battles for at least another season or two.

This series is still on the bubble, but most prediction sites have "Star-Crossed" getting launched into space, never to return. I know, CW, you already give us fantasy/sci-fi geeks "Supernatural," "Arrow," and vampires galore. But it was kinda nice having a show in that genre that had more romance in it and less freaky gore. Give us some more time with Roman and Juliet, erm...Emery, please!

**Update: "Star-Crossed" is sadly no more. USA Today reports it here.

"Intelligence": One of the things you learn when you buy movies for your home collection is that the four-star, Oscar-winning fare is not usually the kind of thing you end up rewatching a million times. It's the stuff that has great action, lovable characters, and is clever enough without tying your brain into knots. "Intelligence," a show about a soldier who gets an awesome chip in his brain that gives him access to ALL the information in our digitally connected world, is one of those gems you enjoy coming back to.

No, it's not Shakespeare, and sometimes there are plot holes you can drive a truck through. But Josh Holloway is his gruffly awesome self, and he has a nice chemistry with "Once Upon a Time" alum Meghan Ory. This one's not canceled yet, but it's looking like it'll likely get axed.

**Update: "Intelligence" did indeed get cut from the schedule.

"Crisis": Rachael Taylor and Lance Gross' characters make for an odd pairing on this hostage crisis show, but somehow it works. While the plot wheels grind a little noisily sometimes, it's an interesting premise, using influential parents to complete dangerous tasks in exchange for getting their kids back alive. Dermot Mulroney is sufficiently creepy as the geeky dad who wants to expose some nasty CIA business, get revenge, and win his daughter back--even if it means there's lots of collateral damage.

We've been DVRing two of these new Sunday night shows, "Resurrection" and "Crisis." We enjoy both, but we always rush to watch "Crisis" first. As is the way of the world, the former looks ready for renewal and the latter ripe for cancellation. The hostage drama may have only been meant for one season, though, and while we wouldn't mind seeing these characters continue on with other crises, it won't be so bad a loss if we at least get a satisfactory conclusion to the story.

**Update: "Crisis" also will not be returning.

What do you all think? Which series are you lamenting the loss of? Which shows do you hope will avoid the cancellation ax?

PHOTO: Matt Lanter as Roman on "Star-Crossed" screencap, 2014, The CW, fair use.

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