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Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Cancelled! The Disappearing TV Show Act

There have been a rash of cancelled television shows this season. Plenty of these shows have been on the air for years, such as "Malcom in the Middle" and "7th Heaven". But, the thing that is starting to get annoying is the fact that there have been plenty of decent shows that were just introduced that were put on "permanent hiatus," "cancelled," or just stopped airing all of a sudden.

CBS had three shows recently that I was just warming up to. I was beginning to enjoy "Commander in Chief", "Love Monkey" and "Courting Alex". Where did these shows go? I'm assuming "Commander in Chief" will eventually be back. It had decent ratings and seemed to have some good publicity. It would be hard to imagine that this show did not have the viewers required to maintain a spot on CBS.

I understand some shows must be cancelled, but it seems as soon as you're beginning to like one, it disappears. As a viewer, I would like to know when these shows are cancelled or what is happening to them. It irks me especially because I set TIVO up to record these episodes and all of a sudden it doesn't record them anymore because they've been taken off the air without notice.
What shows do you watch that have been cancelled? Please leave a comment to let me know.
Following are a few good shows that were cancelled or put on "hiatus" just this season.

"Night Stalker" (ABC) This was a show about a ghoul hunter. What happened to this one? I have no idea.

"Love Monkey" (CBS) This show was really good. . . starred Tom Cavanagh. It was placed on "permanent hiatus," whatever that means.

"Commander in Chief" (CBS) I don't know where this show has gone, but it's been about 2 months since the last episode.

"Courting Alex" (CBS) There are rumors that this show has been cancelled. I don't know the specifics, but it isn't in the TV Guide for the next couple of weeks.

It would be nice to know that a show isn't going to be on instead of it being pulled off the air with no notice whatsoever. If they're going to run a show to test the audience response, they should at least have a wrap-up show just to let the audience know not to expect any more episodes.

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TV HELL
Spring Cleaning Time for TV Networks

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