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A second look at TV shows

March 30, 2013
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

I was reading through a TV Guide online article about television shows getting a second chance on life. Which makes me wonder why they were canceled in the first place. In some cases, it's low ratings. In others, it's a TV exec's decision to pull the plug.

In this article, it says that CBS is bringing back "Unforgettable," after canceling it last year. "The Killing" is returning to AMC and "Drop Dead Diva" is being revived on Lifetime (I didn't know it had been canceled! I have the first three seasons on DVD to catch up on).

This has apparently happened before, where a network picks up a show it has canned, like "Cagney and Lacey" on CBS, "Family Guy" on FOX, "7th Heaven" on the WB/CW and "Jericho" on CBS. While "Family Guy" has managed to stick around all these years, "Jericho" only lasted so much longer.

Cutting costs was the reason "Drop Dead Diva" got the ax back in January, according to the article I read. Robert Sharenow, Lifetime programming chief, said there was a "massive outpouring of support" for the show. Yay "Diva" fans. The show will be back later this year with a few changes.

"The Killing" is coming back in late May or early June. To tell the truth, the title didn't really appeal to me. I'm sure it's a good show, and I do watch several crime-related shows: "CSI," "Rizzoli and Isles," and "Bones," but it didn't grab me. Because the first season ended without revealing who killed Rosie Larsen, viewership dropped the second season. It was not renewed for a third season. But execs couldn't let the show go. A couple of the original actors are returning to the new story in the series, which is about a series of murders connected to an old case.

So I open up the comments to the article, where some people listed their thoughts on certain shows that should be resurrected (well, in their minds they should). These include "The Pretender," "Quantum Leap," "Terra Nova" (I think that limped along for one season), "Flashpoint," "Emergency!" (someone's channeling the '70s) and "Firefly."

As for me, there's several shows that I wish could've lasted a little longer, but it's a little too late to bring them back. These include "The Marshall Chronicles" (a show that my brother and I are the only ones who remember), "Wonderfalls" (only four shows were broadcast, but fortunately I got to see the rest of the season on DVD), "Caroline in the City" (I'm still bitter about the season 4 cliffhanger and then the show was canceled), "The Class" (only on for one season, but luckily "The Big Bang Theory" turned out to me a nice replacement), "My So-Called Life," and "Freaks and Geeks."

Another online article from Yahoo TV was about CBS renewing 14 shows, including "The Good Wife," "The Mentalist" and Hawaii Five-0." Ugh, way too many shows out there. Out of the 14, I only really watch "Mike and Molly," and that's through the DVDs, after the season has ended. The article went on to say that "Criminal Minds," "CSI:NY" and Two and a Half Men" are "missing in action" from the renewal list. Will they be back? Only time will tell.



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