October 7 11

I don’t really know why television networks even bother going through all of the trouble to test out their new shows. Really, all they need to do is leave it up to me. If I like it, it will probably be canceled. If I don’t like it, it will probably live on the air for 10+ years and will likely spawn spin-offs. That’s not to say that I always have crappy taste in television shows; I have liked many, many shows that were quite successful. I loved LOST. 30 Rock, Mad Men, Dexter, Modern Family. See? All commercially well-liked.

But, okay, here’s the thing. My So-Called Life. Life Unexpected. October Road. Arrested Development. Freaks and Geeks. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Once and Again. Everwood. Sports Night. American Dreams. The OC. 

Canceled. All of them. Too Soon.

And not only did I like all of these shows. I LOVED them.

I like my shows like I like my books—character-driven. All of these shows had it. But audiences want something else, I guess.

I mourned each loss and wondered how shows like ER—which completely lost any sense of quality television for me the minute Mark Greene died—went on to create too many seasons of crappy television. Grey’s Anatomy? Really? Why do we all watch this show—it’s not even good. It hasn’t been good since the end of season 2. I guess it’s because I’m committed to these shows and will watch them all the way to their usually two-seasons-too-late demises. If you need any sort of proof, I am still watching One Tree Hill and The Office.

So, I can’t say I was at all surprised when NBC gave its new 1960s show The Playboy Club the axe after airing only three episodes. I can’t say that I loved the show. I was certainly intrigued after the first episode. I even found Eddie Cibrian’s Dop Draper impression likable, which shocked surprised me, because, well, he’s Eddie Cibrian. But my interest was piqued; and I was certainly willing to give it at least a half-season chance, unlike X-Factor, which I quit after episode 1 (Thanks, Simon Cowell, for bringing us American Idol AGAIN.) and Ringer, which I quit before episode 1 was even over. And don’t even get me started on Whitney.

So, I can only assume that because I was watching, it got the boot. Which means exactly one thing, I’m thinking: I know what else is getting canceled.

Hart of Dixie and Pan Am.

Because I love them.

I am probably picking the wrong shows. Based on the number of shows with acronyms for titles—NCIS, CSI, CSI COLON CITY OF YOUR CHOICE, SVU—maybe if Pan Am was called FTFS (Fly the Friendly Skies) or LBDT (Look But Don’t Touch) or DFTWYG (Don’t Forget to Wear Your Girdle) or something, it would stand a better change at getting picked up for a whole season. What am I even thinking? It’s already doomed. I’m cursed, or something.

Sorry, Christina Ricci. You might be out of a job soon. But the good news is that maybe you can get a part on CSI: Detroit or something. You’ll probably have a job for the next 18 years or so.

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  1. I thought I was the only one with the talent of picking shows to get the axe! I actually really liked The Playboy Club and was a little sad to see it go, but I guess Eddie Cibrian was due for a kick in the ass by karma. Not a fan of Pan Am but I did really like Hart of Dixie although I cringe just a little bit every time Summer Roberts tries to mutter some medical jumbo. Here’s hoping it makes it. Have you tried Revenge though? I think you’d like it!

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    ali replied on

    I have heard that I’d like REvenge. I haven’t watched it yet…but it’s waiting for me on my DVR!

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    Comment by Kelli on October 7, 2011
  2. The cheese touch?! That’s worse than nuclear cooties!

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    Comment by Gav on October 7, 2011
  3. I have, what, four weeks of ‘Ringer’ on the DVR that I just need to admit will never be watched so I can delete them…because I need the room to record ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ’90210′. Believe me, I am ashamed of myself.

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    ali replied on

    I am PROUD to say I stopped watching both of those travesties in their second seasons. :)

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    Comment by fadkog on October 7, 2011
  4. Yeah, Pan Am has already been canceled as of last week.

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    Avitable replied on

    Wait – no, I’m wrong. I was thinking of the other show set in the 60s. “The Playboy Club” has already been canceled.

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    ali replied on

    Ha. Yes. That’s what my post was about…

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    Avitable replied on

    Yeah, I still had Pan Am in my head, even after reading your post. Der.

    Comment by Avitable on October 7, 2011
  5. You should eat the cheese then! It worked for Rowley.

    Actually, how do you explain Arrested Development then? It should come off your list. A 10 episode return plus a movie is hardly a jinx.

    Also, you cannot count any MTV show. The M is supposed to stand for Music remember, not whatever they currently think it may be.

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    ali replied on

    Arrested Development was canceled too soon. Yes, it IS coming back…but I was UPSET when it was canceled. It wasn’t right.

    What shows are on MTV? You will have to forgive me as I live in Canada. Heh.

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    Hockeymandad replied on

    My So Called Life for sure and the OC was it not? I don’t remember what channel the OC was on, just that I was happy it was no longer on my television. ;) haha

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    ali replied on

    My So-Called Life was ABC.
    And the OC was on FOX.
    :)

    Hockeymandad replied on

    Ok, I think MTV aired both of them after the fact hence my confusion. Thanks!

    Comment by Hockeymandad on October 7, 2011
  6. I hope you’re wrong about Pan Am, but I totally saw Playboy Club coming. And I won’t be surprised to see Hart of Dixie go either. Scott Porter can’t be anything but Jason Street to me. Even if that means he’s forever in a wheelchair.

    I also enjoyed Free Agents, but I knew that one was doomed. I am really really enjoying Revenge and will be crazy sad if that axe that one too soon.

    I wonder if ABC keeps a TOP 10 MISTAKES WE MADE list in one of their conference rooms that has My So Called Life at the top. I bet they wish they had a time machine so they could go back and uncancel that gem.

    Also the new Charlie’s Angels needs to go away.

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    ali replied on

    Did you watch Degrassi?
    Because Wheelchair Jimmy will always be wheelchair Jimmy to me and I will never be able to buy him as DRAKE: RAPPER.

    Hee!

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    Carrisa replied on

    No, I think Degrassi was a Canadian thing during the years which I would have watched it. I do remember a show called 15 though that I think was also Canadian. So I’m not sure how that one made it to me.

    But yeah, I’m sorry. If you’re going to win my heart over in a wheel chair then you better embrace the typecasting. I’m looking at you Artie from Glee!

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    ali replied on

    Degrassi is actually still on…and it’s actually quite popular in the states too.

    Wait…do you know who drake even is?

    Carrisa replied on

    No, but I don’t have kids in my house. I can guess he’s probably one of those Nickelodeon or Disney channel shows. My sister is a nanny for a 10 yr old girl so I hear of these things sometimes.

    Comment by Carrisa on October 7, 2011
  7. Everwood! I miss that show. Maybe you can use your magical powers to bring it back??!

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    ali replied on

    I’m pretty sure my powers suck at resurrections.

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    Comment by Shannon on October 7, 2011
  8. I feel the exact same way! I love Hart of Dixie and Pan Am and I will CRY if they get canceled!!

    Also I recommend Revenge, it is great!

    Megan

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    Comment by Megan on October 7, 2011
  9. Pan Am was cancelled too?? I haven’t even seen it and been able to catch up on my DVR. DAMN!!

    Also, sigh, American Dreams. My most favorite show ever. (You should watch Blue Bloods because the one kid from there is on it. And Donnie Wahlberg. And Tom Selleck.)

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    ali replied on

    Pan Am was NOT canceled!

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    Comment by Kristabella on October 7, 2011
  10. I’m totally blaming you if Hart of Dixie gets cancelled.

    I still want to cry about October Road and Dirty Sexy Money.

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    Comment by Jen on October 7, 2011
  11. I haven’t watched either of those two shows. I’m already one week behind on the few shows I DO watch.

    Thanksgiving weekend ahould fix that. :)

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    Comment by Angella on October 7, 2011
  12. I love Pan Am and I love Unforgettable. Watch they will cancel both.

    I’m with you. If I love it, they cancel it.

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    Comment by Issa on October 7, 2011
  13. Damnit. I kill shows too, and I love Pan Am. It’s so dead. Revenge is great – judging on your other picks, I think you’ll like it a lot.

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    Comment by Jessica on October 7, 2011
  14. There was a show on in the ’90s called Class of ’96 with Jason Gedrick and Kari Wuhrer. I LOVED LOVED LOVED it. And then it was canceled. So, I know what you mean.

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    Comment by alison on October 7, 2011
  15. I’m still mourning the lost of Once and Again. I loved that show!

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    Comment by Pamela on October 8, 2011
  16. I agree, My So Called Life, American Dreams & Once and Again were cancelled all too soon. I also am really upset that Relativity, JourneyMan, Invasion, and The Nine were also cancelled. Some of them were just getting to the good storylines and then just ended so suddenly. I hope Pan Am makes it, it’s a really good show. One of the only new shows that I’m watching. I hope we don’t jinx it! :)

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    Comment by mommabird2345 on October 9, 2011
  17. So what do you think is the reason behind the cancellation of these movies? I think there are many of us who love the show and it really bothers me why they need to cancel it.

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