8 canceled shows that deserved a second season
It’s hard to keep up with all the new shows that are constantly hitting our screens. Whether it’s a sit-com, an animated adventure, or the latest MCU entry, there’s too much TV to keep up with.
As a result, some great shows fail to attract the audience they deserve simply because they haven’t been sufficiently marketed or aired alongside an established fan favorite. Low viewership numbers are a curse for TV shows in their first season, often resulting in cancellation, a fate that many entertaining and groundbreaking shows have unfortunately met.
‘Freaks and Geeks’
Freaks And Geeks was a show plagued by the threat of cancellation throughout its production, so it’s no surprise the series was ultimately canceled before fans could see what a second season would have entailed. . The series tells the story of a high school athlete who begins hanging out with a bunch of burnouts while his younger brother and his friends go through the terrors of their freshman year.
Despite its premature cancellation, the series has become a cult classic that has helped launch the careers of many of its actors, including Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini, Phillips busyand Jason Segelto name a few.
Before becoming a superstar as the creator and star of the critically acclaimed and universally loved film Flea bag, Phoebe Waller Bridge created a heartfelt comedy about a complex group of characters living in an abandoned hospital. Filled with the trademark spirit of Waller-Bridge, crackle was a triumphant success that combined romance and friendship in an intoxicating mix.
Waller-Bridge also starred on the show alongside a stellar cast of British talent, including Jonathan Bailey, Adrian Scarbroughand Amit Shah. Fortunately, Waller-Bridge is currently developing a new series for Amazon Prime, so we’ll soon have a new series to fall in love with.
Despite airing only fourteen episodes, Firefly became one of the most popular TV shows ever made, currently sitting comfortably at number 26 on IMDB’s list of highest rated TV shows. Created by Joss Whedon, the show was set five hundred years in the future; the crew of a small spaceship tries to survive as they travel through a galaxy full of warring factions and law enforcement agents to hunt them down.
Firefly helped launch (no pun intended) the career of Nathon Fillion, Alan Tudykand Morena Baccarin, and talk of a revival is never far away. Fillion offered his thoughts on the prospect during an interview with Collider in 2018.
In the weeks leading up to its release, Whiskey Cavalier seemed to have everything to guarantee that it would be a success. The show’s protagonists both joined the project through incredibly popular shows, with Lauren Cohan coming from behind The Walking Dead and Scott Foley just left Scandal. Also, the show’s premise, an FBI agent who teams up with a CIA agent to save the world, despite them not supporting each other, seemed like something audiences could relate to.
Unfortunately for everyone involved, the show never garnered the ratings its strong reviews suggested it deserved, and the show was not picked up for a second season.
Seth Rogen struggled with his first two TV shows. After freaks and geeksthe Canadian comedian teamed up with Judd Apatow for the college comedy series, Undeclared. Yet despite a hilarious cast including Jay Baruchel, Charlie Hunnamand Carla GalloUndeclared was never picked up for a second season.
Undeclared follows freshman Steven Karp (Baruchel) as he tries to navigate his way through college while struggling with his father, whose recent divorce has sparked a massive midlife crisis. Lucky for Rogen, his last show Pam and Tommy is one of the most acclaimed series of the year so far.
Selfies was a show ahead of its time, but even still, it’s hard to believe it wasn’t renewed for a second season. The series follows Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a social media-obsessed woman who, after being the subject of an embarrassing viral video, turns to marketing expert Henry Higgs (John Cho) to restore its image.
As she grows closer to Henry, Eliza begins to realize that there is more to life than likes, comments and shares. The show consisted of thirteen episodes but was unfortunately canceled after only seven episodes, making Selfie another John Cho short-lived series.
John Constantine is one of DC’s most popular anti-heroes, who has featured quite prominently in the comics since his first appearance in 1985. The character has also appeared in two live-action adaptations, first in a long footage that has seen Keanu Reeves play the lead and second character in a television series which saw matt ryan step into the shoes of Constantine.
The series was well-loved by fans, as was Ryan, who would later reprise the role on various shows across the Arrowverse. Although all hopes of seeing this series revived have long since expired, it was recently announced that a series of Constantine reboots would be heading to HBO Max, although it’s unlikely that Reeves or Ryan will be involved.
‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip’
Created and written by the Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip gave audiences a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch TV show similar to Saturday Night Live. Sorkin brought together some of the best television actors of the time, including Matthew Perry, Bradley Whitford, Amanda Peetand Sarah Paulson.
Almost everyone involved in the series has achieved great success, including Sorkin, who wrote and directed three critically acclaimed films: Molly’s Game, The track of the Chicago 7and Be the Ricardos.
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