Monday, June 17, 2013

My Favorite Shows That Was Cancelled Too Soon...

The other day I was re-watching "How to Make it in America". It's a was a HBO show about two dudes from NYC trying to make it in fashion with they've brand "Crisp".

The show had a great cast and was a pretty good concept. Wasn't to cheesy and showed the up and downs as they try to get to the top. By the end of the 1st season you found yourself cheering for them to make it. HBO didn't feel that way I guess. After a great 2nd season of twist and turns, HTMINA was pulled. To this day I'm still shock that the show was pulled. You would think you get a little more room to be free when on channels like HBO.

  So I put together a list of shows I love that was ended too soon. Rather it be cause of the network or because of the networks. Cause let's face it, no show wants to be pulled. 

I kept the list to shows that didn't get more then 1-3 seasons. Shows that just went off at random. Cause a lot  of pulled shows get to at least come to a close. Like "Friday Night Lights". I think I have watched all the season around 8 times. I was deeply in love with it. They at least got to have a ending to the series. It's talk of a movie. I would like that. Anyway let's get to the list. 

Freaks And Geeks 
This was a show that came out around the time I was starting middle school or maybe 5th grade. I forget. It's pretty clear I wasn't watching this at the time. I  was to busy trying to get my mom to let me stay out past the street lights. I have always heard of the show around the time I hit high school, never got around to watching it. It wasn't till this year that I saw it on Netflix and I had to give it a try. 

I really didn't know what I was missing. This show makes you long for the days of "The Wonder Years" and think back on middle school. Oh the irony. 

 The show centers on teenage Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) and her younger brother Sam (John Francis Daley), who both attend William McKinley High School during the 1980–1981 school year in the town of Chippewa, Michigan, a fictional suburb of Detroit.

Lindsay's friends constitute the "freaks" — Daniel Desario (James Franco), Ken Miller (Seth Rogen), Nick Andopolis (Jason Segel), Kim Kelly (Busy Philipps) — and Sam's friends constitute the "geeks" — Neal Schweiber (Samm Levine) and Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr) — of the title. The Weirs' parents, Harold (Joe Flaherty) and Jean (Becky Ann Baker), are featured in every episode. Millie Kentner (Sarah Hagan), Lindsay's nerdy, highly religious former best friend, is a recurring character, as is Cindy Sanders (Natasha Melnick), the attractive, popular cheerleader on whom Sam has a crush.

The show's starting point is Lindsay's transition from her life as an academically proficient student, star "mathlete", and proper young girl to an Army-jacket-wearing teenager who hangs out with troubled slackers. Her relationships with her new friends, and the friction they cause with her parents and with her own self-image, form one central strand of the show; the other follows Sam and his group of geeky friends as they navigate a different part of the social universe, and try to fit in.

Breakout Kings 
This show was a show that could really go so where. Given the fact that the show was kinda like the  USA network hit, based off the movie "Catch me if you can" show "White collar".  

The series follows a task force assembled by the U.S. Marshals to capture prison escapees. Several current convicts are offered a chance to aid in this effort, with the promise of a transfer to a minimum-security prison and a reduction in their sentences for every fugitive they catch. However, if any of them tries to escape, they will all be returned to their original prisons and their sentences will be doubled.

Way before their was the other shows their was "reaper". The way they cut this show off pissed me off really bad. I hate cliff hangers. On the other hand, the makers of the show told us what the plans for the season three would have been, if it was a season three. The CW is shit. 

Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison) lives at home with his parents (Andrew Airlie and Allison Hossack) in the Seattle area. Sam dropped out of college ("It made him sleepy", his Mom explains) and took a dead-end job at the Work Bench, a home-repair superstore. He spent the rest of his time hanging out, playing video games, and pining for his co-worker, Andi (Missy Peregrym).

On Sam's 21st birthday, his parents behave very strangely, and Sam himself sees hellish visions and experiences odd events. His father eventually claims that many years ago, he was very sick, and in return for restoring his health, he and his wife promised their firstborn child to the Devil (Ray Wise). Although the couple intended to cheat the Devil by having no children, this plan went awry when Satan persuaded their doctor to lie and tell the couple that they could not conceive in exchange for wiping his gambling debts clean. Sam was born shortly thereafter.

After informing him of his fate, the Devil explains to Sam that he must serve as his bounty hunter (or "Reaper"), tracking down souls that have escaped from Hell and sending them back using his new powers (which include telekinesis) and "vessels", varied objects said to have been hand-made in the bowels of perdition by the iniquitous and the vile. Vessels appear inside a long wooden box sent for Sam to open (with the Italian inscription "Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate" ["Abandon all hope, ye who enter here"], as was written on the entrance to Hell in Dante's Inferno), and are specially designed for each job. Examples throughout the series have included a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner, a Taser gun, and a cigarette lighter.

Although Sam initially balks, Satan tells him that should he refuse, then Sam's mother's soul is forfeit. Unwilling to sacrifice his mother, and convinced that he is doing good in the world by tracking down evil souls, Sam accepts his fate. With the help of his slacker friends Sock (Tyler Labine) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez), he begins his new life tracking down the corrupted souls trying to escape their own eternal punishment.

My Generation 
This one didn't even make it to three episodes. The crazy  thing about this show is after they(ABC) axe the show, so many people wanted it back that they put the rest of the season online. Which means that people actually like the show and that they pulled it too soon. Either that or the same person sent email after email. That's a lot of tying. 

The series follows a group of young adults whose lives were being filmed for a documentary just before their graduation from fictional Greenbelt High School in Austin, Texas in 2000. The group includes the Overachiever, the Beauty Queen, the Nerd, the Punk, the Jock, the Brain, the Rich Kid, the Rock Star, and the Wallflower. Their hopes and dreams for the future were recorded, and as they meet up ten years later, they find that things do not always go as planned. Several of the characters' lives after high school are affected by or tied to real-world events such as the September 11 attacks, the Enron scandal, and the War in Afghanistan. The series is set in the present with flashbacks to the past.

The Defenders

Even big stars get the run around with networks. Take "The Defenders" for example. Staring the always funny Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell. Can't forget about the forever hot Jurnee Smollett. The show was doing just fine. People was in love with it and great reviews was rolling in. That's till the network moved it to Friday nights. Also known as the day primetime shows go to die. The network ordered more of the show, then went back on that. Not to sure what happen, but somebody dropped the ball. 

Set in Las Vegas, Nevada, the show involves a pair of defense attorneys who go all out to help their clients while keeping their personal lives in order. The show is loosely based on real-life Vegas lawyers Michael Cristalli and Marc Saggese.

No Ordinary Family
Earlier I talked about shows leaving you hanging. This one leaves you hanging so bad you will need a couple months to get over it. Damn you ABC, ten million people watching is not low ratings. 

The show centers on the Powells, a typical American family living in fictional Pacific Bay, California, whose members gain special powers after their plane crashes in the Amazon, Brazil.

Well, that's it for now. I have a couple more, but let's stop here. If you want a part two, let me know in the comment section or on twitter (@JavarisIsOnMars)

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