TV cancellation season arrives

Well, the annoucements from the major networks are coming in and it’s not good news for a lot of sci fi. I really believe it’s because the networks haven’t figured out that science fiction viewers are different from regular viewers and I think some of the issues have to do with the networks not embracing technology as much as the fans of such shows.

But I digress.

One of the first shows to get the axe is NBC’s The Event. Which really bums me out. This show was picking up steam in the second half of its first season and we may now never know exactly what the event is or was. Over on Blastr.com, they blamed the three-month hiatus in the middle of the season for the demise of the show. Well, dur. Ironically enough, Blastr is owned by SyFy, a network that has sworn time and again that the hiatus actually helps shows. They argued this throughout the debacle that was the Caprica cancellation. The good news is that the series is being shopped to other networks. Maybe if someone that is NOT NBC or owned by NBC can get it, they’ll actually know what to do with it.

We also got word that Wonder Woman is not going to see the light of day. This I don’t think comes as a very big surprise.

Aliens are on their way out, or so we might believe. V has also officially been given the heave-ho. I just want to point out that this is the show that ABC Network decided to pull from online streaming halfway through. That didn’t quite work out for them, did it? Again, by not embracing the technology that science fictions fans are using, they’ve hurt what could have been a good series (I wouldn’t know as I don’t have cable).

SGU isn’t a show that I watched on SyFy (as I’ve all about given up hope on their shows and the way they treat them, to begin with), but we’ve known for a time that it was coming to an end. But still… the science fiction getting dropped really should make t.v. executives question why shows that are well-written and have loyal fanbases are not pulling in the numbers. I’m sure it has something to do with the numbers being based on something that was created in the 1960’s, but hey, I could be wrong.

Finally, No Ordinary Family is going away, too. This one makes me extremely sad. I think the problem with this show was that it lost focus about halfway into the season. It found it again towards the end, but it’s probably a question of a little too late.

In the end, though, science fiction viewers are probably going to continue getting screwed. Until the networks realize that we aren’t really counted amongst those Nielson viewers but are probably the most loyal fanbase on the planet, we’re going to keep seeing cancellations of our favorite genre.

2 thoughts on “TV cancellation season arrives

  • May 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm
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     I agree completely with the assessment on split seasons, and have been vocal on Twitter about my personal dislike of them. I would love to see the actual data that the networks base their claims of “helping” shows with them.

    Most of our family’s television viewing is recorded for watching later; as we live on the west coast, many of the programs we like come on at 9 or 10, and when you need to be up at 5 AM, you either don’t watch at all, or you watch when it’s more convenient – which does have the added bonus of being able to skip commercials if you want.

    • May 15, 2011 at 12:45 am
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      I’ve bugged SyFy Network about it consistently on Twitter and still haven’t seen any actual research or data that backs up that the mid-season hiatus helps shows’ ratings. I know, for me, personally, that I tend to lose interest in a show I’ve all but forgotten about in a few months. I kept up with The Event via Hulu, but it was still a liittle hard to follow after three months of forgetting what had happened previously.

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