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(The Hollywood Reporter)   In honor of Cougar Town, here's a list of 13 shows that were saved by switching networks. However, the list fails by not mentioning Mystery Science Theater 3000. Bonus: Half of the shows were dumped by the geniuses at NBC   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 67
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2012-05-12 06:24:01 AM  
Ah, NBC.

Even when they were doing well, they farked up. They dumped JAG. Jag went to CBS, Ran 10 years, and spawned NCIS, The top rated network show.

And Southland being dumped for Jay Leno, dumping the Law and Order shows for dramas that didn't last a season...

/they also forgot The Critic, which went from ANC to Fox, and almost went to UPN.
 
2012-05-12 07:53:03 AM  
No Babylon 5?
 
2012-05-12 08:09:28 AM  
Honor of Cougar Town? I've seen that show a couple times, there's no honor in Courtney Cox continually grinning at her jokes.
 
2012-05-12 08:16:41 AM  
I wouldn't really call seasons 8 and 9 of Scrubs a success.
 
2012-05-12 08:41:04 AM  
Scrubs over Family Guy (random)?!?
 
2012-05-12 08:44:05 AM  
It doesn't bother anyone else that the people on Cougartown are essentially all functioning-alcoholics?

I find it so depressIng to watch these characters self-medicate themselves through every single situation.
 
2012-05-12 08:47:26 AM  
Buffy was not saved by switching networks. The only good thing to happen after season 5 was Evil Willow and we had to sit through some really bad parts (awkward magic=drug addiction metaphorical garbage) to get to the good parts (The slow bullet, Willow skinning Warren alive, Buffy vs Willow fight etc).
 
2012-05-12 08:52:41 AM  
Paul Reiser on Jay Leno, when NBC canceled his show after two episodes.

"They don't traditionally make bad decisions"

"When you're the last place network, you don't want to jeopardize that."

If the show had been Paul sitting in a chair talking about his life, it might still be on.
 
2012-05-12 08:59:30 AM  

Snapper Carr: Buffy was not saved by switching networks. The only good thing to happen after season 5 was Evil Willow and we had to sit through some really bad parts (awkward magic=drug addiction metaphorical garbage) to get to the good parts (The slow bullet, Willow skinning Warren alive, Buffy vs Willow fight etc).


Switching networks to a non-homophobic network allowed Willow and Tara to express themselves more than a simple touch of 1/3209423094092th of a strand of hair (the kiss in "The Body" is the only real exception), which I think was a good thing - not because of a "OMG its two girls kissing!!!!111!!eleventy!!11" thing, but it allowed them to have a more 'real' relationship. But yes, other than that, the overall storylines were not as good, but I still enjoy them and are glad they are there.

/Currently at the Dark Willow parts of season 6 in my 28039420th re-watch on netflix
 
2012-05-12 09:01:38 AM  

hubiestubert: No Babylon 5?


You know full well they won't show anything that might spark the imagination. That could lead to wonder and maybe even hope.
 
2012-05-12 09:04:05 AM  

hubiestubert: No Babylon 5?


Does that count? It went to TNT from Syndication for its final season, then TNT shiat all over the spin-off.
 
2012-05-12 09:16:19 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: hubiestubert: No Babylon 5?

Does that count? It went to TNT from Syndication for its final season, then TNT shiat all over the spin-off.


Plus they needed the money from Channel 4 in the UK to fill the funding gap. Thats why after season 2 all the comm calls come in on channel 4, as a thank you.
 
2012-05-12 09:17:43 AM  

ole prophet: Scrubs over Family Guy (random)?!?


When did Family Guy switch networks?
 
2012-05-12 09:21:36 AM  
Only 13?

How 'bout we go to the definitive list?

/And if it ain't, give us some that we missed, okay?
 
2012-05-12 09:24:54 AM  
I still miss Turkey Day marathons on Comedy Central.
 
2012-05-12 09:28:46 AM  
 
2012-05-12 09:29:58 AM  

T-Servo: I still miss Turkey Day marathons on Comedy Central.


MST3K on Comedy Central?

You must be mistaken... Comedy Central didn't exist until 1997, when South Park began.
 
2012-05-12 09:46:37 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: T-Servo: I still miss Turkey Day marathons on Comedy Central.

MST3K on Comedy Central?

You must be mistaken... Comedy Central didn't exist until 1997, when South Park began.


You think I don't know who wrote my paycheck? CTV: The Comedy Network became Comedy Central on June 1, 1991.

/yeesh
 
2012-05-12 09:53:59 AM  
They used a picture of SG1 that doesn't have RDA in it?

Rubbish! absolute rubbish!!

I'll not sit here and be hooliganed and bamboozled by such slanderous poppycock.

Good day to you sir.

I SAID GOOD DAY!
 
2012-05-12 09:56:33 AM  
How about Sliders?
 
2012-05-12 10:02:50 AM  

NeoCortex42: How about Sliders?


I'm pretty sure Sci-Fi reanimated its corpse rather than "saved' the show.
 
2012-05-12 10:02:55 AM  
I have a hard time calling Scrubs "saved." It went to ABC for a season that was marginally better than the ones immediately preceding it, but still significantly below its prime... then one season for which "execrable" is too polite a word. "Saved" in that John C. McGinley and Donald Faison got to draw a paycheck for two more years, perhaps. But a mercy killing would have been better for the show.
 
2012-05-12 10:15:37 AM  

FeedTheCollapse: NeoCortex42: How about Sliders?

I'm pretty sure Sci-Fi reanimated its corpse rather than "saved' the show.


At the time, I was still thrilled to get more Sliders. It wasn't as good as previous seasons, but still was still decent sci-fi. I still ignore the horrible horrible fifth season during rewatches, though.
 
2012-05-12 10:29:06 AM  
Sure, Sci-Fi saved MST3K...but they really should have just stopped with host segments instead of subjecting viewers to Pearl, Brain Guy, and Bobo. Frank and Forrester were brilliant and irreplaceable, but the Sci-Fi era host segments involving Pearl and the gang were just unbearable. At least the riffing was still solid, and Bill Corbett's contributions were surprisingly great...but every host segment involving Pearl and co. = instant mute.
 
2012-05-12 10:36:20 AM  

velvet_fog: Sure, Sci-Fi saved MST3K...but they really should have just stopped with host segments instead of subjecting viewers to Pearl, Brain Guy, and Bobo. Frank and Forrester were brilliant and irreplaceable, but the Sci-Fi era host segments involving Pearl and the gang were just unbearable. At least the riffing was still solid, and Bill Corbett's contributions were surprisingly great...but every host segment involving Pearl and co. = instant mute.


I agree that the Pearl and gang side of the host segments weren't nearly as good as Dr. F and Frank. I think it might have been due to trying to have a "plot" (Planet of the Apes, captured by Observers, Rome, etc.), which I think might have been one of the requests of Sci-Fi.

The SOL host segments were still great, though. I wouldn't have given those up for anything.
 
2012-05-12 10:46:23 AM  

velvet_fog: Frank and Forrester were brilliant and irreplaceable, but the Sci-Fi era host segments involving Pearl and the gang were just unbearable.


I like Forrester and Frank better, but I've always thought the hate for Brainguy, Bobo, and pearl was a bit much. Even then, the Sci-Fi era boasted quite a few strong episodes.
 
2012-05-12 11:19:59 AM  
While Pearl, et. al were never as great as Dr. F and Frank, the Dr. F and Frank era also subjected us to the invention exchange. The only good invention exchange was Cowboy Mike's Ricocheeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttt *ptwang* BBQ sauce! Now in new EXTREY BOLD.

The rest of them were just crappy gags recycled from Joel's era as prop comic, and it showed.

And there were some great Pearl host segments. "When Loving Lovers Love" during Overdrawn at the Memory Bank is a riot. The first host segment to Time Chasers, where Mike and Pearl shoot the breeze like they were neighbors is also a great one.
 
2012-05-12 11:36:14 AM  

KWess: It doesn't bother anyone else that the people on Cougartown are essentially all functioning-alcoholics?

I find it so depressIng to watch these characters self-medicate themselves through every single situation.


you say 'functioning alcoholic' like it's a bad thing, when it's what I aspire to be
 
2012-05-12 11:37:00 AM  

T-Servo: FirstNationalBastard: T-Servo: I still miss Turkey Day marathons on Comedy Central.

MST3K on Comedy Central?

You must be mistaken... Comedy Central didn't exist until 1997, when South Park began.

You think I don't know who wrote my paycheck? CTV: The Comedy Network became Comedy Central on June 1, 1991.

/yeesh


Paging TMLO to explain the "MST3K was on Comedy Central? They didn't begin until 1997" thing.
 
2012-05-12 11:53:22 AM  

t3knomanser: While Pearl, et. al were never as great as Dr. F and Frank, the Dr. F and Frank era also subjected us to the invention exchange. The only good invention exchange was Cowboy Mike's Ricocheeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttt *ptwang* BBQ sauce! Now in new EXTREY BOLD.

The rest of them were just crappy gags recycled from Joel's era as prop comic, and it showed.

And there were some great Pearl host segments. "When Loving Lovers Love" during Overdrawn at the Memory Bank is a riot. The first host segment to Time Chasers, where Mike and Pearl shoot the breeze like they were neighbors is also a great one.




yeah, never cared for the invention exchange. Not really Pearl-related, but the Time Chasers host segments involving Crow traveling back in time to dissuade Mike was one of my favorite segments.
 
2012-05-12 12:23:00 PM  
How 'bout American Chopper. Discovery channel to TLC then back to Discovery.
 
2012-05-12 12:26:59 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Paging TMLO to explain the "MST3K was on Comedy Central? They didn't begin until 1997" thing.


Sorry, didn't know that reference.
 
2012-05-12 12:48:29 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: Not really Pearl-related, but the Time Chasers host segments involving Crow traveling back in time to dissuade Mike was one of my favorite segments.


Classic. There's another Mike era one (I forget the episode) where they're going through a wormhole and everything's out of sync, temporally, so everybody delivers their lines out of order. That one was great.
 
2012-05-12 01:18:31 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Even when they were doing well, they farked up. They dumped JAG. Jag went to CBS, Ran 10 years, and spawned NCIS, The top rated network show.


exactly what I came here to say.
 
2012-05-12 01:41:55 PM  
The one that still pisses me off at NBC, that didn't get to go to another network, was Life. Cancelled for that stupid Jay Leno thing, but was some of the best TV ever. The characters alone were great, and we never did get to see Crews take on Rayborn, or find out who the other three were. On the plus side, Crews killing Nevikov was perhaps one of the finest scenes ever.
 
2012-05-12 01:51:54 PM  
Monk
 
2012-05-12 02:48:50 PM  
Haven't seen Futurama since the relaunch. Is it as good as pre-cancellation Futurama?
 
2012-05-12 02:51:01 PM  

KWess: It doesn't bother anyone else that the people on Cougartown are essentially all functioning-alcoholics?


No

Then again, so am I

/drinking wine right now
//no big carl though
 
2012-05-12 02:53:40 PM  
Scrubs might not have been quite as good on ABC as it was in its prime (or anywhere near as good in its last season), but the finale of Season 8, with J.D. leaving ths hospital, which was more or less the "true" series finale, was just about the perfect way to end things. The Season 7 ending only worked as a season finale.

In that sense, the show was saved, because it got a proper sendoff.
 
2012-05-12 03:16:30 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: T-Servo: FirstNationalBastard: T-Servo: I still miss Turkey Day marathons on Comedy Central.

MST3K on Comedy Central?

You must be mistaken... Comedy Central didn't exist until 1997, when South Park began.

You think I don't know who wrote my paycheck? CTV: The Comedy Network became Comedy Central on June 1, 1991.

/yeesh

Paging TMLO to explain the "MST3K was on Comedy Central? They didn't begin until 1997" thing.


MST3K started on a PUBLIC ACCESS channel in Minnesota.

/look it up fools
 
2012-05-12 03:25:50 PM  

Son of Thunder: Haven't seen Futurama since the relaunch. Is it as good as pre-cancellation Futurama?


Some might say it's even better.
 
2012-05-12 03:45:56 PM  
I think it's interesting that so many shows get axed to make room for other shows in the limited programming space on a television channel. I'm curious if the emergence of Hulu and Netflix will mean we will see shows finding new life as online only series. Web series today means near irrelevance but it might not in the very near future.

/4 seasons, 2 web seasons and a movie
 
2012-05-12 04:03:32 PM  

Son of Thunder: Haven't seen Futurama since the relaunch. Is it as good as pre-cancellation Futurama?


The animation has definitely improved. The writing is still pretty solid too. There are a few stinker episodes and so far they haven't had reached the heights of "Luck of the Fryish," "The Sting," Jurassic Bark," "Devil's Hands...," etc.

So it's not 100% there but it's still good and getting better; overall it's worth coming back to.
 
2012-05-12 04:06:47 PM  

BonesJackson: Son of Thunder: Haven't seen Futurama since the relaunch. Is it as good as pre-cancellation Futurama?

The animation has definitely improved. The writing is still pretty solid too. There are a few stinker episodes and so far they haven't had reached the heights of "Luck of the Fryish," "The Sting," Jurassic Bark," "Devil's Hands...," etc.

So it's not 100% there but it's still good and getting better; overall it's worth coming back to.


I agree that it's still worth watching. Even the "bad" episodes are enjoyable. The frequency of great episodes may not be as high as the pre-cancellation run, but there are still some classic episodes being made ("The Late Phillip J Fry" being a high point).
 
2012-05-12 04:40:53 PM  

Snapper Carr: Buffy was not saved by switching networks. The only good thing to happen after season 5 was Evil Willow and we had to sit through some really bad parts (awkward magic=drug addiction metaphorical garbage) to get to the good parts (The slow bullet, Willow skinning Warren alive, Buffy vs Willow fight etc).


Season 6 is my favorite season of Buffy. It's dark and sometimes depressing, but I like it for whatever reason - I think largely because I like the Buffy/Spike relationship. Season 7 is just bad. Although I'm glad it got to have a proper ending in terms of having an epic battle against evil. The lead up with the potentials is really boring though and when everyone turns on Buffy, well it just pissed me off and seemed really out of character for most of them.
 
2012-05-12 05:06:35 PM  
...here's a list of 13 shows that were saved by switching networks. However, the list fails by not mentioning Mystery Science Theater 3000

The list doesn't fail, just look at your first sentence.
 
2012-05-12 06:39:05 PM  
mmm.Catherine Bell..
 
2012-05-12 07:06:41 PM  

Crewmannumber6: KWess: It doesn't bother anyone else that the people on Cougartown are essentially all functioning-alcoholics?

I find it so depressIng to watch these characters self-medicate themselves through every single situation.

you say 'functioning alcoholic' like it's a bad thing, when it's what I aspire to be


Are you shooting for high-functioning or low-functioning? A man has to know his limits.
 
2012-05-12 07:52:31 PM  
NBC also cancelled Baywatch before it went into syndication.
 
2012-05-12 08:35:10 PM  

GAT_00: I wouldn't really call seasons 8 and 9 of Scrubs a success.


saved by switching networks?

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