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(Salon)   Eight TV shows canceled that never gave their fans a resolution. Though let's be honest; did Caroline in the City have any true fans?   (salon.com) divider line 209
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2014-03-15 10:37:54 AM  
The only show on the list worth bringing back with original cast members is "Soap"
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-15 10:43:04 AM  
Caroline in the City was the only one of those shows I watched more than an episode of. It was decent at the beginning, but I'm pretty sure I lost interest before it was cancelled.
 
2014-03-15 10:48:55 AM  
hbowatch.com
 
2014-03-15 10:58:55 AM  
Reaper, anyone?
 
2014-03-15 11:02:17 AM  
What amazes me about Soap is that as fabulous as it was, nobody ever re-runs it.

Caroline in the City didn't come back after a cliff-hanger season ender?  It's a sitcom.  Unless you're Soap, you don't need cliff-hangers at the end of a season.  That's just stupid.

Flash Forward had such awesome potential, and then it just got lost.
 
2014-03-15 11:06:11 AM  

BizarreMan: What amazes me about Soap is that as fabulous as it was, nobody ever re-runs it.

Caroline in the City didn't come back after a cliff-hanger season ender?  It's a sitcom.  Unless you're Soap, you don't need cliff-hangers at the end of a season.  That's just stupid.

Flash Forward had such awesome potential, and then it just got lost.


Antenna TV was running Soap recently

/not sure if they still are or not, though
 
2014-03-15 11:21:39 AM  
Both B5 and Journeyman had sufficient time to come up with good endings. B5 wound up getting another season but it was good anyway.
 
2014-03-15 11:26:20 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: BizarreMan: What amazes me about Soap is that as fabulous as it was, nobody ever re-runs it.

Caroline in the City didn't come back after a cliff-hanger season ender?  It's a sitcom.  Unless you're Soap, you don't need cliff-hangers at the end of a season.  That's just stupid.

Flash Forward had such awesome potential, and then it just got lost.

Antenna TV was running Soap recently

/not sure if they still are or not, though


The problem with re-running a show like "Soap", though, is that it's so serialized it's had to just watch a random episode at that just happens to be on as you're flipping channels.  Which is a shame.  I mean, "All In the Family" gets all the credit for creating the modern sitcom, but I'd argue that "Soap" is far more influential.  And definitely much funnier.
 
2014-03-15 11:43:47 AM  
I watched "Awake", it was pretty okay but if I remember correctly it was a mid-season replacement and after like 3 episodes I was pretty sure it wasn't coming back.
 
2014-03-15 11:47:07 AM  
Duckman and Sliders are the two cliffhanger cancellations that pissed me off.

OTOH, I wish Life on Mars US had not gotten a resolution.

/and why Star Trek: Enterprise ended with a mirror universe two parter is anyone's guess.
 
2014-03-15 12:23:57 PM  
I'm still waiting for that AfterM*A*S*H prequel.
 
2014-03-15 12:26:23 PM  

eurotrader: The only show on the list worth bringing back with original cast members is "Soap"


It'd be difficult to do, considering Richard Mulligan, Catherine Damon, and Arthur Peterson are all dead now.
 
2014-03-15 12:28:35 PM  
There are worse things than ending a show without resolution.

I'm looking at YOU Battlestar Gallactica reboot!
 
2014-03-15 12:31:03 PM  
Largely forgotten, but Golden Years.  Protagonist aging backwards, elderly wife dead, everyone on the run.
 
2014-03-15 12:37:32 PM  

eurotrader: The only show on the list worth bringing back with original cast members is "Soap"


Deadwood, cocksucker. Deadwood.
 
2014-03-15 12:58:35 PM  

albert71292: eurotrader: The only show on the list worth bringing back with original cast members is "Soap"

It'd be difficult to do, considering Richard Mulligan, Catherine Damon, and Arthur Peterson are all dead now.



If dead celebs can do commercials with CGI I see death as no barrier to returning to a show.
Deadwood while a decent show and better than Carnival,( carnies with their little hands are always creepy)  with the references and similar storyline to real history there was no real cliffhanger. If it came back the DVR would be set, to watch on day nothing else was on.
 
2014-03-15 12:59:01 PM  

Ghastly: There are worse things than ending a show without resolution.

I'm looking at YOU Battlestar Gallactica reboot!


I decided to re-watch it (it's interesting seeing it and knowing who the Final Five are), and I don't think the ending is really that bad.  It was about the only way to show them finding you-know-what without it turning into Galactica 1980.

Still annoyed with the deus ex machina of you-know-wo, though.
 
2014-03-15 01:16:28 PM  

Sgt Otter: Ghastly: There are worse things than ending a show without resolution.

I'm looking at YOU Battlestar Gallactica reboot!

I decided to re-watch it (it's interesting seeing it and knowing who the Final Five are), and I don't think the ending is really that bad.  It was about the only way to show them finding you-know-what without it turning into Galactica 1980.

Still annoyed with the deus ex machina of you-know-wo, though.


What annoyed me was the whole big reveal about the mysterious dream sequence was basically "just do what you would have logically done anyway". Usually when some sort of premonition is set up it's because the right course of action is not the course of action you would naturally choose. In this case the premonition was pretty much meaningless. It was all a big fark you to the viewer.

The whole thing felt rushed together and forced and I know they wanted to tie up loose ends before the series was cancelled but frankly I would have preferred it if they ended without a resolution and then tied things up with a possible future miniseries or movie. The ending just really felt like they pulled it out of their ass at the last minute and said "meh, good enough".
 
2014-03-15 01:53:25 PM  

Secret Agent X23: Reaper, anyone?


This and Joan of Arcadia and Tower Prep and Quantum Leap and probably others that I can't think of at the moment.
 
2014-03-15 01:56:44 PM  

Ghastly: There are worse things than ending a show without resolution.

I'm looking at YOU Battlestar Gallactica reboot!


I actually liked the newer BSG, though I still had questions at the end.

I also decided that my B-King looked like a Cylon Raider.

lh5.googleusercontent.com
 
2014-03-15 01:57:31 PM  

texdent: Secret Agent X23: Reaper, anyone?

This and Joan of Arcadia and Tower Prep and Quantum Leap and probably others that I can't think of at the moment.


QL did give fans a resolution. It might not have ben one you liked, but it was definite.

www.paperdroids.com
 
2014-03-15 02:01:09 PM  
Awake was a good show, but by the third episode or so it became very clear that it wouldn't live past one season. It was a high-concept show--after an accident (with mysterious circumstances, ooooo...), the main character starts bouncing between two realities, one in which his wife died in the accident, and one in which their son died. It was fantastic--he had a therapist in each reality trying to prove that the other one was a fantasy that he had to let go of; he was struggling to connect with his wife and son as each of them were in mourning and he wasn't; he was a cop, so he was solving crimes in each reality by picking up on clues from the other one. Really great stuff.

I think the season/series finale was a good sendoff, though. Sure, they never gave an explanation for why the main premise of the show was happening, but they left it such that the main character just didn't care. He decided that, if he could make a fantasy so convincing that he couldn't distinguish it from reality, why not live in a fantasy where he had both his wife and his son? It works as a series finale because we know the character stopped investigating the central mystery, so there was essentially no more reason for a show.

/Again, though, fantastic program. Definitely worth watching, if you can.
 
2014-03-15 02:23:50 PM  
Dexter?
 
2014-03-15 02:25:36 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-15 02:28:37 PM  
Space: Above and Beyond.
 
2014-03-15 02:31:40 PM  
media.tumblr.com
 
2014-03-15 02:32:36 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-15 02:33:57 PM  
List falls without pushing daisies.
 
2014-03-15 02:34:01 PM  
Enterprise was going to show us the Earth/Romulus in season five. Which would have rocked.
 
2014-03-15 02:34:48 PM  
I just reached the tipping point with slide shows.

No more.
 
2014-03-15 02:35:39 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Enterprise was going to show us the Earth/Romulus in season five. Which would have rocked.


Earth/Romulus war
 
2014-03-15 02:35:42 PM  
Space A&B
Rubicon
 
2014-03-15 02:35:47 PM  
The NBC comedy Go On from last season was cancelled, and I really wanted to know how Matthew Perry's weight would continue to fluctuate.
 
2014-03-15 02:36:59 PM  
4400 dammit
 
2014-03-15 02:37:55 PM  
No love for SportsNight?
 
2014-03-15 02:39:25 PM  
How did The Dead Zone end? Last I remember he was trying to stop a potential apocalypse.
/Speaking of apocalypse, Wolverine and the X-Men had it's last episode with Xavier now in the future of Age of Apocalypse
//The 90s era Spider-Man cartoon ended with Spidey going off to search for Mary Jane.
 
2014-03-15 02:39:52 PM  
fizmarble.com
 
2014-03-15 02:40:17 PM  
The most egregious were:
1) Deadwood (just kinda ended)
2) Carnivale (ended with nothing resolved)
3) Terriers (ended on a huge cliffhanger)

I would have loved more Freaks and Geeks, but I think the way it went out was actually pretty decent.
 
2014-03-15 02:42:31 PM  

Adebisi: [media.tumblr.com image 500x371]


Awesome. Glad to see this.
 
2014-03-15 02:45:02 PM  
American Gothic.
 
2014-03-15 02:47:26 PM  

Chabash: Space: Above and Beyond.


The finale had some amount of closure, given that the war turned in favor of the human side, though most of the main characters ended up KIA or almost certainly KIA.  That's war, really.

Brimstone needed a better ending, but I guess it was implied by final episode that  Zeke was more or less on the correct path and would eventually prevail.
 
2014-03-15 02:49:21 PM  
I was disappointed when Babylon: Crusade only had a half season.  I'm still pissed at TNT.
 
2014-03-15 02:49:25 PM  

wiredmaverick: The most egregious were:
1) Deadwood (just kinda ended)
2) Carnivale (ended with nothing resolved)
3) Terriers (ended on a huge cliffhanger)

I would have loved more Freaks and Geeks, but I think the way it went out was actually pretty decent.


I dunno, I kind of liked the way Deadwood ended up finishing off, with that shot of Alma Garrett riding out of town and Hearst and his men riding in.  It was just the signal that Deadwood the lawless frontier camp was done, and now it's gonna be Deadwood the company town.

i know there were supposed to be two Deadwood movies, then Milch got all hepped up on goofballs and we got John From Cincinnati, and who knows what the fark that was supposed to be.
 
2014-03-15 02:51:33 PM  
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Wyalt Derp: American Gothic.


Also this...

mart-e.be

And especially THIS
 
2014-03-15 02:52:04 PM  

Butterflew: List falls without pushing daisies.


So very much this.
 
2014-03-15 02:53:48 PM  
Did The Pretender get a proper ending?
 
2014-03-15 02:53:49 PM  

RomeoJr: No love for SportsNight?


I think Sports Night had a decent send-off that more-or-less wrapped everything up. It was just a highly enjoyable program that could have had several more years in it if Sorkin wanted.
 
2014-03-15 02:54:14 PM  
My Name is Earl deserved a proper ending.
 
2014-03-15 02:54:51 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk:


Gah, Carnivale and Deadwood alike. Someone at HBO was either huffing paint Warriors-style, or was getting blown by a pack of rabid hummingbirds.

Farking John from Cincinnati was dog shiat, and we never got a film for either of those shows. Carnivale had some fantastic actors, great writing, cool settings, and had Clancy FARKING Brown as the main villain.

Game of Thrones makes up for some of it, HBO, but you're still on the shiat list. :(
 
2014-03-15 02:56:21 PM  
Firefly
Men Behaving Badly
 
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