5 Single Season Cancelled Shows I Still Think About

It’s sad when shows get cancelled, but especially for shows that get cancelled after only one season. Those are the ones that often never reached full potential and are more likely to fade away from memory. Granted, some are garbage and deserve to be canned and forgotten, but I’m not here to talk about those. I’m here to talk about the good ones, and, more specifically, the ones that I still think about, despite the fact that it’s been a while since they last graced my TV.

You, Me, And The Apocalypse

This was a British show that aired midseason on NBC in 2016, though I actually watched it later that summer because a local station aired it as reruns. This show was so cool. It had a great cast including Rob Lowe and Jenna Fischer, and it had a fairly unique plot: an upcoming asteroid hitting earth and a search for a second messiah to save them all. The show followed several groups who seemingly have no connection, but we see them all come together at the end of season. Despite the dramatics, there was a lot of humor and even some sadness as there was a death that I will never get over. The show ended on a cliffhanger, so I am mad that I’ll never see resolution from that, but also that such a good show with a neat plot and group of characters didn’t get a chance to thrive.

You, Me And the Apocalypse.

LA To Vegas

This show aired on Fox in 2018, and it was great and light. It was about the shenanigans on a discount airline that did weekend flights from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The airplane/airport setting was very fresh for TV, so nothing compared to it in that sense. The combo of regular fliers, the airline staff, and even one-time guests was great for keeping things funny, interesting, and realistic. I was genuinely laughing every episode. Fox’s comedies in the past few years have been pretty bad, so for this to get cancelled after one solid season really disappointed and surprised me.

LA To Vegas.

Mixology

This ABC show from 2014 had 13 episodes but they all covered one 24 hour period. Each episode focused on different people at a bar one night, and it was fun to get a fresh story every week while sometimes getting small crossovers from a previous episode. It was funny and unique, and while it maybe wasn’t the best ever show, I thought it had legs, even if they probably would have had to bring in a whole new cast for another season.

Mixology.

Deception

Also in 2018, this midseason ABC show was a typical FBI-looks-to-someone-for-consultation kind of deal, except the person they looked to was a magician (in the real sleight of hand way, not the Harry Potter way). So all the little weekly mysteries were solved with cool magic tricks and deception. As someone who knows very little about magic tricks but likes knowing how they’re done, this show satisfied me. It wasn’t a perfect show by any means, but it was really just getting started when it got cancelled. It was a unique idea. There was still so much magic to do.

Deception

The Village

This is the most recent show, with it airing on NBC in the spring of 2019. It was a This Is Us-type show where it was emotional and people-driven as it was about the tenants in a NYC building called the Village. We had the single mom and teenage daughter, the lady going through chemo, the young lawyer looking after his grandfather, the army vet, the immigrant, and so on. My mom and I enjoyed watching it, even though it was at points predictable and silly. I am surprised that it only lasted a season given how sweet it was.

The Village.

These are the shows that when I am reminded of them, I am overcome with sadness and disappointment. I miss them so much, and they got cancelled because people slept on them. Stop sleeping on good shows, y’all. If you can find these shows online, I suggest watching, even if they aren’t complete. They’re still good enough.

Now one thing I noticed when writing this post was that all five shows I listed here happened to be midseason shows. Does this mean that midseason shows are more likely to get cancelled? No. TVLine did the math last year and declared that there’s no clear pattern and shows in the fall have just about the same chance of getting cancelled. So it’s just a weird coincidence for me here.

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What are single-season shows you still think about fondly? Are they worth watching still or do their lack of closure make them unsatisfying?

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Marketing During Coronavirus

It’s interesting to see how companies and brands are adjusting their marketing during this pandemic. Because COVID-19 has taken over the whole world, it’s affecting so much. I’d think every single company in the world has been affected in some way, even if it’s resulted in something manageable like working from home.

When the Coronavirus started picking up weeks ago, companies were quick to send out informational emails to people on their mailing lists and utilize social media to get quick messages out. Of course, this got meme’d. I saw one TikTok of a guy mocking the multitude of emails coming from relevant brands like Purell to irrelevant ones like Frosted Flakes. (I searched for an hour to find said TikTok and link it here but I couldn’t find it again).

As someone who worked in marketing, I understand the need to jump on trends and do things in a timely way. I understand that even companies like Frosted Flakes feel the need to email their clients and customers as well, even if cereal is really no one’s concern these days and they know it. You just gotta say it once and be done.

You Just Gotta Do What Feels Right GIF.

But then I started seeing Corona-related TV commercials. I don’t mind the food ones where the restaurant chains let people know they still do drive-through or online orders because that’s valid information.

It’s the other ones that have me conflicted. Some just rub me the wrong way. The other day I saw a commercial from a car brand and it said something along the lines of “We originally bought this ad slot to promote our new [insert car name here], but instead we’re using this time to thank all the frontline workers who are keeping us safe during these trying times.” That’s nice and all, but what do they want, a pat on the back for that selflessness? The truth is, they didn’t use their ad slot to promote their cars because no one is buying cars right now.

It would have been more effective if they instead highlighted what they were doing for the community in these trying times. Any donations? Any help? If you really want that brand awareness (because that usually is the main goal of commercials) and want to use that ad space for good, show something good and make us appreciate you.

You Want My Respect Earn It gif.

Of course, that’s the eternal conundrum rich people face. They don’t want to steal focus but they also don’t want the public to think they do nothing. It’s why there are anonymous donations that end up being Taylor Swift two years later. But I feel like in these dire times, the million dollar companies and the billionaires need to be stepping up. I think people would love to give praise and respect to those who help in ways that really matter, not a cutesy celeb sing-along.

The other thing that has me a little conflicted is the regular business-as-usual ads. Of course companies that can still produce marketing content are doing so. The question I’ve been thinking about a lot is: should they? Should companies still try and sell stuff right now? Especially stuff people don’t really need during this time like jewelry or candles or throw pillows. It just feels weird to know that millions of people applied for unemployment in the past month and yet companies are still trying to get their money. I mean, obviously people are free to do what they want with their money, and obviously sales are how employees get paid, and obviously I feel for the self employed/entrepreneurs, but a little part of me just feels that it’s all so unnecessary and weird during a health crisis. These are unprecedented times so there is no clear right or wrong, and I know in the grand scheme of things, some Facebook ad for fancy headphones or something isn’t a big deal and isn’t inherently wrong at all.

Its Complicated GIF.

As someone in the marketing world, it’s interesting to me to see how things are changing and how companies are adapting and the public’s perception is perhaps changing too.

I don’t really have a point here, I’m just more reflecting on some things I’ve seen. I’d love to know your thoughts on the matter. Are you as conflicted as I am about it all? Is there a company whose pandemic marketing you admire/appreciate?

 

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Mobile Vs Desktop, A First World Problem

One thing that both impresses and annoys me about my father is his desire to use his phone to research things. Like, a few months ago we were trying to find a restaurant to go to for when we went downtown. My father sat in a chair and used his phone to map out places and read their reviews and view the menus. Whereas if I was doing that task, I’d 100% do it on my laptop. And I have a larger phone than he does.

I'm Like Really Lowkey annoyed gif.

Way back in high school, I had an iPod Touch and no laptop, so I definitely did whatever I needed to do on that, and it was fine, mostly. It was kind of my only choice because the family laptop was often being used by someone else and it certainly was not the quickest device in the world to boot up. But I’d still use it for bigger things, like buying movie tickets or applying for summer jobs. Once I got my laptop, though, it became my go-to for most things online. I have completely adapted to it. I blog from my laptop, I send emails from my laptop, I watch YouTube videos from my laptop. Any time I have to look something up, I reach for my laptop. The thought of doing research and viewing multiple websites on mobile formatting is just exhausting. All that scrolling and zooming and several clicks to switch tabs. It’s so slow compared to a desktop. And yet, I used to do it almost exclusively.

Though my father does still use a computer fairly often and recently bought himself a tablet, he’s still on his phone most of the time, especially in the evenings. That’s his choice. He doesn’t complain much about it.

look at your life, look at your choices gif.

There are a few things I prefer to do on mobile. Some social media apps like Twitter and Instagram are better on my phone. It’s faster to check my emails and load my WordPress Reader on mobile too. But I prefer to type on a keyboard than a touch screen, so as soon as I have to send an email or even write a blog comment, I’ll usually wait until I can do it on a computer. I think it’s just faster and also easier for me to see what I write because I don’t have to scroll so much.

It’s interesting that mobile devices are so popular and they all boast big screens and the ability to do whatever we want to do, but to me, they’ll never compete with a computer. Sure, they’re better for portability and can fit in a pocket (well, not a woman’s pocket), but when it comes down to it, a computer is so much faster to interact with and better for reading and writing. Laptops/computers will never die out for this reason.

phone and laptop gif.

Which do you prefer to use? Is there something you refuse to do on one?

 

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The Good Stuff: Lousy Book Covers

We all need some good stuff right now.

I don’t remember how I came across this website, but I’ve been enjoying its content for over a year now. It’s called Lousy Book Covers and its sole purpose is to share really bad book covers. We can debate for days on end if we should judge a book by its cover, but no matter what side of that argument you fall on, you can still enjoy seeing these particularily lousy ones.

Lousy Book Covers’ format is simple. Each post is one cover, and he also provides the link to the book and a funny comment about the cover he’s featuring. Honestly, some of the covers on the site aren’t that bad in my opinion. But some are…yikes. So here are some of those yikes ones, along with the comment from LBC.

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This website has been going for almost a decade, so there’s a lot more content to go through if you want a laugh or to feel better about your art skills.

Most of these covers are from self-published books. Is it mean to make fun of these? Maybe a little. But at the end of the day, they put it out there so we could see it. And perhaps it’s even more important for self-published authors to have an attractive cover because they can’t rely on support/publicity from publishing companies or stores or anything, so we have to judge it on that alone (or the book blurb, which the site will occasionally feature as well if there’s a particularily bad one).

And look, I myself am a self-published author. I spent hours on photoshop, making my book cover look as nice as I could. I could have paid someone to do my cover nicely for me, but I chose not to. I think mine is pretty good, but perhaps others hate it, and that’s just how art is. I made my bed, and now I lie in it, just like the choices made by other small authors sometimes result in their covers ending up on a joke site…and then this blog.

objectively not good.

Anyway, I always get a kick out of seeing Lousy Book Covers’ posts on my Reader, so I wanted to share it with you because it’s always good stuff. I follow them through WordPress’ Reader, but you can also Like their page on Facebook.

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P.S. This post is dedicated to the curling club’s unofficial book club who has allowed me to sit in on their quarantine video meetings even though I rarely read and don’t have much to say. Hi, y’all!

 

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Monthly Look Ahead: April 2020

Well. March was some kind of month, eh? And it seems April will also be a weird one as well. I know I said I wouldn’t talk about coronavirus too much more on this blog, but for a Monthly Look Ahead, I can’t avoid it. Being stuck inside all day and night means there’s very little to look excitedly ahead to, and there’s always a risk that the things we do still have could get cancelled or postponed. But this is the cross we bear as we all work together to deal with this pandemic.

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  • A week ago I took out our old Nintendo Wii that I haven’t touched in probably a decade. I have a handful of games I never beat, one of which is Zelda: Twilight Princess, and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing it again. I think I’m over halfway through, so I plan to beat that this month. I’m a huge Zelda fan so I always regretted never finishing that one. I also never beat Wind Waker for the Gamecube, so I will probably play that one afterward.
    Link in Twilight Princess.
  • A new season of Nailed It is out on Netflix on April 1st. It’s by no means a favourite show of mine, but it’s easy to watch and entertaining.
  • Two shows are airing their series finales this month: Modern Family and Schitt’s Creek. Both had really great runs and both will have a farewell documentary thing air before their final episodes. So, needless to say, I will be crying.

There’s no better time than now to do your own Monthly Look Ahead, because it’s now that we need reminding that there are still good things happening in our world to look forward to, even if it’s something small like beating a 15 year old video game. What’s getting you out of bed this month?

I hope everyone is staying safe at home.

We're All In This Together.

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