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?

That’s all for now!

 

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Am I Wrong To Hold Streaming Services To A Higher Standard?

I’ve always kind of held Netflix to a high standard when it comes to TV show/movie quality. Of course, it’s not just Netflix. I hold other streaming services like Amazon Prime and Crave to the same standard. The problem is that I feel like my standards are not being met in general. This post is going to mention Netflix the most because a) I use it, b) it’s the most popular, and c) it was one of the first mainstream streaming services so it largely paved the way. I also want to disclaim that this is about the original content produced only.

Recently, a friend and I both watched a Netflix show, and I disliked it so much that I ranted a bit about how disappointed I was in Netflix, which prompted this question from my friend: why do I have these standards? I’ve touched on this topic before, but I wanted to expand on it and see what y’all think. I’m so serious about this topic, I’m about to use subheaders. I rarely use subheaders in posts.

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No advertisers

In my mind, since streaming services don’t have to appeal and cater to advertisers the way networks heavily do, they should be able to be more creative and bold with their content. I’m not saying I want edgier jokes or more gratuitous sex, I just want them to be able to really hone in on what the viewers want without worrying as much (or even at all?) about money and reputation and politics and content ratings.

Their own timeline

And since streaming services don’t need to follow the typical yearly setup of fall premieres in September and midseason finales in December and summer shows in May, they should have the time to ensure their content is as good as it can be. And yet, I’m just not finding that it is. Forced acting beyond pilots, bad jokes, weak plots…the only thing I haven’t noticed as being too bad have been special effects.

Specific stats

Furthermore, these platforms have their own active viewing stats. They are able to see what people actively like, what genres are actively being consumed, and then should cater more to that. Are people watching period pieces? Great. Make some really good period pieces, then. Impress the people who have a taste for that and are actively watching that on your platform. See, network TV has to use Nielsen ratings, and it’s not a perfect system, because they only use a sample population to represent the whole country and can’t accurately account for things like online streaming or viewing from an app. Though Nielsen has been able to track some Netflix shows and shows on other platforms, they don’t have access to it all. But that’s not the point; the point is that these platforms have more access to stats and viewing habits than networks seem to, yet they don’t necessarily act like it except when they want to make funny tweets.

netflix stats tweet.

Concerning cancellations

I also expect them to treat customers better. These are literal paying customers paying specifically for your content, and yet I find that Netflix especially cancels shows that are fan favourites. There’s apparently a slew of legal and financial reasons behind some of the decisions, and I do understand that Netflix is a business, but when so many shows are left without closure and can’t be picked up by other networks/platforms, it’s rude and weird. If they want to keep shows under four seasons because it’s cheaper for them, then that’s fine. Make that clear to the showrunners and viewers. Force them to wrap up their stories. Fans want that. Fans don’t want to keep watching unfinished business.

The non-original content

As I said, everything above was about the original content, but it’s relevant to consider the non-original stuff too in the larger discussion. These streaming services started as a place to house old, off the air shows/movies for fans to binge without buying DVDs. Only now network shows are being split up between a bunch of different services, and even then, it’s not a worldwide thing. I’d love to know if Netflix and the like are taking money they could have used to get streaming rights and instead using it to create original content. Are streaming services destined to end up looking like Apple’s where it’s only original content? It’s something to consider as I’m sure there a lot of people who use streaming services primarily to watch network content and theatrical movies.

don't forget who you are gif.

I realize that perhaps I’m being too unfair to these services. It’s impossible for everything they make to be perfect. I realize that there’s a chance that I’m too quick to speak on negatives, and it’s likely because I’m a little annoyed at the streaming-centric world that we’re now living in and the fact that these streaming shows clean up at the Emmys now. There is almost definitely a degree of pettiness at play here, but also, everything I’ve outlined here isn’t incorrect.

So tell me, am I wrong to have these standards? Or am I right but just shouldn’t say it? I’ve watched and enjoyed a lot of streaming shows on a variety of platforms, so I know there is good stuff out there and I look forward to watching more, but this is just about the general quality. Personally, I think the regular network shows I watch on cable are better in a lot of ways to streaming service shows. But who knows; maybe they have triple the budgets.

I’d love to know what you think.

That’s all for now!

 

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Entertainment Echo Chambers

‘Echo chambers’ is a term that we talked a lot about in university when discussing social media, though it was always in regards to politics. In the Trump vs Hillary election, it’s speculated that fake news and echo chambers, specifically on Facebook, played a part in Trump’s win. Google defines echo chambers as:

An environment in which a person encounters only beliefs or opinions that coincide with their own, so that their existing views are reinforced and alternative ideas are not considered.

You can understand how people stubborn in their political beliefs can be in one of these without even knowing it.

Anyway, as interesting as it is to look at echo chambers from an election perspective (that sounds sarcastic; I really do think it is interesting), I think it’s also a concept that we should consider when thinking about other things. Like fandoms. And TV shows.

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You readers when you see I’m about to talk about TV again

In this day and age, there are TV shows available from a multitude of sources. And keeping up with them all (even from a place of awareness of their existence, not actually watching them) can be really hard. I don’t even think the people at TV Line or Entertainment Weekly know of every show currently out there. So naturally, fans of smaller shows take it upon themselves to promote the shows, usually on social media. And this is good because sometimes the recommendation of genuine fans can be far more valuable and honest than whatever publications give reviews or whatever the show promotes itself as (like how Riverdale still promotes itself as a good show worth watching…).

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Anyway, one thing I’ve noticed is that when it comes to fans promoting shows, specifically in efforts to save shows from cancellation, is that echo chambers play a huge but silent part. And in my opinion, political views play a part in it, too. Let me give you an example so you can better understand what I’m trying to say here.

There’s a (remake of a) show called One Day At A Time that recently got cancelled from Netflix and last month got picked up by a channel called PopTV. A lot of people I follow on Twitter and Tumblr were fans of the show so though I didn’t watch it, I knew a lot about it. For those who don’t know, the show is about the life of a Latino family including a single mom, a grandmother, a gay daughter, and a son. There’s also a neighbour/family friend who is an ex-addict. The daughter also eventually dates someone who I thiiiink is non-binary. I’m telling you this because a lot of the fan-made promotions for the show highlighted not just the fact that the show was an apparent good comedy (honestly, it didn’t look that funny to me, thus why I did not watch it), but that there was a lot of good representation on the show. A family of colour! Single parent! LGBTQA characters!

Now, I’m a straight white person, so representation for me based on just that is everywhere. And when I look for TV shows to watch, I usually look for genre and plot rather than representation. Call that white privilege if you want. I do know it’s not uncommon for underrepresented people to watch a show solely for a small glimpse of representation, so appealing to this can be good. But there’s a limit. With internet and fandoms and all that, there’s a good chance that people have their finger on the pulse of things they care about a lot more, so if there is a show with LGBTQA characters, for example, especially on a large platform like Netflix, you probably would have heard of it by season two or three if this is something you care about. Does this make sense?

they already know what's up

So though the ODAAT creator straight up said ratings weren’t great and it eventually got cut, people were outraged that Netflix would do this. How dare they cut a show that is repping so many minorities and making so many people feel seen. How dare they do this yet give ‘worse’ shows like 13 Reasons Why more seasons. The thing is, though, Netflix is a business. As are traditional TV channels like NBC or Fox. And if a show isn’t getting the numbers it needs, then it will go. It sucks, and I’ve been mad at Netflix before too. But it’s not a hate crime. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in this world who don’t want to watch a show starring POC or a show that has gay characters. Maybe they’re a bigot, but maybe they just don’t find it relatable or fun. Maybe the show is on at a time they can’t watch, or they don’t even have Netflix. So no matter how vocal the fandom is and how many detailed Tumblr posts about why I should watch [insert some show here] I come across, sometimes the echo chamber is probably already developed and the limit has been mostly reached. And it’s something to consider when looking at the success of TV shows and movies over time. TV shows don’t often go up in ratings as seasons go on (huge shows like Game Of Thrones are outliers). Everyone can agree that season 4 of Agents Of SHIELD was phenomenal, but the ratings didn’t go up. By then, most everyone who wanted to watch was doing so, so me explaining in detail why you need to pick it up and highlighting all the great female characters or POC or fun plots or whatnot wouldn’t have done anything. I’d be preaching to the choir.

Actually, preaching to the choir is the perfect cliche to explain what I’m trying to say here. When it comes to fans, to entertainment, and to the internet community, it’s often that the ones most vocal about keeping shows alive/boosting ratings are the ones who already watch things and know what they like, and most of the people they promote to are similar in this way.

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That’s it. I don’t have a point. It’s just something I’ve noticed as I’ve watched TV shows (and movies) rise and fall over the years. I think it’s great that some shows get a second chance and it’s due to fans campaigning and getting their voice heard. But even Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s ratings aren’t thriving, though I think it managed to get out of its echo chamber a little.

I’d love to discuss this more if you’ve got any thoughts on the matter, so leave a comment.

P.S. Related but unrelated, I think shows that shove in a lot of political issues in direct reference to hot topic political issues also play a part in turning away fans and disengaging potential viewers. Supergirl recently did a whole bunch of immigration bits among other topics, and people quit watching because of it. Where is the line of making shows realistic and thought-provoking without being preachy, annoying, or too aggressive?

 

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Dear Arrowverse (The 2019 Version)

Dear Arrowverse,

Two years ago, I wrote you an open letter. Now I’m doing it again because despite it all, I still watch everything you serve me and have a lot more opinions. I’m still a fan overall, but I’m definitely less excited to watch every week, and that’s a problem. As always, I want all these shows to succeed. Especially since, for one of them at least, its next season will be the last.

So as all the shows have ended for the season, bear with me in this slightly spoilery letter.

arrowverse crossover gif.

Dear Supergirl,

I get what you’re trying to do, but you’re not doing it well. I understand that by having this female superhero and some great female leads you had to play the feminism card a lot. And it worked…in season one. Now we had season four and you decide to tackle racism and immigration in the form of aliens, and it becomes tired. I know I’m a white girl in Canada, so who am I to comment on your support for these marginalized groups, but I can say that watching it is not fun and I want my superhero shows to be fun. At least Sam and her daughter were somewhat fun, even if they were a random addition to the show that I really don’t miss. I will say, though, that Lex was (is?) great. I very much enjoyed his arrival. He’s iconic, and you did him well. When you have compelling villains that aren’t based around a social justice issue, I think things work a lot better.

Let’s talk characters. Dumping Mon-El was a great call. He was taking away from Kara and the show. I miss Winn and though I don’t hate Brainy, he isn’t the same. Alex is cool as always, but I miss her haircut from season two. Kelly is a nice and not fully random addition, so I like that. J’onn and Nia are alright. Lena is great, but I was hoping that with Lex’s inclusion now, we could stop playing the Is Lena Good Or Bad game. But it looks like you’ll dangling this back and forth for most of season five, right? And lastly, I hope that even with his powers, James still has a career and doesn’t completely lose himself to the hero gig as he kind of did as Guardian.

What do I want from the show in season five onwards? I want more fun times amongst the group to contrast the fights and villains, and I want more character development in which the characters develop forward. I feel like we got so close with Alex getting over Maggie and looking into adopting a kid and then she got thrown back into heading up the DEO for so long we all forgot about it until that episode where she got the baby call. Even Kara hasn’t had much development. I think we’re past the point of the show being amazing, but it can still be good, and the back half of season four proved that.

Supergirl fighting Ben Lockwood.

Dear The Flash,

You guys are doing alright still, and I’m glad. I thought the Thinker last season was great, and slowly teasing Nora like that was great fun. Introducing Nora in the way you did was a superb way to play with the time travel aspect and shake up Barry and Iris’ relationship without a pregnancy. But I will say that Nora was…a lot. She had the behaviour of a twelve-year-old in the body of a twenty-year-old, and it drove me nuts. She also clearly inherited her dad’s dumb gene as she kept making these dumb choices (messing with the timeline for example). But overall, she was a neat addition, and it was sweet to see her interact with not only Iris and Barry but Joe and Cecile too.

While the show has obviously gotten a bit darker, I applaud that you’ve managed to keep somewhat light, and I encourage more of that…Though if the rumours of Cisco leaving are true, you’re gonna have to really start showing off comedic sides from other characters more than you have. Ralph has potential, but I really, really don’t want to lose Cisco. He’s a great part of the team.

I do think that you’re falling into the same rut that Arrow has: the seasons are getting a bit repetitive. I know you’ve had great villains and have introduced meta powers well, but overall, the seasons and character arcs blur together a little. Adding Nora was enough to perhaps set this past season apart, but I highly encourage you to shake things up in a bigger way so to keep things fresh. You have a great cast with very likable characters, and I think we should see them do more than fight meta-murderers over and over.

Barry and Nora running.

Dear Arrow,

You’ve had a bumpy few years. But you have an end in sight, and I am praying you use this last short season well. Though without Felicity, I see a darker season coming, and I don’t know if I want that. Arrow can do dark well, but sometimes it’s too dark and dry. I don’t know what to expect in the coming season. Where will Oliver even be?

Let’s talk villains: Adrian Chase was a great villain. Ricardo Diaz was not. Emiko was not. These small-time thugs with a vendetta against Oliver (Adrian included) is tired, and we better not get another one. Though based on the cliffhanger we just got, I don’t know what kind of villain to expect now. Some outer space Big Bad that Oliver will have to face alone? At least that’ll be different.

As for Oliver’s death, I think you’ve set it up reasonably well, and having teases in all the Arrowverse shows leading to the next crossover was smart. I’d rather Oliver sacrifice himself against a big threat like the Monitor or whoever than some small time Star City punk. I just hope that his death is done well, and everyone gets to mourn him right. In this last short season, I do have faith that you can deliver something of value. Arrow did a lot for the superhero genre on TV, and I’d like to see it sent off well. That means a good villain, appearances from Thea, Team Flash, Roy, maybe even Sara, and development that works with the characters, not these random new stories you like to throw out (Emiko, literally everything with Diggle…). I don’t think we need or want the flash forwards, especially since we know the fate of the characters now, and most people still don’t love Dinah and Rene. Let’s focus on the present and end the characters’ time well.

Team Arrow assembling.

Dear Legends Of Tomorrow,

You are my favourite for sure now. I think your third season was one of the best seasons of television I’ve ever seen. It was funny, unique, had great characters, and embraced its weirdness just the right amount. I will say that season four didn’t wow me as much. I think you went perhaps a little too weird in the first half, but even your worst episodes were still better than most of the other Arrowverse shows’ mediocre ones. All in all, you have a fan in me.

But I think to return that brilliant season three spark, there are a few things you can do. One, maybe go a little easier on the weirdness. Some episodes, like the first one with the fairy godmother and the one with the possessed puppet, were a bit too weird, even for you. There’s a line and I fear if you cross it more and more, the show will be too zany. Two, stop splitting up the team so much. I know there’s a lot of them but they work best when they’re together and playing off each other, rather than split up into three or four teams doing unrelated things. And Three, remember that you’re a superhero show. I don’t know if it’s a tight budget or what, but we haven’t seen the Legends use their powers in ages. Because you guys have such a diverse cast of characters, the fight scenes are always more fun than that of The Flash‘s, for example, where there’s just a lot of running.

Other than that, I think you guys have something special. No other show could get rid of their entire first season cast except for three characters, bring in a bunch of new ones, and still thrive (though I really don’t like Mona. She’s like Curtis but worse).

Nate, Zari, and Mick.

As I said, I still like watching you all for the most part and I will miss you over the summer. No matter how frustrated or bored I get by the end of seasons, I always get hyped right back up when the first promos release in August/September.

Sincerely, a fan.

P.S. Hi Black Lightning. I know you’re not technically an Arrowverse show, but I think you still deserve a message. In the first season, I appreciated how your show very much differed from the typical superhero show formula, but even that isn’t enough to save the show now after its second season. I found the first half of season two very boring. The show is just dark and not fun for me to watch. I like the family but I feel like they’re stuck in the same ruts and aren’t growing enough.

 

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‘God Friended Me’ Blessed My TV And It Will Bless Yours Too

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me talk about the show God Friended Me a lot. And here I am with a whole blog post about it. I can’t stop raving about this show, you guys.

If you don’t know what this show is, it’s a new CBS show about a young podcasting atheist named Miles who gets a Facebook friend and many friend suggestions from an account called God. He soon figures out that he’s meant to help these random friend suggestions in some way, so while he is curious as to who this God is and how these people are all connected and why he, an atheist, is the one this God is calling upon, he does enjoy helping people. He does so with the assistance of Rakesh, his coworker and best friend, and Cara, a journalist and new friend. They’re all such likable characters.

god friended me cast.
Violette Beane, Brandon Michael Hall, and Suraj Sharma as Cara, Miles, and Rakesh.

And I know that if you’ve never heard of this show and you’re reading this post, you may think that I’m some bible thumper, pushing some religious propaganda TV show on you, but I assure you, I am not. In fact, though I was raised Catholic, I had actually decided to stop going to church about two weeks before this show aired, so this really shouldn’t be a show I take to while I’m rethinking the place that religion/Catholicism has in my life. My point is that even if you don’t believe in God or call God by another name, this show is still worth watching for reasons I shall now explain.

God Friended Me is an incredibly light, pure show. Every single episode has themes of humanity, hope, and happiness, so it’s such a feel-good show. Every Sunday or Monday night I watched it, it left me feeling calm and happy and so satisfied. I cannot recommend it enough if you need something light (both in terms of style and literal lighting) to counteract the Game Of Thrones or American Horror Story or whatever other dark things you watch. This show also has elements of mystery, romance, comedy, and drama, all mixed to create this fun, enjoyable show unlike anything else on TV.

Cara, Miles, and Rakesh at Miles' sister's bar.

In terms of the religious aspect, I think the show does a fabulous job about not being preachy or pushy. Miles is an atheist, but his father is a pastor, and while that does lead to some tension among the characters, the show does not push one side on you, the viewer. Both sides have their legitimate reasons, and I think it is neat to have a show that portrays religious people as normal but also able to see flaws within their system (eg. the gay marriage issue). The show doesn’t use religion to justify behavior. Though I think it would be cool to see more of other religions too. Maybe this Facebook God is a Jewish one. Or a Hindu one.

Of course, this is not to say that God Friended Me is perfect. No, there are some small aspects of it that I don’t love. For one, though Miles and Rakesh live in New York, they both don’t seem to work that much. Miles will straight up walk out of work every time he gets a new friend suggestion. At least when Cara tags along, she can pass it off as finding a story. Another issue is that there have been a few times when Miles offers to watch the kid of the person he is trying to help, and they take him up on that offer. Like, I know they’re usually desperate, but you’re just going to let this random man you just met a solid two minutes ago have control of your child? What sane parent would agree to that? And a last issue is that there have been several Broadway stars guest starring on the show and there has been zero singing yet, which is a big missed opportunity.

This show isn’t one that can run for a decade, but I can see it lasting several great years. Its first season just ended a few days ago (with a fun cliffhanger!), and it’s been renewed for a second. I can’t wait to see Miles, Cara, and Rakesh continue to help more people and make NYC a better place. I don’t even care if the God account mystery ever gets solved; I just love these characters and watching this original, pure show every week.

Miles recording his podcast.

So, yeah, I highly recommend it. It was an unexpected surprisingly great show—definitely the best of the new seasons—that I’m so glad I started, and I know you’ll enjoy it too. You’ve got all summer to catch up, so get to it and get on this train of adoration! Amen.

 

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