Goodbye old friends; we hardly knew you.
That sentiment sounds pretty accurate when describing the slew of television shows that got canceled recently, as the major networks began housecleaning much to the chagrin of the actors, writers, directors and producers that will be regrouping over the summer and looking for their next project.
The idea of shows getting canceled in May hardly is groundbreaking stuff as this happens every year as networks begin categorizing shows from promising to downright duds. You could easily make the claim that most of what ails television are a lack of original ideas or shows that follow a familiar, formulaic feel, and even the established stars of television and film aren't safe from network executives.
Michael J. Fox and Robin Williams both saw their first year shows canceled, proving that your name value isn't always enough to cruise into a second season. Fox's show had promise and was incredibly heartwarming, but started to seem a little too hokey and over the top with its jokes.
Williams' "The Crazy Ones" flashed decent ratings, but that wasn't enough to save it from getting canned. For a consolation prize, CBS said it still wants Williams on its network, just not paired with this particular vehicle.
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Using stars from the past under a different guise typically doesn't work out well, especially if they've already been successful to an iconic character previously. Fox is Alex P. Keaton no matter what as far as television shows go, and Williams TV resume is, and always will be, "Mork."
Still don't believe about being pigeon holed? Ask Michael Richards and Jason Alexander of "Seinfeld" fame about finding career life after a hit series.
That doesn't mean, however, a few of these cancellations didn't come as somewhat of a shock. NBC saying so long to "Community" was a bit of a surprise, given the groundswell of support the show has always garnered. The CW nixed "The Carrie Diaries," a prequel to "Sex in the City" even though the show had a cuteness and likeability about it.
So what exactly makes for a television show that has at least decent legs in 2014?
Well, judging by what actually was picked up, viewers want dramas that keep them enthralled and asking questions ("Resurrection", "Blacklist" or "Chicago Fire"), unique casting, unconventional pairings or period pieces ("About a Boy", "Goldbergs") and writing that doesn't seem campy or canned ("New Girl," "Mindy Project").
There's no guarantee, however, that any of the aforementioned shows will live past this upcoming television season this fall, but they'll certain take another year's worth of paychecks. The days of television series lasting 10 years, for the most part, are gone.
Today, they'll settle for yet May they've sweat through and came out on the other side unscathed.
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