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Why Smith was canceled

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2006 3:29PM

Ray LiottaIf the comments section here is any indication, even though Smith was canceled rather quickly by CBS, it actually had a lot of fans. Of course, we didn't get 10 million comments, so "a lot" wasn't really enough.

TV Guide has a breakdown on why the show was canceled. It seemed like it could be a hit: West Wing/ER producer John Wells, big stars like Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen, and lots of hype by CBS, but what happened? People have speculated that it was because the gang of crooks on the show weren't likable, but the magazine says that it was more the price of the show. Each episode cost about $3 million dollars!

I wonder how much that awful motorcycle chase with Simon Baker cost to film?

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JC Negri

The show was excellent. Does anyone out there knows where can I download each episode of "SMITH" from the web? Any ideas. Thanks for any feedback.

November 11 2006 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
smithfan

If you are upset that CBS cancelled Smith, consider filing a complaint.

With enough viewer complaints, CBS may reconsider its cancelling of the marvelous fast-paced Smith with its excellent cast including Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Simon Baker and Amy Smart and the show's superb writing.

Blame it on CBS's bad marketing, its only giving the show three episodes of airtime, and CBS's lack of promoting online viewing of earlier episodes of Smith for those who needed to catch up.

CBS could have given a better re-cap at the beginning of episodes for new viewers just tuning in. It could have re-run the episodes during off-hours, much like Bravo does, to allow viewers to catch up.

To complain, call CBS viewer relations at any time day or night to leave a message, or, to reach a live person, call during the hours of 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST - telephone CBS viewer relations at 212-975-3247.

You may also email audsvcs@cbs.com (short for audience services).

You may also go to CBS's feedback form online to submit your complaint at http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.shtml Smith is still listed in the shows on that feedback form.

You may also sign this online petition to CBS to bring back Smith. http://www.petitiononline.com/cbssmith/petition.html

You can also vote that you thought Smith was a great show by going to the first official Smith fansite http://www.smith-on-cbs.com/ and voting on the question "What's Your Opinion Regarding Smith's Cancellation?"

October 26 2006 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
new millennium visions

I thought this show had great potential - so much more than "studio 60" which everyone is raving about (gosh is that show boring)... I was hoping for an Amy Smart takeover of the whole gang... TV execs make another awful decision - I guess we can look forward to another "CSI" spin off....

October 25 2006 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lori

I'm so disappointed that Smith was cancelled. I really enjoyed the show. The casting was incredible.

October 25 2006 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gooby

I think economics is a poor cop-out. They had to have known how expensive it would be to make the show and you can never rely on a show being successful by simply putting together some movie actors. It doesn't work that way. If the writing and delivery is shitty, it doesn't matter who's acting in it and how much money is put into it.

October 23 2006 at 7:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dwacon_com

Yeah, the awesome HBO show Deadwood bought it for "economics." I think perhaps that is a cop-out. If you build it AND they come... what more could you want?

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October 23 2006 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AKA

3 million is expensive but it isn't obscene. Most shows cost about 2.5 per episode.

October 22 2006 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

Are the unseen episodes available on the web or on DVD. What happens - What's the big caper??????

October 22 2006 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Justin

Liotta only signed a one year contract and said in FHM last month that if he'd known it was this hard and time consuming to do a tv show he wouldn't have signed on in the first place. This gives me the impression he wouldn't have been back next year regardless of the ratings.

CBS might not have wanted to spend the money to make this show a hit given the feelings of its only big name star.

October 22 2006 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

The Network could've asked the Producers to cut back on costs. The show didn't even get a chance to show where it was heading, and to fully develop the characters.

October 22 2006 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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