On the 5th day of Festivus, TV gave to me
...fiiiiiiiiiiiive canceled shooooooooows!
1. The Nine (ABC): Yeah, the network can say it's "on hiatus" and that "the remaining episodes will be shown in 2007," but we all know what it means. And the reason I picked this as #1 is because this show had more buzz and positive reviews than any other show before the season started. I think more critics picked it as a the "best" than any other show. Then the show kept losing viewers, even though it was on after Lost, so ABC pulled it from the schedule. That's really unfortunate. It was a good show, though I think that after the pilot viewers were expecting a different type of show than the straight drama with a twist that we got. Hopefully Tim Daly will have better luck with his new show next year.
2. Kidnapped (NBC): This was a well-done show too, though I think it had "long miniseries" written all over it. And that wouldn't have been a bad thing, but NBC thought it had "let's cancel this quickly" written all over it. They took it off Wednesdays and dumped it on the Saturday graveyard, but even that wasn't enough humiliation, so they put it on the web. Actually, maybe going to the web was better than being on Saturdays.
3. The O.J. Special (FOX): Admit it: you don't like the man, you might even dislike the network, and you certainly hated the idea of this promotional interview for his book that would have explain how he killed Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman "if he had done it," but you know you would have watched anyway. But we didn't get the chance. FOX pulled the plug and then the plug was also pulled on the book. Oh well. Now we'll never know what happened that night.
4. Smith (CBS): This was one of the "what the hell happened" moments of the fall. After an expensive, much-hyped, and stylish pilot episode, the series got boring, with unlikable characters and too many subplots that went nowhere. And yet another example of a continuing story type of show that a network got rid of quickly. Check the web site!
5. Six Degrees (ABC): Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...oh, I'm sorry, dozed off there for a second. I had high hopes for this show - lots of interesting characters interacting in New York City, produced by J.J. Abrams - but it was quite boring, and all the interactions between the characters were the same as you see on any other show. Nothing really "six degrees" about it.