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The real reason The Unit was cancelled

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 7th 2009 12:29PM
Earlier this week, I told you about the real reason Without A Trace was cancelled. Now, executive producer Shawn Ryan reveals the real reason The Unit was cancelled. "Listen, if the show had been owned by Paramount and Medium had been owned by 20th Century Fox, we'd be making the fifth season of The Unit now." You see, TV fans, it's comes down to money. CBS owns Paramount so it would earn more in the long run if The Unit made more episodes, went into syndication and reaped revenues for years to come. However, Fox owns The Unit. Get it?

It's too bad, really, because like Without A Trace, The Unit had a good 2007-08 season. The Unit's Nielsens were better than the previous year, and very competitive with Brothers & Sisters (although they reached different demographics). The Unit could have been picked up for a fifth season with some assurance that it would continue to be viable for CBS.

Ryan had a plan for Season 5, one we'll never get to see, but here's what he had in mind: "Bob was going to be training some young people for a whole new organization. Jonas was finally going to be seeing his run end. The final season -- and I figured if we got a fifth season that would be the final season -- it was going to be a long final mission for Jonas. He's not medically cleared. Mac has to go in and change the medical records so Jonas can keep up. We had a whole thing planned. It was gonna be good." Oh well ...

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After watching the first time on tv a few years ago and getting series one on DVD, I had almost forgot about the great program till I found the dvd and ordered the rest. Now spent the last week watching back to back.. Great characters with many great story's. Not to much gore but all very well put together. So wish we could vote/push for a come back. Come on dig out the scripts and do the unit part2

June 02 2015 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Like some of the commenters below, I recently discovered The Unit. It turned into a weeklong, do nothing else adventure for me. I was hooked from the first show and was able to watch the entire series without interruption. I was just beyond bummed when I hit season 4 knowing already that it was over. I assume they planned on another season or two since the show never really ended…just the guys sitting around the table over a beer. Lots of assumptions could be made, but nothing ever spelled out. Some shows just aren't as popular in their day, which is ashamed. I hit SOA after three seasons, Spartacus after it was off the air, Strike Back after it stopped airing, the Sopranos late in the game, and Boardwalk Empire after it had been on for several seasons. I know all shows end, but many are just not pushed to the right audience at the right time or are stuck with limited distribution like HBO or Starz. I did counterinsurgency operations in the military for many years and absolutely LOVED The Unit. Obviously I never did ANYTHING like these guys, but it was awesome to watch tactics, communications, and a ton of locations I've seen. They did a great job researching and ensuring realism to a great degree. Thanks for the show!!!

October 02 2014 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just discovered The Unit and have been watching all of the episodes on Amazon Fire. The 4th season is starting out a little weak though, because it is becoming a little 'contrived'. For instance, why would they let a women join the unit who didn't have to go through all of the testing that Bob did in the first season? And, in the real world she would not be there at all in that capacity. I know it's just a TV show, and it is a favorite on my list, along with NCIS (#1) and Burn Notice (#2), but the story lines are not as good as they were at first, because they are not as real, and the sub plot with Tiff and the Colonel is getting a bit tiresome with their back and forth, on and off affair. Just put her and Mac back together and move on with something else.

July 31 2014 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Allen and Joan

The Unit is my favorite show ever. I'm sure if given a chance it could have lasted 10 years, and kept the attention of a large audience.

July 28 2014 at 5:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kenny Smith

I didn't miss one episode of this show, it was my favorite show and i wouldn't miss it for almost anything,
its terrible that the show got cancelled , like so many other good shows they get cancelled just when they
are going to be some of the most watched shows ,like 24 ,I'm so glad they brought it back , maybe
someone with a brain will bring it back or something really close, I sure would watch it !!!!!!!

July 09 2014 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can't Shawn Ryan take this to another network and somehow get it finished up? Or maybe we could have another show like the unit. Nothing like it!

May 19 2014 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I had been watching the Unit on CLOO and recorded on my DVR and I just hate that they cancelled this show. It really sucks. Really all these Reality TV shows are so xxxxxxx stupid. I am glad to say that I find myself watching less and less tv now funny huh especially now that there are more channels than ever. I sure wish they would bring The Unit, 24, and CSI Miami back.

January 30 2014 at 10:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow! What a cool show. I'm 63 and a Vietnam Vet. This show made me feel like signing back up. Some
program, please pick this show up. You'll never run out of stories in today's world. It's a pure winner in my book!

December 30 2013 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The unit was a great show. Sad to see money was an issue. One more season is all it needed. CBS sucks. The show would have been better on fox or fx. Maybe even take over the 24 spot. I guess I have to be glad we got what we did. too bad networks don't ask the public or take a vote. Maybe if they did reality tv would end. Lol

January 25 2013 at 11:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nathan De Guzman

I loved it, Its inspired me on every episode.. Cheers...

December 01 2012 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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