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The real reason The Unit was cancelled

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 7th 2009 12:29PM
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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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Mork

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
M

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
Bertie

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
bob

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
april

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
Matheus Costa

damn... i loved this show, i wish i was rich, id gladly pay for this to come back

October 27 2012 at 6:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Theunitseason5

This is stupid, | loved this show. needs to be brought back in 2012!

July 28 2012 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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