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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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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
Boo

that just freaking sucks i want a 5th season damnit!!!!

April 03 2012 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Gregorek

I did not understand that explanation at all. Perhaps we could be less cheeky about money as the root of all evil, and give a coherent explanation?

March 25 2012 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Michael Gregorek

Found elsewhere a much better explanation. A) CBS was reaching the 55+ demographic; so although The Unit had better ratings than other shows "picked up" by CBS, CBS dropped it in search of the sex-craved children they consider hip and desirable. B) "There are few scripted shows that parade a banner of nobility and love of country like The Unit." (Don't underestimate the Lefty-bias at CBS clouding their judgment.)

March 25 2012 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tony

Even in Africa we watched the unit. Awesome. we thought the usa military stopped the program for security reasons, because it was too cloe to the real thing. Now We know it was the media house having their economic coflicts. Really waited for season 5. Good to know what the plot was. Season 4 left the story hanging. The media houses should be sensitive to their viewers emotions, dont play games with us.

March 12 2012 at 6:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ishmeal

The Unit Was the Best Show that CBS had in a long time. It need to be Brought Back!!!

February 26 2012 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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