Back From the Dead: Shows We Want Revived
by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 1st 2010 4:00PM
Everybody has one, the show that was canceled too soon. You fall in love with a series, but the general public doesn't and then the giant axe comes-a-fallin'. You write to the network, you send nuts, candy bars, photos, whatever, you start an online petition and everything prove futile.
But, shows have beat cancellation years after they were buried! 'Futurama' recently rose from the dead, so why can't our favorite canceled series also get a reprieve?
We named the ones we miss the most and why, plus a pitch to get them back (some more serious than others).
Missing You: Of course we miss you, Bluth family. You were so outrageous, dysfunctional and lovable all at once. We were lucky to get three seasons from Fox, but there could be so much more. Watch full episodes here on SlashControl.
Comeback Story: A movie. Or a spinoff series with Lucille Bluth and Lucille Austero. It could be paired with TV Land's 'Hot in Cleveland.'
Missing You: Valerie Cherish made you hate her, feel for her, love her, hate her all over again ... Lisa Kudrow's impeccable timing was heartbreakingly and hilariously dead on, and the lack of interest in this tragedy of a cancellation still irks us.
Comeback Story: With her reality show and sitcom both canceled, Valerie decides to run for local office. She then realizes that politics isn't her thing either, so she pitches a reality show about her reality show about her running for local office, and wins a daytime Emmy.
'Cupid' (The original version)
Missing You: A pre-'Entourage' Jeremy Piven played a quirky Chicagoan who claimed to be the god of love. Paula Marshall was his analyst -- competent, sane ... and a little ambivalent about the Trevor's declration. And romantic tension? Oh, yeah.
Comeback Story: Ari goes over the edge after Vincent Chase fires him and his wife divorces him. He flees to Chicago (where he has some family) and has real delusions of grandeur -- he thinks he's a Greek god.
Missing You: The story of the Wild West was never as interesting as it was on 'Deadwood.' We got promised TV movies, but everyone involved has officially said the snow is dead.
Comeback Story: Civilization had begun slowly creeping in on the town of Deadwood, but progress is derailed when a devastating fire sweeps through (an actual event in the real town's history). Al Swearengen and Sheriff Seth Bullock put aside their past differences to rebuild.
Missing You: Only 'Buffy' creator Joss Whedon could make a "space western" work. The show was a funny, action-packed tale of a rickety old spaceship full of outlaws who seem to have enemies all over the universe. After it was canceled, fans pestered Fox into making a movie, 'Serenity.' Watch full episodes here on SlashControl.
Comeback Story: Post-'Serenity,' the crew picks up a new pilot, who instantly rubs a grieving Zoe the wrong way. Mal finds a valuable salvaging opportunity, but finds a rival ship and a very attractive rival captain already there.
'Freaks & Geeks'
Missing You: What to say about this beloved gem of a TV show? It had an outstanding cast, a great behind the scenes team and all the right stuff to be the next 'Wonder Years.' All that was cut short.
Comeback Story: Ideally we would pick right up where the series left off, but with so much time passed we'd make a concede and settle for a mini-series or TV movie about the lives of the characters now.
'My So-Called Life'
Missing You: Claire Danes became a star after portraying the sensitive, angsty Angela Chase, who fought with her parents and pined for hottie Jordan Catalano (sigh). Weren't we all a little bit Angela Chase?
Comeback Story: Jordan finally wins Angela back, only to have her fall for the new guy in school, who likes poetry, Kierkegaard and black coffee. Jordan and Brian Krakow become best buds while commiserating together.
'Once and Again'
Missing You: Divorced parents marry, forming an awkward, flawed, blended family. This nuanced portrait of parenting-after-divorce was bittersweet and messily real. No other drama about family comes close.
Comeback Story: Lily co-hosts a syndicated TV talk show, while her daughter Grace pens a tell-all magazine article saying her mom's life is in disarray. Rick, working from home while caring for a toddler and mother-in-law, is growing weary of his wife's high profile and long hours.
Missing You: Patrick Warburton made the big blue bug of justice larger than life in this hilariously brilliant adaptation. Only Warburton could convincingly utter lines like, "We form the yin to villainy's malevolent yang." Watch full episodes here on SlashControl.
Comeback Story: The Tick battles The Axe -- a villain at the Fox network who's responsible for slashing top notch shows like itself, 'Keen Eddie' and 'Arrested Development.'
Missing You: We will never get over this teen sleuth played by the charming Kristen Bell. Network muddling derailed the series from its first season glory, but what a ride it was in the neo-noir world of Neptune, CA. Watch full episodes here on SlashControl.
Comeback Story: Series creator Rob Thomas pitched a fourth season that fast-forwarded a few years with Veronica Mars as a newly trained FBI agent. This could still work now, as long as some of the supporting cast like Enrico Colantoni came back too. Audiences love shows about law enforcement!
Tell us: Is there a show you want to see come back from cancellation?