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Hardly Knew You: The Short-Lived Shows of 2010

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 20th 2010 5:40PM
'Lone Star,' which garnered huge pre-season buzz, was cancled by FOX after only two episodes.Not everything is a long-running classic in the fickle world that is television. You may feel that your show has the right mix of acting, writing and directing to be a favorite for indefinite first-run and syndicated airings, but the viewers may have other ideas.

And when that happens, your show could disappear before the cover art is even dry for the complete series DVD set.

The year 2010 had no shortage of these short timers. In fact, the 2010-2011 season has already seen not one, not two but three series that bowed out after only two episodes. This, despite long-promoted hype and pre-season buzz. Mentioned here are the 2010 programs that had shorter runs than the presidency of William Henry Harrison.

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Why It's Good That Networks Are Quick To Cancel Low-Rated New Shows

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 4th 2010 5:20PM
My Generation cast
Now that ABC's 'My Generation' has joined Fox's 'Lone Star' in the dubious-achievement category of new fall shows canceled after just two low-rated episodes, there's sure to be a lot of hand-wringing about how the networks are too quick to kill fledgling shows that haven't found an audience yet, and how they're not trying hard enough to nurture shows.

But maybe it's a good thing that the networks are quick on the draw and not willing to coddle shows that can't survive the Darwinian fall schedule without help. Maybe it's actually merciful, not merciless, to euthanize shows that fail the sink-or-swim test. Maybe it's actually the smart thing to do, both from a business perspective and for TV fans as well.

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Short-Lived Shows: Roger Ramjet

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 27th 2006 3:02PM

roger ramjetRoger Ramjet, a very funny cartoon that originally aired in 1965, could be mistaken for a Jay Ward creation, as its aesthetic, pop cultural references, and "too smart for the little kids watching it" sense of humor bear a striking resemblance to Ward's Rocky and Bullwinkle. While I was born about eleven years too late to catch Roger Ramjet when it first aired, I did catch occasional episodes on Cartoon Network while I was in college, and actually found it much funnier than Rocky and Bullwinkle (again, a show it had no connection with). Luckily, you can catch a bunch of episodes on YouTube, and I highly recommend that you do. The series featured Gary Owens (Laugh-In announcer and original voice of Space Ghost) as Roger Ramjet, the leader of a group of spunky cadets known as the American Eagles. Ramjet would often try to save the day, but ultimately he was more interested in saving his own skin. The show, as I said, sampled from the same well of humor as Rocky and Bullwinkle, but was much tighter, and much more rapid fire with its gags. Rocky and Bullwinkle's gags were constructed in such a way that one could clearly see the set up, and the punchline that followed. As funny as that show was, its pacing was actually very methodical. Roger Ramjet, by contrast, would overload every line with several gags, sometimes eschewing its limited animation and instead simply having the characters' words flash onto the screen. There was never any lesson learned in any of the episodes, at least none parent's would want kids to remember. It was, essentially, a satire of so-called heroism, the story of a man who wants to save the day, but is really only interested in looking out for his best interests.

And what the heck, because I like you all so much I stuck a three-minute episode in after the jump. Happy viewing.

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Short-Lived Shows: Insomniac with Dave Attell

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 20th 2006 10:48AM
dave attellWhen I first learned of Insomniac, I thought it would be a show from which to stay far away. I envisioned a show where some New Yorker would travel to other cities, delve into the nightlife, and ultimately compare everything to the dank Xanadu that is NYC. But then, a voice popped into my head and said, quite reasonably, "not all New Yorkers are like that, you narrow-minded bastard."

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Short-Lived Shows: Sledge Hammer!

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 7th 2006 3:27PM

sledge hammerWhen he was ten years old, Alan Spencer snuck into a showing of Dirty Harry. Spencer fell in love with the concept of the movie and its sequels, but for different reasons than most. While the movies were categorized as drama, Spencer found the idea of such an excessively violent lawman to be utterly hilarious. At the age of sixteen, Spencer wrote a spoof with a main character he called Sledge Hammer who would spout his catchphrase "Trust me, I know what I'm doing" right before doing something unimaginably dangerous.

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