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Back From the Dead: Shows We Want Revived

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 1st 2010 4:00PM
Freaks and Geeks
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).

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Stump the King - Bernie Mac

by Paul Goebel, posted Aug 11th 2008 7:29AM

Bernie MacOne day in 2001, I was having lunch with a friend and we were talking about the new fall shows. We discussed shows that we thought weren't going to make it as well as shows we really enjoyed. Towards the end of the meal we started to discuss The Tick and how we were both excited to see the live version that was premiering later in the season. I remember turning to my friend and saying, "Isn't there another show premiering on FOX later in the season?" We couldn't think of which show it was and so went back to discussing The Tick.

The show we were trying to think of was The Bernie Mac Show and five years after The Tick had come and gone Bernie's show had become one of the funniest family sitcoms on television.

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My Top 10 list is better than Sci Fi Wire's

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 8th 2008 11:04AM
Earth 2Let's face it, science fiction on television is always a challenge, and more often than not, these series fail to find a big enough audience to stick around. That's why the year after Lost hit it big on just minor sci-fi elements, we had three ratings flops at once with Invasion, Threshold and Surface. And all three were good, for different reasons. So my question is why did none of them make Sci Fi Wire's list of the top 10 sci fi shows canceled too soon? Because Sci-Fi Wire liked Eerie, Indiana better!

Seriously though, while there were some good elements in their list, and I absolutely agree with their number one choice, there were some real problems and omissions as well. Wonderfalls ranked way too high and Homeboys in Outer Space didn't even make the list? Outrageous! So I've taken it upon myself to make my own list of The Top 10 Sci Fi Short-Lived Sci-Fi Shows That Weren't Pulitzer Worthy But Went Great With Popcorn. And I intentionally didn't include any of the shows on their list, because I'm acting like a spoiled brat and I don't want to play with their toys.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 6th 2007 6:31PM

The Dresden FilesHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • 8 Simple Rules... - Season 1
  • The Adventures of Jim Bowie - Complete Series
  • Charlie Lola - Vol. 5
  • Daniel Boone - Season 5
  • Darkwing Duck - Vol. 2
  • The Dresden Files - Season 1
  • Full House - Season 7
  • The Hills - Season 2
  • Home Improvement - Season 7
  • Inside The Actor's Studio - Barbra Streisand
  • The Muppet Show - Season 2
  • Rome - Season 2
  • Roseanne - Season 8
  • Saved By The Bell - Hawaiian Style and Wedding in Las Vegas movies
  • The Simpsons - Season 10
  • Soul Food - Season 2
  • The Suite Life of Zack & Cody - Vol. 2
  • Superfriends: The Legendary Super Powers Show - Complete Series
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Season 5
  • That Girl - Season 3
  • The Tick - Season 2

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Snazzy auctions with Venture Bros., The Tick, Angel goodies

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 17th 2006 2:01PM
The Venture Bros.Lisa Hammer, voice of Triana Orpheus on The Venture Bros., heads a filmmaking company called Blessed Elysium, which usually makes a lot of wacky, surrealist short films of the German Expressionist persuasion. Her latest project is a feature film called POX, currently in post-production. The Blessed Elysium team is looking for a bit of help in funds for POX, so some excellent Ebay auctions have been set up. The TV-related items include this fantastic Venture Bros. lot, which contains a DVD, picture of Triana, and a few script pages with some Jackson Publick sketches (all items are signed). Hey hey! Perfect holiday gift for your favorite Venture Bros.-loving blogger friend whose name begins with an "A" and ends with "Nnie".

There are also some super-special panels from The Tick comic and a script from Angel, both signed by Ben Edlund. Oh, and here's a Vanna White doll. I'm not quite sure what's going on with that.

[via the Venture Bros. LJ community]

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The Venture Bros: Guess Who's Coming To State Dinner?

by Annie Wu, posted Sep 11th 2006 7:58AM
Venture Bros.(S02E09) Oh, dear. I was waiting for something to kill the hot Venture Bros. streak, and, finally, it has come... in the form of a totally random Abe Lincoln ghost.

I guess I really should have known. A few months ago, Jackson Publick posted in his blog that the ninth episode's script was his least favorite. I see why. It didn't feel like a Venture script. The jokes were relatively dull (and really dated, in some cases), the plot was a little too much like a real boy adventurers' story, and we re-connected with an old character that we really didn't care about (I didn't care for him, anyway).

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 29th 2006 8:10AM
  • MST3KThe Andy Griffith Show - Season 7
  • Arrested Development - Season 3
  • Astroboy - Ultra Edition, Set 2
  • The Awful Truth - The Best of The Awful Truth
  • Criss Angel Mindfreak - Halloween
  • Darkwing Duck - Volume 1
  • Desperate Housewives - Season 2
  • Driven To Win - Season 1
  • Flavor of Love - Season 1
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus - Personal Best
  • Mr. Bean - Best Of
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Collection: Volume 10
  • Nip/Tuck - Season 3
  • Roseanne - Halloween
  • South Park - Season 8
  • Survivor: Palau
  • Tale Spin - Volume 1
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Volume 5
  • The Tick - Season 1
  • Will and Grace - Season 5

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The Tick out on DVD August 29 (probably)

by Adam Finley, posted May 16th 2006 10:03AM
tickAs I mentioned before, The Tick animated series is coming to DVD. At the time it wasn't clear what the exact release date would be, and while it's still not absolutely official yet, August 29 seems to be the date that's getting kicked around right now. The series, which aired as part of the FoxKids Saturday Morning Block for thirty-six episodes starting in 1994, featured Townsend Coleman as the voice of The Tick and was based on the short-lived series of comics by Ben Edlund. In all likelihood, Disney will release the entire season eventually. Thanks to Sean for the tip.

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The Tick animated series coming to DVD (most likely)

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 4th 2006 3:02PM

the tickI know, I know, this news is a bit old, but stuff slips by sometimes and you have to catch it later. In this case it was TV Shows On DVD's unofficial annoucement back in January that The Tick, the 1994 animated series based on Ben Edlund's comic book, will be coming out on DVD this year. Disney, who owns the rights, have not made an official annoucement, so we'll have to trust TVSODVD's super secret inside sources.

I hate to admit it, but The Tick didn't really impress me all that much, at least not at first. I had been a huge fan of the comic books long before the animated series came out, and, perhaps unfairly, I had a hard time not comparing it to the comics. Eventually I stopped making that unfair comparison and began to enjoy the show on its own merit. Still, I think I prefer the comics more. I suppose some people felt the same way when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got animated. It's hard to let go sometimes, but you learn.

Special thanks to vaccenyl, who mentioned this over on my Animaniacs post.

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The Five: Hybrids

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 26th 2006 10:03AM

chairfaceHere's a fun game to entertain yourself at home. Take any random object around the house and imagine its molecules combined with that of a man. Then speak in a deep announcer voice and make up a TV show about it. For example:

He's half man, half spatula. Despite the cruel world that shuns him he fights a battle against the forces of evil in his underwater helicopter. He is Spatula Man.

For this edition of The Five we're talkin' about our favorite hybrids. Here's five of mine. As always, share some of your own.

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