Shows That Survived Against the Odds and Why
by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)
We all dread the phone call from our best friend with the news “Dude, it’s being cancelled.” I have had this conversation way too many times with way too many friends, but against all odds some shows were granted the respect and conclusions they deserved. Here are a few that grabbed the networks by their white collars and said “No! We will prevail!”
Season Five was meant to be Supernatural‘s final season. Upon creating the show, Eric Kripke stated that he had five years planned for the show. What he had scheduled was the killer season where the world was in for one hell of a fight against the Apocalypse. Although this was arguably the best season of the series after the decrease in ratings after Season Three, what would the fans be missing if the series hadn’t continued on into its eighth season? Well, here they are (SPOILERS AHEAD):
1. Soulless Sam
2. Alpha monsters
3. Sam’s insanity
4. The Leviathan, Dick Roman and our favorite hacker Charlie
5. Meg crashing the Impala into Sucrocorp
6. Dean’s Purgatory
7. Castiel’s god-complex
9. Kevin and his crazy mother
10. Crowley and his deceitful ways
Prison Break ran for four seasons and was lucky enough to run its course. Kevin Reilly said the show was cancelled because “the show played out.” They wanted to end strong and they got the chance to do so. Although a spin-off was planned called Prison Break: Cherry Hill, the writer’s strike prevented it from ever happening.
Fringe was given the chance to come to the end the fans, the cast and the crew were all happy with. Fringe was first near cancellation after being moved to the “death slot” on a Friday night. However, due to their extremely passionate fan base, they were saved and given another season. As season four came to an end, producers had not given the green light on a fifth season and the show’s creators had two Season Four finales lined up. First, a peaceful ending with every question answered. Second, an insane cliffhanger that would keep fans holding their breath until the next airdate. Season Five was then given the heads up and the season concluded on the show’s 100th episode titled “An Enemy of Fate.”
Cue the sighs of despair and longing. As an avid Chuck watcher and Subway eater, I think it’s safe to say that the entire fan base of Chuck vowed to save it from cancellation. But alas, the evil network people who cut series for whatever reason had to do what they had to do. Now the story of Chuck might depress fans, but I think it inspires them. Chuck was almost cancelled after Season Two but the “Save Chuck” Subway experience changed all of that and it carried on for two more seasons. Zachary Levi even led hundreds of fans to a Subway in Birmingham, England, gaining the show the title of “most discussed show online.” Who would’ve thought that eating delicious footlongs could help save your favorite show? The future for Chuck is still out there. How come? Because it is still very alive in the minds of fans. I’ve spoken to so many people that have seen the entire series over and over again. If the story, the characters and the hope is still present in the fans’ worlds, then what’s there to stop a Chuck reunion? Zachary Levi has even gone on record saying he hopes a Chuck movie will be made. Whatever may be, Chuck is one of those shows that will still be discussed years from now; whether it was the perfect last episode, the abundance of fans eating Subway or the way the show made people feel after a really good episode; Chuck will live on.