So… I don’t know about you, but I truly hate that TV shows keep being cancelled before they’ve had time to blossom. The reason given from TV networks is usually that the show has failed to bring in enough viewers; then they mention the numbers and I am left annoyed and incredulous that they don’t believe the numbers to be enough, when they are actually getting millions of viewers. Let me ask you then, HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?! What number are you after, exactly?
In the UK, the BBC channel have recently aired shows which feature magic and are set in another time. First of all they aired Merlin; I was heartbroken when this ended – I think their intention was to only ever air five series, so I don’t think it was a ratings issue. This show was awesome! From magic, to a talking dragon and the adorable comedic duo (I think they were a little like a duo, anyway) of King Arthur and Merlin. Anyway, I’ve digressed a little… Once Merlin ended, a little while after, Atlantis got the Saturday slot. Atlantis is set in ancient times, focusing on Jason (whom I’m assuming is Jason of the Argonauts) and features magic and some impressive sword-wielding skills from Jason. There’s drama, friendship and comedy – what’s not to like? I ask you. My mum had to break the news to me after reading in the newspaper that it is being cancelled. The show is only in its’ second series! This is part of what the BBC had to say:
“…to keep increasing the range of BBC One drama we have to make difficult decisions to bring new shows through.” (BBC Newsbeat.)
Their explanation is that in order to air new shows, they have to make room for them by cancelling current shows. Why cancel shows that people like? I know that Atlantis is an expensive show to make, but I do believe that it has decent ratings; the ratings may not be in the ten million range, but are still in the millions. I’m obviously just a little sour because I really don’t want the show to end – I definitely feel that it is premature. The last seven episodes will be aired in the spring.
Did anyone watch The Tomorrow People? I have to say, I don’t think it was absolutely incredible, but I liked it and thought it was interesting; I was eager to see where it was going – which apparently is nowhere now, as they have cancelled it. I thought this would be a show which appealed to people and would capture a younger audience. It just goes to show that you never can tell.
When I hear the name Steven Spielberg, success would be a word that comes to mind; despite the fact that Terra Nova was a show produced by Steven Spielberg (among others), I was disappointed and surprised when it was cancelled. Let me set the scene: It’s the future, there’s an issue with over-population so there is a restriction on how many children people can have and the air is becoming poisonous. A rift in time is discovered and they are able to go back in time to try and start over. They travel back to the time of the dinosaurs; it’s that bad, that they would rather brave dinosaurs! I was getting into this show and then they cancelled it. From what I can gather, the ratings weren’t that bad but they decided to cancel it anyway. How dare they?!
So that’s just three shows that have been cancelled – there are a lot more. From what I’ve noticed, it seems that shows are cancelled more often nowadays.