I have to say one thing: At least FOX aired the shows before they canceled them. Firefly, Tru Calling, Wonderfalls. If you noticed, you got to see episodes on the air.
NBC has taken it’s fear tactic one step too far. They’ve canceled Southland before it even premiered its second season.
Apparently, because NBC has had a major suck-fest over Mercy and Trauma, they figured they’d go ahead and cancel a series that they assumed would have similar ratings.
Now, let’s analyze. First of all, Southland would be going into its sophomore year, which means it’d be carrying over at least some of its viewers from last season. Not all, I bet, because they shifted it over to a Friday night death slot. Plus, they delayed the premiere so that people wouldn’t know when to find it.
BUT it had a huge cliffhanger ending to last year. When you leave a character dead on the pavement at the end of its freshman year, you honestly don’t know if he’s going to really make it. So is he dead or is he alive? We’ll never know.
Oh the other hand, Mercy and Trauma are new series. They have no reason to gather viewers or for people to watch, except to take a chance. These are completely different rating strategies. Plus, believe it or not, Southland generally doesn’t cover taking care of ill, sick, or injured people. They’re cops, not hopital workers or even ambulance workers. Different subject matter.
But NBC’s scared. They’re dying. Quickly. The blood is draining out of the life of NBC, and now, fans are getting hurt.
Well, I’ll tell you one thing: You certainly don’t keep viewers by canceling shows they care about. You can ask FOX that. They’ve had a lot of experience. They know all about the backlash.
So now it’s your turn. Backlash it up, people!
According to the article announcing cancelation that I read, John Wells says,
I’m disappointed that NBC no longer has the time periods available to support the kind of critically-acclaimed series that was for so many years, a hallmark of their success…We remain extremely proud of Southland and are actively looking for another home for the series.
Another home. There’s always that chance. So if you’re a Southland fan, I’d start making it known ASAP. This is gritty, real television, and it deserves to be somewhere.
So start getting angry, people. I have a few choice words for NBC, but hey, I try to keep it clean here on Raked. Is it fair to cancel before giving it a chance on the air? I don’t think so. And now I’m mad.