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9th Aug '17 11:56:57 PM C2
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' got renewed for the fourth season despite lukewarm ratings from the third season. Catch is, it only got a half season's worth of episodes ordered... [[FridayNightDeathSlot and will be moved to Friday nights with a lead-in consisting of Whitney.]] Huzzah? ''Community'' later had the start of its season delayed to put it on Thursday nights (while ''Whitney'' went to Wednesdays) due to the failures of ''Animal Practice'' and ''Guys With Kids''. So maybe there could be a happy ending after all. ''After'' the Season 4 finale already aired, it somehow got renewed for a fifth. It's actually probably a ''good'' thing that NBC's ratings have been suffering recently, as ''Community'' was probably only renewed because they had to cut a lot of their new shows that had been failing. After the fifth season, NBC flat-out cancelled the show -- [[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/06/30/community-lives-season-6-to-air-on-yahoo only to have]] Yahoo pick the show up for a sixth season on the last day before the contracts of the main cast members expired.

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' got renewed for the fourth season despite lukewarm ratings from the third season. Catch is, it only got a half season's worth of episodes ordered... [[FridayNightDeathSlot and will be moved to Friday nights with a lead-in consisting of Whitney.]] Huzzah? ''Community'' later had the start of its season delayed to put it on Thursday nights (while ''Whitney'' went to Wednesdays) due to the failures of ''Animal Practice'' and ''Guys With Kids''. So maybe there could be a happy ending after all. ''After'' the Season 4 finale already aired, it somehow got renewed for a fifth. It's actually probably a ''good'' thing that NBC's ratings have been suffering recently, as ''Community'' was probably only renewed because they had to cut a lot of their new shows that had been failing. After the fifth season, NBC flat-out cancelled the show -- [[http://ca.ign.com/articles/2014/06/30/community-lives-season-6-to-air-on-yahoo only to have]] Yahoo pick the show up for a sixth (and final) season on the last day before the contracts of the main cast members expired.
26th May '17 2:11:12 PM lizaphile
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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' initially went ahead despite resistance from most of NBC and Creator/LarryDavid himself. After the pilot aired, NBC was so ambivalent about the show that they only ordered four episodes for the first season. It wasn't until season three that it showed any promise at all, and season four that it was legitimately successful.

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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' initially went ahead despite resistance from most of NBC and Creator/LarryDavid himself. After the pilot aired, NBC was so ambivalent about the show that they only ordered four episodes for the first season.season (and that was because the executive in charge of NBC's specials who saw potential in the series had to do creative math to fund it and cut out a Creator/BobHope special for that year). It wasn't until season three that it showed any promise at all, and season four that it was legitimately successful.
11th Apr '17 12:03:31 AM lizaphile
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* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' was given the 9 o'clock Thursday slot, which is notorious at NBC for getting bad ratings, often resulting in the untimely death of the shows (for context, the show ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' replaced in the time slot was ''Do No Harm'', which had the ''lowest premiere ratings in TV history''). Predictably, the show (while well-recieved by critics and audiences) never had that great of ratings, and there was much speculation that it would either be cancelled or moved to a different network before NBC eventually decided to renew it due to large DVR numbers and an incredibly passionate social media fanbase.

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* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' was given the 9 o'clock Thursday slot, which is notorious at NBC for getting bad ratings, often resulting in the untimely death of the shows (for context, the show ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' replaced in the time slot was ''Do No Harm'', which had the ''lowest premiere ratings in TV history''). Predictably, the show (while well-recieved well-received by critics and audiences) never had that great of ratings, and there was much speculation that it would either be cancelled or moved to a different network before NBC eventually decided to renew it due to large DVR numbers and an incredibly passionate social media fanbase.fanbase. Also a factor; European financing from France's Gaumont studio and Sony's AXN network, which meant that NBC could easily stomach the ratings issues because the international distributors paid most of the costs and NBC only paid a spare licensing fee and could keep most of the ad revenue, along with Amazon paying NBC to having exclusive rights to stream it in-season and long after.
19th Dec '16 9:07:35 PM MsChibi
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Some shows are lucky to still be around -- or were, before the axe finally fell. Their ratings were middling or poor or even awful, but the critics liked it, or it had been starting to show signs of a cult following, or it was ''supposed'' to be huge and they're reluctant to give up on it just yet, or the show is nearing an episode count needed for UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}, or everything else that premiered that year did even worse, or somebody at the network just ''liked'' the darn old thing; at any rate, it just barely got renewed by the skin of its teeth. In industry-speak, these shows are referred to as being "on the bubble," and if it's a show that seems to be on the bubble every single season, will sometimes garner the name "bubble series," taken from the fact that a soap bubble can pop at any second.

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Some shows are lucky to still be around -- or were, before the axe finally fell. Their ratings were [[JumpTheShark middling or poor or even awful, awful]], but [[ReviewsAreTheGospel the critics liked it, it]], or it had been starting to show signs of a cult following, or it was ''supposed'' to be huge and they're reluctant to give up on it just yet, or the show is nearing an episode count needed for UsefulNotes/{{syndication}}, or everything else that premiered that year did even worse, or somebody at the network just ''liked'' the darn old thing; at any rate, it just barely got renewed by the skin of its teeth. In industry-speak, these shows are referred to as being "on the bubble," and if it's a show that seems to be on the bubble every single season, will sometimes garner the name "bubble series," taken from the fact that a soap bubble can pop at any second.
20th Oct '16 5:38:09 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawkProSkater Tony Hawk's Shred]]''. Its predecessor ''Ride'' sold very badly because of its insistence on a skateboard peripheral that didn't work properly. People didn't think Activision would bother with a sequel after this debacle, especially because competition from EA's Skate series was making the series look tired. Somehow, the series did get renewed for ''Ride'''s sequel, ''Shred'', which [[TheyJustDidntCare ignored fan demand not to use the skateboard peripheral]]. Finally, ''Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5'' finally acquiesced to not use the skateboard peripheral anymore after it too barely got renewed, but it was an ObviousBeta full of {{Game Breaking Bug}}s. As a result, the future of the series is looking rather bleak.

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* ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawkProSkater Tony Hawk's Shred]]''. Its predecessor ''Ride'' sold very badly because of its insistence on a skateboard peripheral that didn't work properly. People didn't think Activision would bother with a sequel after this debacle, especially because competition from EA's Skate series was making the series look tired. Somehow, the series did get renewed for ''Ride'''s sequel, ''Shred'', which [[TheyJustDidntCare ignored fan demand not to use the skateboard peripheral]].peripheral. Finally, ''Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5'' finally acquiesced to not use the skateboard peripheral anymore after it too barely got renewed, but it was an ObviousBeta full of {{Game Breaking Bug}}s. As a result, the future of the series is looking rather bleak.
9th Jul '16 3:44:59 PM KingLyger
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* ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawkProSkater Tony Hawk's Shred]]''. Its predecessor ''Ride'' sold very badly because of its insistence on a skateboard peripheral that didn't work properly. People didn't think Activision would bother with a sequel after this debacle, especially because competition from EA's Skate series was making the series look tired. Somehow, the series did get renewed for Ride's sequel Shred which ignored fan demand not to use the skateboard peripheral, and the series is on its last legs as a result.

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* ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawkProSkater Tony Hawk's Shred]]''. Its predecessor ''Ride'' sold very badly because of its insistence on a skateboard peripheral that didn't work properly. People didn't think Activision would bother with a sequel after this debacle, especially because competition from EA's Skate series was making the series look tired. Somehow, the series did get renewed for Ride's sequel Shred ''Ride'''s sequel, ''Shred'', which [[TheyJustDidntCare ignored fan demand not to use the skateboard peripheral, and peripheral]]. Finally, ''Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5'' finally acquiesced to not use the skateboard peripheral anymore after it too barely got renewed, but it was an ObviousBeta full of {{Game Breaking Bug}}s. As a result, the future of the series is on its last legs as a result.looking rather bleak.



* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'' were the patron saints of this trope. Season one sparked some fears that the show was weaker than what the shows spun off of, largely because they ignored the canon of the Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}} animated series that preceded them. At the end, they re-worked the show to reflect that canon better and felt that this was their swan song, so wrapped up with a big three-part season finale where they blew everything up. Then they got the call that they were renewed for another season and retooled the show into ''Justice League Unlimited''. The producers thought that this would be their last great story and wrapped up dangling threads from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' as well as some in the previous ''Justice League'', capping it off with a FullyAbsorbedFinale with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Then they got the call that the series was so good that they got one more season and the final finale was strong enough that fans think it deserved more. The show was basically Only Barely Renewed for three seasons and is considered one of the best shows in WesternAnimation!

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''Justice League Unlimited'' were the patron saints of this trope. Season one sparked some fears that the show was weaker than what the shows spun off of, largely because they ignored the canon of the Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/{{Superman}} animated series that preceded them. At the end, they re-worked the show to reflect that canon better and felt that this was their swan song, so wrapped up with a big three-part season finale where they blew everything up. Then they got the call that they were renewed for another season and retooled the show into ''Justice League Unlimited''. The producers thought that this would be their last great story and wrapped up dangling threads from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' as well as some in the previous ''Justice League'', capping it off with a FullyAbsorbedFinale with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Then they got the call that the series was so good that they got one more season season, and the final finale was strong enough that fans think it deserved more. The This makes it a case of what was supposed to be the GrandFinale actually saving the show was basically Only Barely Renewed for three seasons and is considered one of the best shows in WesternAnimation!both times it happened.
9th Jul '16 3:34:25 PM KingLyger
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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', which was a critical smash but was watched by roughly nobody, only barely got a second season -- and then got a third season by an even slimmer margin -- then finally, to no one's surprise, was gone. Fans still debate whether Creator/{{Fox}} deserves respect for sticking with a failing show for so long, or criticism for [[ScrewedByTheNetwork not giving it much of a chance in the first place]]. The first season won the Emmy for best comedy just before the back nine was ordered. It was nominated for the Emmy for season 2 and 3. That may have been the reason it hung on. In an outtake on the season 2 DVD David Cross goes on a long rant about how Fox should learn how to market an Emmy winning comedy. It is awesome.

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* ''Series/{{Titus}}'' subverted this, in that it was just barely not renewed. Creator/ChristopherTitus recalls in one of his stand-up comedy specials that he got a phone call on the last day that his show could have been renewed at 11:52 PM, eight minutes before the deadline, telling him that his show was cancelled. As he noted, "I pissed off [the network executives] so bad, I cost somebody sleep."
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', which was a critical smash but was watched by roughly nobody, only barely got a second season -- and then got a third season by an even slimmer margin -- then finally, to no one's surprise, was gone. Fans still debate whether Creator/{{Fox}} deserves respect for sticking with a failing show for so long, or criticism for [[ScrewedByTheNetwork not giving it much of a chance in the first place]]. The first season won the Emmy for best comedy just before the back nine was ordered. It was nominated for the Emmy for season 2 and 3. That may have been the reason it hung on. In an outtake on the season 2 DVD DVD, David Cross goes on [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech a long rant about how Fox should learn how to market an Emmy winning comedy. It is awesome.comedy]].
7th Jun '16 9:22:48 PM wuggles
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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' had relatively low ratings for much of its run, in some cases airing as a mid-season replacement. The show would often get renewed anyway because of the failure of many of NBC's new shows. As a result, almost all of the season finales can function as a SeriesFauxnale. Additionally, WordOfGod is that this led to the relationship subplots being resolved much quicker, because the writers were unsure if ''Parks'' would run long enough to resolve them later.
8th May '16 8:54:49 AM N8han11
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* Creator/AdultSwim's truly [[DadaComics bizarre]] ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel'' somehow has a second season.*

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* Creator/AdultSwim's truly [[DadaComics bizarre]] ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel'' somehow has a second season.*
19th Mar '16 7:45:23 AM Hossmeister
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