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24th Jun '18 4:58:53 PM danlansdowne
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** ''Doctor Who'', back in '63, got a "second pilot" due to the first pilot being [[TroubledProduction riddled with technical errors]]. Its first broadcast also had poor ratings due to parts of the country being hit with a power outage at the time of its broadcasting; so it was repeat, at a time when this was very rare.

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** ''Doctor Who'', back in '63, got a "second pilot" due to the first pilot being [[TroubledProduction riddled with technical errors]]. Its first broadcast also had poor ratings due to parts of the country being hit with a power outage at the time of its broadcasting; broadcasting (and coinciding with coverage of the assassination of President Kennedy in the rest of the country) so it was repeat, repeated, at a time when this was very rare.
23rd Jun '18 8:52:17 PM Assassin-sensei
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* After ABC cancelled ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' on May 2016 with the finale ending with a {{Cliffhanger}}, CMT picked it up and renewed it for a fifth season a month later.

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* After ABC cancelled ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' on May 2016 with the finale ending with a {{Cliffhanger}}, CMT picked it up and renewed it for a fifth season a month later.later.
* The final eight episodes of ''Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23'' premiered on Creator/{{LOGO}} after ABC canceled and pulled the show.
14th May '18 10:38:07 AM mlsmithca
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** Actually, ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' fits this trope. The first pilot for was turned down by both CBS and NBC, but the latter network did something unheard of in the 1960s (and still fairly rare today) and asked Creator/GeneRoddenberry to do a second pilot episode.
*** And later it was more like Network's Biggest Figurehead to the Rescue when Creator/LucilleBall made vague threats to execs that convinced them to bring it back for season 3.

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** Actually, Contrary to popular perception, ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' fits this trope. The first pilot for was turned down by both CBS and NBC, but the latter network did something unheard of in the 1960s (and still fairly rare today) and asked Creator/GeneRoddenberry to do a second pilot episode.
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episode. And later it was more like Network's Biggest Figurehead to the Rescue when Creator/LucilleBall made vague threats to execs that convinced them to bring it back for season 3.



* Going all the way back to 1966, they picked up ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' after CBS turned it down. It ran from 1966 to 1980, an unheard-of lifespan for a game show in that era, and spawned a nighttime syndicated version that lasted from 1971 to 1981. Since then, the show has had four revivals (''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour'', also for NBC, in 1983-84; syndie versions from 1986-89 and 1998-2004; and ''HipHopSquares'' in 2012).

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* Going all the way back to 1966, they NBC picked up ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' after CBS turned it down. It ran from 1966 to 1980, an unheard-of lifespan for a game show in that era, and spawned a nighttime syndicated version that lasted from 1971 to 1981. Since then, the show has had four revivals (''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour'', also for NBC, in 1983-84; syndie versions from 1986-89 and 1998-2004; and ''HipHopSquares'' in 2012).



* In 2018, ''{{Creator/FOX}}'' cancelled ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' after its fifth season, much to the annoyance of fans everywhere. However, a few other networks offered to continue it, and it was ultimately picked up by NBC for a sixth season.

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* In 2018, ''{{Creator/FOX}}'' {{Creator/FOX}} cancelled ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' after its fifth season, much to the annoyance of fans everywhere. However, a few other networks offered to continue it, and it was ultimately picked up by NBC for a sixth season.



* Similar thing happened with ''Series/{{Mash}}'', which was not a hit out of the gate.

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* Similar thing happened ''Series/{{MASH}}'' drew mediocre ratings in its first season. However, summer re-runs drew surprisingly large audiences, prompting CBS to stick with ''Series/{{Mash}}'', which was not a hit out it; it lasted for another ten years, becoming one of the gate.most successful and beloved sitcoms ever aired.



* The pilot for ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was the most expensive ever; and none of the actors in it were major stars. In fact, one executive was fired for even giving it the go-ahead. However, Creator/{{ABC}} stuck with it, since going back would mean a loss of millions. Also ABC head Stephen [=McPherson=] thought it had 'some potential'. ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is now considered one of TV's greatest dramas, [[ContinuityLockout if you know what's going on]].
** Another example: after the show started stalling -- and losing viewers -- during the second and third seasons, showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse began to bargain with ABC for an unprecedented concept: a set end-date several years down the line. ABC agreed, and starting with the second half of season 3, ''Lost'' has been steadily gaining steam in terms of answers. Unfortunately, the show continues to lose viewers, and on a recent edition of the podcast, Lindelof quietly speculated that the show might have been canceled by now if the above agreement hadn't been hammered out.

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* The pilot for ''Series/{{Lost}}'' was the most expensive ever; and none of the actors in it were major stars. In fact, one executive was fired for even giving it the go-ahead. However, Creator/{{ABC}} stuck with it, since going back would mean a loss of millions. Also ABC head Stephen [=McPherson=] thought it had 'some potential'. ''Series/{{Lost}}'' is now considered one of TV's greatest dramas, [[ContinuityLockout if you know what's going on]].
** Another example: after
on]]. After the show started stalling -- and losing viewers -- during the second and third seasons, showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse began to bargain with ABC for an unprecedented concept: a set end-date several years down the line. ABC agreed, and starting with the second half of season 3, ''Lost'' has been steadily gaining steam in terms of answers. Unfortunately, the show continues to lose viewers, and on a recent edition of the podcast, Lindelof quietly speculated that the show might have been canceled by now if the above agreement hadn't been hammered out.



* First ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed by]] Creator/ComedyCentral after a change in leadership. Then the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] came to the rescue. Then Sci Fi screwed them as well, again, after a change in leadership.
** After 10 seasons on the air (not even counting the KTMA season). As Kevin Murphy said on the ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Lord Of The Rings]]'' Podcast/RiffTrax, "I'd like to fail like that."
** Another, even earlier case came when MST was on the Comedy Channel before it merged with Ha! to form Comedy Central. Ha! wanted to remove MST from the line-up, but Comedy Channel considered it the "flagship of its fleet" and refused to merge unless it remained. Not only did they keep it on, they gave it a contract for three 26-episode seasons.
** And now it's set to come back on the Internet thanks to a massively successful Kickstarter campaign.
** Season 11 was mostly funded via Kickstarter. Now funding for season 12 (and presumbly all future seasons) will be coming mostly from Netflix directly.

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* First ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed by]] Creator/ComedyCentral after a change in leadership. Then the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] came to the rescue. Then Sci Fi screwed them as well, again, after a change in leadership.
''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** After 10 The first two seasons on the air (not even counting the KTMA season). As Kevin Murphy said on the ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Lord Of The Rings]]'' Podcast/RiffTrax, "I'd like to fail like that."
** Another, even earlier case came when MST was
aired on the Comedy Channel before it merged with Ha! to form Comedy Central. Ha! wanted to remove MST from the line-up, but Comedy Channel considered it the "flagship of its fleet" and refused to merge unless it remained. Not only did they keep it on, they gave it a contract for three 26-episode seasons.
** And now it's set Eventually, the series got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed by]] Creator/ComedyCentral after a change in leadership. Then the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] came to come back the rescue. Then Sci Fi screwed them as well, again, after a change in leadership. However, despite this, they had managed 10 seasons on the Internet thanks air (not even counting the KTMA season) when the axe fell. As Kevin Murphy said on the ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Lord Of The Rings]]'' Podcast/RiffTrax, "I'd like to fail like that."
** Nearly two decades later,
a massively successful Kickstarter campaign.
** Season 11 was mostly funded via Kickstarter. Now
campaign saw a revival season. The success of the revival means that funding for season 12 (and presumbly all future seasons) will be coming mostly from Netflix directly.



* Believe it or not, Fox (seriously this is becoming a RunningGag) actually rejected the concept of ''Series/AmericanIdol'' numerous times before they finally decided to make a go of it and were rewarded with the highest rated program of the 2000's (Of course, [[AdoredByTheNetwork a lot of people tend to complain that they actually]] ''[[AdoredByTheNetwork did]]'' [[AdoredByTheNetwork run with it and are still supporting it instead of their pet show]]...)
** Apparently, ''Idol'' was originally pitched to Creator/{{UPN}}, who [[ItWillNeverCatchOn rejected it]]. The people who ran the network weren't the best at programming (they killed the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' by scheduling it after a show called ''Shasta [=McNasty=]''), and the fact that UPN died unceremoniously in 2006 shows how badly they screwed up.
* The BBC was planning to end ''Series/BlakesSeven'' with the third season finale, which saw the main villain killed off, the heroes' spacecraft destroyed and them marooned on a distant artificial planetoid. The cast and crew believed the show was over and started looking for other projects. Then, whilst watching the Season 3 finale at home, the head of BBC Drama found he and his family were enjoying it so much he rang up BBC Television Centre and told the continuity announcer to say that the show would be back the following year, which was the first anyone on the show's production team knew about it. Possibly the shortest-notice network to the rescue in history?

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* Believe it or not, Fox (seriously this is becoming a RunningGag) actually rejected the concept of ''Series/AmericanIdol'' numerous times before they finally decided to make a go of it and were rewarded with the highest rated program of the 2000's (Of course, [[AdoredByTheNetwork a lot of people tend to complain that they actually]] ''[[AdoredByTheNetwork did]]'' [[AdoredByTheNetwork run with it and are still supporting it instead of their pet show]]...)
**
) Apparently, ''Idol'' was originally pitched to Creator/{{UPN}}, who [[ItWillNeverCatchOn rejected it]]. The people who ran the network weren't the best at programming (they killed the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'' by scheduling it after a show called ''Shasta [=McNasty=]''), and the fact that UPN died unceremoniously in 2006 shows how badly they screwed up.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'':
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The BBC was planning to end ''Series/BlakesSeven'' the series with the third season finale, which saw the main villain killed off, the heroes' spacecraft destroyed and them marooned on a distant artificial planetoid. The cast and crew believed the show was over and started looking for other projects. Then, whilst watching the Season 3 finale at home, the head of BBC Drama found he and his family were enjoying it so much he rang up BBC Television Centre and told the continuity announcer to say that the show would be back the following year, which was the first anyone on the show's production team knew about it. Possibly the shortest-notice network to the rescue in history?



* Warner Brothers were quietly supportive of ''Series/BabylonFive'' throughout the first four years of its run, repeatedly not canceling it and in fact giving it modest budget increases between seasons simply because a lot of the executives apparently just really liked it, to the extent of not even giving production notes after the start of the second season and just letting the production team get on with it. They were rewarded by moderate ratings increases and a high profile among SF fans, arguably higher than that of rival series ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' which cost more than twice as much to make. When they were faced with the task of canceling the show due to the Creator/{{PTEN}} service(what was left of it, anyway) collapsing, they encouraged their cousins at TNT to come on board and save the day, ensuring that the show got to it's planned ending. Warner Brothers eventually reaped a strong reward: international, VHS and DVD sales have seen the show make more than five times its budget back in profit since the show ended.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
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Warner Brothers were quietly supportive of ''Series/BabylonFive'' the series throughout the first four years of its run, repeatedly not canceling it and in fact giving it modest budget increases between seasons simply because a lot of the executives apparently just really liked it, to the extent of not even giving production notes after the start of the second season and just letting the production team get on with it. They were rewarded by moderate ratings increases and a high profile among SF fans, arguably higher than that of rival series ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' which cost more than twice as much to make. When they were faced with the task of canceling the show due to the Creator/{{PTEN}} service(what was left of it, anyway) collapsing, they encouraged their cousins at TNT to come on board and save the day, ensuring that the show got to it's planned ending. Warner Brothers eventually reaped a strong reward: international, VHS and DVD sales have seen the show make more than five times its budget back in profit since the show ended.



** ''Series/{{Medium}}'' was canceled by NBC and rescued by CBS... which put it right after ''Series/GhostWhisperer''...
*** And now in a case of irony, Ghost Whisperer's been cancelled but Medium will remain.

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** ''Series/{{Medium}}'' was canceled by NBC and rescued by CBS... which put it right after ''Series/GhostWhisperer''...
*** And now in a case of irony, Ghost Whisperer's been cancelled but Medium will remain.
''Series/GhostWhisperer''. Ironically, the latter was axed before the former.



* Disney acquired the rights to ''PowerRangers'' as part of a larger buyout, and while they continued the show they never really knew what to do with it. It eventually got to the point where they stopped airing reruns, scheduled the show in a routinely-preempted [[FridayNightDeathSlot Death Slot]], and gave up on new episodes in favor of ReCut old ones. Then Saban, the original owner of the franchise, came in and bought the rights back specifically on the grounds that Disney was wasting its potential.
** Which it was. This is actually a case of this going incredibly well. Since the move to Nickelodeon, ratings for the show have more than tripled. In fact, ''Samurai,'' which aired at noon on Saturday, actually outperformed the prime-time schedules for both Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel during its' run.

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* Disney acquired the rights to ''PowerRangers'' ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' as part of a larger buyout, and while they continued the show they never really knew what to do with it. It eventually got to the point where they stopped airing reruns, scheduled the show in a routinely-preempted [[FridayNightDeathSlot Death Slot]], and gave up on new episodes in favor of ReCut old ones. Then Saban, the original owner of the franchise, came in and bought the rights back specifically on the grounds that Disney was wasting its potential.
** Which it was. This is actually a case of this going incredibly well.
potential. Since the move to Nickelodeon, ratings for the show have more than tripled. In fact, ''Samurai,'' which aired at noon on Saturday, actually outperformed the prime-time schedules for both Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel during its' its run.



* ''Series/RedDwarf'' was rejected by BBC London multiple times, and would never have seen the light of day if BBC Manchester hadn't decided to give it a shot. HilarityEnsued.
** Eight series later, it became another cancelled-at-a-cliffhanger series as the Beeb dropped the series entirely. It wasn't until a decade later that digital channel Dave commissioned new episodes. It was a pretty good partnership for both the channel and the franchise, to put it lightly.

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* ''Series/RedDwarf'' was rejected by BBC London multiple times, and would never have seen the light of day if BBC Manchester hadn't decided to give it a shot. HilarityEnsued.
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HilarityEnsued. Eight series later, it became another cancelled-at-a-cliffhanger series as the Beeb dropped the series entirely. It wasn't until a decade later that digital channel Dave commissioned new episodes. It was a pretty good partnership for both the channel and the franchise, to put it lightly.



* ''For Your Love'' was originally aired on NBC and cancelled after six episodes, it was then picked up by the WB and ran for another four seasons. It's rather surprising that they stuck with a show that so few people seemed to watch, you rarely ever hear FYL mentioned when people are talking about WB shows (not to mention the WB was almost as infamous as Fox for cancelling shows left and right), they even renewed the show after it suffered a 70% ratings decline during the third season. Though it did kinda get screwed during it's last couple of years on the network as it was regularly shifted around the schedule and six episodes of the fifth season (including the series finale) were not aired, though TVOne later picked up the series for reruns and aired the missing episodes.
* The WB similarly rescued ''Series/SisterSister'' after ABC cancelled it after its second season. It'd have for more seasons on its new network.

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* ''For Your Love'' was originally aired on NBC and cancelled after six episodes, it was then picked up by the WB and ran for another four seasons. It's rather surprising that they stuck with a show that so few people seemed to watch, you rarely ever hear FYL mentioned when people are talking about WB shows (not to mention the WB was almost as infamous as Fox for cancelling shows left and right), they even renewed the show after it suffered a 70% ratings decline during the third season. Though it did kinda get screwed during it's its last couple of years on the network as it was regularly shifted around the schedule and six episodes of the fifth season (including the series finale) were not aired, though TVOne later picked up the series for reruns and aired the missing episodes.
* The WB similarly rescued ''Series/SisterSister'' after ABC cancelled it after its second season. It'd have for four more seasons on its new network.



* This will ''not'' last very long, however as of mid-November 2012 a number of TV ratings-examining websites such as TV By the Numbers have noted that the US networks have been remarkably hesitant to cancel underperforming series during the early weeks of the 2012-13 TV season, with shows such as LastResort and TheMobDoctor, which in prior years might have been cancelled within a few weeks, being given a chance to run longer. The debate is whether this was due to attempting to recoup costs for the shows, or was indicative of a lack of replacement programming at that particular time. However, whether ultimately successful or not, the longer a show is kept on the air the more chance it might have to gain enough audience momentum to win renewal, so should a program like Last Resort ultimately survive, it will be in part due to a (perhaps unintended) "Network to the Rescue" scenario.

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* This will ''not'' last very long, however as of mid-November 2012 a A number of TV ratings-examining websites such as TV By the Numbers have noted that the US networks have been were remarkably hesitant to cancel underperforming series during the early weeks of the 2012-13 TV season, with shows such as LastResort ''Series/LastResort'' and TheMobDoctor, ''Series/TheMobDoctor'', which in prior years might have been cancelled within a few weeks, being given a chance to run longer. The debate is whether this was due to attempting to recoup costs for the shows, or was indicative of a lack of replacement programming at that particular time. However, whether ultimately successful or not, the longer a show is kept on the air the more chance it might have to gain enough audience momentum to win renewal, so should a program like Last Resort ultimately survive, it will be in part due to a (perhaps unintended) "Network to the Rescue" scenario.
13th May '18 10:03:44 AM Ninamarie124
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* In 2018, ''{{Creator/FOX}}'' cancelled ''LiveActionTV/BrooklynNineNine'' after its fifth season, much to the annoyance of fans everywhere. However, a few other networks offered to continue it, and it was ultimately picked up by NBC for a sixth season.

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* In 2018, ''{{Creator/FOX}}'' cancelled ''LiveActionTV/BrooklynNineNine'' ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' after its fifth season, much to the annoyance of fans everywhere. However, a few other networks offered to continue it, and it was ultimately picked up by NBC for a sixth season.
12th May '18 3:32:14 AM pointycatears
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* In 2018, ''{{Creator/FOX}}'' cancelled ''LiveActionTV/BrooklynNineNine'' after its fifth season, much to the annoyance of fans everywhere. However, a few other networks offered to continue it, and it was ultimately picked up by NBC for a sixth season.
4th Mar '18 4:50:36 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[StewartLee Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle]]'' underwent a mix of rescued/[[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed]] [[Creator/TheBBC by the BBC]]. According to Lee, he was summoned by the Beeb to produce a series with no need to do a pilot. He was in two minds, not wanting his manager's studio to make the show, but a BBC in-house studio. By the time he got around to telling the BBC, they now wanted to see a pilot, and eventually cancelled the non-existent series they commissioned in the first place. A couple of years later, the BBC again asked Leeto produce a new comedy series... thankfully this got made.

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* ''[[StewartLee ''[[Creator/StewartLee Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle]]'' underwent a mix of rescued/[[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed]] [[Creator/TheBBC by the BBC]]. According to Lee, he was summoned by the Beeb to produce a series with no need to do a pilot. He was in two minds, not wanting his manager's studio to make the show, but a BBC in-house studio. By the time he got around to telling the BBC, they now wanted to see a pilot, and eventually cancelled the non-existent series they commissioned in the first place. A couple of years later, the BBC again asked Leeto produce a new comedy series... thankfully this got made.
31st Dec '17 8:57:12 AM nombretomado
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* {{Fox}} initially did this with ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. Then, after a drop in ratings, they moved it to the FridayNightDeathSlot midway through the second season, and, according to a deluge of on-site news reports, axed it.

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* {{Fox}} {{Creator/FOX}} initially did this with ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''. Then, after a drop in ratings, they moved it to the FridayNightDeathSlot midway through the second season, and, according to a deluge of on-site news reports, axed it.



** {{Fox}} did something like this for ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', as well. In the second season, they moved it to the FridayNightDeathSlot, yet they renewed it two more times. During the fourth season, fans had started a Twitter campaign to save the show, and Fox cooperated by replacing the #Fringe hashtag in the corner of the screen with the fans' episode-specific hashtags. Eventually, they decided to renew the series for a final 13-episode fifth season, which ingratiated them with the fans and brought the show up to the 100-episode mark unofficially required for syndication.

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** {{Fox}} FOX did something like this for ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', as well. In the second season, they moved it to the FridayNightDeathSlot, yet they renewed it two more times. During the fourth season, fans had started a Twitter campaign to save the show, and Fox cooperated by replacing the #Fringe hashtag in the corner of the screen with the fans' episode-specific hashtags. Eventually, they decided to renew the series for a final 13-episode fifth season, which ingratiated them with the fans and brought the show up to the 100-episode mark unofficially required for syndication.
26th Nov '17 2:01:15 PM paycheckgurl
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** Season 11 was mostly funded via Kickstarter. Now funding for season 12 (and presumbly all future seasons) will be coming mostly from Netflix directly.
18th Sep '17 11:59:20 PM Lirodon
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* Creator/{{CBS}} managed to get one over on NBC after they dumped ''Series/{{JAG}}'' after the first season in 1995-1996. CBS picked it up in the middle of 1997 as a midseason replacement and ''JAG'' got '''nine more seasons''' with good ratings, making it a LongRunner and had an ''even more'' successful spin-off. ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had a quiet start in 2003, but consistently improved its viewer numbers until it became TV's number one scripted show (and stayed there) and is itself a a LongRunner with 13 seasons so far and no conceivable end in sight. It has its own spin-off with''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', which began in 2009 and quickly became TV's number two scripted show and has consistently stayed there throughout its run (which also has no conceivable end). A ''third'' program is joined the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' franchise in 2014, ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'', which has outperformed ''Los Angeles'' in the ratings. CBS has been laughing all the way to the bank since 1997.

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* Creator/{{CBS}} managed to get one over on NBC after they dumped ''Series/{{JAG}}'' after the first season in 1995-1996. CBS picked it up in the middle of 1997 as a midseason replacement and ''JAG'' got '''nine more seasons''' with good ratings, making it a LongRunner and LongRunner. Then, it had an ''even more'' successful spin-off. ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' spin-off, ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', which had a quiet start in 2003, but consistently improved its viewer numbers until it became TV's number one scripted show (and stayed there) and is itself a a LongRunner with 13 seasons so far and no conceivable end in sight. It has its own spin-off with''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', which began in 2009 and quickly became TV's number two scripted show and has consistently show. It's stayed there throughout too, 14 seasons strong and counting, and has gotten spin-offs of its run (which also has no conceivable end). A ''third'' program is joined the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' franchise in 2014, ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'', which has outperformed ''Los Angeles'' own in the ratings.form of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' (2009, which is going into its 9th season), and ''Series/NCISNewOrleans'' (2014). CBS has been laughing all the way to the bank since 1997.
10th Sep '17 9:01:54 AM nombretomado
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* While ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and its [[CSIVerse spin-offs]] are mainstay hits on TV, there was a time when a forensics-based PoliceProcedural was considered geeky ScienceFiction at best. CBS took the chance on it, only after much hand-wringing and after the other major networks passed.

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* While ''Series/{{CSI}}'' and its [[CSIVerse [[Series/CSIVerse spin-offs]] are mainstay hits on TV, there was a time when a forensics-based PoliceProcedural was considered geeky ScienceFiction at best. CBS took the chance on it, only after much hand-wringing and after the other major networks passed.
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