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18th Aug '16 1:28:21 PM Tre
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* First ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed by]] Creator/ComedyCentral after a change in leadership. Then the SciFiChannel came to the rescue. Then Sci Fi screwed them as well, again, after a change in leadership.

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* First ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed by]] Creator/ComedyCentral after a change in leadership. Then the SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] came to the rescue. Then Sci Fi screwed them as well, again, after a change in leadership.
9th Jul '16 9:42:31 AM pinkdalek
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** In 1969, ''Doctor Who'' was haemorrhaging viewers and the current Doctor, Creator/PatrickTroughton, had told the producers he was planning on quitting at the end of the Season. At the same time, the BBC was preparing to UsefulNotes/SwitchToColour; since colour TV was more expensive to shoot and made special effects more difficult, there was a belief that ''Doctor Who'' would be too expensive to keep. It would have been cancelled for good had the producer Derrick Sherwin not fought to keep the show on the air, presenting his plan for a grittier ([[BottleEpisode and much cheaper]]) {{Retool}}ed format, and securing a {{Stunt Cast|ing}} comic actor as the new lead if the BBC chose to continue making the show. Eventually, they did.

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** In 1969, ''Doctor Who'' was haemorrhaging viewers and the current Doctor, Creator/PatrickTroughton, had told the producers he was planning on quitting at the end of the Season. At the same time, the BBC was preparing to UsefulNotes/SwitchToColour; [[UsefulNotes/SwitchToColor Switch To Colour]]; since colour TV was more expensive to shoot and made special effects more difficult, there was a belief that ''Doctor Who'' would be too expensive to keep. It would have been cancelled for good had the producer Derrick Sherwin not fought to keep the show on the air, presenting his plan for a grittier ([[BottleEpisode and much cheaper]]) {{Retool}}ed format, and securing a {{Stunt Cast|ing}} comic actor as the new lead if the BBC chose to continue making the show. Eventually, they did.
9th Jul '16 9:35:48 AM pinkdalek
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* ''Series/DoctorWho''. Come on, it's practically the ''Avatar'' of television!

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''. Come on, it's practically ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** ''Doctor Who'', back in '63, got a "second pilot" due to
the ''Avatar'' first pilot being [[TroubledProduction riddled with technical errors]]. Its first broadcast also had poor ratings due to parts of television!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.
** In 1969, ''Doctor Who'' was haemorrhaging viewers and the current Doctor, Creator/PatrickTroughton, had told the producers he was planning on quitting at the end of the Season. At the same time, the BBC was preparing to UsefulNotes/SwitchToColour; since colour TV was more expensive to shoot and made special effects more difficult, there was a belief that ''Doctor Who'' would be too expensive to keep. It would have been cancelled for good had the producer Derrick Sherwin not fought to keep the show on the air, presenting his plan for a grittier ([[BottleEpisode and much cheaper]]) {{Retool}}ed format, and securing a {{Stunt Cast|ing}} comic actor as the new lead if the BBC chose to continue making the show. Eventually, they did.



*** ''Doctor Who'', back in '63, got the "second pilot" treatment before ''Star Trek'' did. The same could also be said of ABC's ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2008}}''--it got a second pilot (albeit with a new cast save for Jason O'Mara and a relocation from San Francisco to New York City) after ABC executives nixed David E. Kelley's pilot.

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*** ** In 2009, the BBC was unconvinced that ''Doctor Who'', back in '63, got the "second pilot" treatment before ''Star Trek'' did. The same Who'' could also be said of ABC's ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2008}}''--it got a second pilot (albeit with a new cast save continue drawing views without the hugely popular Creator/DavidTennant in the lead (despite the show managing by changing lead actors for Jason O'Mara its ''entire history'' up until then) and a relocation from San Francisco plans were made to New York City) after ABC executives nixed David E. Kelley's pilot.cancel it. Only when Davies told the BBC "you are not allowed to end it" and insisted on handing the reins to Creator/StevenMoffat did the BBC reverse its decision.
18th Jun '16 1:29:31 AM AlternativeCola
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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'' ''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.
18th Jun '16 1:28:43 AM AlternativeCola
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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' was originally produced by [[Creator/TheCannonGroup Cannon Television]], but after the first four episodes they ran into financial difficulties - CBS, the show's home, then agreed to pick up the tab themselves.

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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' was originally produced by [[Creator/TheCannonGroup Cannon Television]], but after the first four episodes they ran into financial difficulties - CBS, the show's home, then agreed to pick up the tab themselves.themselves.
* 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.
9th Jun '16 9:12:26 AM spiritsunami
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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 12 seasons 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). Going into the 2014-2015 TV season, a ''third'' program is joining the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' franchise, with ''Series/{{NCISNewOrleans}}'' creating a decent amount of buzz before it even properly premieres. 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 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 12 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). Going into the 2014-2015 TV season, a A ''third'' program is joining joined the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' franchise, with ''Series/{{NCISNewOrleans}}'' creating a decent amount of buzz before it even properly premieres.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.
29th Apr '16 6:42:58 AM themisterfree
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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' was originally produced by [[Creator/CannonFilms Cannon Television]], but after the first four episodes they ran into financial difficulties - CBS, the show's home, then agreed to pick up the tab themselves.

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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' was originally produced by [[Creator/CannonFilms [[Creator/TheCannonGroup Cannon Television]], but after the first four episodes they ran into financial difficulties - CBS, the show's home, then agreed to pick up the tab themselves.
29th Apr '16 6:41:23 AM themisterfree
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* 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/PrimeTimeEntertainmentNetwork (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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* 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/PrimeTimeEntertainmentNetwork (what 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.
29th Apr '16 6:40:36 AM themisterfree
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** Another big one for NBC is ''Series/FridayNightLights''. It was a constant ratings disappointment in its first two seasons, but gained enough fans among the network executives that it was saved by an experimental schedule of having the next season be only thirteen episodes, which would first air on DirecTV in the fall and then on NBC itself in the spring. It was such a success that ''two'' more similarly constructed seasons were ordered towards the end of it. Notably, those three seasons are essentially being constructed as one long epilogue, with a large part of the focus going toward giving each character a three or four episode arc to send them off the show.

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** Another big one for NBC is ''Series/FridayNightLights''. It was a constant ratings disappointment in its first two seasons, but gained enough fans among the network executives that it was saved by an experimental schedule of having the next season be only thirteen episodes, which would first air on DirecTV [=DirecTV=] in the fall and then on NBC itself in the spring. It was such a success that ''two'' more similarly constructed seasons were ordered towards the end of it. Notably, those three seasons are essentially being constructed as one long epilogue, with a large part of the focus going toward giving each character a three or four episode arc to send them off the show.



** Late Night With Creator/ConanOBrien: The show didn't start off well for the first few years. Early commercials even mocked the fact that no one knew who O'Brien was and that he was obviously uncomfortable in front of the camera. In spite of it all, NBC stuck with it and were rewarded with the highest rated late night lineup along with Jay Leno. Unfortunately, when they gave Conan ''TheTonightShow'', they didn't give him [[ScrewedByTheNetwork much of a chance]].

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** Late ''Late Night With Creator/ConanOBrien: Creator/ConanOBrien'': The show didn't start off well for the first few years. Early commercials even mocked the fact that no one knew who O'Brien was and that he was obviously uncomfortable in front of the camera. In spite of it all, NBC stuck with it and were rewarded with the highest rated late night lineup along with Jay Leno. Unfortunately, when they gave Conan ''TheTonightShow'', they didn't give him [[ScrewedByTheNetwork much of a chance]].



** 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.

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** Apparently, 'Idol'' ''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.
29th Apr '16 6:39:43 AM themisterfree
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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' was originally produced by Cannon Television, but after the first four episodes they ran into financial difficulties - CBS, the show's home, then agreed to pick up the tab themselves.

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* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' was originally produced by [[Creator/CannonFilms Cannon Television, Television]], but after the first four episodes they ran into financial difficulties - CBS, the show's home, then agreed to pick up the tab themselves.
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