History ScrewedByTheNetwork / LiveActionTV

14th Jan '18 10:26:27 AM TripleTV95
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Ever since the dawn of the 21st century, Fox has gained a reputation of canceling and/or screwing over an extensive number of television programs for whatever reason, regardless if the show is good or not to critics and audiences. Depending on who you ask, it is either A) part of an ongoing company-wide effort to assume more control over its property, or B) so they can headline shows considered by network executives to be worthy of broadcast and a lengthy longevity. As a result, the number of Fox programs getting screwed over by network politics are '''''huge''''':

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Ah, yes, the kings of this trope (outside of its three rival networks, that is).
Ever since the dawn of the 21st century, Fox has gained a reputation of canceling and/or screwing over an extensive number of television programs for whatever reason, regardless if the show is good or not to critics and audiences. Depending on who you ask, it is either A) part of an ongoing company-wide effort to assume more control over its property, or B) so they can headline shows considered by network executives to be worthy of broadcast and a lengthy longevity. As a result, the number of Fox programs getting screwed over by network politics are '''''huge''''':



* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' was originally aired on Thursdays to good ratings. When season 2 premiered, it was moved to Sundays, which was a good choice... but the problem was that its timeslot was between ''both'' WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' '''AND''' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the networks pets. Eventually in December, the network took it out of its Sunday slot and put it on Tuesdays.

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* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' was originally aired on Thursdays to good ratings. When season 2 premiered, it was moved to Sundays, which was a good choice... but the problem was that its timeslot was between ''both'' WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' '''AND''' '''and''' ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the networks network's pets. Eventually in December, the network took it out of its Sunday slot and put it on Tuesdays.Tuesdays, but it has had a few Sunday airings since.



** Fox did the same thing to ''The Ortegas'' a year later. NBC had already screwed over the show (after beating out Fox in a major bidding war for it) by pushing it back to midseason, so the creators decided to approach FOX with the show and they were promised a Fall premiere date...but in the end FOX gave them nothing as the show was cancelled weeks before its premiere. Unlike ''The Grubbs'', FOX didn't have the excuse of bad reviews to fall back on.
* ''Jonny Zero'', while no means a great show, suffered at the hands of FOX as well. It was aired completely out of order and was stuck in the FridayNightDeathSlot.

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** Fox did the same thing to ''The Ortegas'' a year later. NBC had already screwed over the show (after beating out Fox in a major bidding war for it) by pushing it back to midseason, so the creators decided to approach FOX Fox with the show and they were promised a Fall premiere date...but in the end FOX gave them nothing as the show was cancelled weeks before its premiere. Unlike ''The Grubbs'', FOX Fox didn't have the excuse of bad reviews to fall back on.
* ''Jonny Zero'', while no means a great show, suffered at the hands of FOX Fox as well. It was aired completely out of order and was stuck in the FridayNightDeathSlot.



* The earliest example of FOX screwing over a program is, ironically, their '''first''' program ever. ''The Late Show'' was Fox's attempt to compete with ''Series/TheTonightShow Starring Johnny Carson'' on Creator/{{NBC}}, and was first broadcast on the network's premiere night, on October 9, 1986, with Creator/JoanRivers[[note]]Who had bailed ''The Tonight Show'' after being disillusioned over not being named Carson's replacement despite being regular guest host by that point[[/note]] as host. Unfortunately, despite starting off modestly in the ratings, ratings took a catastrophic downfall, fueled in part many of the FOX affiliates rejecting the show's content and refusing to carry it. In addition, behind-the-scenes drama between FOX executives and Rivers led to the latter's termination. FOX scrambled to find a replacement for Rivers, hiring Buck Henry, Arsenio Hall and Ross Shafer as temporary fill-ins, but none of the hosts could improve the show's ratings, and FOX canceled the show before they could find a permanent host replacement. It's been said that the experience FOX had with ''The Late Show'' "cursed" them into trying to get successful late-night programs on the network, as their later attempts at establishing late-night talk shows (''The Chevy Chase Show'', ''Talkshow with Spike Feresten'', and ''The Wanda Sykes Show'') all failed to last at least more than three seasons[[note]]Only ''Talkshow'' managed to get that record; contractual friction between FOX and Feresten led to him getting replaced by Wanda Sykes after the third season[[/note]]. After ''The Wanda Sykes Show'' failed to make it past a season, FOX gave up entirely on late-night shows.

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* The earliest example of FOX Fox screwing over a program is, ironically, their '''first''' program ever. ''The Late Show'' was Fox's attempt to compete with ''Series/TheTonightShow Starring Johnny Carson'' on Creator/{{NBC}}, and was first broadcast on the network's premiere night, on October 9, 1986, with Creator/JoanRivers[[note]]Who had bailed ''The Tonight Show'' after being disillusioned over not being named Carson's replacement despite being regular guest host by that point[[/note]] as host. Unfortunately, despite starting off modestly in the ratings, ratings took a catastrophic downfall, fueled in part many of the FOX Fox affiliates rejecting the show's content and refusing to carry it. In addition, behind-the-scenes drama between FOX Fox executives and Rivers led to the latter's termination. FOX scrambled to find a replacement for Rivers, hiring Buck Henry, Arsenio Hall and Ross Shafer as temporary fill-ins, but none of the hosts could improve the show's ratings, and FOX canceled the show before they could find a permanent host replacement. It's been said that the experience FOX had with ''The Late Show'' "cursed" them into trying to get successful late-night programs on the network, as their later attempts at establishing late-night talk shows (''The Chevy Chase Show'', ''Talkshow with Spike Feresten'', and ''The Wanda Sykes Show'') all failed to last at least more than three seasons[[note]]Only ''Talkshow'' managed to get that record; contractual friction between FOX and Feresten led to him getting replaced by Wanda Sykes after the third season[[/note]]. After ''The Wanda Sykes Show'' failed to make it past a season, FOX gave up entirely on late-night shows.



* ''Series/RedBandSociety'', despite having a devoted fanbase, got torpedoed thanks to executive confidence at FOX. After FOX picked up the project for a series, the pilot tested so well with test audiences that the network [[WhatAnIdiot pit it against a death row of sitcoms and dramas]] on the 9:00pm Wednesday night timeslot (as a replacement for the outgoing ''Series/TheXFactor''), such as ABC's ''Series/ModernFamily'' and ''Series/BlackIsh'', CBS's ''Series/CriminalMinds'', The CW's ''Series/{{The 100}}'' and NBC's ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''[[note]]It should also be noted that FOX preempted ''Red Band Society'' for two weeks in order to cover the 2014 MLB World Series, creating a massive waiting gap between the fifth and sixth episodes[[/note]]. With the under-performing ratings, FOX decided the series wasn't worth it, sending the last three episodes produced to die in the Saturday night graveyard slot weeks after announcing cancellation.

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* ''Series/RedBandSociety'', despite having a devoted fanbase, got torpedoed thanks to executive confidence at FOX. After FOX picked up the project for a series, the pilot tested so well with test audiences that the network [[WhatAnIdiot pit it against a death row of sitcoms and dramas]] on the 9:00pm Wednesday night timeslot (as a replacement for the outgoing ''Series/TheXFactor''), such as ABC's ''Series/ModernFamily'' and ''Series/BlackIsh'', CBS's ''Series/CriminalMinds'', The CW's ''Series/{{The 100}}'' and NBC's ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''[[note]]It should also be noted that FOX Fox preempted ''Red Band Society'' for two weeks in order to cover the 2014 MLB World Series, creating a massive waiting gap between the fifth and sixth episodes[[/note]]. With the under-performing ratings, FOX Fox decided the series wasn't worth it, sending the last three episodes produced to die in the Saturday night graveyard slot weeks after announcing cancellation.



** Another contribution to the ''Titus'' cancellation came when creator Creator/ChristopherTitus got called in to meet one of the head honchos at FOX. Turned out that the exec wanted to break up Erin and Titus as they had done with ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''. Titus naturally objected as the show was based on real life, and Erin and Titus had never broken up in real life. Seems Titus' objection was a little too rough for the execs, as the next week all the promos completely stopped and the show ended up canceled not long after that. Ironically, Titus did divorce Erin Carden in 2006 (according to the comedy special ''Love is Evol''), and was working on a sitcom that would have been adapted from his comedy specials, ''Love is Evol'', ''Neverlution'', and ''The Voice in My Head'', following his life after his divorce, his custody battle, and finding love with a new woman, but those plans have since been put on hold.

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** Another contribution to the ''Titus'' cancellation came when creator Creator/ChristopherTitus got called in to meet one of the head honchos at FOX.Fox. Turned out that the exec wanted to break up Erin and Titus as they had done with ''Series/DharmaAndGreg''. Titus naturally objected as the show was based on real life, and Erin and Titus had never broken up in real life. Seems Titus' objection was a little too rough for the execs, as the next week all the promos completely stopped and the show ended up canceled not long after that. Ironically, Titus did divorce Erin Carden in 2006 (according to the comedy special ''Love is Evol''), and was working on a sitcom that would have been adapted from his comedy specials, ''Love is Evol'', ''Neverlution'', and ''The Voice in My Head'', following his life after his divorce, his custody battle, and finding love with a new woman, but those plans have since been put on hold.
14th Jan '18 7:05:12 AM mimitchi33
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* ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'' and ''Series/ItsABigBigWorld'' both got dropped by most PBS affiliates a year after their debut. In the case of the latter, its' place in the Mrs. Laurie and Hooper block was usually pre-empted by affiliates for repeats of other shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales''. However, some affiliates did air it until 2010.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'' and ''Series/ItsABigBigWorld'' both got dropped by most PBS affiliates a year after their debut. In the case of the latter, its' place in the Mrs. Laurie and Hooper block was usually pre-empted by affiliates for repeats of other shows like ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales''. However, some affiliates did
* KUAT had a bad case of this. Several kids' shows took a few years to appear on their block. For example, ''Caillou'' didn't
air it on this affiliate until 2010.2003, while it took until late 2001 for them to get ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' and ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog''. They also dropped ''The Noddy Shop'' after a year without airing season 2.
5th Jan '18 12:51:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/LieToMe'' was continuously screwed by {{Creator/FOX}} despite a devoted fan following and critical acclaim (mainly for Creator/TimRoth's performance). The show was always near cancellation due to Fox not being happy with the ratings (despite the show winning its timeslot or finishing near the top most of the time) and a few seasons only got 13 episode orders that didn't premiere until Spring. The show was finally canceled in 2011 along with several other shows that had decent followings (such as ''HumanTarget'').

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* ''Series/LieToMe'' was continuously screwed by {{Creator/FOX}} despite a devoted fan following and critical acclaim (mainly for Creator/TimRoth's performance). The show was always near cancellation due to Fox not being happy with the ratings (despite the show winning its timeslot or finishing near the top most of the time) and a few seasons only got 13 episode orders that didn't premiere until Spring. The show was finally canceled in 2011 along with several other shows that had decent followings (such as ''HumanTarget'').''Series/HumanTarget'').
1st Jan '18 7:58:45 PM nombretomado
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* CBS notoriously did this to '''an entire genre''' of television programs. From 1970-72, in what would later be called "UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge", the network cancelled most of their sitcoms and dramas focusing on country life or country folks living in the city. ''Series/PetticoatJunction'', ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', ''Series/GreenAcres'', ''Series/MayberryRFD'', ''Series/{{Lassie}}'', and ''HeeHaw'' were among the shows that got their pink slips during this period, as well as ''The Ed Sullivan Show''; Pat Buttram (Mr. Haney on ''Green Acres'') famously said 1971 was "the year CBS killed everything with a tree in it". Networks began to move away from rural settings to more modern shows set in suburbia and aimed at a younger demographic, such as ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' over at ABC. In CBS' defense, their new shows such as ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/{{MASH}}'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', ''Series/{{Maude}}'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', ''Series/{{One Day at a Time|1975}}'', and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' were all successful, often wildly so, with critics and audiences.

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* CBS notoriously did this to '''an entire genre''' of television programs. From 1970-72, in what would later be called "UsefulNotes/TheRuralPurge", the network cancelled most of their sitcoms and dramas focusing on country life or country folks living in the city. ''Series/PetticoatJunction'', ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'', ''Series/GreenAcres'', ''Series/MayberryRFD'', ''Series/{{Lassie}}'', and ''HeeHaw'' ''Series/HeeHaw'' were among the shows that got their pink slips during this period, as well as ''The Ed Sullivan Show''; Pat Buttram (Mr. Haney on ''Green Acres'') famously said 1971 was "the year CBS killed everything with a tree in it". Networks began to move away from rural settings to more modern shows set in suburbia and aimed at a younger demographic, such as ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' over at ABC. In CBS' defense, their new shows such as ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'', ''Series/{{MASH}}'', ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'', ''Series/{{Maude}}'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', ''Series/{{One Day at a Time|1975}}'', and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' were all successful, often wildly so, with critics and audiences.
1st Jan '18 9:37:30 AM Mario1995
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* TheWB screwed ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' [[ExecutiveMeddling by trying to turn it into]] ''Series/{{Smallville}}''

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* TheWB The WB screwed ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' [[ExecutiveMeddling by trying to turn it into]] ''Series/{{Smallville}}''''Series/{{Smallville}}'' (which, coincidentally, was by the same producers).
31st Dec '17 8:57:35 AM nombretomado
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* Despite ''Series/{{Empire}}'' being a massive hit back in the United States, Rogers put the Canadian broadcasts of the show on Omni Television (a group of stations that airs ethnic programs and [[AdoredByTheNetwork many reruns]] of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''). Granted, had Empire aired on sister network [[Creator/{{Citytv}} City]] at the time, it would've forced off ''Series/ModernFamily'', one of their bigger shows. However, because Omni was more smaller than other broadcast networks, this would cause ''Empire'' to not really take off in Canada. Even when the show moved to City for the second season and aired an hour before {{Fox}}, most Canadians would take the American airing anyways since they almost always air previews for the next episode, unlike most Canadian broadcast networks. As a result, halfway through Season 2, City decided to pull the show, and stream the remaining episodes to Shomi (a subscription video-on-demand service jointly owned by Rogers and Shaw Communications).

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* Despite ''Series/{{Empire}}'' being a massive hit back in the United States, Rogers put the Canadian broadcasts of the show on Omni Television (a group of stations that airs ethnic programs and [[AdoredByTheNetwork many reruns]] of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen''). Granted, had Empire aired on sister network [[Creator/{{Citytv}} City]] at the time, it would've forced off ''Series/ModernFamily'', one of their bigger shows. However, because Omni was more smaller than other broadcast networks, this would cause ''Empire'' to not really take off in Canada. Even when the show moved to City for the second season and aired an hour before {{Fox}}, {{Creator/FOX}}, most Canadians would take the American airing anyways since they almost always air previews for the next episode, unlike most Canadian broadcast networks. As a result, halfway through Season 2, City decided to pull the show, and stream the remaining episodes to Shomi (a subscription video-on-demand service jointly owned by Rogers and Shaw Communications).
31st Dec '17 8:56:48 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' struggled in the ratings despite being a critics' favorite, a problem {{FOX}} compounded when they did little advertising and cut production orders on short notice. Luckily, it now has new episodes on Netflix, a fifth season coming in Spring 2016, and a possible film adaptation or sixth season in its future.

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* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' struggled in the ratings despite being a critics' favorite, a problem {{FOX}} {{Creator/FOX}} compounded when they did little advertising and cut production orders on short notice. Luckily, it now has new episodes on Netflix, a fifth season coming in Spring 2016, and a possible film adaptation or sixth season in its future.



* ''Series/{{Drive}}''[='s=] first three episodes were aired over two nights; the fourth aired a week later, and then it was canceled, giving all of four episodes and nine days. This after the initial 13-episode order was split in half, so even if it hadn't been canceled it would've run for a month followed by a three-month hiatus. This proves once again that TimMinear (who also produced both ''Wonderfalls'' and ''Firefly'') and {{FOX}} go together like peanut butter and nitroglycerin. Minear is reportedly now two shows into a six-show deal with FOX.

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* ''Series/{{Drive}}''[='s=] first three episodes were aired over two nights; the fourth aired a week later, and then it was canceled, giving all of four episodes and nine days. This after the initial 13-episode order was split in half, so even if it hadn't been canceled it would've run for a month followed by a three-month hiatus. This proves once again that TimMinear (who also produced both ''Wonderfalls'' and ''Firefly'') and {{FOX}} {{Creator/FOX}} go together like peanut butter and nitroglycerin. Minear is reportedly now two shows into a six-show deal with FOX.



* ''Series/LieToMe'' was continuously screwed by {{FOX}} despite a devoted fan following and critical acclaim (mainly for Creator/TimRoth's performance). The show was always near cancellation due to Fox not being happy with the ratings (despite the show winning its timeslot or finishing near the top most of the time) and a few seasons only got 13 episode orders that didn't premiere until Spring. The show was finally canceled in 2011 along with several other shows that had decent followings (such as ''HumanTarget'').

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* ''Series/LieToMe'' was continuously screwed by {{FOX}} {{Creator/FOX}} despite a devoted fan following and critical acclaim (mainly for Creator/TimRoth's performance). The show was always near cancellation due to Fox not being happy with the ratings (despite the show winning its timeslot or finishing near the top most of the time) and a few seasons only got 13 episode orders that didn't premiere until Spring. The show was finally canceled in 2011 along with several other shows that had decent followings (such as ''HumanTarget'').



* {{FOX}}'s ''Series/{{Titus}}'' was simply shot down, no questions asked, at mid-season because of the show's twisted humor (culminating in a two-part episode about Titus and his friends being accused of hijacking a plane and a MissingEpisode where wild teen Amy gets in trouble for beating up a boy who sexually harasses her, then accuses his father of molesting her when she was a child[[note]]which turns out to be true, after Dave finds a poem she wrote in her notebook about the man's rose tattoo on his penis[[/note]]). Its replacement? ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pitts The Pitts]]'', one of the biggest failures FOX has ever aired (at the time), running five episodes before the timeslot was canned and forgotten (save for a quick, cheap mention on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s first episode back from its 2002 cancellation).

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* {{FOX}}'s {{Creator/FOX}}'s ''Series/{{Titus}}'' was simply shot down, no questions asked, at mid-season because of the show's twisted humor (culminating in a two-part episode about Titus and his friends being accused of hijacking a plane and a MissingEpisode where wild teen Amy gets in trouble for beating up a boy who sexually harasses her, then accuses his father of molesting her when she was a child[[note]]which turns out to be true, after Dave finds a poem she wrote in her notebook about the man's rose tattoo on his penis[[/note]]). Its replacement? ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pitts The Pitts]]'', one of the biggest failures FOX has ever aired (at the time), running five episodes before the timeslot was canned and forgotten (save for a quick, cheap mention on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s first episode back from its 2002 cancellation).



* In an example of an ''entire network'' screwing itself, Creator/{{UPN}}, a broadcast channel created by Paramount Studios that was supposed to become the new {{FOX}} Network. Unfortunately, that never happened, and the only reason the network stayed alive at all for just a little over 10 years (even after airing shows that were either universally panned or just hardly watched at all) was simply ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Basically ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was (and for most critics of the channel still is) UPN's flagship series, and the strong Trek fanbase and viewership was truly the sole thing (outside of ''[=SmackDown=]'' - see the entry on Pro Wrestling for how Paramount screwed THAT over) keeping the small network's head above water (but just barely). After ''Voyager''[='s=] final season, many wondered if UPN would survive. Fortunately, a strong vocal campaign to create a new ''Trek'' series was heard and ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' was created. Unfortunately, many believe that even ''Enterprise'' was screwed over in its own way by the network leading it to become the third-shortest-running ''Trek'' series (next to the three-season ''Original Series'' itself and the two-season ''Animated Series''). Simply by sheer irony, by screwing over ''Star Trek'' they essentially screwed themselves into network cancellation, and finally merging with The WB.

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* In an example of an ''entire network'' screwing itself, Creator/{{UPN}}, a broadcast channel created by Paramount Studios that was supposed to become the new {{FOX}} {{Creator/FOX}} Network. Unfortunately, that never happened, and the only reason the network stayed alive at all for just a little over 10 years (even after airing shows that were either universally panned or just hardly watched at all) was simply ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Basically ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was (and for most critics of the channel still is) UPN's flagship series, and the strong Trek fanbase and viewership was truly the sole thing (outside of ''[=SmackDown=]'' - see the entry on Pro Wrestling for how Paramount screwed THAT over) keeping the small network's head above water (but just barely). After ''Voyager''[='s=] final season, many wondered if UPN would survive. Fortunately, a strong vocal campaign to create a new ''Trek'' series was heard and ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' was created. Unfortunately, many believe that even ''Enterprise'' was screwed over in its own way by the network leading it to become the third-shortest-running ''Trek'' series (next to the three-season ''Original Series'' itself and the two-season ''Animated Series''). Simply by sheer irony, by screwing over ''Star Trek'' they essentially screwed themselves into network cancellation, and finally merging with The WB.
28th Dec '17 2:59:22 PM nombretomado
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* Comcast became involved in a slight controversy in which they were accused of screwing over a channel. In 2008, at the height of the presidential race, Comcast decided to move MSNBC (which had just begun seeing ratings successes by airing progressive-leaning primetime hosts as opposed to FoxNews' right-leaning ones, thereby tapping into a yet untapped demographic) to a digital tier that had a higher asking price in many markets. Some thought the move was to push the right wing agenda more (as Fox News was never moved from its expanded basic lineup), and the move came at an odd time: when then-candidate Barack Obama was gaining popularity. However, this was quelled immediately due to Comcast also moving G4 (a channel it owns) to the same tier.

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* Comcast became involved in a slight controversy in which they were accused of screwing over a channel. In 2008, at the height of the presidential race, Comcast decided to move MSNBC (which had just begun seeing ratings successes by airing progressive-leaning primetime hosts as opposed to FoxNews' Creator/FoxNewsChannel's right-leaning ones, thereby tapping into a yet untapped demographic) to a digital tier that had a higher asking price in many markets. Some thought the move was to push the right wing agenda more (as Fox News was never moved from its expanded basic lineup), and the move came at an odd time: when then-candidate Barack Obama was gaining popularity. However, this was quelled immediately due to Comcast also moving G4 (a channel it owns) to the same tier.
23rd Dec '17 3:58:21 PM nombretomado
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** Both of them were victims of TheCW deciding to throw out The WB's plan to expand their horizons and go into more expensive programming (UPN was infamous for spending as little on their shows as possible). As ''Life is Wild'' was shot on location in South Africa, it was screwed from the moment UPN and WB executives walked out together on January 24, 2006.

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** Both of them were victims of TheCW Creator/TheCW deciding to throw out The WB's plan to expand their horizons and go into more expensive programming (UPN was infamous for spending as little on their shows as possible). As ''Life is Wild'' was shot on location in South Africa, it was screwed from the moment UPN and WB executives walked out together on January 24, 2006.
14th Dec '17 9:01:42 PM 4444jdm
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* ''Series/UltramanNexus'' fell victim to this. The series is definitely one of the DarkerAndEdgier installments of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' franchise and with its dark themes, including, but not limited to people being eaten alive by monsters, government conspiracies trying to hide said monsters and MindRape, is actually aimed at teens or young adults like its preceding ''Series/UltraQDarkFantasy''. The network, however, thinking that Ultraman is exclusively aimed at children, placed ''Nexus'' at a time slot meant for children. This resulted in the show gaining very low ratings, as the intended demographic missed the show due to its time slot and children did not watch the show due to how dark it was. Ultimately, the show was cancelled but was still fortunate to receive a finale, albeit a rushed one.

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* ''Series/UltramanNexus'' fell victim to this. The series is definitely one of the DarkerAndEdgier installments of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' franchise and with its dark themes, including, but not limited to people being eaten alive by monsters, government conspiracies trying to hide said monsters and MindRape, is actually aimed at teens or young adults like its preceding ''Series/UltraQDarkFantasy''. The network, however, thinking that Ultraman is exclusively aimed at children, placed ''Nexus'' at a time slot meant for children. This resulted in the show gaining very low ratings, as the intended demographic missed the show due to its time slot and children did not watch the show due to how dark it was. Ultimately, the show was cancelled abruptly ended, leading to the cancellation of ''Ultra N Project'' where it was supposed to be part of, but was still fortunate to receive a finale, albeit a rushed one.
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