History ScrewedByTheNetwork / LiveActionTV

12th Mar '17 1:41:38 PM Briguy52748
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* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Averted, but barely. By the late 1970s, NBC was desperate for a unique, original, innovative hit that network executives were hoping the public would be clamoring for ... something different. ''Little House'' was one of the network's few hits, if not ratings winners. So why mess with a good thing? After the end of the fourth season (1977-1978), someone apparently decided that a logical ending to the series was at hand: the timeline was at a point where the real-life Mary Ingalls lost her eyesight (due to a number of illnesses), so a script was commissioned where Melissa Sue Anderson's character would lose her eyesight and move to a school in Burr Oak, Iowa. As a secondary storyline, an economic depression hits southern Minnesota, and Walnut Grove (where the series was set) takes a seemingly fatal blow. In the end, the families of Walnut Grove, including the centerpiece families of the Ingalls, Olesons and Garveys, decide to move elsewhere. This was at one point, at least according to some sources, intended as the series ''finale'' ... and its replacements were intended to be such "innovative" series as ''Supertrain'' (''Series/TheLoveBoat'', set aboard a passenger train), and ''Cliffhangers'' (an attempt to revitalize interest in the old serial dramas of the 1930s and 1940s). But whatever the reason, good sense prevailed and a fifth season was ordered ... thereby averting the trope.
11th Mar '17 6:53:53 PM jormis29
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* Creator/GerryAnderson was bitten twice by the finicky syndication market. ''Series/{{UFO}}'' and ''SpacePrecinct'' were two (somewhat) adult-oriented series that programmers couldn't figure out what to do with as they usually associated Anderson with marionette shows for kids. As a result, neither series was able to survive beyond one season due to the US syndication markets not handling them properly.

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* Creator/GerryAnderson was bitten twice by the finicky syndication market. ''Series/{{UFO}}'' and ''SpacePrecinct'' ''Series/SpacePrecinct'' were two (somewhat) adult-oriented series that programmers couldn't figure out what to do with as they usually associated Anderson with marionette shows for kids. As a result, neither series was able to survive beyond one season due to the US syndication markets not handling them properly.



* In an example of an ''entire network'' screwing itself, {{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, {{UPN}}, 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.
6th Mar '17 9:47:47 AM AquaMusic
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* ''Series/{{ZOOM}}'' is a weird example. The show continued airing until early 2007, but older seasons had been progressively removed from the network for several years. Season 1 hadn't aired since early ''2003'', and even then it was only to air 12 of the season's original 41 episodes (the remaining 29 were last seen during the first half of 2002).
4th Mar '17 2:18:42 PM ooh
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* After ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' posted a strong seventh season, ABC gave it two more seasons, but then had second thoughts after season 8 experienced a drop in ratings. Contractually obligated to produce the ninth season, they screwed around with its timeslot to insure that it had low ratings so that they could cancel it. ABC also forbade Christa Miller, who by that point had moved on to ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', from returing for the series finale, as the executives felt that doing so would just provide free advertising for rival NBC.

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* After ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' posted a strong seventh sixth season, ABC gave it two three more seasons, but then had second thoughts after season 8 experienced a drop in ratings. Contractually obligated to produce The network ultimately burned off the contractually-obligated ninth season, they screwed around with its timeslot to insure that it had low ratings so that they could cancel it. season in the summer of 2004. ABC also forbade Christa Miller, who by that point had moved on to ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', from returing returning for the series finale, as the executives felt that doing so would just provide free advertising for rival NBC.
19th Feb '17 1:42:00 PM Dark_Lord_
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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has had a rather incomplete broadcast in the Netherlands as ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers]]'', ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'' and ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'' were never aired, while ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' aired '''after''' ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' and was advertised as a summer vacation special. In this case, it is impossible to blame just one network, as the Netherlands did not have any channels specifically dedicated to children's programming, only programming blocks, so the show experienced transfers to multiple different networks, with some of these networks undergoing massive retools, in which Power Rangers had no real place. A good example is how the Superhero oriented Dutch Fox Kids retooled itself into the more LighterAndSofter Jetix, which focused more on comedic cartoons, where Power Rangers did not really fit into. Unfortunately, there wasn't another channel willing to broadcast Power Rangers, meaning the show wouldn't be aired in the Netherlands. The only way Dutch fans of the show could watch these aforementioned seasons, was either by tuning in on German networks, so they could watch a German dubbed version of the show or, after the rise of DSL connections, by watching them on the [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes Internet through less legal means]]. Fortunately, with the rise of Netflix, Dutch fans can now legally stream the show.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has had a rather incomplete broadcast in the Netherlands as ''[[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers]]'', ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Mystic Force]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jungle Fury]]'' and ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]'' were never aired, while ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' aired '''after''' ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' and was advertised as a summer vacation special. In this case, it is impossible to blame just one network, as the Netherlands did not have any channels specifically dedicated to children's programming, only programming blocks, so the show experienced transfers to multiple different networks, with some of these networks undergoing massive retools, in which Power Rangers had no real place. A good example is how the Superhero oriented Dutch Fox Kids retooled itself into the more LighterAndSofter Jetix, which focused more on comedic cartoons, where Power Rangers did not really fit into. Unfortunately, there wasn't another channel willing to broadcast Power Rangers, meaning the show wouldn't be aired in the Netherlands. The only way Dutch fans of the show could watch these aforementioned seasons, was either by tuning in on German networks, so they could watch a German dubbed version of the show show, which many Dutch children can't understand, or, after the rise of DSL connections, by watching them on the [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes Internet through less legal means]]. Fortunately, with the rise of Netflix, Dutch fans can now legally stream the show.
14th Feb '17 9:28:08 PM StrixObscuro
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* ''ThePartridgeFamily'' was a modest ratings success its first three years, debuting at #26 and breaking the Top 20 in Seasons 2-3. Then ABC moved it to Saturday nights opposite ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', which was in the middle of five consecutive seasons at #1. Ratings tanked, and the show was canned.

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* ''ThePartridgeFamily'' ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily'' was a modest ratings success its first three years, debuting at #26 and breaking the Top 20 in Seasons 2-3. Then ABC moved it to Saturday nights opposite ''Series/AllInTheFamily'', which was in the middle of five consecutive seasons at #1. Ratings tanked, and the show was canned.



* After ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' posted a strong seventh season, ABC gave it two more seasons, but then had second thoughts after season 8 experienced a drop in ratings. Contractually obligated to produce the ninth season, they screwed around with its timeslot to insure that it had low ratings so that they could cancel it. ABC also forbade Christa Miller, who by that point had moved on to ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', from returing for the series finale, as the executives felt that doing so would just provide free advertising for rival NBC.



* Shall no one mourn the loss of ''Series/KyleXY''? After 3 successful seasons (which most people agreed that it really didn't degrade in quality at any point) it appeared that mainly after the slow decline of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' and ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' viewers ABC Family decided that [[MagicRealism Superhuman Realism]] based shows weren't really their bag anymore. So ''Kyle'' was suddenly canceled and "several" new dramatic based shows mainly ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' along with several press statements that ABC Family would be focusing on more realistic shows in the future.

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* Shall no one mourn the loss of ''Series/KyleXY''? After 3 successful seasons (which most people agreed that it really didn't degrade in quality at any point) it appeared that mainly after the slow decline of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' and ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' viewers ABC Family decided that [[MagicRealism Superhuman Realism]] based shows weren't really their bag anymore. So ''Kyle'' was suddenly canceled and "several" new dramatic based shows mainly ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' along with several press statements that ABC Family would be focusing on more realistic shows in the future.
11th Feb '17 10:53:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', the sequel to ''Series/BabylonFive'', suffered all of these from the ground up, complete with ExecutiveMeddling writ large. [[Creator/JMichaelStraczynski JMS]] later learned that {{TNT}} (which had also aired the PostScriptSeason of ''B5'') had done research and learned that the ''B5'' and ''Crusade'' audience was completely failing to make the jump to the rest of the network's programming, and vice versa. It decided to scrap the sequel, even as it was in production...except that they couldn't do it without breaching their contract with Warner Brothers. So they decided to make it impossible, giving unbelievably-bad notes (including demanding a fistfight in the first episode). The production team did its best, but the show was quite literally doomed from day one. TNT's plan was to ensure that the show couldn't move to another channel (namely Sci-Fi, who ''wanted'' it) and become a success by insisting that they would only allow that to happen if the other channel also took on the ''B5'' reruns, and then slapped a massive pricetag on them that no channel could possibly afford to pay. Sci-Fi, not surprisingly, passed and the show was lost forever.

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* ''Series/{{Crusade}}'', the sequel to ''Series/BabylonFive'', suffered all of these from the ground up, complete with ExecutiveMeddling writ large. [[Creator/JMichaelStraczynski JMS]] later learned that {{TNT}} Creator/{{TNT}} (which had also aired the PostScriptSeason of ''B5'') had done research and learned that the ''B5'' and ''Crusade'' audience was completely failing to make the jump to the rest of the network's programming, and vice versa. It decided to scrap the sequel, even as it was in production...except that they couldn't do it without breaching their contract with Warner Brothers. So they decided to make it impossible, giving unbelievably-bad notes (including demanding a fistfight in the first episode). The production team did its best, but the show was quite literally doomed from day one. TNT's plan was to ensure that the show couldn't move to another channel (namely Sci-Fi, who ''wanted'' it) and become a success by insisting that they would only allow that to happen if the other channel also took on the ''B5'' reruns, and then slapped a massive pricetag on them that no channel could possibly afford to pay. Sci-Fi, not surprisingly, passed and the show was lost forever.
11th Feb '17 10:51:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}'' had Top 20 ratings and was first in its timeslot, but got almost no buzz at all and didn't do better than what ''Series/TheGoodWife'' did the previous season, so it was canceled at the end of the season...only to be UnCanceled for a Summer run in 2013 upon CBS realizing Creator/{{Lifetime}} and {{TNT}} were kicking the tires of the show to bring it (and CBS "It Girl" Poppy Montgomery) to their network. The replacement show, the PeriodPiece ''Series/{{Vegas|2012}}'', did no better and also ended up canceled for being popular, but not among anyone under 50.

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* ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}'' had Top 20 ratings and was first in its timeslot, but got almost no buzz at all and didn't do better than what ''Series/TheGoodWife'' did the previous season, so it was canceled at the end of the season...only to be UnCanceled for a Summer run in 2013 upon CBS realizing Creator/{{Lifetime}} and {{TNT}} Creator/{{TNT}} were kicking the tires of the show to bring it (and CBS "It Girl" Poppy Montgomery) to their network. The replacement show, the PeriodPiece ''Series/{{Vegas|2012}}'', did no better and also ended up canceled for being popular, but not among anyone under 50.
10th Feb '17 12:35:06 PM Mario1995
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* The original ''[[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Battlestar Galactica]]''. In its original Sunday night broadcast run, the series got very positive reviews and grew a fan following comparable to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', leading some to pin it as the next big science fiction universe in a field that was already crowded with the likes of ''Star Trek'' and the newly-released ''Film/StarWars''...and yet ABC chose to cancel the series after its one and only season. Not only did the series get hammered by ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' on rival Creator/{{CBS}}, who moved that series on ''Galactica'''s slot with the intention to turn up the heat on ABC, but the network was beginning to lose money because of the show's high budget. However, creator-producer Glen A. Larson claimed ABC deliberately screwed over the series in an attempt to give their then-number-one program ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' a more favorable time-slot. Regardless, fans were not too pleased with ABC's behavior, and a year later the network tried to redeem itself by green lighting ''Series/Galactica1980'', but that series ended up being poorly received and canned after just ten episodes, putting the kibosh on the original franchise.

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* The original ''[[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Battlestar Galactica]]''. In its original Sunday night broadcast run, the series got very positive reviews and grew a fan following comparable to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', leading some to pin it as the next big science fiction universe in a field that was already crowded with the likes of ''Star Trek'' and the newly-released ''Film/StarWars''...and yet ABC chose to cancel the series after its one and only season. Not only did the series get hammered by ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' on rival Creator/{{CBS}}, who moved that series on ''Galactica'''s slot with the intention to turn up the heat on ABC, but the network was beginning to lose money because of the show's high budget. However, creator-producer Glen A. Larson claimed ABC deliberately screwed over the series in an attempt to give their then-number-one program ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' program, ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', a more favorable time-slot. Regardless, fans were not too pleased with ABC's behavior, and a year later the network tried to redeem itself by green lighting ''Series/Galactica1980'', but that series ended up being poorly received and canned after just ten episodes, putting the [[FranchiseKiller kibosh on the original franchise.franchise]].
10th Feb '17 12:25:33 PM Mario1995
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* The original ''[[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 Battlestar Galactica]]''. In its original Sunday night broadcast run, the series got very positive reviews and grew a fan following comparable to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', leading some to pin it as the next big science fiction universe in a field that was already crowded with the likes of ''Star Trek'' and the newly-released ''Film/StarWars''...and yet ABC chose to cancel the series after its one and only season. Not only did the series get hammered by ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' on rival Creator/{{CBS}}, who moved that series on ''Galactica'''s slot with the intention to turn up the heat on ABC, but the network was beginning to lose money because of the show's high budget. However, creator-producer Glen A. Larson claimed ABC deliberately screwed over the series in an attempt to give their then-number-one program ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' a more favorable time-slot. Regardless, fans were not too pleased with ABC's behavior, and a year later the network tried to redeem itself by green lighting ''Series/Galactica1980'', but that series ended up being poorly received and canned after just ten episodes, putting the kibosh on the original franchise.
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