History ScrewedByTheNetwork / LiveActionTV

9th Dec '16 12:15:25 PM MarcoPolo250
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** The new series wasn't immune to this, either. The series debuted on the US [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] in 2006 (a year after the UK, and after Sci-Fi initially rejected the series for being "too British") and was screwed from the start. Varying minutes of material were cut from episodes for time ("Journey's End", originally 65 minutes, was cut down to 45), the trailers for the show the channel ran often revealed hefty spoilers, and finally they got rid of the show completely in 2009. BBC America picked it up and have been treating it much, ''much'' better than Sci Fi Channel did. The Canadian network CBC also mishandled the series after a promising first season in which they even had the stars record unique intros to each episode, but eventually the CBC lost interest in ''Doctor Who'', which was later picked up by the cable network Space and handled much better.

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** The new series wasn't immune to this, either. The series debuted on the US [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] in 2006 (a year after the UK, and after Sci-Fi initially rejected the series for being "too British") and was screwed from the start. Varying minutes of material were cut from episodes for time ("Journey's End", originally 65 minutes, was cut down to 45), the trailers for the show the channel ran often revealed hefty spoilers, and finally they got rid of the show completely in 2009. BBC America picked it up and have been treating it much, ''much'' better than Sci Fi Channel did. The Canadian network CBC also mishandled the series after a promising first season in which they even had the stars record unique intros to each episode, but eventually the CBC lost interest in ''Doctor Who'', which was later picked up by the cable network Space [[Creator/SpaceChannel Space]] and handled much better.



** The CBC in Canada also mistreated the new series of ''Doctor Who''. After heavily promoting it the first season, airing the episodes only a few weeks after UK broadcast and even getting the star to record intros for each episode, it appeared as if the CBC forgot it had a hit show on its hands (this isn't hearsay; an article in the Doctor Who Information Network's ''Enlightenment'' magazine states this as well). With Series 2, the gap between UK and Canadian airing got even wider, edits (which were necessary due to the realities of airing on commercial TV) became more noticeable, and one episode (the 2007 Christmas special, ''Voyage of the Damned'') never aired at all despite its resolving the cliffhanger at the end of Season 3. By the time the CBC aired "Journey's End" which was mercilessly edited down, eliminating most of the plot in the process and skipped the 2008 Christmas special altogether, fan outcry for another broadcaster became deafening. Eventually, the Space network picked it up a few months into 2009 and has so far aired the episodes unedited and, beginning in 2011, usually on the same day as the UK broadcasts.

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** The CBC in Canada also mistreated the new series of ''Doctor Who''. After heavily promoting it the first season, airing the episodes only a few weeks after UK broadcast and even getting the star to record intros for each episode, it appeared as if the CBC forgot it had a hit show on its hands (this isn't hearsay; an article in the Doctor Who Information Network's ''Enlightenment'' magazine states this as well). With Series 2, the gap between UK and Canadian airing got even wider, edits (which were necessary due to the realities of airing on commercial TV) became more noticeable, and one episode (the 2007 Christmas special, ''Voyage of the Damned'') never aired at all despite its resolving the cliffhanger at the end of Season 3. By the time the CBC aired "Journey's End" which was mercilessly edited down, eliminating most of the plot in the process and skipped the 2008 Christmas special altogether, fan outcry for another broadcaster became deafening. Eventually, the Space network Creator/SpaceChannel picked it up a few months into 2009 and has so far aired the episodes unedited and, beginning in 2011, usually on the same day as the UK broadcasts.
27th Nov '16 7:21:26 PM motherfickle
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** ''Series/{{Galavant}}'' had been the victim of Network Screwing long before the spree happened, unfortunately. The network shoved it into the month-long window that their other show ''Series/{{Once Upon A Time}}'' was on it's Winter hiatus, with very little advertising beyond the series premiere, in a timeslot that competed with award shows like the Oscars. Then, the network refused to release any kind of boxset for the show, and streamed it exclusively on Hulu until months after it was cancelled. Even then, it was only placed on Netflix because fans demanded it. You couldn't even buy digital copies of episodes or the soundtrack outside of the US. The network claimed it wasn't making them money, but the reality is that it was nearly impossible for fans to support it.
11th Nov '16 7:38:03 AM MarcoPolo250
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* ''KamenRiderDragonKnight'' was mostly un-screwed by 4Kids and the network (lame marketing and [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailers always spoiling]] aside)... until its two-part series finale never aired. It was put on 4Kids' website to watch; it was never broadcast on television. This decision was made ahead of time too; the announcement that the finale would be online was made ''immediately after the last episode before the finale aired.''

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* ''KamenRiderDragonKnight'' was mostly ''mostly'' un-screwed by 4Kids and the network (lame marketing and [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailers always spoiling]] aside)... until [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment The CW4Kids]], but its two-part series finale was never aired. It aired; it was put on 4Kids' website to watch; it was never broadcast on television. This decision was made ahead of time too; the watch. The announcement that the finale last two episodes would be online was actually made ''immediately ''immediately'' after the last episode before the finale aired.''broadcast.
11th Nov '16 6:49:44 AM MarcoPolo250
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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, 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, which 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 moved the rights 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 Canada. Even when the show moved to City for the second season and aired an hour before Fox. (Most {{Fox}}, most Canadians would take the American airing anyways, which anyways since they almost always air previews for the next episode, unlike most Canadian broadcast networks.) networks. As a result, halfway through Season 2, City decided to pull the show, and moved stream the rights remaining episodes to Shomi (a subscription video-on-demand service jointly owned by Rogers and Shaw Communications). Communications).
** Shomi would also end up screwing ''Empire'' ([[Series/JaneTheVirgin among other]] [[Series/{{Transparent}} "exclusive" shows]]) when the service decided to close in November 2016. Since neither City nor Omni picked up the third season, and FOX's streaming apps & {{Hulu}} [[NoExportForYou are exclusive to the United States]], Canadian viewers looking to (legally) stream the latest episodes or past seasons are out of luck unless another broadcaster or streaming site steps in.
11th Nov '16 2:49:57 AM 59Efra
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* The series ''Víctor Ros'', based in Jerónimo Tristante's books, was notably succesful in ratings and very well received by the critics, much more than the TVE average production. However, the executives decided for some reason it was not succesful enough and cancelled its second season (it has to be noted that it was UnCanceled later on and its second season is currently airing as of November 2016). Pundits predicted that the same would happen to ''ElMinisterioDelTiempo'' - thankfully, they were wrong. For now.

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* The series ''Víctor Ros'', based in Jerónimo Tristante's books, was notably succesful in ratings and very well received by the critics, much more than the TVE average production. However, the executives decided for some reason it was not succesful enough and cancelled its second season (it has to be noted that (however, it was UnCanceled later on and its second season is currently airing as of November 2016). Pundits predicted that the same would happen to ''ElMinisterioDelTiempo'' - thankfully, they were wrong. For now.now.
* ''Series/ElCaso''. Adored by the critics, TVE released its premiere on a Tuesday night against a UEFA Champions League match that went to overtime and very shortly before Easter holidays, a sure-fire way to lose viewers on its second episode, and then stubbornly kept it on its slot despite low ratings and strong competition from Antena 3's ''Series/AlliAbajo'' and Telecinco's ''Series/LaQueSeAvecina''. It was unsurprisingly axed after the end of the first season, and some reports claim right-wing TVE execs [[ExecutiveMeddling didn't want the show to go on]] since they felt uncomfortable with the Francoist Spain setting of the series.
11th Nov '16 2:44:28 AM 59Efra
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* The series ''Víctor Ros'', based in Jerónimo Tristante's books, was notably succesful in ratings and very well received by the critics, much more than the TVE average production. However, the executives decided for some reason it was not succesful enough and cancelled its second season. Pundits predicted that the same would happen to ''ElMinisterioDelTiempo'' - thankfully, they were wrong. For now.

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* The series ''Víctor Ros'', based in Jerónimo Tristante's books, was notably succesful in ratings and very well received by the critics, much more than the TVE average production. However, the executives decided for some reason it was not succesful enough and cancelled its second season.season (it has to be noted that it was UnCanceled later on and its second season is currently airing as of November 2016). Pundits predicted that the same would happen to ''ElMinisterioDelTiempo'' - thankfully, they were wrong. For now.
5th Nov '16 12:58:35 PM Mario1995
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* Reportedly, this is happening to ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''. The rumor going around is that the fans of Terry Goodkind's book series are so furious at the way the books have been adapted for TV, Disney-ABC is afraid to advertise it. However, the ironic twist is that the show has possibly taken the advertising budget, poured it into show quality, done some interesting stunt casting (Charisma Carpenter and Jolene Blalock, for starters), and have caused the ratings to slowly climb in its second season. Of course, the show's trapped in a syndication nightmare, so Season 3 is still in limbo.
** The Tribune Company, which originally produced it, has gone bankrupt so I think it's safe to say it's never coming back.

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* Reportedly, this is happening happened to ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''. The rumor going around is that the fans of Terry Goodkind's book series are so were furious at the way the books have had been adapted for TV, and that Disney-ABC is was afraid to advertise promote it. However, the ironic twist is was that the show has possibly had taken the advertising budget, poured it into show quality, done some interesting stunt casting (Charisma Carpenter and Jolene Blalock, for starters), and have had caused the ratings to slowly climb in its second season. Of course, the show's trapped in a syndication nightmare, so Season 3 is still in limbo.
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Unfortunately, The Tribune Company, which originally produced it, has gone bankrupt so I think it's safe the show's main syndicator, got into financial trouble and decided not to say it's never coming back. renew the series for a third season, and after a failed deal with Creator/{{Syfy}} Disney just let the axe fall down.


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* ''Any'' program that airs on local stations during the college basketball season will get screwed over, as the stations that carry said games know they will get higher ratings and ad-money than said programs usually do. Most syndicators are fully aware of this, and generally refrain from airing any new episodes of the shows until the season is over. This means that unless your station that carries the games is part of a duopoly, don't expect to catch an rerun of ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' or ''Series/{{Maury}}'' during February and March. This could change when the Atlantic Coast Conference ends its contract with Raycom Sports in 2019 and launches the ACC Network with Creator/{{ESPN}}, though.
** If you're a syndicated program airing on a CBS station during the March Madness tournament, then unless you are lucky that said station is part of a duopoly with another station with little to show during the tournament, you ''will'' get preempted. At best, you're sent to a graveyard slot. At worst, you're skipped over entirely.
25th Oct '16 8:27:35 PM nombretomado
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* 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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* GerryAnderson 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.
18th Oct '16 3:53:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''FreaksAndGeeks'': Not only was this show given an inconvenient Saturday-evening timeslot, but several episodes were left unaired (until Fox Family picked up the series) simply because the NBC executives didn't like them. For example, the episode "Kim Kelly Is My Friend" was left unaired because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids NBC felt it was too violent/scary for what they (wrongly) perceived as a children's show]].

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* ''FreaksAndGeeks'': ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'': Not only was this show given an inconvenient Saturday-evening timeslot, but several episodes were left unaired (until Fox Family picked up the series) simply because the NBC executives didn't like them. For example, the episode "Kim Kelly Is My Friend" was left unaired because [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids NBC felt it was too violent/scary for what they (wrongly) perceived as a children's show]].
15th Oct '16 6:41:45 AM KoopaKid17
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* While the screwing may not have been deliberate, ''Series/TheMole'' fell victim in Season 5 when ABC's marketing department did so little to promote the show that even many die-hard fans were completely unaware that the show had returned for the first third of the season.



* ''Forever Eden'', a rare example of a RealityShow getting screwed, FOX changed its timeslot repeatedly with little advance warning and cancelled the show mid-season before a winner was even announced.
* In a very rare case of Screwed By The Affiliate, a FOX affiliate in North Carolina, WRAZ-TV, has a reputation for being run by MoralGuardians who refuse to air FOX programming that it judges to be "anti-family" and is particularly hostile to the raunchy reality shows, preempting or canceling airings of ''Film/TemptationIsland'', ''Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire?'', ''Married By America'', ''Osbournes Reloaded'', and ''Who's Your Daddy?'', a definite case of over-nannying or guardian of sanity by that station, depending on your view (not airing ''Married by America'' helped them avoid a fine FOX got from airing a particularly sleazy scene, for instance). In their place, the station usually airs reruns of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', a show which retains legendary popularity in North Carolina.






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!!ABC:
* ''Series/BreakTheBank1976'' was a prime daytime example: it was #3 in all of daytime, but ABC canned it after just 15 weeks to expand two soap operas by 15 minutes. Tsk, tsk, tsk...
* ''Series/{{Duel}}'' was bumped to the FridayNightDeathSlot by ABC for Season 2, against ''ThePriceIsRight $1,000,000 Spectacular'' (itself a death sentence for any game show).
* ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' was screwed by the network's attempts to boost ratings by having the show offer huge prizes and go to an hour-long format. This failed, so on December 29, 1975 the show was moved from 1:00 PM to Noon against ''Series/HighRollers'' on NBC and local programming on CBS. Despite initial success against ''Rollers'' and the return of ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine'', the show eventually fell on July 9, 1976 against ''The Fun Factory''.
* ''Series/MillionDollarMindGame'', a well-liked high-quality quiz imported from Russia and intended for primetime, was sat on by ABC for over a year before being slapped on Sunday afternoons against NFL games (a timeslot usually used for awful time-buy motocross events and '''{{infomercial}}s!''') with [[InvisibleAdvertising minimal promotion]], and instead chose to focus on promoting and giving ''Series/YouDeserveIt'' primetime space. The result? The burn-off got ''better'' ratings...and yet it was still canned after one season, which makes you wonder why ''Million-Dollar Mind Game'' was slotted on Sunday afternoons in the first place if neither show was going to last.
* While the screwing may not have been deliberate, ''Series/TheMole'' fell victim in Season 5 when ABC's marketing department did so little to promote the show that even many die-hard fans were completely unaware that the show had returned for the first third of the season.
* The original version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', which jumped networks from NBC in September 1963:
** The daytime show was retained at 11AM, where it'd flourished for nearly all of its run on NBC, facing ''Pete and Gladys'' on CBS and ''Series/{{Concentration}}'' from the Peacock. On March 31, 1964, the show was moved to 10:30, going up against ''I Love Lucy'' repeats and ''Word for Word''. On December 28, 1964, ABC moved ''Price'' to 11:30, facing ''The Jack Benny Daytime Show'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' for its last eight months.
** The nighttime show was first put in on Wednesdays at 8:30 PM, where it had done well on NBC before the latter had shuffled it around three times in two seasons (see below), but on December 6, 1963 was moved to Fridays at 9:30 (the last slot NBC had put it in). The show ended in September 1964, with that night's winner coming back on the following Monday's daytime episode.

!!BBC:
* Of the five series of the BBC's ''Series/WouldILieToYou'', it has never once held the same timeslot twice; it has bounced from Saturday at 10PM, Friday at 9PM, Monday at 10:30PM, Friday at 10:35PM, Friday at 9:30PM. And it's been announced that Series 6 will be airing before the watershed, at 8:30PM.

!!CBS:
* ''Series/MatchGame'' flourished at 3:30 PM Eastern, but the network inexplicably moved it to 11:00 AM, following ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Ratings tumbled as several major markets blacked out ''Match'' in favor of syndicated fare. Six weeks later, ''Match'' was moved to the low-clearance 4:00 PM Eastern spot (previous occupant ''{{Tattletales}}'' was moved to 10:00 AM and ''Price'' to 10:30) where it lived out its tenure to April 1979.
* The original CBS run of ''Series/{{Password}}'' became the first hit after the quiz show scandals nearly killed off the game show genre. Then on July 11, 1966, CBS pre-empted the series to cover a press conference by Secretary of Defense Robert [=McNamara=] regarding the progress of the Vietnam War; as Creator/{{NBC}} and Creator/{{ABC}} didn't give their news divisions the same leeway that CBS gave ''its'' news division, viewers began defecting to both NBC's recently-debuted ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' and the debut of ''Series/TheNewlywedGame'' on ABC, giving the latter a larger sampling than it likely would've had otherwise.
** Further problems arose a year later when CBS' then-vice president for daytime programming, Fred Silverman (more on him below), wanted the show permanently moved to Television City. When Creator/MarkGoodson refused, the show was terminated.
** Much later, CBS screwed ''Million-Dollar Password'' by canning it simply because it didn't hit their target demographic, despite the fact that it frequently pulled the highest ratings in its timeslot.
* CBS also screwed over the American ''Series/WinningLines'' by only airing it Saturday nights with seemingly no consistent timeslot, causing the ratings to plummet.

!!Channel Four:
* This is thought to be the cause of Carol Vorderman's 2008 departure from British game ''Series/{{Countdown}}'': when the show's budget was going to be cut by 33%, Vorderman was willing to take a 33% salary cut as well...except Channel Four allegedly went up to her and said what boiled down to "We're going to take off a trailing zero from your salary next year. Take it or leave it, you have two days to respond." Note that Vorderman's about as famous in Britain as [[Series/WheelOfFortune Vanna White]] is in America, as she was on ''Countdown'' from its 1982 debut.

!!FOX:
* ''Series/TheChamber'' got screwed by FOX as it was rushed to air ahead of time to compete with ABC's ''Series/TheChair'' and ended up getting labeled a rip-off as a result (it's unknown which show began production first)... and then FOX canned it after only airing half of the six shows taped.
* ''Forever Eden'', a rare example of a RealityShow getting screwed, FOX changed its timeslot repeatedly with little advance warning and cancelled the show mid-season before a winner was even announced.
* FOX screwed over both ''Series/{{Greed}}'' and ''It's Your Chance of a Lifetime'' because the then-current network president hated game shows. ''Chance'' got it the worst because it was barely advertised, and what little advertisement there was only appeared mere days before the show was due to air. ''Chance'' was supposed to become a regular weekly series, contestants were being interviewed and everything, and FOX just pulled the plug for no reason whatsoever. [[http://www.fortunecity.com/business/shares/1385/id2.htm Full details here.]]
* In a very rare case of Screwed By The Affiliate, a FOX affiliate in North Carolina, WRAZ-TV, has a reputation for being run by MoralGuardians who refuse to air FOX programming that it judges to be "anti-family" and is particularly hostile to the raunchy reality shows, preempting or canceling airings of ''Film/TemptationIsland'', ''Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire?'', ''Married By America'', ''Osbournes Reloaded'', and ''Who's Your Daddy?'', a definite case of over-nannying or guardian of sanity by that station, depending on your view (not airing ''Married by America'' helped them avoid a fine FOX got from airing a particularly sleazy scene, for instance). In their place, the station usually airs reruns of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', a show which retains legendary popularity in North Carolina.

!!GSN:
* Quite a few {{GSN}} originals. The typical formula for an original game here: A) introduce it with some fanfare, B) constantly jack its timeslot around, C) show a metric buttload of reruns while the show's still making new episodes, D) announce the new seasons rarely if at all, and E) gradually stop making new episodes. Small wonder that, out of all of their original programming dating back to the late 1990s, ''Series/{{Lingo}}'' was one of the only ones to be a bona-fide hit...and even ''that'' was a revival.
** Perhaps the most notorious example came in 2004 when the network, which had previously been known on-air as Game Show Network, decided to [[NetworkDecay try to appeal to a younger demographic]] by changing its programming up with dozens of non-game show-related series, including ''Series/KennyVsSpenny'', the unsurprisingly short-lived ''Fake-a-Date'' and ''Vegas Weddings Unveiled'', and various blackjack/poker games. In the ensuing change-up, '''all''' of the network's original programming that wasn't named ''Lingo'' was canceled. Said original programming, which included ''Series/FriendOrFoe'', ''Series/RussianRoulette'', and a [[Series/{{Whammy}} revival]] of ''Series/PressYourLuck'', were some of the network's most popular programs, and likely would have gone on for more seasons had GSN not screwed them (and, in effect, themselves) over.

!!Lifetime:
* Despite pulling in respectable ratings, Lifetime canned ''Series/{{Debt}}'' after two seasons because its demographics were skewing towards males on a television channel aimed at women. ''Series/SupermarketSweep'' also met this fate before it was UnCancelled by PAX in 2000.

!!NBC:
* Many daytime game shows whose network was run by Fred Silverman. Not surprising, as Silverman actually openly hated game shows, feeling that they were a waste of time and not as entertaining as scripted programming. Never mind that game shows are generally cheaper to produce than scripted programming, and might have helped NBC during its ratings doldrums when it was spending money left and right on scripted fare and the 1980 Summer Olympics.
** ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' may be his biggest example. ''Squares'' was enjoying the highest ratings for a daytime game show but then NBC president and CEO Silverman wanted it gone, obstensibly because he passed on it while vice president of CBS and hated how big of a hit it became. In its last two years on the air, Silverman enacted his revenge by shuffling its timeslot in an effort to confuse viewers. He finally canned it in June 1980 along with ''Series/ChainReaction'' and ''Series/HighRollers'' to make room for a 90-minute talk show hosted by Creator/DavidLetterman... which flopped after four months.

* After a disastrous pilot, series creator Bob Stewart persuaded reluctant NBC execs to give ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' at least 13 weeks on the air. The network, evidently w having zero faith in the program, put it on at 10:30 AM against CBS' ''Arthur Godfrey Time'', then one of the biggest things on television. A month later, ''Price'' was moved to 11AM against the second half of Godfrey's hour-long show. [[note]](ABC wouldn't program at 10:30 until 1964; they hadn't put any shows at 11AM since 1955, and wouldn't do so again until '58.)[[/note]] Despite this and several negative reviews early on, ''Price'' beat Godfrey in the ratings by the end of those initial 13 weeks and remained a powerhouse for much of the next seven years.
* The nighttime ''Price'' flourished Wednesdays at 8:30 PM, making it the top-rated primetime game show. In September 1961, the sponsors wanted to tinker with it, so NBC moved the show to Mondays at 8:30. Ratings slid, so a year later the show was moved up an hour to 9:30 PM...opposite ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. ''Price'' hemorrhaged ratings, so on February 1, 1963 it was moved to Fridays at 9:30. NBC wanted a show that attracted a younger audience than ''Price'' sponsors wanted, so they optioned the sitcom ''Harry's Girls'' to replace ''Price'' that Fall.
** [[NetworkToTheRescue ABC stepped in]] and acquired both versions of ''Price'' for an amount NBC wasn't willing to match, although the move was costly as ABC couldn't afford either version in color and not every market had an ABC affiliate (48 markets aired ''Price'' on their CBS station).
* The 2000 revival of ''Series/TwentyOne'' was performing quite well, yet it was abruptly canned out of nowhere for no reason, and the finale wasn't even advertised.
* NBC head Lin Bolen became the enemy of fans for her insistence on ousting games hosted by middle-aged men on technologically-obsolete sets.
** In 1973, as CBS' ''Price Is Right'' reboot was trouncing it, she refused to move the original ''Series/{{Concentration}}'' from being its competitor.
** In 1974, she killed the three-year-old Creator/BobStewart game ''Series/ThreeOnAMatch'', which had done respectably in the 1:30 PM timeslot that had been a revolving door after Monty Hall took ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' to ABC in December 1968. The replacement, ''Series/WinningStreak'', was a failure.
** Once ''TOAM'' ended, Bolen moved ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}!'' to the 1:30 slot, causing it to lose a good portion of its audience. In one of the biggest aversions of this trope, in exchange for ending Creator/MervGriffin's show a year before the contract stated, the remainder of said contract was given to the culmination of over a year's development and Bolen putting her job on the line - ''Series/WheelOfFortune''.
* The NBC version of ''Series/CardSharks'' aired at 10:00 AM and was pulling in commendable ratings for its slot. To accommodate Creator/DavidLetterman's morning talk show (see above), it was moved it to Noon where many local affiliates chose to pre-empt it for news breaks. ''Card Sharks'' was cancelled fifteen months later.
* The NBC version of ''Series/DreamHouse'' ran against the second half of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' and was holding its ground, being the third-highest rated game show at one point. However, the series was replaced by ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'' which would go onto run for six years. To make matters worse, ''Scrabble'' took over its time slot and stayed there for the first three years.
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!!ABC:
* ''Series/BreakTheBank1976'' was a prime daytime example: it was #3 in all of daytime, but ABC canned it after just 15 weeks to expand two soap operas by 15 minutes. Tsk, tsk, tsk...
* ''Series/{{Duel}}'' was bumped to the FridayNightDeathSlot by ABC for Season 2, against ''ThePriceIsRight $1,000,000 Spectacular'' (itself a death sentence for any game show).
* ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' was screwed by the network's attempts to boost ratings by having the show offer huge prizes and go to an hour-long format. This failed, so on December 29, 1975 the show was moved from 1:00 PM to Noon against ''Series/HighRollers'' on NBC and local programming on CBS. Despite initial success against ''Rollers'' and the return of ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine'', the show eventually fell on July 9, 1976 against ''The Fun Factory''.
* ''Series/MillionDollarMindGame'', a well-liked high-quality quiz imported from Russia and intended for primetime, was sat on by ABC for over a year before being slapped on Sunday afternoons against NFL games (a timeslot usually used for awful time-buy motocross events and '''{{infomercial}}s!''') with [[InvisibleAdvertising minimal promotion]], and instead chose to focus on promoting and giving ''Series/YouDeserveIt'' primetime space. The result? The burn-off got ''better'' ratings...and yet it was still canned after one season, which makes you wonder why ''Million-Dollar Mind Game'' was slotted on Sunday afternoons in the first place if neither show was going to last.
* While the screwing may not have been deliberate, ''Series/TheMole'' fell victim in Season 5 when ABC's marketing department did so little to promote the show that even many die-hard fans were completely unaware that the show had returned for the first third of the season.
* The original version of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'', which jumped networks from NBC in September 1963:
** The daytime show was retained at 11AM, where it'd flourished for nearly all of its run on NBC, facing ''Pete and Gladys'' on CBS and ''Series/{{Concentration}}'' from the Peacock. On March 31, 1964, the show was moved to 10:30, going up against ''I Love Lucy'' repeats and ''Word for Word''. On December 28, 1964, ABC moved ''Price'' to 11:30, facing ''The Jack Benny Daytime Show'' and ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' for its last eight months.
** The nighttime show was first put in on Wednesdays at 8:30 PM, where it had done well on NBC before the latter had shuffled it around three times in two seasons (see below), but on December 6, 1963 was moved to Fridays at 9:30 (the last slot NBC had put it in). The show ended in September 1964, with that night's winner coming back on the following Monday's daytime episode.

!!BBC:
* Of the five series of the BBC's ''Series/WouldILieToYou'', it has never once held the same timeslot twice; it has bounced from Saturday at 10PM, Friday at 9PM, Monday at 10:30PM, Friday at 10:35PM, Friday at 9:30PM. And it's been announced that Series 6 will be airing before the watershed, at 8:30PM.

!!CBS:
* ''Series/MatchGame'' flourished at 3:30 PM Eastern, but the network inexplicably moved it to 11:00 AM, following ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Ratings tumbled as several major markets blacked out ''Match'' in favor of syndicated fare. Six weeks later, ''Match'' was moved to the low-clearance 4:00 PM Eastern spot (previous occupant ''{{Tattletales}}'' was moved to 10:00 AM and ''Price'' to 10:30) where it lived out its tenure to April 1979.
* The original CBS run of ''Series/{{Password}}'' became the first hit after the quiz show scandals nearly killed off the game show genre. Then on July 11, 1966, CBS pre-empted the series to cover a press conference by Secretary of Defense Robert [=McNamara=] regarding the progress of the Vietnam War; as Creator/{{NBC}} and Creator/{{ABC}} didn't give their news divisions the same leeway that CBS gave ''its'' news division, viewers began defecting to both NBC's recently-debuted ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' and the debut of ''Series/TheNewlywedGame'' on ABC, giving the latter a larger sampling than it likely would've had otherwise.
** Further problems arose a year later when CBS' then-vice president for daytime programming, Fred Silverman (more on him below), wanted the show permanently moved to Television City. When Creator/MarkGoodson refused, the show was terminated.
** Much later, CBS screwed ''Million-Dollar Password'' by canning it simply because it didn't hit their target demographic, despite the fact that it frequently pulled the highest ratings in its timeslot.
* CBS also screwed over the American ''Series/WinningLines'' by only airing it Saturday nights with seemingly no consistent timeslot, causing the ratings to plummet.

!!Channel Four:
* This is thought to be the cause of Carol Vorderman's 2008 departure from British game ''Series/{{Countdown}}'': when the show's budget was going to be cut by 33%, Vorderman was willing to take a 33% salary cut as well...except Channel Four allegedly went up to her and said what boiled down to "We're going to take off a trailing zero from your salary next year. Take it or leave it, you have two days to respond." Note that Vorderman's about as famous in Britain as [[Series/WheelOfFortune Vanna White]] is in America, as she was on ''Countdown'' from its 1982 debut.

!!FOX:
* ''Series/TheChamber'' got screwed by FOX as it was rushed to air ahead of time to compete with ABC's ''Series/TheChair'' and ended up getting labeled a rip-off as a result (it's unknown which show began production first)... and then FOX canned it after only airing half of the six shows taped.
* ''Forever Eden'', a rare example of a RealityShow getting screwed, FOX changed its timeslot repeatedly with little advance warning and cancelled the show mid-season before a winner was even announced.
* FOX screwed over both ''Series/{{Greed}}'' and ''It's Your Chance of a Lifetime'' because the then-current network president hated game shows. ''Chance'' got it the worst because it was barely advertised, and what little advertisement there was only appeared mere days before the show was due to air. ''Chance'' was supposed to become a regular weekly series, contestants were being interviewed and everything, and FOX just pulled the plug for no reason whatsoever. [[http://www.fortunecity.com/business/shares/1385/id2.htm Full details here.]]
* In a very rare case of Screwed By The Affiliate, a FOX affiliate in North Carolina, WRAZ-TV, has a reputation for being run by MoralGuardians who refuse to air FOX programming that it judges to be "anti-family" and is particularly hostile to the raunchy reality shows, preempting or canceling airings of ''Film/TemptationIsland'', ''Who Wants To Marry A Multimillionaire?'', ''Married By America'', ''Osbournes Reloaded'', and ''Who's Your Daddy?'', a definite case of over-nannying or guardian of sanity by that station, depending on your view (not airing ''Married by America'' helped them avoid a fine FOX got from airing a particularly sleazy scene, for instance). In their place, the station usually airs reruns of ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', a show which retains legendary popularity in North Carolina.

!!GSN:
* Quite a few {{GSN}} originals. The typical formula for an original game here: A) introduce it with some fanfare, B) constantly jack its timeslot around, C) show a metric buttload of reruns while the show's still making new episodes, D) announce the new seasons rarely if at all, and E) gradually stop making new episodes. Small wonder that, out of all of their original programming dating back to the late 1990s, ''Series/{{Lingo}}'' was one of the only ones to be a bona-fide hit...and even ''that'' was a revival.
** Perhaps the most notorious example came in 2004 when the network, which had previously been known on-air as Game Show Network, decided to [[NetworkDecay try to appeal to a younger demographic]] by changing its programming up with dozens of non-game show-related series, including ''Series/KennyVsSpenny'', the unsurprisingly short-lived ''Fake-a-Date'' and ''Vegas Weddings Unveiled'', and various blackjack/poker games. In the ensuing change-up, '''all''' of the network's original programming that wasn't named ''Lingo'' was canceled. Said original programming, which included ''Series/FriendOrFoe'', ''Series/RussianRoulette'', and a [[Series/{{Whammy}} revival]] of ''Series/PressYourLuck'', were some of the network's most popular programs, and likely would have gone on for more seasons had GSN not screwed them (and, in effect, themselves) over.

!!Lifetime:
* Despite pulling in respectable ratings, Lifetime canned ''Series/{{Debt}}'' after two seasons because its demographics were skewing towards males on a television channel aimed at women. ''Series/SupermarketSweep'' also met this fate before it was UnCancelled by PAX in 2000.

!!NBC:
* Many daytime game shows whose network was run by Fred Silverman. Not surprising, as Silverman actually openly hated game shows, feeling that they were a waste of time and not as entertaining as scripted programming. Never mind that game shows are generally cheaper to produce than scripted programming, and might have helped NBC during its ratings doldrums when it was spending money left and right on scripted fare and the 1980 Summer Olympics.
** ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' may be his biggest example. ''Squares'' was enjoying the highest ratings for a daytime game show but then NBC president and CEO Silverman wanted it gone, obstensibly because he passed on it while vice president of CBS and hated how big of a hit it became. In its last two years on the air, Silverman enacted his revenge by shuffling its timeslot in an effort to confuse viewers. He finally canned it in June 1980 along with ''Series/ChainReaction'' and ''Series/HighRollers'' to make room for a 90-minute talk show hosted by Creator/DavidLetterman... which flopped after four months.

* After a disastrous pilot, series creator Bob Stewart persuaded reluctant NBC execs to give ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' at least 13 weeks on the air. The network, evidently w having zero faith in the program, put it on at 10:30 AM against CBS' ''Arthur Godfrey Time'', then one of the biggest things on television. A month later, ''Price'' was moved to 11AM against the second half of Godfrey's hour-long show. [[note]](ABC wouldn't program at 10:30 until 1964; they hadn't put any shows at 11AM since 1955, and wouldn't do so again until '58.)[[/note]] Despite this and several negative reviews early on, ''Price'' beat Godfrey in the ratings by the end of those initial 13 weeks and remained a powerhouse for much of the next seven years.
* The nighttime ''Price'' flourished Wednesdays at 8:30 PM, making it the top-rated primetime game show. In September 1961, the sponsors wanted to tinker with it, so NBC moved the show to Mondays at 8:30. Ratings slid, so a year later the show was moved up an hour to 9:30 PM...opposite ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''. ''Price'' hemorrhaged ratings, so on February 1, 1963 it was moved to Fridays at 9:30. NBC wanted a show that attracted a younger audience than ''Price'' sponsors wanted, so they optioned the sitcom ''Harry's Girls'' to replace ''Price'' that Fall.
** [[NetworkToTheRescue ABC stepped in]] and acquired both versions of ''Price'' for an amount NBC wasn't willing to match, although the move was costly as ABC couldn't afford either version in color and not every market had an ABC affiliate (48 markets aired ''Price'' on their CBS station).
* The 2000 revival of ''Series/TwentyOne'' was performing quite well, yet it was abruptly canned out of nowhere for no reason, and the finale wasn't even advertised.
* NBC head Lin Bolen became the enemy of fans for her insistence on ousting games hosted by middle-aged men on technologically-obsolete sets.
** In 1973, as CBS' ''Price Is Right'' reboot was trouncing it, she refused to move the original ''Series/{{Concentration}}'' from being its competitor.
** In 1974, she killed the three-year-old Creator/BobStewart game ''Series/ThreeOnAMatch'', which had done respectably in the 1:30 PM timeslot that had been a revolving door after Monty Hall took ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'' to ABC in December 1968. The replacement, ''Series/WinningStreak'', was a failure.
** Once ''TOAM'' ended, Bolen moved ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}!'' to the 1:30 slot, causing it to lose a good portion of its audience. In one of the biggest aversions of this trope, in exchange for ending Creator/MervGriffin's show a year before the contract stated, the remainder of said contract was given to the culmination of over a year's development and Bolen putting her job on the line - ''Series/WheelOfFortune''.
* The NBC version of ''Series/CardSharks'' aired at 10:00 AM and was pulling in commendable ratings for its slot. To accommodate Creator/DavidLetterman's morning talk show (see above), it was moved it to Noon where many local affiliates chose to pre-empt it for news breaks. ''Card Sharks'' was cancelled fifteen months later.
* The NBC version of ''Series/DreamHouse'' ran against the second half of ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' and was holding its ground, being the third-highest rated game show at one point. However, the series was replaced by ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'' which would go onto run for six years. To make matters worse, ''Scrabble'' took over its time slot and stayed there for the first three years.
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