"You know, the guys in prime-time could have had this show, but no! They had "better ideas!"
''"Once I beat you, your show will be cancelled faster than you can say 'created by Joss Whedon'"!
— Melvin, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series
Peter Griffin: Everybody, I've got bad news. We've been canceled.
Lois Griffin: Oh no! Peter, How could they do that?
Peter: Well, unfortunately, Lois, there's just no more room on the schedule. We just gotta accept the fact that FOX has to make room for terrific shows like Dark Angel, Titus, Undeclared, Action, That '80s Show, Wonderfalls, Fastlane, Andy Richter Controls The Universe, Skin, Girls Club, Cracking Up, The Pitts, Firefly, Get Real, Freaky Links, Wanda at Large, Costello, The Lone Gunmen, A Minute with Stan Hooper, Normal Ohio, Pasadena, Harsh Realm, Keen Eddie, The Street, American Embassy, Cedric the Entertainer, The Tick, Louie, and Greg the Bunny.
Lois: Is there no hope?
Peter: Well, I suppose if all those shows go down the tubes, we might have a shot.
Lothar: Personally I think Joss Whedon screwed up the pitch.
Lothar: The way I see it, he goes into a room with a stuffy TV executive who doesn't know his arse from his elbow and goes into great detail about the backstory, the rich setting, how the entire cast is made up of good actors portraying likeable characters. Then he went on to explain the witty well written script and suddenly his best show ever is stuck in TV scheduling hell and cancelled before the paint on the set could dry. Whereas if he had gone in and simply said "Cowboys and Prostitutes in Space", we'd probably be watching the spin-off series where Jayne and Simon have to live together in a tiny space apartment without their space landlord Saffron finding out they're not actually space gay.
Shin: Hey, mister. Do you know where I can hide and no one would find me?
TV Manager: 2 AM, Saturdays?
"If NBC had been trying to cancel us, they couldn't have done a better job."
—John Lithgow on 3rd Rock from the Sun
"Audiences are fiercely protective because they know that if four TV executives are stranded on an island with a crate of food and a can opener, three will starve to death and the fourth will choke on the can opener."
"Fox is like Whedon's secretly abusive boyfriend; no matter how many times Fox hurts him, cheats on him, beats him down, Whedon always believes Fox when they say it will be different this time."
— xxBirdMadGirlxx on Fark.com
"In a master stroke of UPN programming brilliance, Dilbert follows Shasta McNasty, a show geared toward viewers who are... how can I say this... very likely to die in bowling ball cleaning machine accidents. Fortunately, Shasta is a filthy and sophomoric show, so it will corner the market on perverts and unsupervised minors. It's a perfect lead-in audience for an animated Dilbert TV show. If you don't understand that, you will never be a television executive."
"As for [Glenn Greenberg's] belief that a SCARLET SPIDER book would have eventually failed, he is entitled to his opinion. I certainly believe that the powers-that-were at Marvel would have eventually cancelled the book even if it was selling...just like they cancelled THUNDERSTRIKE and WAR MACHINE even though both books were profitable. Since I had access to the actual sales during that period, I can attest to the fact that at the time it was cancelled THUNDERSTRIKE was actually selling more copies than both THOR and AVENGERS combined. Why were profitable titles like THUNDERSTRIKE, WAR MACHINE and all the 2099 books cancelled? The answer I was given was that the guy in charge of marketing had decided that these additional titles were hurting the core company franchises. He believed that the sales on THOR would go up as soon as THUNDERSTRIKE was cancelled, and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN would increase with SPIDER-MAN 2099 gone. Nice theory...but I still think it was nonsense."''
— Editor Tom DeFalco on The Clone Saga