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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'!

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, Fast Lane, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Skin, Girls Club, Cracking Up, The Pitts, Firefly, Get Real, FreakyLinks, 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.

Shin: Hey, mister. Do you know where I can hide and no one would find me?
TV Manager: 2 AM, Saturdays?
Shin: Thanks for being such a jerk!

We had a lousy timeslot.
Raquel Westbrook, The L.A. Complex


Maybe Michael Grade's parents, and convince them not to get married.
Colin Baker on which historical figure he'd want to meet.

Tom was getting big figures. Ratings fell, and when ratings fall in television, in spite of your [the fans’] love and enthusiasm, the executives get scared. Why did the ratings fall? It might have been because we went up against Coronation Street, the most popular soap in the world? It was a big drop, wasn’t it? A 50% drop. It was considerable...It’s all to do with money. They took you for granted. They tended to use Doctor Who as a kind of training ship for novices to get their experience on. That’s bad.
Anthony Ainley on Doctor Who

If NBC had been trying to cancel us, they couldn't have done a better job.

What does NBC stand for? Never Believe your Contract.
Jay Leno, said during both Tonight Show scandals.

I had a show. Then I had a different show. Now I have a Twitter account.
Conan O'Brien on Twitter

...Deadwood is a fundamental part of the evolution of the “prestige television” model that is responsible for our supposed golden age...But its model is curiously fragile; a show cancelled for no reason other than that HBO and David Milch came to believe there was more money in surf-noir anticlassic John From Cincinnatti, a televisual blunder second only to the likes of The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer. Its plot is unresolved, its final statement never offered, a show that abruptly realized it was holding a dead man’s hand only as the bullet of history pierced its brain.

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

Team LMS was in the sixth inning, ahead by four runs, stands were packed and then for no reason, they call off the game.


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