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Shin: Hey, mister. Do you know where I can hide and no one would find me?
TV Manager: 2 AM, Saturdays?

Live-Action TV

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

"Starting now on Channel 4 is a brand new show that we paid a ridiculous amount of money for which we'll launch in a blaze of publicity, and after a few weeks, we'll get bored of it and move it around the schedule where no one can find it, then we'll brand it a flop, take it off the air for six months, then reluctantly put it back on at three in the morning."

Web Originals

...[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.
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Web Video

"Once I beat you, your show will be cancelled faster than you can say 'created by Joss Whedon'!"

"Season One of the Bill & Ted animated series was a fun continuation which kept the tone and humor of the movie, the likability of the leads—which, of course, was helped by the fact that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter still did the voices—yeah, that's nice and all, but: [snaps fingers while pretending to think] how do we mess that up?"
Brad Jones, DVR-Heaven

"Did you hear about a game called Devotion?
It's not on GOG because of Chinese commotion
Appeasing power is the CD way"


Western Animation

"You know, the guys in prime-time could have had this show, but no! They had 'better ideas!'"

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.

(grabs a stress ball) I need this now more than ever for its intended purpose! (looks closer at it) "Sons of Tucson new on Fox"? When was this on? I watch Fox, I never saw this!
Roger Smith, American Dad!

Real Life

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

"Ratings fell, and when ratings fall in television, in spite of your 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."

"If NBC had set out to ruin it, they couldn't have done a better job."

I had a show. Then I had a different show. Now I have a Twitter account.


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